Solar Oregon Team

 

Board Executive Committee

Kelly Yearick: President – Kelly is a Program Manager at Forth where she provides consumer education about electric vehicles and works with utilities to promote transportation electrification. She moved to Oregon in 2015 to pursue her passion for sustainability by completing her Masters in Environmental Management from Portland State University. Kelly soon realized Oregon’s fantastic solar potential and became increasingly aware of the urgency of moving toward a carbon-free transportation sector. Kelly believes all Oregonians should have access to a clean energy future and works to pursue that goal every day.

Corey Omey: Past 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.

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.

Brian Wagner: Treasurer – After working in commercial banking in Wisconsin for 10 years, Brian relocated to Portland in 2016 to study Sustainability at Portland State University. Following the completion of the program, he began a career at Beneficial State Bank, a B Corp certified bank that provides loans to help advance economic justice and environmental sustainability initiatives. In his current role as a Portfolio Manager, Brian underwrites commercial loans primarily for nonprofit organizations and renewable energy projects.

Zakir Hakim: at large – Zak is owner of Eastside Solar, and has been developing solar projects nationally for nearly a decade.  From residential arrays to utility scale solar solutions, he has delivered quality solar construction services on time and in budget.  He has been awarded solar power grants from the USDA, Pacific Power, ODOE, and Portland General Electric totaling more than half a million dollars of grant funding.

 

Board Members

Linda Barnes: 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.

Nick Caleb: Nick Caleb is a staff attorney at Breach Collective, where he works on issues related to climate and energy law and policy. Prior to that, he worked for the Center for Sustainable Economy, Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Neighbors for Clean Air, and Our Children’s Trust. Nick Also serves as adjunct professor of government at some local universities.

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. 

Kundai Chirindo: Kundai is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies, Director of General Education, and Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Oregon. His scholarly work and teaching focus on how we communicate about the environment and climate change. These interests led him to closely examine the work of Wangari Maathai (a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner for her environmental work). In 2019, Kundai was voted Vice-President elect of the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Morgan Gary: Morgan Gary is the Owner and Founder of Spin Laundry Lounge in Portland, Oregon. After receiving her MBA in Sustainable Business with an emphasis in Renewable Energy in 2012, as well as completing her capstone project which was a business plan for a sustainable laundromat called Spin, she launched her company Spin Laundry Lounge in 2014. She created a fully attended sustainable laundry experience that is enjoyable, educational, less impactful on the environment, and gives back to the community.

Lucas Miller: Outside of his work with Solar Oregon, Lucas is a Digital Strategist with Mayfield Renewables, where he creates technical content for solar PV equipment manufacturers and service providers. Prior to joining Mayfield Renewables, Lucas spent three years as a marketing manager and project coordinator for a Portland-based residential and commercial solar contractor. Lucas holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently working towards a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology.

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.

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.

Margaret Olson: Margaret is an Environmental Engineer with the EPA specializing in hazardous waste management and brownfields redevelopment.  As a part of this, she encourages renewable energy project development on formerly contaminated properties rather than developing on green space.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for Friends of Trees and exploring the natural wonders of the Pacific NW.

Bob Patterson: Bob has been Public Works Director of the City of Pendleton, Oregon for several decades, leading projects for water supply infrastructure and energy efficiency, and overseeing 4 divisions. Bob was one of the trailblazers for solar in Pendleton as they installed their first city project on the roof of the Water Filtration facility. From there, he helped facilitate the first Solarize campaign in Pendleton, with 56 homes participating in the program. He was named a 2016 American Public Works Association (APWA) Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year and was awarded the 2016 Energy Trust of Oregon Achievement Award.

Ashwin Prabhu: Ashwin is a Software Engineer with Intel Corporation, developing computational geometries to simulate semiconductor manufacturing processes. Prior to his role at Intel, he has worked as a Computer-Aided Design Engineer for a tool manufacturing company, Kennametal. He is passionate about developing new connections and creating collaborative events amongst nonprofits to have a positive impact on the community.

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.

Alan Scott: 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.

Charlotte Shuff: Charlotte is the Member Organizer for the Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB), a nonprofit that advocates for residential utility consumers. Her curiosity about the intersections of environmentalism and lived experience informs her personal and professional journey. She has worked in and around renewable energy since 2014 as an organizer, project coordinator, and community educator. Her interest in learning and sharing information informs her work and feeds her passion for community education in the environmental sector. Charlotte believes that environmental justice, not just environmentalism, is the key to a clean energy future.

 

Staff

Zach Snyder: Program Manager – With a varied background including solar professional, teacher, computer programmer, and geologist, Zach brings creativity and a passion for clean energy to Solar Oregon. As our sole staff member, he is responsible for the health and growth of all our programs.

 

Americorps Members

Kate Ayres: Community Education Specialist – Having graduated with my Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from University of Denver in 2019, I am excited to step into the start of a career within renewable energy and community education. I am thrilled to be serving this year at Solar Oregon with the Confluence AmeriCorps program. I hope during my time to advocate for a more diverse and just focused conversation around Solar, renewable energy, and environmental justice issues facing our region. During my time at Solar Oregon, I will work with Pramodh Jacob in expanding the capacity of Solar Oregon to reach communities within Portland and throughout the greater Oregon region who have traditionally been overlooked as the clean energy movement has expanded.

Pramodh Jacob: Community Engagement Specialist – As a recent graduate in Environmental Studies, I am just beginning my journey into the world of renewable energy and community education. Originally from Virginia, I moved to Portland in 2020 to serve at Solar Oregon through the Confluence AmeriCorps program. I am motivated to work towards a more justice oriented and environmentally conscious world. Through my time at Solar Oregon, I, along with Kate Ayres, will focus on expanding the capacity of Solar Oregon to reach communities in Portland who have traditionally been left aside as the clean energy movement is growing.