Our Team

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Abby Corso
Abby Corso
Chief Program Officer
Adam Goldstein
Adam Goldstein
Director, Financial Services
Akosua Goosby
Akosua Goosby
Field Organizer
Al Barassa
Al Barassa
Staff Accountant
Al Musavi
Al Musavi
Technology and Data Services Developer
Alexander Helbach
Alexander Helbach
Art Director
Amanda Gramigna
Amanda Gramigna
Environmental Health Manager
Amber Vignieri
Amber Vignieri
Communications Coordinator
Angel Sierra Gutierrez
Angel Sierra Gutierrez
IT Helpdesk Supervisor
Angelina Benson-Glanz
Angelina Benson-Glanz
Director, New Market Initiatives
Anna Dabkowska
Anna Dabkowska
Technical Services Team Administrator
Anna Markowski
Anna Markowski
Senior Manager, Integrated Program Operations
Anna McCreery
Anna McCreery
Research Manager
Anne Evens
Anne Evens
Chief Executive Officer
Anne McKibbin
Anne McKibbin
Director, Policy
Anthena Gore
Anthena Gore
Public Sector Programs Project Coordinator
Anthony Powell
Anthony Powell
Field Organizer
Antonia Ornelas
Antonia Ornelas
Director, Energy Programs
Araceli Martinez
Araceli Martinez
Project Manager, Smart Grid
Bethany Olson
Bethany Olson
Project Manager, Smart Grid
Bill Lyons
Bill Lyons
Technical Project Lead
Booker Vance
Booker Vance
Policy Outreach Manager
Brandon House
Brandon House
Solar Project Manager
Brian Groskreutz
Brian Groskreutz
Smart Grid Programs Coordinator
Briana Parker
Briana Parker
Senior Project Manager
Bruce Tognetti
Bruce Tognetti
Senior Energy Engineer
Carl Hertz
Carl Hertz
Director, Information Technology
Caroline Pakenham
Caroline Pakenham
Program Manager
Carolyn Richards
Carolyn Richards
Smart Grid Programs Coordinator
Carrie Donohoe
Carrie Donohoe
Project Lead
ChaNell Marshall
ChaNell Marshall
Program Manager
Chad Nobbe
Chad Nobbe
Software Developer
Charles Bush
Charles Bush
IT Specialist
Chelsea Wilson
Chelsea Wilson
Technical Services Administrator
Chris Steinhoff
Chris Steinhoff
Construction Services Manager
Colleen Collins
Colleen Collins
Principal Operations Consultant
Daniel Leroy
Daniel Leroy
IT Specialist
Daniel Wolf
Daniel Wolf
Technical Projects Coordinator
Dara Reiff
Dara Reiff
Senior Manager, Nonprofit Programs
Dawn Walker
Dawn Walker
Nonprofit Program Coordinator
Deborah Philbrick
Deborah Philbrick
Senior Manager, Research and Innovation
Delmar Gillus
Delmar Gillus
Chief Operating Officer
Diego Tena
Diego Tena
Program Support Associate
Eben Saling
Eben Saling
Contracts Manager
Ebony Jones
Ebony Jones
Director of Human Resources
Elena Savona
Elena Savona
Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Programs
Elizabeth Corrado
Elizabeth Corrado
Public Sector Programs Manager
Elizabeth Judson
Elizabeth Judson
Director of Program Management
Elizabeth Ornelas
Elizabeth Ornelas
Program Support Associate
Emily Robinson
Emily Robinson
Senior Manager, Housing and Community Development
Emma Baumgart
Emma Baumgart
Marketing Coordinator
Eric Gallegos
Eric Gallegos
Software Development Manager
Erik Loarca
Erik Loarca
Project Coordinator
Eya Louis
Eya Louis
Contractor Development Coordinator
Freddie Golden
Freddie Golden
Senior Construction Analyst
Griselda Baca
Griselda Baca
Environmental Health Coordinator
Gus Sandoval
Gus Sandoval
Public Sector Project Coordinator
Hannah Magnuson
Hannah Magnuson
Marketing Coordinator
Honnie Leinartas
Honnie Leinartas
Senior Energy Specialist
Jackie Wiese
Jackie Wiese
Senior Manager, New Markets
Jacob Hostetler
Jacob Hostetler
Marketing Coordinator
Jake Jaskowiak
Jake Jaskowiak
Program Support Associate
James Donnelly
James Donnelly
