Efficiency First

Board Officers

Richard Burbank, Chair
Evergreen Home Performance
Rockland, ME

Richard Riegel Burbank founded Evergreen Home Performance LLC in 2006. The company provides building diagnostics; building performance evaluations; energy audits; and modeling, training and building envelope installation and renovation for residential, multifamily and commercial buildings. As a building analyst and auditor, he has evaluated the full range of home types as well as hospitals, schools and. multifamily buildings. Evergreen’s building envelope projects range from installing cellulose in new construction and retrofits, air leakage reduction in residential and commercial buildings, and moisture mitigation. He is one of the first Building Performance Institute certified Building Analysts and Building Envelope Specialists in Maine, a BPI certification proctor, an ASHRAE member, and an affiliated contractor with Maine Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and ZeroDraft. He is a consultant on building envelope air tightness and testing for ESCOs, architects, and builders. In the fall of 2008, he founded Evergreen Building Science Trainings, a BPI affiliate that offers BPI training and certification testing for Building Analysts and Building Envelope Specialists.
John White, Vice Chair
ICF International

John has 18 years of professional experience and is an experienced manager of several of ICF’s energy efficiency programs including several HPwES programs for various clients in Maryland and the Delaware SEU. In addition, he also manages the Quick Home Energy Check-up programs (Direct install program) in Maryland and previously oversaw the Limited Income Energy Efficiency Program for the largest utility in Maryland. Mr. White moved into the management of energy efficiency programs after working as a construction field manager for 5 years. His experience working with subcontractors has proven invaluable in his current responsibilities at ICF. All of the Programs that Mr. White manages have seen significant growth due to the improved processes he has implemented. Mr. White is also in his second year as a member of the National Board of Efficiency First, a national, non-profit trade association for the home performance industry.
Damian Hodkinson, Policy Chair
True Energy Solutions, Inc.
East Rochester, NY

Damian Hodkinson has over 20 years experience in the implementation and construction management services, with the last five dedicated to energy efficiency consulting and demand side energy reduction projects. He has expertise in field and theoretical building energy analysis, energy modeling, building diagnostics, and the coordination and management of multi-faceted projects, with thousands of single family, multifamily, commercial, and municipal projects completed. He holds BPI Building Analyst, Envelope, Multifamily Analyst, Heating and A/C or Heat Pump certifications, EPA Lead Safe Worker certification, and he is RRP Lead Certified. He holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Maryland and has earned a M.Sc. Geosciences (Structural analysis, Geochemical & thermal modeling) from the University of Arizona.
Mark Tajima, Treasurer
Energia, LLC
Holyoke, MA

Ryan Miller, Secretary
North Carolina Building Performance Association
North Carolina

Ryan Miller is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association that he founded in February of 2014 to represent the state’s home and building performance industry. As Executive Director, Ryan’s work includes leading the association’s development and delivery of programs, services and benefits to members.

This work includes distributing market news and research, promoting events and business opportunities, aggregating and working on issues and concerns from members, managing initiatives that reduce market barriers, promoting the industry and lobbying for desired state and federal legislation.

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt with a background in Big 4 consulting, Ryan also helps the association’s member companies grow and strengthen their businesses through the development of member services and programs.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Adams
Local Energy Alliance Program
Charlottesville, VA

Cynthia serves as the Executive Director of the nonprofit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), which sponsors a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in Virginia, performing in house trade ally management and QA. LEAP is also a participating contractor in our utility’s DSM program, providing Home Energy Checkups as part of their outreach. While building performance industry advocacy is at the core of the work LEAP does locally, Cynthia also founded and is Vice Chair of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) (www.vaeec.org). The VAEEC participates in code hearings, provides input on the Virginia Energy Plan, and has published a VA EE Industry Census Report. Lastly, Cynthia have participated in legislative advocacy at the state and national level.
Amy Beley
Build It Green
Oakland, CA

Amy Beley is the Contractor Engagement Manager for Build It Green. While she is not a contractor, Amy recognizes that contractors are the core of what we as a broader industry do. She currently designs education programs that help build successful contractors in the home performance industry. As an advocate for providing support that contractors have identified they need to better deliver home performance, Amy has developed and delivered business, marketing, and sales training and support programs. She's put contractors at the heart of program implementation and sought ways to provide support which allow for candid discussions about how to make the business work.

Drew Cameron
HVAC Sellutions
West Chester, PA

Ryan Clemmer
Clean Energy Works
Portland, OR

As the founder of the Home Performance Contractors Guild of Oregon, Ryan is an entrepreneurial and visionary influence at Clean Energy Works. In his role as Director of Building Science and Data Automation, Ryan keeps the organization at the leading edge of the latest innovations, best practices and new technological advancements in the Home Performance and Building Science-related industries. His daily responsibilities include overseeing delivery of high-quality, customer-oriented building performance services. He has worked successfully for more than a decade as a home performance analyst and contractor, from residential retrofits and remodels to energy efficient spec homes.
Jon Harrod
Snug Planet,
Ithaca, NY

Michelle Knaszak
Greenhomes America
Hamburg, NY

Michelle Knaszak has 20-plus years employed in the New York weatherization program. During her years in the weatherization program, she worked on various multi-family projects that included all aspects of energy conservation, including electrical savings, water conservation and shell measures. Ms. Knaszak owned and operated a home performance contracting business for five years and is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of home performance, BPI standards, quality assurance and building audits. She has taught numerous home performance classes and has been an advocate of energy efficiency through speaking engagements throughout the country. She currently holds BPI certifications in BA1, Shell, Heating & Cooling, Multi-family, and is a HERS Rater.
Chad Ruhoff
Neil Kelly Company
Portland, OR

Manager of the home performance division of Neil Kelly Company
Kathe Stewart
Precision Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC
Memphis, TN

Greg Thomas
Performance Systems Development
Ithaca, NY

Gregory Thomas is CEO of Performance Systems Development and Performance Systems Contracting. He was a founding board member of Efficiency First and served as a member of the Efficiency First Policy Committee and as Vice Chair before becoming Chair. He was a founding board member of Affordable Comfort Inc. and also served as board chair. He is a member of the RESNET board and a member of the National Home Performance Council Forms Committee. He received the Building Performance Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Staff & Advisers

Coby Rudolph, COO
Coby's career in politics has been focused on engaging people in the political process. In college he recruited Californians to join the campaign for a renewable portfolio standard. Between 2004 and 2006, Coby directed grassroots campaigns in seven states. Since then, Coby has led grassroots work for the Save Darfur Coalition and the Alliance for Climate Protection ("Repower America"). At Efficiency First, Coby works with existing and prospective members; helping Efficiency First members grow and expand state and regional chapters; and mobilizing members and others in favor of policies that will grow the home performance industry. Coby holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Michelle Nochisaki, Membership Development and Education Manager
Kara Saul Rinaldi, Government Affairs
Kara Rinaldi has more than a dozen years of experience in advocacy strategy development, lobbying and media relations. She has directed national policy, communications and grassroots campaigns leading advocacy efforts with the Administration and Congress on tax, appropriations, authorization and climate change policy for national and international NGOs and corporations. Kara is the President and CEO of the AnnDyl Policy Group, an energy and environmental policy strategy firm. Prior to joining AnnDyl, Kara directed the energy and climate policy efforts for the environmental consulting firm ERM.Prior to joining ERM, Kara was the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company that is a leader in insulation technologies. She also held the position of Senior Director of Policy for the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan, nonprofit coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient use of energy worldwide. Kara also has worked on the Climate Change Campaign for the World Wildlife Fund and in the offices of Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). She holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelors from the University of California, San Diego.

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