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Program Evaluation

The WSU Energy Program evaluates energy efficiency initiatives to provide funders with performance data and managers with feedback to improve their programs.

Current Projects

Community Energy Efficiency Program

We administer the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) to improve energy efficiency in neighborhoods and small businesses across Washington state. Thousands of residents have already benefitted from this program. WSU Energy Program staff meet regularly with CEEP team leaders to evaluate progress, fine-tune the approaches taken in each community and ensure that as many people as possible benefit from energy efficiency improvements. This work received initial funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 2012 Washington State Legislature provided additional funding so more state residents can participate.

Low-Income Weatherization Program

Our staff evaluates statewide weatherization programs administered by 26 community agencies that receive federal, state and utility funding through the Washington State Department of Commerce. We help Commerce build better data collection systems to assess program performance and improve management and operations.

Seattle Community Power Works Project

We serve as a technical consultant for Seattle Community Power Works Project, which was designed to save energy in Seattle homes, businesses and hospitals. This project uses DOE dollars to leverage additional funding for maximum impact. WSU Energy Program staff monitor and verify results.

Other Program Evaluations

Our team helps assess the performance of three large energy efficiency initiatives: the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s New Construction Program, the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Path to Net Zero Pilot, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s BetterBricks

We design, build and maintain software – and perform data analysis – to support the fuel mix disclosure process, which directs electric utilities in Washington to report the mix of fuels used to generate the electricity they supply.

Past Projects

Behavior Research

WSU researchers, including the WSU Energy Program’s Rick Kunkle, and colleagues in California studied how decisions that affect energy efficiency are made when designing and constructing new office buildings. A similar research team looked at how residents responded to impending brownouts and blackouts during the 2001 California energy crisis. Their findings – that people voluntarily reduced energy use at peak times – helped convince stakeholders of the importance of incorporating behavioral tools into their energy-efficiency plans.

Building Performance Rating Project

This market transformation pilot project created a rating system for scoring the actual performance of commercial buildings. In the six buildings that were chosen for this project, we obtained input from the building owner/manager, occupants and operations and maintenance service providers, and then conducted field tests of the proposed rating system tools. The 2009 final report, Development of an Operation and Maintenance Rating System for Commercial Buildings, includes score cards developed and tested by the project team.

Post-Occupancy Evaluations

Working with the former Washington State Department of General Administration, WSU Energy Program staff designed and piloted guidelines to evaluate various aspects of building performance. The project was developed in response to the Washington State Legislature’s mandate that government facilities meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.

Our Staff

Jacob C. Fey

Jake Fey, the Director of the WSU Energy Program, has served in this leadership position for 13 years. He has decades of experience providing leadership in energy and other arenas. At the WSU Energy Program, Fey has built, strengthened and diversified key funder, political and other stakeholder relationships, and enhanced the visibility of the program within the energy community.

Fey recently served as the Chair of the Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions Executive Committee, as well as the National Association of State Energy Officials Industrial Committee. He was also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Bioenergy Program Steering Committee and the Northwest Power Planning Council Conservation Resource Advisory Committee. In addition, he served as the Vice Chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Before signing on to lead the WSU Energy Program in 2001, Fey held management roles for the Washington State Energy Office, the City of Tacoma and on many boards –including those for the Puget Sound Regional Council on Transportation Policy, Pierce Transit and Sound Transit, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Fey served as Chair of the Tacoma Public Utilities Board, and President of the Electric League. In 2012, Fey was elected to the Washington State Legislature as a Representative from the 27th District in Tacoma. He is the Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee and a member of the House Education, Environment, and Technology and Economic Development committees. Previously he served as the Deputy Mayor of Tacoma and as a member of the Tacoma City Council.

Todd Currier

Todd Currier, Assistant Director of WSU Energy Program, is the Community Business Programs, Engineering and Fiscal Division Manager. He has three decades of experience in energy efficiency program development, implementation and evaluation – the last 25 of which have been in supervisory and management positions. Currier represents the organization in a variety of forums at the state, regional, national and international levels. He leads staff members who are engaged in building science research, building code development and implementation, indoor air quality improvement, workforce development issues and trends, resource conservation programs, industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy programs, and energy efficiency upgrades for homes and small businesses. He is currently serving as a co-chair of the Industrial and Combined Heat and Power Work Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network, and is a member of the Pacific Northwest’s Regional Emerging Technologies Advisory Committee and the Washington State Energy Strategy Technical Experts Panel.

