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2002 RESNET Conference

Presenters' Bios

March 4-6, 2002
Florida Solar Energy Center
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Cocoa, Florida

Steve Baden
Executive Director
Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Steve Baden has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over twenty five years, including eighteen years with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels, and ten years administering a state energy office. Mr. Baden initiated the "Warm Homes for Alaskans Initiative" which received the "1993 National Award for the Most Outstanding State Housing Program" from the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Steve was also awarded a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mike Barcik
Director, Technical Services
Southface Energy Institute

Mike Barcik is a senior research engineer and the director of Technical Services at Southface Energy Institute. His areas of expertise include energy performance modeling, design reviews and building diagnostics. A graduate from Georgia Tech with a masters degree in mechanical engineering, he has conducted research in high-performance mechanical systems and has conducted over 100 workshops and charrettes on high-performance commercial buildings. He also manages the Commercial Buildings Energy Code Initiative and is a LEED™ certified professional.

Brian Binash
Emerald Homes

Brian Binash, President of Emerald Homes, is a 23 year veteran homebuilder, beginning his career with General Homes in Houston in 1979 and shortly thereafter becoming their top-producing manager for the region. He helped start-up the company which is Emerald Homes today in September of '87 and led the company to achieve over 200 closings the first full year of it's operations. Binash has been the recipient of numerous awards during his career from most productive Construction Manager to Marketing Director of the Year. More importantly, as one of its principals, he has led Emerald Homes to achieve high level standards in construction, including its position as the energy efficiency leader in Houston. The company has been named Builder of the Year three times and has received the prestigious national Energy Value Housing Award twice. Binash is active both professionally and charitably, serving on the boards of directors for numerous organizations including the Greater Houston Builders Association, Houston Proud, the Community Associations Institute, the Greater Houston Partnership, and Habitat for Humanity. He graduated from Marquette University in 1978 with a Bachelors in Sociology and Urban Affairs.

Lindsay Chism
Manager, Building America Partner Program
Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico
Lindsay Chism graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Communication. She has worked for the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico (HBA of CNM), where she administered and managed several of their community service programs. In her capacity as Director of Community Relations, Chism was the administrator of the Building America Partner Program that the association established in January of 2001. Lindsay became an independent consultant in September 2001, and is still administering the Building America Partner Program for the HBA of CNM while simultaneously owning and operating a partnership company called Building Solutions, focusing on building science consulting and certified Home Energy Rating. She is also the Director of the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Institute for Construction Technology.

Barbara Collins
Western Regional Manager
Energy Rated Homes of America

Barbara Collins is the Western Regional Manager of Energy Rated Homes of America. Ms. Collins is a dynamic professional speaker and trainer on marketing, home energy ratings, and energy mortgage topics. Featured on the nationally broadcast television program, "Today's Environment", her work has also been honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with its "1994 National Energy Award", and by the "1995 Renew America National Award: in 2000, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America featured Ms. Collins in its "Market Trends" series speaking on energy. Ms. Collins in 2001 received the prestigious "RESNET Lifetime Achievement Award" for her contribution to the home energy rating industry.

Dennis Creech
Executive Director
Southface Energy Institute
Dennis Creech is the Executive Director of the Southface Energy Institute, a nonprofit organization offering technical assistance on sustainable buildings and communities. Mr. Creech directed the development of the EarthCraft House program in Atlanta and the Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center, a building that houses the institute and features over 100 sustainable technologies. Dennis commutes in a total electric Toyota RAV4.

Michelle Desiderio
Senior Product Developer
Fannie Mae
Michelle Desiderio is a Senior Product Developer for Fannie Mae's National Housing and Impact Division. In that role she is responsible for a number of programs including Fannie Mae's Energy and Environment Initiative, a residential emissions trading pilot, and the Smart Commute SM Mortgage. Previously, Michelle served as NAHB's expert on endangered species, essential fish habitat, clean air, and construction waste policy. In that role she analyzed regulatory and legislative policies, provided compliance advice to builders and developers, and educated members on the federal regulations governing land development. Michelle started her career as a New York City Urban Fellow at the NYC Department of City Planning. She served in a number of positions developing citywide land use and environmental policy.

