Anna LaRue – Principal
Anna LaRue is a Founder and Principal of Resource Refocus LLC. Previously, she was a Senior Regulatory Analyst with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) in charge of the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program to support ZNE development in California. She has been an architectural program coordinator with the PG&E Pacific Energy Center, an instructor for Boston Architectural College, and researched demand response technology through the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment. Ms. LaRue earned a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Building Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Physics from Smith College.
Carrie Brown, Ph.D. – Senior Technical Consultant
Carrie Brown is a Senior Technical Consultant at Resource Refocus LLC. Previously, she was an Associate Technical Director in Building Science at the Heschong Mahone Group, which merged with TRC Energy Solutions. There, she focused on building simulation and energy policy research, with an emphasis on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) in commercial, residential, and multifamily buildings. Carrie was also the first building technology specialist at Retroficiency and a research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where her research included optimization methods, thermal comfort and productivity studies, demand response technologies, HVAC technologies and controls, and distributed generation models. Carrie is currently on the Steering Committee for the 2015 ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference, and she previously chaired the Scientific Committee for the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA Building Simulation Conference. Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. in Building Technology from MIT, a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Building Science from UCB, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT.
Vrushali Mendon - Senior Technical Consultant
Vrushali Mendon is a Senior Technical Consultant at Resource Refocus LLC. Her background is in large-scale building energy analyses, including building modeling, regression-based analyses, statistical analyses of field experiments, cost-effectiveness and optimization. She has extensive experience in creating analytical frameworks for supporting policy decisions at the regional and national scale. Before joining Resource Refocus, Vrushali was a Senior Research Engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). At PNNL, she led the Residential Building Energy Codes R&D team in conducting complex analyses for the US Department of Energy (DOE) and was responsible for the development of the DOE Residential Prototype Building models widely used in the industry and academia. Vrushali earned her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University with a concentration in Heat Transfer and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Margaret Pigman – Technical Consultant
Margaret Pigman is a Technical Consultant at Resource Refocus LLC. Previously, she was a Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. Her research focused on occupant behavior and thermal comfort in naturally ventilated, mixed mode, and air conditioned office buildings. She enjoys creating visualizations that allow people to explore and learn from data. Margaret earned a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Building Science from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Physics from Williams College.
Doe Dearr - Assistant Consultant
Juliana "Doe" Dearr is an Assistant Consultant at Resource Refocus LLC. Currently, they are an MBA candidate at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College. They specialize in communications and management practices that revolve around the business potentials of healthy buildings and sustainable infrastructure. Doe first developed passion for sustainable building when they worked with Community Rebuilds to build affordable straw-bale homes in Moab, UT. Doe earned a B.A. in Anthropology from New College of Florida.
Charryse Bigger - Business Operations Coordinator
Charryse Bigger is the Business Operations Coordinator at Resource Refocus LLC. Charryse was previously with Enterprise Holdings. There, her main role was in the sales division where she developed sales teams, managed contracts and RFPs, and grew business to business sales. Charryse earned her B.A. in Biology from Smith College. In her free time, Charryse skates with the Rose City Wreckers, is an active member of her local book club, and enjoys spending time with her family.