Board of Directors
Melanie McCoy, President
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.
Mark Clevery, 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.
Thomas Reinke is the founder of Self-Reliant Energy Company. This is company that specializes in energy conservation, solar energy, wind energy, waste heat recovery, thermal electric generation and biomass heating equipment. It launched in 2003 in Westland, Michigan, with only 3 employees. At a time of rampant outsourcing in a global economy. Self-Reliant Energy Company has the passion and vision to design and install affordable renewable energy products made in Michigan.
Self-Reliant has Building Performance Institute Certifications as Building Analyst Specialist, Advance Renewable Energy Certification. Hybrid Electric Vehicle with Battery Technology Certification. In 2016 it received an Award from Corp. America Magazine as Leading Energy Installer of the year. Self-Reliant Energy Company is offering free home energy audits during the months of April and May. Contact us to schedule a Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Workshop.
Kendal Kuneman is the Energy & Sustainability Consultant at Energy Sciences, an energy consulting services company that offerscomprehensive energy management and sustainability improvement services. She brings more than 10 years of experience and a deep commitment to issues related to energy, environment and sustainability.
Prior to Energy Sciences, Kendal led energy management efforts at the City of Detroit by coordinating energy and water benchmarking efforts of all municipal facilities and achieving significant cost savings. She was also part of the team to develop the City’s Office of Sustainability. In addition, Kendal has a range of experience implementing energy and sustainability initiatives in other various sectors including, as a contractor for DTE’s Energy Efficiency for Business program, supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts at Michigan K-12 schools statewide, and other work at environmental non-profits.
Kendal has an architectural degree from the University of Michigan and a design build degree from Auburn University. She is a current board member of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, a Michigan Clean Energy Leaders fellow, and chairs the newly established Energy Waste Reduction Subcommittee of the Detroit City Council Green Task Force.
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.