Board & Staff Bios

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REV Staff

Olivia C13173832_10154171760232010_3749083343514771498_nampbell Andersen
Executive Director

Olivia, a Vermont Law School Alumnae returns to the Green Mountain State after living in Maryland. Olivia most recently served as Senior Policy Director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Assistant Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, advising the Governor on environmental, sustainability, energy, budget, and transportation issues. Prior to her service with the State of Maryland, she worked for Congressman Steny H. Hoyer during his time as Majority Leader. Olivia’s career also includes time with the National Wildlife Federation, during which she worked to reduce mercury and carbon pollution through federal and state regulatory and legislative action, notably authoring and leading the advocacy campaign to enact Maryland’s Healthy Air Act. Olivia holds degrees from Vermont Law School and Gettysburg College.

Olivia will serve as the fifth Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, since its founding in 2001.

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Assistant Director

Ansley grew up around renewable energy; her father’s custom home business in Colorado focuses on using renewable energy sources. Ansley has her B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University, and brings a wealth of business and accounting experience to the table. After relocating to Vermont, ​Ansley worked in the natural foods industry and has been engaged in many community outreach projects. Ansley is excited to be in the renewable energy field and to be a part of the REV team.

Wil Smith
Outreach & Operations Coordinator
Wil joins the REV Staff after relocating to Vermont in February 2015, and working in communications and tech for a local sports company as well as a summer working with the Vermont Democratic Party. While originally from McLean, VA, Wil lived in Beijing, China for nine years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  Wil graduated early from the University of Oregon in December 2014 and holds a B.A. in International Relations with Minors in Chinese, Political Science and History. Wil is excited to be part of the innovative and ever-changing renewable energy industry especially in such a progressive place like Vermont.

REV Board Members

Jeff-ForwardJeff Forward, Chair
Forward Thinking Consulting Service – Richmond, VT
Forward Thinking Consultants, LLC was formed in 1997 to provide consulting services to school districts and design firms to help them assess the potential for using alternative energy in institutional settings. Forward Thinking Consultants, LLC also works with federal and state agencies to help them design and implement alternative technology initiatives.

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Jeff Bernicke, Vice Chair
NativeEnergy, Inc. – Burlington, VT
NativeEnergy is an expert developer of renewable energy and carbon offset projects and provides clients with quality carbon offsets, renewable energy credits, and carbon accounting software. With NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ projects, businesses and individuals can help finance the construction of wind, biogas, solar, and other carbon reduction projects with strong social and environmental benefits. Since 2000, NativeEnergy and its customers have helped build over 50 projects, reducing more than 2.5 million tons of greenhouse gases.  Additional projects under contract will reduce an additional 4 million tons of greenhouse gases.  All NativeEnergy projects undergo third-party validation and verification.

Harris.RoenHarris Roen, Treasurer
Swiftwood Press LLC – Burlington, VT
Swiftwood Press publishes the Roen Financial Report, a website for investors interested in alternative energy stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  Sectors covered include energy efficiency, environmental, fuel alternatives, smart grid, solar and wind. Long Meadow Resource Management offers forestry, property management and land use consulting services to landowners throughout northern Vermont.

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Martha Staskus, Secretary
VERA Renewables LLC – Waterbury, VT
Martha Staskus, a Principal with VERA Renewables, is responsible for installing over 5 MW of 500 kw group net metering projects around the state, manages the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project and has conducted the early stage development for 4 out of Vermont’s 5 permitted wind projects. With over 30 years’ expertise in the fields of wind and solar energy siting, assessment, development, permitting VERA is committed to growing Vermont’s wind and solar generation capacity and reducing carbon.

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David Blittersdorf
AllEarth Renewables, Inc – Williston, VT
AllEarth Renewables, Inc. specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.

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Leslie A. Cadwell, Legal Counselor & Advocate, PLC – Castleton, VT
Leslie is an attorney with a solo practice focusing on renewable energy, utility and communications regulation.  Prior to opening her own practice, Leslie was a partner at Gravel & Shea in Burlington, VT.  For more than fifteen years, Leslie has advised leaders in both the public and private sectors.Leslie served as General Counsel for the Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc., Special Counsel and Director for Telecommunications for the Vermont Department of Public Service, and Senior Staff Attorney at the Vermont Supreme Court.

