Instructor Bios




Instructor Bios 


Kohler Company
Marla Abstetar received her Bachelor's Degree in public relations from Universidad InterAmerican de Costa Rica and has spent the five years working for Kohler Company as a Market Analyst and Sales Executive. 




Ross anderson
The Energy Network Worldwide
Ross Anderson has worked in the building industry for more than 10 years as a builder project manager and is currently an energy efficiency consultant at The Energy Network World Wide. Previously, Ross worked as a contract relations manager at the Neighborhood Energy Connection, as a builder account executive/building performance specialist at Cocoon, as a builder program account executive at Residential Science Resources, and as owner of Advanced Energy Consulting. 



scott arcand
MN Department of Health
Scott Arcand, Health Educator at the MN Department of Health Indoor Air Unit, has been with MDH since August of 2014 as the Radon Outreach Coordinator and Health Educator working with builders and realtors throughout the state. Scott has served on the Planning Commission for the City of Hugo since 2009. 




Jeff buch
Brock White
Jeff Buch has worked 15 years in the construction industry and currently works at Brock White Construction Materials as safety products manager. Jeff is responsible for purchasing, marketing, selling and overall development of safety products for Brock White. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and has earned a 3M Silica Training Certificate. 




john chapman
University of Minnesota
John Chapman is the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification Program Director at the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience with natural hazard prediction, erosion prediction, construction site erosion control, shoreline erosion, and storm water quality. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in civil engineering and a B.S. in geological engineering. John is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Colorado.




bill gschwind
Minnesota Construction Law Services
Bill Gschwind started Minnesota Construction Law Services in 2012 focusing on residential construction and small business law providing legal and business services to residential contractors and other owner-operated businesses. He became a lawyer after more than 25 years in the business world to bring common sense and business principles to the implementation of legal services for the construction industry.




Patrick Huelman
University of Minnesota
Patrick Huelman is an associate professor in Residential Energy and Building Systems with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with the University of Minnesota Extension. He is a lead faculty member for the Residential Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a principal investigator for hydrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Currently, Pat is the project lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America teams.



thomas klein
ZOTA Professional Training
Thomas Kline has a Master’s in Education Administration and has extensive experience in the construction and lead paint renovation industry. He is an EPA-approved Principal Instructor for the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program and has a thorough understanding of the rule requirements. Thomas has worked as a laborer and most recently with a "Big Box" store so he understands specific procedural applications and material and equipment requirements of the RRP Rule. Thomas has been instructing the Lead Renovator course with ZOTA Professional Training for nearly eight years. His education and experience allow him to bring real world experience into the classroom to create a meaningful learning environment.



Green Code Knowledge
Peter Kulczyk has three decades of experience in the construction and building codes industry as an author, educator and expert in residential building codes, energy codes and green building practices. His past experience includes working on staff with the International Code Council, as an instructor with the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, as a municipal building inspector, building plans examiner and building official, and in various positions with five residential and commercial construction companies in Minnesota. He is certified by the International Code Council as a building inspector, plans examiner and green building-residential; by the State of Minnesota as a certified building official and certified instructor; by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED AP Homes; and by the State of California as a CALGreen inspector.



cole larson
S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists
Cole Larson has seven years of experience as a Landscape Designer and has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture as well as studying Sustainable Urbanism and Urban Planning . He is also an associate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.





john miller
Northstar Associates, Inc.
John Miller started in the remodeling industry in 1980 as a laborer, installing roofing, siding, windows and doors. In 1989 John’s career went from field installation to distribution and manufacturing for five years. He sold home improvements for four years and in 1998 started with Northstar Associates as a manufacturer’s representative focused on exterior envelope products and solutions. John has been a trainer for national building products manufacturers, distributors and national contractors.



