GLREA Board of Directors
David Konkle has been serving on the GLREA Board since December 2010 and is currently the President of the organization. Dave served for 20 years as the Ann Arbor Energy Coordinator, the first municipal energy manager in Michigan. Dave has organized coalitions of partners to leverage millions of dollars at the federal and local level for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the city of Ann Arbor and led the effort for Ann Arbor to become Michigan's only Solar America City.
Dave spent his first ten years after college as a solar installer for Sunstructures and served as an elected member of the Educational Division of the Board of the American Solar Energy Society, which GLREA is the Michigan State Chapter. Since retirement Dave has served as Director of Energy Programs for the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority where he directed a $700,000 Downtown Energy Efficiency program and was Project Director for the installation of 19 public electric car chargers in Ann Arbor.
Sarah has excellent organizing abilities and a very strong understanding of clean energy policy. She has worked with several Michigan non-profits that are committed to advancing renewable energy in Michigan, including the Michigan Environmental Council, the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition, Clean Water Action, National Wildlife Federation and the RE-AMP network. Sarah is currently working for the Michigan Energy Office with the State of Michigan.
Sarah has worked on state renewable and energy efficiency policy, rate case intervention, and Federal Clean Power Plan compliance. Sarah has served on the GLREA Board of Directors since 2013 and was the Co-Director of the 2015 Annual Renewable Energy Fair. Ms. Mullkoff is passionate, well connected, and dedicated to advancing clean energy policy in Michigan.
Cary Church has 20 years automotive engineering experience in Powertrain and emissions. He has ten years experience in renewable energy technologies from installing renewable energy systems, attending conferences and participating on workshops with GLREA, Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Solar Energy International. He completed the GLREA Solar Integrator course in 2004, and helped install the Solar Hot air system on the GLREA office building in Dimondale, MI.
Mr. Church has been a renewable energy enthusiast for many years. Mr. Church graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Masters in Energy Engineering. He organized the first Solar Tour for Chelsea, MI in 2012 and again in 2013. Mr. Church is an active volunteer and has served as Treasurer for the Chelsea Area Historical Society and has served on the Board of Creative Education Solutions.
John Sarver was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014 and was President in 2015. John worked for the Michigan Energy Office for 35 years where he was responsible for public institution grants, utility demand side management, industrial, commercial, and residential efficiency programs, and efforts to promote solar and wind energy.
John has served as a Board Director for a number of organizations including the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Council on Electricity Policy, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Michigan Interfaith Power & Light.
Jason is a licensed architect, experienced in performing, coordinating and administering high performance residential and commercial building services. He currently works for the Ecology Center as the Healthy Buildings Director. Jason has conducted or supervised energy assessments for over five million square feet of commercial, institutional and multifamily residential buildings over the last five years. Previously Jason worked on the Michigan Renewable Schools Program (MRSP), where he developed, managed and provided oversight on energy efficiency and renewable energy services and installations performed by teams of pre-qualified licensed architects, engineers and contractors on schools across the State.
Jason brings more than a decade of nonprofit experience, including grant writing and development work to GLREA. He previously served on the Ann Arbor based Appropriate Technology Collaborative Board and served as Chair from 2009-2012. Mr. Bing is interested in the growth of small businesses in the clean energy economy. He is looking for ways to be a connector to other nonprofits and private companies to promote collaboration and mutual success.
Mark Clevey has been a longtime advocate for solar photovoltaics in Michigan. He was a founder of the Michigan Solar Energy Association, the precursor to GLREA, and began teaching his first class on solar energy in 1975. He was the project manager on the first utility-interconnected solar PV array in the State of Michigan in 1984 with Oakland Community College.
