The NEHERS Alliance Board is consists of the following positions:
- Rater Category (2 positions)
- Association Member Category (1 position)
- QA Provider category (4 positions)
- Training Provider category (1 Position)
- Program Category (1 Position)
Current Board Members
President: Mike Browne
Vice President: Chris Mazzola
Secretary: Mike Turns
Treasurer: Nick Jones
Rater Category (2 Positions)
Chris Mazzola - Production Manager
Home Energy Raters, LLC
Chris is the Production Manager at Home Energy Raters, LLC. He oversees five office staff and nine full time certified HERs raters performing utility efficiency program inspections, IECC code compliance, Builder and Municipal Inspector informational sessions.
In addition to twelve years of service the military, Chris also has 25 years of experience in logistics and engineering. He started his Building Science career with Building Diagnostics doing primarily weatherization of existing homes and, with time, evolved that into Home Energy Raters. Chris has worked as a residential framer, HVAC installer and Electrician. He is certified with FLIR Infrared and Energy Star Homes.
Ben Cohen - Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
ReVireo, Springfield, NJ
Ben Cohen is the Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of ReVireo, an energy efficiency and green building services company. He has over a decade of experience in energy efficiency and sustainable design and construction. Ben is a HERS, PHIUS and LEED Green Rater, PHIUS and NGBS Verifier, and an ICC Residential Energy Inspection/Plans Examiner. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, and has delivered seminars and professional training on building energy codes and green building programs to national audiences. Benjamin has won awards for his work on building energy codes from the New Jersey Builders Association. Ben currently serves on the Green Committee of the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia and is a member of the New Jersey Builder Association's Building Code Committee.
Associate Member Category (1 Position)
Keegan Ebbets - Program Manager for the Mass Save Residential New Construction Program
ICF, Boston, MA
Keegan Ebbets has 11+ years of experience in the residential energy efficiency sector and currently serves as the Program Manager for the Mass Save Residential New Construction Program at ICF. In this role, Keegan works closely with the Massachusetts Program Administrators, as well as participating HERS rating companies, to oversee and implement the new construction incentives and workforce development program. Prior to joining ICF, he spent time at CLEAResult as a Lead Energy Auditor and Field Operations Manager within the Home Energy Assessment division of the Mass Save residential offerings. Keegan is a BPI-certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and is preparing to pursue the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) accreditation. He is excited to bring his wealth of experience and deep commitment to improving the built environment to his role on the Board of Directors of the Northeast HERS Alliance.
QA Provider Category (4 Positions)
Mike Browne - Founder
Advanced Building Analysis, Amesbury, MA
Mike holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Brown University. He is the founder of ABA. Previously, Mike worked in traditional woodworking and then architectural woodworking and CNC programming for 10 years. Returning to engineering, Mike then studied for and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Test and completed the training and certification for RESNET energy raters. As more and more energy efficiency alternatives become available, Mike is excited to be able to help local builders and home owners quantify their options and take advantage of the best construction practices and the best funding assistance programs available (tax credits, rebates, grants and energy efficient mortgages). Mike is a RESNET certified Energy Rater and Provider as well as the first 2012 NGBS accredited rater in Massachusetts. He is also a certified PHIUS+ rater, and has trained in Infrared Imaging at the world training headquarters of FLIR in Billerica, MA. For more on the capabilities of Infrared see FLIR's website. Mike is also President and board member of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET accredited HERS Provider that specifically caters to Independent HERS Raters working in Massachusetts.
Jonathan Harrison - Field Manager
CLEAResult, West Greenwich, RI
Jonathan Harrison is a Field Supervisor at CLEAResult. He has been a HERS rater for 18 years. He is involved in the Rhode Island New Construction program for National Grid as a HERS Rater, Passive House Verifier, RESNET QAD, BPI Building Analyst, and Energy Consultant.
Joe Rando - Technical Supervisor
GDS Associates, Manchester, NH
Joe Rando acts as the Technical Supervisor at GDS Associates, Inc. providing quality control and technical guidance for their staff of six certified HERS raters. Jow himself is a certified HERS rater, PHIUS+ Verifier and an advocate for the construction and development of energy efficient buildings. In his eight years in the industry, he has provided IECC compliance consulting, ENERGY STAR® certification and PHIUS+ verification for hundreds of candidate projects throughout MA, NH, and ME. Choosing the building science industry as his body of work, Joe is thrilled to be part of a growing and dynamic industry. He's really just an energy nerd, like the rest of us!
Cindy Zeis - Manager, Provider Services
Performance Systems Development, East Lyme, CT
Cindy Zeis has a diverse background including Energy Efficient Construction, Affordable Housing, Disaster Recovery, Adult Education and is a Military Veteran. Relevant certifications are: Certified HERS Rater, RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, RESNET Instructor, and ACCA Residential System Design. She currently fills the role of Manager of Provider Services and Primary QAD for Performance Systems Development, a national RESNET Rating/Training Provider and Consulting firm. Cindy’s background is backed by a thirst for knowledge and a desire to analyze and improve systems. She’s worked the business end of both the wrench and the hammer and believes that decisions made in the board room are only good if they can be conveyed, understood and safely implemented by those who do the same.
Training Provider Category (1 Position)
Mike Turns - Director of Energy Code and New Construction Programs
Performance Systems Development, Philadelphia, PA
Mike Turns has been with PSD for over five years, managing several residential new construction and energy code support programs. Currently, Mike manages the implementation of the MassSave® Codes and Standards Compliance and Support Initiative, New York energy code training funded by NYSERDA, and energy code support services to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Before that, Mike led the DOE-funded Pennsylvania Residential Energy Code Field Study. He is an expert in the International Energy Conservation Code and has developed and taught numerous training programs in several states under a variety of code versions. He has over 15 years of energy code training experience and has presented at national conferences like the RESNET, HPC, the DOE Energy Codes Conference, and AESP. Prior to joining PSD, he was the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University, where he managed the largest provider of residential building code training in Pennsylvania. Mike has a master's degree from Penn State with a thesis focused on assessing and reducing energy consumption in new homes.
Program Category (1 Position)
Nick Jones - Energy Efficiency Consultant
Nick Jones serves as the Residential New Construction — Energy Efficiency Program Lead for Eversource Energy. He also serves as the Residential Demand Response Program Lead for the energy efficiency group. Nick has spent the bulk of his career working with builders, developers, design teams, efficiency programs, industry associations, and state and federal organizations to advance high performance building practices and technologies. In 2016, Nick served as a presenter for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and published a white paper entitled Zero Energy Homes: Available and Scalable. In 2017, Nick served as a presenter for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)'s Building Energy conference in New York City. Nick has also served multiple terms as a judge for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Housing Innovation Awards. Nick holds credentials as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a LEED — Green Associate, and a Green Professional (G-PRO) Operations & Maintenance (O&M). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC), and serves as chair of the Education committee and co-chair for the Emerging Professional (EP). He holds degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University in Sustainable Energy Studies, and is currently pursuing a degree in Global Sustainability from Central Connecticut State University.