About ecobeco

 
 

Meet Our Energy Auditors and Staff

Leadership Team

Brian Toll — Founder and President

With oil and energy prices on the rise and global warming all over the news, Brian went looking for ways to reduce his energy costs and environmental impact. Frustrated with his experience at big box retail and suffering from information overload thanks to the Internet, Brian left his role in Sprint Nextel's marketing department to found ecobeco, a company whose primary mission is to end the confusion of what it means to be eco-friendly and to make it easy for consumers to implement eco-friendly solutions in their homes. Brian lives in Bethesda.

Reuven Walder — Founder and Vice-President of Energy Auditing

Reuven is a Certified Building Analyst and Building Envelope Specialist through the Building Performance Institute. He has a broad base of knowledge around building science, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly products. A committed conservationist, Reuven has devoted his career to developing projects aimed to reduce resource consumption and promote sustainability. He also has experience conducting research on ecosystems and species. He is an experienced environmental educator utilizing his broad base of scientific and mechanical systems knowledge to educate and empower people around him to wisely use and protect our resources whether on a nature tour or in their home. Reuven lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, son and two daughters.

Melissa D. Johnston — Director of Human Resources and Accounting

Melissa has an MBA and has over 10 years of progressive training in in the areas of finance, human resources and operational and organizational management, Melissa uses her knowledge to align both organizational and  HR strategy.   Efficiency and streamlining are processes she likes to develop in the workplace and enjoys working in an industry that does the same for energy usage. Along with coordinating various  detailed employment processes for Ecobeco.  Melissa  handles key financial functions.  She  loves learning and understanding how people apply sustainability practices in their homes and within their lives.

Gina Mathias — Director of Sales and Marketing

Gina Mathias is a Certified Building Analyst with the  Building Performance Institute, and  has over 13 years’ experience working in the environmental field. She earned her degree in Environmental Education, Communication and Interpretation from the Ohio State University. Gina also currently serves as President of the National Board of Directors for EcoWomen, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy environment and equitable society. A hobby entrepreneur, Gina has dabbled in inventing new products, consulting with start-ups, and selling her hand-made pottery. Gina lives in Maryland and enjoys being able to get outside for hiking, camping, and boating whenever she can.

Nick Rosenthal — Director of Operations

Nick is a certified BPI Building Analyst. As firm believer in the necessity of implementing energy-demand reductions as part of the solution to the emerging energy crisis, Nick works towards a green energy future for all Americans. Nick graduated from Eckerd College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Computer Science, and is always looking for new ways to promote sustainability. Nick enjoys spending weekends in the outdoors hiking, snowboarding, goecaching and biking. Nick lives in Germantown.

Auditors and Staff

Jillian Becker — Energy Analyst

Jillian is a BPI Certified Building Analyst. A recent graduate of James Madison University’s Integrated Science and Technology program, Jillian has spent the last several years studying many aspects of energy efficiency, as well as environmental concepts. Jillian also enjoys music, traveling, and the great outdoors. She believes in leading by example and is excited to be a part of this promising industry. Jillian currently lives in Silver Spring.

Fresi Bonilla — Customer Service Specialist

Fresi joins the ecobeco team with an extensive background in customer service and is pleased to assist customers in both English and in the Spanish language. Helping you understand the importance of improving your home's energy efficiency is her priority at ecobeco. Fresi likes keeping herself busy and enjoys volunteering in her community and church by providing assistance through many programs to the youth and low income families. She is currently living in Hyattsville Maryland, and she is pursuing her degree in Business Administration from Montgomery College.

Taylor Branch - Auditor Assistant

He helps Ecobeco Auditors investigate high bill complaints and help customers find ways to reduce their electrical consumption and assists the team with installation of energy saving devices.  He enjoys using his problem solving skills to both improve homeowners’ comfort, and to contribute to a better environment.

Nicole Divens — Customer Service Specialist

Nicole has her Bachelors in Environmental Science and Policy from University of Maryland College Park where she learned to protect our natural environment we need to find a balance between everyday life and nature. At ecobeco she helps customers coordinate audits for their home energy efficiency needs, and is dedicated to helping people understand that as individuals they can still have a positive impact on the environment. She has lived in Maryland her whole life, and enjoys art as well as being outside with her German Shepard puppy.