Senior Project Manager
Jan Gudell
Jan Gudell
Solar Program Manager
Javier Gonzalez
Javier Gonzalez
Senior Manager, Technical Services
Jeanine Otte
Jeanine Otte
Associate Director, Workforce Development
Jenny Riley
Jenny Riley
Associate Director, Marketing
Jeremi Bryant
Jeremi Bryant
Regional Community Liaison
Joanna Racho
Joanna Racho
Illinois Solar for All Project Coordinator
Joe Kamberos
Joe Kamberos
Project Lead
John Blaser
John Blaser
Associate Director, Tech and Data Services
Jose Lara
Jose Lara
Data and Reporting Lead and Salesforce Administrator
Karen Kaminsky
Karen Kaminsky
Senior Energy Specialist
Kate Brown
Kate Brown
Public Housing Program Manager
Katie Hamberg
Katie Hamberg
Salesforce Administrator
Katrina Orcino
Katrina Orcino
Relay Network Senior Coordinator
Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
Energy Specialist
Kimberly Loewen
Kimberly Loewen
Associate Director, Technical Services and Building Technology
Kris Kiszynski
Kris Kiszynski
Associate Director, Engineering
Lace Bolling
Lace Bolling
Workforce Development Project Manager
Laura Oakleaf
Laura Oakleaf
Senior Program Manager
Laura Schuetz
Laura Schuetz
Nonprofit Coordinator
Lawrence Kotewa
Lawrence Kotewa
Chief Engineer
Leslie Hendren
Leslie Hendren
Senior Human Resources Generalist
Levi Hicks
Levi Hicks
Senior IT Support Specialist
Lindy Loyet
Lindy Loyet
Chief Financial Officer
Lindy Wordlaw
Lindy Wordlaw
Senior Manager, Public Sector Programs
Louise Sharrow
Louise Sharrow
Senior Manager, Multifamily Programs
Malik Benjamin
Malik Benjamin
Business Development Manager
Margaret Garascia
Margaret Garascia
Senior Manager, Research and Innovation
Maria Quiñones
Maria Quiñones
Consulting Services Manager
Mario Quezada
Mario Quezada
Office Manager
Marisa Joyce
Marisa Joyce
Regional Community Liaison
Maritza Martinez
Maritza Martinez
Program Support Associate
Marjorie Isaacson
Marjorie Isaacson
Director, Customer Support
Mark Dunn
Mark Dunn
Chief of Construction
Mary Jo Warskow
Mary Jo Warskow
Technical Projects Manager
Matt Milkovich
Matt Milkovich
Project Coordinator
Megan Borneman
Megan Borneman
Environmental Health Project Coordinator
Melanie Mihalek
Melanie Mihalek
Senior Manager, Finance
Michelle Thoma
Michelle Thoma
General Counsel
Pamela Brookstein
Pamela Brookstein
Project Manager, Research and Innovation
Patrick Foley
Patrick Foley
Energy Engineer
Quinn Biever
Quinn Biever
Policy Analyst
Rachel Scheu
Rachel Scheu
Director, Research
Rachel Young
Rachel Young
Program Support Associate
Roberto Lopez
Roberto Lopez
Field Organizer
Roya Alkafaji
Roya Alkafaji
Marketing Coordinator
Ruth Kerzee
Ruth Kerzee
Manager of Environmental Programs
Samantha Hankes
Samantha Hankes
Public Housing Coordinator
Sarah Gulezian
Sarah Gulezian
Associate Director, Energy Programs—Smart Grid
Shane Cullinan
Shane Cullinan
Data Services Developer
Sieatta Frazier
Sieatta Frazier
Program Support Associate
Steffani Labrador
Steffani Labrador
Program Support Supervisor
Stephen Minnich
Stephen Minnich
HVAC Specialist
Sylvia Ewing
Sylvia Ewing
Director, Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach
Tim Crowder
Tim Crowder
Solar Project Manager
Tim Skrotzki
Tim Skrotzki
New Market Initiatives Market Development Lead
Tina Marie Williamson
Tina Marie Williamson
Field Organizer
Tom Gonzalez
Tom Gonzalez
Field Organizer
Vetia Hill
Vetia Hill
Field Organizer
Victor Mendez
Victor Mendez
Operations Lead
Vito Greco
Vito Greco
Associate Director, Solar Programs
Wisit Kumphai
Wisit Kumphai
Director of Engineering
Yami Newell
Yami Newell
Outreach Manager

Abby Corso

Chief Program Officer

Adam Goldstein

Director, Financial Services

Akosua Goosby

Field Organizer

Al Barassa

Staff Accountant

Al Musavi

Technology and Data Services Developer

Alexander Helbach

Art Director

Amanda Gramigna

Environmental Health Manager

Amber Vignieri

Communications Coordinator

Angel Sierra Gutierrez

IT Helpdesk Supervisor

Angelina Benson-Glanz

Director, New Market Initiatives

Anna Dabkowska

Technical Services Team Administrator

Anna Markowski

Senior Manager, Integrated Program Operations

Anna McCreery

Research Manager

Anne Evens

Chief Executive Officer

Anne McKibbin

Director, Policy

Anthena Gore

Public Sector Programs Project Coordinator

Anthony Powell

Field Organizer

Antonia Ornelas

Director, Energy Programs

Araceli Martinez

Project Manager, Smart Grid

Bethany Olson

Project Manager, Smart Grid

Bill Lyons

Technical Project Lead

Bob Weissbourd

Bob Weissbourd is the president of RW Ventures LLC where he assembles teams of experts to invent products and enterprises that drive market-based economic development across neighborhoods, regions, and industries. His specialty is technical and economic analysis of urban assets and markets. Bob finds a strong fit with Elevate Energy’s ethos. He feels the organization is creative and smart about how we achieve greater energy efficiency in that we not only focus on policy and research, but also on creating effective, practical products and programs like hourly pricing through data and modeling.

Bob was Elevate Energy’s founding Board Chair, and was a former Chair and long-standing board member of our affiliate, the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

When not working, you can find Bob taking adventure trips with his family rafting the Grand Canyon or hiking in Patagonia.

Booker Vance

Policy Outreach Manager

Brandon House

Solar Project Manager

Brian Groskreutz

Smart Grid Programs Coordinator

Briana Parker

Senior Project Manager

Bruce Tognetti

Senior Energy Engineer

Carl Hertz

Director, Information Technology

Caroline Pakenham

Program Manager

Carolyn Richards

Smart Grid Programs Coordinator

Carrie Donohoe

Project Lead

ChaNell Marshall

Program Manager

Chad Nobbe

Software Developer

Charles Bush

IT Specialist

Chelsea Wilson

Technical Services Administrator

Chris Steinhoff

Construction Services Manager

Colleen Collins

Principal Operations Consultant

Dan York

Dan York joins our board as the Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program Fellow at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Dan came to Elevate Energy because he wanted to be involved with a group that was on-the-ground, doing innovative and quality work, and serving markets that hadn’t been well served. At ACEEE, Dan tracks utility policy and regulation trends that affect energy efficiency, including innovative pricing models.

Before ACEEE, Dan was a Fulbright fellow in Norway, where he studied energy planning at the University of Oslo and worked with a Norwegian regulatory agency. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin, where’s he an avid kayaker and teaches at a local paddling shop.

Daniel Leroy

IT Specialist

Daniel Wolf

Technical Projects Coordinator

Dara Reiff

Senior Manager, Nonprofit Programs

Dave Shryock

Board Treasurer and Vice Chair

Dave Shyrock brings expertise in managing rapidly growing small business, especially those with a social mission. He understands the unique challenges and opportunities these businesses face. Before joining the board, Dave was President and CEO of South Shore Bank and a founder of a private equity fund, SB Partners. Dave recognizes the things that Elevate Energy does exceptionally well, and he is most interested in how the organization can scale its unique services and programs to serve more people with greater impact.

Dave is an active runner, hitting the pavement five times a week. When not running or watching his favorite Chicago sports teams, you can find Dave visiting his children, who reside in Portland and Silicon Valley.

Dawn Walker

Nonprofit Program Coordinator

Deborah Philbrick

Senior Manager, Research and Innovation

Delmar Gillus

Chief Operating Officer

Dick Munson

Dick Munson joins us from the Environmental Defense Fund where he serves as the Director of Midwest Clean Energy. He works to advance clean energy in Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with a focus on energy policy and electricity markets. Dick was named by Smart Grid Today as one of the 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2015.

Dick is impressed by Elevate Energy’s outreach strategies that help bring the benefits of energy efficiency to low-income and underserved communities.

Dick is a prolific writer, covering topics ranging from figures like George Fabyan and Jacques Cousteau to complex issues like the future of electricity. He generates ideas while working in his garden or during his frequent motorcycle rides on the country roads west of Chicago.

Diego Tena

Program Support Associate

Doug Farr

Doug Farr works on sustainability at all scales, from individual buildings to larger neighborhoods and communities. As President and Founding Principal of Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design, he integrates innovations in policy and design to create dynamic spaces. He designed several of the LEED Platinum buildings in Chicago, including 2125 West North Avenue, Elevate Energy’s first office space and where affiliate Center for Neighborhood Technology still resides.

