Will Heegaard, Founder & director
Will sees every disaster as an opportunity to build back greener. A registered paramedic, Will responded with International Medical Corps to Typhoon Haiyan, then deployed solar refrigeration in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Domestically, Will’s been on the ground with Team Rubicon after disasters in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. When he’s not on an ambulance or in the field, he likes to cook, write, travel and tinker on his off-grid tiny house.
Tom Matkovits, operations
Tom is a seasoned construction professional with over 20 years of commercial construction project management experience, both domestically and abroad. Tom has served in senior level disaster response and reconstruction roles in Haiti and the Philippines, with the American Refugee Committee and World Vision. Prior to joining Footprint, Tom wrapped up his first stint in the renewable energy sector, overseeing the completion of 7MW of community solar garden projects in the Twin Cities area.
John Goeppinger, Development
John has acted as a "grant mercenary" for a number of nonprofits throughout Minnesota. To date, John has successfully secured more than $10 million in philanthropic, governmental, corporate, and individual gifts. John's passion for communicating convoluted concepts has given him the opportunity to work on projects ranging from environmental protection, to recidivism, to STEM focused educational programming.
Annaliese Phidd, Brand & Communications
Annaliese is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. Entering her final year of school, she is studying journalism with a focus on strategic communications. Annaliese has held various marketing roles throughout her career, including Marketing Assistant at the University of Minnesota, Marketing Intern at the Minnesota Daily, and Brand Experiences Intern at Capella University. Annaliese is enthusiastic about using her communications skills and experience to make a difference.
Sravan Chalasani, Impact Accounting
Sravan holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) degree in the Energy and Climate Specialisation at the Bren School, UCSB and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology Calicut, India. Sravan previously interned with the World Resources Institute’s office in India where he helped organizations measure and manage their GHG emissions. Sravan’s expertise centers on life cycle assessment (LCAs), environmental energy economics, and climate change mitigation. He works to help local, state and national governments and other organizations achieve their sustainability goals.
Nik Manchanthasouk, Technology
Nik is a passionate self-starter driven to create, collaborate, and code to make a lasting difference in the community. With a proven track record in leadership, sales, and construction, he has effectively built relationships, homes and now software applications. A graduate of Prime Academies full-stack engineering bootcamp, Nik lead the development of Footprint’s web-based Transition Tool. In his free time you can find him experimenting with cars, homes, and new technology. Weather permitting, he loves hiking, biking, running, fishing, and exploring all the nooks and crannies our state parks have to offer.
THE FOOTPRINT PROJECT STARTED AT A HACKATHON...
Four strangers came together to tackle environmental degradation in humanitarian interventions. Leveraging our combined experience in disaster first response, data science, and UX/UI, we turned out to make a pretty good team. Because thirty-six hours (and almost as many coffees) later, we pitched our idea, and won.