The NEHERS Alliance Board is consists of the following positions:
- Rater Category (2 positions)
- Association Member Category (1 position)
- QA Provider category (4 positions)
- Training Provider category (1 Position)
- Program Category (1 Position)
Current Board Members
President: Mike Browne
Vice President: Chris Mazzola
Secretary: Mike Turns
Treasurer: Nick Jones
Rater Category (2 Positions)
Chris Mazzola - Production Manager
Home Energy Raters, LLC
Chris is the Production Manager at Home Energy Raters, LLC. He oversees five office staff and nine full time certified HERs raters performing utility efficiency program inspections, IECC code compliance, Builder and Municipal Inspector informational sessions.
In addition to twelve years of service the military, Chris also has 25 years of experience in logistics and engineering. He started his Building Science career with Building Diagnostics doing primarily weatherization of existing homes and, with time, evolved that into Home Energy Raters. Chris has worked as a residential framer, HVAC installer and Electrician. He is certified with FLIR Infrared and Energy Star Homes.
Sara DeVico - Green Building and Educational Services Manager
Building Efficiency Resources, Essex Junction, VT
Sara DeVico has worked in the HERS industry for over 15 years. The majority of that time has been spent working in the field conducting ratings and working one-on-one with builders, homeowners, and tradespeople to educate them and advance energy efficiency in both new construction and existing homes. She is a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, LEED for Homes Green Rater, LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee and Certified Instructor, Passive House Verifier, NGBS Verifier, and EPA WaterSense Quality Assurance Designee. As the Green Building and Educations Services Manager for Building Efficiency Resources, Sara uses her years of field experience to work with HERS Raters, students, and program administrators to advance the industry.
Associate Member Category (1 Position)
Andy Buccino - HERS Rater; PHIUS+ Rater
Stephens and Company, Inc., Nantucket, MA
Starting in 1998, Andy spent 4 years as a production framer in San Diego, and moved to Nantucket in ’02 operating a General Contracting firm that also installed cellulose. He was BPI certified in 2012, performing IECC Code Compliance testing and diagnostic services. In 2016 he joined Stephens and Company, INC, a high-end building firm – mission to build high performance single family and multi-family homes, while offering HERS services and Passive House consulting to Nantucket Island. He joined RESNET’s Emerging Leadership Council in 2019 co-chairing the ELC Rater Retention work group. He developed an energy study using data analytics to assess Nantucket’s energy consumption with the goal to recognize renewable opportunities and encourage island resiliency. He currently sits on the NEHERS Embodied Carbon workgroup.
QA Provider Category (4 Positions)
Mike Browne - Founder
Advanced Building Analysis, Amesbury, MA
Mike holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Brown University. He is the founder of ABA. Previously, Mike worked in traditional woodworking and then architectural woodworking and CNC programming for 10 years. Returning to engineering, Mike then studied for and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Test and completed the training and certification for RESNET energy raters. As more and more energy efficiency alternatives become available, Mike is excited to be able to help local builders and home owners quantify their options and take advantage of the best construction practices and the best funding assistance programs available (tax credits, rebates, grants and energy efficient mortgages). Mike is a RESNET certified Energy Rater and Provider as well as the first 2012 NGBS accredited rater in Massachusetts. He is also a certified PHIUS+ rater, and has trained in Infrared Imaging at the world training headquarters of FLIR in Billerica, MA. For more on the capabilities of Infrared see FLIR's website. Mike is also President and board member of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET accredited HERS Provider that specifically caters to Independent HERS Raters working in Massachusetts.
Jonathan Harrison - Field Manager
CLEAResult, West Greenwich, RI
Jonathan Harrison is a Field Supervisor at CLEAResult. He has been a HERS rater for 18 years. He is involved in the Rhode Island New Construction program for National Grid as a HERS Rater, Passive House Verifier, RESNET QAD, BPI Building Analyst, and Energy Consultant.
Joe Rando - Technical Supervisor
GDS Associates, Manchester, NH
Joe Rando acts as the Technical Supervisor at GDS Associates, Inc. providing quality control and technical guidance for their staff of six certified HERS raters. Jow himself is a certified HERS rater, PHIUS+ Verifier and an advocate for the construction and development of energy efficient buildings. In his eight years in the industry, he has provided IECC compliance consulting, ENERGY STAR® certification and PHIUS+ verification for hundreds of candidate projects throughout MA, NH, and ME. Choosing the building science industry as his body of work, Joe is thrilled to be part of a growing and dynamic industry. He's really just an energy nerd, like the rest of us!
Cindy Zeis - Manager, Provider Services
Performance Systems Development, East Lyme, CT
Cindy Zeis has a diverse background including Energy Efficient Construction, Affordable Housing, Disaster Recovery, Adult Education and is a Military Veteran. Relevant certifications are: Certified HERS Rater, RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, RESNET Instructor, and ACCA Residential System Design. She currently fills the role of Manager of Provider Services and Primary QAD for Performance Systems Development, a national RESNET Rating/Training Provider and Consulting firm. Cindy’s background is backed by a thirst for knowledge and a desire to analyze and improve systems. She’s worked the business end of both the wrench and the hammer and believes that decisions made in the board room are only good if they can be conveyed, understood and safely implemented by those who do the same.
Training Provider Category (1 Position)
Mike Turns - Director of Energy Code and New Construction Programs
Performance Systems Development, Philadelphia, PA
Mike Turns has been with PSD for over five years, managing several residential new construction and energy code support programs. Currently, Mike manages the implementation of the MassSave® Codes and Standards Compliance and Support Initiative, New York energy code training funded by NYSERDA, and energy code support services to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Before that, Mike led the DOE-funded Pennsylvania Residential Energy Code Field Study. He is an expert in the International Energy Conservation Code and has developed and taught numerous training programs in several states under a variety of code versions. He has over 15 years of energy code training experience and has presented at national conferences like the RESNET, HPC, the DOE Energy Codes Conference, and AESP. Prior to joining PSD, he was the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University, where he managed the largest provider of residential building code training in Pennsylvania. Mike has a master's degree from Penn State with a thesis focused on assessing and reducing energy consumption in new homes.
Program Category (1 Position)
Nick Jones - Energy Efficiency Consultant
Nick Jones serves as the Residential New Construction — Energy Efficiency Program Lead for Eversource Energy. He also serves as the Residential Demand Response Program Lead for the energy efficiency group. Nick has spent the bulk of his career working with builders, developers, design teams, efficiency programs, industry associations, and state and federal organizations to advance high performance building practices and technologies. In 2016, Nick served as a presenter for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and published a white paper entitled Zero Energy Homes: Available and Scalable. In 2017, Nick served as a presenter for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)'s Building Energy conference in New York City. Nick has also served multiple terms as a judge for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Housing Innovation Awards. Nick holds credentials as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a LEED — Green Associate, and a Green Professional (G-PRO) Operations & Maintenance (O&M). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC), and serves as chair of the Education committee and co-chair for the Emerging Professional (EP). He holds degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University in Sustainable Energy Studies, and is currently pursuing a degree in Global Sustainability from Central Connecticut State University.