Doug joined our board because he admires Elevate Energy’s ability to navigate building energy efficiency that serves lower-income populations.

When not designing some of the most cutting-edge and sustainable buildings around, you can find Doug on his front porch, the basketball court, the soccer field, or even the dance floor.

Eben Saling

Contracts Manager

Ebony Jones

Director of Human Resources

Elena Savona

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Programs

Elizabeth Corrado

Public Sector Programs Manager

Elizabeth Judson

Director of Program Management

Elizabeth Ornelas

Program Support Associate

Emily Robinson

Senior Manager, Housing and Community Development

Emma Baumgart

Marketing Coordinator

Eric Gallegos

Software Development Manager

Erik Loarca

Project Coordinator

Eya Louis

Contractor Development Coordinator

Freddie Golden

Senior Construction Analyst

Griselda Baca

Environmental Health Coordinator

Gus Sandoval

Public Sector Project Coordinator

Hannah Magnuson

Marketing Coordinator

Honnie Leinartas

Senior Energy Specialist

Jackie Wiese

Senior Manager, New Markets

Jacob Hostetler

Marketing Coordinator

Jake Jaskowiak

Program Support Associate

James Donnelly

Senior Project Manager

Jan Gudell

Solar Program Manager

Javier Gonzalez

Senior Manager, Technical Services

Jeanine Otte

Associate Director, Workforce Development

Jennifer Tescher

Jennifer Tescher comes to our board as the President and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. CFSI leads a network of financial services innovators committed to promoting high-quality financial products. Jennifer founded CFSI in 2004 and has since achieved notable success in championing increased access to high-quality financial products and services for underserved consumers as an objective for the industry. She has become a nationally known expert on this topic, frequently quoted in national and financial press, including The New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, and Washington Post, with major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry and policy convenings.

Jennifer also launched CFSI’s annual conference, “Emerge: Consumer Financial Health Forum,” which presents cutting-edge thought leadership and showcases innovators, executives, and emerging companies in the financial services industries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jonathan Eig, and her children, Lillian, Lola, and Jeffery.

Jenny Riley

Associate Director, Marketing

Jeremi Bryant

Regional Community Liaison

Joanna Racho

Illinois Solar for All Project Coordinator

Joe Kamberos

Project Lead

John Blaser

Associate Director, Tech and Data Services

John Cleveland

Board Chair

John Cleveland serves as Elevate Energy’s Board Chair. John is all about process and learning opportunities, and strongly believes that in order to change a system, one must have a deep understanding of the operating details of those systems. For example: If you want to make manufacturing more sustainable, you have to know how manufacturing works. The same goes for electricity supply—if you want to improve the grid, you have to know how utilities work alongside public commissions and energy supply. And, if you want to work on buildings, you better understand not only building science but also how city government works.

John’s approach stems from his earlier days in which he spent ten years doing strategic planning work for automotive suppliers (think stamping, injection molding, and sales). John is particularly interested in Elevate Energy’s hourly pricing programs. John was also involved with our multifamily buildings initiative and helped us establish new markets, opportunities, and platforms.

During the summer, John can be found out in the woods, in his flower garden, or enjoying his favorite warm weather hobby, which is building stone walls. In the winter, look for him on the ski slopes.

Jose Lara

Data and Reporting Lead and Salesforce Administrator

Karen Kaminsky

Senior Energy Specialist

Kate Brown

Public Housing Program Manager

Katie Hamberg

Salesforce Administrator

Katrina Orcino

Relay Network Senior Coordinator

Kevin Moore

Energy Specialist

Kimberly Loewen

Associate Director, Technical Services and Building Technology

Kris Kiszynski

Associate Director, Engineering

Lace Bolling

Workforce Development Project Manager

Laura Oakleaf

Senior Program Manager

Laura Schuetz

Nonprofit Coordinator

Lawrence Kotewa

Chief Engineer

Leslie Hendren

Senior Human Resources Generalist

Levi Hicks

Senior IT Support Specialist

Lindy Loyet

Chief Financial Officer

Lindy Wordlaw

Senior Manager, Public Sector Programs

Louise Sharrow

Senior Manager, Multifamily Programs

Malik Benjamin

Business Development Manager

Margaret Garascia

Senior Manager, Research and Innovation

Margaret O'Dell

Margaret O’Dell joined Elevate Energy’s board in 2014. She is currently a senior fellow, writer, and editor for pfc Social Impact Advisors. For twenty years, she served as Program Officer for the Environment at the Joyce Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation’s energy and environment grants.

