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Meet the Energy Smarts Bloggers
John Goodhue, Guest Blogger
Executive Director, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
John Goodhue is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The MGHPCC is dedicated to supporting the growing scientific computing needs of faculty-driven research at MIT, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Harvard University. John is a business and technical leader with 30 years experience in networking and high performance computing. He has held senior engineering management, general management, and technology leadership positions at Cisco Systems, where he led the development and marketing of Internet routers for service providers, and BBN Technologies, where he led projects to develop Internet routing and high performance computing technologies. John has also been on the early management teams for several Boston-area start-up companies. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Market Development and Support Division Co-op at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Stephanie Mernick is the Market Development and Support Division Co-op at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She is currently in her fourth year at Northeastern University, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Photography. Stephanie is from Darien, Connecticut and recently returned from studying abroad along the Gold Coast of Australia. She loves to travel, work with animals and help save the planet.
Intern with the Communication team
Natalie Wheeler is working as an intern with the Communication team on multimedia projects. She is a student at Northeastern University where she is persuing a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. Natalie serves on the board of the schools environmental club, HEAT, the Husky Environmental Action Team as the head of multimedia communication. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio this outdoors lover enjoys hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and horseback riding.
CEO and Executive Director at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Alicia joined the MassCEC in August 2012 after serving as Deputy Commissioner for policy and planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. From 2007 to 2011, she held various other positions at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs including Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Director and Deputy General Counsel. Alicia earned a juris doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from The Ohio State University.
Member of DOER Green Communities Division
Aimee Powelka, a member of DOER Green Communities Division, works with municipalities, water/wastewater treatment plants and other local governmental agencies to pursue energy efficiency through energy reduction planning and collaboration with electric and gas utility efficiency programs.
Aimee earned a doctorate in biomedical research from Harvard, which gives her the science background to manage data-driven efforts of the division that includes the MassEnergyInsight energy-tracking tool, the Green Communities energy reduction plans, and tracking efforts by drinking water and wastewater facilities. Prior to joining DOER, she worked in air pollution policy at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. A proud Wisconsin native, Aimee graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota and now lives with her family – which includes two brightly red-headed boys – in Framingham.
Chair, Department of Public Utilities
Ann Berwick was appointed Chair of the Department of Public Utilities by Governor Deval Patrick in June, 2010. Prior to that, Ann was the Commonwealth’s Undersecretary for Energy and also served as Acting Chair of the Energy Facility Siting Board. As Undersecretary, Ann was a key participant in the development of the Green Communities Act, the Patrick Administration’s signature energy legislation, and worked closely on its implementation with the state’s Department of Energy Resources and Department of Public Utilities. Ann worked with those agencies on a range of issues, including the introduction of a more progressive building code and the development of renewable resources in the Commonwealth.
Before serving in the Patrick Administration Ann was a senior consultant at M.J. Bradley & Associates in Concord, Massachusetts. In that role she advised non-profit organizations and electric distribution and generating companies on a wide range of issues, including environmental science; pollution control technology; and developments in state and federal energy and environmental law, regulation, and policy.
Ann served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office from 1991 to 1996, where she exercised joint oversight of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force. From 1996 to 1997 she worked in the Alaska Attorney General’s Office, where she participated in litigation before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also been a legal services attorney, and a partner in the litigation department at the Boston law firm Goulston & Storrs.
Ann holds a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has four grown children and lives in Newton with her husband.
Project Associate at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Arthur is a Project Associate who works with both the Workforce Development and Sector Development divisions at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Prior to joining the MassCEC, Arthur worked in Governor Patrick’s Constituent Services Office where he helped members of the public navigate through state government and provided assistance with maintaining and troubleshooting the Governor’s constituent tracking database. A graduate of American International College where he earned a B.A. in political science, Arthur is also experienced in community organizing with diverse groups across the Commonwealth.
Deputy Director of the Renewables Division, Department of Energy Resources
Bram Claeys joined the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in the summer of 2011 as Renewable Energy Policy Director. He is responsible for developing and analyzing opportunities for new and better renewable and alternative energy policies at the Massachusetts state level, and is a member of the management team coordinating the state’s Clean Energy Results Program.
Bram Claeys has 12 years of experience in energy and climate policy, working in Belgium, European Union institutions and the UN climate negotiations. As a policy advisor to the energy minister in Belgium, he developed innovative policies to support renewable energy and increase the energy efficiency of industrial manufacturing. He also served on the coordinating committee for the Belgian EU presidency and the 2010 meeting of the EU-US Energy Council.