Richard Faesy
Senior Energy Analyst
Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
Richard currently works as part of the Consulting Team at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in Burlington, Vermont. He specializes in residential buildings and technology, with a focus on new construction, green building, home energy ratings and energy efficiency financing. Prior to 2000, he was responsible for the administrative and developmental functions of Energy Rated Homes of Vermont and Vermont's Energy Mortgage (EM) Programs since their inception in 1986. He has been active nationally in many Home Energy Rating System (HERS®)/EM efforts including U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, RESNET, the Northeast HERS Alliance, the HERS Council, and the National Collaborative on Home Energy Ratings and Energy Efficient Mortgages. Richard was featured on the nationally broadcast television program Dateline NBC and is the 2001-2002 President of Energy Rated Homes of America. In 2001 he received the prestigious "RESNET Lifetime Achievement Award" for his contribution to the home energy rating industry.

Philip Fairey
Deputy Director
Florida Solar Energy Center
Philip Fairey is the Deputy Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and President of Building Consultants Group, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in building failures related to moisture control, pressure and air flow control; and building design and construction. Mr, Fairey graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Architecture in 1969 and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning in 1975. In 1980, Mr. Fairey initiated the building science research program for FSEC. Since then, he has had primary responsibility for 25 major building science research contracts totaling more than $10 million. Philip has extensive experimental and analytical expertise in the fields of moisture transport and control, pressure and air flow control, indoor air quality, building envelope systems, cooling and dehumidification systems, natural ventilation systems, energy efficient building design, industrialized housing systems, utility demand side management, home energy rating systems, and computer simulation and modeling. Mr. Fairey was the keynote speaker at the 2001 RESNET Conference and the 2001 EEBA Excellence in Building Conference.

Ken Fonorow
Florida HERO
Ken Fonorow, president of Florida HERO, has been involved in building science and energy conservation for over 25 years as an energy analyst, consultant, problem solver, and is experienced in residential mechanical systems design and installation. Mr. Fonorow's diverse background includes pioneering work in the development of software for energy auditing, blower-door technology and "Green" construction codes. In addition to being guest speaker, Ken teaches Continuing Education courses in energy conservation at Santa Fe Community College. He is the vice-chair of the Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee, serves on the Board of Directors of the Gainesville Builders Association, and past president of the National Energy Raters Association. Mr. Fonorow has won awards for his contributions to building science and energy efficiency at the local, state, and national levels including the 1999, 2000, and 2001 "Florida Rater of the Year", the 1999 EPA ENERGY STAR "Ally of the Year". Ken is a member of the Habitat for Humanity "Green Team".

Rick Gerardi
Residential Energy Affordability New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Rick Gerardi is the Director of the Residential Energy Affordability Program (REAP) at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). For more than a decade, NYSERDA has been funding critical research to improve New York's residential energy efficiency. Over the last 4 years, REAP has become the logical extension of that commitment. Designed to improve both energy efficiency and affordability in the residential and consumer sectors, especially for the state's low-income citizens, REAP focuses Public Benefit resources to create innovative strategies for improved building performance and greater access to energy efficient products. Market-based initiatives range from increasing consumer awareness of and demand for energy efficiency as a consumer value through an Energy Star labeling effort, to the support and enhancement of a competent infrastructure of building performance contractors and home builders to assure quality work. REAP's marketing initiatives have won numerous awards and the New York marketplace has responded with increased market share for energy efficient products and services. Mr. Gerardi was the director for New York's Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program for 14 years where he managed over a half a billion dollars in efficiency work and instituted a number of innovative practices. He is a Dartmouth College graduate and has been in the building trade for over 20 years, having built solar, energy efficient homes prior to his tenure with the state.

Pattie W. Glenn

  • President/CEO of GreenSmart consulting in green sales, marketing and lending, and development.
  • Senior Vice President of Bosshardt Realty's Research and Development Division specializing in start-up development of market-driven high performance communities.
  • Member of NAHB's Institute of Residential Marketing.
  • NAHB Instructor for IRM & CSP courses.
  • 2001 Energy Value Housing Awards judge.
  • EPA ENERGY STAR 2000 Ally of Year Special Recognition Award
  • Founding Director, National Energy Raters Foundation
  • Founding Director, Florida Green Building Coalition

Thomas Hamilton
Executive Director
California Home Energy Efficiency Rating System (CHEERS)
Thomas Hamilton is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of a state-wide non-profit home energy rating organization encompassing its administration, technical, and training departments. Mr. Hamilton developed the CHEERS strategic business plan in order to become financially self-sufficient. Thomas oversees all fiscal activities including the operating annual budget of $1 million and the ongoing marketing and implementing new business development throughout the state. Prior to joining CHEERS, Thomas Hamilton worked in the mortgage industry serving as Senior Vice President of the Western League of Savings Institutions, Vice President of FarWest Savings & Loan, and the Secondary Marketing Manager of Westco Savings Bank.

