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At MEEA, we come to work every day excited about what we do, knowing that we have a platform and mission that enables us to really make a difference in the world.  Though we "walk the walk" in different ways, we all come together with a shared passion for energy efficiency. Our staff is inspired to reduce their impact on the environment on a personal and professional level, making the planet, and especially the cities, states and the region in which we work and live, safer, healthier, and more sustainable places.

Leadership

sparadis@mwalliance.org
312.784.7267

Ms. Paradis is the Executive Director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and is responsible for overseeing the operations of MEEA’s 25 person staff and $6+ million budget. MEEA is a membership-based nonprofit working as a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship.  Stacey has been with MEEA since 2008. Most recently serving as Deputy Director where she was responsible for MEEA’s public policy, membership, corporate and foundation fundraising, marketing, organizational conferences and events, and PR. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the government relations, public affairs and non-profit management.

Prior to MEEA, Ms. Paradis was a Government Relations and Policy Consultant for the YMCA of the USA managing the state and local advocacy programs for states in the Midwest and South. Earlier in her career, Ms. Paradis was the Director of Public Affairs for Orbitz LLC leading the issues management team as the organization underwent reviews by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Transportation. She started her career in Chicago working with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce as a Government Relations Manager managing the organization’s work in environment, transportation and economic development.

Ms. Paradis has a Masters’ degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in political science from Loyola University Chicago. She lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with her husband, Brock, and two sons, Maxwell and Emmit and serves as the Chair of the Hamilton Elementary Local School Council and as Vice President of West Lakeview Neighbors.

wangelos@mwalliance.org
312.784.7255

Bill Angelos has served as the Director of Finance and Operations since 2009; bringing a wide scope of functional private sector corporate experience with him. Bill’s experience includes 18 years in the Financial Services Industry where he was Chief Operating Officer of a futures brokerage firm for 11 years, responsible for the functional areas of Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Office Management. After being COO, he was an independent consultant for 5 years performing project management and advisory services for financial institutions. He most recently co-founded Dynamic Trade Solutions Inc., a software development/IT consulting firm specializing in financial trading products for the futures industry.

He has a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as an MBA from Loyola University. An avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, Bill is at home in the wilderness as well as the urban environment and has been a supporter of conservation since his youth.

His interests include motorcycling, creating music, golf and hunting. He and his wife enjoy traveling and are currently enjoying their recent conversion to parenthood.

wbaker@mwalliance.org
312.673.2489

Will Baker joined MEEA in 2010 working with the Residential Team where he guided the growth of many successful programs including Illinois Home Performance, HVAC SAVE and Building America research. Today, Will leads MEEA’s core program teams including Lighting & Education, Commercial Programs, and Residential Programs and is focused on growth and program innovation in areas such as training and emerging technologies. He began his career developing renewable energy projects as a consultant in East Africa. Baker holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MPA in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University in New York.

Program Staff

Mari Bishop serves as a Program Associate at MEEA, working on the Lights for Learning, Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) and Data Center programs, providing administrative, analysis, coordination and research support.

Mari has a passion for sustainability, focusing on energy and development-related initiatives. She has pursued this passion while working on projects such as a stakeholder analysis of the development of offshore wind energy in South Carolina, GHG and GRI reports and the launching of Project Safe Flight for the City of Atlanta, and the strengthening of the solar energy industry in Illinois.

Mari earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Geology, with Chemistry and Physics minors from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the College of Charleston. Mari is also an active USGBC member. Mari loves learning new languages, culinary exploring, video games and the outdoors. 

mgraham@mwalliance.org
312.784.7277

Molly Graham serves as a Senior Program Associate working on MEEA’s Building Operator Certification (BOC) program. In this role, Molly provides administrative support in the coordination and implementation of BOC in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin while assisting expansion efforts to new Midwestern states.   

Before joining MEEA, Molly interned at the Illinois Environmental Council in conjunction with working at a law firm. Additionally, Molly served as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Sustainability, a pilot online course offered globally through the company Coursera. Aside from her interest in sustainability, Molly enjoys attending concerts, exploring the city and spending time outdoors. Molly earned a B.S. in Earth, Society, and the Environment from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

312.784.7275
djackson@mwalliance.org

Darlene Jackson is a program associate on the Residential team at MEEA. In this role, she provides support in the coordination and implementation of HVAC SAVE and Illinois Home Performance. Before MEEA, Darlene worked as a Policy Analyst for Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through the graduate public service internship program.  

