Instructor Disclosure Policy

All IBOA instructors have extensive experience in the subject matter in which they are instructing.  

Building Operator Certification (BOC) instructors are experienced in facilities maintenance and operation as well as being excellent teachers. They have employment experience in the facility specialty they are teaching, plus an average of 10 years of instruction experience in the workplace. All BOC instructors are evaluated by the students and each continues to be ranked "very good to excellent."

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Brad Acker, P.E.

Research Scientist

University of Idaho, Integrated Design Lab, Department of Art and Architecture

306 S. 6th St.
Boise, ID 83702

Brad Acker is a Mechanical Engineer and Research Scientist at the University of Idaho, Integrated Design Lab in Boise. His research has focused on building energy efficiency measure evaluation, the total building commissioning process, holistic building audits, building operations and energy management control systems. Brad has worked on the energy supply side as a project engineer for a deep sea drilling contractor, a design engineer of construction equipment, process improvement implementer using Lean and Six Sigma techniques, and an HVAC installer. Brad is a Professional Engineer in Idaho, with a Masters of Engineering from the University of Idaho, and an undergraduate degree from Montana State University in Bozeman. Other certifications include Quality Commissioning Process Provider from the University of Wisconsin and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional from the Association of Energy Engineers. In this free time Brad enjoys his involvement as a volunteer with Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit and the newly formed NSP 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol. From running to rafting Brad thoroughly enjoys the time when he is not in front of a computer writing research papers or on a rooftop inspecting HVAC equipment.

Dave Beck

Following enlistment in the US Air Force, Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from BYU. Following graduation he went to the INL, the Nuclear Research Site West of Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he was the first Energy Management Engineer in Idaho State. He also spent 10 years as an Energy Management Engineer for Puget Sound Power and Light in Western Washington and another 10 years as Energy Management Engineer with Idaho Power. His work with the Utilities was with Commercial and Industrial customers performing energy audits and overseeing retrofit projects with customers such as Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper, Safeway Stores, Simplot, Ore-Ida, as well as many school districts, office buildings and retail facilities. Dave has been the Instructor for IBOA since 1999 and has since trained over 1000 Building Operators in states such as Maryland and California with several in between. David and his wife of 45 years are parents of 5 children and grandparents of 18 awesome grandchildren. Dave’s hobbies are wood working, camping, canoeing and bee keeping.

Dennis Bowns

Executive Director

Green Motors Practices Group

Dennis Bowns’ career includes more than 30 years in the electric motor and motor control industry. For the last nine years, he has worked as a technical field consultant specializing in electric motor efficiency issues. In this capacity, he has presented more than 100 seminars and workshops to industrial motor users, motor service centers and commercial building operators throughout the West. A member of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) since 1977, Dennis has addressed 10 EASA conferences, representing nine of the 11 Western States, on electric motor efficiency technical issues and shop procedures to retain or improve motor efficiency and reliability during rewinding. Additionally, he founded and organized high quality motor service centers forming the Green Motors Practices Group. Based on that organization’s protocol the Regional Technical Forum approved the Group’s Green Rewinds as an energy efficiency measure making it available to electric utilities to incentivize.

Karen Chase, MBA, MSPH

Karen Chase, MBA, MSPH, brings experience that intersects health science, energy, and building science. For nearly 20 years she worked as a professional Industrial Hygienist, assessing workplaces/buildings, collecting and interpreting environmental samples, and identifying improvements for occupant health and safety. Over the past several years she has branched into public sector energy work, primarily renewable energy policy, project development and green building, and into Oregon's housing finance agency, taking a lead role in green building policy, development and financing, and community engagement. One of her recent projects joins multiple state and federal agencies with regional and local jurisdictions, electric utilities, manufacturers, financiers, and other private and non-profit entities, to upgrade or replace substandard structures, reducing adverse occupant health effects and minimizing energy loads. She also has extensive experience in adult education, including 18 years as Adjunct Faculty in Public Health at Oregon State University. For the past several years she has taught the occupant environmental health aspects of buildings for National Sustainable Building Advisor programs and Building Operator Certification programs.

Duane Lewellen

Duane Lewellen of Lewellen Associates has over 30 years' experience providing energy technical assistance to commercial, industrial, and residential energy consumers. He's a Certified Energy Manager and was recently recognized as Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. He has been involved in curriculum development and instruction for the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program for many years and is currently a faculty member of Edmonds Community College's Energy Management Degree Program. He received an Associate of Technical Arts Degree in Energy Management from Edmonds Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from City University of Seattle.

Dave Moser, P.E.

Dave Moser, P.E., is a senior engineer at PECI. He provides engineering services for a diverse range of projects and programs at PECI, all centered on building energy efficiency. Prior to PECI, he led HVAC design and construction administration projects for new and existing commercial buildings.

John Rimer, CFM

John Rimer is Founder & President of Facility University (facilityu.com) and FM360 Consulting. John has over 17 years' facility management experience in a variety of capacities and industries. He uses his wealth of knowledge and diverse expertise to provide a comprehensive perspective to his clients and students. 

John is very active in the facility management community. He is the founder, Past President, and current Director of the Northern Rockies Chapter of IFMA - IFMA's first three-state chapter. John is a huge proponent for educating the facility management community. He is an IFMA Qualified Instructor and an approved Building Operator Certification (BOC) Instructor. John has taught more than a dozen courses in 2013 and is scheduled to teach over 40 classes in 2014 across the United States. John also speaks and presents at numerous conferences throughout the country andhas spoken in front of audiences ranging from 10 to over 200 - plus he will be presenting at this year's World Workplace Conference hosted by IFMA.

Dave Ryan

Dave Ryan, a licensed Professional Engineer in Montana has extensive experience in research and development of new energy conserving and renewable energy technologies, leadership and mentoring for future energy experts, data collection and analysis, testing and problem-solving. As an independent contractor since 2004, he specializes in analyzing and solving complex problems which often translates into saving you money on your energy bills and helping you install your own energy generation systems. Dave is also certified to perform farm headquarters energy audits as a Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Service Provider.