Jamie Wine, Executive Director
Jamie has developed several education nonprofit programs across the country to varied audiences like ocean advocates, traffic engineers, adults, families, youth and community organizers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz and professional certifications in building performance, leadership development, public speaking and real estate. Under his leadership, Energy Wise Alliance has grown 5-fold and has become the foremost energy education organization in Louisiana.
Email Jamie or call (504)-222-2920 x2
Emily Snyder, Education Manager
Emily joins us most recently from NORDC where she was the manager of outdoor programming. She earned her Master's of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University, and has professional experience in a broad range of environmental education settings. She brings creative and innovative teaching strategies to our energy efficiency program. Balancing fun with education, she ensures we help create a culture of conservation for the next generation, all while meeting classroom teacher needs.
Email Emily or call (504)-222-2920 x4
Brandon Muetzel, Outreach Manager
Brandon comes to Energy Wise Alliance after a long career in the restaurant and tourism industry. Before joining the team, he was in management with the Dickie Brennan’s family of restaurants, where he worked as the Executive Chef at Palace Café. He is proficient in Russian and has also studied German. During his career, he’s been the recipient of many awards for his work in the culinary field, and has even been a guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from University of Iowa.
Email Brandon or call (504)-222-2920 x3
Kevin Kellup, Education Coordinator
Kevin joins Energy Wise after approximately 2 years with Propeller as Incubator Coordinator. He now coordinates our Energy Smart for Kids program during the school year, and our Summer Program in partnership with NORDC. He is currently studying International Business at Dillard University as a student in the Evening Program. Kevin has completed more than 4,000 hours of national service in different states, most recently serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in the Pacific Region. He is a New Orleans native, and before returning in 2015, Kevin was a Team Leader with the Bend Energy Challenge in Bend, Oregon, a competition for cities in the US to be #1 in reducing their energy usage over a two year period.
Email Kevin or call (504)-222-2920 x7
Azania Sankofa, Education Coordinator
Azania Sankofa joins Energy Wise after completing four years of teaching in New Orleans charter schools as an early childhood educator. She graduated from Grambling State University with a degree in mass communication in 2014 and then returned to New Orleans to earn a Masters of Arts in teaching at Relay Graduate School of Education in 2018. Azania was first exposed to the energy efficiency movement in 2009 at LA Green Corps where she served as a team member implementing various energy saving methods to weatherize homes throughout the city. She now coordinates the Entergy Solutions program during the school year.
Email Azania or call (504) 222-2920 x8
Logan Yates, Business Development Coordinator
Logan graduated from the University of Alabama's New College with an interdisciplinary BA in Music, Culture, and Community Engagement. Serving as an AmeriCorps State Member with Impact Alabama in Birmingham, Logan conducted eye screenings and ran income tax preparation sites across the state for low-income families. Passion for sustainability and community engagement brought Logan to Grow Dat Youth Farm as an agriculture apprentice practicing sustainable urban farming practices. Logan is building new programs to help Energy Wise bring energy efficiency to even more Louisianans.
Email Logan or call (504) 222-2920 x5
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sydney moved from North Carolina to New Orleans in 2015 after getting her Masters in Education. She was the Community Outreach and Development Associate for the Friends of Lafitte Greenway for two years and was also an educator for Energy Wise Alliance until last year. She is now the Program Director for unCommon Construction. She has a passion environmental work and education and loves any opportunity to bring her passions together.
Clare Giesen, Vice President
Clare joined the EWA board because the brutal heat and humidity of Louisiana beg for workable energy efficiency programs for our state. Clare works for Energy Wise because our programs save consumers money and benefit our environment. She has over 15 years of experience in clean energy policy-- including electric utilities, renewables and smart grid technology ,specifically as a legislative advocate. Currently Clare teaches Sociology at Delgado Community College and University of New Orleans.
Gina LaMacchia, Treasurer
Gina is a project manager for a local real estate development company. Her day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing mixed-use construction projects while implementing energy efficiency measures into the construction process. She is LEED AP Building Design and Construction accredited and holds a Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston.
Ms. Lewis is an associate at Wall Bullington & Cook LLC, practicing in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. Ms. Lewis earned her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude and her mediation certification at Tulane University Law School where she was a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship, and the CALI award in Negotiable Instruments. While in law school, Ms. Lewis clerked for The Honorable Fredericka Wicker, Louisiana Court of Appeal, 5th Circuit. Ms. Lewis is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana. Sara brings her policy chops to bear to help Energy Wise understand the larger context of our work.
Andrew Loftus is the Senior Scientist/Product Manager at Innogenomics Technologies, LLC. in New Orleans. Andrew graduated with his BS in chemistry from the University of Richmond and his PhD. in biochemistry from the University of Oregon. After completion of his degree, he worked at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA in the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Core working to improve methods for electron imaging. Since moving to New Orleans, Andrew has worked for Innogenomics Technologies, advancing the research and development of forensic and cancer based technologies for the company.
Charlotte Piper, President
Charlotte believes that targeted youth and adult educational programming is critical to making energy efficiency a top priority for Louisiana. Originally from New York and Boston, Charlotte has been in New Orleans since 2011. She began her work on energy issues while working with a local green business certification start-up company focused on empowering businesses and individuals to save money while going green. She stayed connected to the entrepreneurial community through her work at The Idea Village and New Orleans Entrepreneurs Week. After returning to school to study management, Charlotte is currently working at Ochsner Health System in strategy and engagement.
Rebecca Sha practices labor and employment, commercial, and education law at Phelps Dunbar, LLP. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, she returned to Louisiana to attend Tulane Law School. While there she clerked for the legal affairs offices of two universities as well as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Rebecca was selected in 2018 to the American Bar Association’s Diverse Leaders Academy and also participated in the Committee for a Better New Orleans’ project on affordable housing issues. She was a member of the Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans Class of 2017 in the Education and Youth Development subcommittee, and served as liaison for the Class of 2018 for the Arts and Culture subcommittee. She also volunteers with the Young Leadership Council on a number of projects including Wednesday at the Square and YLC Assists.
Kim Walsh, Secretary
Kim Walsh is the School Health Coordinator at ReNEW Schaumburg in New Orleans East. At Schaumburg, she has written and received over $50,000 in grant money and donations to be used for school health, and managed the implementation of the grant. She founded and leads a school health committee that plans events and activities to increase student and teacher health and family engagement. She also has engaged community partners at the school, including NASA, the National Parks Service, Tulane University, Xavier University, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, Fit NOLA, The Green Project, New Orleans Sewage and Water Board, Evacuteers, First Baptist New Orleans, and Salads Galore. As an educator, she realizes the importance of energy educational programs in schools, and the impact of the programs for healthier communities.
A Teach for America alumna, she holds a B.A. from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. When not at Schaumburg, she teaches group exercise classes at Franco's on Magazine and teaches nutrition education classes for teachers through Common Threads.
F. Christopher Wootten
Chris Wootten is an associate at Fishman Haygood, LLP. A New Orleans native, Chris graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Richmond. Afterword he worked in wildlife conservation, first with Peregrine Fund and then with the Colorado State Parks Program. He then returned to Louisiana to pursue a master’s degree in environmental science from LSU, studying the toxicological impacts of pipeline removal in coastal Louisiana. Since earning a law degree from Tulane, Chris has worked for Fishman Haygood, LLP specializing in public-private partnerships, community development and government finance. He is currently the president of the “Governmental Incentives” subcommittee for the Real Property, Trusts and Estates section of the American Bar Association.