Program Coordinator, Community Weatherization Coalition
Alane is currently the sole paid staff member at the CWC. Day-to-day operations include recruiting and scheduling volunteers, coordinating biannual energy coach training, and scheduling local residents for tune-ups. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Michigan State University, and worked as a biological technician studying sea turtles for several seasons before beginning work in the nonprofit sector, mainly in Program Coordination and Volunteer Management. She loves her role of making a positive difference in our local community, while conserving our planet’s resources.
Dr. Marianne Schmink
Executive Director, Community Weatherization Coalition & Professor, University of Florida
Marianne is a founding member of the CWC and still an active CWC energy auditor while volunteering her time to lead the CWC. She is also Professor Emerita and Distinguished Teaching Scholar of Latin American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Florida, where she served as Director of the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) program from 1988-2010. Since 1980, the TCD program has provided fellowship and research funding, academic and professional skills training for graduate students involved in research on conservation and development. From 1986-2008, she directed a major collaborative research and training program in the Amazon region of Brazil. She has published six books and over 50 articles, book chapters, and reports.
Executive Director, Rebuilding Together North Central Florida
Rebuilding Together North Central Florida (RTNCF) is a non- profit organization providing critical home repairs for Alachua County homeowners leveraging skilled and unskilled volunteers and skilled trades partners. and donated materials. RTNCF’s volunteer model and network led to an early partnership with the CWC. Since joining the team at RTNCF in 2011, RD has been involved in coordinating the roles of the CWC and RTNCF in an effort to better serve the residents of Alachua County. RD will be acting as the primary point of contact between the CWC and our Fiscal Sponsor, Rebuilding Together. Prior to Rebuilding Together, RD served as an AmeriCorps member in the northeastern United States. RD is a 2009 graduate of the University of Florida.
Adult Education Instructor, Santa Fe College
Jason is a former Coordinator of the CWC who has worked extensively in the nonprofit and education sectors, serving most recently as Administrator for the U.S. Green Building Council and Coordinator of the Alachua County Labor Coalition. He is currently an adult Education Instructor at Santa Fe College. In 2015, he completed an electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and has nearly ten years of experience as an energy auditor and solar energy installer. Before returning to his native Florida, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berea College with a degree in Biology and Sustainability / Environmental Studies, and spent nearly two years as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and William S. Fulbright Student Scholar in Asia.
Dr. Wendell Porter
Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor, University of Florida
Dr. Wendell Porter is with the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department of the University of Florida. Dr. Porter teaches many energy related courses, one of which; Global Sustainable Energy, is available as a Coursera massive open, online course platform (MOOC) and is currently being taught to over 60,000 students. Dr. Porter has been a registered professional engineer since 1987 and has worked as an engineer for over 30 years. His energy engineering work includes water and wastewater facilities, renewable energy systems, food processing and residential housing. Outside of his University work, Dr. Porter helped to organize the Community Weatherization Coalition, and was the group’s first President. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and received his PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2003.
Theresa Spurling-Wood,CEM,CIE,GGP, LEED AP
Director, Energy Systems, Alachua County Public Schools
A Mechanical|Technical|Energy Conservation Specialist, Teresa has over 35 years of experience spanning the HVAC Service Industry, K12 Facilities Maintenance & Operations, and Utilities and Energy Conservation fields. Her recent work has led to recognition for Alachua County Public Schools from the US Department of Education as a 2016 US Green Ribbon School District, a 2015 Florida Green Schools Gold District, and an EPA as 2013 Top Performer School District due to their districtwide energy, water, and waste consumption decreases. She holds several Journeyman licenses and Certifications, and previously served as the Program Manager for Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) award winning Home Performance with Energy Star Program and their Low-income Energy Efficiency Program which assisted GRU customers with home improvements that improved comfort while also reducing their energy use and lowering their electric bills.
Hal S. Knowles, III, Ph.D.
Associate Change Agent, University of Florida, Program for Resource Efficient Communities
Dr. Knowles is an experienced commercial and residential construction project engineer, and business development manager. Hal holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). As a Graduate Research Assistant with UF’s Office of Sustainability, he helped coordinate a campus-wide Carbon Inventory and Climate Action Plan as part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In both his past coordination and his current Associate Change Agent position with UF/PREC (August 2009 to current), Dr. Knowles promotes the adoption of best green design, construction, and operation practices in community development, monitors and measures comparative urban development impacts, creates extension education materials, develops and deploys energy efficiency building retrofit and financing programs, and fosters public/private partnerships that pursue sustainability in Florida’s built environment.
Water Conservation Coordinator, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department
Stacie Greco currently serves as the County’s Water Conservation Coordinator with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, where she has worked to protect our water resources for the past 14 years. She received a B.S. in the Environmental Sciences from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC prior to obtaining her M.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. In 2010, she received a graduate certificate in Social Marketing at the University of South Florida to learn how to apply traditional marketing tools to change behaviors for protecting our water. Stacie enjoys exploring Florida’s natural areas by kayak, foot, and bike, while camping in her vintage trailer.
Rev. Andy Bachmann
Associate Minister, United Church of Gainesville
Rev. Andy Bachmann oversees all of the outreach and social justice work of the church. The United Church of Gainesville has been a strong partner of the CWC since it began in 2008. Andy also runs one of the oldest private boys camps in the country- Camp Highlands.
Casey Smith, APR
Community Relations Coordinator, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Currently employed as a Community Relations Coordinator at Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), she has an extensive background in resource development in the non-profit community. She is the past Resource Development Director at Alachua Habitat for Humanity where she also specialized in neighborhood revitalization. She was the Resource Development Director at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare for a number of years. She founded and was the Executive Director of the Cris Collinsworth Foundation for 8 years while owning and running Special Events Unlimited, Inc., a special event fundraising company. She frequently volunteers with area non-profits and is most interested in low-income and affordable housing. Casey is a University of Florida graduate in Journalism – Public Relations.
Residential Efficiency Program Coordinator, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Vanessa works closely with low-income homeowners, throughout the Gainesville area, through GRU’s LEEPplus Program. The Low-income Energy Efficiency Programplus (LEEPplus) assists low-income customers with energy efficient upgrades to their homes to help lower utility bills. Vanessa’s involvement with LEEPplus includes homes inspections, educating customers on conservation, marketing, management and coordination of HVAC contractors, payments and post inspections upon completion of work. She has also managed multiple electric rebate programs and GRU’s Partnering Contractor Program.
Anna Grace Sampson
Director, We Are Neutral
Anna Grace Sampson is the Director of We Are Neutral, an environmental non-profit that creates industry leaders through their local carbon offset and carbon reduction initiatives. We Are Neutral hopes to quantify the carbon sequestration resulting from the work of the CWC. Anna is a licensed architect, and received a Masters in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. She has volunteered extensively with Rebuilding Together and the CWC as an energy auditor, and assisted with volunteer recruitment and program execution. Over the past 8 years in Gainesville, she has worked with several local non-profits helping design energy efficient systems and strategies.
Utility Analyst, Gainesville Regional Utilities – Retired
Prior to retiring, Mark performed energy surveys for commercial, industrial and residential customers in the energy community for over 35 years. Throughout this time he frequently served as staff liaison to the environmental advocacy community. Mark started with a utility evaluating and improving low-income households, and after thousands of residential, commercial, and industrial energy analyses, he is again enjoying assisting those in greatest need during his retirement. His other hobbies include writing fiction, gardening, playing guitar, kayaking, and rock collecting.