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Green Energy Ohio Board Staff Bios

Green Energy Ohio Board of Directors
Current Board Officers
 

Jim Gravelle, President

As President of Jim Gravelle Communications, Jim served most recently as Director of Communications at the Ohio Department of Veteran Services and earlier as Director of Communications for Green Mountain Energy Company of Austin, Texas. Jim has 40 years of experience in news reporting, corporate communications, marketing, political campaign strategy and government relations.  His professional tenure includes being press secretary to four, Ohio Attorneys General, director of communications at Federated Department Stores and, for 18 years, president of Jim Gravelle Communications. Jim is chairman of the Central Ohio GEO Clean Energy Network.  He also is immediate, three-term past president and chairman of the board of Earth Share Ohio.

Jay Warmke

Jay Warmke, Vice-President
Jay brings a diverse background to the field of green energy. He and his wife Annie operate the Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center, where they live and demonstrate a low-impact lifestyle (www.bluerockstation.com). Their home, Ohio's first "Earthship" (a thermal-mass, passive solar heated home made of tires, bottles and rammed earth) is the centerpiece of this 40-acre facility in southeastern Ohio. Prior to settling into the beautiful hills of Southeast Ohio, Jay served as executive director of BICSI (a global telecommunications association) from 1991-2001. He is co-founder of the Ohio Green Living Association. He earned his BS in Journalism for Ohio University (1981) and attended the MBA program at the University of South Florida (1985-88). Jay recently completed a textbook published by Marcraft (www.marcraft.com) on Green Technologies.

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Dale Arnold, Secretary
Dale is Director of Energy Services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He coordinates the daily operations of the Ohio Farm Bureau Self-Help energy programs; conducts community service programs, represents farm, small business and rural residential energy consumers on several Ohio utility, regulatory and consumer advisory boards and works with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension and other organizations. Dale holds a B.S. in Communications from the Ohio Dominican University.

Joe Perlaky, Treasurer 

Joe is currently the Program Manager for the Maumee Valley Growers Association at the University of Toledo.  He promotes the greenhouse cluster initiative by working with the local growers and their Advisory Board, University and USDA-ARS researchers and regional economic development agencies.  Prior to this, he was Manager, Special Research, Alternative Energy and Economic Development Projects at UT.  His private sector business and entrepreneurial background is a result of owning and operating several companies for 17 years. He holds BA in education and MBA from the University of Toledo.

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Lucas Dixon

Lucas Dixon is a passionate Energy Guy! Mr. Dixon has had the opportunity to participate in multiple exciting projects and organizations during his young career, including being a Green Energy Ohio Intern, Co-founder of the 2009 OSU Solar Decathlon team, adviser for the 2011 OSU Solar Decathlon Team, Founding Co-Adviser of the OSU ASES Chapter that has since completed two solar projects in Haiti. Lucas also serves as the Vice Chair of the Sustainable Transportation Division of ASES and as the secretary for the University Area Commission. Lucas is a Project Manager at the mid-west's most innovative energy efficiency firm Plug Smart.

Alan Frasz
Al is Vice-President and Principal Owner of Dovetail Solar & Wind, a multi-million dollar renewable energy systems implementation & consulting services firm.   Al leads the sales, marketing, finances, and corporate strategy, focusing on increasing market awareness, new business development in commercial & non-profit sectors, improving financial performance, enhancing supplier relations, and identifying strategic partnerships. He provided leadership on strengthing Dovetail's business processes & systems to enable rapid growth and expansion where revenues increased over 1000% since 2005, leading to expansion into 4 additional locations, tripled staff, and significantly increased market awareness, reputation and customer references. He joined the firm in January 2006 after spending 28 years in the information technology industry. Earlier, he was division vice president at two high growth firms: TRION Technologies and Lexi-Comp.  He also has held management, sales and technical positions at BEA Systems, FileNet, and Digital Equipment Corp. Al earned his BS at Case Western Reserve University, where he also performed research in Biomedical Engineering for several years.

