Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services. Dan brings nearly 25 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainable building strategies that spans development of both national, regional and local programs and policy. He is currently the agency lead on the development and prioritization of energy efficiency and clean energy efforts for affordable housing and low income energy programs the Department administers. He has served in the private sector for energy savings companies as well as local community action agencies. Prior to his current role, Dan was the State’s Weatherization Assistance Program Director for several years. He is an ardent advocate for the low-income communities and for the advancement of energy policies and practices that protect these communities. He is a home-grown Oregonian, born and raised in Portland and now residing for over 20 years in the Willamette Valley. Dan is a graduate of Oregon State University and completed post-grad work at the University of Oregon.
Jesse Holland, ICF International, Energy Trust of Oregon
Jesse Holland is the Central Oregon Account Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon’s Existing Commercial Buildings Program. Jesse has worked in energy efficiency programs for 13 years, in Portland, before moving to Bend in 2014. He has served utility clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and California within commercial, grocery and residential sectors.
Kelly Yearick is a Program Manager at Forth where she facilitates utility engagement and consumer outreach to promote electric vehicle adoption. She also manages programs related to Forth’s role as the Backstop Aggregator for the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to design and implement transportation electrification projects with utilities. Kelly holds a Master’s in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Portland State University and sits on the board of Solar Oregon.
Jeff German is a solar and renewable energy professional. Jeff’s experience spans over three decades and includes new equipment, technology roll-outs, sales and marketing and citizen advocacy throughout the US and the world. Jeff has dedicated his career to working with traditional industries such as construction, banking, industrial and design industries to facilitate the practical application and smooth transition to renewables. Currently Jeff operates National CarCharging which provides electric vehicle charging systems to commercial facilities and energy storage solutions for grid-tied installations. The storage solution repurposes EV batteries to provide a lower-cost alternative to new batteries while keeping the batteries out of the landfill.
Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Consultant, Speaker and Teacher
As a corporate sustainability and environmental professional for more than 25 years, Jacqueline Drumheller has managed a broad spectrum of environmental protection programs ranging from compliance auditing to waste reduction.
In her most recent role as the head of sustainability at Alaska Airlines, she created and spearheaded the airline’s formal sustainability strategy and program. Under Jackie’s leadership, Alaska earned the reputation as the domestic aviation leader in environmental stewardship and received more than 25 environmental and sustainability awards, including being named the top North American airline on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index two years in a row (2017, 2018). Career highlights include: the launch and leadership of an industry-leading inflight recycling program, the first airline to fly multiple routes using sustainable aviation biofuels, the first airline to remove plastic straws and picks from service (“#StrawlessSkies”), and the publication of six Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reports. Jacqueline currently advises, inspires, and mentors others to achieve success in their sustainability and environmental compliance programs.
Robert Hamerly, Principal at GreenSavers. “The company started at my kitchen table,” said Hamerly. “It’s really exciting to see how far we’ve come.” Hamerly has extensive experience in the building trades, from HVAC installations on Nantucket to building timber framed custom homes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, he has earned a variety of certifications for his expertise in building science.
Hamerly’s commitment to home performance extends beyond his work at GreenSavers. Between 2013 and 2015, Hamerly served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Home Performance Contractors’ Guild of Oregon. He still sits on the Board and continues to advocate for the interests of the home performance industry at the local, state, and federal levels. Hamerly is passionate about living sustainably. In his professional life, Hamerly offers an example of how inspired entrepreneurship can safeguard the environment and increase the resilience of our communities.
Mandy Dalrymple, Technical Project Manager, G5 Giving Committee and Green Team. Mandy is a native Oregonian who grew up in Bend. Inspired by her love of the outdoors and environment she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University. She leads an active outdoor lifestyle, has enjoyed volunteering as a Wilderness Ranger with the US Forest Service and on a number of local conservation projects. She believes in small lifestyle changes to support the larger sustainability picture.
Peter Brandom, City Project Manager, City of Hillsboro. Twenty years of professional experience, including Federal government compliance auditing, nonprofit land conservation, corporate environmental and sustainability consulting, and local government sustainability program development and implementation.Coordinator of City sustainability programs and projects, both internally and across the community; manager of solid waste and recycling collection franchise; City Commissioner to the MACC; member of regional Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee. Former sustainability specialist with Booz Allen Hamilton, supported a variety of Federal agency environmental programs, including U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Service, and U.S. Department of Energy. Project and program management roles in sustainability and environmental planning and implementation, including land conservation, environmental assessment, policy development, and development and implementation of renewable energy strategies and programs.
Cassie Lacy, Sustainability Manager for the City of Bend Strategic development of City of Bend’s energy programs to reduce operational and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in support of the City’s carbon reduction goals. Builds and maintains relationships with public agencies, community organizations, utility and private sector partners for collaborative solutions for carbon reduction. Developing a Community Climate Action Plan to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Manages a citizen steering committee, public involvement activities, equity framework, stakeholder engagement, and technical analysis for development of the plan.
