John 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.
John’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 previously served on the Boards of the 1Berkshire Nonprofit Business Network and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. He has also 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.
Additionally, John’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.
Lorenzo Macaluso, Director of Client Services, has worked at The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) since 2000 and is a national expert on business waste reduction systems and commercial energy efficiency solutions. He works with government, foundation, and industry partners to develop award-winning diversion solutions to help businesses and institutions reduce waste, save energy, and improve environmental performance. He serves on the MassDEP Organics Subcommittee and has presented at numerous state and national conferences as a waste reduction infrastructure development expert. He designed and implemented a variety of environmental programs throughout the Northeast, and consulted with many others nationally.
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. Lorenzo 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.
Director of Program and Technical Operations
Lisa Kohler joined CET in 2006. She has the responsibility of overseeing and developing strategy and implementation of CET’s program operations and technical services. Working closely with her team, she ensures program requirements and goals are met with a focus on superior customer service and quality. She has extensive experience in energy efficiency and waste reduction – managing, coaching and directing employees with administrative, customer service and technical responsibilities, as well as in developing and implementing services and programs for both production and project based operations. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Director of Business Operations
Michael 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.
Director of Human Resources
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.