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2012 Speakers


 

 Dean Abney

 

Dean Abney
Owner
Abney Solar Electrix

 

 

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Dean designs and installs battery based systems with a focus on off grid renewable energy systems.  Dean has over 35 years of experience in the field, working on every type of project from recreational vehicles to extremely large, complex, fully self contained homes and utilizing all aspects of renewable energy including wind, hydro, and solar.  He is an original member of OSEIA (Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association) and a board member since 2006, as well as a featured speaker at the OSEIA Solar Expositions.  In addition, he teaches at Portland Community College and Sol-West in John Day, Oregon every year.  He is on the OSEIA committee to offer improvements and updates on the building code as it pertains to his field in the State of Oregon.


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SA Anders
Director or Operations


Citizen's Utility Board


SA Anders is Director of Operations at the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon and CUB Policy Center in Portland, Oregon. This statewide consumer advocacy non-profit works on behalf of Oregon ratepayers and the public interest in matters of utility, energy, and environmental policy. At CUB, the motto is fair, clean, and sustainable rates. In this role, SA manages the development of new projects, development, an annual policy conference, and the day to day operations of the organization. She works with partners throughout the Pacific Northwest on policy matters related to smart grid, electric vehicle, demand response, energy efficiency, and more. SA oversees the internship and research fellow program and CUB, and has been a dedicated advocate for the public interest in Oregon since she joined CUB's team in 2009. She received her MA in Philosophy from the University of York in England, and her BA from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and worked as an IT professional before moving into the non-profit sector. SA also serves on the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Multnomah County Steering Committee, and volunteers her time to increasing K-12 education in energy, sustainability, and the environment.
 

 

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Doug Boleyn, P.E.

Solar Oregon Board Member

 

 

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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.

Kyle Bolger

Kyle Bolger
Owner

Sunflower Energy Solutions, Inc.

 

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Kyle Bolger has been serving society an assortment of remedies from breve's to bandages for most of his life. He now enjoys teaching and working with Renewables as a remedy for our current energy addictions. He holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician License 18 (LRT18) in the state of Oregon and is also a nationally certified solar photovoltaic installer by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Working as a designer and installer of on and off grid renewable energy systems in the high desert of Central Oregon keeps him on his toes. Keeping up with code changes, OSHA requirements, local jurisdiction demands and customer's that are all rapidly evolving allows him to ride the wave of energy that will power our futures.

 

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Kacia Brockman
Senior Solar Project Manager
Energy Trust of Oregon

 

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Kacia Brockman is Senior Solar Program Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit organization that invests "public purpose funding" in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Her program offers financial incentives that have resulted in more than 40 megawatts of new, distributed solar power generation in Oregon since 2003, provides quality assurance, promotes solar training for the trades and supports public awareness and education.

Kacia serves on the board of Solar Oregon, has a B.S. in Engineering Physics and worked 10 years in telecommunications engineering before redirecting her career into renewable energy.

 

 

Bridget Callahan

 

Bridget Callahan
Energy Organizer
Oregon Rural Action

 

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Bridget Callahan came to Oregon Rural Action in November 2011 as the new Energy Organizer.  A proud native Oregonian, she attended the University of Oregon and received a BA in Political Science. After college she kept busy juggling working in politics with world travel. She moved to La Grande, Oregon in 2010 working to support a proposed wind farm, and although she meant to stay a short time she fell in love with the area and decided to stay a while.

During her time at Oregon Rural Action she’s helped members develop Solarize Union County, works with local schools to lower energy use and costs, and works with members to promote long-term sustainable and just energy policy. In her free time she enjoys traveling, rafting, skiing, and just about anything else in the great outdoors.


 

 Claire

 

Claire Carlson
Executive Director
Solar Oregon

 

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Claire graduated from Portland State with a degree in Political Science and studied European Economic Policy in Barcelona, Spain. She spent several years working in the legal field specializing in litigation defense before returning to school to pursue GIS.

As Executive Director, Claire works to provide individuals, businesses and municipalities across the state with the resources and connections they need to make informed decisions then implement their solar energy goals. Claire has also worked closely with both communities and businesses on group solar purchase programs which have been hugely successful in increasing residential solar installations throughout the state. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Claire was Education Coordinator and Programs Manager for Solar Oregon.

 

 Craig Collins

Craig Collins
Program Manager

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

 

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Craig Collins manages the Solar 4R Schools program at the Bonneville Environmental Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Prior to working for BEF, Craig was a licensed Journeyman Electrician in the state of California, where he installed several PV systems. Craig graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2003 and has an Electronics Technician Certification from City College of San Francisco in 2007. He is currently enrolled in Electrical Engineering coursework at Portland State University working towards a Masters degree in Power Systems Engineering.