Bruce Harley
Technical Director of Residential Services
Conservation Services Group
Bruce Harley has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been working in energy efficient construction since 1990. His hands-on experience includes troubleshooting and remediation of building and duct leakage, indoor air quality, HVAC systems, combustion safety, and geothermal heat pumps. He has done direct designs and project consulting on a wide variety of new buildings and mechanical systems. Since 1997, he has conducted over 100 training sessions and seminars on energy efficient residential construction, energy codes, building science, and mechanical systems for builders, architects, building officials, trades people, students and energy efficiency specialists. He currently lives in Stamford, Vermont in an efficient, comfortable solar-electric house which he designed and built.

Michael J. Holtz, AIA
Architectural Energy Corporation
Michael Holtz has been engaged in energy research, development, and design since 1972, and has been involved in the research, development, and implementation of home energy rating systems since 1979. Mr. Holtz has participated in all national home energy rating planning efforts, including the National League of Savings Association, the HUD/DOE Collaborative on Home Energy Ratings, the HERS Council, and the NASEO/RESNET initiatives; and a number of state home energy rating initiatives. Architectural Energy Corporation has developed the REM/Rate and REM/Design residential energy analysis, code compliance, and rating software, widely used throughout the U.S. by HERS providers, weatherization agencies, energy consultants, utilities, and others. AEC continues to develop and enhance the REM/Rate software in response to and in support of HERS Provider and rater needs for easy to use, accurate home energy rating software.

Kathy Howard
Energy Sense Systems
Kathy Howard is President of Energy Sense, Houston based consulting and inspection firm. She is a both a Master Certified rater for the Engineered for Life Program and Environment for Living Programs, and a Certified Energy Star rater providing analysis and testing for residential new construction homes. Previously Kathy was responsible of the Operations and Marketing for the first Rating Provider in Texas. As a Ratings Provider, Energy Sense is working with David Weekley, Emerald Builders, Hammonds Homes, Newmark Homes, MHI and Partners In Building, along with some local Custom Builders. Kathy spent 20 year in Marketing with Reliant Energy HL&P in the Residential Sector. Accomplishments included the development and implementation of programs targeted at the residential consumer. Kathy's experience spans from Business planning and implementation, to contract negotiations for programs including Energy Experts, Economic Development and Good Cents program (an energy efficiency new homes construction program targeted at Builders). Her last accomplishment with Reliant was to develop and implement an Energy Star Pilot in Houston Texas and is now helping to transform this to a market driven program in the Texas market. The market has grown from the Pilot of 500 homes to 8000 homes under contract for 2002.

Don Michael Jones
Residential Building Analysis
Don has over 25 years of experience in the energy and building science field, and has held positions with the Ohio Weatherization Training Center, the Housing Resource Center and is a charter member of the Building Performance Group and the Home Energy Ratings of Ohio organization. Over the past eight years, Residential Building Analysis has provided building performance consulting, correction, energy rating and training services to non-profit housing groups, utilities, builders, the HVAC and insulation trades, code officials, the building design community and individual homeowners throughout Ohio and the Midwest.

David F. Lee
Residential Branch Environmental Protection Agency
David Lee currently is the director for the Residential Branch of the EPA, overseeing the ENERGY STAR new and existing homes programs. Prior to the ENERGY STAR Program, David was the branch chief responsible for the regulatory program to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Lee has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan.

Randy L. Martin
R. L. Martin and Associates
Randy Martin has operated his own web development business as R. L. Martin and Associates since August of 1996 specializing in web sites for energy and environmental organizations and companies. He currently maintains over 90 web sites including RESNET's. Prior to going into business for himself he served as Director of Energy Efficiency Services for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. In this position he created a new home construction program for municipal utilities called Comfort Plus Homes. He also wrote an Energy Efficient Mortgage Manual for Lenders. Prior to working for IAMU, he worked for 3 years on residential and transportation efficiency programs for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the Denver Regional Support Office. Before moving to Denver in 1992 he worked for the state energy office in Iowa for nine years. There he ran the Energy Hotline writing publications and answering all types of energy questions. He is a 1979 graduate of Iowa State University with a B.A. in Distributed Studies (Architecture, Environmental Studies, Journalism).

