The NEHERS Alliance Board is consists of the following positions:
Current Board Members
President: Emelie Cuppernell
Secretary: Jennifer Parsons
Vice President: Tony Lisanti
Treasurer: Mark Newey
Rater Category (1 Position)
Anthony V. Lisanti, HERS Rater/QA Designee
Integral Building & Design
Tony has an Associate’s Degree from SUNY Alfred in Mechanical Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Master’s Degree from Mercy College in Organizational Leadership. Tony has been in the Energy and Engineering field for over 25 years. His experience includes working as design engineer for an MEP firm, 10 years with a utility in NY City in various capacities, and 12 years with an independent energy services company. Tony became a HERS rater in 2002 and has been an advocate for the industry ever since. He has rated over 300 homes and has served on the Board of Directors of the BPCA/NYS. He has also been a QAD for BPCA for several years. Tony has worked with industry groups and municipalities and helped with updating local energy codes and standards. In the past Tony has served on many Boards including the Association for Facilities Engineers, the Illuminating Engineering Society, BPCA/NYS, and on his community Condominium Association.
Associate Member Category (1 Position)
Jennifer Parsons, Program Administrator, Residential New Construction and HVAC Efficiency
The United Illuminating Company
Jennifer Parsons is the Program Administrator of the Residential New Construction (RNC) Program offered through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. As an administrator of the fund for The United Illuminating Company (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas, Jenn focuses on educating and promoting HERS ratings and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes to homeowners, builders, industry contractors, energy raters, designers, and real estate professionals. Prior to this current position, Jenn worked at an environmental non-profit in Western Massachusetts as an Energy Analyst for the residential Mass Save home energy assessment program from 2008-2012 and as a commercial Energy Analyst from 2012-2013, before joining UI in Connecticut in 2013. Jenn graduated from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science in 2008 and is currently enrolled at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in the Leadership MBA program. Jenn also holds her Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification, was a certified BPI Building Analyst, and has completed the most of her HERS rater training.
QA Provider Category (5 Positions)
Bruce Bennett, Project Manager
GDS Associates, Inc., Manchester, NH
Bruce is a Project Manager with GDS Associates, a multi service engineering and consulting firm, and is based in GDS’ northeastern office located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Bruce manages the residential energy efficiency services division providing home energy ratings for most of the utility sponsored programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and for non-utility sponsored ENERGY STAR Home certification, Federal Energy Tax Credit certifications, energy auditing and assessments throughout New England. He has been with the firm since 2000 and has over twenty years of experience in construction and real estate planning and development. Specific experiences include landscape construction, new home construction, city/town planning, environmental compliance, finance structuring for multi-family affordable housing projects, and since joining GDS, residential and commercial energy efficiency consultation. Bruce is a past-president of the NH Residential Energy Performance Association. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders and Remodeler's Association of New Hampshire, and the Builders Association of Greater Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mark Hutchins,Technical Trainer and QA Manager
Conservation Services Group, Inc.
Mark is a Technical Trainer and Quality Assurance Manager for Conservation Services Group, Inc. (CSG, www.csgrp.com ), a LEED Certified Professional and Environments for Living Professional, a RESNET-Certified Home Energy Rater/Trainer, QA Designee for RESNET (www.resnet.us), and a BPI Building Analyst/Envelope Trainer and Certified Proctor (www.bpi.org). He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. In the twenty one years that he has worked for CSG, Mark has held various positions including Electric Heat Auditor and Certified Home Energy Rater for the new construction division. He has certified thousands of Energy Star Homes and managed a ground source heat pump new construction program for four years. During this time period, he also built up a small clientele of consulting customers. This work focused mainly on comfort and bill issues for existing homes and HVAC design based on ACCA Manuals J, S, D, & T. He currently serves as CSG’s Quality Assurance Manager and one of the leading trainers for the company.
Douglas McCleery, PE, CEM - Vice President of Technical Services
MaGrann Associates, Mount Laurel, NJ
Doug has worked to improve the energy performance of residential buildings at MaGrann Associates for the past 25 years, where he currently oversees all technical activity as the Vice President of Technical Services. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in six states and a Certified Energy Manager. He has been engaged with home energy ratings since their inception and has worked as a rater, trainer, program implementer, program manager and manager of quality assurance. He regularly advocates for the interests of the northeastern region and multi-family buildings through his engagement with EPA and RESNET.
Mark Newey, Building Science Specialist
Center for EcoTechnology
Mark is a RESNET Qualified QAD, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and a LEED for Homes Green Rater. Mark earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State before realizing that designing spaceships wasn’t as exciting as working with builders on energy efficient homes. Mark got his start with energy efficiency at Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia and has taught hundreds of classes on the IECC energy codes, BPI building analyst, HERS rating, green building, and other energy efficiency topics. For most of his career, Mark has been involved with managing HERS raters and 2 years ago finally decided to be a home energy rater himself rather than just manage them.
Frank Swol, Lead Project Consultant & QAD
EAM Associates, Wall, NJ
Frank is a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, LEEP AP Homes, LEED AP BD&C, LEED for Homes Green Rater, EPA WaterSense Quality Assurance Designee, NAHB Green Verifier, and an ACCA Certified Residential HVAC System Designer. He studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and brings practical knowledge of the construction industry to the rating and green design process from the decade he spent working for a commercial/residential general contractor. At EAM Frank annually supervises the rating and inspection of thousands of homes for various EEP, green construction, and energy code programs. In addition he also performs QAD services for independent Raters and other RESNET Providers in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2013 Frank joined the NEHERS QAD committee to help develop guidance on difficult rating situations for all NEHERS member to use.
Training Provider Category (1 Position)
Emelie Cuppernell, Manager of Provider Services
Performance Systems Development, Ithaca, NY
Emelie Cuppernell is a Manager and the QA Designee at Performance Systems Development. She holds a Bachelor of Applied and Computational Mathematics with a Concentration in Physics. In her 7 years of auditing, rating, and consulting experience, she has analyzed and improved hundreds of buildings (single family, multifamily, new and existing). As a certified EPA Universal Refrigerant handler, she conducted a two-year study of cooling systems in New England, including data monitoring, performance testing and modeling in 80 homes. At PSD, an Accredited HERS Provider, Training Provider, and Sampling Provider, Emelie supports 70 raters in 15 states, participating in EPA ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, FirstEnergy, NYSERDA, LIPA, and other state specific programs. She oversees rater education, training, communication, software and modeling support, and delivers ENERGY STAR 3.0 and HERS rater training.
Program Category (1 Position)
Peter Hubbe, Account Manager
Joint Management Committee
Peter is an Account Manager for the MassSave Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program for the Joint Management Committee (JMC) Program sponsors. His responsibilities include program development, program outreach, support to builders and developers of low rise projects, and support to HERS raters. Peter is a HERS Rater, NGBS Green Verifier, LEED for Homes Rater, and has been a NABCEP Certified Solar PV installer. Peter has worked in the energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic fields for 20 years and has an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.