Board of Directors

Officers

Dale Arnold
President

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.

Peter Kleinhenz
Vice President

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.

Craig Foster, PE
Treasurer

Craig is the Director of Delivered Services and Lead Engineer for Energility LLC, an energy management firm serving small businesses and non-profits. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) who has been in the energy management industry working with commercial and industrial businesses since 1977. He has performed energy audits on over 1,000 buildings, acted as lead mechanical engineer for facilities, construction, and developed industrial environmental and safety programs. Craig has been involved in the solar industry since his research assistant days at the University of Iowa College of Engineering, sometimes directly and always as an enthusiast. Craig and his wife Kathy have five daughters, eight grandchildren, and one golden retriever/boxer mix. They like to take their trailer camping and just hang out together.

Sherry Hubbard
Secretary

Sherry is a retiree from AEP Ohio where she worked for eleven years, most recently as the company’s liaison to SMART Columbus.  Prior to this role, she worked in energy efficiency research and development where her responsibilities included developing pilots to examine technologies and program designs for potential incorporation into AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency portfolio. Sherry previously served as the Ohio Energy Office Chief for the Ohio Department of Development.  Ms. Hubbard is a graduate of The Ohio State University with an MBA, and a BSBA in Production and Operations Management and is certified in Distance Learning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chris Meyer
Past President

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.

Current Board Members

Brent Boyd

Brent Boyd has spent most of his adult life participating in all stages of advanced technology: starting and managing technology ventures, designing and developing technology intensive products, and providing strategic advice as a management consultant. His professional career in technology spans over 20 years, divided among multinational corporations, high growth entrepreneurial organizations and the federal sector. Mr. Boyd is widely considered to be an entrepreneur, global technology executive and advisory expert in the areas of market research, financial analysis, product management and strategy development. He currently is COO of Solar Power and Light and serves on numerous boards.

Michael Benson

Michael Benson and his business partner founded their consulting firm in 2018 with a focus on electrification for local governments, developing microgrids for municipalities to support mission-critical electric vehicle fleets. Retired Chief Benson has served as a volunteer and career firefighter, paramedic and fire officer, with his last eleven years as a Fire Chief for Copley Township in Summit County, Ohio. Chief Benson has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College; and a professional certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies from Stanford University. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He lives in Wadsworth Ohio with his wife and three children, and drives a 2018 Tesla Model 3.

Sarah Conley-Ballew

Sarah Conley-Ballew joined the GEO Board in 2018. She serves as Program Director of Sustainable Energy Solutions at Rural Action. She was the founding director of UpGrade Ohio, establishing Appalachian Ohio’s first clean energy-focused nonprofit organization in 2015. She was a SolSmart Advisor to four Appalachian communities in 2017, supporting efforts to prepare local governments for smart solar development. She has a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Conley-Ballew lives in Athens County, Ohio with her husband and three beautiful children and enjoys farming, birdwatching, and playing in the mud.

Gary Easton

Gary’s professional career is defined largely by his passion for solar and environmental stewardship. His intimate experience living with solar, coupled with a lifetime in the construction industry, led him to found Appalachian Renewable Power Systems (ARP Solar). Gary is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation professional, a certified home energy analyst through the Building Performance Institute, carries his OSHA-30 certification and is a member of several industry-related organizations. Gary was also recently approved by the OCILB to sit for his Master Electrical License. ARP Solar has been specializing in the installation of solar PV systems for residential, agricultural and commercial customers in Ohio, WV, Illinois and Western PA since 2008.

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis leads Greenworks Lending from Nuveen’s origination efforts in six Midwestern states. In a little over 2 years, he has originated nearly $100 million in PACE financing. Prior to joining Greenworks, Chris held numerous positions in commercial real estate over his 20-year career. Most recently, he was Vice President, Investor Relations with White Oak Partners, where he was responsible for raising equity and oversaw investor reporting. Prior to his time at White Oak, Chris spent 11 years at Glimcher Realty Trust as Senior Director, Investments. Prior to joining Glimcher, Chris had 10 years of experience at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) in the Real Estate Accounting and the Real Estate Investment Division. He holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting, The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from The Dauch School of Business at Ashland University.

Alan Frasz

Alan Frasz has been working in renewable energy and directing hundreds of commercial solar project installations for over 13 years. His expertise on the financial feasibility in addition to the economic and environmental impacts of clean energy is a powerful resource for our team and our clients. Al’s extensive work with businesses and nonprofit organizations make him a valued consultant for developers, architects, engineering firms and lawmakers in the pursuit of renewable energy advancement.

