ABOUT / APPRISE Board of Directors
David Carroll, M.P.A.
APPRISE – Managing Director
Mr. Carroll is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of APPRISE. He has a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MPA from Princeton University. Mr. Carroll has over 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of energy research and evaluation projects. He is currently directing the National Weatherization Assistance Program Evaluation and survey data collection for NYSERDA’s Energy $mart Programs. He has provided research support for the Federal LIHEAP office, and utility companies and state agencies around the country. Mr. Carroll is an active contributor to the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC) and the ACI Home Performance Conference (ACI).
Jacqueline Berger, Ph.D.
APPRISE – President
Dr. Berger is the President and Co-Founder of APPRISE. She has a BS in Economics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. Dr. Berger has over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of research and evaluation projects. Dr. Berger has directed evaluations of low-income energy efficiency and energy affordability programs for utilities and state agencies around the country. She frequently presents at national conferences including the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC), the ACI Home Performance Conference (ACI), and the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Dr. Berger serves on the conference planning committees for NEUAC and ACI. She is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow.
Scott Sillars has a BS in Forestry from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mr. Sillars has over 25 years of industry and consulting experience, with an emphasis on corporate finance. He has worked with public and private companies in a variety of industries including general manufacturing, healthcare, telecom, and aerospace. Mr. Sillars serves as the Chairman of Princeton Township’s Citizens’ Finance Advisory Committee, a board that advises the Princeton Township Committee on financial matters affecting the municipality.
Margaret Good, Ph.D.
Vice President, Health Economics and Outcomes Research Life Sciences, Optum
Dr. Good specializes in survey research methods, health economics, and health policy research. As Vice President of North American operations, she oversees the team within Optum that conducts HEOR studies using administrative claims, medical charts, patient surveys and other data sources. Dr. Good has over 20 years of experience in the design and conduct of large scale survey research studies. Prior to joining Optum, she worked at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota where she managed survey studies for state agencies and policy makers. In addition, she was a faculty member in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she taught courses in health policy and research methods. She earned her MS and Ph.D. in health services research and policy at the University of Minnesota and her undergraduate degree at Williams College. She has presented her research at national conferences and has authored or co-authored publications that include articles in Medical Care Research & Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Inquiry, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
Board Member at Large
Beth Sachs co-founded VEIC with partner Blair Hamilton in 1986, and served as its Executive Director for 22 years until 2008. In her role as Co-Founder from 2008 to 2017, when she “retired” form VEIC, she continued to foster stewardship of the mission, values, and goals that are the foundation of VEIC. She worked to incorporate social and energy justice into all aspects of VEIC’s work, including policy and advocacy, program design, business practices, and education.
As a leader in the fields of sustainable energy and energy efficiency or more than forty years – a career spanning several oil embargoes, a couple of wars fought at least partly over natural resources, and increasingly cataclysmic weather events – Beth has made it her life’s work to save the planet. She has served on a variety of non-profit and co-op Boards, in a founding role in many of them, including Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, Energy Co-op of Vermont, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, Low-Income DSM Policy Advisory Board of the National Consumer Law Center, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Mayor’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency, Vermont Energy Industries Association, Policy Advisory Committee to the Vermont Weatherization Assistance Program, Burlington Planning Commissioner, and Burlington Community Land Trust. She currently serves as the President of the Board of the Vermont Energy Education Program and on the founding Board of Initiative for Local Capital. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Antioch College.