Darlene recently graduated from the University of Illinois earning her Masters of Public Administration. Prior to graduate studies, she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies. In her free time you can find Darlene watching the food network, blogging, or cooking.

Kara Jonas manages MEEA’s residential energy efficiency programs, including Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and HVAC SAVE. In this role, Kara ensures seamless program delivery to all participating residential customers, contractors, and stakeholders. Before joining MEEA, Kara worked at an energy efficiency consulting firm, where she supported residential program implementation and managed all aspects of field QA/QC activity.

Kara earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University majoring in Psychology: Behavioral Science and Spanish. In her free time, Kara enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, hiking, camping, and watching the Food Network Channel.

rjordan@mwalliance.org
312.673.2487

Rose Jordan manages advanced lighting, K-12 education, and public sector commercial programs at MEEA, including the STEP public sector self-install program, the Lights for Learning® K-12 education and fundraiser program, a public sector data center pilot, and several regional solid-state lighting initiatives, including Midwest LUMEN. She designs and implements program marketing strategies to grow existing programs while cultivating valuable partnerships with utility partners, vendors, program implementers and educators to stay on the forefront of what’s next in efficiency.

Rose is driven by a desire to communicate the ideals and practice of urban sustainability, a passion that led her to develop dozens of campaigns and videos for government, tribal and non-profit clients; manage a team of 35 to create the pilot episode of Mission: Sustainable; and work on county-wide grant programs to fund environmental projects.

Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and community, environment and planning at the University of Washington and is pursuing her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is also president of Kellogg’s KSA-EW Net Impact club. Rose loves to travel, cook and explore Chicago.

hkeegan@mwalliance.org
312.374.0928

Haley Keegan is a Program Associate at MEEA on the Building Operator Certification team. In this role she coordinates BOC in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Nebraska.

Before joining MEEA, Haley conducted energy assessments for residential buildings in Chicago and guided owners through energy efficient building upgrades and rehabs. Haley earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration on sustainable agriculture and minor in business management from Loyola University Chicago. At Loyola, Haley managed a student-run bike shop and rental business and led the campus gardening club for three years.

In her free time, Haley can typically be found spending time outside with her dog.

mmilby@mwalliance.org
312.784.7249

Mark Milby leads MEEA's efforts with commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs. This includes managing a high-performing team in the delivery of the Building Operator Certification training program to ten Midwestern states and thousands of graduates; engaging manufacturers and other large energy users in efficiency opportunities and resources; and advancing new and exciting areas of energy efficiency such as intelligent efficiency, emerging agricultural technologies, cutting-edge building science research, and market transformation through innovative program design. 

Mark holds an MPA in Sustainable Development from Indiana University and a BS in Ecology from the University of Georgia.

nmoshage@mwalliance.org
312.784.7259 

Nicholas Moshage serves as a Senior Program Associate at MEEA, aiding with the implementation of the Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program which seeks to promote energy efficiency in the public setting. Previously, Nicholas worked with the Illinois Office of Energy and Recycling at the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity as a Renewable Energy Program Specialist Intern. This internship was facilitated by the University of Illinois Springfield through the Graduate Public Service Internship Program.

Nicholas graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield with a MPA. Prior to graduate school, he earned a BA from Bradley University. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking and camping as an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as well as other outdoor activities.

apayleitner@mwalliance.org
312.784.7243 

Alyssa Payleitner serves as a Program Associate at MEEA, supporting data management and development for the STEP Program to help public facilities achieve cost effective energy savings.

Before joining MEEA, Alyssa worked in the private sector, working in marketing for a manufacturing company, as well as holding various internships in the non-profit sector. Alyssa earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration, with minors in Environmental Studies and English from Illinois Wesleyan University. In her free time, Alyssa can usually be found reading, spending time outside, crafting, or watching baseball.

Policy Staff

iblanding@mwalliance.org
312.784.7269

Ian Blanding is the Senior Building Policy Associate for MEEA’s Building Energy Codes Team.  In his role, Ian tracks and disseminates new information about energy code policies, develops technical resources and provides assistance to state and municipal governments within the Midwest during the adoption process of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  Prior to joining MEEA, he worked as a policy advisor for a mayoral campaign in Cincinnati, OH, where he helped develop innovative and progressive policies to improve the urban framework. Ian also worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Grand Haven, MI, where he made strides in improving and promoting municipal sustainability initiatives. He holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati and a BS in Environmental Policy and Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Ian is an avid marathon runner and enjoys spending time in nature while backpacking, hiking and biking.

cburgess@mwalliance.org
312.784.7261

Chris is MEEA’s Technical Manager for Codes Compliance.  He works with all stakeholder groups to improve energy code compliance for new residential and commercial buildings.