Paul morin
The Energy Conservatory
Paul Morin had 15 years as a carpenter framing new homes before becoming a weatherization auditor in the early 90s. Paul worked for more than 12 years for the Center for Energy and Environment diagnosing building shell, combustion spillage and moisture problems in single family and multifamily buildings. He has worked for The Energy Conservatory since 2009 providing technical support and has developed dozens of presentations and webinars. Paul is currently on the board of the Minnesota Building Performance Association.



gail nozal
S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists
Gail Nozal, assistant district manager for S&S Tree Specialists, has more than 25 years of experience in urban forestry and arboriculture. She manages programs and projects as well as presentations on tree care and urban forestry at the local and national level. She has trained hundreds of people on a variety of tree inventory projects. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in urban forestry.





logan nugent
nVent - NUHEAT
Logan Nugent has 10 years of sales management experience, most recently as a Residential Sales Manager for nVent Thermal.





alden pearson
Alden Pearson, P.A.
Alden Pearson has been trying cases as lead attorney before the state and federal courts in Minnesota since 1997 and, more recently, Wisconsin. Alden has been educating contractors for over a decade with practical information focused on licensing compliance, customer and subcontractor relations and the use of legal leverage to resolve disputes.




ted reiter
Hallmark Building Supplies
Ted Reiter has represented DuPont Tyvek with Hallmark Building Supplies in Minnesota for more than 20 years. As a senior certified Tyvek specialist, Ted has years of training on building science, proper water management, air barrier specifications and overall building practices.





john riffe
Auer Steel & Heating Supply
John Riffe has been involved in the sales, service, installation and manufacture of many different brands of geothermal heat pumps and has been employed in many aspects as a contractor, distribution representative and also on the manufacturing level. John is an accredited trainer and member of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), and is also factory certified instructor pertaining to all aspects of geothermal system design, loop design and product installation and service. John Riffe has vast experience and knowledge regarding many aspects of the geothermal industry both in the field and also in pre and post job design and application. John is a graduate of the St. Cloud Vocational College HVAC program. 



jim rosenow
Northstar Associates, Inc.
Jim Rosenow has been involved in the roofing industry since 1992. Jim started as a commercial roofing estimator/project manager at Central Roofing Company. Four years later, Jim joined GAF. For 11 years Jim took on a variety of roles at GAF, though promotions, from territory manager to regional sales manager. Over those years, Jim built strong relationships with contractors to help build their businesses by providing product solutions and application improvements. Jim moved to the distribution side of the business for four years before joining Northstar Associates as a manufacturer’s representative in 2014.  



james sander
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren
Jim Sander is an experienced mechanics lien lawyer with the real estate and construction litigation practice group at the Larkin Hoffman law firm. Jim’s law practice has focused on representing contractors and material suppliers in the construction industry for most of the last 40 years. Jim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and is licensed to practice in the courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Jim is a member of the bar in those states. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of lien, bond claim and construction law topics to industry groups and lawyers through a number of business organizations, and other seminar sponsors.



dennis schramel
Electro Industries
Dennis Schramel is employed by Electro Industries, an electric heating manufacturer located in Monticello, MN. Dennis is the national sales manager and is responsible for product sales growth development and managing a North American network of sales representatives. He has had previous experience with 27 years working for Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association as a Business Manager. Early in his career he was responsible for managing sales growth and demand savings with the co-ops Demand Side Management programs. During this time, Dennis developed an entrepreneurial spirit that help drive him in creating new businesses with electric heating product sales that helped offset the cost of electricity to its member owners. Throughout his career, Dennis has focused and consulted with homeowners, electrical and HVAC contractors, wholesale distributors as well as builders and architects on heating systems, with an emphasis on electric and hydronic radiant floor heating systems. 



don sivigny
MN Department of Labor & Industry
Don Sivigny has 18+ years as a State of Minnesota Energy Specialist, Sr. Building Code Representative and Construction Codes Educator. He has more than 30 years of work experience in the enforcement of the MN Building Codes in rural and metropolitan settings. Don has spent many years in the industry as a Code Official and a Construction Manager. He is known nationally for his work in residential building codes, building durability issues, building science, air quality control, energy and green building issues. Don has traveled the country teaching these topics and has often been a featured speaker both locally and nationally.



dan swanson
Boral Building Products
Dan Swanson has 18 years of experience of management most recently as a Territory Sales Manager for Boral Building Products.





mark weegman
Mark Weegman has been employed with Weyerhaeuser since 1991 with responsibility for Weyerhaeuser manufactured products in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Mark is a continuing education instructor for MN and WI regarding building codes, wood based technology and Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products.





stephen yoch
Felhaber Larson
Stephen Yoch has extensive transactional, and litigation experience which allows him to assist builders and developers in evaluating all the alternatives when facing legal challenges. Steve is a highly rated speaker and an award winning writer. He is a member of the Felhaber Larson Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chair of the Business and Real Estate Section of the Firm.




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