Staff & board

Staff

Anya Schoolman
Anya Schoolman

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya loves to cook, raises backyard chickens, and has worked for decades on environmental projects up and down the Western Hemisphere. She grappled with the issue of sustainable development and how to make complex issues relevant to the community. She learned that finding something that works and benefits the community is not as simple as replacing one problem with another. Solar United Neighbors got its start when her son Walter asked, “Mom, can we go solar?”

Contact
anya@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-256-4327

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya loves to cook, raises backyard chickens, and has worked for decades on environmental projects up and down the Western Hemisphere.

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Maryland Program Director Lauren Barchi
Maryland Program Director Lauren Barchi

Lauren Barchi

Maryland Program Director

Lauren is a third-generation native of Baltimore City. She grew up playing in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay where she discovered her passion for the environment and the communities that live in its watershed.  As an environmental scientist and community activist, Lauren joins her love of people with her scientific background, striving to bring together diverse groups around common goals.  After years working in the government and private sectors, she is excited to be part of this team where she can help all Marylanders access solar energy.  Lauren lives in West Baltimore with her wife and dog, Cinnamon.

Contact

Lauren@solarunitedneighbors.org
443-436-2590

Lauren Barchi

Maryland Program Director

Lauren is a third-generation native of Baltimore City.

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Glen Brand
Glen Brand

Glen Brand

Policy and Advocacy Director

During his more than twenty-year career as an environmental leader and advocate, Glen Brand has served on the staff of several national and state environmental and labor organizations. He served on the national Sierra Club staff for 12 years in a variety of roles, including Director of the “Cool Cities” campaign, the organization’s first nationwide grassroots effort to advocate for local climate solutions. From 2012-2016, he directed Sierra Club’s Maine Chapter.

Glen has been quoted widely in regional and national media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, and the Discovery Channel, and he has been a guest speaker on clean energy issues at many venues throughout the country, as well as in Denmark and Brazil on a U.S. State Department co-sponsored trip.

A graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Houston, Glen is an avid gardener, kayaker, and amateur jazz musician, and each summer he eagerly looks forward to spending time at his family’s cabin on Moosehead Lake in the Maine Woods.

Glen Brand

Policy and Advocacy Director

During his more than twenty-year career as an environmental leader and advocate, Glen Brand has served on the staff of several national and state environmental and labor organizations.

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Heaven Campbell
Heaven Campbell

Heaven Campbell

Florida Program Associate

Heaven is a native of Florida and proud to say she’s #FreshfromFlorida. Heaven brings her passion and experience in program management, volunteer management, research, capacity-building, diversity and inclusion, and evaluation to her work. Heaven loves hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Contact
heaven@solarunitedneighbors.org
904-701-4059

Heaven Campbell

Florida Program Associate

Heaven is a native of Florida and proud to say she’s #FreshfromFlorida.

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Carra Cheslin
Carra Cheslin

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging folks from all walks of life in the good fight to protect our mother earth. She has a deep connection to southern coastal Maine where she has spent much of her life treasuring the tidal marsh areas and beaches. The dots connected for Carra when she studied abroad in the Brazilian Amazon and felt small in such an immense and interconnected ecosystem. Carra joined Solar United Neighbors to impact tangible on the ground solutions and mobilize more folks to get involved with spreading the word about solar in meaningful ways. Carra loves cooking, skiing and being outside and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Master Gardener.

Contact
carra@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-854-9815

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging folks from all walks of life in the good fight to protect our mother earth.

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Ben Delman
Ben Delman

Ben Delman

Communications Director

As a six-year-old, Ben asked his sitting-senator if he could correctly spell “potato”. Since then, Ben has continued trying to put his big mouth to good use. He enjoys communicating the benefits an equitable, solar powered energy system provides and its tangible benefits for everyone. Ben hopes one day to see his beloved Cubs win a World Series, again.

Contact
ben@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3602

Ben Delman

Communications Director

As a six-year-old, Ben asked his sitting-senator if he could correctly spell “potato”.

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Angela DeMonbreun
Angela DeMonbreun

Angela DeMonbreun

Florida Program Director

Angela is fourth generation Floridian. She is passionate about community education and believes that informed and engaged voters are key to building an accountable democratic society. A certified scuba diver, she loves boating and the beach. She enjoys collecting scallops in the Florida Gulf and lobster in the Keys. Her best recipe is lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.