Sheila Riggs

Sheila Riggs, Assistant Director of the WSU Energy Program, is the program’s Communications, Legislative and Administrative Division Manager. Prior to her time with the organization, Riggs served as both the Member Communications and Seminars Manager and the School Employees’ Retirement System Communications Manager for the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. She was also a Public Information Officer for the Washington State Department of Information Services. Prior to her state service, Riggs was a Press Secretary for a U.S. congressman and Deputy Press Secretary for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C. She also worked for the U.S. Department of State. Riggs holds a B.A. from Washington State University with a double major in political science and communications. She also has two M.A. degrees – one from Washington State University in communications and the other from The George Washington University in international affairs.

Lee Link, Ph.D.

Dr. Lee Link, Assistant Director of the WSU Energy Program, served as the Division Manager of Clearinghouse Services. His work in energy information and education began after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois. Since then, Dr. Link has worked with many aspects of energy information, technical assistance and project management, including design and implementation of energy-analysis software, project design and management of Clearinghouse technical services, energy curriculum development for kindergarten through college, and outreach to utilities and their customers. Dr. Link received a U.S. Department of Energy “Power Player Award” for the Clearinghouse’s outstanding work in energy efficiency. In 2010, Dr. Link was honored with the Secretary’s Appreciation Award from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, recognizing Link’s "superior performance and leadership to assure success for the U.S. Department of Energy in efforts associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."

Adria S. Banks

Adria S. Banks is an energy program analyst at the WSU Energy Program, providing data management, manipulation and visualization support. She also assists in analyzing, interpreting and reporting data for research-based projects and energy efficiency programs. Banks has over 10 years of experience in management and leadership roles in scientific and higher education positions, as well as experience in peer/volunteer coordination, mentoring and working as an effective liaison. She holds an M.S in biology from Western Washington University and a B.S. in zoology from the University of Washington.

Tanya Beavers

Tanya Beavers is an energy professional who works closely with the Building Science Division. She also provides executive support for other areas of the organization, writes communication material and assists in coordinating training classes. Her professional background includes experience in marketing, financial services and technical writing. She holds a B.A. in public relations with minors in business communication and Japanese from Central Washington University.

Sue Brown

Sue Brown is program coordinator of the Plant Operations Support Consortium. She manages the Consortium's custodial support effort, which includes conducting custodial assessments, training and providing work-loading assistance. Brown is on the annual Energy/Facilities Connections Conference coordinating team. In addition, she represents the Consortium to members and potential members, and responds to member requests for assistance and queries. Sue is certified as an ISSA Custodial Industry Management Standard Expert (I.C.E.). Brown joined the Consortium staff in 2005 and has worked for the State of Washington since 1999.

Jennifer A. Carter

Jennifer Carter served as the clearinghouse operations manager for the WSU Energy Program. A seasoned professional with 26 years of experience, Carter handled daily Clearinghouse operations, developed positive relationships with WSU Energy Program funders, analyzed and interpreted Clearinghouse data, and developed customer relationship management databases. Call center funders included the U.S. DOE for their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act efforts, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon, and the Western Area Power Administration.

Nels Christianson

Nels Christianson serves as a senior software engineer and has worked for the organization since 1996. Christianson has also been a computer analyst and programmer for the Washington State Energy Office, a self-employed computer analyst and programmer, a college instructor at Northern Marianas College, a regional engineer for Africare, Inc., and a service technician for S.C.A. Corporation. He served several times as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer—as an instructor, a district engineer and a computer system programmer. In 2006, Christianson served as an on-site engineer in Sri Lanka in rebuilding efforts after the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. He has two B.S. degrees – one in computer science/management from The Evergreen State College and one in civil engineering from the University of Washington.

James L. Colombo

Jim Colombo manages the Information Systems Department. He has served as an information technology manager in this organization and in the Washington State Energy Office since 1987. Colombo has over 30 years of experience providing technical service, support and training to citizens, management and employees at state agencies and universities. Prior to his time with the WSU Energy Program, he worked for South Puget Sound Community College and the King County Library System.

Larry Covey

Larry Covey, a LEED Accredited Professional, is a project manager. He has over 12 years of commercial building experience in state and federal venues. Covey’s projects have included major architectural renovations with complex civil, mechanical and electrical systems. He also has extensive experience in cost accounting and alternative forms of public works. In addition to his LEED certification, Covey holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Saint Martin’s University.

