Board of Directors

Ken Nielsen, P.E. 



Ken Nielsen is a licensed professional engineer with over 40 years’ experience in manufacturing, engineering and construction. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MSU and serves as president of The Nielsen Group. a consulting engineering firm with a focus on energy reduction. Our services include but are not limited to energy audits, efficiency improvements, utility rebates, certifications, feasibility studies, process engineering, project development, project management and technical due diligence.


Clients include forest products, minerals, power, manufacturing, biofuels, green chemistry, food & beverage, schools, hospitals and commercial facilities. The Nielsen Group is familiar with both conventional and renewable energy. During his career, Ken Nielsen has saved employers and clients over $100 million in energy costs.

Jason Beale

Vice President


Jason Beale is co-owner of Wright Energy Partners, an energy efficiency contractor that specializes in Lighting, Building Envelope, HVAC, Roofing and Solar. We handled energy audits, efficiency improvements, utility rebates, project development, project management and Product supply. Jason has a bachelor’s in general business with a concentration in Finance. Our services include but are not limited to energy audits, efficiency improvements, utility rebates, certifications, feasibility studies, process engineering, project development, project management and technical due diligence.


Wright Energy Partners works closely with DTE, Consumers Energy, Com-Ed, Dominion Energy and Pepco Energy in their energy efficiency for business and direct install programs. In 2019 Wright Energy was voted Contractor of the Year by the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) for its customer focused approach of delivering high value to all of it’s energy efficiency projects. 

Doug Elbinger



A native Detroiter, Doug is a business professional with an extensive record of achievement driving sales and profitability through a focus on marketing, public relations, team building and exceptional customer service. In 2011 he co-founded Detroit, Michigan based, a cloud-based solar energy design service and one of the Quicken Loans family of companies. More recently, he has become an advocate for PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing and partnered with Newman Consulting Group LLC, a internationally recognized team of experts in commercial and industrial energy management, to help building owners and facility managers implement energy conservation measures without huge capital expenses.

Katie Chapman

Sustainability Specialist, LEED Green Associate

JRB Enterprises & Duro-Last, Inc.


Katie started as a Sustainability Specialist at Duro-Last Inc. in the summer of 2014. Here she leads the development and implementation of corporate sustainability priorities and strategies for the companies under JRB Enterprises. Her role involves partnering with internal stakeholders including Operations, Purchasing, Sales, Research and Development, and Engineering to help meet the company’s sustainability objectives.


Previously, Katie worked at Haworth, Inc. on the Global Sustainability team where she supported product certifications, ISO 14001, and LEED projects.


Katie graduated from Aquinas College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Business.

Walter Dindoffer


Walter serves as the vice president at Development Solutions in Temperance, MI. Development Solutions provides solutions for energy, quality, safety and projects. Walter has over 27 years of manufacturing experience covering all aspects of operations. He has been successful in improving profits for his clients and employers throughout his career.

K. Dwight Hawks


Principal with Hawks & Associates.


Cedric Kennedy


Cedric is responsible for Business Development activities at Amatis Controls where he is responsible for driving growth opportunities in the Midwest. Cedric provides support to strategic partners where he conducts building audits in order to prepare lighting controls strategies that maximize energy savings and local rebate opportunities, meet local and regional standards/regulations and to make buildings smarter with Amatis's IoT-driven lighting controls system. Cedric has a degree in Business Management and Psychology from Michigan Technological University and is committed to energy-reducing technologies that will support Michigan's energy reduction and sustainability goals. 

Pete Kiser


As a Territory manager at Behler-Young Company in Warren, MI. Pete is responsible for growing and maintaining a $8,000,000.00 sales territory. He is also an energy solutions specialist helping mechanical contractors to provide energy savings for their customers.

Ashley Lucier

Strategy Manager



Malcolm Miller


As director of business development Malcolm Miller is responsible for identifying and creating business opportunities for the Walker-Miller Energy Services Team. He manages operational marketing and new and existing customer relationships. Malcolm also leads a large portion of the community engagement that is done in Detroit and is responsible for identifying mentorship and volunteer opportunities that help us maintain visibility in the communities that we serve. Going into his sixth year as a WMES employee, Malcolm has served in several different roles and understands the company's goals, culture, and people in a way that enables him to promote Walker-Miller Energy Services brand very efficiently.

Todd O'Grady


Todd has his own energy services company, Efficient NRG Services and is the program coordinator for the Michigan SAVES commercial loan program.   

Ryan Oswald


Ryan is a second generation energy manager with Pure Eco Environmental Solutions, Inc. based in Troy, MI.  Pure Eco serves both residential and commercial clients.   

Bill Ringrose


Bill serves as DNV GL’s Operations Manager for the DTE Energy Efficiency Program for Business, and has nearly a quarter-century of experience in the areas of manufacturing, R&D, analysis and energy efficiency. Bill leads a Detroit team of 40 engineers, inspectors, analysts, marketing and outreach professionals and administrators. His team has met DTE’s energy efficiency program goals every year since the program’s inception in 2009. He is certified in electronic engineering technology and project management.

Frank Schulmeister, CEM, CEA, CLEP


Frank is Vice President of Energy Sciences Resource Partners, LLC based out of Birmingham, MI. He has over 25 years of energy experience in demand side and supply side energy management for utility operations, building energy management, performance contracting and international consulting in the commercial, industrial, retail and institutional sectors.  

Len Smith


Lumacuity LED Lighting