EEBA's Board of Directors is a body of elected or appointed building science professionals who jointly oversee and strategize the activities and operations of EEBA.

Nomination Process


Gene Myers | Thrive Home Builders President
Gene Myers
Thrive Home Builders
Denver, CO

Gene is owner and CEO of Thrive Home Builders (formerly New Town Builders), Denver's leader in building green, energy efficient production homes and recent winner of the U.S. Department of Energy's Housing Innovation Award.

Gene has served on numerous state and local housing groups and currently serves as a member the board of directors of Denver Civic Ventures and the Challenge Foundation.  He has served on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel for Housing, the Boards of Housing Colorado and the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and co-chaired Denver's Housing Task Force. His company is Denver's largest builder of for-sale affordable housing.

As a production builder in the Stapleton community, New Town Builders has logged a number of firsts in Colorado and the Denver Area including:

Nationally, New Town Builders has been recognized as EPA's Millennium ENERGY STAR® Builder, EPA's Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality, Green Building Magazine's Green Home of the Year and the U.S. Department of Energy's Grand Winner for Innovation in Housing.

  • First to offer standard solar panels
  • First to construct all of its homes with Colorado beetle-kill lumber
  • First to offer a Zero Energy option on all its single-family homes
  • First production homes with Zero Energy as a standard feature
  • First Department of Energy Challenge Home, which broadens criteria to include indoor air quality and water conservation

Nationally, New Town Builders has been recognized as EPA's Millennium ENERGY STAR® Builder, EPA's Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality, Green Building Magazine's Green Home of the Year and the U.S. Department of Energy's Grand Winner for Innovation in Housing.

Tiffani Irwin | Habitat for Humanity International Treasurer
Tiffani Irwin
Habitat for Humanity International
Salisbury, NC

Tiffani Irwin found herself on a Habitat job site 25 years ago, and has been engaged with the mission ever since. She has over 20 years of hands-on experience in home construction and served as a general contractor with Habitat affiliates for over 14 years.  As an early member of the "Green Team," HFHI's earliest focus on sustainable and energy efficient construction, Tiffani was an early adopter of sustainable building practices.  Since 1990, Tiffani has worked on homes with dozens of affiliates, domestically and internationally, and overseen construction of over 100 Habitat homes that were certified to a sustainable program.    She has been with HFHI since 2009, as the Manager of Partners in Sustainable Building. In her current role, Tiffani manages the efforts around best practices for sustainable new construction and work on existing homes.

Russell Pope | Panasonic Ventilation Secretary
Russell Pope
Panasonic Ventilation
Newark, NJ

Russell Pope is the Industry Development Manager for Panasonic Life Solutions, North America. Russell has over 14 years of experience in the residential ventilation industry and genuinely enjoys his job with Panasonic and the opportunities it provides. Russell serves on the Board of Directors for the Home Ventilating Institute, is an active participant in ASHRAE 62.2, ENERGY STAR, Department of Energy Programs, and Codes and Standards development.

Russell was born and raised in Florida and Jacksonville is home base when not traveling for business. As a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Industrial Management, he likes to believe that he is pretty well rounded with experience in manufacturing, sales, product development, and training, but he does not claim to be an expert in any of these categories (his 2 teenage sons strongly agree that "he is no expert….!"). I guess you could say that he is clever enough to realize that he is neither smart enough nor does he have the time to be an island. Together, Everyone Achieves More.

Where Residential Ventilation used to be relatively simple when homes were leaky, it has become a rather complicated, yet extremely important consideration in high performance homes. Russell consistently challenges the status quo as we must to ensure evolution in our industry. If we don't consider all aspects of a home as a system, we violate our obligation to our fellow humans and produce unhealthy homes. Let's all work together toward benefits for society and our customers by creating Healthy Homes and Life Solutions.

Bill Rectanus | Thrive Home Builders President-Elect
Bill Rectanus
Thrive Home Builders
Denver, CO

Bill Rectanus is a managing partner and Vice President of Homebuilding Operations for Thrive Home Builders in Denver, Colorado. His responsibilities include the management and oversight of the construction, purchasing, customer service, quality assurance and land development departments. In addition to his daily responsibilities Bill is also responsible for the implementation of Thrive Home Builders' "High Performance Building Initiative".

