Ben Cichowski: Program Director
Ben Cichowski is a seasoned educator and instructional designer with 20 years of experience in the field of education. He has multiple undergraduate degrees in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and a graduate degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. In addition to directing efforts at the Weatherization Training Center, Ben actively teaches courses; serves as a leading health and safety expert for the region; and is the former host and writer of WxTV, an award-winning online show about energy efficiency and home performance. Ben is an EPA Certified Instructor for RRP, Lead Inspector, and Lead Risk Assessor; an OSHA Authorized Outreach Training Provider for OSHA 10 and 30 in Construction; a BPI Quality Control Inspector; and a Level 1 Thermographer.
Mike Roberty: Training Coordinator
If you're joining us for a course, you'll be talking to Mike Roberty to set things up. In addition to scheduling trainings, Mike provides training in several areas including: infrared thermography, computer audits, and on-site energy auditing. Mike has 17 years with the Montana Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program, with experience in all areas from installing to energy auditing, technical applications, training, and program management. Mike is a Level 1 Thermographer and a State of Montana Certified Energy Auditor. He also managed the District 9 program for a number of years.
Jeff Moore: Weatherization Trainer and Project Coordinator
Prior to joining the Montana Weatherization Training Center staff in 2011, Jeff worked as a residential building contractor in Livingston, Montana for ten years. In December 2014, Jeff graduated with a Masters in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University. Utilizing the regional implementation of the Home Energy Professional Certifications as his thesis, he studied rural workforce development and adult vocational education in the Northern Rockies. His primary responsibilities are to deliver high quality courses, maintain the BPI Test Center and training lab, and assist with IREC accreditation. He is a Building Performance Institute Certified Quality Control Inspector (QCI) and is a Certified Level II Thermographer. Jeff is also an Energy Out West Executive Board Member at large.
Jerrod Bley: Renewable Energy Education Coordinator
Jerrod joined the Weatherization Training Center team in 2013. He comes from a background in petroleum fuel systems with four years of experience in a Marine Corps Engineering unit. His undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Natural Resources and minors in Energy Science and Business. Jerrod has worked on energy efficiency and conservation initiatives and clean energy installation in multiple states. He is also a health and safety trainer at the Weatherization Center. Jerrod’s vision is to provide outreach and education in the residential sector for the adoption and deployment of small scale distributed energy systems throughout Montana.
Lisa Daly: Office Manager
With 15 years experience in grant and program management Lisa keeps us on-task and pointed in the right direction. She is also your primary contact for the Weatherization Training Center. If you need information about the Center or its activities, or you simply want to speak with the most pleasant person in our group - give Lisa a call.