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our team

Executive Director

Charles (Charley) Cormany

Charles (Charley) Cormany

Executive Director

Mr. Cormany is the Executive Director of Efficiency First California (EFCA). His experience includes over ten years as a Home Performance contractor for three companies, including his own. Having been involved in hundreds of residential energy efficiency retrofit projects, he provides a “boots on the ground” perspective to policy and program design efforts. He is versed in residential energy efficiency diagnostics, HVAC system design, sales, marketing, and business development.

He manages a dedicated team of professionals, providing membership support and advocating for clean energy contractors in California. Together they have created the Clean Energy Connection, a free-to-use online contractor directory tool that connects homeowners to our verified contractor base.

EFCA also provides contractor support services for utilities and is the program administrator for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) residential rebate programs.

Mr. Cormany enjoys the educator role and regularly shares information via blog posts and informational meetings with contractors. For more information, visit the Efficiency First California website.

Director of Strategy

Gabe Lieb

Gabe Lieb

Director of Strategy

Gabe is the Director of Strategy for Efficiency First California. His primary focus is overseeing the SMUD Contractor Network and SMUD’s residential gas-to-electric conversions rebate programs. His duties include program design, reporting, strategy, and managing the contractor support and quality control teams.

Besides his day-to-day duties managing the SMUD programs, Gabe also helps with the overall strategy in EFCA’s other ventures: Clean Energy Connection, the EFCA trade group, and Business Development.

Gabe started working in the Home Performance and residential energy efficiency industry and CleanTech after receiving his MBA with an Emphasis in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State in 2012. Prior to his master’s, he worked for many years in marketing and production design in the natural food and media industries.

Senior Program Manager

Stacy Robinson

Stacy Robinson

Senior Program Manager

Stacy is a Senior Program Manager of the SMUD Residential Rebate Program for Efficiency First California. She has held that position with EFCA since 2017 and she works with contractors and SMUD in administering the rebate program. Her duties include:

  • Contractor support and training
  • Project review for rebate payment
  • Field Quality Control inspection management

She has worked at Efficiency First California since June 2012 in various capacities, including training, membership, marketing, and as a part-time sub-contractor to Build It Green to assist with homeowner customer service calls for the PG & E rebate program.
Before EFCA, Stacy had a long history of working in customer service, HR, sales and marketing, and publishing when she owned the Nevada City Advocate, a monthly community newspaper, for ten years.

She has extensive community service experience, including serving on the Rotary Club of Nevada City, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and unique city event boards of directors. (Nevada City Bicycle Classic, Joe Cain Days (Mardi Gras), Merry Widows, Nevada City 100th Birthday, and the Constitution Day Parade).

When Stacy is not at work, she enjoys gardening and traveling when she can. She is about to rekindle her favorite past-time: building stained glass windows now that she has a sunny new studio!

Director of Education

Kevin Beck

Kevin Beck

Director of Education

Kevin Beck is a third-generation home improvement expert who has dedicated his career to helping clients turn their remodeling dreams into an energy efficient reality. With a passion for sustainable building practices and high-performance homes, Kevin takes pride in helping clients and contractors navigate the new energy horizon.

Kevin’s journey in the home improvement industry began with his family’s legacy. His grandfather started Beck’s Lumber & Hardware in 1922, a business that thrived until its sale in 1976. Following in his family’s footsteps, Kevin pursued a degree in Construction Management and Construction Technology, eventually obtaining his General Contractors license in 1989.

After gaining valuable experience in management roles at home improvement stores, Kevin established his own company, initially named Beck Custom Builders, and built and remodeled homes for over 35 years. Starting with small home repair jobs and expanding to remodeling, then became one of the few custom home builders emphasizing home performance and net-zero construction practices.

Throughout his career, Kevin’s commitment to Contractor Training and Education as well homeowner education has remained unwavering. His practical yet aesthetically pleasing design styles have earned him numerous awards, and he is recognized as a trusted expert in the field.

With an extensive background rooted in tradition, combined with a forward-thinking approach to sustainable building practices, Kevin is the sustainability ‘go-to expert’ for homeowners and Contractors looking forward to the transition to electrification.

