Board of Directors
Kendal Kuneman, President
Kendal is the Program Manager of the Detroit 2030 District, which supports Detroit's building owners and managers in reducing carbon emissions from their buildings and transportation. Additionally, Kendal does independent consulting work to support the Detroit Public Schools Community District's energy and sustainability efforts. She is committed to focusing her work to addressing the severity of the climate crisis we face.
Kendal has a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Design Build from Auburn University. She is passionate about rethinking how we transition and rebuild our homes, buildings and communities to be resilient and prepared for increased extreme weather due to climate change.
Kendal has been honored to serve on the GLREA board since 2019. Additionally, Kendal chairs the Energy Waste Reduction Committee of the Detroit City Council Green Task Force, and is actively leading efforts to pass an energy and water benchmarking and transparency ordinance in Detroit.
Mark Clevey, Vice President
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
Cary Church, Treasurer
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, Secretary
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.
Ken Zebarah, Jr
Ken Zebarah has been in the solar energy industry since 2012 and has a strong and valuable perspective of different aspects of solar projects. From minor engineering details to extensive financial analyses and bigger picture political implications, Ken has been successful in implementing hundreds of solar energy projects in Michigan.
Ken is a manager and minority owner with Harvest Energy Solutions of Jackson MI. He has a strong work ethic and is well-connected in the renewable energy industry. Ken’s goal is to help grow the solar industry throughout the Midwest – particularly customer-owned distributed generation.
John Richter is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Education (ISEE). He’s an expert witness in Michigan Public Service Commission cases and he has presented to the U.S. Congressional Staff on wind energy policy impacts. He has also presented renewable energy policy recommendations to Michigan Legislators and staff. He has a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy, and taught solar energy at Macomb Community college. He has been a regular speaker at renewable energy conferences for more than two decades.
Diane Van Buren
Diane Van Buren is a renewable energy and economic development consultant and advocate. She works to educate and build coalitions to develop green initiatives and urban redevelopment in Detroit. She is a ‘Green Jobs Program Consultant’ at Henry Ford Community College where she leads efforts to provide weatherization, deconstruction and alternative energy training. She also has a consulting firm Zachary and Associates that specializes in all phases of economic development with specific expertise in historic preservation, commercial revitalization and community planning.
Recently Diane started D2 Solar, a firm that informs the public about the benefits of solar and works with commercial business to utilize solar to save money, reduce their carbon footprint and secure predictable energy rates.
Diane has a Masters of Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelors of Arts and Teaching Certificate from Michigan State University College of Education.
David Konkle has been actively serving on the GLREA board since December 2010. 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.
Dennis Marvin retired from Consumers Energy after a 34 year career in community engagement including Regional Economic Development Director for the company’s Australian, Asian, and African markets, and for the last ten years of his career, community engagement manager for its wind energy and power plant development group. Marvin led the community engagement process for the siting, permitting, development and construction of multiple utility scale power generation projects including four 100 MW+ wind farms, two major solar projects, as well as, development of plans for locating industrial parks in Morocco and Australia.
Marvin also led the community transition process for the closure and decommissioning of three coal fired power plants including facilitation of potential redevelopment strategies. Marvin’s community engagement experience also includes serving as Executive Director of the Consumers Energy Foundation, as well as, significant experience in media relations and organization of corporate community events and FDI attraction seminars.
Patrick always wants to meet new people with similar values, which brought him back to Michigan and to his current work at PSC. Patrick handles recruitment and training of skilled contractors for Michigan Saves, a PSC-managed nonprofit that finances energy-efficiency and renewable energy work.
Prior to joining PSC, Patrick thrived for over 15 years in the movie theater industry as marketing director for a mid-sized chain of theaters and as consulting support for a company specializing in theater software. Patrick is a MSU graduate and in his spare time an avid fisher, bowhunter and dog Dad.
Alan Waller is currently employed as a Territory Manager in Michigan with a company called, WaterFurnace International, a Geothermal Heat Pump Manufacture.
