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Faculty Biographies in Alphabetical Order


Norman Anderson, Environmental Health Consultant, Winslow, ME

Mr. Anderson has over 30 years of environmental public health experience, mostly in the public and nongovernmental sectors.  Specific activities have included: chemical risk assessment/risk assessment policy; air quality advocacy; development and implementation of public health projects including those focused on comprehensive asthma and tobacco prevention and control, indoor air quality, and climate adaptation; technical and policy support to a variety of community based environmental health initiatives.  In the past few years, Mr. Anderson has completed projects for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council; the Maine Center for Public Health, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, The Heinz Endowments; and the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project.



Bob Axelrad, Senior Policy Advisor and Indoor airPLUS Program Manager,  Indoor Environments Division, US Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, D.C.

Bob Axelrad has been in and around the indoor air quality field since its early years in the mid-80’s and has been witness too, if not part of, many IAQ milestones.  As the first director of EPA's Indoor Air Division from 1988-1995, Bob was responsible for the development of much of EPA's original policy and guidance on indoor air quality, including the 1991 Building Air Quality guide for building owners and managers and the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance. Bob also served as the point person for EPA's work on secondhand tobacco smoke, which led to publication in 1992 of EPA’s landmark risk assessment classifying secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen.

In the late 90’s, Bob served as co-chair of the Asthma Workgroup of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children and co-authored the Task Force’s interagency Asthma and the Environment, A Strategy to Protect Children. This strategy led directly to the budget initiative that has allowed EPA to fund its indoor asthma trigger work for more than a decade. From 2003 to 2009, Bob lead an EPA-wide effort to integrate EPA’s programs for K-12 schools, including chairing the EPA-wide workgroup that developed voluntary guidelines for the siting of new school facilities, issued in 2011.

Currently, Bob is leading EPA’s Indoor airPLUS labeling program for new homes, working in close collaboration with the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, among other partners. 

Jim Bahoosh, Builder - Morrill, ME

Jim is a solo builder and designer.  1983, he began work in construction, buying, moving into, and restoring old house. In 1993 he began building new homes of traditional design. In 2001 he shifted his focus to smaller homes still designed in a traditional manner.

Jim has been an active exhibitor and presenter of his building philosophy over the past three years.

Tim Begoske, Director of Training, Field Controls - Kinston, NC

Tim Begoske is Field Control’s Director of Training for North America.  He has over 44 years experience in the HVAC industry working with a number of manufacturer’s in a variety of technical, sales, marketing, and training capacities. Tim is one of the industry’s leading experts in draft, venting, combustion air, and indoor air quality products.  He also is a subject matter expert in multiple heating and cooling technologies including almost all of the industries current appliance technologies and products.

Tim has taught over 500 training courses for thousands of engineers, specifies, technicians, service managers and heating and cooling professions.  Tim is a licensed Residential Builder and BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

Mike Belliveau, Executive Director, Environmental Health Strategy Center - Bangor, ME

Mike Belliveau, public policy expert and social entrepreneur, is recognized nationally for promoting environmental public health and green chemistry. For thirty years, he has advanced innovative policies and strategic organizing to prevent harm and develop a sustainable economy. Through Mike’s leadership of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, the state of Maine has set the national pace for protecting human health from unnecessary dangerous chemicals.

Mike co-founded the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, which led the campaign that passed a landmark state law that requires safer chemicals in everyday products. He’s also a co-founder and policy coordinator of SAFER, the State Alliance for Federal Reform, a multi-state coalition working to overhaul chemical policy throughout the United States. At the Strategy Center, Mike launched a model economic development strategy through the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine, a business-university-nonprofit consortium working to research, develop and commercialize production of bio-based plastics made from Maine potatoes. The manufacturing of this non-toxic, petroleum-free, and bio-compostable material will create good green jobs and boost the regional rural economy.

Previously, Mike led the most comprehensive mercury reduction campaign in the nation for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. In California, he directed Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), which he built into a powerful voice for urban environmental health and justice, and industrial pollution prevention. He was named by California Magazine as one of the people most likely to have a major impact on the state. He was appointed by then-Governor Jerry Brown to the California Hazardous Waste Management Council.

