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Tune into conversations between leading experts as they discuss the topics and issues that are impacting the HVAC&R industry.

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  • Kelly Barraza

    Kelly Barraza, ASHRAE Journal Managing Editor

    Kelly Barraza is the Managing Editor of ASHRAE Journal. A self-proclaimed life-long learner, she is driven by two pursuits: acquiring information and demonstrating the power of language. Kelly is “journaling through her 20s,” having volunteered, interned, and worked at a total of 5 journals (6 if open-access pubs are counted) since 2015. Prior to ASHRAE, she worked as a medical copyeditor at leading peer-reviewed research journals, Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research, published by the American College of Rheumatology, and as a legal writer and hearing specialist at Florida-based law firms representing individuals with disabilities. She is proud to stomp the yard for her alma matter Georgia State University, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature & Creative Writing – Narrative Fiction. Her work has previously appeared in The Sucarnochee Review, The Albion Review, ellipsis…, The Allegheny Review, Monkeybicycle, and The American Journal of Poetry. For her writing, she has been awarded prizes in competitions judged by writers Eduardo Corral and Campbell McGrath.

  • Kaitlyn Baich

    Kaitlyn Baich, ASHRAE Journal Assistant Editor

    Kaitlyn Baich is assistant editor at ASHRAE Journal and is an adaptable writer, editor and designer who utilizes her skills to create clear, cohesive content. With a B.A. in english journalism from Valdosta State University, Kaitlyn specializes in creating content with an emphasis on storytelling and search engine optimization and has received the Charles J. Miller Journalism Award—awarded to students who are most likely to succeed in professional journalism. Kaitlyn has also received a Poynter Mutlimedia Storytelling Certificate and a Poynter ACES Certificate in editing. She has worked with small businesses in South Georgia on their website layout and design, content creation and social media strategy. At ASHRAE Journal, Kaitlyn assists the team in newsletter and podcast production, Journal pre- and postproduction and expo show guide management. 

  • Emily Toto

    Emily Toto, Manager of Codes, ASHRAE

    Emily Toto is ASHRAE’s Manager of Codes and staff liaison for Standards 90.1 and 90.2. Before coming to ASHRAE, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry and taught high school science. Emily has degrees from Georgia Tech (BS Civil Engineering) and The University of Texas - Austin (MS Mechanical Engineering.) Proud mom to two fantastic kids and a growing number of animals - apologies to Mr. Toto - Emily is a firm believer in protecting our environment for future generations and proud to support ASHRAE in that mission. 

  • Thomas Loxley

    Thomas Loxley, Assistant Manager of Standards–Codes, ASHRAE

    Thomas Loxley is a graduate of University of Kentucky (BS in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering) and Auburn University (MS in Biosystems Engineering). He comes to ASHRAE with manufacturing industry experience and currently serves as Staff Liaison to Standing Standards Project Committees: 90.4 and 189.1. Thomas also works with teams of members to write guidelines for the Task Force for Building Decarbonization.

    As the Assistant Manager of Standards–Codes, he enjoys working with the wide range of professionals to write new standards for a brighter future.

    Thomas resides in Decatur, Ga., with his wife, daughter and dog.

  • Daniel Bourque

    Daniel Bourque, P.Eng., Member ASHRAE

    Daniel Bourque is a professional engineer and senior energy engineer working on projects in Atlantic Canada from a home base of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Daniel started the first 14 years of his career with a major design-build mechanical contractor near Montreal, Quebec, and then went on to work for an innovative consulting engineering firm for the next five and a half years. He is now once again at a design-build mechanical contractor helping to design and operate buildings as efficiently as possible in the real world.
    Daniel has been an ASHRAE member since 2004 and has held various chapter positions in Montreal and Halifax, including Halifax Chapter President for the past two years. He is also currently the Co-Chair for the Communications Committee. Daniel co-authored two case studies published in ASHRAE Journal and spoke at the Cold Climate Conference in Calgary in 2012.