He is a 1985 graduate of Macomb Community College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, Climate Control Technology, and Energy Management. Alan has many years’ experience working in the HVAC industry, along with having an Michigan State Mechanical Contractor and Residential Building license. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association.
Alan likes to stay active in the HVAC and renewable energy industry, he continues to work with our local State legislatures to help guide energy policies to benefit the residential and commercial energy markets.
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.
John directs the strategic and daily operations of Michigan Energy Options (MEO), a clean enegy nonprofit emphasizing innovative and collaborative projects between the public and private sectors. Under Kinch, MEO's community-based work has expanded across the state and its revenue stream has diversified. MEO built a community solar park on a capped landfill—one of a few owned and operated by a nonprofit in the country. Kinch is a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot advisor and a National Community Solar Partner, a municipal- certified solar expert by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, local clean energy consultant for the Council of Michigan Foundations, and has been a renewable energy consultant for The Nature Conservancy. He presents often to professional, academic and general audiences.
Cooperative Development & Engagement Coordinator - Michigan Mosaic Energy Cooperative
From project management, business entrepreneurship and consulting, sports officiating, day camp counseling, AmeriCorps VISTA service, Canvass Field Managing or substitute teaching throughout Lansing Public Schools, Marshall has developed a wide range of skills and perspectives of workplace environments.
Education: Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State University, bachelor's degree Advertising.
Experiences through Clinton Global Initiative and Sunrise Movement have enhanced his interest and expertise in advanced energy. He participated at CGI-University through my project ‘No Clean Coal’ and furthered aspirations through participation at CGI-America. Launching the grassroots campaign behind a Green New Deal, has been our primary focus as the Sunrise Movement.
Diverse work, school, and social portfolios have brought into focus the ecological imperative for building cooperative ~ democratic - community based relations and activities.
I was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. I graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1991. I’ve lived in Detroit for the last 14 years. I’m currently a Community Engagement Specialist with the City of Ann Arbor’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations Department. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and my Master of Public Administration degree from Oakland University in 2007. I’m also honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran where I served with 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines from 1992-1995.
I have over 10 years of experience community organizing in the City of Detroit and Ann Arbor. I was awarded with the 2019 City of Detroit’s District 2 Climate Warrior recognition for my work promoting recycling across the City while working with Zero Waste Detroit. In 2020 I also received Spirit of Detroit recognition from Detroit’s Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López for my work promoting recycling in Detroit’s District 6.
In 2020 under my leadership of the A2ZERO Ambassadors Program which trains volunteers, in all sectors of the local community, to dive deeply into pathways for advancing local sustainability, resilience, and carbon neutrality, I receivedthe Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association Exemplary Project Award.
I’m a member of the Ann Arbor Chapter of the NAACP where I serve as the Environmental and Climate Justice Chairperson. I was the keynote speaker at the 2021 Washtenaw Community College Climate Summit.
I have a passion for helping the frontline communities, fighting environmental racism and speaking truth to power.
Janice K. Means, PE, LEED AP
Janice is an engineer with diverse experience in consulting, industry and education. She has served on the Boards of the Michigan Solar Energy Association (predecessor to GLREA), Michigan Interfaith Power & Light and the Detroit ASHRAE Chapter. From 1986 to 1994, Janice taught solar courses at Lawrence Technological University part time while consulting. For one class, her students designed a solar feature for a Detroit Habitat for Humanity home. In 2003, she left industry to teach full-time at LTU where she coordinated/taught architecture and architectural engineering courses (HVAC, Electricity, Acoustics, Illumination, High Performance Buildings, Active and Passive Solar Design). She has organized several sustainability conferences and seminars, and chaired the international ASHRAE technical committee, “Solar & Other Renewables”.
Janice was awarded the title of Professor Emerita in retirement from LTU and is a Fellow in ASHRAE and the Engineering Society of Detroit. She was GLREA’s 2021 Melanie McCoy Awardee and a recipient of ESD’s prestigious Gold Award, as well as awards at the local to international levels from ASHRAE. She has contributed to significant ASHRAE publications which extend and promote industry knowledge related to sustainability.