Mike grew up in New England and graduated from MIT with an environmental science degree. He lives with his family on Pushaw Lake in Maine on the edge of l’Acadie, the homeland to ten generations of his Acadian ancestors. When he’s not on the road, Mike loves to paddle or ski from his back door, or wander round the garden.

Terry Brennan, Principal, Camroden Associates - Westmoreland, NY

Terry Brennan is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Camroden Associates in Westmoreland, NY. Terry Brennan is a Principal of Camroden Associates in Westmoreland, New York, a
building science consulting firm. He has spent the last 35 years crawling through small spaces in problem buildings, making the close acquaintance of more rodents, insects and fungi than most people would find pleasurable. Terry’s current mission is to evangelize better building practices.

Scott Carter, Servpro - Falmouth, ME

Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Orono in 1978.  Scott was a branch manager for Servpro of Portland from June 1978 to January 1979.  Scott became owner of the franchise in 1979 and operated the day to day business operations until February of 2004.  Scott is currently Servpro's Distributor/Trainer for the State of Maine, providing product and equipment distribution, consulting services, employee training, and marketing support to the 9 Servpro franchises.

Scott has received certification sin Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying and Smoke Damage Restoration - all through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC).  Scott also is a certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator and is a certified EPA Lead Safe RRP Technision.

Scott is an approved instructor for continuing education for the Maine Bureau of Insurance and the Maine Real Estate Commission.

Steve Caulfield, PE, CIH, LEED AP, Turner Building Science & Design – Harrison, ME  

Mr. Caulfield has over twenty five years of experience in mechanical engineering, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality studies. Mr.Caulfield is skilled in the design and evaluation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and their relationship to complex indoor air quality problems. He has provided HVAC design and commissioning services for healthcare, educational, and commercial facilities. He has conducted indoor air quality evaluations for both new construction and existing buildings. He has designed and implemented complex construction area containment projects, has designed and managed asbestos abatements, and prepared plans and specifications for the removal of lead-based paints during historical renovations of education and residential buildings.  Steve is a member of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors.

Thomas Cheetham, Ph.D. - Northeast Laboratory Services, Winslow, ME

Dr. Cheetham is the senior microbiologist in the division of Environmental Microbiology at Northeast Laboratory Services in Winslow, Maine.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the College of the Atlantic and formerly Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies and Director of the Program in Environmental Studies at Wilson College, PA.

Michael J. Chonko, PE, Principal - SMRT, Portland, ME

Michael J. Chonko, PE, leads SMRT’s Engineering Department and has 18 years of experience designing complex mechanical systems for the healthcare and science/technology sectors, including labs, cleanrooms, pharmacies and medical isolation environments.Mike brings creativity in finding innovative ways to meet high indoor air quality and energy efficiency goals.


Derrick Denis, CIAQP, CEC, CIEC, Clark Seif Clark, Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Denis markets, manages and conducts a variety of assessment, project design, training and project management roles for a broad variety of environmental issues.  He has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Phillips University in Oklahoma, and holds various industry-relevant certifications.  Throughout his career, Mr. Denis has contracted, managed, and/or performed over 13,000 IEQ  Projects.  Mr. Denis is on the Board of Directors of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), is the chapter director for the IAQA Phoenix Chapter, and is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Chapter of the Environmental Information Association.

Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., EMSL - Houston, TX

Dr. Dobranic is an accomplished microbiologist with over 20 years of experience. He has presented his research at national and international conferences. Dr. Dobranic is the Vice President of Microbiology & Life Sciences for EMSL Analytical, Inc and has presented microbial issues at over 60 national speaking engagements and has several industry-related articles published in trade magazines. Dr. Dobranic appeared in a production of the Oprah Winfrey show as an expert on bacteria and indoor allergens.

Dr. Dobranic is currently a member of ASTM International, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (Past-chair of the Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee), Past-member of AIHA’s LQAP Analytical Accreditation Board and Mold Task Force, and A2LA’s Accreditation Council. He is a member of the local Houston IAQA chapter, a Research Committee member for the national IAQA, and serves on boards for the ACAC and IESO.


