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Meet the Team - State Facility Utility Management

Rick Kumar-Rathor, Energy Consultant

As an Energy Consultant with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP), Rick guides the strategic efforts of the Office’s State Facility Utility Management (SFUM) team and oversees SFUM’s continued support and maintenance of the State’s Utility Data Management (UDM) platform, which centralizes utility consumption and cost data for all State-owned and managed facilities.

Prior to joining TDEC, Rick worked as a planner, mechanical engineering project manager, procurement executive, and consultant within the manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, rail, industrial, and construction sectors. Rick holds a B.Eng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Westminster, London; an M.B.A. with Finance from Sheffield University, Sheffield; and an MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy from Brunel University, London.  He is also certified as a PRINCE2 practitioner project manager and an accredited member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Chartered Institute for Building Service Engineers, and Project Management Institute. 

Austin Brown, Energy Analyst

Austin is an Energy Analyst with the TDEC SFUM team. He leads quality control measures and validation for the UDM project, which involves the comparison of platform data to end-user utility cost and consumption data. He also analyzes utility data to provide energy savings recommendations for State facilities. Prior to joining TDEC, Austin worked with commercial and municipal customers as a project developer on energy savings performance contracts and building retrofit projects. Austin has also worked as a residential energy consultant and building scientist, wherein he performed code compliance testing in accordance with the International Energy Conservation Code standards and made energy efficiency recommendations to homeowners and home builders. Austin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jeremy McBride, Senior Data Analyst

Jeremy is a Senior Data Analyst for the TDEC SFUM team. He leads accounts payable integration, technical support, and statistical analysis for SFUM’s UDM platform. He also provides support for General Government capital projects and other programs tied to software integration, benchmarking, data analysis, project identification, and annual reporting of utility costs, usage, and savings. Prior to joining TDEC, Jeremy worked for the Department of General Services in Energy and Sustainability, within the State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management Division (STREAM). While with STREAM, he managed several energy initiatives for State-owned and managed facilities. Jeremy holds a B.S. in Housing Design and Resource Property Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is also certified as a PEM with the Institute of Energy Professionals.

Natalie Dallriva, Grants Analyst 3

As a Grants Analyst for TDEC OEP, Natalie manages the SFUM budget and assists with related fiscal and compliance items. With regard to the UDM platform, Natalie supports vendor maintenance for utility providers and contributes to ongoing platform maintenance and utility data collection. Prior to joining TDEC, Natalie worked in both the financial industry as well as in civil engineering. Natalie holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Christopher Newport University and an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida.

Ryan Stanton, Senior Consultant for Strategic Energy Intiatives

Ryan is a Senior Consultant for Strategic Energy Initiatives for TDEC OEP. He supports the SFUM team on projects related to energy savings performance contracting, energy efficiency, and electric utility metering. He also provides support to the UDM project, assisting with facility benchmarking, accounts payable integration, and end-user training. Prior to joining TDEC, Ryan worked on software development, smart cities design, energy efficiency, advanced metering, and microgrid projects in the private sector. Ryan earned his B.S. in General Engineering with a minor in Business Administration from Gonzaga University.