Jake Kuss

Jake is the Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Solarvision LLC, a Columbus-based solar energy development company as well as Executive Director for Shared Power Network, a nonprofit solar energy development partner for educational entities. He oversees day-to-day operations for both companies and actively seeks out new projects of all sizes to help further renewable energy’s impact in Ohio. Jake earned his undergraduate degrees from Miami University (OH), completed a master’s thesis on energy policy at the University of Chicago and an MBA in marketing and leadership at The Ohio State University.

Bob McCollister

Dr. Robert McCollister was trained as a Climate Reality presenter in Chicago in 2013 and since then has given over 35 presentations to audiences across Ohio and in West Virginia. Professionally he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1992 from Ohio State with a major in International Relations, and a concentration in National Security Policy Studies, focusing on nuclear weapons and arms control. He has taught at Ohio State, Morehead State, and Shawnee State University, but he has devoted his life to teaching high school social studies and coaching high school football.

Fred Michel

Fred Michel is a Professor of Biosystems Engineering at the Ohio State University-Wooster.  He has over 80 peer reviewed publications in the areas of bioethanol production, composting and alternative natural rubber processing. In 2006 he spent a sabbatical year at the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory developing processes for the conversion Ohio cellulosic feedstocks to ethanol. He teaches Solar Energy Systems and is an ETA certified Photovoltaic Level 1 installer and test administrator. Fred chairs the OSU Wooster Sustainability Committee and serves as President of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy network.  The network delivers a variety of educational programs, organizes events focused on green energy and sustainability and has partnered with local schools and other community organizations to install solar energy systems. He also serves on the Boards of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio and the Secrest Arboretum. Fred and his family live in Wooster in one of the first PUCO certified solar powered homes in Ohio.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller is the Associate Dean for Industry Partnerships and Outreach for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University. In this role Mr. Miller serves as the college’s external relations officer with industry, government and the nonprofit community to drive the Russ College’s research and teaching mission and connect its world-class researchers with the broader community of practitioners. Mr. Miller also serves as the external lead for the college in the development of the Russ Center for Professional Education and Research, a 60-acre technology research, development and deployment center located in Beavercreek, Ohio near Dayton. Prior to joining the Russ College, Scott served as Director of Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3), an integrated energy and ecological research unit housed within the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.  Mr. Miller is a National Energy Executive with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Ali Mock

Alexandria (Ali) Mock is a government affairs/lobbyist for Government Edge, Inc. Ali has been with Government Edge for nearly five years, and previously worked for State Senator Cliff Hite in the Ohio Senate for two years, Ali also served as staff in the Ohio House for two years. While in the Ohio Senate, Ali worked frequently on energy, agriculture, and education issues. All of which she continues to work on today. Ali has a breadth of knowledge in several areas of policy at Government Edge, but clean energy is a passion. Ali’s work at Government Edge includes executive and legislative lobbying on behalf of the American Wind Energy Association, Avangrid Renewables, and Energy Developments, Inc. In addition to lobbying, Ali is the state coordinator for the A Renewable America campaign and is the Ohio Business Sector Lead for the Energy Foundation.

Anne Schenk

Anne Schenk currently serves as the Director of the Deal Desk at AEP Energy where she leads a cross-functional team of energy professionals designing custom sustainable energy solutions. She has program delivery responsibility for the implementation of AEP Energy’s integrated solar and wind portfolio solution for Google and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, as well as the City of Columbus Municipal Aggregation. Prior to her current role, she oversaw AEP Energy’s entire Risk Management and Pricing functions. Anne also currently serves as Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) liaison for AEP Energy, assisting in the implementation of AEP’s long-term D&I roadmap in the supply business. Anne’s career in retail energy included leadership positions with Volunteer Energy and Direct Energy, with expertise in legal, regulatory, financial, settlements, wholesale power delivery and retail customer behavior.

Michael Watkins

Unbeknownst to him, Michael’s professional career began when he was a junior in high school. Michael graduated from the Construction Electricity Program at the Southeast Career Center in 1985. Over thirty years later, Michael’s love for the craft grew into multiple successful businesses. He is the owner of Watt 1 Electrical Systems, LLC, a state of Ohio licensed electrical contracting business that he founded in 2000. Watt 1 provides electrical services for commercial, industrial and residential customers. In addition to installing solar energy systems, Watt 1 is an authorized Tesla Charging Station installer. In 2009 and 2011, Michael shared his expertise with the Ohio State University team in the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon competition. Michael is also the Executive Director of the National Skilled Trades Network (NSTN). NSTN is a National Center for Construction and Research (NCCCER) Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS). NSTN’s mission is to provide NCCER Accredited Construction Trades Training in underserved communities around the country.