They say the only constant in the world is change, and that has certainly been true over the past 18 months.
As COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of life during that time, we at Phius have been lucky enough to not only stay the course, but greatly expand. Our vision is only getting larger, and in order to make that vision a reality, we needed some help.
We are thrilled to say that we got exactly the help we needed with several new additions to the Phius staff. Each staff member brings their own unique skill set to the table and will be instrumental in the future of our organization.
Without further adieu, we would like to introduce the newest members of the Phius staff!
Jennie Eber, Alliance Constituent Coordinator
Jennie started at Phius in August of 2020. She serves as the Alliance Constituent Coordinator at Phius, supporting members and chapters across the country. She works closely with members to ensure they receive the best possible benefits of being part of Phius. Prior to joining Phius, Jennie worked in development for a local tax assistance organization after moving from Philadelphia where she worked in membership organizations supporting volunteers and communications across internal and external platforms. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofits.
Jennie has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo College as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration, nonprofit management from George Mason University.
Michael Franco, Product Certification Program Coordinator
Michael Franco joined Phius in October 2020 as the Product Certification Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Phius, Michael worked as an account manager for an MRO distributor in the industrial sector.
He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University and an M.S. in Project Management from USC.
Max Lapthorne, Marketing Communications Specialist
Max Lapthorne joined Phius in May of 2021 as the Marketing Communications Specialist. Prior to joining Phius, he worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist on an in-house marketing team in Hoffman Estates where he spearheaded the launch of a new loyalty program. He also previously worked as a newspaper editor for 22nd Century Media in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago.
Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University
John Loercher, Certification Staff
John Loercher joined the Phius certification team in August of 2021. He provides design review, updates our existing CPHC training curriculum and helps expand the advanced training offerings at Phius. Prior to joining the certification team, John has been an active CPHC since 2016 and has certified all building types ranging from single-family and multi-family residential, commercial, new construction and retrofits. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and holds a masters of architecture from Parsons the New School for Design.
He is currently on the advisory board of the Phius Alliance – Hudson Valley chapter and serves as the Secretary and Northeast Regional Representative for the national Phius Alliance chapter.
Al Mitchell, Technical Staff
Al Mitchell joined the Phius team in July 2020 to aid in technical capacities, ranging from research to project certification. He holds degrees in architectural engineering and architecture from Illinois Tech and Ball State University respectively.
Steven Reid-Wynn, Office Administrator
Steven Reid-Wynn joined Phius in June of 2020 as the office administrator, where he supplies administrative and financial support for the staff.
Prior to Phius, he has worked as an Accounting/Finance Manager for an IT staffing firm and Bookkeeper/Office Manager for a local startup. He has more than 20 years of experience working within accounting departments, office management, and operations. He studied Accounting at Kentucky State University and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
Josh Ruedin, Professional Training and Education Programs Manager
Josh Ruedin joined Phius in January of 2021 as the Professional Training and Education Programs Manager. He oversees live and on-demand training offerings and works closely with stakeholders and subject matter experts to ensure that Phius’ certification trainings and continuing education offerings provide quality learning opportunities.
He has worked as a high school English teacher, managed continuing education programs for radiologists, and directed online safety and health trainings for frontline construction and industry workers.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.