Staff

Administrative

Lissa McCracken - Executive Director

Lissa McCracken

Executive Director

Responsibilities

Ms. McCracken is responsible for management and oversight of the Center’s business operations, strategic direction and staff. She evaluates and develops the service functions of KPPC to ensure that customer needs are met. She is also responsible for establishing and implementing Center policies and procedures as well as identifying new funding opportunities to support KPPC’s mission.

Experience

Ms. McCracken was appointed Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center in April 2015. She has served as Acting Director since 2013 following the retirement of Cam Metcalf. Ms. McCracken has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field and has been a KPPC team member since 1998. She has also served as Communications & Outreach Program Manager, Pollution Prevention Specialist and Training Coordinator at the Center. Prior to joining KPPC, Ms. McCracken held positions as an environmental inspector, engineering technologist and enforcement specialist for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

Educational Background

  • B.S. Biology, Eastern Kentucky University

Technical Services

Mark Toda - Senior Sustainability Engineer

Mark Toda

Senior Sustainability Engineer

Responsibilities

Mr. Toda joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Senior Sustainability Engineer in August 2015. He is responsible for leading the Center’s engineering team and provides technical assistance for client requests pertaining to pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficiency (E2) topics. He assists with P2/E2 related projects including development and delivery of training and workshops.

Experience

Mark has over 30 years of experience in providing engineering and technical assistance to business and industry. Working with an industrial extension program at Penn State University, he provided engineering-based improvement opportunities to Pennsylvania manufacturers and entrepreneurs in a variety of technical areas, including new product development, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. At KPPC, Mark continues to provide pollution prevention, energy engineering and sustainable manufacturing assistance to Kentucky business and industry. After attending graduate school at Cornell University, Mark worked for nearly 9 years in development engineering at the IBM Corporation in Endicott, New York.

Educational Background

  • B.S. Bioengineering, Syracuse University
  • M.S. Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell University

Certifications

  • Certified Energy Manager

Professional Development / Awards

  • Facilities Energy Audit – Sponsored by the National Electrical Contractor’s Association (NECA)
  • New Products for Industrial Markets – Penn State Institute for the Study of Business Materials
  • Customer Driven Strategic Planning – Sponsored by Catalyst Connection
  • Management Practices – IBM Management School
  • Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award – Sponsored by TechBridge, an organization that strives to create and embrace entrepreneurial opportunities with the purpose of growing technology.

Matthew Newcomer - Sustainability Engineer

Matthew Newcomer

Sustainability Engineer

Responsibilities

Matthew joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Sustainability Engineer in March 2023. He provides support for KPPC’s pollution prevention and energy efficiency assistance services.

Experience

Matthew has three years of experience in the manufacturing sector. Prior to coming to KPPC, he worked as a Process Engineer for Nifco America where he addressed process efficiency impacts and resolution of production related issues that achieved product consistency and waste minimization outcomes. Matthew was also responsible for establishing and documenting product trials for standardization. Additionally, he worked on process improvement projects and developed data automation tools.

Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville

Certifications / Awards

  • Most Outstanding Student (J. B. Speed School of Engineering)

Andrea Rock - Senior Sustainability Engineer

Andrea Rock

Senior Sustainability Engineer

Responsibilities

Andrea joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Senior Sustainability Engineer in October 2023. She provides technical assistance for client requests pertaining to pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficiency (E2) topics. She also assists with P2/E2 related projects including development and delivery of training and workshops.

Experience

Prior to coming to KPPC Andrea worked as the energy manager for Bullitt County Public Schools where she was responsible for developing the district’s energy management program from the ground up. This included establishing processes and procedures for energy data collection and analysis and building operation standards. She was also responsible for creating a student engagement program. In this role she was the main operator of the building automation system and was responsible for overseeing proper operation of the HVAC systems. Andrea has over 15 years of experience working with commercial and educational facilities, assisting them with identifying energy conservation measures and HVAC system optimization opportunities.

Education

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville

Certifications

  • Certified Energy Manager

Julia Bader – Student Engineer

Julia Bader

Student Engineer

    Responsibilities

    Ms. Bader is a Bioengineering major at UofL and works with KPPC through the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Ms. Bader provides support on environmental sustainability projects by surveying processes and equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and conducting research for technical assistance requests.

    Daniel Do – Student Engineer

    Daniel Do

    Student Engineer

      Responsibilities

      Mr. Do is a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Louisville and works with KPPC through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Mr. Do provides support on environmental sustainability projects by surveying processes and equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and conducting research for technical assistance requests.

      Nic Yamnitz – Student Engineer

      Nic Yamnitz

      Student Engineer

        Responsibilities

        Mr. Yamnitz is a Computer Science and Engineering major at the University of Louisville and works with KPPC through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Mr. Yamnitz provides support on environmental sustainability projects by surveying processes and equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and conducting research for technical assistance requests.

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