Prior to that, he worked for several years as one of the leading NGO authorities pushing for ambitious climate and energy policies. As an environmental consultant at SGS, he analyzed industrial scale investments and international climate mechanisms.
Bram Claeys holds a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghent, as well as degrees in Development Cooperation from the University of Ghent and Environmental Science & Technology from the University of Brussels.
Project Manager, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Christie is a project manager at the MassCEC’s Renewable Energy Generation Division. Christie joined MassCEC (formerly the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative) in 2008, after graduating with a B.S. from the University of Richmond in Environmental Studies and Psychology. As a student, Christie was very active in environmental causes. She currently manages MassCEC’s three solar thermal incentive programs and enjoys walking or biking to work every day.
Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Commissioner
Prior to serving as commissioner at the DPU, David served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs focusing on issues ranging from land and water management to energy, climate change, transportation, and waste management. Before working for the Commonwealth, David was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School, and a B.S. in biology from Yale University. David performed a full energy audit on his 1840s-built home, insulated the exterior, weatherized all of the windows and doors and installed a solar thermal unit for water heating. He also replaced a 1960s vintage gas furnace with a new combined heat and power furnace/generator, which he expects to yield energy savings of 30 to 40 percent. David instituted an electricity reduction plan with his 13- and 10-year-old daughters, where they earn savings directly related to decreases in the monthly household electricity bill. He has seen electricity use drop an overall 10 to 20 percent since instituting this incentive.
Building Energy Program Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
Elise coordinates the Home MPG program in collaboration with Mass Save®. This federal initiative encourages residential energy efficiency improvements in the Springfield area. Previously, as a DOER Clean Energy Fellow, she oversaw ARRA-funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) programs for municipalities. Prior to DOER, Elise interned in Berlin with the German Solar Industries Association (BSW-Solar) while she completed her master’s in Political Science and International Relations at Northeastern University. She holds dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and German Language & Literature from Winona State University in Minnesota.
Intern in DOER’s Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement Group
Florence Chen was an intern this spring in DOER’s Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement Group. She was instrumental in helping DOER create an energy education website for K-12 teachers in Massachusetts. As a rising junior, she studies Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard College. Florence has also researched energy policy as an intern in the U.S. Senate and conducted scientific research on atmospheric pollution and climate change mitigation technologies. In the summer of 2013, she will work on quantifying carbon sequestration at Cambridge University. She hopes to continue pursuing interests in environmental science, law, and public policy.
Director of Agricultural Technical Assistance, Department of Agricultural Resources
Gerard started with the DAR in 1998 after working in the agrochemical industry as a residue and metabolism analyst at Jealotts-Hill Research Station in the UK. Gerard’s early work in coordinating environmental programs for the Department sparked an interest in the relationship between energy use on farms and environmental impacts. Since then he has facilitated the implementation of multiple renewable energy projects on farms through the Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP). As the Director of Agricultural Technical Assistance, Gerard sees great opportunities through our local food production system for farmers to contribute to the Commonwealth’s energy efficiency future. He holds an MS from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources
Gerry began working for DAR in May 2007 as the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation on farms through education and technical assistance, including helping farmers take advantage of clean energy financial incentives. Since attending the first “Toward Tomorrow Fair” at UMass Amherst in the late 1970s, Gerry has devoted most of his career to the energy sector. He has 30 years of experience as an engineering consultant and energy project developer predominantly in the commercial, health care and institutional sectors, as well as in agriculture. A registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and New York, Gerry holds degrees in Mathematics and HVAC/Solar Energy. He actively incorporates energy conservation and efficiency in his personal life by minimizing the number of energy-consuming appliances in his Acton home, and taking mass transportation to work.
Intern, Green Communities Division in DOER
Ginny Kelssler is working as a summer intern for the Green Communities Division in DOER. She recently graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she majored in environmental studies with a policy concentration. In the fall, Ginny will be entering the Master in Urban Planning program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Ginny is originally from Concord, Mass. She ran track in college, and running continues to be one of her favorite pastimes.
Gregory C. Watson
Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
Greg Watson was sworn in as the Department's 19th Commissioner on April 2, 2012. He also served as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. Commissioner Watson has a long connection to and appreciation of agriculture starting in his childhood where his grandmother tended a vegetable garden and fruit trees and visiting his uncle's working farm in Tennessee. His first hands on experience with agriculture started in 1978 as he worked with urban community groups and rural farmers to develop a network of six neighborhood-based farmers' markets in Greater Boston. Under his current leadership, Greg seeks to expand access to locally grown food across the Commonwealth with emphasis on building robust urban infrastructure solutions.
