Board and Staff

Green Energy Ohio Board of Directors

Current Board Officers

chris-meyer.Chris Meyer, 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.

Peter_KleinhenzPeter 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. With great pride in his field, Peter enjoys studying and teaching green energy technologies and stays involved through professional organizations, publications and presentations.

Dale ArnoldDale Arnold, Secretary

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.

Joe PerlankyJoe Perlaky, Treasurer

Joe is currently the Program Manager for the Maumee Valley Growers Association at the University of Toledo.  He promotes the greenhouse cluster initiative by working with the local growers and their Advisory Board, University and USDA-ARS researchers and regional economic development agencies.  Prior to this, he was Manager, Special Research, Alternative Energy and Economic Development Projects at UT.  His private sector business and entrepreneurial background is a result of owning and operating several companies for 17 years. He holds BA in education and MBA from the University of Toledo.

Current Board Members

Brent Boyd PicBrent 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.

Steve DeverA. Steven Dever

Steven Dever has over 30 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in a variety of legal matters including civil and business litigation, employment, accidents and personal injury, medical malpractice, trust and estates. He has established a reputation for providing superior legal services.Mr. Dever serves on the Board of Directors for the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) a regional non-profit economic development organization formed to build an offshore wind power industry in Northeast Ohio. LEEDCo’s mission is to create employment, drive economic development, generate clean energy, and expand Ohio’s electricity portfolio.

AlFraszAlan Frasz

Al is Vice-President and Principal Owner of Dovetail Solar & Wind, a multi-million dollar renewable energy systems implementation & consulting services firm.   Al leads the sales, marketing, finances, and corporate strategy, focusing on increasing market awareness, new business development in commercial & non-profit sectors, improving financial performance, enhancing supplier relations, and identifying strategic partnerships. He provided leadership on strengthing Dovetail’s business processes & systems to enable rapid growth and expansion where revenues increased over 1000% since 2005, leading to expansion into 4 additional locations, tripled staff, and significantly increased market awareness, reputation and customer references. He joined the firm in January 2006 after spending 28 years in the information technology industry. Earlier, he was division vice president at two high growth firms: TRION Technologies and Lexi-Comp.  He also has held management, sales and technical positions at BEA Systems, FileNet, and Digital Equipment Corp. Al earned his BS at Case Western Reserve University, where he also performed research in Biomedical Engineering for several years.

Bob GilbertRobert Gilbert, Ph.D., LEED AP

Bob is an Associate Professor of Energy Management Technology at Sinclair Community College.  He is the Director of the Center for Energy Education at SCC where he developed the Energy Management Technology Degree and Energy Technology Certificate programs which teach energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  He also designed and constructed the Center for Energy Education Laboratory and received the League of Innovation Innovator of the Year Award in 2009 for the development of the Center for Energy Education Laboratory and his many community collaborations with both non-profit and for-profit businesses.  These collaborations provide locations for students to experience real world learning.  He has attained North American Board of Energy Practitioners Provider status and Building Performance Institute Test Center status for Sinclair.  He is a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Professional and also a BPI Proctor.  Bob is an adjunct professor in the Clean and Renewable Energy program at the University of Dayton and is Assistant Director of the Industrial Assessment Center at the university.  This Center is one of twenty-four Department of Energy sponsored Centers.  Bob is one of the fourteen members of the Ohio Board of Building Standards filling the position of Renewable Energy.  Bob served on the Ohio Board of Regents committee to determine the requirements and outcomes for Renewable Energy programs, and he serves on the faculty review panel.  As a member of ASME and ASEE, he has attended many conferences and presented peer-reviewed paper.  He received the 7th DESS Best Presentation Award for Energy Education.  He is aslo a member of the Dayton Regional Green Task Force.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a Building Analyst professional.  He has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Dayton.

JackHedgeJack Hedge

Jack, as a Principal of Design Group Inc., has been involved in the design and planning of a wide variety of projects for corporate office parks, hospitals, specialty healthcare buildings, universities, schools, library systems, and rehabilitation centers.  He has led efforts at DG to produce energy-efficient, sustainable designs for all projects. Jack holds a MArch Degree in Urban Design, with 37 years experience in the practice of architecture and university instruction.  He has been involved in sustainable design ever since, winning the 1973 Owens Corning Energy Efficient Design Award for Architectural Students.  Jack is a former President of the American Institute of Architects, Central Ohio Chapter; he is a member of the National AIA Committee on the Environment and the American Solar Energy Society. He is the founder and chairman of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment. In 2009 he was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects for his contribution to the practice of architecture in the area of sustainable design.

