Meet the Facilitators

Michael Bruss  was the founder and president of Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates, LLC. Michael’s passion and drive focuses on building with green technologies, reuse of historic structures, energy efficiency and preparing today’s buildings for future generations. With over 30 years of experience in project development and management, Michael brings unmatched collaboration, innovation and craftsmanship to every project that he is involved in. He facilitates the Mighty 5 Bottom Lines group.

John Abrams is a longtime student of facilitation and a veteran meeting junkie. He is the founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, a 39-year-old, employee-owned architecture, building, and renewable energy company committed to responsible business practices . John’s book COMPANIES WE KEEP: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, was published in 2008. He blogs sporadically at He facilitates the Open Matters Bottom Lines group.
Paul Eldrenkamp founded Byggmeister, Inc., a Newton, MA-based design/build remodeling firm, in 1983. He participated in remodeling industry peer review groups (Business Networks and then Remodelers Advantage) for over 12 years. He served on NESEA's Board of Directors for many years, is a frequent speaker at regional and national trade conferences, and writes occasionally for the Journal of Light Construction. He co-facilitates the Plan Bygg Bottom Lines group with Mary Quigley.
Mary Quigley has been building and renovating homes in Western Massachusetts since 1982. A dedicated researcher, Mary keeps current with new developments in the energy field as well as structural techniques, materials and technologies, integrating the best of these ideas in her work. She takes seriously her responsibility not only to the client, but also to the site, the neighbors, the community, and the earth. Mary co-facilitates the Plan Bygg Bottom Lines group with Paul Eldrenkamp.
Steve Silverman is the President of Valley Home Improvement, a design/build residential remodeling firm based in Northampton, MA. Steve bought the company in 2013 after 9 years of working in a Project Development role for VHI, and he launched Valley Solar in 2015. He has been a member of two of the Bottom Lines networks since the program’s inception and knows firsthand the awesome power of the peer review process. He facilitates the Silver Liners Bottom Lines group.
Kate Stephenson is an experienced leader in the fields of green building, professional education, sustainability, and business management. As a partner in HELM Construction Solutions, she works with established and emerging businesses 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. She facilitates the Team Flo Bottom Lines group.
Jamie Wolf was good with blocks as a kid, graduated to tree forts, and has been working as a designer and builder ever since. Wolfworks is a boutique scale design/build company in Avon, CT endeavoring to provide that service responsibly. Jamie considers his peer network experience, over a period of twenty years, as fundamental to Wolfworks' ability to understand and manage all aspects of business operations, a journey that continues here with you. He facilitates the Wolfpack Bottom Lines group.

Our Mission

NESEA advances the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment by cultivating a community where practitioners share, collaborate and learn.