Changing of the Guard on the CHPS Board of Directors

At the June 2012 board meeting, Jim Ogden, from 3QC, became the new Chair of the CHPS Board. Jessica Mack, of Southern California Gas Company, became the new co-Vice Chair, which a role she shares with Carolyn Sarno of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership. We send our thanks to Kelvin Lee, another longtime Board Member and CHPS supporter, who retired in June. Lori Raineri, of Government Financial Services, joined the board and also stepped into Kelvin's Board Treasurer role. We welcome back Charles Eley, CHPS Founder and the Former Executive Director of CHPS, who joined the board. Scott Harrison, of TXU Energy, a new board member, represents the first utility from outside of California to join the board. Kurt Siggard, of the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada, joined the advisory board. CHPS also thanks Steve Oliver, of Sacramento Municipal Utility District, for his four years of service on the board.

See the entire CHPS Board of Directors here.

Meet the New CHPS Board Members, Elected at the June 2012 Board of Directors Meeting

Charles Eley
CHPS Founder and Former Executive Director
New Board Member
Charles Eley is an architect and mechanical engineer with 35 years experience in energy efficient and sustainable design. He has made significant contributions to the California energy standards, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and energy codes in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Australia. Charles worked with the California Energy Commission to update the state energy efficiency standards for five code update cycles.

In addition to his energy codes and policy work, Charles has also developed a number of important publications including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, the Lighting Fundamentals Handbook, and numerous other technical manuals on energy efficient and code compliance. Charles is the primary author and technical editor of the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 User's Manual (editions 1989, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010). He also served as the founding executive director of CHPS and was the technical editor of the CHPS Best Practices Manual. He has also developed a number of energy analysis software applications and has served as energy consultant for a number of landmark green buidlings. Charles currently serves on non-profit boards, provides specialized consulting, and teaches classes on building energy efficiency and green technologies.

Scott Harrison
TXU Energy
New Board Member
Scott Harrison has thirty two years in the engineering and construction industry with fourteen years in energy efficiency. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Civil Engineering, Scott has served in various rolls including project management at Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station and the Super Conductor Super Collider. The past sixteen years has been spent working with TXU Energy customers on energy efficiency. Scott has worked with customers from all industries including commercial and industrial customers. Scott currently is Director of a group that provides behind the meter services for TXU Energy business customers.

Lori Rainer
Government Financial Services
New Board Member and Treasurer
Lori Raineri is a Certified Independent Public Finance Advisor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She has served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors. Lori has developed long-range capital financing plans for hundreds of public agencies and is well known for her ability in financial analysis and public speaking. Recently, Lori has been a keynote speaker for the California Treasurer-Tax Collectors Annual Education Conference, the California Auditor-Controllers’ Annual Conference and the California County School Superintendents Annual Business and Administration Conference, among others. The focus of each of these presentations has been the principles of debt financing, including numerous case studies that demonstrate the value of best practices, and ethics.

During her career, Lori has been personally involved in the planning and structuring of well over seven billion dollars of financing. At the age of 26, Lori founded Government Financial Strategies after having worked as an investment banker. Lori is the author of more than two dozen articles and publications and is in high demand as a public speaker. Lori received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and received her M.S. in Financial Analysis from the University of San Francisco. Additionally, Lori has been an avid consumer of continuing education, taking courses from UCLA Extension, UC Davis Extension, and many professional organizations for government officials. Lori demonstrated her interest in government early in life, serving as the student School Board Member for the Santa Clara Unified School District, and was thrilled to be inducted into the Santa Clara Unified School District Hall of Fame in 2011.

Kurt Siggard
Concrete and Masonry Association of California and Nevada
New Advisory Board Member
Kurt Siggard is the Executive Director of the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN). Prior to joining CMACN, Kurt worked in senior management positions for over twenty years in the fields of geotechnical engineering, materials testing, construction inspection, and construction management. During that time he spent ten years as an Associate Professor teaching courses in construction materials and inspection. Kurt served on the board, including a term as President, of the California Council of Testing and Inspection Agencies. Kurt currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonry Society, Class of 2012. Kurt is a member of several state and national organizations and currently serves on several committees related to the concrete masonry industry. Kurt is a graduate of Brigham Young University.


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June 29, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) . The CHPS Board of Directors elected a new Chair and several new Board members at its June meeting. ~order=2012-06-29
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