Mark served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for Energy Conversion in the 1980's and was the Manager of Renewable Energy Programs in the MEDC Energy Office for the State of Michigan. In this position, Mark authorized the grant to GLREA to create the Community Solar Guidebook and the Local Government Guide for making community solar development ready. During his long career, Mark lectured and taught college courses on solar energy at Madonna, Saginaw Valley and Central Michigan State Universities and Oakland, Macomb and Lansing Community Colleges. Mark Co-Founded the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light and started the first MI-SUN chapter, the Ann Arbor Solar Users Network.
Kris comes to the GLREA Board with a BBA in Finance from Grand Valley State University and an MBA in Marketing Management from DePaul University, Chicago. She has over 20 years of Finance and Operations Management experience and has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University and Davenport University for over five years. Kris owns a renewable energy consulting, design and installation business, Hunter Energy Resources on the West Michigan Lakeshore.
In addition to her background in business and finance, Kris has been certified in Computer Science/Oracle Database Management from Davenport University and in Applied Alternative & Renewable Energy from Grand Valley State University MAREC. Kris has the great ability to engage various stakeholders to develop strong working relationships, intuitive problem solving skills and the ability to identify needs and resources available to meet those needs.
Melanie is the Superintendent of Sebewaing Light & Water. She is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the combined heat and power and energy generation industry. This experience includes the development and installation of solar, geothermal and energy efficiency projects in a municipality.
She also has an understanding of Wind Power projects after a multi-year process to install a wind turbine project on brownfields in a urban setting. Working for a municipal electric, she understands the benefits and challenges of net metering, distributed generation, and generation storage.
Todd has been a GLREA Board member since 2011 and served as the Board President for three of those years. He returned to being a Board Director only after he worked to stabilize the organizational finances and guided its mission back to a member driven organization that focuses on educating the public and policy leaders on renewable energy. Todd understands the importance of establishing a strong renewable energy policy framework to enhance the market for the expansion of renewable energy to the residential and business sector.
Todd works as the Commercial Contractor Coordinator for Michigan Saves, a non-profit organization that provides financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Todd attributes his 20 years of teaching Science and Building Trades at the High School and College levels to his ability to effectively moderate discussions and educate audiences on the advantages of renewable energy and energy efficiency around Michigan. He has helped Michigan Saves fund over $35,000,000 in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy projects.
Allan has been a driving force in renewable energy and energy conservation for decades. As the first president and a founding member of American Wind Energy Association in 1974, Allan began to raise awareness of alternative energy methods to support homeowners and business. With the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, Allan helped with the formation of the Michigan Energy Fair, a premier event in Michigan that teaches homeowners, farmers and small business owners about conservation, renewable energy systems to reduce energy costs.
Allan is also very active in his local community, serving as Marilla Township Supervisor for nine years before becoming a Manistee County Commissioner. Allan served as County Commissioner for eight years and was Chair of the Commission for six of those years. As a small businessperson and President of Contractors Building Supply, Allan uses his vast experience to help new entrepreneurs to success as they develop and expand their business models into the renewable energy field.
Dan is an attorney and has spent the past two decades working on energy and climate initiatives with an emphasis on accelerating the uptake of energy efficiency measures and renewables nationally. As past Executive Director of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), a non-profit organization that Dan helped launch while in law school, Dan learned how to build, and sustain an organization including the fundraising, strategic planning and overseeing a large network of volunteers. Through NAELS, and later as a consultant, Dan gained insight into how to turn ideas into action and how to implement aggressive plans to reduce emissions, save energy, and create smarter social systems.
Dan works as a Clean Energy Policy Specialist for Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Traverse City, MI. In this capacity he works with homeowners, businesses, institutions, officials, and utilities to advance cost-effective solutions for efficiency and renewables. Dan wants to connect his work bringing renewable energy to Northern Michigan with a larger vision to bring renewables to Michigan and the Midwest. Working in Massachusetts and California, Dan saw what was possible when strong policy meets smart utilities and a strong clean tech economy. He wants to address the problems plaguing the Midwest with the lack of jobs and outdated infrastructure and housing stock, by developing a strong renewable energy clean tech industry.