 

 Kyle Diesner


Kyle Diesner
Policy Analyst

City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustailability


 

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Kyle Diesner is a Policy Analyst at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). Mr. Diesner has been with BPS since 2003 working primarily on climate change planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

He is currently working on the Clean Energy team on programs like Clean Energy Works Oregon and Solar Now. For the last year he has been working to launch a community solar program in Portland. He is  also in charge of completing the annual inventory of carbon emissions for the City and Multnomah County.  Mr. Diesner is the Co-chair of the Bureau’s Diversity Committee and dedicates a portion of his time to the Bureau’s social equity initiatives. 

Previously Mr. Diesner worked on Sustainable City Government, coordinating sustainability efforts with other City Bureaus. As a policy analyst he also provides analytical support to a variety of BPS programs including recycling, composting and the Bureau's long range planning efforts. Mr. Diesner  also has several years of experience in grant administration totaling $2.5 million. Mr. Diesner has a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University. 


Evan Elias

Evan Elias
EIP Technical Lead
Oregon Department of Energy

 

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Evan Elias has been the Technical Lead of the Oregon Dept. of Energy’s Energy Incentives Program for the past year and the former Business Energy Tax Credit Program for nearly 15 years.  Prior to this, his career consisted of consulting to utilities and governments regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy in the commercial and industrial sectors.

 

Kendal Hansen

Kendal Hansen
Residential Solar Energy Field Adviser

Conservation Services Group

 

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Since 2006, Kendal Hansen has worked for Conservation Services Group, a nonprofit organization promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy resources nationwide. She currently represents Energy Trust of Oregon as a Residential Solar Energy Advisor supporting both the New Homes Program and the Existing Homes Program by visiting with homeowners, builders and developers to inform and educate on incorporating solar energy systems into their projects.

With a biology degree from Emory University and a background in deconstruction, construction and energy efficiency, she enjoys educating people on timely opportunities for decreasing energy use in their homes in an effort to lower our impact on the planet.


Emily Krafft


 Emily Krafft

Education Coordinator
Solar Oregon

 

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Emily joined Solar Oregon in 2011 as a Confluence Environmental Center Americorps Member. Since then she has traversed the state delivering "Basics of Going Solar" workshops, establishing connections with like-minded individuals and organizations, and managing Solar Oregon’s volunteer program.  As  Solar Oregon’s Education Coordinator, Emily collaborates with Lake County residents to develop renewable energy outreach programming, and works with 4-H Youth Development staff to implement energy education in 4th-6th grade classrooms. 

Emily has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Lewis and Clark University, and in 2011 obtained her NABCEP PV Entry Level certification.  Prior to working at Solar Oregon, Emily was The ReBuilding Center's Education Coordinator and in house furniture maker, where she taught scores of teenage girls how to handle power tools.  

Outside of work, Emily spends her time wandering Oregon’s forests, travelling and volunteering with local environmental  groups.



Aaron Lindenbaum

Aaron Lindenbaum
Research Fellow

Lewis and Clark Law School

 

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Aaron Lindenbaum is a student at Lewis & Clark Law School and a Research Fellow at CUB Policy Center. Aaron moved to Portland in 2011 from Boston, where he was  a media strategist for cleantech companies. Aaron is committed to finding business solutions to our nation's energy and climate needs, and plans to use his law degree to help businesses develop and proliferate clean energy projects.



Elizabeth McNannay

Elizabeth McNannay
Owner

Resource Consultants

 

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Elizabeth McNannay is one of the foremost experts on renewable energy and energy efficiency grant writing and funding opportunities. Elizabeth owns and manages Resource Consultants, Inc., which secures funding for renewable and efficiency projects large and small. She specializes in assisting government entities, rural communities and small businesses, farms and ranches, non-profits and tribes fund and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

 

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Morgan Mulkey
Curriculum Specialist

Solar Oregon

 

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 Morgan Mulkey is the Curriculum Specialist at Solar Oregon where she works with teachers to implement Solar Oregon’s renewable energy education program.

Prior to working with Solar Oregon, Morgan taught middle school science in the Beaverton School District. She loves working with kids and seeing them get excited about science and engineering.

Morgan received a BS in Health and Human Science from Oregon State University before completing her MST and MEd at Portland State University.

 

 Mark Quinlan

Mark Quinlan

Executive Director
Bend Habitat for Humanity

 

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Mark Quinlan has been with Bend Area Habitat for Humanity for four years.  Originally being hired as the Development Director he became the Executive Director in January of 2010.  He previously worked as a Program Administrator at the High Desert Education Service District for 12 years. 