Bill first joined Thrive Home Builders in 2002 in the role of Project Manager and held a series of increasingly responsible positions in construction, special projects and operations management through mid-2007.  He returned to Thrive Home Builders as VP of Homebuilding Operations in 2012 after holding Director of Operations positions in the construction industry with large contractors like 84 Lumber. Bill was also Program Manager for ECOVA where he opened a new regional office to manage American Electric Power's 11.6-million-dollar utility energy efficiency rebate program for the state of Ohio, until leaving to rejoin the Thrive team. Bill started his 20-year homebuilding career in the field on a wide variety of projects. His projects include multi-building apartment communities for a large national REIT through complex semi-custom homes for a local home builder.

Bill is very active in the Homebuilding industry both locally and nationally. He is committed to the local Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and has served 7 terms on their Board of Directors and 3 terms on the Flat Irons Building Council. Two of those council terms as Chairman. Nationally Bill is a session speaker at many industry events where he shares Thrive Home Builders lessons on energy efficiency, healthy construction practices and operational improvement.  He has presented at events like the NAHB International Builders Show, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Professional Builders Top 40 Under 40, the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Home Performance Summit as well as others.

Bill holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Ohio University and currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife of 20 years and two daughters.

Dennis Webb | Fulton Homes First Vice President
Dennis Webb
Fulton Homes
Tempe, AZ

Dennis is the Vice President of Operations for Fulton Homes where he oversees Sales, Marketing, Operations, and the Fulton Homes Design Center. In his 23 years there he has led the charge of using technology combined with past retail experience to help transform the company into one of the most advanced homebuilders in the country in the areas of customer experience, operations, and marketing. He has also been instrumental in moving Fulton Homes towards energy efficiency, as Fulton Homes was the first builder in the country to have built all of its homes to ENERGY STAR Version 3 standards. Fulton Homes has been recognized as ENERGY STAR'S Partner of the Year and Indoor airPLUS Leader award winners each of the past 4 years, the only builder in the country to do so. Prior to joining Fulton Homes, he was Vice President of Stores for Eagleson's, a men's clothing retailer owned by Ira Fulton, who sold the business to concentrate on homebuilding. Before Eagleson's, Dennis had a 20 year retail career with Hart, Schaffner and Marx, where he held increasingly responsible positions of Salesman, Store Manager, Buyer, Merchandise Manager, General Manager, and Store President. Dennis graduated from Chapman University in Orange, CA, and currently resides with his wife Janis, in Tempe, AZ. His daughter Laura is the Executive Director of a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, and son Darin is a lawyer in San Diego.

Board of Directors

Jack Armstrong | ACUMEN, LLC Jack Armstrong
Fort Lauderdale, FL

JACK ARMSTRONG is president of ACUMEN, LLC, a boutique sustainable marketing, advocacy, and business communication consulting practice, founded after his 24-year career with BASF – The Chemical Company.  Key focus areas include energy efficiency/durability for sustainable construction in the built environment, in addition to B2B supply chain, life cycle analysis, and federal/state/city advocacy messaging along the entire value chain.  Armstrong has specific public relations and speaking experience with B2C messaging linked to high performance attributes enabled via products of chemistry.  Selected clients include the American Chemistry Council (construction value chain outreach for chemicals of concern) and the Structural Insulated Panel Association (executive director & chief operating officer).

Armstrong has served on the board of directors of the Sustainable Building Industries Council, Structural Insulated Panel Association, and on the board and as Sustainability Chair of BPA – the worldwide consumer and media audit association in New York City composed of brand owners and advertising agencies. Currently, he serves on the board of Team Zero (formerly the Net Zero Energy Coalition).  Additionally, he was a member of the United Nations Environmental Program Sustainable Building Climate Initiative Materials Advisory Committee and Chair for the Building & Construction Materials Issues Team of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division.

Dave Bell | EFL/TopBuild Dave Bell
Daytona Beach, FL

The Environments For Living® program is an initiative of Masco Home Services, Inc., a Masco company. The program was launched in 2001, in response to a growing need for professional services to support regional and national home builders in applying building science and energy-efficient construction practices in the field.

Steve Byers | Energy Logic Steve Byers
Energy Logic
Berthod, CO

I was raised in a military family, so: Colorado, Georgia, Virginia, Germany to name a few spots. After graduating from the Air Force Academy, I flew C-130's for five years. Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I got out of the Air Force, married Wynne Maggi and moved to Atlanta where she was completing her PhD in Anthropology. This meant that I went to Pakistan with Wynne and performed important tasks like chopping wood and what not. After that, I got my start in energy at Southface Energy Institute, starting as an intern and working my way up to running field operations.

Returning to Colorado, I got started in earnest in the rating and building science world, leading me to my present position at EnergyLogic. Wynne and I have two lovely daughters and live in Berthoud, Wynne's hometown and a great place to live. Having never truly had a hometown, I am dedicated to building a sustainable community in my adoptive hometown.