Karla J. Donnelly, Sustainable Housing Specialist, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. - Norwalk, CT
Karla Donnelly is a senior sustainable housing specialist with Steven Winter Associates, Inc. She is a LEED AP Homes, a LEED Green Rater, an NAHB Green Standard Verifier, a RESNET accredited HERS Rater, and Building Performance Institute Analyst, and PHIUS+ HERS Rater who provides sustainable design, specification, and construction consulting for residential green buildings. Her work at SWA focuses on sustainable consulting, the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®)for Homes rating systems, the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Standard and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies. She works with architects, developers, builders, and homeowners to more fully develop on-site sustainability strategies.


Fred Gordon, Real Estate Developer - Boston, MA

Fred Gordon is a long-time environmental activist.   He owns and manages real estate in South Boston at the Distillery, an old industrial building on almost 2 acres of land.  He has begun construction there a 65 unit Passivhaus.    It will try to bring together the cause of the arts—maintaining affordable arts space in the City-- with a broad variety of environmental goals—which includes Passivhaus’ energy efficiency, but goes beyond them.  Among the leading-edge technologies are the use of Heat Recovery Ventilators to filter air up to the micro-particle level.  The need for this comes from recent studies which show the dramatic negative impact of urban air pollution on health.  The fact that Passivehaus buildings are virtually air-tight save for the HRV air intake means that it improving air quality is simple, cheap, and effective.

He studied philosophy, at Harvard and got his PhD at UC San Diego, spent 15 years (8 of them at the Harvard School of Education) on researching and consulting on democratic workplaces, and over the past 10 years got increasingly interested in architecture and the environmental crisis.    His wife, Judy Hall, teaches psychology at Northeastern. They have 3 grown kids (in Brooklyn and Boston), and intend to move to Southie (they now live in Newton) when the project is built.

David Gallup, Consultant, EMLab P & K - San Bruno, CA

Dave has a Bachelors of Science from the California Institute of Technology in Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Masters from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.  He currently has 7 patents, and many years of experience in research and development management while at TRW North America.  At TRW, Dave received the TRW Chairman’s Award for product innovation.

Dave became President of Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Inc. (as it was then known) in 1997; Chairman in 2005; and as of 2006, works as a Consultant.  In 2002, Dave created EMLab’s CET (Center for Environmental Training) series entitled Mold, Allergens, Sampling, and Data Interpretation and travels nationwide as the instructor.   Starting in 2003, he taught classes at the University of California-Berkeley entitled, Mold: Inspection, Assessment, and Control–History, Health Effects and Ecology; Mold: Inspection, Assessment, and Control–Laboratory Analytical Techniques Workshop; and Interpreting Fungal Data from Indoor Air Quality Investigations.  For the past several years, he has been a speaker at the AIHce, at IAQA national events, and regional events throughout the country. 


David Hales, Washington State University Energy Extension Program, Olympia, WA

David Hales is an experienced contractor, building scientist, and technical trainer with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.  Working at Washington State University as a Building Systems and Energy Specialist, he is experienced in the design, construction, and performance evaluation of energy efficient healthy buildings and currently provides technical support for the Energy Star Homes Northwest Program, Building America, and utility based programs in the Pacific Northwest.  He is an ASHRAE member and has a degree in Physics from the University of Chicago.


Lew Harriman, Director of Research, Mason-Grant Consulting - Portsmouth, NH

Lew Harriman is Director of Research at Mason-Grant Consulting in Portsmouth, NH. He has 38 years of experience researching and solving problems related to humidity and moisture in buildings and
industrial processes. He is a Fellow of ASHRAE and was the lead author and project manager for the ASHRAE Humidity Control Design Guide, and also for the ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot & Humid

Kurt Johnson, Fresh Air Ventilation, Inc. – Lewiston, ME

Kurt is the owner and president of Fresh Air Ventilation Systems, Inc., a small, family-owned business providing design and installation of fresh-air ventilation and heat-recovery systems in custom-built and modular homes.  Prior to starting Fresh Air Ventilation Systems in 2006, Kurt worked for 2 ½ years in modular home sales.  Kurt is certified as a Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installer through the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada, and is a member of the Venmar Indoor Air Network.  Kurt strives to protect occupant health and structural integrity through provision of fresh air ventilation services in residential properties.