Donna Cowsert

Donna Cowsert serves as our management analyst/fiscal officer. With over 28 years of experience in the accounting field, she provides financial/grants management services, and reviews and submits proposals. Cowsert assists with subcontract setup, submitting match documentation, and resolving grant issues with the sponsor, principal investigator and university. Her prior experience includes serving as accounts receivable manager, responsible for building and coaching a team for effective implementation of grants, contracts and interagency agreements.

Ken Eklund

Ken Eklund is the building science and standards team leader. He and his team focus on energy code implementation and building science research and training, including emerging technologies. Eklund has over 30 years of experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy research, training, demonstration, program development, implementation and management. During much of his career, he has served in supervisory and management positions in the energy field. Eklund served as a voting member of the Regional Technical Forum of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council for nine years and is the author or co-author of a number of peer-reviewed papers in technical and program implementation areas. Eklund holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon is an energy specialist in the Building Science Division with over 20 years of experience providing high-quality implementation and management services to site-built and manufactured housing industries, is a trainer for building science and energy efficiency certifications, and is an accomplished author and collaborator on numerous technical papers, articles and reports. Gordon holds a B.A. in English literature and performing arts from Alfred University.

Marla Hacklander

Marla Hacklander is an energy project analyst for the WSU Energy Program. She is also part of the state certifying organization for Energy Star Homes Northwest Program, and is a training coordinator for Energy Star Homes NW and Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) classes. Hacklander is the office manager of the Energy Program’s Spokane office. She has over 25 years of experience in project management, office management, administration, customer service and bookkeeping/accounting. She has also worked as a program manager for PTCS, a contract accounting employee for Two Rivers Energy Services and a training coordinator for Inland Northwest HVAC Association.

David Hales

David Hales is a building systems specialist, leveraging more than 30 years of experience in building science and construction to provide skills training, curriculum development, field research and technical support. Previously, Hales was an energy specialist for the Washington State Energy Office and a managing partner for Sun Construction. Hales has a B.S. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Luke Howard

Luke Howard is a building science specialist. With 12 years of academic and professional experience researching, analyzing and implementing sustainable and resource conservation building design strategies, Howard educates industry and the public about resource and energy conservation practices. Howard is a Residential Energy Services Network quality assurance designee/trainer, a certified sustainable building advisor, is certified in duct sealing and heat pump commissioning, and is an infrared thermographer, Level 1. He has a B.A. from The Evergreen State College.

Karen Janowitz

Karen Janowitz is a program coordinator at the WSU Energy Program. She has over 20 years of experience in project leadership and management; implementing, marketing and managing energy efficiency and environmental programs; group facilitation; environmental education; communications and administration. Janowitz holds a B.A. in geology from the University of Colorado and a Master of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College.

Jim Jensen

Jim Jensen is our senior bioenergy and alternative fuels specialist. In this role, he conducts research and provides up-to-date information and technical assistance about bioenergy and alternative fuels and vehicles. He supports federal and state agencies, local governments, and private clients. His current activities include biogas/biomethane, biodiesel, electric vehicles and green fleets. He serves on the state’s multi-agency bioenergy team, the anaerobic digestion task force, the Alt Fuel/Vehicle Technical Assistance Group, and the Western Washington Clean Cities Steering Committee. Throughout more than two decades of work in the private and nonprofit sectors, Jensen has provided value-added technical assistance to businesses in dozens of industries, assisted corporate social responsibility programs, and supported new green technologies and products. His technical knowledge and experience encompass research, development, and implementation of projects in the voluntary carbon market, renewable energy, recycling, waste prevention, anaerobic digestion, and composting. Jensen holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

Marcia L. Karr, P.E.

Marcia Karr is an energy engineer with the WSU Energy Program with over 30 years of experience in commercial building design, construction, and maintenance. Her positions have included DOE hotline support, CHP assessments and peer review of assessments, building and energy code plan reviewer, union trades supervisor, design/build engineer, field construction engineer and project coordinator, and HVAC designer (commercial and institutional). Karr is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington and Oregon, has a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and is a licensed Commercial Buildings Energy Code (NREC) Plans Examiner.

Gary Kaufman

Gary Kaufman is a technical support specialist for the WSU Energy Program. With more than 20 years of cross-functional experience in business strategy, operations, and product and project management in the private and public sectors, Kaufman currently works with the U.S. Department of Energy Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, the Bioenergy Coordination Team, and other collaborative energy efficiency improvement efforts within the Energy Program’s portfolio. He holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College.