 
Robert Gilbert, Ph.D., LEED AP
Bob is an Associate Professor of Energy Management Technology at Sinclair Community College.  He is the Director of the Center for Energy Education at SCC where he developed the Energy Management Technology Degree and Energy Technology Certificate programs which teach energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  He also designed and constructed the Center for Energy Education Laboratory and received the League of Innovation Innovator of the Year Award in 2009 for the development of the Center for Energy Education Laboratory and his many community collaborations with both non-profit and for-profit businesses.  These collaborations provide locations for students to experience real world learning.  He has attained North American Board of Energy Practitioners Provider status and Building Performance Institute Test Center status for Sinclair.  He is a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Professional and also a BPI Proctor.  Bob is an adjunct professor in the Clean and Renewable Energy program at the University of Dayton and is Assistant Director of the Industrial Assessment Center at the university.  This Center is one of twenty-four Department of Energy sponsored Centers.  Bob is one of the fourteen members of the Ohio Board of Building Standards filling the position of Renewable Energy.  Bob served on the Ohio Board of Regents committee to determine the requirements and outcomes for Renewable Energy programs, and he serves on the faculty review panel.  As a member of ASME and ASEE, he has attended many conferences and presented peer-reviewed paper.  He received the 7th DESS Best Presentation Award for Energy Education.  He is aslo a member of the Dayton Regional Green Task Force.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a Building Analyst professional.  He has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Dayton.

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Sister Paula Gonzalez, Board Member Emeritus
A member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati since 1954, Paula taught high school for five years before completing her masters and doctorate in biology at the Catholic University in Washington, DC. A full-time teacher at Mount Saint Joseph College in Cincinnati from 1965-1975, she switched to half-time roles as a teacher and free-lance lecturer until 1981, and is now a full time lecturer. Paula created La Casa del Sol (House of the Sun), a 1,500 foot super-insulated, passive solar house that cost about $10 per square foot since it was constructed with recycled materials and volunteer help. Her second major building project is EarthConnection - a center for learning and reflection about "living lightly" on Earth. This 21st century, solar-heated model of energy efficiency is home for programs and tours. She has also written a series on ecospirituality and developed audiotape minicourses in Earth-healing. She received GEO's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. 
 
 

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Jack Hedge
Jack, as a Principal of Design Group Inc., has been involved in the design and planning of a wide variety of projects for corporate office parks, hospitals, specialty healthcare buildings, universities, schools, library systems, and rehabilitation centers.  He has led efforts at DG to produce energy-efficient, sustainable designs for all projects. Jack holds a MArch Degree in Urban Design, with 37 years experience in the practice of architecture and university instruction.  He has been involved in sustainable design ever since, winning the 1973 Owens Corning Energy Efficient Design Award for Architectural Students.  Jack is a former President of the American Institute of Architects, Central Ohio Chapter; he is a member of the National AIA Committee on the Environment and the American Solar Energy Society. He is the founder and chairman of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment. In 2009 he was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects for his contribution to the practice of architecture in the area of sustainable design.



Sebastian Ibel
Sebastian has vast experience in national and international branding that includes high- end consumer products, government contracts and business-to-business services and products. Since his move to Columbus in 1996, he has been an integral force and community leader as a board member of the Short North Business Association, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus Council on World Affairs.Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Sebastian graduated from the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France. He then worked for several ad agencies in New York, Hamburg and Berlin, where he dealt with clients including Donna Karan, DKNY, Mercedes Benz and the German government. In 1993, Sebastian co-founded one of the first true East-West German ad agencies in Berlin before coming to Columbus in 1996.In 1997 Sebastian founded IC Communication Team, Inc. and rebranded the company into Ibel Agency in 2000. Sebastian has vast experience in national and international branding that includes high-end consumer products, government contracts and business-to-business services. He is the integral force behind Ibel Agency. Sebastian uses his minimal approach to help clients envision the “big picture” and develop the most effective solution. His flexible, open-minded philosophy allows the agency to be constantly refreshed, dynamic and focused.


