Ben Cichowski: Program Director
Ben Cichowski is the Director of the Montana Weatherization Training Center and a Building Science Trainer with over 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 short-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, Lead Risk Assessor, and Dust Sampling Technician; an OSHA Authorized Outreach Training Provider for OSHA 10 and 30 in Construction; a BPI Quality Control Inspector Trainer/Proctor; and a Level 3 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.
Chris Dorsi: Building Science Initiatives Coordinator
Chris manages curriculum development and technical writing projects for the Training Center, along with delivering classroom and field training for both professionals and technicians. He’s spent the last 40 years developing best practices for the housing industry -- publishing respected textbooks and technical curricula, developing training programs, and operating private construction organizations. Chris holds certifications from the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst, Heating Professional, Envelope Professional, and Healthy Home Evaluator. He's certified to proctor exams for all these specialties. Chris is the co-author of Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings, the Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency, and other respected titles on sustainable design and energy-efficient construction. He’s the founder of Habitat X, a nationwide professional development platform.
Jerrod Bley: Renewable Energy Education Coordinator
Jerrod joined the Weatherization Training Center team in 2013 after beginning his career in ground-based petroleum refuel systems as a member of a Marine Corps Engineering unit. He received a BS in Environmental Studies with minors in Energy Science and Business from the University of Nebraska, and a PM in Science & Engineering Management from Montana State University. Jerrod also holds several solar industry certifications. He has worked on energy conservation and efficiency initiatives with hands-on experience installing units for grid-tied PV, off-grid solar, and small wind projects. He is an EPA Certified Instructor for RRP, an OSHA Authorized Outreach Training Provider for OSHA 10 and 30 in Construction, and a Level 1 Thermographer. Jerrod’s vision is to educate the residential sector in energy-conservation/energy-efficient behavior and deploy distributed energy systems.
Lisa Daly: Office Manager
With over 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.