Our Team

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Charles Bush
Charles Bush
IT Specialist
Daniel Leroy
Daniel Leroy
IT Specialist
Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
Energy Analyst
Kris Kiszynski
Kris Kiszynski
Associate Director, Engineering
Quinn Biever
Quinn Biever
Field Organizer

Abby Corso

Chief Program Officer

Abby Corso serves as the Chief Program Officer at Elevate Energy. In this role, she oversees Elevate Energy’s energy efficiency and planning programs, from dynamic pricing to multifamily building retrofits. She brings a variety of skills to Elevate Energy, including business planning, energy efficiency program design, operations and systems customization, quality assurance planning and implementation, and communications. Abby prioritizes launching programs in new markets. These programs will become part of a national network of affordable multifamily energy efficiency implementers that offer building owners comprehensive energy efficiency services that result in reliable and persistent energy and water savings.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy in 2012, Abby was a Managing Director at the Delta Institute where she managed Delta’s sustainability consulting and industrial pollution prevention and energy efficiency program areas, which included developing energy efficiency loan products for various Midwest initiatives.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., New York University, New York, New York
Professional Engineer, 1995

Adam Goldstein

Director, Financial Services

Adam Goldstein is the Director of Financial Services at Elevate Energy. Adam, in conjunction with other leaders within Elevate Energy, leads the development of Elevate Energy’s financial products, specifically designed to support energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water efficiency upgrades.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Adam served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

Outside of his work at Elevate Energy, Adam has always been interested in recycling advocacy. He started his own nonprofit recycling organization and serves on the board of the Chicago Recycling Coalition. He enjoys mentoring young adults and children through his work as a TA at the University of Chicago Business School, tutoring at Christopher House, and coaching soccer. He is a proud father of two girls. During his free time, he likes to “tinker” with houseplants, home improvement projects, and barbecue recipes.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL
B.S., Accounting, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Al Barassa

Staff Accountant

Al Barassa is the Staff Accountant at Elevate Energy. His responsibilities include supporting monthly close, forecasting and projections, the annual audit, and tax reporting. He works closely with the Manager of Finance and CFO to assist with financial reporting, program and project support, compliance and standards, as well as various payroll, vendor payment, and expense-related functions. He also works as a liaison between the finance department and various other departments within the organization.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Al worked as a paralegal for a large firm in downtown Chicago. Outside of work, Al enjoys science fiction, podcasts, dreaming of flying cars, biking, and is working on obtaining his CPA credentials in the near future.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Accounting, University of West Georgia, Carrolton, GA

Alexander Helbach

Graphic Designer

Alexander Helbach is the Graphic Designer at Elevate Energy. In this role, Alex works closely with the Communications and Outreach team to create materials that promote Elevate Energy’s brand and program offerings. Alex strives to create simple graphics that visually and engagingly explain complicated efficiency concepts.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Alex was a Graphics Producer at the Chicago Tribune, where he created high-impact information graphics and animations that ran in the print and online editions. Before moving to Chicago, he worked as the front page designer for the Lansing State Journal in Lansing, Michigan.

In his free time, Alex races cyclocross and enjoys running, backpacking, and photography.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Ohio University, Athens, OH

Alyssa Hofelt

Program Support Associate

Alyssa Hofelt is a Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, Alyssa provides customer support for dynamic pricing programs that incentivize customers to reduce their home electricity usage. Alyssa also provides assistance for compliance with the City of Chicago for the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Alyssa was a Water Conservation & Recycling Coordinator for the City of Winter Garden, Florida. There, she facilitated public outreach for water conservation and conducted a monthly report to highlight the top residential irrigation consumers followed by executing irrigation evaluations at those residents’ homes in hopes to reduce their water consumption.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Environmental Science and Sustainability, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2014

Amanda Gramigna

Environmental Health Manager

Amanda Gramigna is the Manager of Environmental Health at Elevate Energy. In this role, she manages Elevate Energy’s health initiatives as they relate to indoor air quality and lead abatement. She also coordinates internally to ensure that health is integrated in all aspects of Elevate Energy’s core program work. Her previous positions held at Elevate Energy include work on the dynamic pricing programs, energy efficiency, and healthy housing.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.H., Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2014
B.A., Environmental Studies, Biology, and Photography (self-designed major), Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 2007

Amber Vignieri

Communications Coordinator

Amber Vignieri is the Communications Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role, she builds Elevate Energy’s brand identity through various channels including annual reports, brand trainings, blog posts, social media, and press opportunities. She also manages Elevate Energy’s various websites, including performing comprehensive redesigns when necessary, tells the stories of the people we serve at Elevate Energy, and provides strategic communications and marketing support to Elevate Energy’s various programs. Before joining Elevate Energy, she served as a Communications Fellow at the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

She is a member of the Youth Perspectives on Climate Change Workgroup for the U.S. EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Phi Beta Kappa, and Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. In her spare time, she can be found snooping through countless bins at antique stores for vinyl, making a mess in her kitchen while experimenting with vegan cuisine, or on her yoga mat trying to figure out what chakra alignment actually means.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Environmental Studies, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2015

Angel Sierra Gutierrez

IT Helpdesk Supervisor

Angel Sierra Gutierrez is the IT Helpdesk Supervisor at Elevate Energy. Angel joined Elevate Energy with more than a decade of IT support and business administration experience. In his role, he supports the Helpdesk team with daily IT operations and coordinates IT projects.

Prior to Elevate Energy, Angel worked in IT capacities at PLS Financial Services and the Computer Training Institute of Chicago. He also managed operations, sales, IT, marketing, finance, and HR functions at Binary Integrated Computer Systems, a business he started in his hometown in Mexico in 2001.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI
B.S., Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Oaxaca, Mexico

Angelina Benson-Glanz

Director, New Market Initiatives

Angelina Benson-Glanz is the Director of New Market Initiatives at Elevate Energy. In this role, she is responsible for leading Elevate Energy’s effort to expand affordable multifamily energy efficiency programs in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. She oversees business development and multifamily energy efficiency program start-up to expand the reach of Elevate Energy programs.

Angelina brings a wide range of experience from her work at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office where she developed and managed strategic partnerships with utilities and nonprofits to coordinate and target outreach, program delivery, and incentives in neighborhoods with high energy use. Angelina also brings her experience in business strategy consulting for Marakon Associates where she conducted in-depth market analysis, developed financial models, and created and implemented sales processes, tools, and reports for Fortune 500 industrial firms.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.P., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Project Management Professional

Anna Markowski

Senior Manager, Community Projects

Anna Markowski is the Senior Manager of Community at Elevate Energy. As part of Elevate Energy’s team, she oversees the implementation and development of community engagement projects. Her responsibilities include developing new programs for direct community engagement and related tactics, managing outreach staff, and establishing, tracking, and reporting on program and project success. She is also responsible for working with staff, partners, stakeholders and community leaders to assist in the implementation of Elevate Energy’s programs.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Anna oversaw the creation and implementation of the outreach program which was critical to the success of the Energy Impact Illinois program, driving over 4,000 homeowners to complete retrofits on their homes in a single year. Anna’s experience working on and developing outreach programs for political and issue campaigns inform her work at Elevate Energy.

Education and Qualifications

BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional
B.A., Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY


Anna McCreery

Research Manager

Anna McCreery is a Research Manager at Elevate Energy. She uses statistics and big data analysis to understand residential hourly electricity pricing, housing and indoor air quality, energy equity, and other topics. Anna also manages an innovative pilot program in collaboration with the University of Chicago, and applies academic insights to understand and interpret real-world analytic findings.

Previously, Anna has worked as a researcher and instructor at Ohio State University in the Department of Sociology and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. She is published in Organization and Environment, Environment and Planning A, and the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Education and Qualifications

Ph.D., Environmental Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
M.A., Sociology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
B.A., Sociology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Anne Evens

Chief Executive Officer

Anne Evens is the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Energy. In this role, she manages a growing staff of talented professionals while providing oversight for programs related to energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily buildings, energy performance of commercial and residential buildings, regional energy and climate planning, as well as smart grid and dynamic electricity pricing initiatives. Anne has worked in energy efficiency and affordable housing for over twenty five years in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors in the U.S. and in southern Africa.

Anne sits on the boards of the National Housing Trust, the Women’s Energy Network, and the Rebuilding Exchange. She is an alumni of the Harvard Business School, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. In addition, she acted as lead researcher on the Chicago Climate Action Plan and the Regional Energy Plan for the Chicago Metro Agency for Planning.

Education and Qualifications

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Anne Hallett

Anne Hallett has served on Elevate Energy’s board for more than seven years. She also serves on the board for Elevate Energy’s affiliate, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and was interested in Elevate Energy’s efforts to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of buildings.

Anne is a lifelong social entrepreneur who has built highly successful organizations from the ground up, at the city, state, and national level. Anne has a unique talent in finding and collaborating with the right people needed to institute real and lasting change. Anne does fundraising consulting for two organizations in the Bronzeville community. Anne’s a go-getter in her non-work life, too. She’s been doing Cross Fit for eight years.

In the summer, she’s often in the state of Washington, at a lovely energy efficient home on Hood Canal where she reads, steams clams, and cooks oysters with friends over glasses of wine.

Anne McKibbin

Director, Policy

Anne McKibbin is the Director of Policy at Elevate Energy. Anne manages Elevate Energy’s participation in state and federal regulatory proceedings and legislative activities. She works with program staff to integrate policy considerations into strategic planning and to ensure compliance with the latest requirements. In addition, Anne manages partnerships with state and national energy, environmental, consumer, and housing policy advocates.

Anne represents Elevate Energy in environmental and energy industry forums and stakeholder groups and currently serves as board president of the Illinois Environmental Council.

Before joining Elevate Energy in 2010, Anne managed public policy projects for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and served as a regulatory attorney and policy analyst with the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois. Anne began her career in utilities as an economist for the telecommunications division of the Texas Public Utility Commission.

Education and Qualifications

J.D., The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
M.S., Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
B.S., Economics, Berry College, Rome, GA

Anthena Gore

Public Sector Programs Project Coordinator

Anthena Gore is the Project Coordinator of Public Sector Programs at Elevate Energy. In this role, Anthena supports energy, sustainability, and climate planning projects for local, state, and regional units of government. In addition to her role at Elevate Energy, Anthena serves as a strategy and operations advisor for Environmentalists of Color, a network promoting equity, community, and professional mobility for people of color working in the environmental sector.

Her passion for equitable development also led her to join the City Open Workshop, a dynamic collective of planners, architects, and data professionals using design to create community-driven change. Anthena believes in the power of providing timely access and actionable information across diverse communities to build a more sustainable society, founded on her personal principle that success in sustainability must always start with an honest, inclusive, and equitable conversation.

Education and Qualifications

Certificate, Public Interest Design, Archeworks, Chicago, IL, 2017
Certificate in Business Management, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2015
B.S., Communications, Economics, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, 2010

Antonia Ornelas

Director, Energy Programs

Antonia Ornelas serves as Director of Community Energy Programs at Elevate Energy. Antonia is a Certified Energy Manager with over 20 years of experience in the energy, sustainability, and utilities field. In her role, Antonia works with communities, utilities, and national partners to develop and implement innovative energy programs, and oversees various teams in charge of program management in the areas of energy efficiency, energy planning, energy benchmarking, and solar development.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Antonia served as Client Program Manager at CB&I providing energy and sustainability consulting services to the private, public, and utility sector focusing on energy efficiency program design and implementation for cities, states, and utilities.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Purdue University, IN
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
LEED Green Associate, U.S. Green Building Council, 2014
Energy Efficiency Practitioner (EEP), AEE, 2013
Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), AEE, 2009
Certified Energy Manager (CEM), AEE, 2002

April Whitworth

Executive Assistant

April Whitworth is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and supports the executive suite of Elevate Energy. In her role, she serves as an extension of the executive team, managing schedules and acting as liaison to the board of directors. With a background in event planning and operations, coordinating and planning on behalf of others is her passion.

Prior to her time at Elevate Energy, April served as the assistant for the Department of Campus and Community Planning at Loyola University Chicago, managing the division’s business, operations, special events, and personnel. Prior to joining Loyola, April worked for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago as a Program Manager for the TEAM TO END AIDS. When not at Elevate Energy, she enjoys traveling by bicycle, teaching group exercise classes, dancing, and working in the garden.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Liberal Studies, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
Certified Personal Trainer, National Personal Training Institute, Chicago, IL
Certified Community Health Worker (asthma educator), Green and Healthy Homes, Chicago IL

Araceli Martinez

Dynamic Pricing Program Lead

Araceli Martinez is a Dynamic Pricing Program Lead at Elevate Energy. In this role, she manages the implementation of Hourly Pricing, an hourly energy rate option through ComEd. Araceli leads internal colleagues and vendors to develop and administer all customer-facing portions of these programs such as marketing materials, call center procedures, program websites, enrollment systems, and customer notification systems.

Araceli loves spending time with her dogs, Almond and Oreo, adopted from PAWS Chicago. She also loves to travel and has a passion for learning languages. During her undergraduate career, Araceli studied Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic. She is currently enrolled in Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Predictive Analytics program.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Bethany Olson

Dynamic Pricing Program Lead

Bethany Olson is a Dynamic Pricing Program Lead at Elevate Energy. In this role, she manages the implementation of Peak Time Rewards, a demand response electricity program through Ameren Illinois, and Power Smart Pricing, an hourly electricity rate through Ameren Illinois. Bethany leads internal colleagues and vendors to develop and administer all customer-facing portions of these programs such as marketing materials, call center procedures, program websites, enrollment systems, and customer notification systems. Before joining Elevate Energy, Bethany worked on restoration policy in Alabama and along the entire Gulf Coast following the BP Oil Disaster in 2010.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Bill Lyons

Technical Project Lead

Bill Lyons is a Technical Project Lead at Elevate Energy. In this role, he supports a variety of projects with technical assistance and research. He also supports Elevate Energy’s solar programs with photovoltaic design work and research. Additionally, Bill conducts on-site energy assessments of multifamily buildings, recommends cost-effective upgrades to building owners, and assists these owners through the construction and financing of these upgrades.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Bill taught high-school physics at Walter Payton College Prep and coached the Science Olympiad team there. He also lead students on international service projects to build houses in Ecuador and Guatemala in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, International. Bill is a Certified Passive House Consultant, CPHC, a LEED Green Associate, and a member of the Passive House Alliance U.S., the Illinois Solar Energy Association, and the American Solar Energy Society.

Education and Qualifications

M.E.E., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
M.S.Ed., Loyola University, Chicago, IL
B.S.M.E., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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.

Brandon Kobus

Accounting Assistant

Brandon Kobus serves as an Accounting Assistant at Elevate Energy. In this role, he primarily manages all accounts payable and payroll functions. This includes processing, reviewing, and creating the necessary journal entries to record the activity. Brandon also processes employee reimbursements for travel and entertainment expenses. Prior to joining the Elevate Energy team, Brandon worked as a Staff Accountant at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., and also had prior internship experience at Batory Foods where he provided financial support for the Logistics department.

Education and Qualifications

B.S.B.A., Finance, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2017

Brian Groskreutz

Dynamic Pricing Coordinator

Brian Groskreutz is a Dynamic Pricing Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role, he assists with the day-to-day operations of the dynamic pricing programs and provides operational support and coordination across internal departments to deliver high-quality dynamic pricing programs to utility customers.

Before joining Elevate Energy, he worked as a Senior Electric Pricing Analyst at a Commercial Energy Brokerage. He also worked on compliance submissions for over 130 buildings under the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.

There was a three-year period of his life that he never wore jeans. Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park is his fourth favorite body of water.

Education and Qualifications 

B.B.A., Finance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2011
LEED Green Associate, USGBC, 2016


Carl Hertz

Director, Information Technology

Carl Hertz serves as the Director of Information Technology at Elevate Energy. In this role, Carl is responsible for all aspects of information technology operations for the organization and its affiliates. Carl joined Elevate Energy with 15 years of professional experience in IT, including 10 years of experience at utilities. Carl is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and works with staff and leadership to manage Elevate Energy’s information security program.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Carl worked at Ameren in St. Louis, MO. He had several roles during his tenure, including running IT operations for Ameren’s regulated (AmerenUE) and deregulated (AEM) trade floors, data security provisioning, and hardware and software solution selection.

Carl attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied Literature, Computer Engineering, and Gender Studies.

Caroline Pakenham

Program Manager

Caroline Pakenham is a Program Manager for Elevate Energy’s Sustainability and Energy Programs. In this role, she works closely with Elevate Energy’s Water Program on projects to reduce water-based lead risks, water-energy nexus research, and water affordability issues. Caroline has nearly a decade of experience working on water and energy programs in the nonprofit field, including managing the implementation of dynamic pricing programs, green infrastructure service projects, and public education events.

Previously, she worked at the Water Environment Federation where she collaborated with water quality professionals on projects to increase awareness of the impact and value of water.

Education and Qualifications

M.A., Political Science, subfields: Environmental Policy & Politics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2007
B.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 2005

Carolyn Richards

Dynamic Pricing Coordinator

Carolyn is a Dyanmic Pricing Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role, she provides support for the management of Peak Time Rewards, a demand response electricity program through Ameren Illinois, as well as Power Smart Pricing, an hourly electricity rate through Ameren Illinois. Specifically, Carolyn coordinates internal colleagues and vendors to develop and administer all customer-facing portions of these programs such as marketing materials, call center procedures, program websites, enrollment systems, and customer notification systems.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Carolyn gathered secondary and primary data on the regional food systems for Mohawk Valley Food Action Network. When the weather allows, Carolyn enjoys getting outside to explore Chicago’s parks and views. After growing up on a dairy farm in Central New York, she appreciates the relationship people can have with land, both in rural and urban landscapes.

Education and Qualifications

Data Analytics certificate, General Assembly, Chicago, IL
B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Carrie Donohoe

Energy Analyst

Carrie Donohoe is an Energy Analyst at Elevate Energy. In this role, she conducts on-site energy assessments of multifamily buildings around Chicago, recommends cost-effective upgrades to building owners, and assists these owners through the construction and financing of these upgrades. Before joining Elevate Energy, Carrie worked in environmental consulting at PM Environmental, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan as a Staff Consultant, where she completed Phase I and other Environmental Site Assessments to identify potential and existing environmental contamination and liabilities in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Education and Qualifications

B.S, Environmental Studies and Sustainabiltiy, Concentration in Science and Policy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2014

ChaNell Marshall

Program Manager

ChaNell Marshall is a Program Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, she assists in managing program metrics and reporting standards across several utility programs. ChaNell initially joined Elevate Energy as a Coordinator for Chicago’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, part of a national initiative to promote healthy, energy efficient housing.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, her work included conducting citywide rental housing assessments and data mapping in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA; analyzing the demand for age-restricted housing in Philadelphia; developing market studies for residential developments in Chicago; and assisting with housing program evaluations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Charles Bush

IT Specialist

Chinwe Onyeagoro

Board Treasurer

Chinwe Onyeagoro serves as the Board Treasurer for Elevate Energy. She is the Chief Strategy Officer of Great Place to Work, a high-trust, culture consulting firm that helps companies around the world transform their workplaces to create a better society. She was the CEO and co-founder of FundWell, a web-based small balance lending platform that provided loan products for business borrowers and credit providers. Previously, as the founder of O-H Community Partners, Chinwe designed strategic growth plans for public-private partnerships for foundations, financial institutions, and municipalities.

Chinwe joined the Elevate Energy board after becoming interested in the local leadership role that Elevate Energy plays in energy efficiency and planning, and wanted to stand alongside an organization driving change.

In her spare time, she can be found writing or indulging in her favorite Ethiopian food, whether near her home in San Francisco or while traveling in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chris Steinhoff

Construction Services Manager

Chris Steinhoff is the Manager of Construction Services at Elevate Energy. In this role, Chris provides oversight and quality control for the energy efficiency measures installed through Elevate Energy’s buildings programs. Chris assists with vetting contractors wishing to participate in Elevate Energy’s energy efficiency programs. He also supervises the Construction Team and manages Elevate Energy’s Safety Program. His combination of vast field experience and related formal education provides a unique asset to the Technical Services team.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Chris was an Energy Auditor and Final Inspector for DuPage County Community Services, conducting energy audits on single family and multifamily homes, generating scopes of work, and providing oversight for retrofit projects.

Chris has over 25 years of experience as a residential general contractor, rough framing, and trim carpenter. Chris is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, and Healthy Home Evaluator. Chris is a member of the BPI Multifamily Standards Technical Committee.

Education and Qualifications

A.A., Business, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

Cliff Pouppirt

Kansas City Construction Manager

Cliff Pouppirt is the Construction Manager for the Kansas City Market at Elevate Energy. In this role, Cliff manages the Kansas City multifamily energy efficiency retrofit program, supports local partners, and is responsible for program startup and operation.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Cliff worked with a variety of community development corporations focused on energy efficient housing development for both multifamily and single family initiatives. This experience included ENERGY STAR®, National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program, Enterprise Green Communities, and LEED. He has also worked extensively with local neighborhood groups to create and implement holistic redevelopment plans.

Cliff holds certifications from Building Performance Institute (Building Analyst and Envelope Professional), NAHB Certified Green Professional, and is a LEED Green Professional.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
B.A., Urban Affairs, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Clifton Powell

Director, Quality and Continuous Improvement

Clifton Powell is Director of Quality and Continuous Improvement at Elevate Energy. In this role, he leads efforts associated with quality assurance and quality control, supports staff and organizational development, and assists with strategic planning. Cliff provides performance management and process support in addition to guiding Elevate Energy’s project management efforts (including developing project management processes and conducting requisite training).

Before joining Elevate Energy, Cliff worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois in the information technology division where he managed a Learning and Development team responsible for developing and delivering project management and process training. Prior to that, Cliff worked for Telcordia Technologies, Inc., where he was Curriculum Manager for Technical and Academic Programs. During his tenure at Telcordia and the telecom industry at large, Cliff held various roles associated with quality assurance, standardization, and process improvement.

Cliff is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and readily lends his project management expertise in support of worthy causes.

Education and Qualifications

M.A., Adult Education, National-Louis University, Chicago, IL
M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.S., Urban Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


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

Daniel Wolf is the Technical Projects Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role he works with local governments throughout Northern Illinois to facilitate street lighting energy reduction programs.

Before joining Elevate Energy, he worked as a GIS Specialist at MGP, Inc. where he provided GIS staffing at municipal client agencies throughout the Chicago area. He was responsible for maintaining quality data on a variety of features including water and sewer utilities, streetlights, and crime incidents. Daniel holds a M.Sc. in Ecosystem Services from the University of Edinburgh. During his time in Scotland, he studied the economics of stormwater green infrastructure.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys playing musical instruments, cooking, hiking, riding bicycles and motorcycles, encountering the native flora and fauna of the Chicago area, and doting on his two cats.

Education and Qualifications

M.Sc., Ecosystem Services, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2014
B.S., Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2010

Dara Reiff

Nonprofit Program Manager

Dara Reiff serves as Nonprofit Program Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, she assists nonprofit leaders in cutting utility costs through cost-effective energy and water efficiency upgrades. She manages relationships with program funders, utilities, industry organizations, financial institutions, and community leaders to grow opportunities for energy efficiency in nonprofit facilities and leads business development to ensure long-term program sustainability.

Preceding Elevate Energy, Dara conducted Climate Action Planning and developed green curriculum and workforce training programs as the College of Lake County’s Sustainability Coordinator through the Illinois Green Economy Network. Dara is a certified Project Management Professional and serves as Communications Chair for the American Planning Association Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Division.

Education and Qualifications 

B.A., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute

Dave Shryock

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.

Deborah Philbrick

Research Manager

Deborah Philbrick is a Research Manager at Elevate Energy. Deborah’s professional interests focus on ensuring that the benefits of energy efficiency are acknowledged by the full suite of stakeholders, from building owners and residents to real estate agents and lenders. She is passionate about preserving affordable housing through smarter energy use and Liverpool F.C.

Education and Qualifications

M.S., Public Service Management, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
B.S., University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Delmar Gillus

Chief Operating Officer

Delmar Gillus is the Chief Operating Officer of Elevate Energy. As part of the Elevate Energy team, Delmar is responsible for implementing programmatic, operational, and project management processes in support of Elevate Energy’s growing portfolio of clean energy projects. Delmar currently provides program design, coordination, and contract management support to Elevate Energy’s diverse energy efficiency and growing renewable energy programs. Delmar plays a critical role in supporting Elevate Energy’s work in increasing contractor diversity and launching energy assistance, community solar, and smart grid programs for Illinois utility consumers.

Delmar is also managing efforts to implement new business strategies and solutions. This includes supporting the ongoing development of IT, accounting, and quality systems and tools to support Elevate Energy’s clean energy programs. Delmar is active in industry associations such as the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council and Environmentalists of Color, and provides ongoing mentorship and support to emerging energy leaders within and outside of Elevate Energy.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Delmar worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois in the information technology division leading strategic and process optimization efforts for internal customers and members.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD

Dianna Parkman

Director, Human Resources

Dianna Parkman serves as the Director of Human Resources at Elevate Energy. Dianna has over ten years of extensive experience within human resources fostering change management practices, system integrations, employee relations, ethics, talent management, training, and organizational development.

Her previous experience includes working within various industries including corporate and nonprofit sectors. Recently, Dianna worked as Director of Human Resources for AltaStaff supporting multi-state/multi-site locations with approximately 1,000 employees.

Dianna severs as a member of the Board of Directors for two organizations: Henry Booth House, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for families in culturally and economically diverse Chicago communities by providing comprehensive and integrated early childhood learning; and Park Lawn, whose mission is to provide services that promote independence, choice, and access to community living for people with developmental disabilities.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Criminology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 2004
M.B.A, Keller Graduate School of Management, completed all required Human Resources competencies with anticipation of graduation in 2019

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.

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.

Elena Savona

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Programs

Elena Savona serves as Associate Director of Energy Efficiency Programs at Elevate Energy. Elena is a certified Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED-accredited professional with 15 years of experience in the energy and sustainability field. She and her team assist utilities, local communities, and partner organizations in the administration and implementation of energy efficiency programs that serve the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and the multifamily residential sector.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Elena was Client Program Manager at CB&I/Shaw, where she provided energy and sustainability consulting to a wide range of clients. She authored over 20 sustainability plans for municipalities across the country and served as lead consultant in energy efficiency strategies, community-based energy programs, and capital planning initiatives. Elena also managed an initiative to support utilities and municipalities in the inventory of streetlights and other assets.

Education and Qualifications

M.Eng., Architectural Engineering, 2006
B.S., Architecture, Universita’ degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, 2002
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, 2012
Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Association of Energy Engineers, 2008
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C), US Green Building Council, 2006
Architect, Italy, 2003

Elizabeth Corrado

Public Sector Programs Manager

Elizabeth Corrado is the Manager of Public Sector Programs at Elevate Energy. In this role, she is responsible for supporting municipalities in their energy planning efforts and designing programs that enable low-income populations to benefit from efficiency.

In her previous role as Regional Lead Field Organizer at Elevate Energy, she conducted smart grid education and homeowner outreach in the Chicagoland Area. Before joining Elevate Energy, she completed her Master’s in Urban Planning with a concentration on Community Development for Social Justice. In her spare time, she bikes, reads, and travels.

Education and Qualifications

M.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Emily Robinson

Senior Manager, Housing and Community Development

Emily Robinson has promoted sustainable urban development for more than a decade at the national, regional, state, municipal, and neighborhood levels. She works to integrate energy efficiency and renewables into existing affordable housing and community development initiatives. She manages Elevate Energy’s role in the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program, partnering with LISC, NHS, and community development organizations to make energy efficiency improvements to homes in neighborhoods that have experienced high rates of foreclosure and abandonment. From 2012-2018, Emily was Elevate Energy’s Director of Communications and Outreach.

Outside of work, Emily teaches sewing at the Breakthrough FamilyPlex in East Garfield Park and helps Rohingya refugees acclimate to the U.S. as part of the Heartland Alliance’s resettlement program. You can also find her running on the 606, scouting fabrics for her next sewing project, or snuggling up with a book and her cat, Jane Jacobs.

Education and Qualifications

M.U.P.P., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Eric Gallegos

Senior Software Developer

Eric Gallegos is a Senior Software Developer at Elevate Energy. In this role, he develops technology solutions as needed by the organization. This ranges from handling the technical details of managing all the company’s websites to building APIs to connect data to outside partners. Before joining Elevate Energy, he freelanced as a website developer, building websites from scratch.

Eric enjoys playing piano and accordion for office parties and is a supporter of independent movie houses and film clubs, especially silent film.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Eya Louis

Contractor Development Coordinator

Eya Louis is a Senior Energy Analyst at Elevate Energy. In this role, she supports the Technical Services and Construction teams in implementing program goals and operations including building audits and training. Before joining Elevate Energy, Eya worked with a consulting firm in the Chicago area as an energy auditor and office manager.

Eya is an active volunteer with the Chicago Conservation Corps’ C3 Leadership Program. She also sits on the resident advisory board of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago’s Roseland office, The Seeds Center of Maple Park, and Windy City Habitat for Humanity’s  Neighborhood Engagement Committee in West Pullman.

Eya is a founding member and Board Secretary for Sustainable Options for Urban Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization on the South Side of Chicago focused on workforce development and entrepreneurship training. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, swimming, and biking.

Education and Qualifications

BPI Certified Building Analyst Professional
OSHA HAZWOPER 40 Hazardous Waste Technician
RRP Certified Renovator and Trainer
Certified Weatherization Specialist and Trainer

Foluke Akanni

Field Organizer

Foluke Akanni is a Field Organizer at Elevate Energy. In this role, Foluke builds relationships with community members, residents, organizations, and property managers, and educates communities about energy efficiency programs in Illinois.

Prior to her role at Elevate Energy, Foluke worked as a Recruiting Coordinator at University of Illinois at Chicago connecting employers to candidates and students to internship and full-time job opportunities. She has an extensive background working in both higher education and nonprofit sectors engaging communities around issues such as education, gentrification, and energy efficiency. In her spare time, she loves to travel, connect with friends, and try out local coffee shops.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Communications Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
M.Ed., Educational Policy and Leadership, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2011

Griselda Baca

Program Support Associate

Griselda Baca is a Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, Griselda provides customer support, in Spanish and English, for dynamic pricing programs on behalf of Ameren and ComEd. She and her team provide ongoing customer education to support programs that incentivize customers to reduce their home electricity usage. She also provides assistance to the City of Chicago for the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Griselda was a licensed insurance agent and Customer Service Manager.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Environmental Science and Sustainability, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2014

Gus Sandoval

Public Sector Project Coordinator

Gus Sandoval is the Project Coordinator of Public Sector Programs at Elevate Energy. In this role, he is responsible for assisting in the development of plans and research projects including the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator.

Before joining Elevate Energy, he served as the project lead for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Climate Action Implementation Plan, where he is also currently pursuing his Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy with a concentration on Economic Development. In his spare time, he goes to baseball games, bikes, and enjoys the outdoors.

Education and Qualifications

M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.S., Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Isaac Elnecave

Senior Energy Analyst

Isaac Elnecave is a Senior Energy Analyst at Elevate Energy and is responsible for improving the energy efficiency of low-income multifamily housing across Chicagoland. Isaac reviews buildings to identify cost-effective energy-saving opportunities and collaborates with property owners to install them. Isaac has a degree in civil engineering and spent several years promoting energy efficiency in new and existing buildings through the adoption and implementation of building energy codes and appliance efficiency standards. Prior to Elevate Energy, Isaac worked on retrofitting old un-reinforced masonry to better withstand earthquakes.

He spends his free time with his two daughters identifying energy-saving opportunities at all the homes they visit as well as hiking and backpacking across the Midwest.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1985
M.P.P., Environmental Policy, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1999

Jackie Wiese

Senior Manager, Assessment Services

Jackie Wiese is the Senior Manager of Assessment Services, managing Energy Analysts within the Technical Services team at Elevate Energy. In her position, Jackie provides resource management and quality oversight for the Analyst team, supports Elevate Energy programs in building retrofit services, and manages relationships with building owners and participating contractors. She holds a certification in BPI, Building Analyst Professional.

Prior to her current role, Jackie worked as a Senior Project Lead at Elevate Energy, providing technical assistance to multiple nonprofit organizations and contractors as part of residential weatherization efforts in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Education and Qualifications

M.S., Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
B.S., Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 2007

Jacob Hostetler

Marketing Coordinator

Jacob Hostetler serves as a Marketing Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role, he primarily develops marketing and communications materials for Elevate Energy’s dynamic pricing programs. This entails coding emails, analyzing marketing campaign performance, continuously improving print and digital customer communications, and setting up and monitoring email automations. Jacob also assists other units within Elevate Energy with their marketing needs. Prior to joining the Elevate Energy team, Jacob worked in marketing at a company focused on underserved student populations, brokered high-end cars and luxury goods, and created and edited content for several automotive websites.

Outside of the office, Jacob enjoys catching up on political, technology, and automotive news and spending time with his dog, a Miniature Pinscher named Ava. In their spare time, Jacob and Ava enjoy visiting the beach, traveling to Los Angeles, and all-you-can-eat sushi.

Education and Qualifications

B.B.A., Marketing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2014
B.B.A., Management, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2014

Jamie Abrusci

Ohio Market Development Lead

Jamie Abrusci is the Ohio Market Development Lead at Elevate Energy. In this role, Jamie leads business development and strategic planning to expand the reach of Elevate Energy programs to Ohio. Based in Columbus, Jamie engages local partners, property owners and developers, and other entities that finance or incentivize energy efficiency improvements to develop support for energy efficiency and green building programs.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Jamie worked as an independent home performance consultant focusing on delivering energy efficiency, comfort, and complete home performance to customers throughout the state of Ohio. Jamie holds certifications from the Building Performance Institute (Building Analyst), Residential Energy Services Network (RESENT Rating Field Inspector), and is a licensed Radon Field Tester in the state of Ohio for both single family and multifamily buildings.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Religion, Ashland University, Ashland, OH

Jan Gudell

Solar Program Manager

Jan Gudell is the Solar Program Manager at Elevate Energy. Currently Jan contributes to a variety of solar projects and also supports Elevate Energy’s nonprofit program by helping nonprofit organizations identify and pursue efficiency and solar opportunities at their facilities.

Jan has worked in energy efficiency and renewable energy for sixteen years in the governmental, private, and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Jan was the Photovoltaic Program Manager for NSTAR (now Eversource), a Boston electric and gas utility. While at NSTAR, he contributed to several innovative pilots including the Marshfield Energy Challenge, which combined demand response, energy efficiency, and solar to reduce load. Jan also helped manage NSTAR Green, a wind power product offering, and the interconnection process for distributed generation projects.