Marci Milligan
Senior Deputy Director
Fannie Mae Utah Partnership Office

Marci Milligan is the Senior Deputy Director of Fannie Mae's Utah Partnership Office. The Utah Partnership Office is one of 50 plus offices in the nation to help increase affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families and first-time home buyers. In her role as Senior Deputy Director, Ms. Milligan is responsible for implementing initiatives with state and local housing leaders and community partners which promote both single- and multi-family affordable housing opportunities as part of Fannie Mae's "House Utah" plan to invest $7 billion over the next five years. The financing will provide housing for more than 66,000 low- and moderate-income families throughout Utah. Ms. Milligan is a member of Fannie Mae's South Western Regional Team working on location and energy efficient mortgage initiatives , currently leads the Utah Green Built Task Force, works closely with the Utah Energy Conservation Coalition to establish home builder partnerships and has most recently assisted in writing information on available financial tools for a new Energy Chapter to be included in Envision Utah's (The Coalition for Utah's Future) municipal tool box kit. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Milligan spent twelve years in senior housing property management and development in both the private and non-profit sectors in the Rocky Mountain Region and four years in community development banking at American Express Centurion Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Milligan received a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Wyoming, master's certificate in gerontology from the University of Utah and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Edward Minch
Energy Services Group
Mr. Minch has been president of Energy Services Group since its start in 1981. Energy Services Group specializes in residential energy conservation, using the Princeton House Doctor Approach of total systems analysis and cost-effective repair. They offer programs that address problems in existing homes, in new homes, and in multi-family and light commercial buildings. Energy Services Group can treat buildings at many levels, from solving specific energy problems and complaints, to guaranteeing utility bills. In 1997 they began including the Energy Star along with their established air sealing programs and to date have delivered over 1900 certification. All of these homes have been brought up to Energy Star standards without government or utility rebates or incentives.

Mark Newey
EarthCraft House Inspections Coordinator
Southface Energy Institute

Mark Newey is involved in a variety of technical and engineering projects at the Southface Energy Institute. As the EarthCraft House Inspections Coordinator, he coordinates all technical services for the program, including builder training, design reviews, field visits, energy use and load calculations, testing and verification and updates to the technical guidelines. Currently he is in the process of developing the guidelines for the EarthCraft House renovation program. With a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Mark is proficient in several computer software tools for energy use analysis, equipment load sizing, and code compliance. His work also includes regularly meeting with builders and contractors in the field to provide practical advice on environmental and energy efficient building.

Kelly Parker, P.E.
Owner and President
Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems - West, Inc.
Kelly Parker, P.E. is the owner and president of Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems - West, Inc., a national energy, engineering, consulting and inspection firm. Kelly has over 15 years experience as a Professional Engineer. He is a certified HERS rater/trainer and also president of Smart House Consultants in Oklahoma City, OK, an energy consulting and contracting firm. Clients include municipalities, insurance companies, builders, architects and numerous private firms and individuals. He has specialized in inspecting and reporting the physical condition and cost of repairing residential and commercial buildings for buyers, sellers, lenders and insurers. For the last thirteen years, he has specialized in energy efficiency of residential structures addressing HVAC design and air infiltration testing and control. He is an Environmental Protection Agency Certified National Energy Star Homes Sales Training Course Instructor, and an Oklahoma Real Estate Commission continuing education instructor. Guaranteed Watt Saver recently opened markets in Houston and Dallas, Texas and has inspected over 3000 homes for the Energy Star Program in Oklahoma, Texas, N. Carolina and S. Carolina in 2001. Guaranteed Watt Saver has been recognized as a 2001 EPA Partner of the Year and has helped builders win four National Association of Home Builders Value Housing Awards since 1998.

Jonathan Passe
National Partnerships Support Coordinator for ENERGY STAR New Homes
Environmental Protection Agency

Jonathan Passe is the National Partners Support Coordinator for ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program. In this role, he facilitates ENERGY STAR's support for builders, home energy raters and providers, utilities, and sponsoring partners. Jonathan works collaboratively with partners to increase awareness of the ENERGY STAR label and manages a national team of account management contractors, who are charged with providing day-to-day implementation support for program partners. He is also responsible for coordinating ENERGY STAR home labeling and certification procedures, partner activity reporting, and partner recognition and award programs. Prior to joining EPA, he was the Environmental Compliance Coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service's Northern Virginia District, overseeing all environmental activities at 170 postal facilities to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as Postal Service policies and guidelines.

