CABEC Board of Directors & Committee Members

Note: Committees have been re-staffed for 2017, but each committee could use volunteer help. So, if you are a CABEC member, you are encouraged to contact those responsible for the committee that may interest you. A list of committees and those currently in charge is provided below the Board listing on this page.

2017 Board of Directors

Matthew Christie – Board Chair (2017)

Matthew Christie - Vice-ChairMatthew Christie is a Senior Project Manager with TRC. His expertise is in energy efficiency and energy use reduction for the built environment using a whole-building approach. Mr. Christie has utility program management and technical experience in program implementation, program design, energy modeling & simulation, home performance energy audits, building science, and data & process analysis. Mr. Christie works on program design and implementation across the residential market sector. His program design approach focuses on whole-building performance based energy savings including Zero Net Energy initiatives. Mr. Christie also supports the development of California’s energy code.

Rick Cowperthwaite – Board Vice Chair (2017)

Rick Cowperthwaite - Board MemberRick Cowperthwaite is the owner and principal Building Science Consultant for Rick’s Energy Solutions. He has performed hundreds of Residential and Non-Residential Energy Audits, Title 24 Energy Compliance Analysis, HERS Tests and Verifications, GreenPoint Ratings and ACCA Manual J, S and D HVAC system designs since he retired in 2007 from his 25 year career as a building inspector and plans examiner with several California jurisdictions. Rick is a certified: PHIUS+ Rater, GreenPoint rater, HERS rater, CEA for residential and non-residential, and a BPI Analyst and Shell professional.

Born in Denver Colorado growing up the son of a general contractor in California Rick cut his teeth in construction doing warranty repairs while still a teenager. Rick enlisted in the Army and achieved the rank of Captain in the US Army Signal Csorp. He left the Army in 1971 to return to the family construction business. Rick has over 43 years’ experience in the construction industry, a degree in Electronics Technology and a Lifetime Community College Teaching Credential in Industrial Technology and Construction Technology. He began his interest in energy conservation and building energy efficiency in the 1970’s during the Gas Crisis and has never stopped studying and sharing with others his passion for the topic.

Brian Selby – Board Treasurer (2017)

Brian Selby - Board MemberBrian Selby is the owner of Selby Energy, Inc. He has over 30 years’ experience as an energy consultant and residential building designer and has been a HERS rater for 15 years. He is a Certified Energy Analyst for both residential and nonresidential Standards. For the past three years he’s worked closely with CABEC and other stakeholders developing and implementing the CEA Exam program and also teaches energy code to consultants, plans examiners and building inspectors through the Energy Code Ace Title 24 Essentials classes. He is very passionate and committed to helping this industry learn and adapt to the ever changing requirements of the energy code.

Roy Eads – Board Secretary (2017)


As an independent Energy Consultant, HERS Rater, and Residential HVAC System Designer since 2006, Roy Eads has developed a passion for energy efficiency and the move toward Zero Net Energy building. Roy has built an expansive foundation of knowledge through more than 30 years of construction and restoration contracting, possesses A.S. Degrees in HVAC and Project Management, holds a Certificate of Building Inspection Technology, with an emphasis on Architectural Technology, and maintains a constant and extensive regimen of energy-related training. In addition, he works as an adjunct professor at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA.

Having lived in Southern California’s low desert for 36 years, Roy has experienced the importance of air conditioning system performance at its peak, and how it impacts the energy diet of a building. He works closely with local architects, builders, and HVAC contractors to design building systems that perform well beyond code.

Rosemary Howley – Board Member (2017)

Rosemary Howley - Board MemberRosemary Howley lives and works in Northern California. She has an impressive educational background, including a Master’s degree in Architecture from UCLA with a specialization in architectural energy efficiency. In addition, she has a wealth of experience related to the California’s Energy Standards, having worked in this field since 1986. She has been a CABEC member since its inception; her contributions include being the editor of the CABEC Newsletter for over 15 years (1986-2002). Her expertise and commitment to helping CABEC in its roles of educating energy consultants and participating in the California Energy Standards processes will help the organization continue to provide excellent value to its members.

Russ King – Board Member (2017)

Russ King - Board MemberRussell King, M.E., is one of very few licensed mechanical engineers that specialize is residential HVAC and energy design. Licensed in four states, he has directly supervised the design of an estimated 2,000 residential mechanical plans. He is the Owner/Director of Sierra Building Science, Inc., a training a consulting firm based in the Sacramento area. He has worked closely with California’s Title 24 Energy Codes since 1987. He has developed and taught professional level certification training in the areas of energy compliance, HERS testing, HVAC, and building performance.

Michelle Dunn – Board Member (2017)

Michelle Dunn

An interest in human comfort led Michelle into building energy efficiency. She studied architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo but changed her major and graduated with a degree in Engineering Technology/Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration. She began performing energy compliance documentation in 1983 while employed as an HVAC designer at a mechanical consulting firm. Then she became a building insulation estimator, and offered “energy calculations” as a side business.

