Our Team

The BERC team members are national leaders in community-scale biomass district energy, institutional wood heating, and sustainable management of biomass resources. —The BERC team consists of the following executives, senior managers, and program staff:

Christine Donovan

Christine Donovan has over 30 years of experience in consulting on renewable energy with a focus on biomass issues. Since joining VEIC in 2008 Christine has continued her leadership in the biomass energy sector. Christine was selected by the Electric Power Research Institute and National Audubon Society to serve on the prestigious National Biofuels Roundtable; was a Founding Board Member of the Renewable Energy 4 Policy Project based in Washington, D.C; was appointed by President Clinton to serve on his national Climate Change Task Force; and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Solar Energy Society, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Maine Solar Energy Association. Prior to joining VEIC, Christine was the President and Founder of C.T. Donovan Associates, Inc., an environmental and renewable energy consulting firm providing research, analysis, policy, and regulatory support to a wide range of public and private sector clients throughout the U.S. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Hampshire College.

Rebecca Foster

With over a dozen years of experience in the energy efficiency industry, Rebecca joined VEIC in 2011. She deftly pursues excellence in energy efficiency program design and establishes strategic partnerships between environmental advocates, utilities, trade associations, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Prior to her work at VEIC, Rebecca worked at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, developing national approaches to increase the energy efficiency of lighting, appliances, air conditioners, electronics, and new building construction. She holds a Bachelor of Art from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College.

Juliette Juillerat

Juliette is a project manager, economic researcher, and analyst who screens energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and programs. She has conducted dozens of site visits and prefeasibility assessments for converting public and commercial buildings to wood chip and pellet heating systems. In addition to over 5 years of experience working on modern wood heating consulting, she has conducted numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy program reviews to assess program impacts and provided guidance on optimal rebate levels to balance market uptake with cost effectiveness. She previously coordinated the Efficiency Vermont Efficient Products program, working with field staff, marketing specialists, retailers, manufacturers, subcontractors, other market players, and governmental agencies. Juliette has forestry research experience and has completed wood heating trainings in the US and Austria, including the intensive Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems course, and the International Training Seminar Biomass Heating Market Development and Technologies hosted by the Upper Austrian Energiesparverband in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from McGill University, and a Master of Science from the University of Vermont.

Adam Sherman

Adam has more than 20 years of experience in the biomass energy industry, and has directed BERC’s technology and biomass fuel supply activities for over ten years. His work focuses on wood energy program design and delivery for government agencies and technical consulting services for heating project feasibility and assessing wood fuel supply. Adam consults frequently for industries, businesses, and communities exploring the feasibility of biomass district heating throughout North America. Adam serves as the Chairman of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) and also serves on the Editorial Board of Biomass Magazine. Prior to working for the Biomass Energy Resource Center, Sherman was the General Manager of a commercial composting operation in Burlington, Vermont for ten years. Adam is proficient in German and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.