Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for governance of OSEIA and provides guidance to and oversight of the staff.
Mark Farrell (A&R Solar)
Mark Farrell has spent the last 8 years selling solar photovoltaic equipment for integrators, a distributor and a manufacturer. He is a NABCEP Certified Technical Sales professional and enjoys promoting solar energy at every possible opportunity. He sees our country's transition to renewable energy as a challenging yet important step to securing economic opportunity for all - in Oregon, the US and globally.
Oriana Magnera (Verde NW)
Oriana Magnera is an outreach and policy advocate for the NW Energy Coalition. She is focused on building strong partnerships with environmental justice communities and making policy processes more transparent and accessible, including work on community solar in Oregon. Before entering the energy industry, Oriana worked in education policy, focusing on career-technical education and she has years of nonprofit experience. She holds a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University.
Eric Hansen (True South Solar)
Eric Hansen is principal owner and general manager at True South Solar, southern Oregon’s largest licensed solar-electric contractor. True South designs and installs turnkey grid-tied, battery backup, and off-grid solar-electric systems for residential and commercial clients. True South’s solar-powered, net-zero office is home to their team of twenty employees. Eric lives in Ashland with his family and enjoys doing mountain sports with them.
Andrew McGuigan (WESCO)
Andrew McGuigan is WESCO’s Senior Solar Sales Representative for the Pacific Northwest region, delivering solar equipment and supply chain solutions to local installers in Oregon and Washington. Andrew has spent the last 7 years in the solar industry, previously holding several development roles with Sungevity in Northern California. Originally from San Diego, Andrew holds a BA in Political Science, from Chapman University. Andrew is an avid snowboarder and outdoors enthusiast who believes the rapid adoption of solar is necessary in order to preserve and protect winter sports and the environment. Currently residing in Southwest Portland, Andrew sees the potential for Oregon to become a national leader in solar policy and adoption.
Steve Sefchick (Elemental Energy)
Steve Sefchick has been working in the solar industry for 14 years at a number of Portland based solar installation companies as well as the module manufacturer SolarWorld. He is currently the commercial solar project manager at Elemental Energy and an online instructor at Solar Energy International. Throughout his career some of the positions he has held include instructor, fabricator, sales person, designer, project manager, installer, inspector, operation and maintenance technician, head of warranty department and forensic analyst. He has performed these tasks not only for PV systems, but for solar thermal and battery storage systems as well varying from small off-grid projects to utility scale projects. Steve currently holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license in the state of Oregon.
When he is not working on a solar project he likes to enjoy the great outdoors with his family or ride his skateboard.
Suzanne Leta (SunPower)
Suzanne Leta leads global market strategy for SunPower. Her role focuses on shifting global market and policy dynamics and its impact on SunPower manufacturing, product development and sales in all business segments - residential, commercial and utility-scale. Her responsibilities include directing new strategic business initiatives, guiding corporate multi-year planning, early stage business development, and new market entry.
Suzanne brings fifteen years of experience in clean energy to the SunPower team. She came to SunPower after leading the U.S. power and renewables business for Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management consultancy. Her experience also includes utility-scale project development at RES Americas. Prior to entering the for-profit sector, Suzanne directed clean energy, climate change and energy efficiency policy initiatives for non-profit advocacy organizations. She holds a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brandon Gwinner (SunModo)
Brandon Gwinner is responsible for developing and implementing SunModo’s distribution and sales strategies in the west region. Brandon has been with SunModo for 7 years in the solar and renewable energy industry with a track record of being the top producer. Brandon brings to SunModo extensive experience in sales management, customer relations, support, service & lives and works by the golden rule, “Due unto others, as you want done unto you”. Before SunModo, Brandon held sales positions with Verizon and Clear Channel Radio.
Outside of work, he enjoys Snowboarding, Fishing, Camping in the NW, Surfing around the world and spending as much time as possible with his Brazilian wife of 10 years, 4 Year old son Zachary and 3 year old son Noah.
Kaitlin Borstelmann (CED Greentech)
Kaitlin Borstelmann is happy to be a part of the team at CED Greentech's flagship Pacific Northwest location, providing solar equipment and proactive solutions to local solar installers across OR and WA. She holds a NABCEP PV Technical Sales certificate and has completed Solar Energy International's Advanced Solar Design Course.
Working in the solar industry the past 10 years, more than 7 of which have been in Oregon, she has developed experience in operations management, strategic sales and business development at the local and national levels.
Her extracurricular solar time is spent coordinating and facilitating local women's networking events and projects. When not solar-ing, she adventures around the PNW through riding and racing bicycles, hiking and camping.
James Reismiller (Abundant Solar)
James Reismiller took the advice from a fellow OSEIA member over 12 years ago and became a licensed journeyman electrician. He is founder and owner of Abundant Solar, a solar energy company that has been serving the greater Corvallis area for over 12 years. James has been an avid supporter of OSEIA and of the Oregon SolarPAC as he believes we can achieve strong solar legislation for long-term solar growth in Oregon.