Scott Leonard, Senior Project Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon, manages Energy Trust of Oregon’s new construction program. With over ten years’ experience in new construction programs, he supports builders and subcontractors to find solutions to build high performance homes. In addition to new construction program management, he develops new incentive offerings for Energy Trust’s new construction, existing home retrofit and retail products channels. Scott is a native Oregonian and is passionate about preserving and enjoying all Oregon activities.
Jack Schniepp is the founder of a local financial planning and investment management firm. His firm specializes in providing socially responsible investments (SRI) which match client’s values with portfolio selections. They accomplish this through incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment screening criteria. Jack authors the SRIBend blog, in it’s 5th year, providing information about ESG issues and tips for selecting sustainable and responsible investments. CFS is the sole Central OR member of the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (USSIF) which is one of the only organizations where financial advisors can access resources, ideas and the latest news regarding the sustainable investment realm. firstname.lastname@example.org. 541- 678-5475.
Stephen Aiguier, Founder of Green Hammer Design Build, Certified B Corp. Green Hammer uses a unified design-build process to deliver healthy and inspiring projects where people live, work and play. Green Hammer has signed onto the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 Commitment—and are proud to be just one of 10 design firms in the nation to be meeting the goals of this voluntary agreement.
At Green Hammer, we see every building as an opportunity to improve our wellbeing, equity and relationship with nature. Our integrated, multi-disciplinary team of architects, designers and construction experts fuse cutting-edge design concepts with state-of-the-art building science to deliver award-winning projects.
Green Hammer has certified dozens of projects to Passive House, Zero Energy, LEED-Platinum, Earth Advantage, and Living Building Challenge™ certifications. The firm has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Forest Stewardship Council’s Leadership Award and Earth Advantage Institute’s 2014 LEED-for-Homes Builder of the Year Award.
Jeff Rola has more than 20 years building consensus in resource conservation for rural areas. He is considered an expert on provision of raw material for biodiesel production. As Founder and CEO of GoBio, a community biofuels development company, he has developed a secure mobile phone app for mobile fueling in PIC’s. Jeff also founded the Nikua Training Center, A biofuels development nonprofit providing services to remote communities, primarily in the South Pacific regions. (www.nikua.org) Avidly involved in the local Central Oregon Community, Jeff also continues his 21st year of service to the district.
He participates as a member of selected civic and economic development organizations to stay abreast of community issues and provide information to the public about company policies/programs. He also Informs communities of company initiatives and messages.
Mark Farrell, Oregon Sales Manager, is a NABCEP PV Technical Sales certified professional with over 9 years experience in residential and commercial solar design and sales. He is board president of Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association (OSEIA). OSEIA supports policies that support and encourage the uptake of solar energy systems and energy storage systems for homes, businesses, and public entities.
Ryan Lapoma, Education Manager and Technical Consultant, Earth Advantage
Ryan is a Green building advocate, national education manager, and sustainability professional with experience in adult education, government, utility and nonprofit sectors. Specialties: Green building, sustainability and building industry education; climate action plan consulting, national sales and partnership development; program management; community and industry engagement; organizational culture and diversity, equity & inclusion leadership, marketing and communications.
Paula Latasa Kinzer is an ecology consultant with 30 years working to promote sustainability with non-profits, government and the private sector. This includes sustainable land use, development & agriculture, renewable energy, climate change, forest and water protection, resource conservation, health and alternatives to toxics. Paula has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University and moved to Bend in 1991. She served as the Executive Assistant to the Bend Recycling Team, to fulfill the recycling education and marketing service contract for Deschutes County. She also was the project leader and designer for Oregon’s first Platinum Earth Advantage Home. For 13 years, Paula worked for 3Degrees as a Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy coordinator and helped 3Degrees develop similar utility renewable energy programs across the nation. She worked with the 350Deschutes Team on advocacy, policy change and community organizing. Currently, Paula is integrating her knowledge and skills with the addition of permaculture consulting services. Paula is a realistic optimist who believes permaculture and restorative agriculture are the most promising ways to achieve a healthy and abundant future for all.
ML (Mary Louise) Vidas has focused her career on connecting people and ideas for a sustainable future. Her position as Outreach Manager for the New Buildings Program with Energy Trust of Oregon utilizes her prior consulting work: charrette facilitation, Living Building Challenge support, and Earth Advantage project management. Vidas is an Oregon Registered Architect (MArch and Certificate in Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture). She is a LEED AP BD+C, an Earth Advantage Project Steward, and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. Vidas fosters sustainability from the building scale to the neighborhood scale, integrating technology with how people live, work, and play.