I have my Bachelor's degree in Asian history from the Air Force Academy and an MPA from Georgia State University. Hiking, gardening, movies, reading and great beer are a few of my favorite things. I love to travel, see new things, meet new people and challenge myself whenever I can. I run, sometimes a long way and sometimes short but fast.

The greatest everyday thing about EnergyLogic is our tremendous team of dedicated, frightfully curious people. I am perpetually honored by their efforts. On a larger scale, I am eternally thankful that I spend my days serving a larger mission. We're doing everything we can to work toward creating a more sustainable and just world. Even the odd bad day is made worthwhile by our deeper mission.

Geoff Ferrell | sonnen Inc. Geoff Ferrell
sonnen Inc.
Tucker, GA

Geoff plays a unique role at sonnen, Inc. as the Director of Residential Specification Projects. Geoff oversees project management, modeling, and overall strategy to implement Virtual Power Plants based on the sonnen platform across the country. As a leader in the energy management and storage field, sonnen is committed to revolutionizing the reality of VPPs as a strategy to decentralize, decarbonize and modernize the US grid. Geoff started with sonnen in early 2020. Building on his past experience in the high-performance building and smart grid technologies field, he brings together high-level strategy and forms a bridge to implementation. Prior to sonnen, Geoff spent six years at Mandalay Homes in various roles including Project Management, IT, Customer Service, and most recently as Chief Technology Officer where he helped usher emerging technologies into the built environment. Geoff studied Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, in disciplines including engineering and aeronautical performance. In addition to his role at sonnen, Geoff serves on the board for the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance. His work with EEBA helps shape the future of high-performance home building throughout North America.

Theresa Gilbride | PNNL Theresa Gilbride
Richland, WA

Theresa Gilbride is a research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where her primary focus is residential energy efficiency. She supports DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program and Tour of Zero. She also supports DOE's Building America program as content development lead for the Building America Solution Center, an online tool for builders, remodelers, contractors, code officials, and other members of the home building industry. In addition Mrs. Gilbride supports research projects in high-r windows, solid state lighting, and high-r walls. Mrs. Gilbride has authored or co-authored 34 reports and 43 articles on residential energy efficiency and related topics. She is a lead author or co-author of the Building America best practice series, a 17-volume series which includes guides for high-performance home builders in all U.S. climate zones, a guide to photovoltaic system installations, and retrofit guides on air sealing, insulation, and HVAC. She has also published on building codes and emerging technologies including window attachments, lighting, appliances, and HVAC. Outside of work, she likes hiking, biking, sailing, and cross-country skiing.

Chad Gillespie | Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Chad Gillespie
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Suwanee, GA
Alex Glenn | Building Scientist & Energy Consultant Alex Glenn
Building Scientist & Energy Consultant

Alex Glenn is a trainer and consultant with a specialty in the design and delivery of high-impact educational products. He has built a 15+ year career as a training professional with expertise in energy-efficiency, sustainable building, and instructional design.  Alex provides leadership in the residential marketplace while supporting cross-team initiatives including program design, technical consultation, account management, and business development.

His background includes 10+ years delivering Building Performance Institute trainings and providing technical support for contractors in existing home programs including the Home Performance with Energy Star program. He has helped hundreds of remodeling contractors learn the principles of building science to analyze energy use, operate diagnostic equipment and identify improvement opportunities that lead to the implementation of high-quality retrofit work.

Alex's passion for lifelong learning and personal development has fueled his interest in social media, digital marketing and content marketing strategies. He is an avid study of online tools and techniques that can be utilized in professional education to facilitate learning and behavior change. He also maintains multiple industry certifications and active membership in various professional organizations. Alex is eager to help move the construction industry forward by providing training, consultation and program design for partners, stakeholders and national utility programs.

Robin M Jacobs | Trane Technologies Robin M Jacobs
Trane Technologies
Daytona Beach, FL

Robin Jacobs is a sales and marketing executive with over 30 years of experience in the building products industry with extensive expertise in residential new construction.  She has been with Trane since 2016 and is currently focused on developing and executing long term growth strategies for the residential business unit. 

Prior to Trane, Robin led marketing at manufacturers in the wood plastic composites and manufactured housing industries.  As President of her own firm, she consulted with BASF, U. S. Borax, Illinois Tool Works, and Hycrete Concrete Additives and led a series of projects for Pegasus Capital Advisors. 

With a passion for simplifying the path to high performance housing, Robin uses her building science knowledge and broad network of industry connections to deliver healthier, energy efficient whole-home solutions to builders. 