Contact
angela@solarunitedneighbors.org
904-351-8570

Angela DeMonbreun

Florida Program Director

Angela is fourth generation Floridian.

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Annette Dentel
Annette Dentel

Annette Dentel

Office Manager

Looking for something new and interesting to do that was related to her background in urban and regional development, Annette responded to an ad for help at a small non-profit focused on solar. Happily, the small non-profit has grown…and grown! And, so has Annette’s role. She now manages Solar United Neighbors books and keeps the office running smoothly.

Contact
annette@solarunitedneighbors.org
734-210-1287

Annette Dentel

Office Manager

Looking for something new and interesting to do that was related to her background in urban and regional development, Annette responded to an ad for help at a small non-profit focused on solar.

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Jody Finver

South Florida Program Coordinator

Jody, known across South Florida as “Solar Girl,” develops and manages the co-ops throughout Miami-Dade County and broader south Florida. She put decades of experience as an advertising Mad Girl to use by creating witty slogans and signage that fought for solar rights in Florida. A net-zero rooftop solar customer, EV driver, and local community organizer, she lives by example. When she’s not being a solar evangelist, she can be found kayaking with her dog Walter and her right-hand man Simon.

Contact
jody@solarunitedneighbors.org
786-671-5434

Jody Finver

South Florida Program Coordinator

Jody, known across South Florida as “Solar Girl,” develops and manages the co-ops throughout Miami-Dade County and broader south Florida.

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Scott Greenler
Scott Greenler

Scott Greenler

Engagement Specialist

The preservation of the natural world is deeply important to Scott. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys running, rock climbing, skiing, and surfing. As an engagement specialist he activates people across the country to join in the effort promote a just and equitable distributed system of solar energy.

Before joining to Solar United Neighbors, Scott was a Program Fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where he advocated for national policy to address climate change. Scott has also engaged in federal and state political organizing in Colorado, where he completed his undergraduate degree. Scott earned his degree in environmental biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he served as Student Body President.

Scott Greenler

Engagement Specialist

The preservation of the natural world is deeply important to Scott.

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Glenn Griffin
Glenn Griffin

Glenn Griffin

Vice President of Marketing and Membership

Glenn is an avid youth sports coach. He is passionate about nature and community mobilizing. With 29 years of experience in marketing at places ranging from MCI and Verizon to American Public Health Association, he brings a wealth of wisdom and innovation to our team.

Contact
glenn@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-643-2409

Glenn Griffin

Vice President of Marketing and Membership

Glenn is an avid youth sports coach.

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Julia Herbst
Julia Herbst

Julia Herbst

St. Pete Co-op Coordinator

A happy transplant who moved to Florida for sunshine, Julia is thrilled to expand solar in Saint Petersburg region. Her passion for clean energy began while working in Pennsylvania’s coal regions. Through water quality, landscape, and community service experiences, she learned the power of education and local action in environmental change. Julia’s a native plant and butterfly fan who loves to hike, bike and travel the world with her husband.

Contact
julia@solarunitedneighbors.org
727-537-6194

Julia Herbst

St. Pete Co-op Coordinator

A happy transplant who moved to Florida for sunshine, Julia is thrilled to expand solar in Saint Petersburg region.

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Andrea Hylant
Andrea Hylant

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Coordinator

After majoring in environmental science and geology, Andrea discovered a passion for work that helps guide communities toward more sustainable futures. Research in food systems, waste systems, renewable energy systems, and the climate proved to her that one can work toward this goal in many ways. At Solar United Neighbors, she loves being part of projects that produce tangible results and help create a sustainable energy system. When she’s not helping educate homeowners about solar, Andrea can be found hiking, biking, or sipping coffee in any café across D.C.

Contact
andrea@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3601

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Coordinator

After majoring in environmental science and geology, Andrea discovered a passion for work that helps guide communities toward more sustainable futures.

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Vincent Jerkovich
Vincent Jerkovich

Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Vincent’s solar experience encompasses the for profit sector, where he worked in sales for a residential installer, and the nonprofit sector, where he assisted local governments in the implementation of solar best practices. He is excited that his role at Solar United Neighbors combines the best of his previous experiences, including a creative approach to solar market development and a focus on the individual customer. A native Kansan, Vincent spends his fall and winters Rock Chalking along with the Jayhawk basketball team.

