John A. Kinch, PhD
John A. Kinch directs the strategic and daily operations of Michigan Energy Options, emphasizing innovative and collaborative projects between the public and private sectors. Under John, MEO’s community-based work has expanded across the state and its revenue has diversified. John has been in the nonprofit sector for three decades, including working in international conservation and in Michigan universities. On sunny days at MEO’s East Lansing Office, John enjoys going into the basement to listen to the inverter for our rooftop solar system whirring away, making renewable power.
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Michael J. Larson, MPA
Upper Peninsula Office Manager
Michael J. Larson oversees the daily operations of MEO’s Upper Peninsula Office in Marquette and manages projects across the state. Michael’s duties include oversight of MECA utility energy efficiency programs and leading MEO’s community engagement on energy issues in the U.P. Michael has a Masters of Public Administration and has been working with MEO for the past four years. He enjoys tinkering with old “green’” technology including Victrolas, brass blade fans, mechanical clocks, is a former fly-fishing guide, and recently renovated a foreclosed house into a home for him and his family.
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Since starting out as a MEO project coordinator in 2011, Brandon has expanded his responsibilities with BetterBuildings for Michigan program management, database support, inventory control and program management for the Lansing Board of Water & Light residential energy efficiency programs. Brandon has more than three years of experience on the BWL residential programs, informed, in part, by a decade of experience in customer service and operations before joining MEO. Brandon received a Bachelor of Science in Geography along with a minor in Real Estate Development and Finance from Central Michigan University. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys kayaking, snowshoeing and anything involving outdoor activities.
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Scott E. Durrett, HERS, BPI, ENERGY STAR®
Lead Energy Auditor
Scott Durrett is our lead energy auditor. His work includes the Consumers Energy ‘Energy Savers’ multifamily program, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Community Energy Management Benchmarking grant, utility programs and also our fee-for-service audits. Scott has 17 years in the construction trades as well as degrees in Alternative Energy and Energy Management from Lansing Community College. His professional certifications include HERS Rater, BPI Analyst, ENERGY STAR®, and the DOE Home Energy Score. Scott and his family love to enjoy the spirit and beauty of lake Michigan and the sand dunes of the west coast.
Brandon Kawalec graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Agriscience and brings over three years of nonprofit experience with him to MEO. He coordinates daily operations and reporting for the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Hometown Energy Savers programs and the City of Lansing’s Energy Fitness program. Brandon enjoys bicycling, tennis and golf.
Chelsea Stein, MPR
As a two-time Michigan State University graduate, Chelsea Stein bleeds green. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in General Business Management with an Environmental Studies specialization and her Master of Arts degree in Public Relations. Chelsea has previously worked with MEO as an intern, managing the sustainable site garden and various outreach projects. She is now taking on the outreach coordinator role with the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Energy Optimization program and with MEO’s projects and initiatives around the state, such as community solar. Though there aren’t any great whites in the Great Lakes, Chelsea is fascinated by sharks and she volunteers to help with conservation efforts for great white sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Assistant Program Coordinator
Eric Weihl coordinates daily operations and reporting for the appliance recycling and home energy assessment programs for over 20 utilities across the state. Eric excels at customer service and effectively communicates with hundreds of customers on a weekly basis. He is an experienced call center representative, managing incoming calls, scheduling appointments, and completing quality assurance surveys for a variety of customers. He has also worked to design and optimize routes with field contractors, improving time efficiency of appliance recycling pick-ups. In his free time, Eric enjoys biking to work, playing disc golf, and eating loads of vegetables.
Sin Christian has been with Michigan Energy Options since 1988, when it was then known as Urban Options. She has formal training as a residential energy auditor and years of construction experience. Sin has performed thousands of energy audits for our organization and others. Currently Sin is our field lead for low-income energy programs for the Lansing Board of Water & Light and the City of Lansing Energy Fitness. She’ll also been an assessor for our Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. Well liked by fellow staffers, Sin is absolutely adored by the staffer dogs at our office.
Tim Skrotzki, LEED AP
Energy Efficiency Consultant
Tim Skrotzki supports Michigan Energy Options through a partnership with Elevate Energy by providing a local presence to expand the implementation of multifamily energy efficiency services across the state of Michigan. He provides outreach support and technical assistance for multifamily energy efficiency and green building services. Tim brings experience as a consultant, project manager, and LEED AP; and has an advanced business degree with a focus in sustainable development and EcoDistrict programs. Tim enjoys volunteering to bring community together to celebrate Earth Day.
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Bob Tinker, LEED AP, AIA
Technical Energy Consultant
Bob Tinker is a long-time supporter of Michigan Energy Options and a technical consultant for our commercial energy services. Bob is a registered architect in the State of Michigan specializing in energy efficient building design, construction and operations—including the use of solar energy in buildings. He has been partner and president in two architectural firms over his career. Tinker Energy, Bob’s new business, provides commercial energy audits for government and utility programs. He currently provides technical support to our Energy Savers multifamily pilot with Consumers Energy. Bob maintains a daily yoga and meditation practice to keep his personal energy tuned and focused.
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