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                              Board                                             Staff


Doug Boleyn,
President
Linda Barnes,
Past President
Ron "Mac" McDowell,
Executive Director

Bruce Barney,
Secretary
Gordy Molitor
Treasurer
Joshua Baker,
Program Manager
Nay Shayan Gene Mills
Maralena Murphy,
Bookkeeper
David Petersen
Cameron Coleman
Kenn Kochi,
Volunteer Coordinator Intern 
Alan Scott
Corey Omey Bryce Magorian, Communications and Grants Associate
Andria Jacob
Norma Dulin
Holly Murphy,
Event Manager

Zach Henkin
Michael O'Brien

 



Ron McDowell

"Mac"

Executive Director


 Mac




 

 

Mac is a solar advocate and sustainability consultant who lives and works in Portland, Oregon.  Over the past five years he has served Solar Oregon in many capacities- as a member; workshop presenter; Solar Ambassador; Solarize project leader; writer and promoter; board member; and most recently as President of the Board of Directors.

Mac is an expert in Change Management and has worked as a professional project manager for over twenty years.  He has experience advocating for and helping to develop renewable energy programs and policies, and with implementing market transformation programs.  As a community leader, he provided project management capabilities for the nationally-recognized Solarize Portland program and helped initiate Solar Oregon's Solar Ambassador program.

He recently served on Earthshare Oregon’s Board of Directors, is a certificate holder from the University of Oregon’s Sustainability Leadership Program, and received a B.A. in Political Science from University of California Santa Barbara. Mac and his wife, Noriko, are both proud to be Lifetime Members of Solar Oregon.




Joshua Baker

Program Manager

 

 

 
Josh Baker headshot


 

josh@solaroregon.org

As Solar Oregon's Program Manager, Joshua works with individuals and communities across the state to access information and resources to pursue their solar energy goals. In additional to leading the organization's work to reduce and remove ‘soft cost’ barriers to getting solar installed in the region, Joshua supports Solar Oregon's solar basics workshop offerings and outreach events.

Prior to working at Solar Oregon, Joshua became active in the sustainable energy sector while serving as the Energy Leadership Coordinator at Focus the Nation, a national sustainable energy non-profit. There Joshua supported the development and implementation of programs bringing a sustainable energy projects to campuses and communities around the country.

Joshua grew up on a small family farm in upstate New York, before attending Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. After he earned a B.A. degree, he came to Portland to help direct outreach campaigns on behalf of different national organizations. He continued to develop community organizing experience serving as a campus organizer for the Oregon Student Association before joining Focus the Nation’s staff.

 

Kenn Kochi

Volunteer Coordinator Intern

 

Kenn Kochi

kenn@solaroregon.org

 

Born in Switzerland, and growing up on the East Coast, Kenn came out to the Northwest for school. He immediately fell in love with the region, its culture of sustainability and its open-minded, nature-loving people.  Holding a B.A. in Philosophy from Whitman College and interested in pursuing a career in conservation, Kenn recently joined the team in March 2014 as the Volunteer Coordinator.  He is excited to help volunteers get involved in all aspects of Solar Oregon’s work.

In addition to working for Solar Oregon, Kenn volunteers in habitat restoration, bird monitoring and newsletter writing for a stream restoration organization. While not working, Kenn enjoys cooking, rock climbing, rafting, backpacking and pretty much any outdoor activity.


Maralena Murphy

Bookkeeper


 




 

 


Bryce Magorian

Communications and Grants Associate

 
Bryce Magorian headshot

bryce@solaroregon.org

As Communications & Grants Associate for Solar Oregon, Bryce works to keep Oregonians informed on solar events and happenings. Since he joined the Solar Oregon team in 2014, he has assisted with community outreach efforts, media outreach, and grant writing. Bryce has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific University. Prior to working at Solar Oregon, he worked in communications, marketing, and development for nonprofits involved with affordable housing, social justice, transportation for older adults and those with disabilities, and animal welfare.

When away from work, Bryce enjoys cycling and games of all sorts. He is often found discussing philosophy and history with his friends.

 

 

Holly Murphy

Event Manager

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holly@solaroregon.org




 


As the Event Manager for Solar Oregon, Holly coordinates Solar Drinks, Solar Now! University and other Solar Oregon events.  New to the team in 2014, Holly holds a B.S. in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management from Johnson and Wales University with a strong interest in creative and sustainable events. Her past experience includes working on the Go Green Conferences, Living Future, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and a number of community events and non-profits. Along with her Solar Oregon duties, Holly shares her time working as a Floral Designer in the Pearl district. Outside of work, she has a passion for sailing, the great outdoors in the Northwest, and amazing food.

