MEEA Elects Members to FY 2015-2016 Board of Directors

On May 21, 2014, MEEA’s membership elected the following slate of individuals to serve two-year terms on the FY2015-2016 Board of Directors:


* Organization standing for re-election

Dr. Ralph Muehlesien - Argonne National Laboratory*

Dr. Ralph Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist and technical leader of the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research program at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Muehleisen leads a variety of energy efficiency research thrusts at Argonne including the development of probabilistic building energy modeling, development of automatic energy model calibration methods, and development of innovative measurement techniques for building infiltration. Prior to joining Argonne in 2011, Dr. Muehleisen was an Associate Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Director of the Architectural Engineering program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Todd Berreman - CenterPoint Energy            

Todd is currently the Manager of the $25 million dollar Conservation Improvement Program for CenterPoint Energy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has 13 years of experience delivering energy efficiency programs and has for the past 5 years, managed the company’s Minnesota gas portfolio, considered one of the best programs in the country.  Prior to CenterPoint, Todd was a service manager and contractor key account manager and supervisor of a construction firm specializing in natural gas service line installations with utilities. Prior to this position, Todd was a Petty Officer onboard the USS Ortolan and toured many parts of the world. Todd is a decorated Gulf War Veteran and holds a Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership and a Baccalaureate degree in Organizational Management. He is also an active member of the Emerging Technology Program at the Gas Technology Institute, the industry’s premiere R&D organization. 

Tim Melloch – Commonwealth Edison*

Tim Melloch joined ComEd in 1982 as a technical staff engineer at the Byron Nuclear Generating Station. In 1988, he moved on to serve as a large customer account manager. Since 1990, Melloch has used his experience as an engineer and customer service manager to help ComEd customers become wiser energy consumers. In his current position, Melloch is responsible for overseeing implementation and engineering support for ComEd’s 2011 – 2014 Energy Efficiency Plan.

Scott Drake - East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Scott is currently the Manager of Corporate Technical Services at East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC). In this position, Scott develops and manages all energy efficiency programs for 16 of the 24 rural customer-owned electric cooperatives in Kentucky. EKPC has developed and continues to build a diverse DSM portfolio without state-mandated energy efficiency requirements. Their incentive programs include weatherization, HVAC equipment and duct sealing, new home construction, residential lighting, commercial and industrial lighting, and industrial compressed-air.  EKPC has participated in MEEA’s LUMENS meetings and served as a host in 2013.  Prior to this post, Scott served EKPC as manager of its Envision Energy Services, LLC, a for-profit subsidiary specializing in commercial and industrial DSM programs, and as both senior engineer for R&D and transmission planning and transmission line design. Scott is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

John Nicol – Leidos

John is the Energy Program Director with Leidos, formerly SAIC Engineering with more than 32 years of experience in energy efficiency related fields. Across this period, John has served as: Energy Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Lab; Technical Manager for Wisconsin Electric’s Smart Money program; Consultant for energy efficiency projects in Romania, Latvia and Belorussia with a special focus on industrial and commercial district heating networks; industrial energy efficiency consultant to staff offices at the US House of Representatives; Program Director for Ameren Illinois Act-On-Energy; Program Adviser for the Hawaii Energy program; and Program Director for ComEd’s Smart Ideas Process Efficiency program.  John has deep roots in the Midwest with family members in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nationally, he has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and Consortium for Energy Efficiency and many electric and natural gas utilities.  John is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the State of Wisconsin and holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. 

Art Thayer - Michigan Electric Cooperative Association

Art is the Director of Energy Efficiency Programs for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA). His responsibilities include managing the design, implementation and third-party evaluation of all EE programs, and involvement in the legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Energy Optimization Programs in Michigan under Public Act 295 of 2008. He has an extensive background and experience in the energy industry ranging from cost and scheduling for construction of a nuclear power plant in Michigan to managing sales and technical support for a leading manufacturer of geothermal HVAC equipment. He has also managed energy efficiency and evaluation programs for Consumers Energy and most recently for 8 cooperatives and 4 municipal utilities in the State of Michigan.  Art is also currently the President of the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association and past Director of the Home Builder’s Association of Michigan. Prior to his work at the Association, Art served as the Michigan Territory Manager for Waterfurnace International, as the residential marketing programs manager and engineering research analyst for Consumers Energy and as a lead cost engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Art holds a BA in the Social Sciences from Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Llona Weiss - Missouri Energy Office*

Llona presently serves as Deputy Director-Administration for the Missouri Division of Energy.  She was appointed Director of the Division of Energy, the State Energy Office for the State of Missouri, in June 2011.  In August 2013, by Governor’s Executive Order, the Division of Energy was transferred from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  In April 2014, Governor Nixon announced the Division of Energy would lead a statewide initiative to develop a comprehensive state energy plan and appointed an attorney as Division Director to lead that effort.

