Bruce Everly, General Manager
Bruce is sought after as an expert strategist and energy consultant. As a Certified Energy Manager and a Technical Service Provider with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bruce has consistently assisted farmers and rural small businesses in exploring ways to bolster their bottom line via energy savings. He has provided training sessions for the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) while working for the Indiana Department of Energy. He and his team have secured $10,000,000 and counting for clients through grants for energy saving equipment, renewable energy options, and value-added projects.
Bruce received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, as well as his Masters of Science Degree in Business from the Kranert School of Management/Business at Purdue. He worked for many years designing heating and air-conditioning systems for skyscrapers across the Midwest and east coast, before assuming the role of Director of Sales for the eastern half of the US and Canada for Carrier Heating and Air Conditioning, where he developed customized software to maximize AC and other process efficiency. He launched his own business in 2002.
Janet Everly, Operations
Janet Everly, EdD has spearheaded and directed the writing of hundreds of successfully funded USDA grants as co-owner of EIM. She has secured funding for Riley Children’s Hospital, and assisted in numerous grant projects for Indiana University. She received her B.S. degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, M.S. from University of Indianapolis, and doctoral degree from Indiana University. While working as a tenured associate professor of Occupational Therapy at Indiana University, Dr. Everly acquired training and experience in grant writing.
During her tenure at IU, she spoke internationally, appeared on CNN and authored 30 scientific publications. Dr. Everly received grants, teaching and service awards, and the prestigious Community Connection Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Everly maintains close ties to and highly values her rural background.
Keith Cooper, Energy Engineer
With a B.S. from the Purdue University Engineering Program, Keith Cooper prepares audits and tromps through fields to gather the information grant and program applicants need to present winning projects. Keith’s passion for environmentally responsible business practices is expressed every day in his work at EIM. This passion is also expressed in his personal life. Keith’s farm is focused on organic, hydroponic specialty crops grown for farm to table restaurants, and he is building a zero-carbon footprint home for his mother in Colorado.
Caleb Waggoner, Grant Writer
Caleb received a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Indiana University with minors in History and Literature. As a student, he served as Assistant to the Creative Writing Program and Managing Editor of the IUPUI student literary journal. At EIM, Caleb uses his writing and researching expertise to help clients clearly communicate their ideas to the funding organizations. He splits the rest of his time between playing music, cooking in a restaurant and at home, and growing plants including superhot varieties of chili peppers.
Christopher Radel, Assistant Grant Writer
Chris graduated in May of 2021 from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Geochemistry. Throughout his time in school, Chris volunteered his time for environmental projects involving invasive species removal, trash cleanup, and reforestation. He has also gained experience with chemical and physical analysis of urban stream environments within Indianapolis. Chris is looking forward to continuing his studies and helping our customers at Energy Improvement Matters.
Lydia Ade, Environmental Impact Analyst Intern
EIM’s Environmental Impact Analyst intern, Lydia Ade received her Associate Degree from Vincennes University at age 17. She is currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Lydia is committed to environmentalism and eco-related volunteer work. Throughout her time in school, she has volunteered with several green groups assisting with seed collection for native wildflowers, constructing bat houses, and tending a local rain garden. She spends her free time gardening, caring for her many pets, and cooking. Lydia is passionate about reducing greenhouse gases and does her part by helping EIM’s customers obtain renewable and energy efficient equipment. Lydia specializes in helping clients through the governmental red tape required for most grant applications.
Catherine Tracy, Assistant Grant Writer
Catherine graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors of Arts – her passions lie in visual media and marketing, philanthropy, and maximizing potentials to help enrich lives and businesses. While at Purdue, she helped cultivate videos for virtual Ag programs to help rural farmers in Europe. She grew up on a farm in Indiana and currently splits her time between her home state and Nashville, TN. In her free time, she loves water sports, baking, camping, and anything art. Another fun fact, she works for us at EIM with her brother, Devin!
Katherine Cole, Grant Reviewer
Kate graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Criminal Justice, Law, and Paralegal Studies. She has a career at the Department of Justice where she supports Assistant United States Attorney’s in civil litigation. At EIM, Kate uses her proofing expertise and keen eye for detail to ensure clients grants are complete before submission to the USDA. Kate enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, activism, and is passionate about sustainability!