Education and Qualifications

M.A., Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA
B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Jason Ransby-Sporn

Financial Programs Manager

Jason Ransby-Sporn is the Manager of Financial Programs at Elevate Energy. Working across multiple business units within Elevate Energy, Jason works to develop innovative loan products specifically designed to finance renewable energy, water, and energy efficiency projects. In this role, Jason works to expand Elevate Energy’s efficiency service offerings by unlocking access to capital for underserved market segments and communities.

Prior to his current role, Jason spent five years leading the Multifamily Buildings Program at Elevate Energy. In this capacity, Jason oversaw a team of energy analysts performing a range of activities, from conducting building energy assessments, creating energy models to determine projected savings for a range of measures, to coordinating contractor proposals construction and utility bill analysis to determine actual savings. Under his leadership, the Multifamily Program (at the time known as Energy Savers) successfully implemented comprehensive energy and water efficiency upgrades to more than 25,000 units of multifamily affordable housing across Illinois.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Brown University, Providence, RI

Javier Gonzalez

Senior Manager, Technical Services

Javier Gonzlez is a Senior Technical Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, he manages the implementation and technical aspects of all of Elevate Energy’s multifamily programs. This includes managing the energy savings from both gas and electric conservation measures.

Before joining Elevate Energy, he worked with a local contractor conducting energy efficiency work. Prior to that, he was an energy rater at Ezing and a multifamily building manager.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Education and Qualifications

Wilbur Wright College, Building Energy Technologies Program, Chicago, IL

Jeanine Otte

Senior Manager, Clean Energy Jobs and Small Business Development

Jeanine Otte is the Senior Manager of Clean Energy Jobs and Small Business Development at Elevate Energy. In this role, she works with community organizations, contractors, and small businesses to increase access to clean energy jobs and wealth opportunities afforded through investment in clean energy. Throughout her career at Elevate Energy, Jeanine has developed an expertise for increasing business for both Elevate Energy and the people we serve.

Prior to Elevate Energy, Jeanine worked as a union organizer and also as a public servant for the City of Chicago. Jeanine was instrumental in passing the city’s first municipal ban on the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA).

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Sociology and Spanish

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

Senior Marketing Manager

Jenny Riley is the Senior Marketing Manager at Elevate Energy. Jenny leads and supports marketing efforts for all Elevate Energy programs including the three utility programs: Hourly Pricing, Power Smart Pricing, and Peak Time Rewards. She is responsible for all customer communications and engagement. She develops and implements communication and marketing strategies in English and Spanish to promote Elevate Energy programs and educates the public on the benefits of electric grid modernization. Previously, Jenny served as the Marketing and Administrative Coordinator at Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C., a law firm dedicated to affordable housing and community development in Chicago.

Jenny is certified in Digital Marketing and holds her Series 7, 24, and 63 securities licenses. She was previously Director of Client Services and Compliance for an investment firm in California. On an individual development level, Jenny teaches yoga and was a company member for the Joel Hall Dancers for 10 years.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., English and Spanish, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, 2017


Jeremi Bryant

Field Organizer

Jeremi Bryant is a Field Organizer for Elevate Energy. In his role, Jeremi cultivates, fosters, and strengthens a vast array of skillsets pertaining to project management and assessment, specifically targeted towards community improvement efforts. Jeremi is a lifelong Chicagoan who is passionate about sustainability and preservation of the built environment.

Jessica Miller

Senior Manager, Consulting Services

Jessica Miller is the Senior Manager of Consulting Services at Elevate Energy. In this role, Jessica leads a team that develops and delivers new services for building owners across the Midwest, including green certifications and benchmarking. She leads the development of Elevate Energy’s consulting strategy as well as business development.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Jessica helped certify more than 10 million square feet of commercial space under the LEED for Existing Buildings program in New York City. Jessica completed the Environmental Leadership Program’s National Fellowship in 2014 and is now an ELP Senior Fellow. She also recently earned GPRO’s Operations and Maintenance Essentials certificate.

Education and Qualifications

M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford, MA
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Joanna Racho

Senior Program Support Associate

Joanna Racho is a Senior Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, she co-manages the day to day operations of the Program Support Associate Team, which provides a variety of customer services related to energy efficiency, energy benchmarking, and dynamic pricing. Joanna also manages support for the City of Chicago’s Benchmarking Ordinance.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Joanna coordinated food rescue and meal delivery operations as well as coordinated volunteer efforts with The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University. Additionally, she participated in Foresight Design Initiative’s Summer Immersion Program.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Joe Kamberos

Energy Analyst

Joe Kamberos is an Energy Analyst at Elevate Energy. In this role, he helps building owners reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on their utility bills through energy efficiency retrofits. By communicating calculated energy savings and installation costs, informing building owners of rebate opportunities, and connecting owners to high-quality contractors, he assists building owners in reaping the benefits of energy efficiency.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Physics, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016

John Blaser

Associate Director, Tech and Data Services

John Blaser is Associate Director of Technology and Data Services at Elevate Energy. He leads all aspects of technical applications, software development, and data management. This includes technology planning; technical implementation and delivery; data management, security, and integration; website management; and Salesforce support and implementation.

John led the creation of MyHomeEQ LLC, an affiliate of Elevate Energy, which provides homeowners with the information needed to complete energy efficiency retrofits, contractors with the ability to complete energy efficiency reports for home upgrades, and is providing utility data for Midwest Real Estate Data, the Multiple Listing Service serving the Chicago region.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, John spent 11 years at Accenture LLP, serving as a project manager, technical architect, and business process designer. Working with Fortune 1000 clients in the consumer retail and telecommunications sectors, he delivered technology tools resulting in millions of dollars worth of revenue and cost savings.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Mathematics and Economics, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

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

Jose Lara is the Data and Reporting Lead and Salesforce Administrator at Elevate Energy. In this role, Jose is responsible for monthly and quarterly reporting to federal agencies, steering committees, and other stakeholders. Jose is also responsible for daily management of Elevate Energy’s CRM system, Salesforce. This includes creating custom objects, workflow rules, email alerts, field updates, and validation rules.

During his free time, he enjoys collecting vinyl records of all genres. This hobby started around 1997 with a single vinyl record that has now grown into a collection of approximately 2,500 records. Jose also enjoys traveling to Mexico a couple times a year.

Education and Qualifications

Harold Washington Community College, Chicago, IL, 2001

Karen Kaminsky

Senior Energy Analyst

Karen Kaminsky is a Senior Energy Analyst at Elevate Energy. In this role, she conducts on-site energy assessments of multifamily buildings and nonprofit childcare centers in Illinois, recommends cost-effective upgrades to building owners, and assists these owners through the construction and financing of these upgrades.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Karen worked as an undergraduate researcher at the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation in Pittsburgh where she completed life cycle assessments for biofuels derived from perennial grasses.

Karen is the volunteer Communications Coordinator for Engineers for a Sustainable World, a nonprofit with nearly fifty student and professional chapters that aims to infuse sustainability-oriented design into the practices and studies of every engineer through projects, courses, and outreach. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and knitting.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Kate Brown

Public Housing Program Manager

Kate Brown serves as the Public Housing Program Manager at Elevate Energy. She works with Public Housing Authorities to provide advice and analyses that enable them to increase their economic viability through the efficient use of traditional and renewable energy resources. She is currently working on the iSMART Research Project funded by the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation to assess and test the potential impact of smart meter-enabled technologies on reducing energy consumption and improving quality of life for low-income seniors residing in public housing.

Education and Qualifications

M.R.P., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
B.A., Political Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Katie Hamberg

Salesforce Administrator

Katie Hamberg is the Salesforce Administrator at Elevate Energy. In this role, she helps manage Salesforce, Elevate Energy’s CRM system. This includes creating custom objects, workflow rules, email alerts, field updates, and validation rules. She works closely with managers and staff to understand requirements for each program. She also researches new apps and works closely with Salesforce on new enhancements to the system.

Education and Qualifications

B.B.A., Finance, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2004

Kevin Moore

Energy Analyst

Kimberly Loewen

Associate Director, Technical Services and Building Technology

Kimberly Loewen is the Associate Director of Technical Services and Building Technology at Elevate Energy and manages the Technical Services Team. This team is responsible for providing construction expertise to Elevate Energy’s building retrofit services, as well as managing relationships with building owners and participating contractors. In her position, Kimberly is also responsible for developing and implementing business planning activities for Elevate Energy’s technical services through program design and partner and client development and support. She holds certifications from BPI: Building Analyst Professional and Envelope Professional. In 2015, Kimberly was a recipient of Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 award program.

