Chief Executive Officer & President
Brian T. Castelli is the President & CEO at HPC. He is the chief-decision maker on strategy and other key issues, representing HPC to policymakers, partners, sponsors and stakeholders. With over 30 years of national and international experience in the clean energy field, Brian is considered a global clean energy expert and participated in many energy programs throughout the world. Prior to HPC he was an Executive Vice President at the Alliance to Save Energy. Previously, as a Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration, Castelli served as Chief of Staff to the USDOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, where he oversaw policy, program, and R&D efforts both domestically and globally. Earlier, Castelli was appointed by Governor Casey (PA) to head the Pennsylvania Energy office where he oversaw all state energy policy, program, and project efforts. Castelli’s career in the residential energy efficiency industry began as one of the original board members of Affordable Comfort, Inc., the forerunner of HPC. Brian has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, also from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President of Education and Events
Nate Natale is the Vice President of Education and Events at HPC. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the coalition’s conference and education work- including site selection, program development, logistics, fundraising and communications. Nate also convenes, manages, and facilitates stakeholder groups and represents HPC through participation in a variety of external industry groups. He worked in education, both in the classroom and behind the scenes, for a number of years before transitioning to association management. Prior to joining HPC in 2010, Nate spent four years managing many aspects of the conference and continuing education programs of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He earned a B.S. in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Professional Writing degree from Chatham University.
Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy
Kara Saul-Rinaldi is the Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy at HPC. She leads the organization’s public policy and government affairs initiatives and represents HPC’s mission to policymakers and stakeholders through her firm, the AnnDyl Policy Group. With over 20 years of experience in policy and communications strategy and legislative and regulatory experience, Kara has worked for members of Congress, testified before congressional committees and appeared in a variety of media outlets as a leading energy and climate policy expert. Kara has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. Kara continues to author articles on energy policy for trade publications and provide keynote and panel presentations on energy and climate policy.
Director of Research & Standards
Julie Caracino is the Director of Research and Standards at the HPC. Julie leads the organization’s national efforts to promote data standardization in the home performance industry through the development and management of several Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards including BPI-2200, BPI-2100, and BPI-2101. Julie has been instrumental in establishing HPXML as the common software language for the industry’s transactions. She also works closely with realtors and appraisers to make home energy information visible and accessible to homeowners, and writes on the value of smart home technologies for reducing energy usage and demand. Prior to joining HPC, Julie was a project manager on the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program at NYSERDA, where she led several new initiatives under the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision.
Director of Policy & State Outreach
Joe Cullen is the Director of Policy and State Outreach for HPC, engaging state governments and public utility commissions to reform regulatory models and modernize state and local economic development programs to create jobs through energy efficiency initiatives. Cullen is currently leading HPC’s efforts on the National Efficiency Screening Project which is developing a National Standard Practice Manual to provide comprehensive guidance on cost effectiveness screening tests for state and local energy efficiency programs. Cullen previously served as a policy and budget director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Clinton administration and as the Governor’s Policy Director in Pennsylvania under Governor Robert P. Casey. Cullen is a Yale University (Cum Laude 1980) and Georgetown University Law Center (1986) graduate and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. in Piura, Peru from 1980-1982. On April 18, 2016, Cullen completed the 120th Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Director of Conference Education
Bethany Dittmar is the Director of Conference Education at HPC, where she has worked since 2011. She is responsible for the coordination and development of conference agendas, presenter communication, continuing education accreditation, and on-site volunteer activities. Prior to HPC, Bethany worked in real estate, land conservation, sustainability research, and event planning. She has a B.A. in German from Bowdoin College and received a post-graduate Fulbright grant to teach English in northern Germany. She later earned her MBA in Sustainability from Duquesne University where she became passionate about reducing company and building energy uses and improving energy efficiency.
Director of Partner Relations
Chris Docchio is the Director of Partner Relations at HPC. He builds strategic alliances and corporate partnerships that increase visibility, enhance businesses and foster new collaborations. He develops, administers and directs the largest trade show in the home performance industry and elevates the conference experience with additional promotional and advertising opportunities. With almost two decades of sales experience and a B.S. in Marketing from Robert Morris University, Chris understands how to provide warm customer service and build corporate partnerships that last.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Lindsay Bachman Flickinger is the Director of Marketing and Communications at HPC. She strategizes, publicizes and transforms PR and media messaging for the conference, policy and project aspects of HPC and plays an integral role in developing and maintaining the coalition partner relationships. Previously, as an independent content consultant and project manager, Lindsay built a wide variety of clientele ranging everywhere, and in between, builders, banks and bars. Lindsay graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. The daughter of an ENERGY STAR builder-father and a realtor-mother, Lindsay stayed true to her roots and joined the HPC team in 2016.
Director of Business Development & Strategic Projects
Deborah Miller, Director of Business Development and Strategic Projects, is a highly-respected leader within the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. A principal at Green Strategy Associates, a sustainability and renewables consultancy, Deborah specializes in working with clients to reduce energy use in commercial and residential buildings. As the Executive Director of the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), she recently spearheaded its transformation and rebranding - and under her leadership, EVO’s 2016 International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol was published. In the Clinton Administration, Deborah served as Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy and the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She led negotiations to prevent Congress from eliminating the National Appliance Standards and Conservation Act standards program – standards that have significantly reduced the U.S.’s greenhouse gas emissions. Deborah serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority as well as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee.
Gypsy Matlak is the Accounting Manager at HPC. She handles accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and HR responsibilities. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Previously, Gypsy managed companies in the window, door and sunroom industries. She was also the Business Manager for the Baierl Family YMCA, where she gained her non-profit experience.
Customer Service Manager
Robyn Hall is the Customer Service Manager at HPC. She manages HPC’s conference registrations, continuing education credits, and scholarships, and additionally serves as a support to conference education. Robyn previously worked in marketing, public relations, and media advertising sales. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Journalism with a specialty in Advertising. Robyn joined the HPC team in 2010 and has held several roles within the organization.