Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals


  • Josh Manders

    Project Specialist | View Linked in Profile

    Josh Manders

    As a 2009 graduate of the Energy Management program, his current responsibilities vary heavily between “under the hood” technical tasks (all things digital & IT; system design, integration & programming; digital building controls, data analysis & management) and heavily creative assignments (strategic planning & proposals; project & grant management; collaborative learning, educational frameworks & online course development).

    Having a problem with your digital technology? Josh is our talented technical guide, resident gadgeteer and will repair the issue with a wave of his hand (right or left - doesn't matter)*. His dedicated interest and involvement within the energy industry, continually motivates him to find solutions and new opportunities for energy efficient design.

    * Handwaving is not an industry recognized troubleshooting technique.

  • Elaine Vidal

    Project Specialist | 541-463-6163

    Elaine is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Psychology who worked as a social worker before graduating from the Energy Management program in 2004. She found the program so worthwhile and the comradeship of the faculty and staff so appealing that she stayed on as NWEEI’s jack-of-all trades, covering a wide range of duties. She has been involved in every aspect of NWEEI's programs, acting alternately as planner and expediter and, on a human level, counselor and tutor.

  • Erik Westerholm

    Project Specialist / Red Team Leader | 541-463-6170

    Erik grew up on farms in Lane and Clatsop counties, and always marveled at the self sufficient lifestyles of his Scandinavian grandparents. A degree in Geography from the University of Oregon led to a career in Aerial Photography, and an interest in Renewable Energy led him to NWEEI. Erik enrolled in 2003, began working for NWEEI in 2004, and the rest is history.

    Erik facilitates the Building Operator Certification Program, administers the Oregon Renewable Energy Apprenticeships, and travels widely to promote the Energy Programs. Erik enjoys Habitat and Stream-bed Restoration projects and can be seen puttering about the West in his bright blue bio-diesel powered Chevy LUV. Give a friendly honk, and he'll pull over to let you pass!

  • Ginny Young

    Office Manager |  

    Ever since the program's re-birth in 1992 and the addition of the Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) in 1997, Ginny has acted as our Energy Program midwife.

    Ginny passed away recently.  We leave this here in honor of all the wonderful memories. You are missed. 

    She is the guru of finances as well as the magician keeping our heads above the rising waters. She is the pacifier, arbitrator and counselor for both student and staff! In other words; Ginny manages the office, Coordinates our various programs and workshops for students and staff, directs traffic, keep things progressing, protects the fort, and bakes delicious cookies to encourage attendance at our staff meetings. She possesses a tremendous wealth of knowledge regarding  NWEEI and is usually the first line of information when you need help or program information.