Prior to her time at Elevate Energy, Kimberly served as the Manager of Construction Services as well as the Regional Programs Manager at Elevate Energy, leading and overseeing the organization’s role in administering broad-based energy efficiency programs.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, 2004
Course work: Environmental and Growth Management Studies, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, 2007

Kris Kiszynski

Associate Director, Engineering

Lace Bolling

Senior Project Management Coordinator

Lace Bolling is the Senior Project Management Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role, she supports the implementation and administration of Elevate Energy’s project management and financial systems. This includes developing processes, pilot testing, documenting procedures, delivering presentations, and creating training materials.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Lace worked at Fifth Third Bank as a Financial Service Representative where she led her branch to exceed quarterly sales goals, which helped her achieve ranking as #1 Financial Service Representative in downtown Chicago.

In Lace’s free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, DIY projects, volunteering within the community, and spending time with her family.

Education and Qualifications

B.B.A., The Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Lana Panitch

Senior Program Support Associate

Lana Panitch is a Senior Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, she provides customer support for dynamic pricing programs on behalf of Ameren and ComEd. She and her team provide ongoing customer education to support programs that incentivize customers to conserve their home electricity usage.

Previously, Lana worked at Medline Industries, Inc., where she built her professional experience throughout two internships and 15 months in the Rotational Assignment Program. During that time, she delivered valuable support throughout five different departments.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Environmental Studies and Spanish, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Lawrence Kotewa

Chief Engineer

Lawrence Kotewa is the Chief Engineer at Elevate Energy. In this role, he provides overall engineering direction for Elevate Energy including project management and engineering services for energy efficiency and demand response programs, as well as smart grid and dynamic electricity pricing initiatives. Before joining Elevate Energy, Lawrence supervised ComEd’s meter-engineering group, which included responsibility for establishing metering practices and standards used throughout the company for revenue applications, including customer-owned generation.

Lawrence represents Elevate Energy by chairing the ANSI C12 SC17 and IEEE SCC31 Standards Committees, covering communications protocol standards for electricity, natural gas, and water meters, jointly produced by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), and Industry Canada. He is a member of the California Technical Forum, a collaborative of experts who review and issue technical information related to California’s integrated demand-side management portfolio.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Statistics/Computer Technology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1987
B.S., Electrical Engineering/Management, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 1974

Leslie Hendren

Human Resources Generalist

Leslie Hendren is the Human Resources Generalist at Elevate Energy. In this role, she assists in the development, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of HR activities, including recruitment, on-boarding, employee relations, compensation and benefits, payroll, regulatory compliance, internal communications, and training.

Leslie has worked within the financial/internal communications and human resources fields for over 25 years across various industries including nonprofits, utilities, financial services, healthcare, retail, and real estate.

Leslie’s passion for people and customer service drives her to ensure that all Elevate Energy employees have the resources and support necessary to fulfill their responsibilities and drive change throughout the communities they work in. As a life-long learner, Leslie is currently studying for her PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A., Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Levi Hicks

Senior IT Support Specialist

Levi Hicks serves as the Senior IT Support Specialist at Elevate Energy. He began working with Elevate Energy’s affiliate, the Center for Neighborhood Technology nearly 10 years ago working on hardware and software problems. He previously served as a Systems Engineer with Waident Technologies.

Levi attended the Chicago City Colleges and Illinois Institute of Technology for Computer Science.

Lindy Loyet

Chief Financial Officer

Lindy Loyet is the Chief Financial Officer at Elevate Energy. Lindy directs Elevate Energy’s financial reporting, growth, and organizational strategy and has overall responsibility for accounting, treasury, financial planning and reporting, and federal award and grant administration. Lindy brings more than 15 years of experience in diverse nonprofit finance, project management, strategic planning, operations, information technology, human resources, and donor relations.

Lindy is a member of the Not-for-Profit CFO Roundtable of Chicago and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also holds her teaching certificate for the Alexander Technique, a movement re-education practice.

Education and Qualifications

M.S.A., Accounting, DePaul University (anticipated 2018), Chicago, IL
M.A., Nonprofit Management, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Lindy Wordlaw

Senior Manager, Public Sector Programs

Lindy Wordlaw is the Senior Manager of Public Sector Programs at Elevate Energy. In her role, she aims to help public sector agencies plan for and implement energy and sustainability strategies that impact their own operations and across the communities they serve. Upon joining Elevate Energy in 2004, she led the Kane County Energy Solutions project, which predicted growth in Kane County’s energy demand (based on projected population growth and land use changes) and recommended strategies for mitigation. Additional projects include award winning sustainability plans in Decatur and Park Forest, and planning work in Oak Park/River Forest, Kane County, DuPage County, the seven-county Chicago region (via Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning), Madison, WI, State of Missouri, and State of Iowa.

Lindy is a member of the American Planning Association (APA). She recently completed a four-year term as Chair of the Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division, and a one-year term as Co-Chair of the Task Force on Water that informed the APA Board of Directors on the intersection of water and planning issues.

Education and Qualifications 

M.U.P., Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Lisa Roth

Senior Manager, Multifamily Programs

Lisa Roth is the Senior Manager of Multifamily Programs at Elevate Energy. In her role, she leads the delivery of energy efficiency services for the low-income multifamily sector across Illinois, working closely with utilities, implementers, and other partners to ensure successful, cost-effective program implementation.

Prior to her current role, Lisa served as Senior Manager of Program Support at Elevate Energy, managing the staff providing customer support and other services for a wide range of programs related to energy efficiency, energy benchmarking, dynamic pricing, and smart grid initiatives.

Lisa is an Associate Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League, a member of Net Impact, and participated in the Foresight Design Initiative’s Sustainovate program.

Education and Qualifications

Leadership in Sustainability Management Certificate, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A., Psychology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


Louise Sharrow

Market Operations Manager

Louise Sharrow is the Market Operations Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, Louise supports local staff and partners throughout the Midwest with program start-up tools and training, develops procedures and processes for ongoing site operations, and manages a utility implementation contract. She is also involved in a number of research projects, from analyzing low-income housing units and populations to understanding housing and energy stakeholders and policies.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Louise worked with a variety of energy- and sustainability-focused nonprofit and government organizations throughout the Midwest. She also worked for an international language school coordinating online language classes for students and teachers across the globe.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.A., Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, IN
B.A., Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, 2015

Macy Gould

Field Organizer

Macy Gould is a Field Organizer at Elevate Energy. In this role, Macy works to educate residents, building owners, and community organizations on Chicago’s West and Northwest side and suburbs on energy efficiency and encourage them to make smart energy choices. She loves bringing information about new energy infrastructure to her communities and connecting folks with programs and resources designed to reduce their utility burden while benefiting the environment.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Macy worked as a substitute teacher with Chicago Public Schools after relocating to Chicago from Lexington, Kentucky, where she worked in child hunger programming at a Feeding America Network food bank. In her spare time, Macy can be found creating and consuming lots of comedy, music, and vegetarian comfort food, and exploring this city she now calls home.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Sociology and Educational Studies, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, 2014

Margaret Garascia

Research Manager

Margaret Garascia serves as Research Manager at Elevate Energy. As part of the Elevate Energy research team, Margaret conducts research on whether low- and moderate-income households are equally served by publicly funded energy efficiency programs. She also conducts data analysis on energy use in residential and commercial buildings and was lead author of a report on the multifamily building stock in Chicago and the potential for energy savings.

Prior to this role, Margaret worked as an Analyst for ADI Consulting, where she advised mortgage lenders regarding potential race- and gender-based discrimination in origination and pricing.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.Aff., LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin, TX
B.A., Environmental Studies, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

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

Maria Quiñones is the Consulting Services Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, Maria supports the expansion of technical consulting services by leveraging her expertise in energy, water, and waste benchmarking, ENERGY STAR® certification, and building energy assessments. She also manages a data-driven study analyzing the opportunity and challenges of implementing energy efficiency programs for affordable multifamily housing stock in Los Angeles, CA.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Maria was a Commercial Sustainability Services Project Engineer at Southface Energy Institute, where she conducted energy and water assessments on small and large commercial buildings and provided energy efficiency implementation services and general sustainability consulting.

Education and Qualifications 

M.S., Building Construction & Facility Maintenance, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Mario Quezada

Office Manager

Mario Quezada servers as an Office Manager at Elevate Energy. In his role, Mario coordinates office operations through organized materials, files, supplies, and maintenance of office equipment. He also performs accounts receivable duties including processing invoices, submitting check requests, and provides general staff support and cleaning office crew supervision.

Prior to this role, Mario has worked as an activist and community organizer in Montreal, Canada, and Chicago. In Montreal, he worked at Le Hinrondelle as an English-Spanish translator and as a companion, helping refugees establish themselves in Canadian society. During his Bunche Fellowship at Amnesty International, Mario worked to abolish the death penalty by attending speaking engagements, directing workshops, and organizing rallies. Outside of running the office, he organized against the Iraq War and produces videos and photography.

Marisa Joyce

Field Organizer

Marisa Joyce serves as a Field Organizer at Elevate Energy, based in Springfield, IL. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Marisa appreciates the importance of preserving rural livelihoods and supporting healthy communities.