Senior Data Analyst

Matt Nieszop

Matt Nieszop

Senior Data Analyst

Matt is the Senior Data Analyst at Efficiency First California. He joined the team in 2023 to wrangle data and reporting for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s gas-to-electric conversions rebate programs. With robust Data Analytics & Business Intelligence experience, Matt looks forward to scale EFCA data into the electrified future.

Prior to a data career, Matt spent decades in many industries, including stints as a Construction Foreperson leading crews to install seating at large sports arenas and as an entrepreneur manufacturing and selling energy bars at farmers markets and music festivals. A most fond experience was achieving American Sign Language fluency while employed at the Texas School for the Deaf.

Away from the data, Matt enjoys spending time with family, supporting live music, road trips in his beloved van, and connecting on LinkedIn!

Finance Manager

Jennifer Stine

Jennifer Stine

Finance Manager

As Finance Manager, Jennifer manages application processing and quality assurance within the home performance utility programs, while directing organization operations (accounting, finance, tax, and HR).  Previously, Jennifer was the owner and COO of a prominent Central Valley farm supply retailer where she was responsible for all operational aspects, including the implementation of a companywide automation and inventory control system.  Prior to purchasing the business, Jennifer served as the regional production manager for the largest California based poultry producer, supervising eight fryer farms (two-million fryers per growing cycle).  She managed all production, bird health, facility maintenance and personnel activities.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and serves on the advisory council for Brighton Energy Inc. in Sacramento.

Program Manager, Clean Energy Connection

Isabella Martin

Isabella Martin

Program Manager, Clean Energy Connection

Isabella Martin has been with EFCA for just under a year. She has worked in customer service for a number of organizations and continues her customer service capabilities in her administrative associate role at EFCA. With an AA in both Psychology and Sociology, she is now studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development at Sacramento State. She hopes to pursue a career in Marriage and Family therapy after her graduation. Outside of work and school, she enjoys hiking in the Bay Area.

Program Associate

Rizzia Legaspi

Rizzia Legaspi

Program Associate

Rizzia is a Program Associate of the SMUD Residential Rebate Program for Efficiency First California. Her duties include contractor support and project pre-reviews. Before EFCA, Rizzia worked for six years as an administrative assistant and later on as an operations assistant for a local PG&E Trade Pro Partner in Monterey Bay. In her free time, Rizzia enjoys cooking for friends and family, traveling, as well hiking and camping around the Monterey Bay/Big Sur area and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Senior Quality Control Inspector

Tom DiCandia

Tom DiCandia

Senior Quality Control Inspector

Tom DiCandia has over 25 years of management experience, responsible for quality, productivity, and bottom-line profit in a variety of business fields. Tom is a BPI Building Analyst, certified by the Building Performance Institute. Tom began studying and implementing energy conservation and alternative energy in commercial property management in the 1990’s.

Tom’s technical background includes electronics, electrical, audio, and a working knowledge of plumbing and mechanical systems. Tom trained in residential home performance with the California Building Performance Contractors Association, Pacific Energy Center, Saturn Online, Home Safe Environmental, and a variety of individual classes ranging from residential water conservation strategies to the technical installation and servicing of high-efficiency combustion appliances, solar thermal systems, and hydronic radiant distribution systems.

During the 5 years Tom spent at Recurve/Sustainable Spaces, Tom performed home performance testing on at least 300 homes and managed close to 1,000 projects as a project manager. Tom joined SDI Insulation in 2011 to continue to offer home performance efficiency solutions to homeowners and improve existing residential building stock using building science principles. Tom’s current studies continue to include building science, building performance testing and remediation, and environmental impact awareness.

Tom DiCandia is also an Officer member of the EFCA Board of Directors.

Senior Quality Control Inspector

Ryan Connally

Ryan Connally

Senior Quality Control Inspector

Ryan Connally has been working in the residential construction industry since 1989, and in 2001, became the Lead Faculty in the Construction Technology Program at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. There, Ryan has developed industry recognized training programs for the Construction industry, and more recently, the Home Performance industry. Ryan is currently the Department Chair for Construction, Architecture and Building Inspection, and the Director and Lead Proctor for the college’s Building Performance Institute – Test Center.

