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Todd McAlister

Todd McAlister

Executive Director

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Todd likes wrangling and herding cats and is still coming to grip with the fact that Hank, Peggy and Bobby weren’t in a documentary.  Enjoys YachtRock Radio, Pina Colada’s and O’Malley’s.  Hopes to have his ashes or carcass spread across the Redneck Riviera…and that it isn’t part of a Dateline episode.

Kelly Herbert

Kelly Herbert

Managing Director

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Kelly loves working with people…”teamwork makes the dream work”! She loves spending time with her family, running with her dog, weightlifting, traveling and FOOD. Relaxing weekends are long gone, now its days of birthday parties and sports that of course NEVER last long enough. She is a true crime aficionado and loves My Favorite Murder podcasts and chocolate! Oh, and of course a good Old Fashioned.

Liz John

Liz John

Communications Manager

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Most often answers to Mr. John. Liz has an ability to retreat to her Cajun tendencies during football season (GEAUX TIGERS), often forgetting the use of vowels despite her Communications background. Will work for seafood and is most passionate about conserving water! *reaches for water bottle*

Susan King

Susan King

Finance Manager

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Susan is passionate about her family, her animals, and power walking.  She believes “there is no problem some dark chocolate and a decent glass of champagne can’t solve”. Amen.

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan

Senior Energy Code Program Manager

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Richard built and lives in one of the first homes in Austin to be rated 5 stars by Austin Energy Green Building. However, he’s perfectly happy if you don’t remember that because it reminds him of all the great ideas that turned out to be less than great. In the twenty years since that house he has continued to make mistakes and learned from some of them.

Jason Vandever

Jason Vandever

Energy Code Program Manager

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After an illustrious career in the vice industry and 3 years as a stay at home dad, Jason was happy to give back and join SPEER. He enjoys wakeboarding, sand volleyball and gambling. His wife disapproves of all 3.

Cassidy Ellis

Cassidy Ellis

Local Government Program Manager

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Cassidy likes meeting new people and finding out what their community cares about. She connects people and resources to support energy optimization in the public sector. She probably talks a little too much in meetings. She has a portrait of her dog Sadie on her desk. Hoarder of cacti.

Michael Choate

Michael Choate

Policy Manager

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Michael is a people person who sincerely enjoys building relationships while promoting sound energy policy. He is originally from West Texas, but don’t worry, he won’t let you forget it. Michael is also a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, but never fear, he won’t let you forget that either.

Mariel Kramer

Mariel Kramer

Codes & Local Government Coordinator

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Mariel is proud to be SPEER’s honorary northerner/“tree hugging hippie” (to use Jason’s words). She enjoys the simple things in life–like good stories and GREAT bread. She is always happy to have in-depth conversations about light things, like the reintroduction of Gray Wolves to the lower 48 or fermented food.

Nick Broussard

Nick Broussard

Code Program Coordinator

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Nick was homeschooled, and subsequently feels uncomfortable in large groups. Additionally, he loves crunchy peanut butter.

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