 

Doug Boleyn

President

 

Doug Boleyn 2

 

Solar Oregon


Doug Boleyn, P.E., received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from Oregon State University. He has been involved in solar energy since building his first residence with a solar heating system in 1974. He was employed for 22 years at Portland General Electric (PGE) Company as their solar and renewable energy consultant. After leaving PGE, Doug formed Cascade Solar Consulting, LLC, performing a broad range of solar consulting services. Then from 2009-2012, he was employed by the Energy Trust of Oregon as its Commercial Solar Program Manager, from which he retired. Mr. Boleyn has had numerous papers published in professional journals in the last 30 years, where his solar experience has included solar thermal (active and passive solar heating systems) and solar photovoltaic systems. He is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society and Solar Oregon. He and his wife Emily are enjoying their second solar home in Happy Valley, OR.


Linda Barnes

Past President


Linda Barnes

 

Principal, FAIA, LEED AP

Merryman Barnes Architects Inc.

 

 

Linda Barnes, FAIA is a LEED accredited professional and a licensed architect in the states of Oregon and Arizona. Linda is a principal of the all women-owned architectural firm of Merryman Barnes Architects where every design decision has energy implications. Solar projects for the firm have included commercial, multifamily and single family residential projects. LEED certified projects have included new and remodeled buildings. Strategies have included 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

Bruce Barney


Project Manager, Customer Energy Resources


Portland General Electric

 

Bruce is currently Project Manager for the Portland General Electric Customer Energy Resources group. The majority of his work at PGE is managing dispatchable generation projects, but he also manages the net metering program. Net metering allows customers to interconnect their electricity generation (solar, wind, etc) with PGE’s grid to help offset their own power usage. Bruce works with many different groups within PGE, in addition to many of the company's customers, large and small, residential or commercial. His work also takes him in front of the Oregon PUC, TV and radio audiences, and other public forums.

Bruce's previous experience includes work 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 the State of Oregon, and has a 3kW solar electric system at his home.


Cameron Coleman

Cam Coleman


EPC Lead

InSpec Energy Solutions

 



Cam has worked on a wide variety of renewable energy projects and supported clean tech industry development. At InSpec Energy Solutions he offers consulting and project management services to support renewable energy project development and integration. He has been involved in the design and integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar electric vehicle charging stations, solar thermal projects, small hydro power generation, and energy storage systems.

A NABCEP certified solar instructor, Cam’s past experience also includes almost 20 years in the construction industry as director of operations, sales manager, project manager and trainer. In his free time, Cam enjoys riding his bike and spending time with his wife of 25 years and their three grown children.

Corey Omey

 

Corey Omey2



Partner


Ernest Munch Architects LLC


Corey is an avid solar supporter, with solar on his own home that he remodeled with his wife, Deb.  Their 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, and is a Solar Ambassador for Solar Oregon.

Corey began his professional career in 1998 as an intern with Ernest Munch Architects LLC, working as part of the team on retail, winery, and housing projects. Corey is a LEED AP, and registered architect in Oregon, Michigan, Colorado, and California.

Corey received his BS in architecture from University of Michigan, and MS in architecture from University of Oregon.  While at the University of Oregon, as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, and for two years after as an assistant professor, Corey co-taught the Building Enclosures course.  His skills include extensive knowledge of building systems, details, and project coordination.

Gene Mills

 

Gene Mills

 

Solar and Clean Energy Program Manager

Platt Electric

 

Gene Mills is the Solar and Clean Energy Program Manager at Platt Electrical Supply of Beaverton. His work includes developing solar training programs in support of 120 Platt branches in 8 western states, and coordinating corporate strategies called Clean + Efficient + Smart.

Prior to his work with the solar market, Gene was the director of curriculum at Blue Volt of Portland where he developed training programs for distribution companies’ online universities and national training programs.  Gene holds Training & Development Certificates from Portland State University.

David J. Petersen


David Petersen

 

 

Partner


Tonkon Torp LLP

 

 

David is a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group, and chair of the Energy Practice Group, of Tonkon Torp LLP, a 90-attorney business law firm in Portland. He focuses his practice on renewable energy, real estate development and local government law.

David also represents non-profit entities in real estate matters including leasing, purchase and secured financing. His work for nonprofits includes the day to day real estate needs of Community Services, Inc., an operator of about 18 group homes for developmentally disabled adults in the Portland Metro area. David is also a member of CSI's Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, David practiced real estate law in California. A native of Buffalo, New York, he earned his law degree from the University at California, Berkeley where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the 1998 recipient of the Jamison Award for excellence in scholarship and advocacy. He enjoys managing his son's Little League team and having his pointless shouting ignored at his daughter's soccer games.

