GLREA Board of Directors
Jason is a licensed architect, experienced in performing, coordinating and administering healthy, high performance residential and commercial building services. Bing has conducted or supervised energy assessments on over five million square feet of commercial, institutional and multifamily residential buildings over the last five years. As part of the Michigan Renewable Schools Program (MRSP) – a statewide demonstration of energy efficiency and renewable energy (solar and wind) measures at K-12 schools – Bing 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 across the state.
Prior to his work on the MRSP, Bing managed Recycle Ann Arbor’s Environmental House, a green building and energy efficiency demonstration center. Bing has conducted tours, consultations and on/off-site presentations to broad audiences on topics ranging from ecological footprint and resource conservation to building science and climate change. Bing is a former member of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission (2005-10), a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, and has previously maintained status as a Home Energy Rater (HERs), certified by RESnet, from 2005-09. He received a certificate from the Climate Reality Leadership Corps in 2013 and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Michigan Energy Efficiency for All (MEEFA) network.
Jason brings more than a decade of nonprofit experience, including grant writing and development work. Jason has board related experience, serving on the (Ann Arbor based) Appropriate Technology Collaborative’s board (Past Chair) from 2009-2012. He is an advocate for equitable and distributed community solar models – particularly connecting multifamily affordable housing with solar – and is actively working on a project to increase resiliency of Michigan’s K-12 schools through efficiency and renewable energy investments.
Jason is also interested in the growth of small businesses in the clean energy economy and the development of pipelines for entrepreneurship in the sector. He is enthusiastic about the direction GLREA is heading and will look for ways to be a connector to other nonprofits and private companies to promote collaboration and mutual success/growth.
Cary Church has 20 years automotive engineering experience in Powertrain and emissions. 10 years experience in Renewable Energy technologies installing, volunteering at conferences and attending workshops with GLREA, MREA and Solar Energy International. Completed the GLREA Solar Integrator course in 2004, and helped install the Solar Hot air system on the GLREA office building in Dimondale. Volunteered with Grid Alternatives in California installing solar systems.
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 the Chelsea Area in 2012 and just organized the 2013 Solar Tour. Mr. Church is also an active volunteer and has served as treasurer for the Chelsea Area Historical Society and has served on the board of Creative Education Solutions.
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.
In addition, Kris has Technical Certification in Computer Science/Oracle Database Management from Davenport Univeristy and a Certificate in Applied Alternative & Renewable Energy from MCC/GVSU MAREC.
Kris has over 20 years of Finance and Operations Management experience and has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at GVSU and Davenport University for 5+ years.
In her spare time, Kris owns a renewable energy consulting, design and installation company, Hunter Energy Resources with a home base on the West Michigan Lakeshore.
Kris has a keen ability to engage arious stakeholders to develop strong working relationships, intuitive problem solving skills and the ability to identify needs and resources available to meet those needs.
Tyler's bio coming soon!
David Konkle has been actively serving on the GLREA board since December 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee and has served on the Renewable Energy Fair Committee including two times as Chair of the Fair Committee. Dave served for 20 years as the Ann Arbor Energy Coordinator - the first city energy manager in Michigan and one of the first in the Nation. 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 has served as an elected member of the Educational Division of the board of the American Solar Energy Society – of which GLREA is the Michigan Chapter representative. Since retirement Dave has served as Director of Energy Programs for the Ann Arbor DDA where he directed a $700,000 Downtown Energy Efficiency program and was Project Director for the installation of 19 public electric car chargers in downtown Ann Arbor.
Melanie is the Superintendent of Sebewaing Light & Water. She is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the CHP 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 (although unsuccessful) process to install a wind turbine project on Brownfields in a urban setting. Working for a municipal electric, she also understands the benefits and challenges of net metering, distributed generation, and generation storage.
Sarah has excellent organizing abilities and a strong working knowledge of clean energy policy. She has been involved with several Michigan non-profits which are also committed to advancing renewable energy in the state ranging from the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition, Clean Water Action, National Wildlife Federation and the RE-AMP network (current steering committee member) and also had a brief stint in state government (MI Energy Office/DLEG).
In addition, in her current capacity she is involved in state renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, rate case intervention, and Federal Clean Power Plan compliance. Sarah has served on the GLREA Board of Directors since 2013 in several roles, most recently as secretary and co-lead of the 2015 Annual Renewable Energy Fair. Ms. Mullkoff is young, passionate, well connected, and dedicated to advancing clean energy policy.
Serving as the GLREA Board President for the past three years, Todd has helped the organization stabilize its finances and guide its mission back to a member driven organization that focuses on education in all aspects of renewable energy. He understands the urgency of advocacy for improving the Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2015 to enhance the market for our installers and members interested in R.E. projects for their home or business. 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 all around the State.
Todd has been a GLREA Board member since 2011, serves on the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Assoc. (MEECA) Board of Directors as Treasurer, and 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 conservation for decades. As the first president and founding member of AWEA, Allan began to raise awareness of alternative methods to sustain families, businesses and the economy. In recent years Allan helped with the formation of the Michigan Energy Fair, a premier event in Michigan that teaches the average homeowner about conservation, renewable energy systems and bio-fuels as well as how to make the important changes in their lives and to reduce energy costs in the 21st century. He is the Vice President of the GLREA and Co-chair of the Michigan Energy Fair.
Allan has devoted himself to his local community, serving as Marilla Township Supervisor for 9 years before becoming a Manistee County Commissioner. Allan served as commissioner for 8 years and was chair for 6 of those years. As a small business person and President of Contractors Building Supply, Allan calls on his experience to help lead new dealers to success as they develop and expand their business models into the renewable energy field.
John Sarver became a member of the Board of Directors in 2014 and was President in 2015. John worked for the Michigan Energy Office for 35 years where, at different times, 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 Assoc. of State Energy Officials, National Council on Electricity Policy, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Michigan Interfaith Power & Light.
Dan is an attorney by training who has spent the past two decades working on energy and climate initiatives – pushing to accelerate the uptake of energy efficiency measures and renewables nationally – with a focus on California campuses and Massachusetts cities. As Executive Director of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, a 501(c)(3) Dan helped launch while in law school, Dan gained experience starting, building, and sustaining an organization including fundraising, strategic planning, planning an annual event, and organizing a large network of volunteers. Through NAELS, and later as a consultant working on energy efficiency and renewable projects on campuses and in municipalities, Dan gained insight into how to turn ideas into action and actually implement aggressive plans to reduce emissions, save energy, and create smarter social systems.
Dan has expressed a strong interest in joining our Board 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. The problems plaguing the Midwest – lack of jobs, lack of qualified young workforce, loss of manufacturing base, and aging and outdated infrastructure and housing stock – will be improved by building a strong, sustainable clean tech industry. Dan is excited by the potential of renewable energy in the region and would be honored to work with the veteran and new leaders at GLREA to take advantage of those opportunities.
Dan has expressed a strong interest in joining our Board 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. The problems plaguing the Midwest – lack of jobs, lack of qualified young workforce, loss of manufacturing base, and aging and outdated infrastructure and housing stock – will be improved by building a strong, sustainable clean tech industry.
Dan is excited by the potential of renewable energy in the region and would be honored to work with the veteran and new leaders at GLREA to take advantage of those opportunities.