Monica Downs — Sales and Marketing Manager

Monica has a Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Her studies varied widely, but included energy efficiency and conservation as well as sustainability. Monica realized that she is passionate in helping people feel safe and comfortable in their homes. Monica comes to Ecobeco with a heart for stewardship and sustainability.  Excited by the prospect of entering the residential energy space -- both for its growth potential and for its unique position as an industry that can do well while doing good. She works closely with the Sales and Marketing department, but also provides support for other areas of the organization, writes communication material, managing and tracking supplies for on-going projects performing project assessments for multi-families and high-end residential projects.

Oliver Florido - Energy Efficiency Analyst

After initially coming aboard as a part time data entry staff, Oliver transitioned into  being a Full time Energy Efficiency  Analyst.  He found that building science is an ever evolving science and that the team which makes up ecobeco is an incredibly curious bunch which he believes makes for a great and inspiring workplace!  He is our quiet workhorse rotating between Customer Service, warehouse logistic in addition to his primary responsibilities.  With the realization that sustainability is a necessary part of our futures, Oliver considers this something to be excited about every day!

Jay Gallagher - Energy Auditor

Jay enjoys working with homeowners to diagnose and develop custom solutions that address health and safety, comfort, and energy efficiency issues in their homes.  As a  certified  Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, he’s bringing his life-time of experience to the energy efficiency business.  Jay prides himself on a thorough job well done and providing excellent customer service.

Ellen Haber - Customer Service Specialist

Armed with an MBA with a concentration in Marketing Management, Ellen has marketed technical services for most of her professional career.  Her strong understanding of customer relations and business processes translates to positive customer experience and more projects in the pipeline. For the past five years, Ellen has learned a lot about local environmental issues  while serving as the co-chair of a sustainability group in her Silver Spring community.  She enjoys foreign languages, cooking and yoga. 

Jennifer Hizer - Energy Auditor

As a Certified BPI analyst, Jennifer focuses on providing clients with information that they can use to make their homes more energy efficient. Jennifer’s approach is very simple which is to put you first. Striving with every in-home consultation to develop a positive relationship to ensure your home improvement needs are met. Jennifer graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in natural resources and conservation management and a minor in forestry. Shortly after earning her certification as a Building Analyst from BPI, she also completed the Maryland Master Naturalist course.  She enjoys various outdoor activities and spending time with her cat and dog.

Nanda Holmes - Energy Auditor

We are proud and pleased to have him working with us in an area of new growth for the times in which we live in.  Energy efficiency is very much on the top of the list on homeowner’s minds, and Nanda  is able to provide service and advice to those wishing to save on utilities.  Nanda’s goal every working day is to be able to diligently install money and energy saving products in clients' homes. He finds comfort knowing that he is saving client’s money and optimizing the comfort level of their homes. He  enjoys interacting and learning from other ecobeco team members  as well as meeting new people, visiting new places, and being involved with marketing activities to promote ecobeco at community events

Mike Ingram — Energy Auditor

Mike is a lifelong resident of Arlington, now living in the house he grew up in built by his parents.  He has over 40 years of experience in all phases of residential and light commercial construction. Mike has been recycling and conserving since his Cub Scout days and has extensive “hands on” experience reducing consumption, material waste and energy costs in a variety of fields. Mike has a business degree from George Mason University, a Green Advantage environmental certification, and is a Certified Building Analyst through the Building Performance Institute. Mike is committed to using his knowledge and experience to assist others to build a better environment for everyone.

Rebecca Kloske - Energy Auditor

Rebecca’s  10 years of experience in science and education as a former classroom teacher and outdoor educator allows her to enjoy entering homes with the attitude of a consultant-investigator, there to hear your goals and concerns, evaluate the home’s possibilities, and ultimately outfitting your home with energy saving installs that would benefit  you and your home. She considers it a great day when she hears , “That was really helpful!” as she is always eager to help!   She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from Salisbury University and is a BPI certified Building Analyst.  She currently lives in Waldorf, MD, with her husband, and enjoys cooking, singing, and hiking.

Matt Lehtonen - Energy Auditor Assistant

Matt joined the ecobeco team  to pursue his passion for working with his hands and interacting face-to-face with members of his community educating  them about ways to save energy, reduce their environmental footprint, and promote regional sustainability. With his Bachelor’s Degree in International Environmental Policy from American University and a broad background in renewable energy policy, sustainable design, and environmental justice he is able to leverage that and enjoy working alongside ecobeco's team of dedicated and experienced energy efficiency professionals.     

