Evergreen Home Performance helps homeowners reduce their energy consumption and creates good jobs in a challenging economy.  Our team of Energy Advisors supports the work of four production crews, and every job at Evergreen comes with family-friendly wages, professional training, paid time off, and retirement benefits. Interested in joining the Evergreen team? Check out the current openings on our Careers page!

Management Team

Richard Burbank, President/CEO & Energy Advisor

Richard founded Evergreen Home Performance in 2006 and serves as President, CEO, and Energy Advisor.  Richard serves on the Board of Efficiency First, a national home performance contractor trade group, and actively advocates for federal and state energy efficiency policy.  

A Paris Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, Richard uses his prior career in fine cuisine and food service management to exceed customer expectations with exacting preparations and attention to customer service (insulating homes now, instead of people!). Richard is passionate about educating homeowners on energy efficiency and takes an active role in ongoing education and mentoring of the Evergreen staff. Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and Evergreen co-owner Sammy, and three children, Cecile, Levi, and Joshua. He fills in the balance of his time with organic gardening and playing accordion and concertina while singing sea shanties.  

Richard’s home:  Richard’s efforts to insulate and improve his 1880s Rockland home were the inspiration for Evergreen Home Performance. Ten years later, the business is thriving and Richard and his family have relocated to Falmouth, Maine to better serve the Portland area.

Elise Brown, Executive Vice President of Evergreen Home Performance in Rockland, MaineElise Brown, Executive Vice President

Elise joined Evergreen in 2009 and became a partner in the business in January 2011, delighted to have finally found a business that shares her commitment to customer satisfaction, employee well-being, and environmental stewardship.

Elise is also the Emergency Management Director for Liberty, Maine and brings a broad background in public service, safety training, and management to Evergreen. She has been a professional firefighter, emergency medical technician, Fire Chief & Training Captain, and assistant director of a non-profit. At Evergreen, she focuses on marketing, human resources, and employee health & safety training programs. When not in the office making things hum, Elise can be found on her farm in Liberty, raising her children, Rose and Seth, as well as chickens, fruits, and vegetables alongside her partner, Martha Piscuskas.

Elise's home: Elise's 1830 brick farmhouse is heated by a woodstove, with a backup oil furnace. Evergreen's comprehensive energy upgrades made the house cozy and comfortable and transformed her typical wet Maine basement into clean, dry storage space for organic produce from her farm. Revision Energy recently installed a ground-mounted solar array and she is eager to convert from fossil fuels to all-electric over the next few years.

Brian Robinson Energy Advisor & Vice President Evergreen Home PerformanceBrian Robinson, Vice President & Rockland-based Energy Advisor

Brian joined Evergreen in 2009 and serves as Vice President as well as being a certified Building Analyst and Energy Auditor.

Brian spent twenty years in his first career helping youth recognize and develop their potential through direct experiences in nature. Brian's passion is for helping homeowners create dramatically more comfortable and energy efficient homes with smaller carbon footprints. Homeowners appreciate that he provides them the diagnosis and solutions to inform their decisions on the best ways to improve comfort and efficiency in their homes. Outside of work Brian serves on Camden's Energy and Parks & Recreation Committees. He can often be found volunteering on the Ragged Mountain Ski Patrol at the Camden Snow Bowl and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, preferably in the outdoors.

Brian's home: Brian has undertaken major energy improvements in his Camden, Maine home, reducing air leakage by half and reducing energy consumption by 60%. In addition to fully insulating his basement, dense packing roof slopes with cellulose, and adding cellulose between the first andsecond floors, his home now features programmable thermostats, ultra low flow showerheads, solar hot water, and a high efficiency washing machine.

Brian Schortz General Manager Evergreen Home PerformanceBrian Schortz, General Manager

Brian has been with Evergreen since 2008 and is passionate about working for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of its customers.

Brian brings 10+ years of corporate operational management, while working in food service with Sodexho. An active part of the Belfast, Maine community, Brian spends the majority of his time with his family, including his wife Lindsey, two children, Genevieve and Anna, as well as their two Labrador retrievers.

Brian's home: Brian has a classic Maine home: inefficient, cold, and damp, with tremendous untapped energy upgrades just waiting to be tackled. Strategic air sealing in his attic just whetted his appetite for a more comprehensive project in the future.

Suzanne Winchenbach, Bookkeeper

Suzanne came to Evergreen in fall 2017. She brings a wealth of knowledge about bookkeeping and accounts payable and receivable. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

Energy Advisors

Justin McEdward Energy Advisor Evergreen Home PerformanceJustin McEdward, Portland-based Energy Advisor

Justin originally joined Evergreen as a Field Technician. Eager to engineer the improvements he'd been installing, he pursued BPI-certification as a Building Analyst and now serves as an Energy Advisor.