Prior to her work with the Missouri Division of Energy, Llona served as a District Director for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and a Project Manager for the American Lung Association.  During 2005-07, Llona served as Trustee on the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees.  Her previous work at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources included Deputy Director for Outreach and Assistance Center, and as Assistant to Department Director.  

Llona was elected to the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Board of Directors in May 2012.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.

Rick Morgan - Morgan Marketing Partners*

Rick Morgan has more than 35 years of experience in the energy efficiency field and has been an active member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) since the 1980s. As president of Morgan Marketing Partners, established in 1995, he helps utilities, regional efficiency programs and energy companies throughout the U.S. with their energy programs and marketing challenges. He assists his clients with strategic marketing, creation of new products and services, efficiency program/service planning and marketing planning to achieve their goals.

Randy Gunn - Navigant Consulting*      

Randy Gunn has more than 25 years of experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of utility energy service programs. He has extensive experience with DSM portfolio evaluation studies, market potential studies, market assessments, baseline studies and regulatory projects, and often leads Navigant projects in these areas. He currently is leading portfolio evaluation studies for ComEd, American Electric Power Ohio, Nicor, People’s Gas, and Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Sam Mueller - Nexant

Sam is currently Vice President of Nexant’s Demand Management business unit and Director of Engineering, where he has demonstrated powerful leadership since joining the firm in 2002. Sam oversees a Madison, Wisconsin-based office of 98 engineers that are delivering custom technical solutions to municipalities, investor-owned utilities and energy end-users. His expertise includes designing and managing utility-sponsored demand-side management programs, conducting market assessments, estimating energy and demand savings and providing measurement and verification support. Sam also serves as Nexant’s senior account manager for several of the company’s existing utility clients in the Midwest, including MidAmerican Energy, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Xcel Energy, and Vectren Electric Delivery.  Sam holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  

Jim Jerozal - Nicor Gas

Jim is currently the Managing Director and General Manager of Energy Efficiency for Nicor Gas (an AGL Resources company) and is located at the company’s operational headquarters in Naperville, Illinois.  In this position, Jim was responsible for developing the company’s $150 million dollar gas energy efficiency program that, this plan year, will be the largest gas-only EEP in the country.  The program also entails an emerging technology element that is quite unique to the industry.  In the process of building the program, Jim has collaborated effectively on the policy front with stakeholders, regulators and other utility partners. 

Prior to this post, Jim served Nicor as General Manager of Environmental Health and Safety and its Regulatory Compliance Manger. Prior to Nicor, Jim was Director of Technical and Business Services at the Laidlaw/Safety-Kleen Technical Business Center, and an environmental engineer and project manager for ERM-Southeast in Charleston, South Carolina. Jim holds a BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Jim has more than 26 years’ experience in the energy and environmental fields.  

Katie Papadimitriu - Schneider Electric

Katie is the Director of State and Local Government Affairs for Schneider Electric, a multi-national energy distribution and management products manufacturer and services company.  She is the first to hold this position in the U.S. after structuring the office for this multi-billion dollar company with 130,000 employees and operations in 100 countries.  Prior to her current position at Schneider, Katie served as Business Development Manager for Strategic Energy Initiatives at Boeing Energy. There, she delivered subject matter expertise and market direction for Boeing’s portfolio of products in horizontal industries and vertical markets. Prior to Boeing, Katie was the ComEd RRTP Program Manager for Comverge, Inc. where she grew that program from 600 to 10,000 participants in the space of a couple of years. Prior to this post, Katie was Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Constellation NewEnergy and was the Energy Policy Advisor to Commissioner Terry Harvill at the Illinois Commerce Commission. Katie holds an MS in Financial Markets with a concentration in investments from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BA in Political Science from the University
of Chicago.

John Cuttica - University of Illinois, Energy Resources Center*

John Cuttica has been in the energy field for more than 30 years, with most of his career spent in the energy Research and Development (R&D) area, having held the position of VP of End Use Research at the Gas Research Institute for more than 10 years. Cuttica and the Energy Resources Center staff work closely with the Illinois State Energy Office in the development and implementation of the State’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard as it applies to the public sector. Prior to his work at the Gas Research Institute, Cuttica was responsible for the Consumer Product R&D Program at the U.S. Department of Energy.