Robin is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of MSU of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Math.  She has served as a four-time chair and featured speaker at the Natural Fiber and Wood Composites conference and a two-term Secretary of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Tim O'Brien | Tim O'Brien Homes Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien Homes
Waukesha, WI

Timothy M. O'Brien founded Tim OBrien Homes along with his partner, Matt Neumann, in June of 2007.   Tim went out to form a new residential home building company focused on building green and energy efficient homes. He continues to develop knowledge in building high performance homes through educational events such as EEBA and DOE workshops. Since the inception of Tim O'Brien Homes, the company has been honored to receive the Silver NHQ award in 2016 and the Gold award in 2017. At the start of 2018 the company has also broken ground in Wisconsin's first net zero energy neighborhood, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin, and is the leading innovator of Solar Energy homes in the State of WI, partnered with SunVest Solar, Inc.

Tim is very active in several Waukesha area school districts running a home building project with the high school construction trades seniors at Oconomowoc High School for the past (8) years, as well as pioneering a brand new curriculum for New Berlin Eisenhower High School's trade program to start in the Fall of 2018.

William Ranson | Dupont William Ranson
Richmond, VA

William W. Ranson is the leader of the Building Knowledge Center, a team that uses DuPont’s industry leading building science to support and grow with our customers through field support, content development, and industry influence. He has 7 years’ experience specifically within the high-performance building industry, and over 18 years of experience managing and developing professionals in a variety of functions. Throughout his career, William has led technical support, quality, research and development, manufacturing technology, maintenance, marketing support, and application development teams within various DuPont businesses globally.

Prior to joining DuPont, he completed his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, with a focus on heat transfer. In addition to his work with EEBA, he participates on the suppliers’ advisory board for RESNET, the calculations subcommittee of RESNET Standards Development Committee 300; and he is a Boy Scout leader. His hobbies include traveling, reading, and anything about wine.

Claudette H Reichel | LSU AgCenter Claudette H Reichel
LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Claudette Hanks Reichel is Professor and Extension Housing Specialist with the Louisiana State University AgCenter. She spearheaded and serves as Director of LaHouse Resource Center, a public exhibit of multiple high performance housing solutions and regional hub of Louisiana Extension's sustainable housing educational outreach programs. The vision of LaHouse is to shape our future with resource-efficient, durable, healthy, convenient and practical homes for the southern climate and natural hazards.

Since 1981, Dr. Reichel has developed numerous educational outreach materials, programs and delivery systems relating to housing and building science, including energy-efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, hurricane and flood resilience, universal design and others. She has authored more than 100 Extension publications, including the Building Your High Performance Home – Southern Region Homeowners Guide book. She has received 12 national and state level awards for program excellence or impact, was twice a featured speaker at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and has presented at numerous national and regional events.

Suzanne Shelton | Shelton Group Suzanne Shelton
Shelton Group
Knoxville, TN

Suzanne Shelton is president and CEO of Shelton Group, the nation's leading marketing communications agency focused exclusively on energy and the environment. Her vision is that every home and building in America is energy responsible and sustainability is ordinary – and she leads Shelton Group in creating a market advantage for the organizations that are creating that sustainable, responsible future. Shelton's clients include Consumers Energy, Ecolab, Environmental Defense Fund, Fannie Mae, Kohler, CertainTeed Insulation, ExxonMobil Chemical and the Vinyl Institute. 

With 30 years of experience under her belt, she's a pro at helping her clients build brand affinity, market products and start movements. She speaks regularly at conferences, guest writes for the likes of Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz, and has been quoted in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other top media outlets. 

Paul Springer | AeroBarrier Paul Springer
Centerville, OH

Paul Springer is the National Director for AeroBarrier envelope sealing technology. Paul is responsible for running the AeroBarrier division, while also being tasked with stakeholder engagement, including the U.S. DOE, EPA, AIA, and NAHB. Paul is a business and branding strategist, with expertise in market development, marketing, and project management. Past experience includes overseeing market development activities and marketing for healthcare and manufacturing companies.

Todd Usher | Addison Homes, LLC Todd Usher
Addison Homes, LLC
Greer, SC

Todd Usher built Addison Homes on a solid green foundation. A Clemson University graduate who worked eight years in the chemical industry while renovating houses on the side, he determined that a personal commitment to sustainable principles – complemented by well-defined processes and procedures -- could form the cornerstone of a residential construction firm.

