STAFF

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JAMIE WINE, Executive Director

Jamie brings 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, in New Orleans, Seattle, California and Boston.  He has developed programs educating 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 is on track to become the foremost education organization working to alleviate energy poverty 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


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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. Kevin is excited to deliver energy efficiency programs to the people of Louisiana to save money and help the environment. Email Kevin  or call (504)-222-2920 x7


Logan Yates, Development Specialist

Logan graduated from the University of Alabama's New College in 2011 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 excited to expand New Orleans' energy conservation programming with Energy Wise.

Email Logan or call (504) 222-2920 x5


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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JAMES BUCHANAN

James is a social entrepreneur and strategy consultant who is drawn to the positive impacts of Energy Wise. James has experience working in the energy and environmental remediation sectors in Louisiana, Texas, and Washington D.C. He is a native of Montgomery, AL, and holds degrees in political science and business from the University of Georgia, London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford.


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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 EWA 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. 

 


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JONNIE HONSE

Jonnie is a fund raising professional with 8 years of experience in the nonprofit industry, raising awareness and funds for small and large non-profit organizations. Her experience covers a wide range of fundraising areas including annual giving, major giving, endowment management, and fund raising research. Jonnie started her nonprofit career in New Orleans as the Membership Coordinator for the Young Leadership Council (YLC). She joined Touro Infirmary Foundation in 2013 as the Foundation Associate. From there she ventured into the consulting world, and eventually found her way back to the Touro Infirmary Foundation as its Director.

Jonnie has a B.A. from the University of Arkansas. Her volunteer commitments include serving as a committee member for Luke’s House annual fundraising event, Brass Bash, and assisting the Inaugural Beignet Fest as Volunteer Coordinator. She also serves on the the Tres Doux Foundation Board in addition to the Energy Wise Board. 


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SARA LEWIS

Sara an environmental lawyer, bringing her policy chops to bear to help EWA understand the larger context of our work.

 


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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.


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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.


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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.