Marisa will soon receive her Master’s in Environmental Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Prior to her time at Elevate Energy, Marisa worked for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. There, she developed and implemented an evaluation plan for use at Springfield farmers markets to document the importance of the markets to the local economy and community and measure market success.

She is an avid supporter of her community’s farmers markets, loves cooking with local food, and enjoys trying new recipes that will delight her family. In her free time, Marisa enjoys soaking up the beauty and splendor of nature. This includes hiking, leisure walks with her kids, amateur photography, or even spending a few minutes in mediation or mindful appreciation.

Marjorie Isaacson

Director, Customer Support

Marjorie Isaacson is the Director of Customer Support at Elevate Energy. As part of Elevate Energy’s senior management team, she oversees Elevate Energy’s operations in collaboration with project leads. Her responsibilities include developing new programs, establishing standards, and supporting staff in project management. She collaborates with Elevate Energy’s research team on new and ongoing programs, and has presented at numerous conferences and contributed to peer-reviewed journals and other publications. Marjorie is a certified Project Management Professional. She has worked at Elevate Energy for over sixteen years.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Marjorie worked as a research project manager in cancer cytogenetics at the University of Chicago. As an early adopter of distributed generation, she was the first customer to interconnect her home’s photovoltaic system with ComEd.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mark Dunn

Chief of Construction

Mark Dunn is the Chief of Construction at Elevate Energy. He is a source of industry knowledge who has gained the trust of building owners, contractors, and their on-site installers. He oversees the construction phases of energy retrofits, from defining scope of work, to soliciting bids, monitoring installation, and performing post-retrofit inspections.

He has worked as a union carpenter, HVAC serviceman, and natural gas pipefitter. During fourteen years of field work at People’s Gas in Chicago, he handled all parts of natural gas infrastructure. Since 1998 he has worked as a project manager on new commercial and residential construction, extensive rehab projects in residential high rises and vintage apartment buildings, amounting to more than 330,000 square feet of new and retrofitted construction.

Mark puts this experience to work every time he sets foot on a job site—he knows what good work looks like, and how to identify problems far in advance, ensuring no corners are cut and exceptional work is recognized and praised.

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

Mary Jo Warskow is a Technical Projects Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, Mary Jo supports the development and implementation of energy efficiency projects which utilize advanced technologies. She has assisted many municipalities in meeting the technical requirements of utility energy efficiency incentive programs for their LED street lighting upgrade projects.

In her prior position as Elevate Energy’s Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for ComEd and Ameren Illinois’ dynamic pricing programs, she developed marketing materials and conducted community outreach to promote the programs. Before joining Elevate Energy, Mary Jo was a community organizer for The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Transit Future campaign.

Mary Jo is a member of the Village of Arlington Heights’ Plan Commission and Comprehensive Plan sub-committee. When not working, Mary Jo is either at home with her family or on the ice curling with the Chicago Curling Club.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.P., Loyola University, Chicago, IL
B.S., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Meagan Kadlec

Technical Services Coordinator

Meagan Kadlec is the Technical Services Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role she provides logistical support for the Technical Services Team, oversees the department’s strategic planning, works to improve processes, and assists with department administration. Meagan is also the chief editor of Elevate Energy’s internal quarterly newsletter. She has a passion for cultivating and sustaining a happy, and therefore, productive work environment through an open feedback loop, thoughtful meetings, and energizing retreats.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Meagan worked at Groupon coordinating between merchants and customers. Meagan volunteers at a variety of Chicago-based nonprofits, including Active Transport Alliance, the Peterson Garden Project, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. In her free time she enjoys kickball, yoga, running, and camping.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Towson University, Towson, MD

Megan Borneman

Environmental Health Project Coordinator

Megan Borneman is the Environmental Health Project Coordinator at Elevate Energy. In this role, she coordinates Elevate Energy’s healthy homes programs, including projects to identify and abate harmful lead-based paint and improve indoor air quality for residents with asthma. She is passionate about affordable housing and working closely with both owners and residents to achieve improved living conditions. Before joining Elevate Energy, she served as a Legal Advocate at Legal Council for Health Justice.


M.A., Sociology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 2011
B.A., Sociology and Communications, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 2007

Melanie Mihalek

Finance Manager

Melanie Mihalek is the Manager of Finance at Elevate Energy. In this role, she works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to assist in producing timely and accurate financial reporting. She manages the preparation and delivery of Elevate Energy’s annual financial audit, and supervises accounting and payroll activities.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Melanie worked as a Financial Analyst for the American Red Cross in Cleveland, Ohio. Melanie is a CPA candidate, currently studying to achieve this license by June 2019.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Michelle Thoma

General Counsel

Michelle Thoma-Culver is General Counsel at Elevate Energy. In this role, Michelle ensures compliance with the legal requirements of Elevate Energy’s work. She is also responsible for designing and implementing operational policies and procedures that support the development of Elevate Energy’s innovative programs while minimizing risks. Michelle’s broad experience in organizational operations, information technology, intellectual property, marketing, public relations, energy solutions, real estate, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions makes her a vital member of the Elevate Energy team as the organization seeks to meet its mission in important new ways.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Michelle was Director of Program Management and Public Relations at IGO Carsharing, which was the City of Chicago’s first carsharing option, and its only nonprofit carsharing operation. Michelle is also the President of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, which is a nonprofit organization that, for over twenty-five years, has been championing environmentally- and fiscally-sound management of solid waste in Chicago and beyond through research, education, and advocacy.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Liberal Arts, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1998
J.D., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2004
Leadership in Sustainability Management certificate, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016

Olivia Tse

Data Analyst

Olivia Tse is a Data Analyst at Elevate Energy. As part of the research team, she leads geospatial analysis and supports other projects.

Previously, she has served as a public interest fellow at the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and a research assistant at Argonne National Laboratory.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Environmental Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A., English, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Pamela Brookstein

Market Transformation Specialist

Pamela Brookstein is the Market Transformation Specialist for Elevate Energy. In this role, she works to ensure that the value of high performance homes is visible in real estate transactions. She manages the Value for High Performance Homes initiative and has expertise in engaging various sectors of the real estate community on issues such as energy efficiency and solar. Pamela helped develop and launch two online solar education classes for real estate professionals. One of her favorite parts of her work is teaching the National Association of REALTORS® Green Designation classes.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Pamela worked with municipal leaders, community organizations, and residents to galvanize support around the adoption of policies to improve health in Chicagoland.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.H., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A., Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Patrick Foley

HVAC Specialist

Patrick Foley is an HVAC Specialist at Elevate Energy. In this role, he provides technical insight on the design, installation, and operation of a wide range of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. He attends site visits for initial assessments, detailed audits, and contractor oversight when a project includes more complex and varied HVAC systems. He also acts as a technical reference for HVAC-related questions from other Elevate Energy staff members, building owners, contractors, and other key parties.

Prior to joining the team at Elevate Energy, he spent two years in the mechanical contracting industry in the Chicago area as an estimator and project manager at two design-build mechanical contractors. Patrick is a registered engineer-in-training, working towards his professional engineering license. In his spare time, he bikes, travels, builds custom furniture, and plays the banjo.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Architectural Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Quinn Biever

Field Organizer

Rachel Scheu

Director, Research

Rachel serves as the Director of Research at Elevate Energy, which serves as the bedrock for our program management and innovation efforts. She manages staff responsible for implementing Elevate Energy research related to regional energy efficiency retrofit initiatives, energy consumption in buildings and climate change, demand-side management, real-time pricing, and regional energy planning.

Though Rachel’s last name is pronounced “shy,” don’t mistake her deliberate nature for timidity. She’s a vocal advocate of measured performance data in residential and commercial buildings, writing extensively on the subject and presenting at conferences such as Greenbuild and Affordable Comfort.

Education and Qualifications

M.U.P., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
Diploma, Design and Architecture, Archeworks, Chicago IL
B.F.A., Industrial Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Rachel Young

Program Support Associate

Rachel Young is a Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, she provides outreach to various Elevate Energy programs, educates customers and participants on program benefits, and organizes communications materials. She also manages thorough and quick resolution of customer requests via phone, email, and live chat. Before joining the Elevate Energy team, she served as an administrative assistant at Foresight Design Initiative.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., East Asian Studies, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 2015

Roya Alkafaji

Marketing Coordinator

Roya Alkafaji is a Marketing Coordinator at Elevate Energy. Roya supports marketing efforts for three utility programs: ComEd’s Hourly Pricing, Ameren Illinois Power Smart Pricing, and Ameren Illinois Peak Time Rewards®. She helps implement marketing and communications strategies to promote the programs and educate the public on the benefits of energy efficiency. Before joining Elevate Energy, Roya served as a Research Assistant at the Metropolitan Planning Council, assisting in the development of a guide to educate municipalities on water supply management.

