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 2014 after completing a Masters of Business Administration at Antioch University New England. She most recently held the position of Program Director at NESEA prior to her appointment as Executive Director in 2019. Before joining the NESEA team, she worked as a project manager at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, ran an event planning business in Montana, and led backpacking trips in Wyoming and Utah.
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.
Larry joined NESEA in 2017 following several decades in corporate information technology. Prior to that, he worked as a photographer, journalist, and in broadcasting. He has a long history with non-profit organizations as a co-founder and board member of several grassroots community groups. When not wrestling with technical demons, he can be found outdoors, kayaking, hiking, or nordic skiing.
As NESEA's Program Director, Florence overseas the BuildingEnergy Pro Tours, Bottom Lines, and Emerging professionals programs; serves as Editor-in-Chief for BuildingEnergy magazine; and supports the growth and development of programs and initiatives in service to NESEA’s strategic plan. She works to continue to integrate all NESEA programs with membership and each other, as well as to evaluate new opportunities for program development.
Florence serves as the staff point-person for community engagement and for diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives.
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!
As Conference Manager, Ben coordinates all the logistics of the BuildingEnergy conferences, supporting the work of our amazing teams of conference chairs, content committees, curators, and speakers. He also handles continuing education credits (CEUs) for NESEA events.
Ben grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brandeis University. Outside of work he is active in folk music and dance communities, where he works to promote greater openness and accessibility.
Katie oversees the recruitment, retention, data management, and engagement of NESEA Members. Before joining NESEA in 2014, Katie worked for several years in higher education administration.
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 Accounting Assistant and Grants Assistant Manager for the Greenfield Public School System. Gina’s background consist of an Associates Degree in Accounting from Newbury College and over 30 working years in accounting positions.
As the Program & Event Coordinator, Robert provides planning, logistical, and on-site event support to multiple NESEA programs, with an emphasis on Pro Tours and Bottom Lines. Robert also provides administrative assistance for conferences, BuildingEnergy magazine, and the Emerging Professionals program.
Robert graduated from St. John Fisher College with a degree in Education and worked as a High School Social Studies teacher for several years before transitioning into event operations and coordination. In his free time, Robert enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling, and spending time at his family’s dairy farm in Central New York.