Seth Kolodziejski

Seth Kolodziejski is a building science specialist, responsible for providing technical assistance and delivering training in support of Building America projects, Northwest ENERGY STAR activity, Washington State Energy Code, and Washington Community Energy Efficiency Program contractor network development. Kolodziejski has extensive experience in Home Performance contracting, energy conservation program administration, project coordination and community education. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Bowdoin College.

Rick Kunkle, P.E.

Rick Kunkle, a research engineer with the WSU Energy Program, has over 25 years of experience applying a unique combination of engineering, planning, evaluation, research and management skills to improve the quality and performance of energy efficiency programs and energy systems. He has conducted over 30 program evaluations and research on a range of topics, such as community-based energy efficiency programs, low-income weatherization, household energy use, residential ventilation systems, commercial building development and operation, commercial office building markets, and renewable energy technologies. A particular research interest is improving understanding of how markets and consumers adopt and apply energy-efficient technologies and practices. Kunkle is a registered professional engineer with B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering. 

Phil Lou

Phil Lou is our solar energy specialist. He has 21 years of experience in the building industry, culminating in designing and installing modern photovoltaic systems. Lou holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon and certifications in photovoltaic design and application, solar thermal design and application, and energy audit and weatherization. He developed curricula for and taught courses in the clean energy technologies program at a local community college.

Christine Love

Christine Love, the industrial services manager with the WSU Energy Program, has over two decades of expertise in project management, stakeholder development, customer relations and program development. Love develops and manages state and federal industrial services grants and contracts that provide technical support and training to manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. She is the WSU Energy Program lead for stakeholder relations within the industrial sector, serves on multiple industrial advisory committees in the region, and is a founding steering committee member of the annual Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit.

Michael Lubliner

Michael Lubliner has worked in the energy conservation and renewable energy field for over 35 years, starting his career as the Pacific Northwest regional distributor for Grumman, Bio-Energy Systems and other renewable energy products. In 1983, Lubliner began working for the Washington State Energy Office, where he helped develop, implement, evaluate and refine the Northwest Power Planning Council’s Model Conservation Standards, state energy codes, and Super Good Cents site-built and manufactured housing programs. He works in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program. Lubliner has a B.S. in energy engineering from The Evergreen State College.

Gilbert McCoy, P.E.

Gil McCoy, a registered Professional Engineer, is a senior energy systems engineer with the WSU Energy Program. He provides technical assistance and energy auditing services to industrial and public sector clients. McCoy’s areas of expertise include optimization of industrial systems (motor/drive, compressed air, steam, combined heat and power, and pumping). He served as lead engineer for development of software products including MotorMaster+ (motor energy management), International Motor Selection and Savings Analysis, AirMaster+ (compressed air system assessment) and BallastMaster (lighting system/ballast selection) software. McCoy is a U.S. DOE Qualified AIRMaster+ Specialist and a Qualified Steam Tools and Process Heating Specialist. He holds a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Washington and a M.S. in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anneka McDonald

Anneka McDonald is a performance and accountability specialist. She has excellent skills in fiscal management, customer service and database management. With comprehensive training in computer software and a focus on public agency issues, McDonald is able to effectively identify and resolve complex accounting issues.

Karen Messmer

Karen Messmer is a senior program manager at the WSU Energy Program. During over 35 years of employment in the public sector, Messmer has worked at the local and state levels to research, coordinate and manage energy programs. Her efforts in the residential and nonresidential sectors resulted in significant savings of public and consumer funds. Messmer currently manages the Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies program for BPA and the WSU Farm Energy Program, and provides management guidance for the Community Energy Efficiency Program. She previously managed the WSU Energy Program Industrial Services team and developed an innovative Shared Resource Management Program for local governments, school districts and other public-sector agencies. Messmer holds a B.A. in sociology/environmental studies from the University of Washington. She currently serves as a member of the Intercity Transit Board of Directors and is a former member of the Olympia City Council.

Denise Mulholland

Denise Mulholland is a community liaison specialist at the WSU Energy Program. Mulholland facilitates collaboration and active communication among numerous renewable energy programs and residential and small commercial energy efficiency programs throughout Washington state. She also serves as a special projects leader, responsible for assuring that deliverables are completed on time and under budget. Mulholland has 20 years of experience in community service and small business management.

Gary Nordeen

Gary Nordeen is a senior building science specialist with the WSU Energy Program. For the last 25 years, Nordeen has worked with a variety of state and utility energy conservation programs, cultivating extensive knowledge relating to building, energy and ventilation codes. Currently, Nordeen serves as the manager of the WSU Energy Codes Program; provides code training for building department staff, designers, builders and the general public; assists with code development for the Washington State Building Code Council; and provides technical assistance to local jurisdictions and the public.