In her free time, Roya enjoys exploring the many neighborhoods of Chicago, getting lost in a good book, and spending time upside-down on her yoga mat.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Sarah Gulezian

Senior Manager, Dynamic Pricing Programs

Sarah Gulezian is the Senior Manager of Dynamic Pricing Programs. In this role, she oversees the strategy and execution of Elevate Energy’s demand response and dynamic pricing portfolio for utility clients. Currently, Sarah directs two innovative supply options for ComEd and Ameren Illinois that connect people to the hourly market rate of electricity to reduce their bills and impact on the environment. She also oversees the Ameren Illinois Peak Time Rewards® program. Sarah leads the marketing, outreach, customer service, and research to support the over 70,000 residential customers participating in the programs.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Sarah advanced Illinois clean energy policy at Sierra Club and served on the Governor’s Electric Vehicle Advisory Council. Outside of work at Elevate Energy, Sarah enjoys serving on the Illinois Environmental Council’s Young Professionals Board, is a certified yoga instructor, and is always up for a bike ride.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., University of Vermont, Honors College, Burlington, VT

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

Shane Cullinan is a Data Services Developer with Elevate Energy. Shane manages the data exchanges between Elevate Energy and its partners, including the utilities they team up with and the people who see the benefits of Elevate Energy’s programs. Prior to joining the Elevate Energy team, Shane spent time in the SAP consulting and marketing analytics sectors.

Outside of work, Shane spends his time reading, enjoying music, and spending time with his wife and friends.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Philosophy, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2011

Sieatta Frazier

Program Support Associate

Sieatta Frazier is a Program Support Associate for Elevate Energy. In this role, Sieatta educates potential program participants on how to save money on their energy bills while maintaining a positive customer relationship with existing participants. Sieatta brings over seven years of customer service experience to Elevate Energy from an array of industries, including healthcare and retail.

When Sieatta is out of the office, she enjoys watching movies and dancing. Her favorite movie is Moonstruck and she enjoys belly dancing.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Healthcare Management, University of Phoenix, 2012
B.S., Marketing, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL, 2005

Steffani Labrador

Program Support Associate

Steffani Labrador is a Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, she provides customer support in both English and Spanish for dynamic pricing programs and energy efficient building services.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Steffani was a Childcare Worker for Jewish Child & Family Services where she worked with developmentally disabled teenagers in a residential setting. There, she supported her clients in their endeavors to become increasingly independent and reach their goals.

Education and Qualifications

B.A., Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Stephanie Benitez

Program Support Associate

Stephanie Benitez is a bilingual Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. In this role, she educates potential customers and builds relationships with existing customers while maintaining Elevate Energy’s integral customer satisfaction and retention. She works with a team of Program Support Associates, and lends a helping hand to Elevate Energy staff on a variety of tasks. Prior to joining Elevate Energy’s team, she supported and coordinated with Family Health Networks members and employees.

She is affiliated with the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization founded in 1931 dedicated to youth development. She has a passion for understand how things work and is fond of short stories by O. Henry.

Education and Qualifications

B.S., Psychology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 2014

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.

Suzanne Stelmasek

Policy Manager

Suzanne Stelmasek is the Policy Manager at Elevate Energy. In this role, she supports energy efficiency, dynamic pricing, smart grid, data access, and solar programs through policy analysis and advocacy efforts. Suzanne is responsible for monitoring and commenting on regulatory proceedings, engaging in utility of the future discussions, as well as supporting community solar program design and implementation strategy.

Suzanne sits on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network and participates in the Illinois Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group on behalf of Elevate Energy.

Education and Qualifications

M.P.P., George Washington University, Washington, DC
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Sylvia Ewing

Director, Marketing, Communications, and Outreach

Sylvia Ewing serves as the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Outreach at Elevate Energy. Sylvia has worked on both sides of the microphone, helping nonprofits communicate effectively, implement strategic plans, manage change, and produce events. She was formerly an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on Leadership and Management in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department. She has produced countless successful public and private events at venues around the city, as well as raised significant revenue for her clients and employers.

Her work has been published in the Chicago Sun-TimesChicago ParentN’DigoYoga Chicago, and Uptown Magazine. Sylvia can also be seen on WTTW-TV and around the country as an on-air host for PBS specials. Her public broadcasting credentials include a long history with WBEZ radio, Chicago’s NPR affiliate. She has produced and directed for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and other national and international organizations and broadcasters. She has also produced several series for online platforms.

Sylvia shares a Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) award with her Eight Forty-Eight colleagues and shares an Edward R. Murrow award for the Chicago Matters series on Chicago Public Radio. She has been nominated for three local Emmys, and has received a Peter Lisagor award and three outstanding awards from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists.

She received her certification as a meditation teacher from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. The author of Comfort and Joy: Stories of Hope Meditations for Happinessshe is also a popular moderator and keynote speaker, reaching thousands of people each year on behalf of various civic and cultural groups.

Education and Qualifications

Technical Memorial Vocational School, Commercial Art and Marketing

Tim Crowder

Construction Analyst

Tim Crowder is the Construction Analyst at Elevate Energy. In this role, he has conducted oversight of utility-funded low-income weatherization programs and performed inspections of retrofit projects across diverse building types. He comes to Elevate Energy with years of experience in residential energy efficiency. Before joining Elevate Energy, Tim worked for Comprehensive Community Solutions (CCS) as the Energy Auditor and Weatherization Superior. Prior to employment with CCS, Tim served in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Technical.

Education and Qualifications

Coursework in Electronic Engineering Technology and Sustainable Energy Systems, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL, 2013
B.S., Business Administration in Finance and Management, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, 2011


Tim Skrotzki

New Market Initiatives Market Development Lead

Tim Skrotzki is the Market Development Lead with the New Markets Initiative team at Elevate Energy, designing sustainable business models customized to lift low-income communities in Michigan. Based at the offices of our partner Michigan Energy Options, Tim develops business development opportunities and provides technical assistance for energy efficiency, solar, and green building. In this role, he engages property owners, developers, and other entities that finance or incentivize energy efficiency improvements while supporting affordable housing owners with solar and green building design services.

Education and Qualifications

M.B.A., Sustainable Urban Development, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Graduate Certificate, Real Estate Development
B.S., GeoScience, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Tina Marie Williamson

Field Organizer

Tina Marie Williamson is a Field Organizer for Elevate Energy. In this role, she implements community-based strategies for educating and engaging individuals on saving both money and energy. She is currently based in Springfield, IL, and is working with local communities to educate them about the smart grid and help them take advantage of energy and cost-savings programs sponsored by Elevate Energy, the utilities, and third parties. She is also educating and connecting residents and building owners with Elevate Energy’s energy efficient building service programs designed and geared toward nonprofit, single family, and multifamily buildings.

Prior to joining Elevate Energy, Tina Marie worked as a property manager in affordable housing. In addition to her environmental work, Tina Marie is passionate about economic growth and community involvement in her neighborhood. Tina Marie is an artist who enjoys traveling, meals out with good company, and historical biographies.

Tony Diaz

Field Organizer

Tony Diaz is a Field Organizer at Elevate Energy. In this role, Tony educates and engages individuals and organizations on ways to save money and energy. This includes providing general awareness of emerging technologies associated with the smart grid, as well as enrolling clients in programs sponsored by Elevate Energy and associated partners.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Tony was an educator and administrator at various local schools. He taught a variety of coursework for the City Colleges of Chicago and served as an administrator for Morton College. He has served in various intake positions including admissions and advising as well as in administrative roles including human resource management.

Tony is active in numerous civic organizations and serves on the Advisory Board of the Catholic Charities of Chicago.

Education and Qualifications

M.S., Public Service Management, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2009
B.A., History, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1997


Vito Greco

Senior Manager, Solar Programs

Vito Greco is the Senior Manager of Solar Programs at Elevate Energy. In his role, Vito is developing strategies that accelerate solar deployment for our most critical institutions, including affordable housing, governments, and nonprofits. Vito has provided technical assistance for renewables deployment for Cook County, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority, as well as affordable housing owners, nonprofits, and municipalities.

Vito is a thought leader for low-income solar and community solar, working with stakeholders since 2016 to further solar legislation in Illinois and contribute to the implementation of the Illinois Solar for All program.

Yeri Lee

Senior Energy Analyst

Yeri Lee is a Senior Energy Analyst at Elevate Energy. In this role, Yeri provides technical consulting services to owners of multifamily buildings in Chicagoland and downstate Illinois. This includes conducting on-site energy assessments, providing assessment reports to owners that recommend cost-effective energy upgrades, and assisting owners through the construction and financing of the upgrades.

Before joining Elevate Energy, Yeri worked as an undergraduate researcher in the RKP Group at Princeton University where she studied and formulated nanoparticles for MRI applications. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and exploring Chicago.

Education and Qualifications

B.S.E., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2015