Board of Directors

Mark Masteller – PRESIDENT
Palmer, Alaska

email: markjudy(at)mtaonline.net

Mark is an assistant professor in the Renewable Energy Program at the Mat-Su College. Previously, he worked as the Alaska Director for Cascadia Green Building Council, a not-for-profit chapter of both the US and Canada Green Building Councils. Mark has worked in Alaska for 29 years, in both urban and rural areas. He worked for 19 years as a wildlife biologist, and 8 years as director of the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology. He is dedicated to developing ecological sustainable communities, and helping people address the significant challenges found across this geographically and culturally diverse and beautiful state. Mark graduated from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology. TERM EXPIRES: 2018

Mark Houston – VICE PRESIDENT
Anchorage, Alaska

email: houston.mark(at)gmail.com

PastedGraphic-1Mark D. Houston is a former contractor, Alaska Energy Rater, the first PHIUS certified Energy Rater in Alaska, Instructor in the UAA Construction Management program, instructor for ACHP and a founding board member of the Alaska Association of Energy Professionals. He has been a Four Seasons Sunroom franchise operator for 7 years, as well as an advocate for recycled building materials as the contractor liaison for Second Use Building Materials in Seattle, diverting millions of pounds of useable building materials from landfills over a 7 year span. Mark is passionate about the path to Net Zero, and reduction of energy and building materials waste.TERM EXPIRES: 2018

Jason Collins, AIA LEED AP – SECRETARY
Palmer, Alaska

email:  collinsarchitect(at)gmail.com

Jason is a registered Architect, a certified Energy Rater and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He has been practicing in the field of Architecture for over 12 years with 7 years of projects in the Mat-Su Valley. He has a broad range of experience in project scales ranging from full campus master planning, to large-scale new construction, to small renovations. Much of his focus has been on environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient design and construction. He has worked on two LEED projects in Alaska. In 2008, Jason formed Collins Architecture + Energy Conservation LLC to provide residential architectural services as well as energy ratings. Since then he has been providing residential energy ratings through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation program. He has also been working with non-profit organizations and church groups to perform commercial energy audits to help them reduce their capital operating expenses. TERM EXPIRES: 2018

Jessie Huff – TREASURER
Anchorage, Alaska

email: huffjessie(at)yahoo.com
jessiehuffJessie has a M.S. in Applied Resource Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and works as State Energy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Alaska. Her master’s work in economics examined the first four homes built in the Sustainable Village at UAF, and provides a suggested framework for future development. Jessie has a B.S. of Interdisciplinary Studies titled Renewable Energy for Alaska’s Rural Community, also from UAF. She headed the UAF Office of Sustainability’s solar PV initiatives and in 2012 saw four projects finalized, totaling about 35 kW. Jessie came to Alaska in 2007 as a naturalist tour guide. She has worked in off-grid locations powered lightly by renewable energy technologies in Yosemite N.P., Mendocino and Hopland CA, Mexico, Kantishna AK, and Skilak Lake, AK. She also has associate degrees in Art, Theatre and Digital Media. TERM EXPIRES: 2019

Tyler Boyes
Anchorage, Alaska

Tyler currently works as a technical writer and truss designer. He completed a BS in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz, a certificate in renewable energy from the University of Alaska, and a MS in Building Science from Appalachian State University. As a student, he designed the building envelope for his school’s winning entry in the 2016 DOE Race to Zero competition. Tyler has worked as a carpenter, commercial fishing deckhand, field hydrologist and building consultant and is passionate about energy efficiency and net zero construction. He enjoys living and working in remote places as well as solving energy challenges where minimal infrastructure exists.  Tyler believes in using today’s technology and common-sense design to minimize energy use and maximize the lifespan of the buildings we rely on. TERM EXPIRES: 2019

Emmett Leffel
Palmer, Alaska

Emmett was born and raised in Homer, Alaska. Between commercial fishing in Homer and Kodiak and pipe-lining in Prudhoe Bay he has traveled and worked across most of Alaska. After 10 years as a UA Pipefitter/Plumber Journeyman, Emmett switched careers into energy consulting and the building diagnostics field. He currently travels the state helping Homeowners, Businesses, Contractors and Nonprofit Organizations to diagnose comfort, durability and health issues associated with building science. He is a USGBC LEED For Homes Green Rater and AHFC certified Energy Rater, BPI Building Analyst,  Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certified from BPI, Certified Level II Thermographer. In addition to these he maintains a Mechanical Administrative and State Plumbing Licenses in the State of Alaska. He is part owner in several businesses including Alaska Thermal Imaging LLC which specializes in large commercial air leakage testing and consulting. He has recently completed one of the largest air leakage tests in the State of Alaska on an 111,000 square foot building.  Emmett is also proud to be a founding member of AAEP (Alaska Association of Energy Professionals), and is current term Board President.TERM EXPIRES: 2019

Klaus Mayer
Anchorage, Alaska

Klaus Mayer is a registered architect in Berlin, Germany. He is sole proprietor of ‘the snowhaus’ a design firm in Anchorage and Berlin. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he teaches sustainability in the build environment to construction management students. Klaus studied architecture and received his degree at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany. He has lived and worked in alaska since 1995. From 2001-2013  he was co-founder and partner of Mayer Sattler-Smith, LLC. Since in Alaska, he was appointed trustee of the Alaska Design Forum in 1998 and from 1999 to 2012 was Board President. Klaus was named a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University graduate school of Design for the academic year 2004-2005. He is a frequent guest critic at universities such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Munich and others.TERM EXPIRES: 2019 

Alan Mitchell
Anchorage, Alaska

email: tabb99(at)gmail.com

AlanPic_LinkedIn_smAlan is owner of the energy consulting firm Analysis North. He is the primary software developer of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation AkWarm Energy Rating software. Other energy work includes designing, installing, and analyzing data from building energy monitoring systems, and performing economic analyses of energy efficiency and energy supply projects. Alan has held energy-related positions at RurAL CAP, the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Alan’s hometown is Palmer, Alaska, and nearly 50 years of Alaskan residency has given him an understanding and appreciation of our great state. Alan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.TERM EXPIRES: 2018

Michelle Wilber
Anchorage, Alaska

email: Katmainomad(at)gmail.com

Micheles-PictureMichelle passes along her personal enthusiasm for energy efficiency as Outreach Coordinator for Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP). A life-long learner, she has a BS in Astronomy from Caltech and has studied graduate level geophysics at CU Boulder and UC Berkeley and Civil Engineering at UAA. Michelle was raised in Alaska and has been providing outreach on energy efficiency and renewable energy for years as staff and volunteer for local non-profits including Renewable Energy Alaska Project and ACHP. She has managed the content of the State’s energy efficiency website, akenergyefficiency.org, for most of its life. Michelle also upgrades her ‘eco’ 4-plex in Anchorage in her spare time, creates edible food forests and community gardens, and commutes mainly by bike.TERM EXPIRES: 2018

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