Chris is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. He began his career at a Chicago neighborhood development not-for-profit, working as the Program Director for their construction trades training program.  He has also worked as a historic restoration architect where projects included the restoration of a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.  For the last 20 years Chris has been in private practice working on commercial and residential buildings throughout the Great Lakes region, educating his clients about integrating energy efficiency and the principles of sustainable design into their projects.  Chris has also served on the Board of Directors at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and as the chair of their publications committee. 

Chris earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds an NCARB Certificate.  He is a long time resident of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, where he lives with his wife Riva and their son Isaac.  Chris is an avid reader and in his leisure time also enjoys playing tennis and traveling to interesting cities.

ndreher@mwalliance.org
312.784.7271

Nick Dreher serves as MEEA’s Policy Manager, responsible for advancing state energy efficiency policies, while developing strategic relationships with energy efficiency industry stakeholders. He oversees policy research and bill tracking in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Prior to joining MEEA, Nick worked in coastal zone management and land use policy processing development permits, drafting coastal policy language and working to maintain unfettered coastal shoreline access for the public. Nick earned a J.D. and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School and a B.A. in Rhetoric at the University of California, at Berkeley. In his free time, Nick enjoys backpacking, hiking, and biking, and spending time with his wife Mary and two dogs, Hattie and Arrow.

gehrendreich@mwalliance.org
312.784.7273

Greg Ehrendreich works as MEEA's Research Analyst, where he tracks and studies energy efficiency data from MEEA's region and provides analysis to support MEEA's policy activities. He also oversees MEEA's IT infrastructure and serves as webmaster for the organization. He joined MEEA in 2006 as a Policy Intern and shortly thereafter was hired on as a Policy Associate. Prior to coming to MEEA, Greg career includes studying pollution control and sustainable business, work in the service and retail industry, organizing and activism in the labor movement, and a stint as a PhD Candidate in arthritis biochemistry. Greg holds a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Environmental Studies from Beloit College, and an MS in Environmental Management from the Ilinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business.

ielnecave@mwalliance.org
312.784.7253

Mr. Elnecave has spent 15 years as both an engineer and energy policy analyst. Currently, Mr. Elnecave is the Senior Policy Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) with responsibilities that focus on the building energy codes program. Prior to arriving at MEEA, Mr. Elnecave managed the appliance efficiency standards and building energy codes programs at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships where he was responsible for promoting the adoption and effective implementation of both these policies through the development and dissemination of technical and policy related information. He was actively involved in the recently adopted stretch code in Massachusetts where he worked closely with the Executive Office of Energy and Environment to develop the stretch commercial code. Before this, Mr. Elnecave worked as a policy advocate for the Michigan Environmental Council where he promoted policies and reviewed permits with the aim of cleaning up the dirty coal fired powered plants that dot the region. The first half of his career was spent as a civil engineer focusing on the structural retrofitting of older buildings to help them withstand earthquakes.

jfriedman@mwalliance.org
312.784.7265

Julia Friedman serves as MEEA’s Senior Policy Manager, responsible for advancing state and federal energy efficiency policies and developing strategic relationships with other advocacy, utility, and industry partners.  Most recently, Julia served as a Program Director for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) where she oversaw the organization’s work on comprehensive energy planning, renewable energy grid integration, industrial energy efficiency, and established the organization’s transportation program.  Prior to her work at NASEO, Julia worked for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where she covered issues ranging from cyber security and critical infrastructure protection to solar energy deployment. In both her positions at NASEO and NARUC, secured and managed federal grants from the U.S Departments of Energy and Homeland Security as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  She earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and her bachelors degree from the University of Chicago.  Beyond work, she is excited to explore Chicago’s improv comedy scene and eat everything delicious that Chicago has to offer.