Siobhan Marsh - Auditor Assistant

Siobhan feels she found the perfect occupation here at ecobeco. She thrives on  being  challenged on a daily basis while  working  with a group of people that she  really enjoys learning from. Through her  education, work, and life experience she come to find that she  really enjoy systems and interactions of systems. Whether it’s a social system such as the constructs and functions of society, to the house as a system and the interplay between the numerous components that make a house operate.  She feels that Ecobeco provides the opportunity to do this on a daily basis, all the while helping to conserve our resources and the adverse impacts we have on the earth.

Alena Martinez-Hart — Energy Auditor

Alena has a Bachelors in Sustainability focused in Urban Dynamic from Arizona State University. She has a broad knowledge in alternative energies, environmental resource management and conservation. Alena is BPI certified and has a comprehensive understanding of building design and functionality.  Her focus and drive comes from a desire to find the balance in environmental stewardship, economic development, and equitable treatment for all. She is elated to join the Ecobeco team in its focus to reduce energy consumption, help homeowners better enjoy their home and save money in the process. 

Andrew Mckinney - Energy Auditor Assistant

Andrew is currently the youngest team member at ecobeco.  He is a prospective graduate of Bowie State University, and extremely avid about automotive sustainable energy and alternative fuel. His being a handyman as well as an interest in  construction and building analysis enriched Andrew’s knowledge about how buildings work. Applying his skills alongside new standards in efficiency has allowed him to help guide homeowners create a more energy efficient home.  Andrew believes in saving the world, one home at a time.

Brady Nemeth — Customer Service Specialist

Brady comes to ecobeco as a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in International Studies, concentrating on the international economy and environment. Having also studied abroad at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, he has an interdisciplinary background in business, economics, and environmental science. Ultimately, he is motivated by seeing the potential that industry has to make sustainable products and services available en masse, and not seen as merely a niche or luxury. He currently resides in Silver Spring.

Olu Olufunmilade — Energy Auditor

Olu is a graduate of Architecture with over seven years experience using the knowledge of engineering and architectural practices for design, construction, and project management. Olu is also a BPI certified Building Analyst, and has keen interest in green technology and energy conservation. He wants to help home owners have more energy efficient homes. Olu and his wife live in Silver Spring.

Greg Parks — Energy Auditor

Greg takes pride in his work and is eager to continue to educate himself in all aspects of energy conservation. Recognizing increased efficiency as an important step towards building a sustainable future, he is excited to help make a difference with people’s homes. He believes that sustainability isn’t about cutting back. Instead, it’s all about making home improvements that not only save money and help the environment but it also makes your home healthy and comfortable. Greg is a certified BPI Analyst and is well versed on the many ways to conserve energy. He shares this knowledge with all of his customers as he performs energy audits. He enjoys working with homeowners and showing them the many ways they can conserve.

Michael Pasay - Auditor Assistant

After receiving a Quick Home Energy Audit (QHEC) from ecobeco, Michael jumped at the chance to join our team. This allowed him to understand the energy efficiency/building process from the perspective of both service provider and client. Michael hopes to pass on the same great experience that he had working with energy efficiency professionals, and to help to improve the quality of each home he comes in contact with.  A devoted family man, when he is not saving the world from certain energy loss, he is most likely with his wife and kids.

Mario Pataquiva — Energy Auditor

Mario enjoys helping educate customers about energy efficiency. Mario will work with you to help you achieve your energy efficiency goals. With a degree in architecture, BPI certification and over fifteen years of experience working in architectural firms focusing on residential and commercial projects, he possesses extensive knowledge in home evaluation and construction. Mario is originally from Bogota, Columbia and is fluent in Spanish. He loves working in the greater DMV area because of its people, its “green” culture and its focus on sustainability.

Suresh Pokharel — Energy Efficiency Revenue Assurance Manager

Suresh is a BPI Certified Building Analyst and BPI Envelope Professional. As an engineer and architect, he possesses years of experience in building science and environmental management. Suresh believes that we must revitalize resources; have better coordination between available natural resources and energy consumption; and understand our built environment. He and his family live in Germantown.

Ernesto Rivera - Energy Auditor

Ernesto joined ecobeco in 2011.  Originally from El Salvador with a degree from El Salvador University of Technology, he is able to identify issues in your home that are affecting your health, safety, comfort, and pocketbook.  As a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Building Analyst Professional, he is able to help homeowners improve their living conditions and address energy efficiency concerns.