Justin's interest in energy efficiency stems from his enthusiasm for the outdoors and his passion for sustainable living, and he's been following Evergreen's growth since its beginnings. He was a student in Richard Burbank's 2009 building science class, and jumped at the opportunity to join the team. Justin feels lucky to do work that saves homeowners money while significantly reducing their carbon footprint and bringing economic benefits to the whole region. Justin and his wife Jenny live in Portland, Maine with their two children.

Justin's home: Justin and Jenny have already done several air sealing and insulation projects in their Portland home, and have installed solar panels and an air source heat pump to offset their dependency on oil to heat the house, and insulating the foundation walls and attic space is next on the list.

Bryan Pringle, Portland-based Energy Advisor/ Windows & Doors Specialist

Bryan joined the team in April 2013 to help expand Evergreen’s service in Southern Maine. He currently serves as an Energy Advisor and a Windows & Doors Specialist and is certified as a Building Analyst by the Building Performance Institute.

After driving tractor-trailers nationwide and supervising at Scholastic Book Fairs, Bryan decided to apply himself to an occupation that would make the world a greener place. He discovered that home performance is a perfect match for his skills and experience, and that Evergreen is Maine’s leader in the field. Bryan loves improving the efficiency of existing housing stock, giving people increased satisfaction in their homes, and getting down and dirty with the parts of a house that sometimes haven't been touched since they were built. Bryan’s wife Kelli is a minister at a Congregational Church in Westbrook, Maine. 

Bryan’s home: Bryan and Kelli live in downtown Saco in an 1848 cape built during the area’s early textile industrial period.  He’s in the process of making a full building envelope improvement. The attic portion is done, basement encapsulation is in the works, and sidewall insulation is coming up next.

Nate Spectre, Rockland-based Energy Advisor/ Windows & Doors Specialist

Nate started at Evergreen in 2010 and is an Energy Advisor with Evergreen and Windows & Doors Specialist, after having served as a Project Manager for six years. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Maine and is certified by the Building Performance Institute as an Energy Analyst.

Nate is a carpenter by trade and ran his own carpentry business prior to coming to Evergreen. He believes that energy efficiency goes hand in hand with all phases of construction, from new building to renovations and retrofits, and enjoys adding building science expertise to his extensive building experience. Nate and his wife Kimberly enjoy all things outdoors, from hiking and camping to cycling and coaching little league baseball for their sons, Peter and Samuel.

Nate's home: Nate designed and built his Searsmont, Maine home. His new expertise in building efficiency – something he suspects most carpenters and builders are lacking – has convinced him to do things a little differently if and when he builds again. Specifically, he'd detail his chimney chase differently, increase foundation wall insulation, and pay more attention to air sealing.

Project Managers

David Holmes, Portland-based Project Manager

David joined the team in October 2014 to help expand Evergreen's service in Southern Maine, and was promoted to Project Manager the following Fall. He recently earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Southern Maine, where he also studied Applied Energy.

David grew up working on his family's farm in Northern Maine and learned early the value of using our resources wisely. He joined Evergreen to deliver energy efficiency upgrades that help people, help the environment, and help keep Maine beautiful. When he's not air sealing and insulating homes, David enjoys hiking, camping, music, and hot-rods.

David's home: David lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Portland, Maine.

Bruce Merryman, Portland-based Project Manager

Bruce has worked with Evergreen since 2011 and currently serves as a Regional Project Manager. He is certified as a third-party inspector on Maine Uniform Building and Energy Codes.

Before joining Evergreen, Bruce worked in the construction trades on everything from seaside homes to commercial build-outs. Now focused on resolving comfort, moisture, and energy waste problems for homeowners, he feels a strong sense of pride for what he and the Evergreen team accomplish every day. Bruce enjoys being outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, cooking on a custom built wood fired cook stove, and playing the drums.

Bruce's home: Bruce lives in Harpswell, where he has dense-packed his walls, air sealed his attic and basement, and insulated his basement walls. He's installing heat recovery ventilation system, and attic insulation is next on the list.

Joel Miller, Rockland-based Project Manager

Joel joined Evergreen in 2015 and quickly found a way to transfer his multitue of problem-solving, farming, and construction skills to Evergreen's home performance work.

Prior to joining Evergreen, Joel developed his strong skill set through 12 years in metal work, welding, farming, and construction. He currently owns and operates Wild Miller farm with his wife and two children, in Palermo. They have cleared fields, enriched soils, built out-buildings, and renovated their home.

He enjoys working with his draft horses and spending time with his family, especially in the outdoors. He has applied many of his home performance skills to the renovation of his old farmhouse, including attic airsealing & insulation.

