ISEA Staff & Board of Directors
Lesley served on the ISEA board from September 2009 until April 2012. She was previously the Midwest Director of Business Development for Community Energy Inc.where she worked since June 2005. She started as the Residential Program Manager for the award winning City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program, and in January, 2006 added corporate and industrial sales to her responsibilities. Lesley has a BA from Northern Illinois University in Communication Studies.
Board of Directors - Officers
Serving since 2011, term ends January 2015
Shannon is the Director of Illinois Business Development for StraightUp Solar, a solar energy integration company based in St. Louis. She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist in Illinois with advanced degrees in Geology and Renewable Energy. She holds NABCEP Entry Level Solar PV Certification and has been a contributing member of ISEA since 2004. Shannon was elected Board President in January 2013. One of her primary goals for the 2013-2015 term is to grow the organization by extending ISEA’s impact and involvement down-state.
Appointed in July 2011, term ends January 2015
Chuck is the V.P. of Sales and Engineering for the Chicago based,solar distributor PVpower LLC. Chuck has been in the solar industry since 2007 and has managed the installation of over 1MW of projects. After working for one of the largest solar installers in the California market, Borrego Solar, he returned to Illinois, to help establish Harnetech as a solar energy installer in Chicago and designed and managed commercial installations for Socore Energy.
Serving since 2010, term ends January 2014
A member since 2003, Glenn has attended solar and wind workshops, and volunteered for the Illinois Solar Tour and other events. Glenn is a principal at Green CPA, co-founder of Northwest Suburban Green Drinks, and Treasurer of Mt. Prospect Toastmasters. With management and biology degrees from Purdue, he brings over 10 years of accounting experience. Glenn is also a member of the AICPA, ICPAS, ASES, USGBC, and Fox Valley Electric Auto Association. His vision is to help the ISEA continue to grow by strengthening its financial base, through enhanced reporting and fundraising efforts.
Serving since 2013, term ends January 2015
David is Vice President, Development for Recurrent Energy and oversees the development of solar PV facilities throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia, and is responsible for new business development activities worldwide. Prior to Recurrent Energy, David was President and CEO of UPC Solar, a Chicago-based solar PV developer with a pipeline of projects in Ontario, Canada and the United States. In his 3.5 years with Recurrent Energy and 26 years of experience, he has managed the development of over 200 MW of utility scale solar PV projects in Ontario, manages a pipeline of almost 600 MW of contracted projects and 2 GW of projects in development worldwide. His past experience includes Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SmartSignal Corporation, where he negotiated turbine and power plant monitoring agreements with major US utilities; Executive Vice President at Acumence, a business intelligence software company; and Director of Sales at Wonderware Corporation, a leader in industrial automation software. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985, and earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986.
Board of Directors
Policy Committee Chair
Serving since 2013, term ends 2015
Lisa Albrecht previously served on the ISEA Board of Directors from 2007 through 2010 and has worked for Solar Service for 6.5 years. Lisa’s knowledge of solar along with experience training and speaking has made her a recognized leader in solar energy organizations. Named a “Solar hero” by the American Solar Energy Society for her contributions in educating the public and schools, she speaks regularly to civic organizations. She organized Illinois Solar Energy Association solar tour for four years and is currently working on permitting and policy issues in Illinois municipalities to pave the way for an easier installation process. She has supervised several commercial and residential installations including some of the largest installed solar in the state. From her first science fair project in the 7th grade, to lobbying in the halls of the U.S. Congress and Illinois State Senate, Lisa’s passion for the environment is only superseded by her commitment to providing families, small and large companies with the best the sun has to offer.
Serving since 2013,term ends January 2015
Michelle is the founder and owner of WindSolarUSA, Inc., a turn-key renewable energy company located in Central Illinois, and a founding partner of American Solar Designs based out of Memphis, TN. She began research and development of WSU in September of 2008 with a goal of helping the residential, commercial, and agricultural markets to invest in their own clean energy future while attaining a desired level of self-sufficiency. Michelle received her training through the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer, WI and is a Certified Site Assessor for both solar photovoltaics and solar thermal and has completed all phases of wind training. Prior to pursuing her renewable energy career, she was the Development Director (fundraiser/grant writer) for a private, east-side elementary school in Springfield and a Montessori teacher of 6-9-year-olds. Michelle is an advocate and promoter of renewable education and hopes to use her teaching and fundraising skills to further the advancement of the solar market statewide through her role on the board of the ISEA.
Serving since 2013, term ends January 2015
Harry Ohde is the Assistant Training Director for IBEW #134 in Chicago. He has been in the electrical field since 1981 and starting with his electrical apprenticeship, journeyman wireman, foreman, general foreman, and renewable energy and electrical code instructor to his current role as Assistant Training Director. He has a bachelor degree in Social Justice from Lewis University in 1977. He has been an active member of the NEC (National Electrical Code) Committee since 1996 serving as the principal member of CMP 12 as well CMP 16. He is also a member of the Chicago Electrical Code committee since 1999 and was instrumental in the Chicago electrical code rewrite. He is a member of several organizations such as the ISEA, MREA and IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors). He was just appointed to the IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) Standard Committee. Harry is a strong advocate for all renewable energy education and hopes to be an active member in promoting renewable energy education to all those
interested in this exciting field.
Serving since 2013,term ends January 2015
Brian is the Director of Continental Electric’s Energy Solutions Division. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Trustee for the DuPage Chapter of the Northeastern Illinois IBEW/NECA Trust Funds, and active with the Chicago Electric Association and Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Advisory Council. His passion for creating a greener and healthier environment by reducing fossil fuel emissions and energy consumption will continue to be his driving mission.
Grade School Education Committee Chair
Serving since 2013, term ends January 2015Kacie Peters graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa with a BA in Economics, Political Science and English. She began her career in solar energy in 2010 as the head of marketing and business development at one of the largest solar installation companies in the Mid-Atlantic, Suntricity Power. During her tenure at Suntricity, Kacie specialized in residential solar installations and pubic outreach to promote
green energy awareness to homeowners in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Kacie's concern for public outreach blossomed upon attending the University of Pennsylvania's Fels School of Public Policy in the fall of 2010. Through this program, she developed a k-12 educational platform aimed at teaching the importance of new energy sources entitled "Brighter Futures." In the fall of 2012, Kacie moved to Chicago in hopes of bringing
her vast knowledge of the potential of state and utility incentives to Illinois' emerging solar program. She signed on with Renewable Energy Alternatives as the head of sales, marketing, and non-profit grant writing. She has also become active in the Illinois Solar Energy Association, chairing the k-12 education subcommittee in efforts to continue her work to bring solar energy into the classroom.
Served from 2002 - 2012
Mark is Director of Energy Services at Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA). He has over 25 years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Previously, Mark was Principal Consultant at Kestrel Development Company, providing consulting services on renewable energy policy, technology and market development. He was Sales and Marketing Manager at Spire Solar, a manufacturing solar electric panels and designing systems. Mark also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, last heading the Strategic Assistance Team for the Chicago Regional Office. He is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society, the ISEA and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Mark holds a BS in Alternative Energy from Jordan College of Cedar Springs, Michigan and an MA in Environmental Studies and Urban Geography from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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