Jared Kelly, Laboratory Manager, EMSL - Salem, NH

With a background in Physical Chemistry from Yale University, Jared has been involved in custom microscopy analysis for the past twenty years, initially learning environmental PLM and SEM analysis in support of environmental testing applications at IEA Inc in MA. Over the past 20 years, Jared has worked for a number of testing companies supporting traditional IAQ and IH concerns with specialized support spanning many disciplines, including Severn

Trent Laboratories, TestAmerica, EMLab P&K, and MicroVision Laboratories, where he managed the lab as well as designing several industry specific testing protocols to answer analytical needs underserved by traditional analysis. Jared spoke at the 2008 AIHCe in Minnesota. He’s has been on the board of directors for the New England Society of Microscopy for three years as clerk, and is a member of ACS, MSA, and MRS. He is commonly called on to design and present information to clients in a wide range of disciplines and environments.

Eva M. King, MSc, PhD, Indoor Biotechnologies, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA

Dr. Eva King received her MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and her Doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK.  She leads the Immunoassay Department at Indoor Biotechnologies Inc, where she directs Research & Development of analytical methods, contract research activities related to allergen exposure assessment, and allergy diagnostics.  Her team provides analysis and contract research services to clients in government and academia, as well as healthcard, consumer products, pharmaceutical, and the indoor air quality industry.  Dr. King is the 1st VP of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and leads IAQA's Technical Convention Program as well as Management Oversight Committees.

Bob Krell, IAQ Technologies, Inc. – Syracuse, NY

CIEC, CIAQP, CMRS, LEED®AP, BPI-Certified BA/ES/HS/AC, EPA-Certified Lead Paint Renovator

Bob is president of IAQ Technologies, Inc., a Syracuse, NY-based indoor environmental and building performance firm offering consulting, mitigation and training services to a variety of clients throughout the country.  Bob is also the Founder of IAQnet, LLC, which hosts the new online information site IAQ.netand Publisher of the fully digital online magazine, Healthy Indoors.

Bob has been a nationally recognized indoor environmental consultant and trainer in the IAQ industry for over 25 years. He has designed and managed successful indoor environmental and building performance projects for residential, commercial, educational and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S., and conducted hundreds of investigations since 1990.  He served on the NADCA Board of Directors from 1990-2000, and was the Project Manager for the EPA-NADCA HVAC Systems Cleaning Study in 1996-1998.

He has presented at numerous industry conferences, appeared on national television and radio, produces educational videos and webinars and is widely published on indoor environmental topics.  Bob is the host of the online video show, “Saving the Great INDOORS”. He also moderates “The Great INDOORS” and “IAQ Professionals” discussion groups on LinkedIn.

Jeffrey C. May, Principal Scientist, May Indoor Air Investigations – Tyngsborough, MA

Author, teacher, consultant, scientist, Jeff May has become a staple at the Maine Indoor Air Quality Conference!

Jeff holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Columbia College, and a M.A. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University.  He is a certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, (Association of Energy Engineers)  and holds a certificate in Food Science Technology, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  He is trained in infrared thermography, and in mold investigation, assessment, sampling identification, and analysis.

Jeff is the author of numerous publications, and has given IAQ presentations throughout New England as well as around the country.  Jeff is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA.

Wes Riley, Home Energy Consultant, MaineStar, HERS Rater, Trainer, QAD - Concord, NH

Wes has over 25 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the home energy performance industry. Starting out working with the low-income Weatherization Program in the late1980’s, he has been deeply involved in HERS based activities since the mid 1990's including the EPA - Energy Star Homes Program, the USGBC - LEED for Homes Program, the DOE – Zero Energy Ready Home Program, and the HUD/FHA -VA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Programs.  Wes is an experienced HERS Rater Trainer, and currently serves as the third-party Quality Assurance Designee for over 40 HERS Raters in ME, NH, and MA. He is a founding member of the NE-HERS Alliance and a partner in MaineStar llc – Maine’s Network of Independent Home Energy Raters.

Jack Springston, CIH, CSP - TRC Environmental Corporation, New York, NY

Jack Springston has over 26 years of experience in industrial hygiene and occupational health. He has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) since 1993, and is one of only approximately
40 active CIHs who also hold a sub-specialty certificate in Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). In addition, he has been a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) since 1996. Jack received a BS Degree in Environmental Science and Biology from LIU/Southampton College and a MS Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from CUNY/Hunter College. He is a past-Chair of both the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s (AIHA) Indoor Environmental Quality committee and the Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology committee. He is the 2001 recipient of AIHA’s Kusnetz Award and in 2012 was made a distinguished Fellow of AIHA.