William R. Prindle
Director, Buildings and Utilities Programs
The Alliance to Save Energy

Bill directs the Alliance's work on policies and programs related to buildings and utilities markets. This includes regulatory advocacy on such issues as building codes, appliance and equipment standards, and public benefits funding for market transformation. He also oversees program efforts in market transformation in such markets as efficient windows, schools, federal facilities, and green power. In 25 years in the energy field, he has worked in regional planning, corporate communications, management consulting, solar building products, and association management. He has testified before Congress, appeared on radio and TV, and been published frequently as an expert on energy efficiency in buildings. Bill earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of such organizations of the Energy and Environmental Building Association, the Association of Energy Services Professionals, and the National Fenestration Rating Council.

Sam Rashkin, R.A.
National Director, ENERGY STAR for Homes
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Rashkin has managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its launch in October 1995. Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes has grown to more than 1,000 builder and ally partners and over 35,000 completed ENERGY STAR labeled homes. Mr. Rashkin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University. During his 20+ years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient residential construction. He also has been responsible for developing and implementing market development programs at the California Energy Commission. In addition to designing over 100 residential architectural projects, Sam has prepared numerous articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars and has appeared on television and radio covering a wide variety of energy topics.

Paul Rimelspach
Energy Designed Homes
Paul Rimelspach is an independent energy consultant, operates the Energy Designed Homes Rating Program, and is an original ENERGY STAR Homes Partner. As a member of the Building Performance Group, he is involved with other Ohio energy professionals in an "ABCs" training program for architects, builders, code officials, and consumer groups. His goal is to facilitate a market transformation to improved building techniques that produce homes with more comfort, lower utility bills, durability, safety, higher property values, and lower utility short Better Homes for Less Money for Everyone!

David Roberts
Product Manager
Architectural Energy Corporation

David Roberts has been working in the area of energy efficiency in buildings since 1989. He holds degrees in environmental resources engineering and building systems engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. He currently works for Architectural Energy Corporation, a firm specializing in energy information products and services. Mr. Roberts is the product manager for the REM/
Rate home energy rating software and REM/Design home energy analysis software.

Marcella Anderson-Roberts
Senior Deputy Director
Fannie Mae Alabama Partnership Office

Marcella Anderson-Roberts is Senior Deputy Director for Fannie Mae-Alabama Partnership Office. Mrs. Roberts forms partnerships with local lenders, Realtors, non-profit housing organizations, and local government officials to meet the housing needs of underserved communities and promote Fannie Mae's Housing and Community Development Initiatives.

Mike Rogers
EPA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

Mike Rogers is a consultant providing program development and management support to the U.S. EPA's Home Performance with Energy Star. He worked for EPA's indoor air and Energy Star programs for seven years and now consults on energy-efficiency and public health issues.

Russ Rudy
Program Director
Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance
Russ Rudy has broad experience in residential and commercial construction, with over 20 years of experience in residential energy efficiency. He has built and renovated houses and has been recognized for excellence in historic preservation. Russ worked as a Community Action Agency Weatherization Program Director; he worked as the Program Compliance and Performance Monitor and Training Director for the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program. Russ founded and directed the Kansas Energy Raters Association, which became the Kansas Energy Star program and evolved into the national Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance (EERA). He established and directed the Heart of America Green Builder program with the Metropolitan Energy Center in Kansas City and developed the Kansas City Home Builders Association Build Green program. Russ currently works as a trainer and consultant with the Kansas Building Science Institute (KBSI), and directs the Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance.

