RESNET Staff

The dedicated people behind RESNET who use their knowledge, experience and expertise to help increase awareness about the benefits of home energy efficiency.

Steve Baden

Steve Baden

Executive Director
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Steve Baden has worked in the residential energy efficiency field for over twenty five years, including eighteen years with home energy ratings and energy mortgages on both the state and national levels, and ten years administering a state energy office. Mr. Baden initiated the "Warm Homes for Alaskans Initiative" which received the "1993 National Award for the Most Outstanding State Housing Program" from the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Steve was also awarded "Lifetime Achievement Awards" from the U.S. Department of Energy and RESNET.

Kathy Spigarelli

Kathy Spigarelli

Deputy Director
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Kathy Spigarelli has been with RESNET since 1998. During that time, Ms. Spigarelli has been named the education coordinator, conference coordinator and now acts as Deputy Director. Kathy has 20 years of experience in adult education including programs for the Fayetteville Arkansas School District, Tyson Foods, Inc., Levi Strauss, Campbell Soup, and Goodwill Industries.

Laurel Elam

Laurel Elam

Quality Assurance Manager
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Laurel Elam has been a project manager with the Appalachian State University Energy Center. She graduated from Appalachian State University, with a degree in Appropriate Technology and a minor in Sustainable Development. The main focus of her work at the Energy Center has been specific to promotion of residential energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR Homes. She is the co-author and designer for the Affordable Passive Solar Planbook for North Carolina and the coordinator of the annual NC ENERGY STAR Conference.

Ryan Meres

Ryan Meres

Programs Director

Ryan has 10 years of experience in energy efficiency, energy policy and building energy codes and has published more than two dozen case studies, reports and resources on those topics.

Valerie Briggs

Valerie Briggs

Communications Director

Valerie served as the Director of Marketing and Business Development at North American Technician Excellence (NATE), overseeing business development, advertising, marketing, and public relations activities for the organization. Prior to joining NATE, Ms. Briggs worked as Senior Director of External Communications and Marketing Outreach for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), a national health care trade association representing the interests of the owners of over 23,000 independent retail pharmacies. She was previously responsible for marketing and training for the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, a healthcare and employment program for people with disabilities.

Rick Dixon

Rick Dixon

RESNET ANSI Standards Manager
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Stephanie DeZee

Stephanie DeZee

Customer Service Representative
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Faye Berriman

Faye Berriman

Accountant
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Faye Berriman is a professional accountant, holding degrees from California State University, Northridge in Accountancy and in Business Management. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Keenly interested in the nonprofit community both professionally and as a volunteer, with over 35 years experience, she has served on many nonprofit boards and currently serves as a Board Member of Family Hope Center, Inc. and Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. As an accountant Faye has been responsible for planning, budgeting, executing, supervising, and concluding all areas of audits for nonprofit organizations as well as compilation, consulting, and tax services. Faye also has performed internal audits, internal control, operating efficiency, and expense reduction reviews, and has researched and implemented programs for resource development. Faye has also lectured professionally on nonprofit financial accounting and reporting requirements.

Valerie Briggs

Emma Bennett

Standards Development Administrative Assistant

Emma is a South Dakota native educated at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA where she currently lives. She has worked with various associations in the energy efficiency field since 2014. Her work included providing secretariat support to these organizations.