Mel Baiser, Partner
Mel has over a dozen years of experience in the construction industry, both in the field as a carpenter and weatherization installer and in the office as a project manager and estimator. Mel came into the trades after working as a community organizer and social justice activist. A 7th generation Vermonter from a family of builders and farmers, Mel has also lived on the West Coast and in Central America. Motivated by working for climate justice, sustainable community development, healthy, efficient and affordable homes, Mel returned to their roots in Vermont in 2010 and lives in Brattleboro with their wife and son. Mel is a founding member of the Lost River Racial Justice Collective and an active participant in the Southern-VT based Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON). In addition to a BA in Sociology from Linfield College, Mel holds a certificate in Construction Management from California State University, East Bay, has been a BPI Certified Professional, and is a Passive House U.S. Certified Builder. Mel is a bilingual Spanish speaker and enjoys martial arts, music and running.
Kate Stephenson, Partner
Kate is an experienced leader in the fields of green building, professional education, sustainability, and business management. She’s worked with established and emerging businesses and non-profits to achieve triple bottom line metrics, develop business systems, and plan for a dynamic and resilient future. She has deep experience in post-secondary education, and led the Yestermorrow Design/Build School for over thirteen years. Her design and planning expertise includes a foundation in regenerative design principles and master plan development. Kate helped to develop and is a facilitator for NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines program. Kate is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, the Chair of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of the Urban Death Project and the Vermont Council on Rural Development. She is a Certified Passive House Builder and a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor. She holds a MS in Management from Antioch University New England and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College.
Rachel Roy, Bookkeeper
Rachel is a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor and a member of the Intuit Pro Advisor Advisory Board with over 35 years in business management, marketing and consulting. She has a diverse range of experience including over 20 years of construction business management, job cost tracking, development of office systems policies and procedures, and startup accounting management for several new firms. Fifteen years of school board work has given her a full understanding of large school renovation projects. She has training and experience in federal contract and cost tracking requirements and can help set up logical budgets and reporting formats that meet federal tracking and job costing protocols. Her aptitude for deciphering complex regulations and legalese provides the background necessary to work through contract development, insurance and billing issues. With her undergraduate work as an environmental science major, Rachel brings a strong understanding of environmental and historical preservation processes.
Amelia Box, Assistant Project Manager
Amelia Box was the Assistant Director of HomeFreeHome, a design-build nonprofit for families with accessibility needs. She has worked for three years in general carpentry and timber framing. She is a co-founder of We Are Carpenters, a western Massachusetts-based networking and support group for women and gender non-conforming people in the trades. She holds a degree in green building from Hampshire College and is a LEED Green Associate. She is a member of Carpenters Local 108 and is a project manager at an organic, no till farm in Hadley, MA.