About Our Tutorial Experts
The Tutorials section of the site offers a series of expert discussions of significant Community Microgrids topics.
Brief bios of the experts presenting these tutorials are provided here:
Matthew Brener is an engineer and infrastructure economist for BRS, Inc. He completed his undergraduate work in Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University (Go Tigers!) and a Masters of Science in Economics at Drexel University. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA in a house he shares with his cat and a black Labrador named “Penny.”
Bill Broadhurst is Princeton’s Campus Energy Manager responsible for developing and delivering capital energy projects, control system optimization platforms and metering dashboards. He also manages day to day operations and long term planning of multiple HVAC control networks and the control room operations call center. Before Princeton, Bill spent 13 years at an engineering firm starting as a field engineer and rising to an operations manager.
Tom Brys, a Principal at Greener by Design, has 20 years of diverse experience in the identification, development and implementation of energy management technology projects. He has served hundreds of clients ranging from municipal energy aggregations and cooperatives to large Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical companies. He has managed and authored multiple Sustainable Energy Master Plans and provided technical consulting for over 300 Mega-watts of photovoltaic projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr. Brys served as past president of the New Jersey Association of Energy Engineers and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Robert Freudenberg is Vice President of RPA’s energy and environmental programs, leading the organization’s initiatives in areas including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area.
With nearly 20 years of experience in the energy engineering and consulting industry, Saverio has managed onsite commissioning, testing, troubleshooting, balancing and analysis for a wide range of HVAC equipment and systems. Saverio is a past board member of the Building Commissioning Association and has been instrumental in defining energy legislation to assist NYC’s Carbon Reduction goals.
Gail Lalla is Vice President of Operations of Greener by Design. She uses her expertise in budgeting, planning, communication skills and team motivation to keep each client project on track for timely and efficient results. When she was GbD’s Senior Project Manager, she navigated the myriad of incentives available, investigated current policy changes, and vetted data collection for several redevelopment projects. She has notably added a marketing division, in which she has assisted clients such as Sports Art with a full launch of their energy efficient and sustainable product line of fitness equipment, Eco-POWR. She has successfully led efforts focusing on carbon abatement plans, Energy Saving Improvement Plans with ESCOs, resiliency planning with the Kresge Foundation, and microgrid strategy with Rocky Mountain Institute.
Paul is an energy engineer with a 20-plus-year background in cogeneration, electrical power distribution and energy efficiency.
With over 43 years of government service to New Jersey municipal and state government under his belt, Marc has served as a municipal administrator, and for 26 years was with the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services, 14 of which as Deputy and occasionally as Acting Director. He is continuing to support local government officials and the public through professional education and in-service training of local officials, state and local policy study, technology policy research, consulting, support of local government professional organizations, and public service.
Joseph Sullivan has thirty four years of supervisory, management and executive experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Concord Engineering as Vice President of Energy Policy and Development, he most recently served as Director, Division of Economic Development and Energy Policy at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) where, while previously serving as its Business Energy Ombudsman, he established working relationships with the New Jersey business community on energy-related issues.
Zenon is an Environmental Planner and Urban Designer focused on creating more sustainable and resilient communities. He has over ten years of diverse experience working with various leading firms, organizations, institutions and individuals on a wide variety of projects. In addition to his professional work, he has also been an instructor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning & Design with a minor in Agroecology from Rutgers University and a Master of Urban Planning in Urban Design from the City University of New York (CUNY).
As President of Greener by Design since its inception, Adam is responsible for all aspects of its operations including client and partner relationships. He also serves as the company’s lead on government and finance-related work. Previously, Mr. Zellner served as Policy Director to a former Governor of New Jersey, overseeing the development of a variety of policies including energy, land use and environment. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth. He served in Washington and New Jersey for several members of congress and has worked for a variety of elected and appointed officials throughout his career.