Alison Lindburg is the Building Energy Policy Manager at MEEA, where she works to improve energy efficiency in buildings in the Midwest via energy codes and market transformation strategies such as energy benchmarking. Prior to MEEA, Alison was the director of the Buildings policy program at Minnesota non-profit organization Fresh Energy and also served on the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council of Minnesota and the Technical Advisory Committee of the GreenStar residential remodeling standard. Previously Alison was a program director for Minnesota non-profit Dovetail Partners, working in rural areas to promote sustainability and local economic development through green building demonstration projects, community education, and contractor training.  Prior to Dovetail, Alison worked for a Twin-Cities urban development firm, where she helped write and implement their green building program. Alison has a BA in Architecture with a focus on sustainable design, and a minor in Spanish from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In her spare time, Alison paints, plays piano, reads science fiction, and practices yoga.

lscull@mwalliance.org
312.784.7247

Leah Scull serves as a Policy Associate at MEEA. In this role, Leah monitors policy developments in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, and Iowa in addition to developing advocacy materials and coordinating education and outreach activities. She also tracks industrial efficiency programs and initiatives throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining MEEA, Leah was an Energy Analyst with Oceana working on federal offshore energy policies and interned with Riverkeeper, Inc. in White Plains, NY. She has experience in policy analysis, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and coalition building. Leah earned a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College and a MSc in Environmental Policy from Bard College.

nvijaykar@mwalliance.org
312.374.0930

Nikhil Vijaykar is a Senior Policy Associate at MEEA. Nikhil is responsible for analyzing and advancing federal and state energy efficiency policy and working with key stakeholders across the Midwest to inform and improve policy design. Nikhil is a licensed attorney, and practiced environmental and energy law in San Francisco before moving to Chicago and joining MEEA. Nikhil also has a background in energy modeling and analysis through his prior experience at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.

Nikhil earned a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. Nikhil completed his B.S. from UCLA, with a degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. In his free time, Nikhil enjoys being outdoors, listening to good music and drawing cartoons, preferably all at once.

Accounting Staff

eburns@mwalliance.org
312.374.0922

Eileen Burns is MEEA’s assistant bookkeeper.  She has many years of experience doing bookkeeping and business management, primarily in the building trades working for General Contractors and Developers.  She started out working for a company called “Solar Electronics” in 1980 who were doing photovoltaic installations at rest stops in Alabama.  She then worked for a construction company utilizing active and passive solar building designs, and an HVAC contractor installing and maintaining solar water heaters – and even participated in the jobs and got up on roofs and under houses to install panels and duct work.  With her background in energy conservation, Eileen is excited to be working again for an energy-conscious company.     

gsmith@mwalliance.org
312.784.7251

Gloria Smith is the Senior Accountant at MEEA.  She joined the staff after serving as Controller for the Howard Area Community Center.  She has worked in accounting for associations and not for profit organizations for most of her career.  Gloria is originally from Northwest Indiana and has also lived In Kansas City, MO.  She has a Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and an MBA from DePaul University.  Gloria volunteers at the North Lakeside Cultural Center, an arts organization in the Edgewater neighborhood.  She enjoys the exciting arts and theatre scene in Chicago.  Gloria lives in Rogers Park on the far north side of Chicago.

Development Staff

acastillo@mwalliance.org
312.784.7241

Adam Castillo is the Administrative Coordinator at MEEA. He provides administrative management for MEEA’s staff, executive team and Board of Directors. Before joining MEEA’s team, Adam worked at a Chicago based publishing firm where he managed company operations. After five years in publishing he made the decision to pursue a career in the non-profit sector to help address environmental concerns and issue related to energy efficiency in particular. Adam graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in international relations. When not at work Adam enjoys exploring Chicago and sampling the city’s culinary specialties.


 

cpartridge@mwalliance.org
312.374.0920

Chris Partridge serves as MEEA’s Membership & Marketing Associate, overseeing the organization’s social media presence, email newsletters, event promotion and other communications efforts. He also supports the membership team with outreach and prospecting. 

Before joining MEEA, Chris was a fellow at the progressive advocacy organization Fuse Washington and the Communications Specialist at the Cascade Bicycle Club. He earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Washington where he taught and studied environmental ethics. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University.  When he’s not tweeting about the latest EE innovations, Chris rides bikes, eats donuts and writes sketch comedy. 

jrhodes@mwalliance.org
312.784.7263

Jennifer Rhodes is MEEA's Senior Manager for Membership & Marketing. In this role, Jennifer oversees the membership program of over 150 businesses and organizations from various sectors. She also assists with marketing efforts and planning MEEA’s annual conference and meeting of the membership. Prior to working with MEEA, she managed the membership programs at John G. Shedd Aquarium and MCA Chicago. She has a BA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Jennifer enjoys cooking, crafting, yoga and pilates, watching the Chicago Blackhawks and enjoying Chicago’s beautiful lakefront.