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Chapter Leadership Academy

March 18 and 19  |  11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET each day
April 8 and 9  |  10:00 pm to 1:00 am ET each day

The Chapter Leadership Academy is a crash course designed to simplify the learning curve of all things ASHRAE. Over the course of two days, attendees will gain a better understanding of how ASHRAE Society functions and obtain useful and practical knowledge essential for honing leadership skills. The program will also include sharing tips and best practices that attendees can confidently take back to their Chapters for implementation. Attendees help shape the discussion, too! A significant part of the program will be based on hot topics and challenges that attendees have identified that they would like to see addressed.
Topics covered include:

  • Creating your elevator speech
  • Navigating the ASHRAE organizational structure
  • Understanding all the tools and resources available to help Chapters and their members succeed
  • Managing effective meetings so that Board meetings and Chapter meetings can run as smoothly as possible
  • Delegating to and motivating volunteers towards the ASHRAE mission

There is no charge for this program. 

  • Registration

    Registration is required for the Leadership Academy, but there’s no charge for the program. Interested individuals must first contact their Chapter President, who will communicate with the Region’s Director and Regional Chair (DRC). 

    The Chapter Leadership Academy is included in the 2020-21 PAOE program: A Chapter will earn 100 points for each participant, up to a maximum of 300 points/3 attendees.

  • Meet the Presenters

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    Devin A. Abellon, P.E.
    Business Development Manager
    Region: X

    Devin A. Abellon, P.E.

    Devin Abellon is a registered professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the HVAC field, designing systems for commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, and municipal projects. He was Vice President and managing principal of LSW Engineers California, Incorporated in San Diego until 2009, when he accepted a position as Business Development Manager for Uponor North America. He now works closely with engineers throughout the country, supporting projects that integrate radiant heating and cooling strategies to maximize comfort and energy efficiency. Devin earned his B.S. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. He is an active member of ASHRAE on the local chapter, regional, and Society level and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Region X Director and Regional Chair.

       Christopher Mathis
     Christopher Mathis
     MC2 – Mathis Consulting   Company
     Region: IV

    Christopher Mathis

    Chris Mathis has spent the past 35 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to long-term durability and sustainability. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics from UNC-Asheville and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT, where his work focused on the energy use of buildings. He is the author of numerous research papers on various topics of building performance – from proper evaluation of insulation performance to fenestration systems performance, sustainability metrics and green building challenges. He is the author of Insulating Guide, a summary of insulating best practices for home builders. He is the co-author of Understanding Source Energy in Commercial Buildings. He is a 30+ year member of ASHRAE and currently serves on SSPC 90.1, 90.2 and the Residential Building Committee. Chris is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, providing presentations and training seminars on a variety of building energy performance, sustainability and business topics

        Christopher Mathis           
     Adeeba Mehboob         
     SMC Consulting Engineers       

    Adeeba Mehboob

    Adeeba Mehboob is a Senior Mechanical Designer at SMC Consulting Engineers. She has more than 19 years of experience in projects that focus on modern and innovative design concepts, with a particular emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability. She earned her B. Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College of London. Adeeba is active in ASHRAE at the Chapter, Region, and Society levels. Currently, she serves as the President of the Pakistan Chapter, the Region-at-Large (RAL) Regional Vice Chair for Research Promotion, and Vice Chair of the Publications Committee. Previously, she was RAL Sub Region Chair.

    Carrie Anne Monplaisir       
    Clark Nexsen    
    Region III   

    Carrie Anne Monplaisir

    Carrie Anne Monplaisir is an engineer in training (EIT) at Clark Nexsen with over five years of design and commissioning experience in the HVAC industry. She has assisted in designing systems for pharmaceutical and manufacturing facilities, laboratories, universities, offices, K-12 and retail for Commercial, State, Federal, Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Energy (DoE) clients. She has provided commissioning services for multi-level apartments, hotels, and offices. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She has been an active ASHRAE member since 2014 with experience serving in chapter, region, and society roles. She currently serves on TC 9.8 as a Vice Chair and Membership Chair, Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) as Region III Regional Vice Chair, and President of the Hampton Roads Chapter. She recently served as Technical Chair for the 2019 Annual Conference held in Kansas City.  

        Rachel Romero
        National Renewable Energy Laboratory
         Region IX

    Rachel Romero, P.E.

    Rachel Romero is an energy engineer and project leader in the Integrated Applications Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Hope College and received her master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her PE in 2014. Rachel is an active member of ASHRAE, chairing the 2020-2021 Young Engineers in ASHRAE Committee. She is active on TC 9.10 Laboratories. At NREL, Rachel is the competition manager for the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, which has inspired over 4000 collegiate students to design net zero buildings. Also, she provides technical assistance to the to the DOE’s Smart Labs program, which provides technical assistance to university and national laboratory partners. She was a main author of the Smart Labs Toolkit, which describes a systematic process to achieve safe, efficient, and sustainable laboratories.