Solar Oregon Team
Zach Henkin: President – As Program Director at Drive Oregon, Zach specializes in workplace charging and electric vehicle deployment. Coming from a business development and marketing background, Zach has played a key role in several community-led Solarize projects in Multnomah and Clackamas County. Zach and his family live in an efficient Clean Energy Works retrofitted home in Oregon City where Zach contributes to the sustainable development dialog as a member of the Oregon City Planning Commission. Zach earned his MBA with a focus on Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in 2013 and his BA in Professional Writing in 2006.
Corey Omey: Vice President – Corey is an avid solar supporter, with solar on his own remodeled home. His home is often shown on green home tours and is a model of how to incorporate energy efficiency, modern aesthetics, durability, art, light, renewable energy, and recycled, reclaimed, and re-used materials into a remodel project. Corey also volunteers with the Northwest Earth Institute, is an active member and volunteer with GRiT, the Green Roof information Thinktank. Corey began his professional career in 1998 as an intern with Ernest Munch Architect LLC, working as part of the team on retail, winery, and housing projects. As his skills developed, he became project manager, then an architect in 2007, and partner in 2012, and is now Owner of EMA, LLC. The firm specializes in owner occupied buildings, and many projects include solar in their scope. Corey is a LEED AP, and registered architect in Oregon, Michigan, and California.
Alan Scott: Past President – An Oregon registered architect and sustainability building consultant, Alan is a Director with YR&G Sustainability, guiding high performance building projects. Alan has consulted on dozens of LEED projects in North and South America, and has conducted numerous workshops and seminars in the US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Russia. As the 13th LEED Accredited professional in the world, Alan has been designing sustainable buildings for over 25 years. The American Institute of Architects recently recognized Alan’s career-long commitment to sustainable building with elevation to the AIA College of Fellows, and USGBC/GBCI recognized in the first ever class of LEED fellows.
Linda Barnes: Executive Committee – Linda is a LEED accredited professional and a licensed architect in Oregon and Arizona. She is a principal in the all women-owned architectural firm, Merryman Barnes Architects, where every design decision has energy implications. The firm tackles commercial, multi-family and single-family residential solar projects, and new and remodeled LEED certified building projects, which include energy efficient envelopes, passive design, Trombe walls, solar water heating and photovoltaics. Linda has been involved with Solar Oregon for over 20 years and has supported educational events and tours. Educated in Arizona, Linda is thankful for all the solar advocates in Oregon working diligently to demonstrate how solar works in Oregon.
Bruce Barney: Secretary – As Project Manager for Portland General Electric Customer Energy Resources Group, Bruce manages dispatchable generation projects and the net metering program, which allows customers to interconnect their electricity generation (e.g., solar, wind) to PGE’s grid to offset their own energy use. Previously, Bruce worked in construction management and design-build contracting. He holds degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon, and has a 3 kW solar electric system on his home.
Denise Lyon: Treasurer – Denise is an Assistant Vice President with Umpqua Bank. She began her professional career in counseling after receiving dual degrees in Social Work and Psychology and gravitated into nonprofit management after earning an MBA. She has served in various capacities including as a Director for the American Red Cross, a counselor working with immigrants and refugees, the director of a Women’s Resource Center. Her banking career began 13 years ago and has primarily been focused in retail banking with an emphasis on financing green energy projects. Her career has taken her from Utah to Portland to Las Vegas to Santa Rosa and finally back to Portland. She spent two years working with the Solar industry in Las Vegas helping organize the SolarFest and aiding in education around renewable energy. She served on the Board of Solar Sonoma County promoting solar installations for both consumers and businesses with a focus on wineries.
Gene Mills: Executive Committee – As the Solar and Clean Energy Program Manager at Platt Electric Supply in Beaverton, Gene develops solar training programs in support of 120 branches in eight Western states coordinating strategies called Clean + Efficient + Smart. Previously, Gene was the director of curriculum at Blue Volt of Portland where he developed training programs for distribution companies’ on-line universities and national training programs. Gene hold Training and Development Certificates from Portland State University.
Claire Carlson: Currently, Claire is applying her experience to drive program development and innovation at Lockheed Martin and for Energy Trust’s Multi-Family Program. Her work in the solar field has gained her a reputation as a trusted source of information bringing together government, utility and private stakeholders to lead the way to a clean energy future. As the only person to have been an employee, Executive Director and a Board member at Solar Oregon, Claire has led and supported more than 20 solar bulk purchase programs installing over 3.5 MW of distributed residential and small commercial solar and directly managed and won over 50 grants and contracts for public and private entities.
Gordy Molitor: Gordy is an experienced manager with domestic and international not-for-profits. His first efforts at increasing solar energy in Oregon date back to 1982, when he organized one of the state’s first solar-energy technician training programs. More recently, he was the Executive Director of Green Empowerment, an organization promoting renewable energy in the developing world. Gordy worked overseas for 20 years with CARE International, an international relief and development agency.
Jenelle Andrew: Jenelle is a young professional who is passionate about solar energy in both her private and working life. She works as an intern architect for Merryman Barnes Architects, a women-owned firm in which renewable energy is at the forefront of every project. Jenelle hopes to use her youthful enthusiasm to engage the younger generations in solar energy and all Solar Oregon has to offer.
Jennifer Rouda: Jennifer is the founder of 7Skyline, LLC, a woman-owned consulting firm certified in Oregon and California to support utility scale solar and electric transmission development projects in the Western US. Previously she served as a Vice President for Abengoa Transmission & Infrastructure in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to her work at Abengoa, Jennifer managed global business development and directed the national electric transmission planning practice for CH2M HILL Engineering in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. She has also worked as a principal consultant for Ecology and Environment, Inc. on renewable energy projects and for the US Department of the Interior in Washington, DC on energy policy during the Clinton Administration.
Jason Love: A communications, public relations and marketing professional specializing in high-tech, counting companies such as Microsoft, Verizon, Roku and FIRST Robotics among his clients, Jason has been tinkering with electronics and solar energy since elementary school. With an 8 kW solar system on his roof and an electric car in the driveway of his family’s Portland home, he daydreams about the best ways to instill solar curiosity in his neighbors, kids, and the broader community or make his home smarter.
Laurel Hamilton: An Oregon native with a background in social work and international health, Laurel Hamilton is passionate about interlinked solutions to social justice, health and environmental challenges. For this reason she loves solar power with all it’s myriad benefits to communities and the environment! She learned all about solar over the last two years working as a ‘jack of all trades’ for a small installation company in the solar hotbed of SoCal. Laurel is excited to bring more solar to sunny Central Oregon with her current role with Portland-based Elemental Energy as the Bend Branch Manager. She holds a BS in Biological Anthropology, a Masters in Global Public Health and certification through NABCEP as a PV Technical Sales Professional. When she’s not helping people take advantage of the sun’s rays, she enjoys supporting various non-profits and advocacy organizations pursuing missions from bicycle safety and inclusion for women, to public health with Uganda Village Project. Outside of work she loves dance, outdoor adventure, travel to lesser known places around the globe, and pursuing a healthy low-impact lifestyle while living life to the fullest!
Bridget Callahan: Bridget is passionate about increasing solar access and opportunities for rural Oregon. At Sustainable Northwest, she advances community-driven clean energy programs, projects and policies across the northwest, piloting innovative models and community-finance projects for rural communities. She spent several years living and working in eastern Oregon helping rural schools save energy, developing Solarize campaigns and building a network of clean energy leaders. Bridget is a native Oregonian, attended the University of Oregon and has been working to deploy smart energy use and policy in Oregon ever since.