Rick Stevenson, Rockland-based Project Manager

Rick joined Evergreen in October 2013 and is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Envelope Professional.

Rick has a strong interest in reducing Maine's reliance on fossil fuels, and loves the challenge of solving problems for homeowners seeking to do the same. He has worked as a craftsman for a small manufacturing company. Rick lives in Hancock, Maine, where he can be found playing music, farming, and spending time with his wife and their three young sons.

Rick's home: Rick air sealed his 1870s Hancock farmhouse and updated the heating system and now lives in Orland.

Aaron Willson, Window & Door Installation Pro

Aaron owned and operated his own home repair business for 13 years before joining Evergreen's Window & Door division in 2019.

After spending many long cold winters in Maine, Aaron was eager to help Maine families reap the rewards of energy efficiency investments. He brings a wealth of home construction, local code compliance, and blueprint reading skills to his job. He enjoys giving his customers satisfaction through excellent customer service, attention to detail, and a get-it-done work ethic.

Aaron lives in Limington with his wife and seven children, in a circa 1840 Victorian home with plenty of upgrade opportunities! When not working on the housing or driving kids to lacrosse games, Aaron enjoys wood-working in his home shop.

Field Technicians

Jawad AlFatlawi, Field Technician

Jawad joined Evergreen in 2019 as a Field Technician, bringing unparalleled talents in wood-working from his years as a master instrument maker.

Jawad earned his Masters degree in Music Theory from the University of Baghad, Iraq, and has taught music theory and performance in both his native Iraq and his adopted home in Maine. In his woodshop, Jawad crafts the Iraqi traditional stringed instument, the oud, as well as guitars and other stringed instruments.

Besides enjoying the teamwork as a Field Technician with Evergreen, Jawad enjoys traveling around Maine and getting to know many of its towns and villages. He lives in Falmouth.

Steve Athearn, Field Technician

Steve joined Evergreen in 2009, and is our veteran Field Technician. He is certified as a Building Envelope Specialist by the Building Performance Institute.

Steve performed juggling and comedy shows on cruise ships and in other venues for years. The future of global energy supplies became a major preoccupation of his during the last few years of this jet-set lifestyle, so he was primed to get involved in the home performance industry when he met Richard Burbank at Rockland's community gardens. Steve enjoys working in a field that contributes to energy savings, and spends his free time studying physics and geology.

Steve's home: Steve lives in Rockland, Maine, where he has done some air sealing in his attic.

Ed Elwell, Field Technician

Eddie has been with Evergreen since 2010, and is one of our veteran Field Technicians.

Eddie has a long history of working on Maine homes, including fifteen years as a house painter. He enjoys the challenge of Evergreen's energy efficiency improvements, where every job is different and every project helps homeowners save money and be more comfortable. Eddie is known for his incredibly positive attitude, his amazing work ethic, and his willingness to go into all the small places in Maine homes with a smile. When he's not crawling through attics and basements, Eddie can be found fishing and camping with his family.

Eddie's home: Eddie lives in Winterport, Maine with his wife Sally and his faithful sidekick, a dog named Chance.

Roland Nguimbi, Field Technician

Roland joined Evergreen in May, 2018. He hails from the Republic of Congo and lived and studied in China for nine years. With a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering and experience in industrial settings, Roland brings a multitude of problem-solving skills to his work. Roland enjoys helping customers solve their problems and his fluency in four languages (English, Lingala, Mandarin, and French) helps Evergreen cross many cultural bridges!

Roland lives in Portland with his wife and two children. At home, Roland enjoys cooking, reading, and watching sports.

Joshua Schwartz, Field Technician

After a career teaching philosophy at various universities, Joshua was ready for some hands-on work! Joshua joined Evergreen in 2019 and serves as a Field Technician in the Midcoast area.

Joshua earned his PhD in philosophy from the university of Chicago and taught the subject -- along with logic and writing --  to students in Virginia, California, Illinois,and Maryland. He brings his problem-solving skills steeped in the logical process to bear in solving tough building science challenges in Maine's diverse housing stock.

He lives in Cusing with his partner, Emily. Joshua enjoys reading philosophy, doing mathematics, and watching and playing hockey. In addition, he likes to run, bend and breathe in yoga, and romp around the outdoors.

Angel White, Field Technician

Angel joined Evergreen as a Field Technician in 2019, bringing experience in supply management, roofing and gutter installation, and a can-do attitude honed as a Specialist in the Maine Army National Guard.

She was excited to transfer her existing skills to a new challenge in home performance work and is eager to help people in her community save energy and money. She grew up in the Midcoast area and has her Certification in Residential Construction from the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland.

Angel lives in Thomaston and enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, camping, working out, and hanging out with her family.

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