Greg is a big fan of Bob Dylan, spending time with his two grown children, and loves Brussels Sprouts. He currently resides in Falmouth Massachusetts.
Editorial Intern Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division
Jessi is providing DOER with another pair of eyes and ears in Western Mass. this summer, hoping to spread the word about successful energy projects as inspiration and guidance for communities with sustainability aspirations. She is a rising senior at Smith College, where she studies English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Science. Jessi plans to use the communications skills from her English degree to make “green” initiatives transparent and accessible to wider audiences. She has a particular interest in alternative transportation, as an avid cyclist and bike commuter. She is loyal to New England, born and raised a Mainer, and loves hiking and ultimate frisbee. She also loves nothing more than social media, and will go down tweeting.
Clean Energy Sector Development Director Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Jim Bowen manages MassCEC’s effort to develop the Commonwealth’s clean energy ecosystem, which includes activities such as infrastructure support, the production of research to address key barriers facing the industry, and facilitating partnerships within Massachusetts network of clean energy companies and researchers.
Prior to MassCEC, Mr. Bowen ran an import-export business, worked as a researcher on environmental issues at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a management consultant at Stax, Inc.
Department of Energy Resources Consumer Affairs and SHOPP Coordinator
Karin started at DOER in 1998 as part of the Public Information team, moving to Consumer Affairs and SHOPP (State Heating Oil and Propane Program) Coordinator in 2003. Prior to joining DOER, she worked at a small conferencing company in Newton as a legal consultant. She has a BA in Political Science from Boston University and a JD from Suffolk Law School. In addition to installing efficient appliances and lighting in her home, Karin is now working on getting utility-run energy efficiency programs to help with new windows for her condo complex.
Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
Kenneth L. Kimmell was appointed MassDEP Commissioner in January 2011. Since then, MassDEP has launched a clean energy results program to focus on the permitting and siting of clean energy facilities; completed a top-to-bottom review of all of MassDEP's permit programs and identified over twenty regulatory changes to streamline permitting. MassDEP also commenced an overhaul of its information technology systems to make the agency more efficient, transparent, and accessible to the regulated community and the public. Mr. Kimmell also serves as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Emission, Inc., and is active in the nine-member state effort to review and strengthen the nation's first mandatory greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade program. He joined the Patrick Administration in January 2007 as general counsel of EOEEA. In that capacity, he focused on major legislative initiatives, such as the merger of energy and environmental agencies into one secretariat; the Green Communities Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act, and the Oceans Act; state and federal permitting of the Cape Wind project, the nation's first off-shore wind project. Prior to that, Mr. Kimmell was in private practice and focused on environmental and land use law and litigation; and, graduated from Wesleyan University and UCLA School of Law.
Deputy Director, DOER Green Communities Division
As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs.
Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.
Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
Commissioner Sylvia was appointed commissioner in 2011 after serving as director of DOER’s Green Communities Division From 2009 to 2010. Created by the Green Communities Act, signed by Governor Patrick in July of 2008, the division supports energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts in Massachusetts’ cities and towns. Prior to joining the DOER in February, 2009, Sylvia was an official in Plymouth town government for over a decade, including serving as Assistant Town Manager and Acting Town Manager before becoming Town Manager in 2005. Working closely with Plymouth’s volunteer Energy Committee and professional staff, Sylvia helped lead numerous efforts in support of the Plymouth 2020 Plan – an initiative that set ambitious energy independence targets, including a goal to run all municipal buildings with renewable energy by the Town’s 400th Anniversary. Other Plymouth 2020 projects include implementation of a energy conservation policy, energy efficiency measures at town facilities, a pilot fuel-efficient vehicle program, and plans for the siting of two wind turbines at the town-owned wastewater treatment plant and solar pv panels at the town solid waste transfer stations. Mark’s experience also includes working as a contract consultant for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and serving in elected positions in his hometown of Fairhaven, including as a member of the School Committee from 1998 to 2004 and presently as the elected Town Moderator. Mark is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.
Communications Coordinator, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Matt Kakley is the Communications Coordinator at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. He joined MassCEC in 2012 after working for four years as reporter for The Sun Chronicle newspaper in Attleboro, Mass. Matt is a graduate of Boston University and a native of Springfield.