Since 2005, In conjunction with the local Habitat For Humanity affiliate, Ryan and his students have contributed greatly to the construction of over 27 homes, including 12 LEED certified homes, and have provided energy auditing, diagnostic testing, and retrofit work on many of their remodels.

Ryan also stays busy as one of the quality control inspectors with Efficiency First California’s, Field Quality Assurance team, as well as an OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer. Ryan received his BS from the University of Oregon in 1995 with a major in Sociology, and a minor in Architecture, and more recently earned a masters degree from CSUS in Higher Education Leadership. Ryan’s hobbies include Fishing, camping, and other outdoor pursuits.

Quality Control Inspector

Henry Liu

Henry Liu

Quality Control Inspector

Henry Liu is a dedicated professional who is currently an integral part of the quality control inspector team with Efficiency First California’s Field Quality Assurance program.

Henry’s journey in the field of civil engineering began when he earned his BS degree in Civil Engineering from CSUS in 2016. Over the course of more than five years, Henry has gained valuable experience in various aspects of the industry, honing his skills, and deepening his understanding of the complexities involved in various civil infrastructure projects.

Outside of work, Henry values the importance of spending quality time with his loved ones. He cherishes moments with his family, often taking advantage of their shared love for the outdoors. Hiking, camping, and engaging in other outdoor activities are some of the ways in which Henry rejuvenates himself and finds balance in his life.

Quality Control Inspector

Eddie Maximo

Eddie Maximo

Quality Control Inspector

For most of the past two decades, I’ve been involved in both coaching and instruction in higher education. My current position as the Assistant Head Swim Coach at Cosumnes River College began in 2015. While serving as Asst. Head coach, I was also hired as the Instructional Assistant to the Construction Technology Program at CRC. There I served to assist in preparing the Construction program training lab, including off-campus home construction with Habitat for Humanity. In 2021, my role serving the college shifted when I became the lead Lab Technician for the new Maker Space facility at CRC. The Makerspace movement brings advanced manufacturing technologies like CNC, 3-D printing, lasers, and more, to colleges, and my current role as Lab Tech requires that I run, maintain, and even develop new directions for the Maker Space at Cosumnes River College. In Spring 2023, I joined the Field Quality Control team at Efficiency First California, as a verifier, helping to ensure quality workmanship and high efficiency appliances being installed as part of the SMUD Home Rebate Program.

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board of directors

Chair

Dan Thomsen

Building Doctors

Dan Thomsen

Chair

Building Doctors

Dan Thomsen is the President and founder of the Building Doctors, a home performance contracting that is a Building Performance Institute accredited company. Dan received a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University and a Master of Science from North Carolina State University.

He is a Building Performance Institute certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, an instructor and verified contractor with the California Building Performance Contractors Association, a verified contractor with the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, certified through the California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services and an existing home rater, and a founding member of Efficiency First where he is on the Board of Directors, the National membership chair, on the marketing committee and the Southern California Chapter Chair.

Treasurer

Sean Armstrong

Redwood Energy

Sean Armstrong

Treasurer

Redwood Energy

Together with his partner Michael Winkler, Sean Armstrong of Redwood Energy has led the Zero Net Energy design (all-electric and 100% solar powered) in new construction and rehab design of more than 7000 units of housing in California, primarily affordable but including subdivisions and market-rate condos.

A committed environmental leader since starting environmental clubs in two successive high schools, his career in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) construction began in college in 1995 the oldest ZNE-effort demonstration house in the U.S., at Humboldt State University. As a Co-Director in 1999, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology allowed Sean to support the installation of a new wind turbine in the backyard, a new ZNE-scale PV array on the roof, a biodiesel refinery in the backyard, a pedal-powered TV/VCR, and many more experimental technologies.