Contact
vincent@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3601

Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Vincent’s solar experience encompasses the for profit sector, where he worked in sales for a residential installer, and the nonprofit sector, where he assisted local governments in the implementation of solar best practices.

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Autumn Long
Autumn Long

Autumn Long

West Virginia Program Director

Born and raised in West Virginia, Autumn has been an entrepreneur, community organizer, advocate, writer, editor, researcher, homesteader, and gardener. Autumn lives on a farm in rural Harrison County, West Virginia, with her husband, dog, horse, donkey, chickens, and net-metered solar PV system. Producing her own energy aligns with her Mountaineer values of self-reliance and independence.

Contact
autumn@solarunitedneighbors.org
304-608-3539

Autumn Long

West Virginia Program Director

Born and raised in West Virginia, Autumn has been an entrepreneur, community organizer, advocate, writer, editor, researcher, homesteader, and gardener.

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Henry McKay

Pennsylvania Program Director

After three decades of living around the world and across the United States, Henry has put down roots in Pittsburgh and will readily give you a dozen reasons why you should move there too, whether or not you’ve asked. He has spent the better part of a decade working to make American communities more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable by empowering local leaders and elevating good ideas. As Pennsylvania Program Director, he strives to bring the benefits of solar energy to all Pennsylvanians. Henry lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Sarah, and son, Jesse – both native Pittsburghers.

Contact
Henry@solarunitedneighbors.org
412-440-8934

Henry McKay

Pennsylvania Program Director

After three decades of living around the world and across the United States, Henry has put down roots in Pittsburgh and will readily give you a dozen reasons why you should move there too, whether or not you’ve asked.

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Corey Ramsden
Corey Ramsden

Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Jury duty set Corey on a new career path. During lunches at the Building Museum located near the courthouse, Corey was struck by an exhibit on sustainable communities. He realized that he wanted his professional life to expand renewable energy and positively affect his community. It took a few years, but by volunteering with Solar United Neighbors of D.C., taking online courses, working for a local solar installer, and getting NABCEP-certified, those lunches set him on a path toward his current role at Solar United Neighbors.

Contact
corey@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-334-7720

Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Jury duty set Corey on a new career path.

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Ian Reichardt
Ian Reichardt

Ian Reichardt

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Before joining the Solar United Neighbors team, Ian worked in rural Ecuador, studying the effects of a hydroelectric dam on nearby farming communities and working to protect those farmers’ water rights. This experience left him with a more nuanced understanding of the ways energy production impacts our society and environment. Ian is excited to be back in the states, working toward a sustainable, equitable energy system. When he’s not working, biking, or with friends, you can find Ian with a guitar, book, and/or craft brew in hand.

Contact
ian@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3601

Ian Reichardt

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Before joining the Solar United Neighbors team, Ian worked in rural Ecuador, studying the effects of a hydroelectric dam on nearby farming communities and working to protect those farmers’ water rights.

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Isabel Ricker
Isabel Ricker

Isabel Ricker

Development Director

For Isabel, building an equitable clean energy system might be hereditary: Her parents dedicated their careers to energy efficiency, affordable housing, and community development. After working in conservation law and local government, Isabel discovered that she was most passionate about the positive effects distributed solar had on people’s lives and communities. Isabel loves working with the team at Solar United Neighbors to make these benefits a reality.

Contact
isabel@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-930-3853

Isabel Ricker

Development Director

For Isabel, building an equitable clean energy system might be hereditary: Her parents dedicated their careers to energy efficiency, affordable housing, and community development.

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Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has called the Greater Washington area home for almost 20 years. Before that, she lived in New York and Puerto Rico. She is excited to be a part of Solar United Neighbors of D.C., where she can combine her love of science and community development to help expand access to solar energy in the District. Having benefited from solar energy herself, she is passionate about assisting D.C. homeowners to make the transition to solar.

Contact
Yesenia@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-523-3948

Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has called the Greater Washington area home for almost 20 years.