Laurie Fielder
Vermont State Employees Credit Union – Montpelier, VT
Since 2013, Laurie has directed VSECU’s statewide VGreen energy savings loan program. Laurie received her B.A. in English from UVM in 1990. Early in her career she held various positions at The Journal of Light Construction, a trade publication for builders and remodelers, where she learned about the building and remodeling industry and early efficiency techniques. She worked for the weatherization program at the Central Vermont Community Action Council (now Capstone), where she managed statewide weatherization education programs. She was also a Solar Guide at SunCommon, guiding customers through the solar installation process. Her background in energy efficiency and solar informs the work she’s engaged in at VSECU, where she develops relationships with industry vendors and contractors, to further develop and expand the VGreen residential program, and she serves as a resource for energy lending referred to the VBiz commercial lending department. The VGreen program portfolio has grown from about $6 million in 2013 to $21 million in 2016, during which time Laurie secured and administered three state grant programs, a vendor partnership, and works with the VSECU team to develop and adapt relevant financing tools. Additionally, she participates on committees and networks with non-profit organizations and industry stakeholders to collaborate on ways VSECU can improve access to efficiency and renewable financing options for all Vermonters.

Dave.FrankDavid Frank
SunWood Systems – Waitsfield, VT
As we enter the 21st Century the most common topic of conversation will no doubt be energy. Forward thinking Vermonters are on the move, searching for sustainable solutions to conventional sources such as oil and propane. SunWood Systems is a company founded with these principles in mind.

KarenGlitmanKaren Glitman
VEIC – Burlington, VT
Karen Glitman is the Director of Transportation Efficiency at VEIC. In this position she develops and oversees the strategic direction for VEIC transportation efficiency efforts including their management of the Way to Go, Go Vermont and Drive Electric Vermont programs as well as the development of a Transportation Efficiency Utility (TEU). She served as the Director of the UVM National University Transportation Center (UTC) and interim co-director of the UVM TRC and is the author of numerous publications including the annual Vermont Transportation Energy Report. She served as the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator (2007-2009). At the Vermont Agency of Transportation she served as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (1995-2003). She was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985-1990.

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Kerrick Johnson
VELCO – Rutland, VT
Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) was formed in 1956 when local utilities joined together to create the nation’s first statewide, “transmission only” company in order to share access to clean hydro power and maintain the state’s transmission grid.

Dan.KinneyDan Kinney
Catamount Solar – Randolph, VT
Dan brings more than 12 years of experience to Catamount Solar, building and managing hundreds of residential and commercial projects throughout Vermont and across the northeast. Prior to Catamount Solar, Dan worked at groSolar and in his long tenure there he wore numerous hats, including lead installer, regional project manager, safety coordinator, and senior site supervisor. Dan is also an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Design and Technology Program at Vermont Technical College where he teaches PV design and safe installation to future solar professionals. He lives on the family farm in South Royalton where he makes hay and maple syrup.

steve-letendreSteve Letendre
Green Mountain College – Poultney, VT
Green Mountain College was founded in 1834 and in 1996 adopted an environmental mission as a core component of its educational programs. GMC has gained national recognition for both through its award winning environmental liberal arts educational program and its commitment to campus sustainability. In 2010 GMC was rated the “greenest” school in the country by Sierra Magazine. Throughout its history, strong teacher-student relationships have been the hallmark of a GMC education, a tradition that continues today.

Jeff Peck
Peck Electric – S. Burlington, VT
Peck Electric is a Vermont based electrical contractor and solar EPC business serving customers since 1972. Jeff has guided the company’s operations since 1997. Peck Electric was named by Solar Power World as the 58th Largest Solar Contractor in the United States in 2015 and was ranked 67th in 2016. Peck Electric Company has installed more than 50 MW of residential, commercial, and utility scale solar in Vermont since 2008. Peck Electric is also a leader in car charging installation, and battery backup systems, specializing in the Tesla Powerwall. In addition to performing work for other developers Peck Electric owns and maintains its own solar portfolio throughout the state of Vermont.

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Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC – Burlington, VT
Andy is a partner at Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC (Dunkiel Saunders), a Burlington-based law firm with a focus on energy, land use/environmental, litigation, business law, intellectual property, health care, telecommunications, and other related practice areas. In the rapidly evolving field of energy and utility law, Dunkiel Saunders assists entities before the Public Service Board and other agencies, as well as work on financing and corporate structuring. Dunkiel Saunders takes inspiration from the good work of its clients, and helps them excel in their business or mission by resolving legal issues with creativity and integrity

Matt.RubinMathew Rubin
Vermont Independent Power Producers Assoc. – Montpelier, VT
Mathew has twenty-five years developing, owning and operating independent hydroelectric facilities, as well as developing wind farms in Vermont. He is active in professional and environmental organizations.

Charlie-VanWinkleCharles “Charlie” Van Winkle
Northern Reliability, Inc. – Waitsfield, VT
Northern Reliability is a renewable energy systems integrator that provides power systems for remote or off grid locations.  We integrate energy derived from renewables into storage systems for use when the renewable resource is unavailable. Charlie has over ten years’ experience in the wind and solar business, built on a solid technical foundation in engineering and construction.

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