As a program coordinator for CEE, Blake focuses much of his time on recruiting participants to enroll in the various energy-saving programs that the organization spearheads, including the Kalamazoo Energy Collaborative (KEC) project where he will focus on recruitment for KEC and efforts to expand CEE’s Midwest footprint.
Blake graduated from Michigan State University in 2021 and holds a BS in environmental studies and sustainability and a BA in public policy.
As the loan servicing manager, Marco developed and launched the Lending Center’s in-house loan servicing department to respond to the organization's current and future needs in the lending area.
Marco came to CEE with nearly 12 years of experience in the mortgage industry, working for two of the top 20 loan servicing companies nationwide at the time, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ditech Financial; He has extensive experience in several areas of Loan Servicing including Escrow, Customer Service, Collections, Loan Transfers and Payment Processing.
Marco F.'s bio
As a senior research engineer, Russ plays various roles in projects that contribute to cost-effective energy savings in buildings. These roles include securing project funding, project management, building plan review, energy analysis, and conducting field research.
Russ began working as an engineering intern at CEE before he received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Since 2005, Russ has been increasingly involved in new construction to provide plan review, whole-building energy simulation, and other technical support to design teams and to organizations charged with project oversight and verification.
Russ’s recent and ongoing work addresses the efficiency of a mix of new and existing buildings, both commercial and multifamily. His new construction work includes the Minnesota portion of a U.S. Department of Energy–funded study of the energy efficiency of new low-rise multifamily buildings, CEE’s new construction review of projects against Minnesota’s Sustainable Buildings 2030 Energy Standard, and a pilot project that provided third-party support for improved compliance with commercial energy codes.
His current research on existing buildings includes leading projects to optimize the control of commercial condensing boilers study the Minnesota energy efficiency program market for commercial and industrial refrigeration. Russ also provides technical support for CEE programs and services that improve the efficiency of commercial refrigeration systems, multifamily buildings, and ice arenas.
As a senior office and administrative specialist, Shannon is responsible for the overall management and support of CEE's St. Paul location.
Shannon brings over ten years of administrative experience — prior to joining CEE, she worked in various office management positions across the Twin Cities. Shannon holds a BA in environmental justice from Metropolitan State University.
As an office and administrative specialist, Carina is responsible for the overall management and support of CEE's Minneapolis downtown location.
Prior to joining CEE in 2022, Carina worked for a nonprofit treatment facility that helped people with substance-use disorders achieve sobriety. She also worked in the hospitality industry and as a pharmacy technician. Carina is currently enrolled in St. Paul College.
As senior sales support specialist, Jessica works with vendors, customers, and One-Stop staff to qualify property addresses, calculate rebates, and process invoices.
Jessica has been with CEE since 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in community development from St. Cloud State University.
Before CEE, Matt worked for the Office of Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin as well as in the solar industry. He graduated from University of Wisconsin Platteville with a BS in sustainable and renewable energy systems.
As the Loan Services Manager, Cristina supports the CEE lending department by managing the loan closing department, disbursing loan funds, making payments to contractors, and coordinating closing documents and monthly reporting to program partners and agencies.
Cristina, a native of Quito, Ecuador, has been with CEE since 2007.
Cristina habla español, para cualquier información acerca de préstamos por favor comunicarse con ella.
As a systems engineer, Robert helps employees and associates reach their goals by leveraging and supporting information technology. He manages, researches, and implements technology from the data center to the desktop and beyond.
Robert has been with CEE since late 2007. Prior to CEE, Robert worked as a systems administrator and software developer. He's been in the IT industry for over 18 years and has been an IT enthusiast since he was first introduced to the personal computer in the late 1980s.
As a customer engagement supervisor for CEE's residential programs, Kathleen guides the customer experience from scheduling home energy audits to helping homeowners earn rebates when they complete energy efficiency projects.
Kathleen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in environmental science, policy, and management with an emphasis on environmental education. She is an alumnus of the Minnesota GreenCorps, an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program, where she served at Hennepin County as a local government energy conservation specialist.
As the marketing coordinator, Cayne assists the marketing account managers with developing and executing marketing plans for CEE's commercial programs, as well as the strategic concept, creative development, production, and analysis of commercial marketing campaigns.
Prior to CEE, Cayne worked in marketing & communications for a non-profit affordable housing developer. He holds a BS in advertising with a minor in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
As part of the program development team, Emily leads the evaluation of select opportunities for new programs and services, including product definition, market assessment, financial evaluation, and creation of business plans. Emily works closely with technical staff to identify new energy efficiency service and program opportunities, assists with business development activities, and works with implementation teams to launch new programs.
Prior to joining CEE, Emily was at CLEAResult Consulting for over eight years where she worked on numerous energy efficiency market transformation programs in the Pacific Northwest. In her most recent role, she managed the implementation of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's Heat Pump Water Heater Program where she accelerated adoption of an emerging water heating technology. Emily specialized in energy efficiency market transformation, program planning, implementation, and market actor collaboration.
Emily holds a BA from Willamette University and completed a Sustainable Building Adviser Certification in 2011.
As a mechanical engineer, Cody works on various commissioning projects by conducting analysis of energy consumption from HVAC systems from both a field measurement and design perspective, as well as providing energy-saving recommendations to clients.
Prior to CEE, Cody spent five years at an architectural and engineering design firm in Mankato, MN, where he designed HVAC and plumbing systems for new construction and renovation projects for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
Cody has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a minor in business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
As a field supervisor and energy auditor, Jarad works with homeowners to achieve energy goals in support of CEE’s residential programs and a healthy environment. His role includes in-home energy analysis — such as inspecting insulation levels and performing blower door tests for airtightness — as well as education for residents looking to make energy efficiency, comfort, health, and durability improvements.
Jarad previously worked as a freelance writer-editor and marketing strategist for design-build firms focused on sustainability and quality in the high-performance building sector. In addition to his work at CEE, Jarad serves on the board of Passive House Minnesota where he helps promote the Passive House building energy standard through marketing, public outreach, education, and advocacy.
Jarad holds a BS in journalism and mass communications from South Dakota State University.
As a research analyst, Mason collects and analyzes data for various energy efficiency research projects.
He graduated in 2020 from Saint John’s University with a bachelor of arts in applied physics.
As the loan services assistant, Quetina is responsible for assisting the Lending Center in the administration of the loan process, as well as day to day office duties for the team.
As a scheduling assistant, Ryan works with homeowners to schedule Home Energy Squad visits.
Prior to this position, Ryan supported CEE as an energy counselor, helping home owners better understand home energy efficiency. Prior to CEE, he worked in the restaurant industry for several back of house positions.
As an inspector/rater, Andy helps advise new home builders and residential contractors in energy efficient design and home performance applications.
Andy joined the new homes team in 2021 after five years working with the Home Energy Squad. He started working with the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2016 (prior to the organization’s merger with CEE in 2017) as a volunteer with the Minnesota Conservation Corps. Andy holds a BA in philosophy from St. Olaf College.
As the senior director of program development, Carl Nelson coordinates the development of new program initiatives at CEE and has been with CEE since 2009. He has over 15 years’ experience in the assessment and implementation of a broad array of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, and biomass. His policy experience has focused on partnership building and sound analysis of energy policy.
Carl has a BA from Macalester College and an MS in technology, energy, and the environment from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.