 

 Peter Kleinhenz
Peter is an engineer with Go Sustainable Energy, an energy efficiency consulting firm. He received his Mechanical Engineering MS and BS from the University of Dayton and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Peter is experienced with net-zero energy studies, energy modeling, commissioning, LEED/green design analysis and efficiency measurement and verification. He has conducted over 100 comprehensive energy audits for industrial and commercial facilities. Peter previously worked for The UD Industrial Assessment Center as a lead graduate assistant. He also conducted energy efficiency projects in Bolivia and Brazil, with focus on applying appropriate technology for underdeveloped areas. With great pride in his field, Peter enjoys studying and teaching green energy technologies and stays involved through professional organizations, publications and presentations.

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Greg Kuss, Past President
Greg Kuss Is the founder and CEO of SolarVision, a Power Purchase Provider located in central Ohio. Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company as well as a long-term commitment to sustainable energy alternatives. His role includes serving as chief executive officer with oversight of all operations and serving as the company’s principal liaison to the solar industry.
Greg is a fourth-generation energy businessman. During his 30-year career in the industry, he founded Energy Designs (1984), a renewable energy product development company. Greg also co-founded EcoHouse, LLC, which helps to provide sustainable energy solutions for the residential market. He is committed to educating the population on renewable energy. He created and markets the Green Energy Machine, an interactive tool to teach children about renewable energy. Greg has served as a founding member, past president and current board member of Green Energy Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College, has attended the Florida Solar Energy Center and numerous other solar related training courses. 

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 Robert Martin
A stockbroker since 1990, Bob is Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Columbus, Ohio. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Ohio Rails to Trails Conservancy.  He has a BA in English from Denison a MS in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University: and is a graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design in Conway, Mass. University.

 


Chris Meyer
Now an energy consultant heading GreenTech Advisors, Chris Meyer earlier was Director of Energy Programs for the Dayton Development Coalition. where he worked with a wide range of small businesses active in the green energy space. With goals to raise awareness, offer collaboration opportunities, and grow jobs, he has facilitated meetings and presentations with business, academia, and non-profits in the Dayton region and beyond. Most significant was his collaboration with Green Energy Ohio to design and carryout GEO’s largest and most successful conference in February, 2011 in Dayton.

 

Donald Scherer, Past President
Don was President of the Board in 2007-2009 leading a renewed strategic plan effort with a new vision to   mainstream green energy across Ohio.  Professor Emeritus of Applied Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, Don is an internationally recognized authority on sustainability, the recent author of “Sustainability, Sociality and the Human Prospect” and the writer-producer (with technical producer Denise Kisabeth of WBGU-TV) of “Wind Energy: Coming of Age in Ohio.”    His numerous presentations range from addressing the virtues of a sustainable society to how to plan and design green energy development, and he regularly consults with Ohio businesses, institutions of education and governments to plan and design green futures for them. 




 
Don Veri
Mr. Veri has an extensive international business development and sales background (within The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Sweden) and has been active in the Renewable Energy/Solar and Technology /Process Automation sector for the past 25 years.  He has held executive management and business/commercial development positions within industry leading companies including MBT Systems(a wholly owned subsidiary of Meyer Burger AG of Thun, Switzerland), Roth & Rau USA ( a wholly owned subsidiary of Roth & Rau AG of Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany), OTB Solar/OTB Group, (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roth & Rau AG located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Toolex USA (Irvine, CA)/Toolex International- (formerly located in Stockholm Sweden/Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Metatec Corporation (Dublin, OH).  Currently, Mr. Veri is Vice President of Sales for SMIT Ovens, BV of SON, The Netherlands and is responsible for sales and business development activities in North America for SMIT’s Thin Film Photovoltaic Products Business.  Mr. Veri was a founding member of OTB Solar BV’s Management Team and in this role has been instrumental in business and product strategy/development for PECVD Deposition Technologies, Solar Cell Production Equipment and Industrial Ink Jet Print Systems for the Photovoltaic and Printed Electronics Markets.  Mr. Veri has received graduate (MBA) and undergraduate degrees (BS, Natural Resources) from The Ohio State University.