Phil Partington

Phil Partington is a program coordinator of the Plant Operations Support Consortium. Partington, who joined the Consortium staff in 2002, is responsible for responding to day-to-day member requests for assistance and managing numerous training events, including the annual Energy/Facilities Connections conference. Additionally, Partington provides program, web and outreach development for the Consortium. Partington is a writer and editor of the Consortium’s newsletter, Shop Talk, and assists Consortium members with grant-writing opportunities and project management endeavors. He graduated from Saint Martin's University in 2003 with a B.A. in English and a minor in business administration.

Rob Penney, P.E.

Rob Penney, a Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager, is the senior energy engineer at the WSU Energy Program. He oversees a team of engineers and energy specialists to provide comprehensive technical responses, research, training and publication development on a wide variety of building energy systems topics for the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. Penney also served as lead engineer for the organization’s Clearinghouse Services programs. Previously, Penney was the director of engineering services for Southface Energy Institute, where he managed projects such as energy auditing, building science research and training. He was also a mechanical engineer for Rosser Fabrap International, where he performed HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design calculation, layout and specification writing for commercial and industrial facilities.

Michael Pierson

Michael Pierson is an information technology support specialist. He is the primary contact for technical support for all outside client networks contracted by the WSU Energy Program. Pierson also supports the Energy Program’s day-to-day operations and works with the network administrator to upgrade network architecture and servers.

Martha Plummer

Martha Plummer is an energy project analyst/librarian. Previously, Plummer worked at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Technical Library. She conducts in-depth literature searches and coordinates reference and research strategies and workflow. She also organizes content on various websites, and created and maintains the Washington State Energy Legislation Tracking Tool. Plummer is past president of the Washington Library Association.

Gerry Rasmussen

Gerry Rasmussen has served as the graphic designer for the WSU Energy Program since 2004, where he is instrumental in keeping the program’s publications, website and presentations looking consistent and professional. He holds a B.A. in fine arts/graphic design from Washington State University. Rasmussen worked for 33 years as a graphic designer in Washington state government, ending his tenure as the manager of the graphics unit at the Washington State Department of Transportation. Rasmussen has also freelanced for over 45 years, lending his graphics expertise to clients in government and private industry.

Carolyn Roos, Ph.D.

Dr. Carolyn Roos is a mechanical engineer leveraging more than 20 years of experience in industrial and building systems energy efficiency, mechanical design in hydroelectric facilities, solar thermal applications and biopower. Currently, Dr. Roos provides technical assistance on commercial and industrial building energy system efficiency projects. She also provides technical support to the U.S. DOE Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, with a focus on biopower and waste heat-to-power applications. She started her career as an energy management engineer at Puget Sound Energy, where she performed energy efficiency analyses for commercial and industrial customers. Dr. Roos also worked at the Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center. For her doctorate in systems science and mechanical engineering, she developed software to simulate simultaneous heat and moisture transfer in building environments. For her M.S. in mechanical engineering, Roos developed software to aid in the design of high-temperature solar concentrating furnaces.

Emily Salzberg

Emily Salzberg is a program manager and building science specialist at the WSU Energy Program. She manages the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) and provides technical assistance and support to Building America projects, Northwest ENERGY STAR activity and Washington State Energy Code technical assistance program. Salzberg has extensive experience in program management, project coordination and community education. She is an ENERGY STAR Verifier and Performance Tester, a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater, and has LEED Professional Accreditation. She holds a B.A. in archaeology and anthropology from Western Washington University.

Vince Schueler

Vince Schueler is a program and system analyst with over 30 years of experience providing customer research, performance management, process improvement program evaluation, policy analysis, and strategic planning in state government and the private sector. He has a practical, result-oriented focus on energy efficiency and resource conservation. Schueler holds a M.B.A. in quantitative methods from the University of Washington and a B.A. in urban studies from the University of Maryland. He also earned a Lean Six Sigma Certificate of Achievement from Villanova University in 2008 and completed training at the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

Anthony J. (Tony) Simon

Tony Simon is an energy systems engineer with experience assessing and analyzing energy systems used in manufacturing facilities, such as motors, air compressors, pumps, fans, steam, refrigeration and cooling towers. Simon holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, is certified by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Assessment Center and is a DOE AirMaster+ Qualified Specialist for Compressed Air Systems. He has also served as a principal investigator for a National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II grant.

