The SEM Collaborative is led by a board of SEM leaders who are committed to elevating and accelerating how SEM is practiced across North America. This group is interested in increasing our representation from diverse perspectives, including from different organization types, different regions, and other forms of diversity. We welcome other persons potentially interested in supporting SEM Collaborative efforts as board members. Please reach out to Neal Elliott to express interest.
Wendy Gibson, LEED AP, CLEAResult
Wendy has been a commercial SEM coach since 2015 and is currently in charge of training and mentoring new coaches and developing curriculum and tools to support the needs of CLEAResult’s participants. Wendy Gibson has worked in the facilities and sustainability field for over 12 years and has been passionate about SEM ever since 2012.
Wendy has a BS in Sociology and is an expert in identifying O&M efficiency opportunities by focusing on the people side of buildings. She enjoys supporting organizations through the change management process as they integrate SEM best practices into their company to ensure persistent savings. Wendy believes that SEM can work in any organization regardless of size, industry, or culture. She is also a skilled presenter and facilitator and enjoys all aspects of bringing people together to learn from one another.
Greg Baker, VEIC
Greg is an Engineering Manager in VEIC’s Engineering Division and has more than 16 years of experience in the energy efficiency field. Greg has worked both in a technical role as an energy consultant and in sales as a key account manager. He has worked almost exclusively with large commercial and industrial customers.
In addition to his Engineering role, Greg is also leading VEIC’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program efforts in the states of New York and Vermont. He also serves as a lead advisor to Hawaii Energy on effective SEM program design and delivery. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Debbie Driscoll, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Debbie is a Strategic Market Manager and leads the development of the overall strategy and infrastructure to support transformation of the northwest’s commercial building market. Among her responsibilities is NEEA’s SEM Infrastructure program which recently launched the SEM Hub website (www.semhub.com), a clearinghouse for world-class SEM tools and resources.
Debbie also coordinates the NW SEM Collaborative, a community of practitioners dedicated to saving energy through Strategic Energy Management. She earned her Electrical Engineering degree from NC State and Master of Engineering in Product Design at Stanford. Before joining NEEA, Debbie served as a Manager with Ecova’s Research and Policy Team.
Chad Gilless, Stillwater Energy
Chad leads Stillwater Energy, a firm focused on SEM design and delivery. He led the turnaround of NEEA’s foundational SEM program and since then has led SEM programs and workshops across the North America and elsewhere. Chad chairs the US ISO Energy Management Committee, and he was a principal author of ISO 50001 as well as other international energy management standards.
Chad served on the leadership team for the Northwest SEM Collaborative, a group he has been actively involved with since its inception. Chad co-chaired the 2017 ACEEE Industrial Summer Study in Denver.
John Nicol, Leidos
John has designed and implemented Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs since 2004. He has more than 35 years of experience in energy engineering and energy program management. Mr. Nicol has designed, launched, and directed four large energy efficiency business programs in Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts and Hawai’i. He also has worked with industrial facilities to improve their energy efficiency in Romania, Lithuania and Belarus.
Mr. Nicol is currently on the board of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Compressed Air Challenge. He has a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He has specialized in the design and implementation of programs that have met the needs of the Industrial Sector, including developing the Practical Energy Management© tool and Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guidebooks for Paper, Metal Casting, Plastics, Ethanol, Dairy Processing, and Water/Wastewater industries.
Walt Tunnessen, CEM, U.S. EPA
Walt Tunnessen is the National Program Manager for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for Industry where he leads initiatives with manufacturing sectors to identify energy management best practices. He has managed the development of the first sector-wide energy performance benchmarking tools for multiple industrial sectors that now provide the basis for ENERGY STAR certification. Walt has also created numerous ENERGY STAR strategic energy management resources, contributed to the ISO 50001 standard, designed the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry recognition program, and helped developed the ENERGY STAR Energy Treasure Hunt guide.
Walt earned a MS from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MSEL from Vermont Law School, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Brian Albert, Nexant
Brian Albert is a Vice President in Nexant's Utility Services business unit and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin. As a VP for Nexant, Brian oversees the Energy Efficiency Delivery teams in Nexant’s Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Colorado offices where he provides program oversight and technical support to major demand-side management (DSM) programs Nexant administers out of those offices.
His expertise includes designing DSM programs, managing the implementation of DSM programs, managing and motivating trade ally networks, and commercial and industrial strategic energy management. Brian received both his Bachelor and Master in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Peter Bassett, Energy Performance Services
Peter is President and owner of Energy Performance Services (EPS), a company which has specialized in industrial energy efficiency and energy management for over 27 years. Working with companies in North America, Asia, South America and Africa, Peter has extensive experience with the development and implementation of energy efficiency projects, development of markets for energy efficiency services, design, and delivery of EE programs and EE training.
Peter has expertise in the implementation of energy management systems such as ISO 50001 and 50001-Ready, energy management information systems (EMIS) and Strategic Energy Management (SEM).
Martin Lott, Cascade Energy
Martin Lott is an SEM practitioner at Cascade Energy. He is a founding designer of strategic energy management (SEM) programs throughout North America. He has led dozens of commercial and industrial SEM projects, and in so doing, has worked with hundreds of utility customers. Martin excels at mentoring executives and energy teams through the process of organizational change management to achieve sustained energy savings.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineer and a Master of Business Administration.