Mr. Majercak (pronounced “Meyercheck”) has overall responsibility for leading the organization including strategic planning, program development, program and operations management, fundraising and communications.
He has worked for the Center for EcoTechnology for more than 25 years in a variety of positions and brings a positive vision, strong background in environmental science, broad experience, and a highly successful track record to the President position. EcoBuilding Bargains in Springfield came to fruition through his vision and leadership, and the organization recently completed a $3.5 million expansion that included a deep energy retrofit of an older commercial building.
Mr. Majercak’s work in organic waste composting has garnered national recognition as a model for building a market-based system for diverting commercial food waste from disposal. Project work includes green job training for weatherization workers and public education on energy efficiency, radon and recycling.
He currently serves on the Boards of the 1Berkshire Nonprofit Business Network and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. In the past, he has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the national Building Materials Reuse Association, and on the ROCA Springfield Advisory Committee, the Springfield 2030 Vision Advisory Committee, the Pioneer Valley Green Economy Task Force, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Organic Waste Advisory Committee.
Mr. Majercak’s past experience includes work in quality assurance and technical service in the bio-technology industry in Cambridge, MA; as a National Park Ranger in Wyoming and Hawaii; and canvassing for an environmental organization in New Jersey. He received a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University.
Mr. Macaluso is Director of Client Services for the Center for EcoTechnology, and provides technical assistance, training and outreach to businesses, institutions to help improve environmental performance. He has been with the Center for EcoTechnology since 2000, and has developed a toolkit for restaurants and schools interested in establishing composting programs and has developed lamp recycling infrastructure state-wide. He helped develop and oversees CET’s Green Business Services, providing waste diversion and energy efficiency information and technical assistance to a wide range of businesses throughout Massachusetts and southern New England.
He began his career at the University of Massachusetts Office of Waste Management in 1997. He serves on the MassDEP Organics Subcommittee and was part of the DEP’s Mercury Management Act work group. Mr. Macaluso has a Masters of Public Health with an Environmental Health focus, and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management; both degrees are from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Director of Operations
Jae is the Director of Operations for the Center for EcoTechnology. Jae is responsible for the overall leadership, development and implementation of CET’s programs and operations. Under her direction, CET has emerged as an industry leader in development and implementation of utility based energy efficiency programs and high performance building consulting services. Jae also plays an integral role in leading CET’s food waste diversion programs, the Information Technology team and our retail used building materials store.
Jae believes that business is the key driver in environmental sustainability. She has spent the past 10 years focusing on process and service development in high performance building. She is helping developers, builders and architect clients capture the business value of sustainable building practices in the residential and commercial space. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family. She studied Organizational Development at the University of Massachusetts and Architecture at the University of South Florida.
Ms. Nylen is Associate Director of the Center for EcoTechnology. Nancy has been at the Center for EcoTechnology since 1982, where she has developed and delivered education and technical assistance programs for all sectors of the community, including farms, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and residents. Her focus is on local solutions to environmental issues that are beneficial to the economy, natural environment and quality of life for community members.
She began her career at the Alaska Division of Energy and Power Development in the late 1970’s and has worked for state and non-profit organizations in Washington, New Mexico and Massachusetts in the fields of energy conservation and renewable resources for over 30 years. Ms. Nylen received a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Masters of Education with a concentration in environmental studies from the University of Washington.
Director of Marketing and Development
Dave is Director of Marketing and Development at the Center for EcoTechnology, where he oversees the Marketing and Outreach Department, including the EcoFellowship program. Dave, who started at CET in July 2013, is responsible for planning and organizing CET’s marketing, fundraising, and outreach activities, to encourage a wide range of audiences to engage with CET and its mission and services. He also oversees the operations and performance of EcoBuilding Bargains, CET’s reused building materials retail store located in Springfield.
Dave, originally from New Zealand, completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business studies at Massey University. He has 20 years experience in marketing and communications in government, education, and nonprofit settings in the United States and New Zealand. He previously served as Communications Manager at Land Transport New Zealand, Marketing and Communications Manager at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, and Media Relations Specialist at Mount Holyoke College. Outside of work, Dave is a dad to three children, designs and landscapes gardens, grows vegetables, and enjoys running and rock climbing.
Mr. Tautznik began working at CET in January 2014 after serving as the Mayor of Easthampton, Massachusetts for eight consecutive terms with a total of more than seventeen years in office. During his tenure Michael transitioned Easthampton from a striving mill town into a vibrant and affordable city with a strong cultural and environmental ethic. Michael still resides in Easthampton where he continues to be an active member of the community.
Michael’s leadership at the Center for EcoTechnology is focused on supporting the core business functions of accounting, human resources and information technologies, along with facility and fleet maintenance and operations. He leads a small team of dedicated professionals who are committed to our mission, passionate about their role, and practical in their approach to business operations.
Lisa Dufour came to CET in 2014 with over 15 years of experience in human resources management and joined the leadership team in 2016. CET recognizes that its greatest asset is the knowledge, skills and passion of its staff: the employees who each day work to accomplish CET’s mission in the field, in program delivery and customer service, and in various support services. Lisa is committed to helping to develop and implement systems that will allow CET’s employees to thrive as they do their important work.
Human resources includes benefits management, training, development, performance management, and regulatory compliance. In addition to these, Lisa also oversees CET’s safety program, facilities, and fleet. Her training and experience includes conflict management, Non-Violent Communication, change management, and strategic planning. She has a Masters in Art History and Anthropology where she explored the relationship of visual forms to the development of community.