Mr. Springston was a chapter editor and peer reviewer of AIHA’s “Field Guide for the Determination of Microbial Contamination in Environmental Samples, 2nd edition”, and a peer reviewer of the bestselling “Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mold”. He was a contributing author on AIHA’s “Facts about Mold” and help to develop AIHA’s “Position Statement on Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment”. He is currently working on the update of “The IAQ Investigator’s Guide” and has written a chapter for the new book on how to write an IAQ investigation report.

Mr. Springston currently works for TRC Environmental Corp. and has spent the past two years working as the Site Safety and Health Officer for the demolition of two power plants on Long
Island. He has participated in and overseen thousands of indoor environmental quality studies, both investigative and proactive. In addition, he has worked on and overseen numerous other
projects including exposure assessments and modeling, microbial contamination evaluations and quantitative risk assessments for various clients including both commercial and residential
properties, museums, hospitals and other health care facilities. He also provides expert witness services, including exposure modeling, for a variety of alleged contaminants including
asbestos, benzene, lead, silica, second-hand smoke and mold.

Douglas Steege, Vice President Business Development, RenewAire LLC. - Madison, WI

Doug has been actively involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy issues since the first OPEC oil embargo in 1973.  In 1980 he became a partner in the company that today is RenewAire, a Madison, Wisconsin based manufacturer of energy recovery ventilation (ERV) equipment.  He has been largely responsible for pioneering the use of static plate exchangers that passively transfer humidity for building ventilation in North America.  As a principle in RenewAire, Doug has been a major driver in high efficiency heat transfer and air handling technology development and product design.  RenewAire’s current facility was developed, under Doug’s direction to be one of the few LEED, Green Globes and Energy Star buildings in the world.

Barry Stephens, Zehnder America -Greenland, NH

Barry is presently the Business Development & Technology Director at Zehnder America, Inc. Barry has been working with energy efficient design architects, builders and contractors since 2010, when Zehnder launched the ComfoSystems division in North America. He has worked with NZE, Passive House, Next Step Homes, LEED and Pretty Good Houses across North America. Barry was trained in Heat Recovery Ventilation technology at Zehnder’s facilities in Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Italy.

William A. Turner, P.E., Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Bill Turner is the president of Turner Building Science, LLC, and has 25 years’ experience in the development and implementation of indoor air quality standards, diagnostic testing and remediation, industrial hygiene instruments, survey administration, air monitoring data collection, quality assurance, data validation, and technical report preparation. Turner Building Science has assembled a training development team for this program that includes engineers, architects, energy consultants and home builders - all who have been working and building in Maine for over 25 years.

Jim Vallette, Senior Researcher,  Healthy Building Network - Bar Harbor, ME

Jim has spent his career exposing global environmental issues.  Jim’s work has inspired a global ban on the export of toxic waste; shut down toxic waste incinerators in the US and overseas; identified the companies and countries responsible for the ozone hole; curtailed international government finance for oil and coal production; and exposed the smuggling of ozone-depleting chemicals and illegally-harvested fish and timber.  Upon joining HBN in 2005, Jim helped to develop a model for rebuilding Gulf Coast affordable housing through healthy modular production. Since 2009, Jim and the HBN research team have been characterizing the contents, hazards, and positive attributes, of all building materials through the Pharos Project.  He is a member of the Building Product Ecosystems collaboration in New York City, and is lead researcher for a collaboration with StopWaste of Alameda County (Calif.) to evaluate the healthfulness of recycled feedstocks used in building products. Jim is based in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Linda Wigington, Residential Energy Consultant, Linda M. Wigington Associates - Waynesburg,PA

Linda is involved in initiatives to evaluate and redefine the process, scope, and value of residential energy and indoor air quality upgrades. She is demonstrating the feasibility of achieving deep energy reductions (beyond 70%) in existing dwellings through the North American Thousand Home Challenge (www.ThousandHomeChallenge.org). Linda is team leader for the south western Pennsylvania initiative, Reducing Outdoor Pollution in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS), and has a ductless heat pump contracting business.She is the founder of and has been associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from 1986 through 2013. In the past Linda served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International's Green Team and is currently on the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine.  She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. 


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