Director of Green Communities, Department of Energy Resources
Meg is Director of DOER’s Green Communities Division, and has, since August 2008, worked on the development and implementation of the Green Communities Program established for Massachusetts municipalities by the Green Communities Act. She also oversees implementation of the federal stimulus-funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program for municipalities with populations under 35,000. Meg joined the DOER in 2005 and, prior to passage of the Green Communities Act, worked on renewables development with the agency’s Renewable Energy team. She previously served as the Chief of Operations for Project Hope, a non-profit in Dorchester, and as a Project Manager at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Marketing and Outreach Intern, Department of Energy Resources
Meredith is working on an energy education initiative and social media projects to publicize and promote clean energy initiatives. She holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before joining DOER, Meredith served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador where she taught about the environment, created organic gardens with youth, and collaborated on a community sea-turtle conservation project. Meredith is also a proud participant in the Solarize Massachusetts Program.
RPS Solar Carve-Out Program Coordinator
Michael has served as the Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts RPS Solar Carve-Out since it was launched in early 2010. He also works on and is familiar with the other aspects of Massachusetts’ Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard Programs. Prior to his time at DOER, he worked for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on the implementation and administration of their Commonwealth Solar Rebate Programs. He is a lifelong Massachusetts resident and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and geography from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Multimedia Intern, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Rachel Schowalter is a senior at Boston University studying photojournalism and Spanish. Rachel joined MassCEC in December 2012 as a multimedia intern.
Intern, Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
Samantha Randall is an intern this summer for DOER’s Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement team. She is a recent graduate from the University of Maine. Samantha majored in Communication, with a double minor in Renewable Energy Policy and Economics. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has a strong passion for environmental issues. Outside of the office, Samantha enjoys photography, writing and painting.
Press Intern, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Shruti is working with the EEA as a press intern for the 2013 summer season. A rising junior attending the University of Rochester, she is pursuing a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies. Outside of the classroom, Shruti is involved in research, a tour guide for the University of Rochester, and is co-captain of an Indian competitive dance team, Rochester Bhangra. When she’s not dancing, working, touring, or researching, she enjoys eating, baking, playing volleyball, and soaking up as much sun as possible.
Susan S. Kaplan
Department of Energy Resources, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Susan is a seasoned strategic communications and marketing professional with a commitment to the environment and clean energy issues, who has changed processes, cultures, and behaviors in government, business, and healthcare. As a corporate environmental pioneer, Susan modified business practices and marketed environmental attributes at Polaroid Corporation in the 1990s. She later directed patient safety and medical malpractice communications within the Harvard medical community, at CRICO/RMF. In 2008, she returned to her roots, as a consultant to the sustainability firm, Sustainserv, Inc. In her current position, she is championing strategies to galvanize homeowners, renters, and businesses to reduce their energy consumption.
EEA Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy
From 2007 to 2008, Assistant Secretary Clarke, a resident of Belmont, served as a clean energy project manager at EEA, and then became the DOER’s director of wind energy development in 2009. While there, he led initiatives to develop renewable energy on state owned lands and facilities and ensured progress towards the Governor’s 2020 2,000 megawatt wind energy goal. He also co-authored a U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative report assessing the future of off-shore wind energy in the U.S. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University. Prior to joining EEA, he was pursuing a doctoral degree in energy and environmental policy at Stanford University.
Director of Workforce Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Tamika is the Director of Workforce Development in the Division of Marketing Development and Support at MassCEC. Tamika joined MassCEC in February of 2012. Prior to joining MassCEC, Tamika was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board in the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Clean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy Resources
Ted Dobbin joined DOER as a Clean Energy Fellow in June 2012 from Ameresco, where he recently served as a Project Supervisor on the solar photovoltaic team. He brings a familiarity with all aspects of business operations, including sales, marketing, and finance. Ted managed the completion of a diverse portfolio of clean tech projects. Since graduating from the University of Vermont in 2009, he has continued to develop a working knowledge of the renewable energy industry with a keen interest in green business. Ted is a native of Newport, Rhode Island and enjoys photography, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, sailing, tennis and exploring the outdoor offerings of greater New England.
Department of Energy Resources, Marketing and Collaboration through Information Technology
Tom facilitates marketing and collaboration for DOER constituents, internal and external, including the state's 351 cities and towns. Prior to joining DOER, he worked as a senior marketing professional in high tech – especially software – companies. He also consulted to the U.S. Department of Energy on markets for alternative energy technologies. Tom's expertise applies Web 2.0 and social networking approaches to information technology that enable and accelerate stakeholder engagement, knowledge access and exchange. He graduated from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he also did coursework in aeronautical engineering and wrote for Business Week on solar energy. He earned his A.B degree from Harvard in Technology & Public Policy. Tom and his family are long-time residents of Sudbury, MA, a Green Community. His older son is studying environmental science at Colby College, and his younger son plays a mean trumpet and has a deep interest in international affairs. Tom flies and instructs in gliders -- solar powered aircraft -- and is a jazz drummer.