Mike Vogel established the Montana Weatherization Training Center and certification program in 1991 in partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. A veteran of the community, Mike has been in the field of weatherization since 1977. Dr. Vogel is also an established professor and a housing and environmental health specialist with Montana State University Extension. He's been with the University since 1982.
Stolen from another group here at Montana State University, we are just so pleased to have Lisa here at the center, keeping us organized and on task. Lisa is your point of contact for the Weatherization Training Center. If you need general information about the center, don't know the right person to contact with a specific question, or you simply want to speak with the most pleasent person in our group - give Lisa a call.
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 R. provides training in several areas including: infrared, 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. He also managed the District 9 program for a number of years.
Ben Cichowski is a seasoned educator and instructional designer with 15 years in the field of education. He's also a civil/environmental engineer who formerly served as the Assistant Director of Training for the Montana Water Center, one of eight EPA-funded Technical Assistance Centers. There, Ben led a team of developers in the creation of numerous distance-learning training products. Ben offers numerous courses at the Weatherization Training Center, hosts and co-writes WxTV wxtvonline.org, and acts as a primary resource for health & safety questions.
Jerrod is the newest edition to the Weatherization Training Center team. He comes from a background in petroleum fuel systems with over four years of experience in a Marine Corps Engineering Unit. His undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Natural Resources and Energy Sciences. He comes to Montana to provide education and training on renewable energy (RE) systems and to assist and support the development of the E3A (Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives) www.e3a4u.info program for MSU Extension. Jerrod’s vision is to provide outreach and education in the residential sector for the adoption and deployment of small-scale RE systems throughout Montana.
Heading up the production of WxTV is Vince Cusomato. Vince has years of experience behind a camera and even more in the world of video/sound editing and 3D animation. Vince is a well-seasoned distance learning producer with numerous CD and online products under his belt and an ability to make nearly any subject fun to learn. Don't be surprised if you see Vince and a camera coming your way soon.
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Jim Baerg handles On-Site training for the Montana Weatherization Training Center. He works with agency managers to provide specific skill sets for auditors and crews. He travels Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas with a truck and weatherization tools. Jim also provides technical research to the Wx Advisory committee and leads classes at the Training Center. His expertise is in building science, energy auditing, and construction methods. A Montana native, Jim has a Masters in Architecture and 20 years of energy efficient design and construction.
Jeff comes to the center with 8 years of experience as an educator and more than 10 years of residential building experience. He is Program Director for the new Residential Building Performance (RBP) program offered as a partnership between Gallatin College Montana State University and the Montana Weatherization Training Center. Jeff works to create local, regional, and national partnerships with Tribal Agencies, Veteran Retraining Programs, and other Weatherization Training Centers across the country.
Sarah works with MSU Extension field faculty across Montana to deliver renewable-energy education in communities. Sarah entered the renewable-energy scene in MT offering information to landowners on land-use agreements for commercial wind development, but has since transitioned to focusing on smaller technologies. She now coordinates the E3A (Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives www.e3a4u.info program for MSU Extension. If you have a need for a renewable-energy program in your town, Sarah and your local Extension office will help you pull off a great event.
For all other inquiries, please contact our Main Office located on the MSU Campus:
106 Taylor Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717