Margaret has also served as Associate Director for Foundation Relations at the University of Chicago and managed the editing of more than 100 journals and periodicals published by the University of Chicago Press. A former board chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Margaret currently serves on volunteer boards including the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes region, Margaret is delighted to be able to contribute to Elevate Energy’s efforts to expand efficient and sustainable energy options to urban communities throughout the region and beyond.

Maria Quiñones

Consulting Services Manager

Mario Quezada

Office Manager

Marisa Joyce

Regional Community Liaison

Maritza Martinez

Program Support Associate

Marjorie Isaacson

Director, Customer Support

Mark Dunn

Chief of Construction

Marty Cohen

Marty Cohen comes to the Elevate Energy board with an enormous wealth of experience in the energy industry, as he served as the Executive Director of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) for 14 years. He was drawn to Elevate Energy’s work after he saw how we bring together utilities, consumer organizations, environmental groups, and advocates for and from low-income communities.

Before Marty worked at CUB, he held a rich variety of positions. In his earlier years, he was a potter, and started the Lillstreet Art Center 41 years ago, and it’s still going! He was a roadie for REO Speedwagon, and also did political work for various candidates including Harold Washington.

When he’s not doing consulting work for utilities and public interest groups, Marty can be found playing guitar at soup kitchens, golfing, or making pots in his studio. Marty is a long-time participant of ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program that we administer.

Mary Jo Warskow

Technical Projects Manager

Matt Milkovich

Project Coordinator

Megan Borneman

Environmental Health Project Coordinator

Melanie Mihalek

Senior Manager, Finance

Michelle Thoma

General Counsel

Mindy Mercaldo

Pamela Brookstein

Project Manager, Research and Innovation

Patrick Foley

Energy Engineer

Quinn Biever

Policy Analyst

Rachel Scheu

Director, Research

Rachel Young

Program Support Associate

Roberto Lopez

Field Organizer

Roya Alkafaji

Marketing Coordinator

Ruth Kerzee

Manager of Environmental Programs

Samantha Hankes

Public Housing Coordinator

Sarah Gulezian

Associate Director, Energy Programs—Smart Grid

Scott Bernstein

Scott Bernstein leads the work of Elevate Energy affiliate, Center for Neighborhood Technology, to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally.

President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies, and contributed to other federal advisory panels on climate change, development strategy, and science policy. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation, a Board Member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Congress for the New Urbanism, and helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Scott also offered strategies for incorporating location efficiency into Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton’s visionary plan to reduce the city’s poverty rate by 10% in 10 years.

Some key ideas in Scott’s work are that successful urban and metropolitan economies work best if founded on economies of scope or network economies as opposed to simple economies of scale, and that communities contain assets that too often are hidden, disconnected, or poorly deployed—all of which are changeable conditions. A beneficial result of these ideas is a blurring of the lines between “consumers” and “producers” of public goods.

Shane Cullinan

Data Services Developer

Sharonda Williams-Tack

Sieatta Frazier

Program Support Associate

Steffani Labrador

Program Support Supervisor

Stephen Minnich

HVAC Specialist

Susan Page Estes

Susan Page Estes, aka Scotti, is an entrepreneur, technologist, and strategic problem solver. She’s built companies as well as digital art installations. She joined the Elevate Energy board because she is committed to neighborhoods and the power of collaboration for our collective local and global goal of smarter energy use for all.

Scotti is a founding partner of DesignHouseChicago, an organization committed to revitalizing local manufacturing through design, technology, and education. Her efforts utilize existing machines to help create jobs and educate people on skills needed for prototyping and manufacturing. With a strong local focus, her goals also include efficiency gains through lower travel and shipping costs.

Elevate Energy looks to Scotti for her extensive experience in technology, strategy, finance, job creation, and community building. When she’s not in the board room, Scotti can usually be found in her studio painting, making videos, or composing.

Sylvia Ewing

Director, Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach

Tim Crowder

Solar Project Manager

Tim Skrotzki

New Market Initiatives Market Development Lead

Tina Marie Williamson

Field Organizer

Tom Gonzalez

Field Organizer

Vetia Hill

Field Organizer

Victor Mendez

Operations Lead

Vito Greco

Associate Director, Solar Programs

Wisit Kumphai

Director of Engineering

Yami Newell

Outreach Manager