Robert J. Sahadi
Vice President for Product Development and Technology
Fannie Mae
Robert J. Sahadi is Fannie Mae's vice president for product development and technology. Mr. Sahadi is responsible for developing innovative products and technology solutions that meet special housing and financial needs. His department developed the Home Keeper reverse mortgage and HomeStyle rehabilitation products and is currently working on a number of new products ideas that involve energy efficiency, green building, and carbon reduction credit trading. Mr. Sahadi joined Fannie Mae in July 1987 as vice president for mortgage-backed securities (MBS) investor marketing, and was responsible for MBS investor marketing programs for both the domestic and international investment communities. He assumed his current position in 1991. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mr. Sahadi was chief economist and director of policy at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. There, he was responsible for thrift regulatory policy FSLIC regulation, and financial product research. From 1981 to 1985, he was chief financial planner for the Federal Home Bank System. Mr. Sahadi also worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New Communities Development Corporation, and was a management fellow in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Nancy I. Sharifi
Deputy Director
Fannie Mae Central Florida Partnership Office
Nancy I. Sharifi is the Deputy Director of the Fannie Mae Central Florida Partnership Office based in Orlando, Florida. As Deputy Director, Ms. Sharifi manages multiple relationships with housing partners within 13 Central Florida counties, promotes affordable mortgage finance products and services, and assists with local housing and community development initiatives. The Central Florida Partnership Office has an $11 billion investment goal to help 100,000 families in Central Florida. As part of the investment plan, Ms. Sharifi led the Home Performance Power Mortgage Initiative, an $8 million energy efficient mortgage pilot for Central Florida residents who want to purchase homes with energy and utility savings. Prior to joining the staff at Fannie Mae, Ms. Sharifi was a Senior Planner at the Orange County Housing and Community Development Division. She has been appointed to many governmental and community boards including the University of Central Florida President's Minority Advisory Council and the Orange County Human Services Council. Ms. Sharifi currently serves on the Board of the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation and the Executive Board of the Central Florida Housing Collaborative. In 1992, Ms. Sharifi was the recipient of the Juan Ponce de Leon Award in recognition for housing advocacy efforts in the Hispanic community.

Kathy Spigarelli
Education Coordinator
Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Kathy Spigarelli has been the RESNET education coordinator since 1998. As the education coordinator, Ms. Spigarelli assists in designing curriculum, coordinating workshops and delivering training of lenders and other housing and residential energy efficiency professionals on the market benefits of residential energy efficiency financing. Kathy has 18 years of experience in adult education including programs for Tyson Foods, Inc., Levi Strauss, Campbell Soup, and Vlasic Pickles.

Mark Vanderlinden
Director-Housing and Community Development
Fannie Mae Southwestern Regional Office
Mark has been with Fannie Mae since July 1997, as Deputy Director of the New Mexico Partnership Office and now as Director of Housing and Community Development in the Dallas regional office. His current responsibilities include managing Fannie Mae's efforts to expand homeownership opportunities to include underserved communities in the 10-state Southwestern Region. He was involved in the formation of the Alliance for Green development in Albuquerque and helped Fannie Mae create mortgage products that help qualify more buyers by recognizing the benefits of energy efficiency and green building. Current focus is on forming lender and community development partnerships to reach underserved geographic areas in inner cities, rural areas and Native American land. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mark spent 7 years as Director of Single Family Programs for the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. Mark has been in mortgage lending for 19 years, holding positions in secondary marketing, retail and wholesale originations and as an Economic Analyst with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. He holds a B.S. and an M.A. in Economics, has taught Economics and real estate finance courses.

Robin Vieira
Florida Green Building Coalition
Robin Vieira is a program manager at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa, FL. Mr. Vieira has over 15 years of experience in hot, humid climate research. He has been the principal investigator for over 2 million dollars of contracts and grants from industry, foundations, and state and federal agencies. He has led research efforts in residential auditing and field evaluation work, survey and statistical work, and computer simulation and analysis work. Rob has presented over 40 workshops and seminars on sustainable development and energy efficient construction to developers, builders, designers, and others in the energy and environmental and development fields. He has written papers for diverse audiences, e.g. Transportation Quarterly, Florida Planning, and ASHRAE Transactions, and was the primary author of one book, ""Energy-Efficient Florida Homes". Rob leads FSEC's involvement in providing technical support to Southeastern builders for EPA's ENERGY STAR Homes Program and has directed the work on the cost-benefit optimization, improvement analysis and system sizing features of the State of Florida's residential code and rating software.

Daran Wastchak
D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C.
Daran Wastchak is the President of D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C., a firm based in Tempe, Arizona which specializes in residential energy efficiency and building science consulting. In addition to a B.S. in Construction and a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University, his training includes the Principles of Applied Building Science from Advanced Energy, HERS certification from Energy Rated Homes of the Southwest, and Air Balance Certification from the National Comfort Institute. Daran is a guest lecturer at Mesa Community College and Gateway Community College, an instructor at the Arizona School of Real Estate, and is the author of several articles on energy efficient building practices which have appeared in publications such as Home Energy magazine and the Arizona Journal of Real Estate and Business.