Leo Rydlun - Auditor Assistant

Leo has always been an advocate for environmental sustainability because he believes that sustainability, by definition, is the only way society will be able to continue, and therefore the issue affects everybody.  As a former algebra teacher he joins ecobeco with the mission to increase energy efficiency, and be involved in the effort of changing the current trends of depleting resources and increasing pollution. He is continually learning new ways to decrease his ecological footprint and take action towards a cleaner world for everyone, and is glad to give energy saving tips to ecobeco customers.

Robi Sanyal - Energy Auditor

Robi holds a Building Performance Institute certification meaning he is certified to inspect the energy performance of homes and other dwellings. He truly enjoys helping homeowners create dramatically more comfortable and energy efficient homes with smaller carbon footprints.  Homeowners appreciate that he provides them the diagnosis and solutions to inform their decisions on the best ways to improve comfort and efficiency in their homes

Eraico Sical - Energy Auditor Assistant

On a daily basis, Eraico performs installations that are needed in the client’s home and according to the specification of the programs ecobeco participates in.  He enjoys the satisfaction of a job well-done, being a part of the team and the positive feedback he receives regarding installations and the products he installs. 

Ben Schott - Energy Auditor Assistant

With a background in public policy and green infrastructure, Ben joined ecobeco to accelerate and transform adoption of energy efficiency solutions. He believes that energy efficiency is not simply a tool to manage resource consumption, but a pathway towards innovation and broad economic and energy sustainability. Ben received his B.S. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he studied the confluence of public policy, environmental studies and science communication.  Ben grew up in the suburbs of Rochester, NY where his appreciation for the impact that natural resources and ecology have on our lives was learned at a young age. He loves to ski, hike, and spend time in the great outdoors. Ben lives in Rockville, MD.

Jim Singer — Energy Auditor

Jim has spent most of his working career in one form of the building trades or another. In 2009, he decided to take his building knowledge and what he had learned trying to make his own 90 year old house more comfortable to help others achieve their energy efficiency goals. Jim is a certified BPI Building Analyst. He and his family live in Washington, DC.

Shira Singer - Auditor Assistant

Shira graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012 with a degree in environmental science and policy where she developed a strong interest in energy efficient and sustainable building design. Her need to increase expertise in these areas led her to ecobeco, where with a little good luck and good timing, she is able to continue learning with our team.  She is hopeful that the time has finally come for us to create real solutions to our energy challenges, and very happy to be doing her small part. Her other pursuits include permaculture, food justice, alternative home construction, camping, and cooking. 

Henry Valle - Auditor Assistant

Henry has been involved in home remodeling market for over 7 years and is deeply passionate about energy sustainability and a growing interest in the next wave in improving building construction. He takes great pride in helping educate customers and improving energy conservation on a large scale.  Born and raised in Northern Virginia, he is happy to be able to do his part in making this part of the world a little better with every CFL we install!

Daniel Walfield - Energy Auditor

Daniel believes service and customer satisfaction are paramount. He makes sure that the customers have a clear understanding with regards to the products and how they perform to provide you the best in energy efficiency, and how they will save you money over their lifetime. He is very passionate about helping homeowners address their energy concerns and hopes to inspire more homeowners to move to action. Daniel recently received his BPI Building Analyst Certification and describes the inefficient use of precious natural resources as karmically foolish and politically shameful, and believes that it’s our responsibility to husband our resources wisely and make the most of them.

Sara Werksman — Energy Auditor

An experienced energy auditor, Sara  brings a variety of talents to her work at Ecobeco.  As a certified BPI® Energy Auditor her credentials reflect her extensive training and knowledge in the energy efficiency field. During her many hours in the field conducting energy auditing work, she has also come face-to-face with more attic and crawlspace critters than she cares to recount.  Sara is committed to ensuring that client understands the relationship between all of the systems in the house and their effect on the health, comfort and efficiency of the home.

Stephen Willingmyre — Energy Auditor

Stephen Willingmyre is a Certified Building Analyst who graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Communication and also holds an AS in Business. Stephen worked 8 years as a building engineer and  headed a project to reduce energy usage in a 100,000 sq ft complex. He joined the ecobeco team so he could continue to pursue his interest in energy efficiency. Stephen has spent time in the field with skilled auditors and received training from the Building Performance Institute. Stephen is passionate about making sure every home he enters becomes safer and more efficient. He works with the customer and methodically inspects the home to find opportunities to reduce energy usage and make the home safer. 

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