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Scott Johnston, RA

Kuss_GregGreg Kuss, Past President

Greg Kuss Is the founder and CEO of SolarVision, a Power Purchase Provider located in central Ohio. Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company as well as a long-term commitment to sustainable energy alternatives. His role includes serving as chief executive officer with oversight of all operations and serving as the company’s principal liaison to the solar industry. Greg is a fourth-generation energy businessman. During his 30-year career in the industry, he founded Energy Designs (1984), a renewable energy product development company. Greg also co-founded EcoHouse, LLC, which helps to provide sustainable energy solutions for the residential market. He is committed to educating the population on renewable energy. He created and markets the Green Energy Machine, an interactive tool to teach children about renewable energy. Greg has served as a founding member, past president and current board member of Green Energy Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College, has attended the Florida Solar Energy Center and numerous other solar related training courses.

Bob MartinRobert Martin

A stockbroker since 1990, Bob is Wealth Advisor at Stratos Wealth Partners in Columbus,Ohio. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Ohio Rails to Trails Conservancy.  He has a BA in English from Denison a MS in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University: and is a graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design in Conway, Mass. University.

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. CE3 was a strategic partnership between the Voinovich School, the Russ College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. The 45 consulting researchers in CE3 offered applied research, technical assistance and teaching by working on real-world solutions that benefited the state and the nation. The programs that Mr. Miller oversaw included water and air quality assessments; energy systems; landscape ecology; waste management; and geospatial and web-enabled data management.Throughout his career Mr. Miller has worked with many stakeholders to shape and implement programs that elevate and enhance Ohio University’s research and teaching. He serves on numerous local and statewide public and private boards to improve the natural environment of the region and accelerate the development of sustainable and resilient local economies; and serves as a liaison to connect state and federal agencies and local stakeholders to the university’s resources to improve the quality of life of all Ohioans.

Mr. Miller is a National Energy Executive with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and was named one of the most influential people in Ohio’s Shale play by Crain’s Shale Magazine for his team’s work in understanding the linkages between the economy and the environment of eastern Ohio’s shale resources.

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.

Debbie Phillips

Debbie Phillips joined Rural Action in 2017 as the Development Director after serving as the 94th District’s representative in the Ohio House for 8 years. As a House member, she served on the House Finance Committee, House Education Committee, House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.Prior to that, Debbie served the 4th Ward on the Athens City Council. She was also the founding Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign, which was hosted through Rural Action and worked to promote quality public education.Debbie is a graduate of Ohio University and lives in Albany with her husband Jim and their three children.

Scherer_DonDonald Scherer, Past President

Don was President of the Board in 2007-2009 leading a renewed strategic plan effort with a new vision to   mainstream green energy across Ohio.  Professor Emeritus of Applied Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, Don is an internationally recognized authority on sustainability, the recent author of “Sustainability, Sociality and the Human Prospect” and the writer-producer (with technical producer Denise Kisabeth of WBGU-TV) of “Wind Energy: Coming of Age in Ohio.”    His numerous presentations range from addressing the virtues of a sustainable society to how to plan and design green energy development, and he regularly consults with Ohio businesses, institutions of education and governments to plan and design green futures for them.

Green Energy Ohio Staff

Jane Harf Head ShotJane Harf, Executive Director

In recent years, Jane Harf has been engaged in energy and environmental consulting, with clients including the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Appalachian Funders Network, and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy.  In 2014-2015, she served as Director and Spokesperson for Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a collaboration among businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and local governments designed to address the positive impact of renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout the state.Previously, Ms. Harf served as Director of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO), a statewide coalition of public and private colleges and universities that facilitated collaboration on research and education in fields associated with advanced energy technologiesMs. Harf spent ten years in various positions at American Electric Power. As vice president for external affairs at AEP Ohio, she directed the governmental, environmental, and community affairs programs.  She also served as corporate vice president of state governmental and environmental affairs, with responsibility for the seven eastern states in the AEP system.Prior to AEP, Ms. Harf served as executive director of the Ohio Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facility Development Authority, a state agency charged with developing a regional disposal facility for the six-state Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact.  Harf joined the Ohio EPA in 1991 as deputy director for policy and legislation.  Ms. Harf’s expertise in environmental issues was developed during her tenure as State Government Liaison for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club.Her professional experience began as an instructor of political science at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  She has recently returned to the classroom, teaching in Department of Political Science and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at Miami University, the MBA program at Otterbein University, and at The Ohio State University, NewarkMs. Harf received a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in political science from the Ohio State University, with an emphasis on American government and politics.

Emily Goerig, Program Manager and Membership Coordinator

Emily started with GEO as a volunteer in early 2007, conducting wind data analysis using skills learned from a B.S. in Meteorology from the Ohio State University. Emily assumed a full-time position as Wind Projects Coordinator in the summer of 2008, and in September 2010, was promoted to Wind Program Manager. Beyond analyzing wind speed data, Emily has written data summary reports and performed economic feasibility studies for GEO’s wind monitoring sites. She now helps with GEO’s outreach and education programming, fundraising, and performs market research (including gathering data on the 25 largest solar PV arrays in the state for publication in the Green Energy Ohio News Magazine).  A title change to Program Manager in 2017 more accurately reflects her current work.