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Emma Rodvien
Emma Rodvien

Emma Rodvien

Director of Forward Operations and New Initiatives

Emma puts her passion for expanding clean energy to use as Director of Forward Operations and New Initiatives. She leads the charge on developing new state programs for Solar United Neighbors, building strategic partnerships and engaging new solar constituencies. Bringing people together comes naturally to Emma. Pairing her passion for community development with her solar project management experience, Emma is adept at creating opportunities for new people to engage with clean energy. She looks forward to bringing Solar United Neighbors programming to all 50 states!

Contact
emma@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-621-2971

Emma Rodvien

Director of Forward Operations and New Initiatives

Emma puts her passion for expanding clean energy to use as Director of Forward Operations and New Initiatives.

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Virginia Rutter
Virginia Rutter

Virginia Rutter

Minnesota Program Director

Virginia is a Minnesota native who has also lived in California, Australia, and Ireland. She has a background working in public and clean energy finance, as well as with local governments and nonprofits. When not working to help Minnesotans go solar, she and her husband wrangle two kids, a dog, and a cat.

Contact
virginia@solarunitedneighbors.org
612-888-4786

Virginia Rutter

Minnesota Program Director

Virginia is a Minnesota native who has also lived in California, Australia, and Ireland.

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Seán Stickle
Seán Stickle

Seán Stickle

IT Specialist

Seán is passionate about (at least) three things: nonprofits; technology; and nonprofit technology. He’s worked for D.C. nonprofits and associations since 1999, and loves figuring out how to adapt cutting-edge technology to help mission-driven organizations scale up and make a bigger impact on the world. When not working, Seán spends his time studying ancient languages, vlogging about operations management, and contemplating his cats.

Seán Stickle

IT Specialist

Seán is passionate about (at least) three things: nonprofits; technology; and nonprofit technology.

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Zach Schalk
Zach Schalk

Zach Schalk

Communications Specialist

Zach is a passionate storyteller dedicated to promoting justice. He believes in the power of human-scale stories to motivate action and the potential for collective action to shape a more just and equitable future. Building a society with distributed, community controlled solar power system is one step toward the future he hopes to see.

Contact
zach@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3602

Zach Schalk

Communications Specialist

Zach is a passionate storyteller dedicated to promoting justice.

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Emily Stiever
Emily Stiever

Emily Stiever

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Field Operations

A native Midwesterner, Emily was excited to move to D.C. for a fancy job at a renewable energy consulting firm. But she quickly realized the work she was doing was far removed from making a real impact on our energy system. She wanted to make tangible progress, not write reports. She connected with Anya Schoolman after Googling “DC and solar” and then landed a volunteer gig at Anya’s kitchen table. For the first time since moving from Minnesota, Emily feels like she’s found a community of people who get stuff done.

Contact
emily@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-244-9840

Emily Stiever

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Field Operations

A native Midwesterner, Emily was excited to move to D.

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Luke Sulfridge
Luke Sulfridge

Luke Sulfridge

Ohio Program Director

Luke is a native Appalachian with deep roots in the Mid-Ohio Valley. He has worked extensively on health and food policy regionally and is dedicated to creating a clean sustainable future for the region. He is proud to be a part of building a new clean and local economy. Luke is active in local scouting and proudly drives an electric vehicle.

Contact
luke@solarunitedneighbors.org
740-538-8788

Luke Sulfridge

Ohio Program Director

Luke is a native Appalachian with deep roots in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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Aaron Sutch
Aaron Sutch

Aaron Sutch

Virginia Program Director

Aaron understands the power of education and outreach to unite people. From his days as a zoo educator to his years teaching in middle school classrooms, Aaron is adept at bringing together diverse communities through information exchange. He brings this talent to each of his solar information sessions. Aaron uses his educational skills to welcome people into the Virginia solar community and to empower them to make change.

Contact
aaron@solarunitedneighbors.org
804-372-5032

Aaron Sutch

Virginia Program Director

Aaron understands the power of education and outreach to unite people.

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Board

Courtney Cuff
Courtney Cuff

Courtney Cuff

Board Chair

Courtney Cuff is executive director of Western Conservation Foundation. She is an expert at designing creative campaigns that motivate diverse constituencies to achieve specific conservation outcomes. Previously, she worked as Pacific regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, where she designed programs to protect National Parks in California and Hawaii from development, pollution, and underfunding. She recently launched a “Defending the Desert” campaign to protect the biodiversity of the Southern Californian desert lands. Courtney has also served as director of Government Affairs for the Green Scissors Campaign at Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C., and has worked on several U.S. House and Senate political races, served on the League of Conservation Voters Political Advisory Committee, and served on the board of the Safe Energy Communications Council.