Michelle founded Central Coast Energy Compliance in 1992. She is a residential CEA and has been a CABEC member since 1996. Her specialty is full-service residential energy consulting; guiding and educating clients and professionals through the compliance process, and helping to solve problems. Michelle is married to a HERS rater. She brings perspectives from an established CEA/HERS rater team and is dedicated to supporting CABEC members.

Johnny Goetz – Board Member (2017)

Johnny joined the Town of Truckee in 2013 as the Chief Building Official for the Community Development Department. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: overseeing daily activity within the Building Division; providing full oversight of the Building Division budget (an Enterprise fund); developing public and private partnerships within the building community; acting as Town representative for the Tahoe Truckee Engineers Association, Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Local Government Affairs Committee, and Building Working Group; and serving as the Town liaison to the Fire District, Sanitary District, and Utility District regarding construction and building. Prior to joining the Town of Truckee, Johnny worked in the same capacity for the Town of Mammoth Lakes for 10 years, a position that also included being the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator; previously he was in the private industry as a Project Manager for general contracting firms for eight years, building an array of projects including hotels, industrial, and other commercial projects. Johnny is presently active on a local, state, and national level with many committees in a variety of roles.

Charlie Bachand – Board Member (2017)

Charlie Bachand serves on the Board of Directors of CalCERTS, Inc. and has worked with CalCERTS for more than a decade and started his tenure with the company in the Training Department. Currently, Charlie oversees all operations at CalCERTS and leads the strategic planning efforts within the company. In January 2017, Charlie will take over as CalCERTS’ Chief Executive Officer. Working closely with the California Energy Commission, Charlie has led CalCERTS to be the leading HERS Provider in California through three code cycles of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, and developed the most comprehensive and user friendly HERS Registry in California.

Charlie is a member of the Western HVAC Performance Alliance and regularly advises the California Energy Commission on issues important to the industry. Before coming to CalCERTS, Charlie worked as a Systems Engineer for Oracle. Through this work, Charlie expanded his knowledge of data management and software development while collaborating with programmers. Charlie is a native of Folsom, California, and attended Cal Tech and California State University at Sacramento. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.

Ruby-Rose Yepez – Board Member (2017)

Ms. Yepez has 7 years of experience in project management, energy efficiency and sustainability. She has been associated with the completion of over 10 LEED projects and managed over 30 green certification projects at one time. Since graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, Ruby has gained experience working at an Architecture firm, for a General Contractor and an energy management firm. In order to expand her knowledge and experience with Sustainability and Energy Management she has pursued several certifications and still continues to educate herself on up and coming industry programs and standards.

Ms. Yepez’s LEED experience ranges from LEED-NC to LEED for Homes, predominantly managing affordable multifamily projects. Ruby has worked with clients in gaining funding for their affordable projects and guiding them through Green Certification programs. She also completes building energy modeling to help clients meet LEED and other rebate/ funding/green program requirements. Ruby has assisted multifamily project teams to reduce their energy loads by over 50% with buildings hitting Zero Net Energy and attaining LEED Platinum Certification. Ruby works with project teams from the beginning of their design guiding them to implement sustainable and energy efficient measures.

CABEC Committees

Please contact us if you have any questions, or want to help by volunteering!
Committee Name BOD Contact
Education and Training Committee Gina Rodda (2017 co-Chair)
Brian Selby (2017 co-Chair)
Jeff Pollock
Bob Storar

Roy Eads
Advocacy Committee Matt Christie (2017 Chair)
Russ King
Johnny Goetz
Brian Selby
Michelle Dunn
Roy Eads
CEA Program Committee Russ King (2017 Chair)
Jeff Pollock
Brian Selby
Rosemary Howley
2017 Conference Committee Ruby Rose Yepez (2017 Chair)
Linda Pierce
Jeff Pollock
Brian Selby
Michelle Dunn
Communications Committee Ruby Rose Yepez (2017 Chair)
Roy Eads
Complaint Review Committee Michelle Dunn (2017 Chair)
Brian Selby
Rick Cowperthwaite


Linda Pierce – CABEC Executive Director

Linda Pierce graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications and a Minor in English. She has spent over 15 years in Marketing and Sales working with Associations and Non-Profit Groups. She is excited to be joining the CABEC team in looking for new ways to expand our benefits and educational programs. In addition to her time at CABEC, Linda serves on a local Elementary School PTO Board and is a Girl Scout Leader.

When she is not working, you can either find her on the beaches of San Diego or in Maui with her family!


David Ryal Anderson – Webmaster & Operations Consultant

davidBriefly, David’s a millennial-cusp techie do-gooder who plays a lot of ultimate frisbee, and focuses his professional energy on helping early-stage startups, nonprofits and individuals who are trying to create a more joyful, equitable world.

Whether that means taking a long-time manual process and digitizing it for greater scale and efficiency, or refining existing digital processes to do more for their humans, David acts as a bridge to the digital world for his clients.

Nicole Beaulieu – CABEC Newsletter Editor

Lori McAdams – CABEC Bookkeeper

Jeff Pollock – CABEC Forum Moderator


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