 

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William Spratley, Executive Director
Bill has led GEO since 2001 and is based in Columbus. In May 2012, he received the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).   Bill lends a wealth of experience and knowledge in the utility and energy sector, having served as Ohio's first Consumer's Counsel and as a national utility consultant.  His vast national and statewide network of contacts, including the US Department of Energy, Ohio Dept. of Development, national foundations and Chairing SOLAR 2007 - the 36th National Solar Conference continue to gain new credibility and visibility for GEO. On May 15, 2012 at the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, Bill received the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award from ASES for his dedication to education resulting in widespread knowledge of  renewable energy and energy efficiency to both businesses and individuals. He also received the National Green Power Leadership Award from the Center for Resource Solutions in 2007 and the Wind Advocacy Award in 2006 from the U.S. Wind Powering America Program of the U.S. Department of Energy.  An attorney since 1973, Bill was President of William A. Spratley & Associates Inc., a consulting firm with public interest clients starting in1993.  He headed the PhotoVoltaics4You National Consumer Project to assist state utility consumer advocates in understanding solar electric issues. As the State of Ohio's first Consumers' Counsel, 1977-1993, Bill was founding President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). He served on U.S. Department of Energy advisory boards under Presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton.  A College of Wooster graduate, Bill's J.D. is from Ohio State University's College of Law.
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Barry Adler, Operations Coordinator
Barry works part-time to manage the finances, budget and administrative tasks for the organization. He oversees the computer database, office systems and clearinghouse responsibilities. Well-equiped to answer questions about renewable energy, Barry also works part-time as the owner/operator of RainFresh Harvets, LLC near Plain City, where he grows organic crops and culinary herbs on a family-owned farm. He operates an off-gird bio-integrated greenhouse featuring active solar PV (2.1 kW), a wind turbine (1.0 kW) and a solar thermal drain-down system (3 Sun Earth Collectors) with radiant floor heating. He holds a MS in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and BS in Agriculture from Berea College. He previously worked for over 20 years in the management and research at The Scotts Company in Marysville, Ohio. 
 

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Emily Sautter, Wind Program Manager
Emily started with GEO as a volunteer in early 2007, conducting wind data analysis using skills learned from a B.S. in Meteorology from the Ohio State University. Emily assumed a full-time position as Wind Projects Coordinator in the summer of 2008, and as of September 2010, has been promoted to Wind Program Manager. During the past three years, Emily has worked on several key wind resource assessment projects at the Cleveland Crib, the Toledo Zoo, NASA Plum Brook facility, Baughman Tile Company, Honda of America, Parker Hannifin, and Crown Equipment Corporation. Emily has also played a key role in the Northwest Ohio Coastal Wind Initiative, a congressional appropriation project designed to identify potential land-based sites for a demonstration wind turbine development project in the western basin of Lake Erie, and feasibility studies for the Toledo Zoo and Defiance Regional Medical Center. Working with the Ohio Department of Development, she and GEO implement and manage the popular Anemometer Loan Program. Emily is an active member of the Ohio Wind Working Group, and presents information regarding wind energy and GEO’s wind program and initiatives to inform and educate various audiences throughout Ohio. Emily also performs data analysis for GEO's wind monitoring site, writes monthly, quarterly and final summary reports for GEO’s wind resource assessment projects. 



  Corie Bix, Membership & Marketing Coordinator
Corinne started with GEO as the membership coordinator in September of 2012, and is responsible for engaging and providing assistance to members, potential members and other stakeholders. In addition, she develops membership strategies, initiatives and activities. Corinne keeps the GEO member database updated and prepares and presents a quarterly membership report to the GEO board of directors. In the spring of 2013, Corinne used skills obtained from a M.B.A. from Urbana University (2011) to assist with the development and delivery of marketing materials for GEO largely related to the management and sales of advertising for GEO's quarterly News Magazine.  She designs, writes and creates mass email communications on a monthly basis.