Alan Scott

 

Alan Scott

Principal

The Cadmus Group

After founding and building a successful, internationally recognized green building consulting firm, joined the The Cadmus Group's built environment division as a practice leader for high performance building consulting.

Personally consulted on dozens of LEED projects in North and South America with a consistent focus on owner’s goals and unique opportunities of each project. Experienced trainer that has conducted numerous workshops and seminars in the US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Russia tailored to the unique needs of the participants.

Deeply engaged in sustainable design for past 25 years. Designed green buildings long before LEED existed and became the 13th LEED Accredited professional in the world. American Institute of Architects recently recognized career-long commitment to sustainable building with elevation to the AIA College of Fellows, and USGBC/GBCI recognized in first ever class of LEED Fellows.

 Gordy Molitor

Gordy Molitor

Treasurer

Gordy Molitor is an experienced manger with domestic and international not-for-profits.  He’s 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 for Green Empowerment, an organization promoting renewable energy in the developing world. In between, Gordy worked overseas for 20 years with the international relief and development agency, CARE international.

Andria Jacob

 

Andrea Jacob

 

Program Manager

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Andria Jacob manages a portfolio of clean energy programs for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She has 15 years of experience designing and delivering innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs. Andria helped found Clean Energy Works Oregon and Solarize Portland, both nationally-recognized clean energy programs. Andria began her career in energy efficiency at E Source in Boulder, Colorado and worked for Ecos Consulting  in Portland for several years prior to joining BPS. She holds an MA in environmental policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in economics from Lehigh University. When not at work, Andria can be found playing with her son, gardening or curled up with a book.

Norma Dulin

 

Norma Dulin



Founder


Leap Strategies


Norma is a marketing and communications pro with a focus on complex subjects –building design and construction, energy and water efficiency, renewables, and related water and transportation concerns. Over the past 25 years she has helped the U.S. Department of Energy launch or expand two national efficiency programs, been editor of Arizona Solar News and Energy News, helped promote utility energy efficiency programs, and guided numerous companies in winning sustainability-focused projects.  In 2010 she founded the consultancy, Leap Strategies, specializing in marketing strategy, messaging, and writing.

Norma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College, with a dual major in biology and political science focused on U.S. Environmental Policy. She is a board member with the Society for Marketing Professional Services, is former board president of Public Media Works, and is a past board member of the Academy of Hope adult literacy program in Washington, DC.

In her leisure time she works on her landscape,  hikes and backpacks, ponders contemporary art, and reads authors ranging from Stegner to LeGuin to Saramago.


Zach Henkin


Zach Henkin

Program Manager


Drive Oregon

Zach Henkin is a Program Manager for Drive Oregon, a non-profit organization representative of the growing electric vehicle industry in Oregon, where he 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 and has been passionate about contributing to the promotion of clean energy wherever possible.

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 is Professional Writing in 2006.

Michael O'Brien

 

Michael OBrian

 

Policy Associate

Renewable Northwest Project

Michael serves as a Policy Associate at Renewable Northwest Project, working on renewable energy legislation and policy throughout the Pacific Northwest. Before going to RNP in mid-2012, Michael served in the House of Commons advising Members of Parliament on energy and climate policy in the UK. He has published numerous reports on a variety of energy issues ranging from renewable energy systems to low carbon economies.

In addition to his work with RNP, Michael is currently serving as an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of an Assessment Report focusing on Energy Systems. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. and a Masters of Science from the University of Birmingham as well as a Masters of Philosophy in Technology Policy from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.


Nay Shayan

 

Nay Shayan



Program Manager


Portland General Electric


Nay Shayan is the Program Manager for PGE’s Clean WindSM Renewable Power Program. PGE’s renewable programs are ranked number one for amount of renewable energy sold and number of renewable power customers according to the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Shayan manages the commercial & industrial program which has purchased more than 950 million kilowatt hours of new wind power since its inception in 2002.
 
In April 2013, Shayan helped install off-grid solar panels in rural Nicaragua. She volunteered with Green Empowerment, a Portland-based nonprofit that touts sustainable development worldwide. This was a perfect opportunity to bridge her two passions, renewable power and Latin America. In addition to enjoying Portland summers, you might find her salsa dancing on the weekends.
 
Shayan received her B.A. in Business from Western Washington University. She has nine years of experience in the energy/utility sector, including 5 years of agency side market research and 4 years of client side product marketing
 
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