As an Energy Advisor for CEE's residential programs, Kathleen is the point of contact for homeowners who have recently had an energy audit and want to take the next steps toward improved comfort and reduced energy costs. She helps homeowners better understand their energy usage and the results of their audit report and connects them to resources like utility rebates and low-interest financing.
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, through which she served at Hennepin County as a local government energy conservation specialist.
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.
Gillian 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.
Gillian joined CEE in 2020 as an office and administrative specialist. She came to CEE with experience in community organizing, outreach, and research, with emphasis on environmental activism and justice. In 2018, she graduated with a bachelor's in history and Chinese from Hamline University, where she concentrated in women's and legal history.
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.
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.
As an energy counselor, Morgan works directly with homeowners to help them understand how their home uses energy by identifying and installing low- and no-cost opportunities and measures to save both energy and money.
Prior to joining CEE in 2018, Morgan completed an AmeriCorps term with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, which involved conservation and restoration work in St. Paul and leading a crew of high school students on natural resource projects.
As the workforce program manager, Sarah oversees planning, strategy implementation, and project management for the workforce development program.
Prior to CEE, Sarah worked as a program coordinator for the Training and Education Center at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota serving individuals and families in income qualifying programs. Her previous experience includes workforce development, employment coaching, and teaching in adult education. During her time in adult education she completed a cohort program through Hamline University collaborating with Adult Education professionals across the state to design high-quality courses and training programs for adult learning centers. She holds a B.A. in ESL education, Spanish, and reconciliation studies. Sarah completed a credential program to become a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) in 2019 and holds a Project Management (CPPM) certification from the University of St. Thomas.
Sarah serves as a board member with a Hmong-majority congregation on the Eastside of St. Paul. She is a member of the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA), Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), and a Toastmaster’s club member where she gets to practice her public speaking skills and try out all her best jokes.
As a One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting consultant, Brad assists small business customers with efficient lighting purchase decisions, and educates customers, contractors, and distributors on the benefits of energy efficient lighting and the opportunities available through One-Stop and other utility rebate programs.
Before CEE, Brad worked in the hospitality and tourism industry as an assistant clubhouse manager at Town & Country Club and as a sales representative for a maintenance supply company where he managed over 100 accounts.
As a sales support specialist with the One-Stop Efficiency Shop, David works with vendors, customers, and One-Stop staff to calculate rebates and process invoices.
Before CEE, David worked with residential rebates at Xcel Energy. David attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and has a BA in political science.
Rebecca Olson oversees all aspects of the residential energy programs at CEE including the Home Energy Squad, energy audit programs, quality assurance activities, multifamily programs and services, and new construction energy consulting.
Rebecca joined CEE in 2012. Throughout her career, she has had various roles in residential energy efficiency including work as an energy auditor, low-income weatherization program director, and building science educator.
Rebecca has a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as co-chair of the Minneapolis Energy Vision Advisory Committee.
As a loan officer at CEE, Ranti is responsible for processing home improvement financing applications for the Lending Center. This position provides core support to participants of the Lending Center.
Ranti has lending experience from her past work at Wells Fargo as a personal banker and loan officer, as well as her experience as an underwriter at Highland Bank and Symphony Bank. Ranti has a degree in Catering and Hotel Management.
Mark developed protocols and conducted assessments for indoor air quality issues, moisture intrusion, building defects, building operations and maintenance practices, building controls, as well as provided building commissioning and retro-commissioning services.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience working in multifamily buildings and has performed assessments on over 1,500 buildings. In that time, he has been responsible for designing, coordinating, and completing commercial and multifamily programs for CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, and other organizations and private clients.
In addition to his work in commercial buildings, Mark conducts lighting audits and post-installation quality control inspections for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop small business lighting program. He also trains building management, staff, and operators in both the public and private sector on correct operations and maintenance of buildings to increase occupant comfort and decrease energy consumption.
As a program coordinator, Arbor helps ensure CEE achieves its goals for implementing new energy efficiency programs by assisting with program delivery in addition to a wide range of supportive activities.
Arbor joined CEE in 2020. Arbor comes to CEE with a background of mission-centric work in housing, youth education, and corporate training. He is a lifelong environmentalist and is looking forward to bringing his personal passion into the energy efficiency field.
As the regulatory policy manager, Audrey works with CEE’s policy team to anticipate, analyze, develop, and advocate for CEE positions in matters before Minnesota’s regulatory agencies and in other public forums. She works closely with experts both within and outside of CEE to assist in setting the strategic direction of CEE policy advocacy, and to develop and effectively communicate CEE’s regulatory positions.
Audrey joined CEE in 2017. Prior to CEE, she worked on energy conservation policy and related regulatory topics at CenterPoint Energy. While at CenterPoint Energy, Audrey also supported municipalities in Minnesota to help them achieve goals related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. This included working extensively with the City of Minneapolis through the Clean Energy Partnership.
Audrey earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
As senior accountant II, Shelley is responsible for the general accounting functions of CEE. She works with staff and clients to ensure that accounting entries are properly recorded and that information is accurately reported in the organization’s financial statements. Shelley also promotes a strong internal control environment and seeks to develop process improvements within the finance and administrative groups.
Prior to joining CEE, Shelley was an auditor for a public accounting firm, with a concentration in nonprofit organizations with A-133 audits.
Shelley has a BSB in accounting from the University of Minnesota and is an active CPA.