Our Team

Brad Keister

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Brad.keister@abraxasenergy.com
Years in Industry: <1– M.S in Renewable and Clean Energy, University of Dayton Designations: None Favorite Hobby: Boating, Soccer, and Gaming. Hoping to learn snowboarding soon. Favorite Movie: Star Wars. What’s your biggest accomplishment: Earning my masters while managing a restaurant. Favorite Energy Savings Tip: Slowly lowering the thermostat during the winter, and seeing how low I can go before my girlfriend complains. Favorite Thing About Abraxas: Everyone has been extremely nice and patient and willing to help out. Brad.keister@abraxasenergy.com (805).547.2050
Energy Analyst

Brad Keister

Years in Industry:

Tyler Stafford

Position: Business Development Manager
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Tyler.stafford@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
8– BS in Journalism

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Anything Outdoors – Backpacking, Camping, Boating, Snowboarding, Hiking

If you could live anywhere in the world:
A rustic cabin in the woods.

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Completing a 76 mile backpacking trip across the Sierras in a high snow year ending with a summit of Mount Whitney.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Turn it off!

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Everyone fits well into the company culture and we all work together to accomplish our goals.

Tyler.stafford@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Business Development Manager

Tyler Stafford

Years in Industry: 8– BS in Journalism Designations: None Favorite...

Corey Volk

Position: Project Coordinator
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Corey.volk@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
2 – A.B.A, University of Phoenix

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Recreating vintage hairstyle and makeup, antiquing, and taking my senior pups to fun places.

Favorite Food:
Italian, Mexican or a good ol’ fashion cheeseburger.

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Getting my dog training certification to assist in behavioral rehabilitation and adoptions at the humane society.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Wear a Snuggie in your office. You will stay warm and give Rob something to make fun of.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The focus on the greater good of the world, and reciprocated sarcasm amongst teammates.

Corey.volk@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Project Coordinator

Corey Volk

Years in Industry: 2 – A.B.A, University of Phoenix Designations:...

Stacie Spurlock

Position: Office Manager
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Stacie.spurlock@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
9 – BS in Business Administration, Management/Accounting

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Gardening and photography with dance thrown in there!

Favorite Place to vacation:
Hawaii and the unknown next adventure

Favorite Quote:
“To succeed in life you need three things: A wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” – Reba McEntire

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Dinner by Candlelight

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Constantly learning and problem solving.

Stacie.spurlock@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Office Manager

Stacie Spurlock

Years in Industry: 9 – BS in Business Administration, Management/Accounting...

John Theisen

Position: Controller
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: John.theisen@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
All sports, traveling, anything outdoors, music

Favorite Superhero:
Superman

Favorite concert you have been to:
Van Halen

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Turn the lights off!

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Being surrounded and challenged by the highest level co-workers.

John.theisen@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Controller

John Theisen

Years in Industry: 3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco...

Michael Roth

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Michael.roth@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
1– B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State Polytechnic University (2021

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Playing cards with friends

Favorite Quote:
“If you’re searching for perfection, you’re bound to find greatness along the way” – Vince Lombardi

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Balancing attending Cal Poly, playing for the football team, working part time and succeeding at all of them is what I am most proud of.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
In the morning, open the windows of your room and let cold air in. then close all windows and to keep the cool air in and avoid using AC during the day.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Constantly learning about engineering and nonengineering topics while also being productive on the job.

Michael.roth@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Analyst

Michael Roth

Years in Industry: 1– B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State Polytechnic...

Gabriel Avina

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Gabriel.avina@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Reading, music, and nature photography

Favorite Quote:
“Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom.”

If you could live anywhere in the world:
Why settle for one location?

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Responsible consumer choices reduce not just energy use, but waste production and environmental burden as well.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Constant learning in an evolving work environment, and applying that effort towards a greener, cleaner future.

Gabriel.avina@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Analyst

Gabriel Avina

Years in Industry: 3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco...

Ryan Gilroy

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Ryan.gilroy@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3 – B.S. Aerospace Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Basketball

Favorite Place to vacation:
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

What’s your life motto:
You’ll never look back on your career and say “I worked hard enough”.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Thinking about the life cycle behind the energy we use helps me understand how valuable energy is and keeps me motivated to reduce usage whenever possible.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Competitive Environment and Stretch & Flex.

Ryan.gilroy@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Analyst

Ryan Gilroy

Years in Industry: 3 – B.S. Aerospace Engineering, California Polytechnic...

Kaitlyn Elyard

Position: Energy Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Kait.elyard@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3– B.S. Energy Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Anything outdoors and/or helping people with personal finance

Hails from:
Pittsburgh, PA.

Favorite Quote:
“What have you done today to make your life 1% better than yesterday?”

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Change out aerators on your faucet- it’s easy!

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Everyone is super welcoming and wants to help you.

Kait.elyard@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Engineer

Kaitlyn Elyard

Years in Industry: 3– B.S. Energy Engineering, Pennsylvania State University...