Evan Ramsey (Bonneville Environmental Foundation)
Evan is a specialist in renewable energy systems and leads the project development and management activities for the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, which breaks down barriers to renewable energy adoption with innovative and creative solutions. BEF seeks to expand renewable energy access to enable a more equitable and sustainable energy system. Prior to BEF Evan worked 8 years at SolarCity in engineering, operations, and project management roles. Evan has worked on hundreds of small scale renewable projects with partners such as Fortune 500 companies, local governments, universities, non-profits, and utilities. Evan is an accredited solar installation professional certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Evan hopes to grow Oregon's solar industry into an meaningful and integral part of our clean energy economy.
Shannon Souza (Sol Coast Consulting, LLC)
Shannon Souza is the principal and founder of Sol Coast Companies – full service sustainability contracting and design firms located on the Oregon coast with a mission to “support strategic growth, responsible development and sustainable living”.
Shannon has been involved in solar design, permitting, funding and installations since 2004 and is a member of the National American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and a LEED Accredited Professional for Homes. Her solar project portfolio spans from small off grid residential to a solar assist LEED Gold emergency response facility. Shannon holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and has been in professional practice in Oregon offering design and consultation in energy systems, low impact development stormwater management, environmental mitigation, zero energy homes and water rights examination since 1999.
Ryan Mayfield (Renewable Energy Associates)
Ryan has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and currently focuses on commercial photovoltaic (PV) system design and education. As the President at Renewable Energy Associates, he provides design, support and educational services for architectural and engineering firms, contractors, manufacturers and government agencies. Typical projects include commercial and residential PV system designs and training PV system designers and installers. Ryan also works directly with manufacturers of PV-specific products to help gain market acceptance and develop products that directly help the implementation and use of their products.
Ryan serves as Photovoltaic Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro magazine, regularly writing feature articles in SolarPro and Home Power magazines; he is also the author of PV Design and Installation for Dummies (published in 2010). Ryan also teaches various PV courses across the nation for electricians, existing solar professionals, code officials, inspectors and individuals looking to join the solar industry. Class topics include National Electrical Code, Oregon Solar Code and PV systems, commercial PV systems, and preparation for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exams. Ryan holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license in Oregon.
Jody Powell (Blue Planet Energy)
Jody began his career in the renewable energy industry in 2003 as an early employee of Bend, OR based solar inverter manufacturer PV Powered.
He brings strong experience in customer service, manufacturing, process improvement and documentation management. In his various roles over the years, he has spent time on the manufacturing floor as a technician and as a team supervisor, developed quality control programs and advised on product development in regards to Design for Manufacturability. He has a broad experience in process development, utilizing lean manufacturing concepts and focusing on continuous improvement and process documentation and revision, always relying on input from the Gemba--the manufacturing floor.
Early on at Blue Planet Energy, he was instrumental in helping to develop the manufacturing processes, workflow and documentation as well creating the quality control and assurance program. He continues to update the documentation as the product and processes change.
As Customer Support Manager, Jody is assisting our growing dealer network with technical questions ranging from product specs to the intricacies of installing the Blue Ion 2.0, while also writing Knowledge Base articles based off of the frequently asked questions the support team receives. He is documenting the department processes in preparation for the company’s growth.
Jody lives in Central Oregon with his wife Jenni, daughter Morgaine and dog Lucky. He is a project type of guy and can often be found digging in the dirt or tinkering in his workshop. He enjoys hiking and camping in the wilderness and continues to work towards eliminating the use of carbon-based fuels and enabling affordable, reliable clean energy in order to protect the natural world.
Amy Berg Pickett (Cypress Creek Renewables)
Amy has a BS in sustainability from Oregon State University that led to 5 years working in Utility Solar Scale development. The focus of this work is in the Northwest with a focus on Oregon. Amy is a Permitting and Stakeholder engagement specialist for solar farm development. Amy utilizes sustainable development theories to inform the development cycle of ground-mounted solar. This has been beneficial in working with neighbors, communities, and authorities having jurisdiction throughout Oregon counties. Amy has worn many hats during solar development and has a hand in project work from the ground up until the project is generating clean renewable energy. Amy found OSEIA due to her passion for a strong Oregon solar market and the desire to facilitate policy and education for all stakeholders.
Ryan Sheehy (Fleet Development)
Ryan Sheehy founded Fleet Development to build a bridge between the renewable energy and multifamily affordable housing industries. He grew up on his family’s cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon in the Wallowa Valley and attended Oregon State University, graduating with a BS in Anthropology. Upon graduation he did a 20-year tour with the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot and commanding officer. After moving back to Eastern Oregon, he joined the top-tier affordable housing management company, Viridian Management. While working with Viridian as an organizational leadership and structure consultant, he helped developed a way to bring solar and its benefits to the properties and tenants. Since 2017 he has been an Oregon Community Solar stakeholder representing low-income and affordable housing, while developing innovative affordable housing solar projects in Oregon and other states.