David Sjoding

David Sjoding is a combined heat and power (CHP)/renewable energy specialist. His current focus is on CHP, bioenergy/bioproducts and district energy. Sjoding is the director of the five-state U.S. DOE Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership and team leader for the Pacific Regional Biomass Energy Partnership. He has 32 years of experience in the energy field, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, energy policy and distributed generation. He recently received the national CHP Champion award from the CHP Association. Sjoding served several years as an assistant director at the Washington State Energy Office before coming to the WSU Energy Program in 1996. He chaired the Power Washington Review Committee, which ultimately allocated over $95 million in oil settlement funds. Sjoding has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, a strong understanding of northwest energy policy framework and structure, and is frequently invited to speak at energy conferences.

Melinda Thiessen Spencer

Melinda Spencer is our communications specialist, responsible for producing technical, educational and promotional materials for all program areas. Emphasizing plain language and user-centered design, Spencer has worked since 1984 as a university writing instructor, instructional designer, web content developer, software localizer, textbook co-author and editor, and stakeholder involvement specialist. She holds an M.A. in technical and scientific communication from Miami University, Ohio; an M.Phil. in peace studies from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; and a B.S. in biology/pre-med from U.C. Davis.

James Squire

James Squire serves as the computer network administrator. He has over 35 years of experience in the personal computer/mainframe field, installing and maintaining computer equipment, networks and telecommunications systems. Squire previously worked as a computer technical specialist at the Washington State Energy Office, service director for Idea Works, Inc., computer engineer and manager for a variety of private companies, and data systems technician in the U.S. Navy.

Mike Steele

Mike Steele is an information technology specialist, responsible for maintaining day-to-day operations of the computer network, assisting staff with technical issues, offering training on new technologies and tools, and serving as a primary network support for several of the WSU Energy Program’s outside clients. Steele has a B.S. in computer engineering technology from DeVry University.

Lisa Terefenko

Lisa Terefenko is a software engineer. With a solid background in application/web development, management and customer service, Terefenko plays a key role in launching and maintaining major websites and works with the Energy Program’s industrial services team to develop and distribute the International Motors Selection and Savings Analysis software tool. As a private consultant, she worked with clients such as Microsoft, Chevron and the University of Washington. Terefenko holds a B.S. in computer science from The Evergreen State College.

Edwin L. Valbert

Edwin Valbert, manager of the Plant Operations Support Consortium, offers over 34 years of experience in strategic planning, quality improvement, construction project management, public speaking and customer service. Valbert manages daily and strategic operations of the Consortium, which includes over 100 organizations from state, higher education and local public agency venues; manages four professional staff responsible for delivering powerful program offerings in a self-sustaining environment; and leads and inspires the annual Energy/Facilities Connections Conference. Previously, he worked as a construction coordinator and asset manager for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, commercial program supervisor with the Washington State Energy Office, technical assistance director for Seattle University, associate faculty at Washington State University, and field technician and residential home builder in the private sector. Valbert holds a B.A. in architecture from the University of Washington.

Anne L. Whitney

Anne Whitney is a librarian with over 30 years of experience in the library field, including positions as cataloger, indexer, library information specialist, head of a cataloging service, cataloging instructor and art college librarian. Whitney holds a M.A. in art history and a M.S. in information and library science from Case Western Reserve University.

Bruce Whitney

Bruce Whitney is a senior software developer for the WSU Energy Program. He develops and maintains in-house and distributed software applications, as well as web applications and interfaces. Whitney holds bachelor degrees from MIT and The Evergreen State College, one in computer science and the other in history and science. He also has a teaching certificate from The Evergreen State College.

William H. (Bill) Wilson, P.E.

Bill Wilson is a senior industrial energy systems engineer. Wilson’s areas of energy-related expertise include steam, pumping systems, process heating, compressed air, fan and blower systems, refrigeration, CHP (combined heat and power) system application, wastewater treatment, and waste heat recovery. He previously worked for over 30 years in energy-intensive food and non-food manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and abroad, where his responsibilities included process engineering, project engineering, plant engineering, maintenance direction and operations management. Wilson is a U.S. Department of Energy Qualified Steam Tools and Process Heating Specialist and Steam Energy Expert. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

Laurie Wingate

Laurie Wingate is the information systems coordinator. Wingate purchases and inventories computer hardware, software and supplies for the organization, and provides technical support for the office printers. Wingate has served the WSU Energy Program since 1997.