Aaron Salvesen, of Salvesen Custom Home Design and Construction. With two decades of experience in residential construction, Aaron takes pride in being a third generation contractor. Before moving to Bend, he built high end homes with his father in the state of Washington. As a business owner and now a father himself, Aaron listens to his clients and personally guides them through the home building process.
Aaron is sensitive to his client’s needs, and invested in providing them with the information to make each decision their own. His goal is to keep the process of building and home-buying as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Salvesen Homes are energy efficient and functional, without sacrificing the quality craftsmanship they have built their reputation on. Aaron’s meticulous eye for detail helps him create custom homes that stand out from the rest.
Matt Douglas, Senior Green Building Consultant, Earth Advantage
Matt Douglas is a Senior Green Building Consultant for Earth Advantage New Homes in the Central Oregon area. He guides home builders from the planning and design phase all the way through completion to ensure that they utilize the best building practices for their project. One of the many benefits from
the collaboration with builders is to achieve an Energy Star, Earth Advantage
and/or LEED certification. His responsibilities for Earth Advantage include
new home construction inspections, energy modeling, sales and outreach. He is
a certified Sustainable Homes Professional, Earth Advantage Verifier, LEED
Green Rater, Energy Star Verifier, and HERS Rater. Previous to Earth Advantage, Matt has 8 years of HVAC residential field experience in the Central Oregon area.
Lesley Jantasarami: Senior Policy Analyst: Climate, Global Warming Commission, Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lesley Jantarasami has 10 years’ experience in climate change science and policy at the state and federal levels. She leads climate change initiatives at the Oregon Department of Energy and staffs the Oregon Global Warming Commission, which is charged by the Legislature with recommending ways to coordinate state and local efforts to achieve Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and prepare for the effects of climate change. Lesley previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on national greenhouse gas regulations and climate impacts and adaptation initiatives, with particular focus on risks to vulnerable populations. Lesley has Masters of Science and Public Administration degrees from University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Roger serves as an Energy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy, primarily operating in the residential sector. Roger has an extensive background in both public and private sector energy efficiency, and specializes in policy and program design and implementation. With ODOE, Roger is the lead for Oregon’s Home Energy Scoring Program, which involves continuous engagement with stakeholders to develop a strategy to deliver effective home energy scoring to consumers. Roger is also a representative of the Metro Regional Solutions team, integrating state agency work and funding to ensure that projects are finished as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Roger has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, as well as an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Finance and Real Estate.
Rob Del Mar is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy. He is responsible for evaluating and developing policies relating to distributed renewable energy projects in Oregon. Rob is currently involved with several initiatives to enhance the collection, analysis and dissemination of data related to solar energy and storage projects. Previously Rob worked as a project manager in the solar programs at Energy Trust of Oregon and as a design engineer for a renewable energy engineering firm. He has worked in the solar industry for 18 years in the public and private sectors and has been directly involved with many renewable energy projects throughout the country.
Michael Graham, Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, Director of Policy & Communications, MCRP
We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, US Department of Energy program and public-private partnership, whose primary mission is to support the nation’s energy and economic security by building partnerships to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, technologies and practices. We help our public and private fleet members adopt alternative fuel or fuel efficiency solutions throughout Oregon and Washington, and their combined efforts in 2018 displaced the equivalent of 34.5 million gallons of gasoline, 320,000 pounds of nitrous oxide, and 257,000 tons of greenhouse gases. For over 25 years we’ve leveraged education, information, and our extensive stakeholder network to move the needle by implementing and facilitating solutions for our diverse group of fleet members.
Alexandra Buylova is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. She participated in the state interagency effort to develop a 10-year plan to achieve energy efficiency in affordable housing in Oregon as a Hatfield Research Fellow at the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services in 2018. Her current research focuses on energy and climate policies, understanding drivers of energy burden, and equity and justice of clean energy transitions.
E2 Solar’s co-founder and Operations Manager, Mike, oversees the daily operations for both residential and commercial projects. With nearly two decades decades of experience in the solar industry, Mike’s passion for solar-based energy independence is only eclipsed by his commitment to renewable energy as the source of our planet’s health and longevity.
Mike has achieved the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV installer certification, the highest level of industry accreditation in the United States. He has advanced knowledge in the area of energy efficiency as an Earth Advantage Institute Sustainable Homes Professional as well as comprehensive training and expertise in solar technology, design principals and performance criteria. When not at work or with Kelli and the dogs, Mike enjoys exploring Oregon’s backcountry with a fishing rod, a camera or both
Andrea Breault is the Senior Transit Planner at Cascades East Transit. She is responsible for service transportation planning efforts throughout Central Oregon. She recently joined CET in June 2018 from Boston, Massachusetts. She has 14 years of transportation, parking, and fleet operations experience, mainly in high education and campus planning.