In 2002, Addison Homes became the only company in South Carolina to certify 100% of its homes to high-performance standards such as Energy Star and EarthCraft House, and, most recently, U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home. And over the past years, working within a somewhat conservative, southern culture, Addison Homes has emerged as one of the region's most recognized companies in high performance building.

As the first builder in the U.S. to earn NAHB's Master Certified Green Professional designation, Todd freely shares his expertise with the building industry. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson University's Department of Construction Science and Management, where he encourages the next generation of builders to pursue residential green building. Todd is also a frequent guest speaker in courses within the Sustainability Science Major at Furman University. Todd volunteers on several boards including Trees Greenville and the National Association of Home Builders where he is the Education Chair for the SC Home Builders Association.

Todd's advocacy on behalf of sustainable design and construction has been recognized with multiple awards, including USGBC-SC Chapter's Leadership in Green Building Award, NAHB's Green Advocacy Award and Master Certified Green Professional of the Year. Addison Homes' projects have garnered honors such as the DOE's Housing Innovation Award, EarthCraft House Project of the Year, SC Pinnacle Award, and several Southern Home & Garden Bridge Awards for Green Building.

Glenna Wilson | Charis Homes Glenna Wilson
Charis Homes
North Canton, OH

Glenna Wilson is the founder and co-owner of Charis Homes, LLC. For over 14 years Glenna has researched and applied best-practices for building energy efficient homes that have been recognized on a national level for being innovative in construction and design. In 2010, she was the first female president of the Building Industry Association of Stark County. Because of her desire to meet and exceed the standard of custom home-building, Charis Homes was the first custom home builder in Northeast Ohio to build a Zero Energy Ready home. Glenna is an experienced sales and marketing professional that has served in various leadership roles throughout the Ohio home building community. She actively pursues knowledge about the latest energy-efficiency building requirements and design trends so that she can pass that knowledge on to Charis Homes' homeowners and other builders who are interested in learning more about energy efficient home construction.

Advisory Members

Dean T Gamble | EPA Dean T Gamble
Washington, DC

Dean Gamble is the technical manager for EPA's ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, which he has helped support, define, and implement for 15 years. With over 1.7 million homes certified, ENERGY STAR is the nation's largest voluntary residential market transformation program, delivering cost-effective energy-efficient homes while improving their durability, comfort, and quality.

Nick Hurst | US EPA Nick Hurst
Washington, DC

Nick Hurst is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the US EPA and the Program Manager of EPA's Indoor airPLUS label for new homes. He has been involved in the construction industry for over 17 years as a self-employed remodeling contractor, project manager, green building consultant, and trainer. Before coming to EPA, Nick was a Manager at ICF in the Federal Energy Efficiency portfolio, consulting on labeling programs such as ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, and WaterSense.

Nick earned a Master's in Technology concentrating in Building Science from Appalachian State University and also taught coursework in construction technology and building codes. While at ASU, Nick served as Education and Outreach Director with the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance and helped pilot indoor air quality research on weatherized homes through the ASU Energy Center.

Nick is a BPI Building Analyst, LEED-AP (Homes), and NAHB Certified Green Professional. He has also participated in the Housing Innovation Alliance's Comfort + Health Program Council, the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700) Remodeling Task Group (2018), and the ANSI/AARST CCAH Committee for radon-resistant construction in new homes. Nick presents regularly at industry conferences on high performance home building, the Indoor airPLUS Program, and EPA's Energy Savings Plus Health protocols for improved indoor air quality in existing homes.

Achilles Karagiozis | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Achilles Karagiozis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Plymouth, MN

Achilles Karagiozis is the director of NREL's Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center. He manages a multidisciplinary team of approximately 150 researchers within the laboratory's Buildings, Concentrating Solar Power, and Geothermal Technologies groups.

He provides strategic planning to bolster NREL efforts to transform energy through buildings science and integration. His work is focused on accelerating the development of strategic technical capabilities and directing world-class multidisciplinary research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, other federal agencies, and industry partners in the areas of buildings, concentrating solar power, and geothermal energy.

Dr. Karagiozis comes to NREL from Owens Corning where he was the global director of building science and led global accountability for the company's building science strategy. During his 9-year tenure, he shaped, educated, and trained others in energy efficiency and green building science, transforming building science into a growth engine aimed at accelerating energy-efficiency improvements in the built environment.

Before joining Owens Corning, Dr. Karagiozis was a distinguished researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked for 16 years. His more than 130 publications have been cited over 1,200 times, and he has an h-index of 18. He chairs ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 160, which specifies criteria for designing high-performance buildings. He is also an Energy and Environmental Building Alliance board member and serves on the Passive House Institute US Technical Committee.