Mark has a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.

 

 

 Lee Rahr


Lee Rahr
Operations Coordinator

Resource Consultants

 

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For over 10 years, Lee Rahr has been working in natural resource conservation, regional planning and solar energy outreach and education. Lee coordinated the solar program at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for six years where she oversaw five Solarize group purchasing efforts and assisted other communities around the State of Oregon replicate Portland’s group purchasing efforts. Lee has recently joined Resource Consultants where she will be working on Solarize Southern Oregon as well as supporting other energy consulting services for the company.

Lee graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in International Affairs and received a Masters at the University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning. When not working on energy, she is busy with her husband Guido raising three young boys and spending time in the outdoors.

 



Rachel Stemach


Rachel Stemach
Architect

Ambient Architects, LLC

 

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After graduating from the University of Idaho, Rachel started her career in Bend, her hometown, and cultivated her experience in Portland, Maine. Rachel has worked on both small-scale and large, complex projects, including regional hospitals; public health clinics; correctional facilities; and primary and high school education facilities. She has coordinated dozens of restaurant, medical and retail tenant improvements throughout Central Oregon as well.  She has worked with public entities such as Bend-LaPine School District, City of Bend, City of Redmond, City of Pendleton, Health Resources & Services Administration and Oregon Department of Administrative Services.
 
In 2011, Rachel assisted with the Bend 2030-sponsored entry for the International Living Future Institute'’s Living Cities Design Competition.  Witnessing how Bend has transformed over the years and understanding how existing buildings can be re-purposed for longevity has been a valuable resource in many aspects of the Living Building Challenge.

Most recently, Rachel worked on strategic visioning for the proposed Oregon State University-Cascades Campus. For this project, Rachel performed extensive real estate analysis and land-use research; and transportation and student-housing analysis comparisons.
 
Rachel prides herself on being technically proficient, particularly in remodel and addition project types. Her strengths include specification writing and material selections, innovative construction detailing methods, and she has a special interest in adaptive reuse and historic preservation of existing buildings. Her lengthy connection with Central Oregon has provided her with a unique perspective concerning planning projects and with her position with the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission.  Rachel is also a LEED AP.

 Stacey Stemach

Stacey Stemach
Architect

Ambient Architects, LLC

 

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As an architect and business owner in Bend, Stacey has earned a reputation as an active community leader, innovator and volunteer. He started his career in New England after graduating with a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Idaho. His time on the East Coast exposed him to large-scale renovations and historically significant projects. He worked with large public agencies, including the New York City Housing Authority and Maine State Housing Authority; and designing custom homes.
 
After relocating to Bend, Stacey has been involved in design and management projects for many Oregon public agencies, such as Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties, and the cities of Madras, Sisters, Hood River and The Dalles. He has also worked with public funding agencies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the USDA Rural Development, the Oregon Community Development Block Grant and the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council. His extensive work history also contains numerous feasibility studies for civic projects procuring public funding, and creation of photo-realistic images used to promote clients’ marketing and construction funding activities.
 
In 2011-’12, he led a team in the development of an initial study and strategic visualization for the proposed Oregon State University-Cascades Campus. The project created a sustainable vision for OSU in Bend and helped create momentum and community support for the campus.

Stacey enjoys facilitating groups and working with community stakeholders to create a future vision for Bend. This interest led to his involvement with the Galveston Avenue Corridor Task Force, Bend 2030 and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Cities Design Competition.  This year, he joined the boards of the Bend Sewer Infrastructure Advisory group and Building A Better Bend.  Stacey is a LEED AP and Energy Trust of Oregon Ally, and was recently accredited as an Earth Advantage Commercial Project Trustee.


ML Vidas

ML Vidas
Architect


Vidas Architecture, LLC

 

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ML Vidas delights in connecting people and ideas. Her consulting business specializes in sustainability and green building practices, providing Living Building Challenge support, LEED documentation and charrette facilitation. Vidas is an Oregon Registered Architect with a Masters degree in Architecture and a Certificate in Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture from the University of Oregon.She is also a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

Vidas is active in a variety of community endeavors including serving on the boards of the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity and the Cascadia Green Building Council. She is the current board chair for the Cascadia GBC. Vidas provides on-going consultation services and reviews all material and product selections for compliance with this rigorous green building rating system. She also facilitates coordination between the primary designer, the contractor, the water resources consultant and other consultants. Construction is currently underway.

She provides guidance for the entire team on the Earth Advantage requirements. Construction completion is set for Fall 2013.

Vidasʼ pro bono services in 2012 include a design charrette for Bend Area Habitat for Humanity as they explore a Net Zero Energy home for their next construction project.
 
 
 
 
 

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