OUR TEAM

Diane Vrkic
Founder & CEO

San Francisco

Diane founded Waypoint with one desire, transform the way commercial buildings access and use information. She is passionate about building a company that makes a meaningful difference.

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Laura Turner
Senior Analyst

Chicago

Laura facilitates financial incentive programs for energy efficiency projects in existing commercial buildings and new construction projects. Before landing at Waypoint, she earned a degree in Environmental & Urban Studies and worked in corporate sustainability and recruiting. You can usually find her eating around Chicago, testing new recipes in her kitchen, and reading.

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Joe Schmeits
Senior Analyst

Portland

Joe works to bring financial incentives to clients in the large office sector for the Existing Building Program. He uses his property and project management background, along with his passion for conservation, to assist clients in the upgrade process. Outside of work Joe loves cooking, playing and listening to music, and traveling with his wife.

Johnathon Fata
Vice President

San Diego

Johnathon oversees the design and implementation of Waypoint’s programs nationally, collaborating closely with CRE and utility partners to increase building performance. In a former life, he spent his days working with regulators and utilities to accelerate the adoption of renewables. During the weekend, you’ll usually find him somewhere in the outdoors with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

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Stephanie Huang
Analyst

Baltimore

Using her background in Geography and Environmental Engineering, Stephanie is currently involved in programs to aid incentive-based energy efficiency projects within the commercial real estate and industrial sectors. Before Waypoint, she conducted carbon capture and sequestration research with the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She loves hiking, puzzling, and traveling. One of her bucket list items is to try ethnic food from every country around the world!

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Alex Kampf
Senior Analyst

Portland

Alex is an Environmental and Ecological Engineer with a love for systems efficiency. He's all about improving water and energy usage across multiple industries. Alex leverages localized sustainability solutions to deliver energy efficiency to grocery and retail customers in Oregon. Off the clock, you'll find Alex crafting in his workshop, attending live music, or peacefully wandering through nature.

Jennifer Allen
Director

Ann Arbor

Jenn’s focus on improving the built environment and driving an advanced energy economy includes over 11 years of experience in the energy industry. Between managing utility energy efficiency programs in the both the residential and commercial sector and years of market research, Jenn has a deep understanding of successful program design and execution. In her free time, you can find her in the wood shop working on furniture projects or teaching her six month old son about lightbulbs.

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Brian Keller
Associate

Chicago

Brian uses his engineering background and eye for analytics to help commercial real estate partners translate building performance into energy savings. He has a knack for finding projects that reduce NOI, increase asset value, and align with energy efficiency incentive programs. In his free time, Brian can be found at his neighborhood bar for weekly trivia or searching for a new podcast to listen to.

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Amy Haddox
Associate

Portland

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Nikki Burton
Manager

Portland

Amy deploys our New Construction program in Portland, OR. She works with a variety of decision-makers to ensure the implementation of energy efficient measures, helping them access financial incentives in the region. Prior to joining the Waypoint team, she worked in sustainability programs for government and utility clients across the West Coast and trained as a commercial electrician. Outside of work, she is continually exploring for a new trail, a new beer, or a new adventure!

Nikki relies on her love of communication and networking to engage with folks in the government sector, planning for and implementing energy efficiency measures. She works with stakeholders in different local, state, and federal agencies, helping prioritize and manage project timelines. Nikki loves spending time with her family, specifically playing board and card games (Cribbage!), traveling, and learning new trivia facts.

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Austin Alvey Aguilera
Senior Analyst

Portland

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Taylor Nickel
Senior Analyst

Portland

For years, Austin has worked with the Industrial Assessment Center at Oregon State University as an energy analyst; and with the Existing Buildings program as an account manager, energy advisor, and engineer. He is currently working as a healthcare and data centers energy advisor for an Existing Buildings program in Oregon. In his spare time Austin enjoys reading fantasy novels, gaming (of many kinds), skiing, and fencing.

Taylor specializes in developing and executing incentive-based energy efficiency projects for existing buildings. Prior to Waypoint, she earned her degree in Environmental Economics and Policy while working on local solar energy development projects. In her free time, you'll find her running and exploring trails in and around Oregon.

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Donald Williams
Senior Analyst

Portland

Donald comes from the Tribal Energy development sector having worked with both state and government agencies. His background in environmental science research, community development, and Tribal Treaty rights has helped him develop a multi-faceted approach with various stakeholders. In his free time, you can find Donald lifting heavy weights as a competitive powerlifter.