Professionally, Sean began work on ZNE design in 2005 with developers of affordable housing in HSU’s college town, Arcata. The City Council required the developers to build the first 50% ZNE apartment complex in the U.S. (Courtyards of Arcata). When it successfully opened in 2006, the City of Arcata raised the bar and in 2009 required a 100% ZNE offset at the senior housing called Plaza Point, which in 2012 was the first apartment complex to actually achieve ZNE in North America. In 2011 Michael and Sean formed Redwood Energy to support ZNE multifamily affordable housing, and we have grown to support ZNE tiny homes, subdivisions and residential towers.

Our clients include Affirmed Housing, AMCAL, CHISPA, Eden, Pacific Communities, the Corporation for Better Housing, Mutual Housing California, MidPen, MLK Partners, Danco Communities, Palm Communities, Mini Mansion, RCD, Duffie Inc, Community Housing Works, Standard Property, Related Properties, and many more.

Secretary

Tom DiCandia

Tom DiCandia

Secretary

Tom DiCandia has over 25 years of management experience, responsible for quality, productivity, and bottom-line profit in a variety of business fields. Tom is a BPI Building Analyst, certified by the Building Performance Institute. Tom began studying and implementing energy conservation and alternative energy in commercial property management in the 1990’s.

Tom’s technical background includes electronics, electrical, audio, and a working knowledge of plumbing and mechanical systems. Tom trained in residential home performance with the California Building Performance Contractors Association, Pacific Energy Center, Saturn Online, Home Safe Environmental, and a variety of individual classes ranging from residential water conservation strategies to the technical installation and servicing of high-efficiency combustion appliances, solar thermal systems, and hydronic radiant distribution systems.

During the 5 years Tom spent at Recurve/Sustainable Spaces, Tom performed home performance testing on at least 300 homes and managed close to 1,000 projects as a project manager. Tom joined SDI Insulation in 2011 to continue to offer home performance efficiency solutions to homeowners and improve existing residential building stock using building science principles. Tom’s current studies continue to include building science, building performance testing and remediation, and environmental impact awareness.

Board Member

Mark Oliver Hall

Revalue.io

Mark Oliver Hall

Board Member

Revalue.io

Mark Oliver Hall is an Oakland, CA native, and former Capital Improvement Project Manager for the City of Oakland, instrumental in the adoption of the 2008 ARRA Green Jobs and Environmental Action & Resilience Plan.

For the last 7 years, Mark has worked in the private sector for Revalue.io, an energy efficiency project developer working to prepare communities for the clean energy transition through energy efficiency and workforce development.

In 2019, Mark was appointed to the California Green Bond Market Development Committee by CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma and is currently working with local jurisdictions and issuers to increase adoption, equity and diversity.  Mark is a graduate of Morehouse College and a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Board Member

Debra Little

AjO

Debra Little

Board Member

AjO

Debra is a home performance and valuation specialist and creator of AjO, a data tool that equips contractors to quickly collect and report data on energy upgrade projects. AJO produces a One Page Report that supports data requirements of appraisers to attribute value to performance assets.

Debra is active in education of real estate appraisers and agents on valuation and market representation of high-performance home assets; energy and water efficiency, beyond energy, and renewables.

Debra’s experience building her own high-performance home in 2007, appraising in CA (2001- present), home performance consulting (2009-present), along with earlier work in data, video production, and marketing in NYC informs her current focus as she directs AjO. AjO integrates behavior and brain science to drive demand for building science.

Board Member

Beckie Menten

Building Decarbonization Coalition

Beckie Menten

Board Member

Building Decarbonization Coalition

Beckie designs and implements energy efficiency and building electrification programs for the EBCE community. She focuses on programs that conserve energy, maximize the efficient use of renewable energy resources and provide important co-benefits to the community.

Beckie has more than 17 years experience working on energy conservation and climate change mitigation strategies, including experience working at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and launching the first set of demand side management programs offered by a CCA in California during her tenure at MCE.

Beckie holds an M.S. in Environment, Technology, and Policy from Humboldt State University. In her free time, she enjoys being outside – gardening and hanging with her fabulous flock of chickens, backpacking, climbing, backcountry skiing, and all the other adventures with her two dogs and husband.

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