Some of us get paid to keep the lights on (but we turn them off when we leave the room).
Our staff is focused on building and maintaining the infrastructure for collaboration—the bones of NESEA. They work at our home office in Greenfield, MA.
Miriam joined NESEA in August of 2014 after completing an M.B.A. in Sustainability at Antioch University New England. Prior to joining NESEA, she worked as a project manager on a health teleservices delivery project, ran an event planning business in Montana, and led backpacking trips in Wyoming and Utah. While in Montana, she served on the board of the Sustainable Business Council, an organization that is to business what NESEA is to buildings. She's thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from the pioneering individuals and businesses that comprise NESEA's membership.
Zach joined NESEA in June of 2016 and currently serves as the Development Coordinator. He is responsible for booth sales and exhibitor relations for the BuildingEnergy Boston and BuildingEnergy NYC as well as assisting in membership and fundraising efforts.
Zach graduated with his MBA and Bachelor in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. During his time at school he worked with sustainability initiatives and local non-profit organizations through his internship for the Charlton College of Business. He was born and raised in the Pioneer Valley and is happy to be working so close to home.
As Conference Manager, Susan helps nail down the million-and-one details of NESEA’s conferences and tours. She’s pleased to support the smart, dedicated NESEA members who plan BuildingEnergy Boston and NYC as conference chairs, content committee members, and champions, as well as the speakers who share their expertise. Susan also is the go-to person for attendees seeking continuing education credits (CEUs).
Susan comes to NESEA continuing her career in education and non-profit organizations. She holds a Master’s degree in education from Syracuse. When not at NESEA’s office, she can be found at contradances, Old Time music sessions, and in her garden.
Devan joined the NESEA team in May 2017. She directs our fundraising and outreach efforts, and is part of our People Management Team. She has been working in non-profit development for over 15 years, including positions at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, American International College, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is happy to be using her skills in support of NESEA’s mission. Devan holds an M.A. in Human Resource Development, and is a certified yoga teacher.
Since earning her B.A. from Emory University, Jenny has developed her marketing skill set working for several mission-driven organizations including The Center for EcoTechnology and The City of Atlanta - Mayor's Office of Sustainability. She is excited to be using her in-depth knowledge of environmental issues to develop compelling promotional pieces for NESEA's programs and events.
As the NESEA Program Manager, Florence provides planning, logistical, administrative, and on-site management for BuildingEnergy Pro Tours and Bottom Lines. She supports the volunteer efforts at the BuildingEnergy conferences, manages the Emerging Professional initiatives, and supports the growth and development of NESEA membership and other developing programs and initiatives.
Florence also serves on the Development Committee and is the Managing Editor of BuildingEnergy magazine.
Jennifer takes care of the big picture: How do we make NESEA’s multidisciplinary network of practitioners bigger and better? She works with the board of directors and the membership to establish NESEA’s strategy and to ensure that the members and their staff have the resources to execute it. She practices a philosophy of openness and collaboration. She’s known for her strategic sense and for her ability to forge strong partnerships among staff teams and collaborators alike.
Before joining NESEA, Jennifer served as vice president of regulatory affairs for Cox Communications and as executive director of Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island. She earned her BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in organizational management and development from Fielding University.
Diane joined NESEA in August of 2015, continuing a pattern of providing operational support to non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley. For NESEA, she handles office management and administrative support for the Executive Director, as well as NESEA programs and projects.
Diane graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in music, which she still pursues avidly in between knitting projects, jigsaw puzzles, and yardwork. She also has coursework and experience in IT/Network Management and Database Design and Implementation, which is very useful in keeping track of her daughter's Harry Potter trading card collection!
Katie coordinates all things relating to member services at NESEA. Prior to joining NESEA, she worked for many years in the higher education and non-profit sectors. She was the Executive Director of the Franklin County Bar Association in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the Director of Alumni Services for Marlboro College, and, for over 13 years, was the Director of Career Services at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
"I have a passion for business networking, connecting people and sustainable energy. My position at NESEA is a perfect fit for my values and skill set. The more I learn about NESEA’s members the more I am impressed by the depth of their expertise in the building energy industry, and their willingness to learn, share and benefit from each other’s experiences."
Gina is responsible for all the accounting functions that keep things going, from paying the bills to seeing that grant guidelines are met. Some of her other duties include building facilities management, maintaining federal and state reporting records, and trademark registration. She is also the personnel director and administers the retirement plan and other employee benefits.
Gina started at NESEA in July of 2012. Before joining NESEA, Gina was the Business Manager for the Mary Lyon Foundation of Shelburne Falls, the Treasurer for the Charlemont Sewer District and the Grants Manager Assistant for the Greenfield Public School System. Gina’s background consist of an Associates Degree in Accounting from Newbury College and 30 working years in accounting positions.