Meet the Team

 

Linda M. Wigington 
ROCIS Team Leader, Waynesburg, PA

 
Linda provides residential energy consulting services through her firm, Linda Wigington & Associates. She is the founder of and has been associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from its inception in 1986, (when she worked for ACTION-Housing), through 2013. As program director, she convened the program committees and confirmed the agendas for over 50 North American and regional conferences. These events have been instrumental in promoting an integrated approach to health, safety, durability, and energy performance. Linda has been a technical consultant for residential utility programs. She was a founding member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) board of directors (2009) and was a past board member of Community Solutions, based in Yellow Springs, OH, and currently serves on the board of Cornerstone Care, a community health center serving Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Allegheny Counties in southwestern PA. She has led the ROCIS initiative since its inception in June 2014, and has been engaged in the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project since it began in September 2015.
 

Donald W. Fugler,
ROCIS Principal Investigator (Residential Sector), Ottawa, Ontario

Don Fugler spent 25 years conducting research projects for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), in the areas of residential energy use, ventilation, and indoor air quality. Between 1985 and 2010, he managed over 100 research projects. During that period, he published CMHC research reports; wrote and distributed summaries in Research Highlights and About Your House documents and lectured at conferences and meetings. Since 2011, Don’s consulting work has addressed indoor air quality and energy issues for federal departments, NGOs, and individuals. He is active on CSA standards committees (carbon monoxide sensors, residential depressurization) and CGSB (radon). He helped initiate ROCIS and the Low Cost Monitoring Project through program design and development of the monitoring process participants would follow. He currently concentrates on the house-based factors, such as the entry rate of outdoor pollutants, the distribution of pollutants within the dwelling, the activities within the house that create particles, and the means of reducing the concentrations of particles and other measured pollutants. Don reviews all particle data that is submitted and discusses with participants the implications of their results.

Thomas J. Phillips 
ROCIS Principal Investigator, Davis, CA

Tom has spent over 35 years working at the intersection of research and policy addressing public health, pollution, and buildings, mainly at the California Air Resources Board. From 1985 to 2009, he designed and managed research contracts on human exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants, ventilation, air cleaning, and building ventilation. He also produced health-based guidelines on indoor combustion pollutants and air cleaners. Tom has served as a technical advisor to national, state, and local agencies, NGOs, and private firms on various IAQ issues, climate change adaptation, and green building programs for homes, schools, and offices. Since 2010 Tom has served as the principal scientist at Healthy Building Research, where he has assessed IAQ research needs for net zero energy buildings, effective ways to prevent intrusion of outdoor pollutants, and ways to adapt and mitigate climate change and health impacts in the building sector.
 

Greg Fanslow 
ROCIS Principal Investigator (Data Analytics), Burlington, Vermont

Greg Fanslow is a data analytics consultant with decades of experience developing statistical algorithms and computational workflows to leverage “big data” and address real world challenges. He produces data driven insights to catalyze interdisciplinary teams and help decision makers better understand opportunities and rigorously predict future outcomes.

Greg worked for many years at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation where he led development of methods to use Smart Meter data from hundreds of thousands of accounts to evaluate impacts and improve targeting of energy efficiency programs. He has also worked on many large scale environmental analysis projects, integrating geographic and environmental monitoring data to guide complex management and permitting processes. Most recently he has managed the analysis of one-minute resolution particle data being used as part of the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project. He has also addressed data visualization to to increase the ability of LCMP participants to interpret their data and to compare it with others.



Bill Turner 
ROCIS Consultant (Building Assessment and Interventions), Harrison, Maine  

Bill is the president of his firm, Turner Building Science and Design, LLC., in Harrison, ME. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and served for ten years on the research staff of Harvard University School of Public Health. During that time he conducted longitudinal air quality studies inside and outside of homes in six cities, evaluating particles, VOCs, and gases associated with combustion and other sources. Since then, Bill has focused on building science, sustainability, and resilience issues, including energy use, indoor air quality, moisture, building shell design, net zero buildings, building commissioning, and forensic air quality evaluations. His experience includes rebuilding existing homes and other buildings and designing new buildings. He has published and lectured extensively.