Courtney Cuff

Board Chair

Courtney Cuff is executive director of Western Conservation Foundation.

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Cathy Kunkel
Cathy Kunkel

Cathy Kunkel

Board Member

Cathy Kunkel is an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis where her research focuses on utilities in the mid-Atlantic region. She lives in Fayetteville, West Virginia and has testified on numerous occasions before the West Virginia Public Service Commission in support of stronger energy efficiency programs. Previously, she worked for Energy Efficient West Virginia and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Cathy Kunkel

Board Member

Cathy Kunkel is an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis where her research focuses on utilities in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Diego Morley
Diego Morley

Diego Morley

Board Member

Diego Morley served as one of the founding members of the Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative that in turn sparked the movement that led to the creation of Solar United Neighbors. Diego continues to serve as an advisor to Solar United Neighbors of D.C. and as an activist on renewable energy issues. He brings expertise in communicating with and mobilizing youth and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to our mission through more than seven years of extensive volunteering. He graduated from Brown University in 2016.

Diego Morley

Board Member

Diego Morley served as one of the founding members of the Mt.

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John Farrell
John Farrell

John Farrell

Board Member

John Farrell is a recognized national leader in community-based and community-owned renewable energy. He is the director of democratic energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on democratic energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential that shows how most states don’t need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs. He has also written extensively on the economic advantages of democratizing the electricity system, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished policies that support locally owned renewable energy development.

John Farrell

Board Member

John Farrell is a recognized national leader in community-based and community-owned renewable energy.

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Leslie Rigby
Leslie Rigby

Leslie Rigby

Board Secretary

Leslie Rigby is the assistant director for Communications at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is a communications expert and senior editor, writer, and manager for print and online publications of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and membership associations. Previous publications experience includes AARP and Congressional Quarterly. She has provided technical advice and communications support for Solar United Neighborhoods since its inception.

Leslie Rigby

Board Secretary

Leslie Rigby is the assistant director for Communications at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Randy Speck
Randy Speck

Randall Speck

Board Member

Randall Speck has spent more than 30 years working in energy law, handling a variety of complex proceedings involving electric industry restructuring, development and implementation of organized electric markets, design and construction projects, antitrust claims, and fraud and negligence suits. He has represented state public utility commissions in major proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals relating to electric resource adequacy, the exercise of market power in wholesale electricity markets, and incentive rates of return. Randall has also represented states in the development and implementation of new markets for electric capacity in New England and the mid-Atlantic region, conducted a retrospective review of electric industry restructuring, and evaluated the cost-effectiveness of options for supplying electricity in the future. Randy was designated a “Groundbreaking Lawyer for 2009” by Public Utilities Fortnightly and is ranked by Best Lawyers in America (2012-16) for his work in Energy Law. He also serves as a commissioner on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3G, for the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Randall Speck

Board Member

Randall Speck has spent more than 30 years working in energy law, handling a variety of complex proceedings involving electric industry restructuring, development and implementation of organized electric markets, design and construction projects, antitrust claims, and fraud and negligence suits.

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Wendy Hauenstein
Wendy Hauenstein

Wendy Hauenstein

Board Treasurer

Wendy Hauenstein has spent the last 24 years working in the private and public sectors. Ms. Hauenstein has worked domestically and internationally as a program manager, financial analyst, and independent business consultant. Her formal career started as a small business advisor with the Peace Corps in rural Kenya. She has since worked for several notable companies, including seven years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Other employment includes a year with the state savings bank in Vilnius, Lithuania, and serving as the head of mission for the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Haiti. Recently, she completed a two-year contract with Groundswell International, a small, grassroots, nonprofit organization. She is familiar with all aspects of nonprofit accounting and finance, including compliance with state and federal regulations. She speaks French fluently and has working knowledge of Swahili, Lithuanian, and Spanish. Ms. Hauenstein is currently working on a socially-responsible business endeavor in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in International Business and Economics from James Madison University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia,

Wendy Hauenstein

Board Treasurer

Wendy Hauenstein has spent the last 24 years working in the private and public sectors.

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