Blane Bennett

Position: Energy Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Blane.bennett@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Designations:
EIT

Favorite Hobby:
Skiing, hiking, Formula 1, music

Favorite Food:
Homemade Italian with fresh ingredients that simmers all day.

If you could live anywhere in the world:
So many choices! Singapore, Italy, Israel, Japan, Bueno Aires.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Open a window, turn off the AC

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Continually learning, making an impact, always
working on different projects.

Blane.bennett@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Engineer

Blane Bennett

Years in Industry: 3 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of...

David Emme

Position: Consulting Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: David.emme@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
6 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Designations:
CEM, CMVP

Favorite Hobby:
Alpine climbing and skiing

Favorite Superhero:
The 14th Dalai Lama

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Climbing Ranrapalca North Face in the Peruvian Andes

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Count the watts and the kilowatts will take care of themselves (adapted from ultralight backpacking mantra)

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Saving energy and nerding out about HVAC technology.

David.emme@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Consulting Project Engineer

David Emme

Years in Industry: 6 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University...

Clayde Barkley

Position: Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Clayde.barkley@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
8 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Designations:
P.E., CEM

Favorite Hobby:
Disc Golf, Backpacking

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Studying for and passing the PE exam while working full time and being a dad to a 1.5 year old.

Favorite Food:
Bean and cheese burrito from Dora’s in Woodlake CA (it’s their salsa)

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Turn it off, you don’t really need it.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The collaborative atmosphere, where people bring their strengths together for a project.

Clayde.barkley@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Project Engineer

Clayde Barkley

Years in Industry: 8 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic...

Christian Orsi

Position: Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Christian.orsi@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
9 – B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Designations:
CEM, CWEP

Favorite Hobby:
Hobby hiking or off-roading

Favorite Food:
Has to be something off a Japanese menu. Tonkatsu ramen, takoyaki, fresh sashimi.

Favorite concert you have been to:
Kenny Chesney. Wasn’t a fan prior, but the guy can get a stadium rocking.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Snip cords on personal space heaters to prevent
simultaneous heating/cooling.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Everyone is actually one the same team, and we have freedom in our work.

Christian.orsi@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Project Engineer

Christian Orsi

Years in Industry: 9 – B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly...

Kevin Cross

Position: Senior Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Kevin.cross@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
26 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. Physics, University of California, Davis

Designations:
PE, CEM, CIAQP, LEED AP

Favorite Hobby:
Bicycle touring, which I don’t do enough of.

Favorite Quote:
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print, experience is what you get when you don’t.” – Pete Seeger

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Founding a statewide coalition of organizations focused on the climate crisis.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Giving people control over their indoor environment allows them to thrive over a wider temperature range than what is usually viewed as “standard” – which results in less energy use.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The variety of work activities

Kevin.cross@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Senior Project Engineer

Kevin Cross

Years in Industry: 26 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of...

Lonnie Russell

Position: Senior Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Lonnie.russell@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
34 – Navy Nuke and Industrial Electrician 1984-1996, Maintenance Management 1997-2007, Energy Manager, Energy Consultant 2007-2020, BS Excelsior College 2009

Designations:
CEM, REP,CLEP

Favorite Hobby:
Tennis

Favorite Quote:
“Life seldom lives up to our anxieties” “You are not what you think, you are what you do”

Favorite concert you have been to:
Son’s senior piano recital and other son’s rock concert.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
VFDs

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Freedom, Teamwork, Consciousness, Good People.

Lonnie.russell@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Senior Project Engineer

Lonnie Russell

Years in Industry: 34 – Navy Nuke and Industrial Electrician...

Robert Urban

Position: Operations Manager
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Robert.urban@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
13 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Designations:
CEM, CxA

Favorite Hobby:
Carpentry

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
I’ve been with Abraxas for over 10 years now and helped it grow from a small effectively 1-man show to the great team we have today.

Favorite Food:
Shrimp Burritos from Rubio’s

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
You cannot save energy if you do not take action

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The people here are great. My coworkers have high expectations of each other and a willingness to help out wherever we can. Everyone is eager to learn and engage.

Robert.urban@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Operations Manager

Robert Urban

Years in Industry: 13 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly...

John Avina

Position: Owner/CEO
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: John.avina@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
25 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Designations:
P.E., CEM, CMVP, CEA, CxA

Favorite Hobby:
Cutting and splitting wood

What is your hidden talent:
Painting

Favorite Quote:
“It’s not over until I win”

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Little tweaks to HVAC programming

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
No corporate BS and I am the boss.

John.avina@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Owner/CEO

John Avina

Years in Industry: 25 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of...

Andrew Bebernes

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Andrew.bebernes@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
<1– B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Designations:
EIT

Favorite Hobby:
Baseball, video games, snowboarding

Favorite concert you have been to:
Anything at Redrocks is pretty cool.

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Staying Alive?

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
The small things add up

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Working with great people who have a wide range of knowledge.

Andrew.bebernes@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Analyst

Andrew Bebernes

Years in Industry: <1– B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado...