Michael was the founder, president of Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates, LLC. Michael’s passion and drive focuses on building with green technologies, reuse of historic structures, energy efficiency and preparing today’s buildings for future generations.
With over 30 years of experience in Project development and management with a diverse group of building projects, Michael brings unmatched collaboration, innovation and craftsmanship to every project that he is involved in.
Saheel Chandrani is currently Senior Account Executive at Johnson Controls, Inc. and has been in the Building Efficiency & HVAC industry for nearly 10 years. His expertise includes applying cutting edge technology to new and existing facilities with the goal of achieving operational excellence.
Saheel has built his career working for companies like Siemens, Cisco, and Neilsoft, building his experience and expertise in HVAC services and products, marketing strategy, and engineering and architecture services. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A in Business, both from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Martine Dion, Vice-Chair
Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at SMMA with twenty two years of experience. She is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients. Ms. Dion has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm for the past fifteen years and has largely contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines. She has completed LEED projects and multiple school projects under the LEED for Schools, MA-CHPS and NE-CHPS certification. She is the chairperson of SMMA’s Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency Services. She has contributed to the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, to the Massachusetts State’s Roundtable Action Plan for Green Buildings, the Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Task Force and Zero Net Energy Advisory Council, as well as the Federal DOE Zero Net Energy Task Force. She recently took part of the workgroup overseeing the new MA Stretch Code, as well as the original and new version of NBI’s Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guidelines. She is also a contributor to the Health Product
Declaration Initiative and trained under the Living Building Challenge program. Ms. Dion has made several presentations on sustainable design and LEED projects in the US, Canada, and Asia. She is a frequent speaker to client groups, facilities managers, community officials, and planning committees on sustainable design and energy efficiency. She has been a guest lecturer on sustainable design, sustainable materials and renewable energy at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts (UMass). She has contributed to numerous articles on the topic. Martine sits on the NESEA Board of Directors. She is a founding Director of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and sits on the USGBC MA Green Schools’ committee.
Paul Eldrenkamp, Treasurer
After a wide range of carpentry jobs and a bachelor's degree in History and Literature of Medieval Europe, Paul Eldrenkamp founded Byggmeister (Scandinavian for "master builder") in 1983. "I've always put a high priority on two things: fostering easy, friendly relations with our clients and building a team of people who are as interesting and diverse as they are talented and dedicated." Paul is a widely-recognized expert in high-performance homes and frequently speaks to industry groups and the public about energy efficient construction. He is also a founding partner of The DEAP Energy Group, a consulting partnership focusing on Passive House, zero-net energy, other high-efficiency building standards.
Jenna Ide (LEED AP, AICP, BOC) is currently the Director of Capital Improvements & Muncipal Operations for Salem, MA. She was previously the Director of Energy & Sustainability for Massachusetts (DCAMM), where for 15 years she managed over 700 energy and sustainability projects worth over $450M and saving over $40M annually. She has developped over 15 MW of solar and wind. She has worked regulating large power projects and in outreach for environmental non-profits. Jenna, an avid outdoor recreationalist, also enjoys art, reading, and food. Jenna lives in Salem with her family where she volunteers locally. She is on the NESEA Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.
Phil Kaplan, Chair
Phil Kaplan and his firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects, founded in 2004, have emerged rapidly. His firm's motto, 'Beautiful Sustainable Attainable,' reinforces their commitment to creating vibrant, healthy and durable buildings for all.
His newest venture is BrightBuilt Home, which provides affordable, modular net-zero homes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Cindy Plantz Malinchak a native of Pittsburgh, took her wealth of knowledge to the New York City area in 2002. An avid participant in the sustainable lifestyle, Cindy chose Sustainable Design and Consulting as her career path, forming her own company in 2005. Through the years she was rewarded for her initiatives including Top 25 Women Entrepreneur in the State of Jersey in 2011 and 2012, Outstanding Women in the Building Industry of New York City 2015, Skyline Award for Major contribution to shaping the Skyline of New York City by SmartCeo Magazine 2015, Outstanding Women in the Field of Environmental Initiatives from the Commission of the Status of Women, Recognition by Governor Chris Christie for her Environmental Contributions, as well as Recognition by the House of Representatives for Outstanding achievement in the area of Environmental Initiatives.
Cindy recently joined Philips North America, representing the company on the state and local government level. In this role, Cindy acts as a consultant to state and local governmental officials and their departments in developing opportunities and best practices as they relate to energy efficiencies derived from the array of services Philips offers.
With a Master of Science degree in Green Technologies and Sustainable Design and Construction Management certification from NYU, Cindy has gone on to achieve LEED AP BD &C certification as well as Certified Energy Manager and is a certified Green Garage Assessor.
Cindy has taught Green Associate classes at Columbia School of Real Estate Appraisers and Bergen Community College. She enjoys a robust speaking schedule on Green Technologies and has authored many articles on the subject.
After 13 years of desperately trying to be a carpenter, Rob's peers at South Mountain company finally got him out of their hair when he shifted from the field to the office in an energy services & product sales role five years ago. As it turns out, swinging a spread-sheet is a better fit for him (and his peers) than swinging a hammer. Rob has no formal building science education, but relies on an inquisitiveness that is rivaled by only the most tenacious three-year old ('Why? Why? Why?') and the good fortune of being able to pester both John Abrams & Marc Rosenbaum on a daily basis: how could he not learn something?
Lauren Brust Moss is the program director of the NORESCO Sustainability Services New York City office Lauren joined NORESCO after seven years with another New York City-based energy and sustainability consulting firm. As program director of commercial building energy services, Lauren managed a team that provided commissioning energy audit services on more than thirty million square feet of commercial space for both new construction and existing buildings.
Lauren is also a part of the Urban Green Council speakers bureau (an active resource of New York City's U.S. Green Building Council® chapter) for New York City's Local Law 84 and Local Law 87. In this role, she helps building owners and managers understand local laws and achieve compliance with them. In addition, she managed her previous firm's team for the NYSERDA Buildings Outreach program, where she navigated commercial projects through the incentive program for energy-efficiency upgrades.
Lauren is an active member of industry organizations such as Building Owners and Managers Association, and the New York City, Real Estate Board of New York. She earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.
Fortunat Mueller is a partner and co founder of ReVision Energy, Maine’s largest full service renewable energy installation contractor. ReVision Energy is dedicated to the professional design, installation and service of renewable energy systems and has offices in Bangor, Liberty, Portland and Portsmouth, NH, serving all of Maine and NH.
Fortunat received a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed Professional Engineer in ME and NH. Fortunat also serves on the board of directors of MABEP (Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals), NESEA, the Amicus Solar Cooperative and is a Captain on the North Yarmouth Volunteer Fire Department.
Before joining ReVision energy to start the Portland office in 2006, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT.
Richard has been the Principal at Richard Renner Architects since 2003. Current and recent projects include the ongoing renovations for Maine College of Art, a new base camp facility for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, a new headquarters for the Buzzards Bay Coalition in New Bedford, MA, a five unit co-housing community, and several private residences.
John Skipper is responsible for managing the Account Executive Program at Con Edison.
In this role, John works with a team of energy professionals to build relationships with the company’s largest customers and help them develop an energy strategy that fits their needs.
John also does business development work for Con Edison working with building owners, property managers and energy contractors to help customers reduce their energy costs by enrolling in Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency programs.
John is a member of the board of directors for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. John earned a JD from St. John’s University School of Law and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a BEP certification from the Association of Energy Engineers.
Ben Southworth, Secretary
Ben Southworth is a second-generation owner of Garland Mill Timberframes, a family-owned business specializing in the design and construction of heavy timberframe structures and high performance buildings. While design/build is at the heart of the company, its soul resides in the water-powered sawmill GMT uses to saw timber for their frames and lumber for their homes.