Lauren Brust Moss, Board Chair
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.
Saheel Chandrani, Board Secretary
Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn is a Senior Director at BlueWave Solar, which has a mission to make solar available to everyone, everywhere. At BlueWave, she works to deliver solar power to public and private entities through community solar. Based in Boston, Betsy has a history of working with local communities and multifamily building owners to bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable power to low- and moderate-income households by connecting on-the-ground realities to program designs and policy leadership.
Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College.
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.
Before forming Gotham 360, Jennifer served as the Director of Energy Programs for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital in the United States. In that role, Jennifer managed a $70 million energy procurement portfolio including power, renewables, natural gas, and fuel oil. In addition to procurement of supply, Jennifer oversaw the development and construction of an 8MW synchronous cogeneration system, which was the first of its kind in the borough of Manhattan. Her efforts resulted in savings of over $11 million annually, and ongoing national recognition by the EPA as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
Leveraging her expertise in the healthcare space, Jennifer founded Gotham 360 to support other healthcare organizations with strategies for the development and deployment of energy programs based on combining established best practices with innovation in the implementation of new technologies. Clients from the higher education, industrial, multi-family, and commercial sectors soon followed, and today, Gotham 360 is recognized as a groundbreaking, woman-owned business addressing complex challenges in energy management, efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability.
Jennifer has both authored and been the subject of several articles published in national energy journals including Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production, Breakthrough, and Healthcare Facilities Management. She sits on the Advisory Board of Enterprising Women magazine and is committed to the empowerment of women globally in both her professional and personal life.
Nancy Ludwig, FAIA, LEED AP is the President of ICON Architecture, a 50-person Boston-based, women-owned firm. Her work focuses on sustainable urban projects that create new paradigms for city living, and range from transit-oriented development to innovative adaptive reuse, and from low-rise to high-rise construction. She has contributed to the design and construction of over 15,000 housing units throughout New England, with 2,000 currently under design or in construction this year, including Modular and Passive House designs. Her projects have been case studies for nationally distributed books on sustainable housing, published by the ULI, Harvard University Press, and Global Green, and honored by multiple national awards. Nancy sits on the Boston ULI Advisory Board, is a former co-chair of the Housing and Economic Development Product Council, is a member of the Boston Society of Architects, and is an active board member of Homestart, a non-profit seeking to prevent homelessness in Greater Boston.
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?
Fortunat Mueller, Board Treasurer
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 Liberty and Portland, Maine and Brentwood and Enfield, NH, as well as North Andover, MA, serving all of ME, NH and MA.
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.
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, Board Vice-Chair
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.
Kate is a partner in HELM Construction Solutions, which works with owners, designers and builders to create high performance and sustainable buildings and businesses. She is an experienced leader in the fields of green building, professional education, sustainability, and business management. She’s worked with established and emerging businesses and non-profits to achieve triple bottom line metrics, develop business systems, and plan for a dynamic and resilient future. She has deep experience in post-secondary education, and led the Yestermorrow Design/Build School for over thirteen years. Kate manages the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving loan fund providing low interest loans to farmers. Kate helped to develop and is a facilitator for NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines program. Kate is the Chair of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of the Vermont Council on Rural Development. She holds a MS in Management from Antioch University New England and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College.
Andrew specializes in energy-smart residential design - in existing buildings or new construction. He won NESEA's Zero Energy Challenge, and Fine Homebuilding's Best Retrofit award. He trained as a HERS rater and a Passive House consultant, and is currently testing for licensure as an architect. He's teaching sustainable design at Greenfield Community College, and was the co-chair of Building Energy Boston in 2018. He has recently joined NESEA's Bottom Lines community, as owner of studioWEBSTER.
NESEA's Board of Directors consists of 13 independent, voting members who are elected on a rolling basis. Each year, NESEA members elect three Board members and the Board appoints one Board member. In addition, every three years the Board appoints a Member Services Liaison. Board members serve for three-year terms, with no term limits.