Board of Directors
The IGSHPA stakeholders
Michael Albertson joined WaterFurnace International in 2007 as Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing and currently holds the title of Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. Prior to WaterFurnace, Albertson served eleven years as Director of Commercial Geothermal Sales and National Accounts Manager for a major manufacturer of water source and geothermal heat pumps. He also owned and operated a commercial HVAC and mechanical equipment company for more than 10 years. Albertson installed his first geothermal system more than 30 years ago and has since sold, designed and installed thousands of geothermal systems nationwide and abroad. Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Oklahoma State University. He has served numerous terms on the IGSHPA Advisory Council and held IGSHPA Certifications of: GeoExchange Designer, Installer, and Train the Trainer. He is also a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; Association of Energy Engineers; American Military Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Air Conditioning Contractors of America; and National Ground Water Association. He is a company member of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute.
Garen is the managing member of Ewbank Geo Testing, LLC (Ewbank and Associates) and pioneered direct measurement of the thermal conductivity of the earth for the ground-source industry. Ewbank inspects, measures, and verifies ground-source systems throughout the U.S., Canada and Western Europe along with providing verification of carbon offsets for Geo Exchange Offsets L.L.C. Garen has conducted thousands of in situ thermal conductivity tests for many large commercial, industrial and educational facilities, since 1994.
Garen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University. Garen is a Lifetime Member of the Association of Energy Engineers where he holds a Certified Sustainable Development Professional Certification. He is also a board member and past president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.
Through IGSHPA, Garen is an accredited installer, Certified GeoExchange Designer and a trainer. Garen is a past advisory council member, current marketing and membership committee member, and training committee member.
Garen is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Demand- Side Manager, and Certified Business Energy Professional.
Cary Smith is a founding Principal of Sound Geothermal Corporation and currently serves as president and CEO for SGT, a design engineering firm, manufacturer’s representative, and distributor for ground-source heat pump equipment and accessories. Cary has been a pioneer in development of hybrid GeoExchange systems and community hybrid systems. He serves on the IGSHPA Standards Committee and the IGSHPA Training Committee. Cary also serves as the current Chairman of ASHRAE Technical Committee 6.8 “Geothermal Utilization and Applied Heat Recovery” and as a member of ASHRAE TC 6.7 “Solar Energy”. He recently assisted in drafting ASHRAE’s and NGWA’s response to the EPA proposed emissions reduction addition to the Clean Air Act. Cary serves on the NGWA Government Affairs Ground Source Heat Pump sub-committee and serves on the Utah State Chapter Board of Trustees for the Association of Energy Engineers. Cary is a certified IGSHPA Trainer, Certified GeoExchange Trainer, Certified GeoExchange Designer, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Energy Auditor.
Dominique Durbin is a geothermal loop contractor who holds drillers licenses in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, and is an NGWA Certified Vertical Closed Loop Driller. His drilling experience is with mud and air rotary drilling throughout the Midwest USA. He has also installed water wells in Kenya, Africa, through Christian Mission organizations.
Dominique is a longstanding, active member of IGSHPA where he serves on the IGSHPA Training Committee and is an IGSHPA Accredited Installer, Driller, and Trainer. He has served on the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois’ Board of Directors and on the Illinois Department of Public Health Closed Loop Advisory Board.
Allan Skouby has been in the geothermal heat pump industry for more than 30 years. He has been the co-owner and vice president of GeoPro, Inc, in Bowie, Texas, for 21 years and is the co-owner and president of Geothermal Resource Technologies and co-owner of Zenith Corporation. He is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. He served as a co-chairman of IGSHPA Standards Committee, past member of the IGSHGPA Advisory Council and IGSHPA Board of Directors, committee member for ANSI/NSF Standard 358, former employee of GEOsystems, Inc. (8 years – Stillwater, OK), Vanguard Plastics, Inc. (7 years – McPherson, KS) and Phillips Driscopipe (2 years – Richardson, TX).
Mike Stevens has been a Territory Manager for geothermal manufacturers, since 2006, with geothermal experience covering Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. Mike’s career started with Stevens Heating and Air Conditioning, designing large geothermal projects for commercial properties and multi-family facilities, in the Northern and Mid-western climates. With over 20 years in the ground source heat pump industry, Stevens has earned geo application certification from the University of Wisconsin for installation & design. Mike has received recognition as an industry leader in promoting quality designs and geothermal loop fields. Currently, he is using his knowledge and passion, working with multiple developers across varying markets, to cultivate geothermal exclusive communities.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Daniel Fisher is Professor and Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University-College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been at OSU since 1999 and holds the Albert H. Nelson Jr. Chair in the Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and a Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. He has published more than forty journal articles, presented at numerous conferences and co-authored two books related to HVAC systems. His research areas include geothermal heat pump systems, building energy analysis and load calculations, numerical heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal system simulation and design and simulation of building systems.
Mark Gallier has more than 38 years’ experience in the HVAC industry. His first experience with geothermal was in the mid 80’s while working for a distributor who was involved in a project with a local contractor and utility. He also owned and operated an HVAC company and installed many geothermal systems. Since then, he has been training and providing technical support for a distributor and two different manufacturers. Gallier is on the corporate marketing support team with Alabama Power Company working with the Mobile Division Marketing Team in Mobile, AL. In his role, he assists the Mobile Division with reaching their Marketing goals, supporting programs and providing training and technical support. He also supports the Alabama HVAC Training Center in Verbena, AL by teaching several courses, including the AI course. He is an IGSHPA Accredited Installer and AI Trainer, an ACCA Certified Instructor, a Certified Home Energy Rater, Certified Residential Energy Auditor, Certified Duct and Envelope Tightness Verifier, and a Duct and Envelope Tightness Instructor.
Michael B. Hadley
Michael Hadley started Climate Control Heating & Cooling Co., Inc. in 1980, where he installed open loop geothermal systems. He installed his first closed loop system in 1994. Michael has installed 1,000s of geothermal systems in North and South Carolina. Since purchasing his first drill rig in in 1996, he has installed 1,000s of vertical loops for numerous residential, commercial, government, and institutional projects from a 2-ton capacity to 160-ton capacity. He is an IGSHPA Accredited Installer, a Certified GeoExchange Designer, an IGSHPA Accredited Trainer and a Certified Geothermal Inspector.
Ex-Officio, Board Member