As a research analyst, Ranal collects, processes, and analyzes data relating to building energy systems and efficiency.
Before joining CEE, Ranal worked on emissions research for Drawdown Georgia in Atlanta, where he modeled the potential for emissions reductions from the growth of large-scale solar generation in Georgia, as well as its effects on the carbon reduction potentials of electric vehicles, retrofitting, and distributed solar generation.
He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2020, specializing in energy systems analysis and design.
Rabi manages the Minnesota Air Source Heat Pump Collaborative and consulting projects with utility partners in North America.
He also assists other project leads with a variety of research, planning, and engagement projects in topic areas such as demand response, electric vehicles, and beneficial electrification.
Prior to joining CEE in 2017, Rabi worked at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) on a variety of projects such as Vermont Solar Pathways, Vermont's Community Energy Dashboard, zero energy modular homes, development of an employee engagement platform, and management of VEIC's corporate sustainability goals and greenhouse gas accounting. Rabi has a bachelor's and master's degree in environmental studies from Bemidji State University.
Cheng Vang joined the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2010, prior to the organization’s 2017 merger with CEE. Previously, he completed the Residential Energy Auditor certificate from Dunwoody College of Technology.
As an energy advisor for CEE's residential programs, Bailey works directly with homeowners to help them review the results from their energy audit and take the next steps toward improved comfort and reduced energy costs. She also provides guidance on utility rebates and low-interest financing options, and she helps connect customers to reliable, cost-competitive contractors.
Bailey holds a BA in Spanish language & literature from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining CEE in 2019, she spent six years working for the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, where she coordinated arts and humanities programming in libraries throughout Saint Paul.
As a One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting consultant, Mike 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.
As CFO, Meranda Wacek has helped the organization streamline financial and procedural policies as well as created monitoring and accountability systems to help CEE achieve its strategic priorities while maintaining a sustainable financial position. She currently oversees the organization’s finances, including development and management of the budget, revenue, expense, and cash management, and financial reporting to CEE’s Board of Directors. Meranda is also a member of CEE’s leadership team.
Meranda joined CEE in 2009 and has more than 15 years of experience in accounting, financial management, and nonprofit compliance. Prior to joining CEE, she began her career as an auditor for a public accounting firm, with a concentration in nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities area.
In additional to her duties at CEE, Meranda serves as the chairperson for Junior Achievement in Hutchinson and participates in volunteer opportunities to mentor young professionals. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of St. Benedict and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Minnesota.
Meranda enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. She is especially drawn to beautiful outdoor spaces like our country’s incredible national parks! When not working or traveling, Meranda enjoys spending time with her family and challenging herself to try new things (like gardening, quilting, and dog sledding).
As an office and administrative specialist, Madison is responsible for the overall management and support of CEE's Minneapolis location.
Madison joined CEE in 2021 with experience in community organizing and volunteer support surrounding various social justice and environmental issues. She graduated from Hamline University in 2019 with a BA in women’s studies.
As an energy counselor, Sam 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.
Before CEE, Sam worked in various sales positions ranging from ID badge systems to running his own granite countertop shop. Sam received his BA in geoscience from Winona State University with a focus on environmental reclamation.
As part of Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy program, Megan works with communities to engage their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders on energy planning and strategy implementation.
Megan joined CEE in 2021. Megan has a background in community facilitation, environmental education, and program coordination. Prior to joining CEE, she worked at Climate Generation educating and engaging communities on climate change solutions. Megan holds a BA in biology from the College of St. Benedict.
As a refrigeration consultant, Chris performs commercial refrigeration assessments for small and midsize businesses like convenience stores, liquor stores, small grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. He helps these businesses implement upgrades by showing energy savings along with available rebates.
Previously, Chris was a sales consultant for a commercial HVAC/R wholesaler where he sold refrigeration, HVAC equipment, and parts to mechanical contractors, original equipment manufacturers, and end users. He has a technical degree in HVAC from Hennepin Technical College along with a basic electricity degree with NEI.
As a quality assurance inspector, Don perform blower door tests, infrared image scans, combustion safety diagnostics, and visual inspections of contractor work as part of home performance upgrades on existing homes including insulation and HVAC work.
Don has been performing energy and diagnostic testing in new and existing homes for 12 years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in residential building science and technology.
As the software development manager of CEE's IT department, John manages the software development team along with designing, developing, and maintaining CEE software applications.
Before joining CEE, John helped maintain UCare's website, provider portals, and mobile web applications.
As the lending manager for CEE's Lending Center, Brenda underwrites loans and customizes CEE's residential financing packages giving Minnesota homeowners the comfort and flexibility needed when making important home investment decisions.
Brenda has been with CEE since 1998.