 
 

Norman Anderson 
ROCIS Project Advisor, Winslow, ME

Norm has over 35 years of environmental public health experience, mostly in the public and nongovernmental sectors.  Specific activities have included: chemical risk assessment/risk assessment policy; air quality advocacy; development and implementation of public health projects including those focused on comprehensive asthma and tobacco prevention and control, indoor air quality, and climate adaptation; and technical and policy support to a variety of community based environmental health initiatives. He is currently an environmental health advisor to the Heinz Endowments,  the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, and GTECH Strategies.
 

 

Rhett Major 
ROCIS High MERV Filter & Air Handler Inquiry Specialist, North Huntingdon, PA 

Rhett Major, DBA as The Energy Doctor, has been helping people in Western PA to save Energy, provide a healthy living environment,  and be more comfortable in their homes and businesses for three decades. In 1988, Upon graduating from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of General Studies, in Business & Communications, Rhett moved his family ​back to PA to establish his business as The Energy Doctor. During the next 29 years, sometimes as employee, sometimes employer, Rhett has been an Energy Auditor, Field Supervisor, Quality Control Inspector, and Weatherization Director of both Utility and WAP programs. 

He currently works as a teacher, auditor, mentor, QCI, and as a Training Coordinator for Diagnostic Energy Auditors of Western PA (DEAWP), while maintaining a small Diagnostic and Inspection business in SW PA. Rhett is a RESNET Certified Home Energy Rater, USGBC LEED for Homes Green Rater, and PHI Passive House Consultant.  He holds numerous Building Performance Institute Certifications, which include BPI Building Analyst, BPI Shell Specialist, BPI Multi-family Analyst, BPI Heating Professional, and Quality Control Inspector.

 
 
Rob Busher 

ROCIS Project Coordinator, Portland, ME 

Rob is a long-time lover of the environment, interested by the human interactions on our natural resources. Rob joined ROCIS via a 2017 SCA Sustainability Fellowship. From Boston, by way of Rhode Island, Canada & Pittsburgh, he has held previous positions with various federal and state governmental agencies as well as non-profit organizations. ROCIS is the first initiative-based program Rob has worked for. 

In addition to coordinating new projects, Rob is interested in implementing his skills to optimize pre-existing programs. At ROCIS, this includes analyzing and fine-tuning certain aspects of the Low Cost Monitoring Project, data management, participant outreach and equipment logistics, diagnostics, performance testing & maintenance. Rob's other ROCIS responsibilities include social media support, website maintenance and help with lead generation.

 

Yujie Xu 
ROCIS Data Programming & Analytics Specialist, Pittsburgh, PA

Yujie Xu went to the U.S. for the Master Program of Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. Currently she's pursuing her PhD in the same field. She was drawn to programming and data analytics at Carnegie Mellon and has worked on projects involving building energy data (GSA Research Project) and indoor environmental quality data (LCMP). Prior to that, she had 5 years of architecture education and 2 years of mechanical engineering work experience at Tsinghua University, China.

 


 

 

Jessica Kester 
ROCIS Air Quality Education Coordinator, Charleroi, PA

Jessica joins ROCIS with 20 years of educational experience. She began her career as a field instructor in coastal marine sciences at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, VA. She moved westward to teach students from urban / suburban Chicago at the Lorado-Taft Field Campus of Northern Illinois University. She ran The Outdoor Classroom in Pittsburgh’s South Hills for 10 year. In 2016, Jessica started the new outdoor and environmental education department of Allegheny Land Trust as the vice president of education. Jessica holds degrees in Biology/Marine Science and Secondary Education/Biology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is a Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators board member and state coordinator for Project WET (Water Education Today).

  

Emily Dale
ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Program Coordinator, Claysville, PA

Emily is excited to join the ROCIS team. Emily is a southwestern PA native. She studied at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Australia and earned a Bachelor of Nursing. She is fascinated by public health and excited about the primary prevention (focusing more time, money and effort on preventing rather than curing illness) possibilities ROCIS affords. After returning to PA with her growing family, she has been part of various community groups – including president of the local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) chapter and a board member for Cornerstone Care, a community FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) serving Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties in southwestern PA. Emily worked for Teen Outreach doing childbirth and parenting education with teen parents from 2017-2019. Emily is now an ICEA certified childbirth educator and also teaches community education at a suburban Pittsburgh hospital.

 

Samantha Totoni 
ROCIS Public Health Fellow, Pittsburgh, PA

Sam is a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, studying Environmental and Occupational Health. Her focus on Community Based Participatory Research led her to ROCIS. She is excited to be part of ROCIS’s unique approach providing people with tools for investigating their air quality and the resources to experiment with mitigation.

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