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 Coordinator, Susan helps nail down the million-and-one details of NESEA’s conferences and tours. She supports members and participants as the go-to person for registration and 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.
Beth joined NESEA in July of 2014 and currently serves as Director of Operations. She's responsible for directing both the Boston and New York conference + trade shows, as well as, contributing to the leadership team's work to improve and maintain a sustainable office environment.
Born and raised in Georgia, Beth transplanted to New England over a decade ago and now considers herself a local Greenfieldian. With experience ranging from being a national lobbyist for the Organic Trade Association to the General Manager of The People’s Pint Restaurant and Brewery, Beth is just compulsively organized, focused, and good humored enough to enhance any office experience.
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.
Eli, a farmer turned IT & Database Manager at NESEA, enjoys cycling, hiking, games, and building vermicompost bins in his spare time. He lives in Northampton and maintains a community garden plot in Florence, MA. Eli's educational background is in environmental economics and math (Oberlin College), and he holds a permaculture design certificate from Kay Cafasso's course in Shutesbury, MA.
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.
Louise joins the team as a MassCEC intern, fresh from graduating the GCC Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Certificate course. Previously she worked as a professional yacht captain, the ultimate off-grid living, which made the sustainable energy field an inevitable home for practical transferable skills. She has a B.A. in Geography (London University) is excited to be part of the BuildingEnergy Boston team.
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.