Future Is Now Foundation
Bios for 2013 Re-Power Conference Speakers follow ... with others yet to come. They are shown by the three days of the event.

Day 1: Friday, April 19

Dr. James (Jim) Fenton

Director, Florida Solar Energy Center. Leads research and development of energy technologies supporting energy development, renewable energy and energy efficiency. 
Author of more than 120 scientific publications and a number of book chapters and holds 3 patents. 

Professor in UCF’s Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department. 
Fellow of The Electrochemical Society. Appointed to Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change.

J.L. (Buck) Martinez

J.L. “Buck” Martinez is Senior Director for and oversees the newly created Office of Clean Energy at FPL, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, where his responsibilities include identifying and originating clean energy opportunities in the state to promote visibility, commitment, and economic development.  Most recently, Mr. Martinez led the Company’s efforts in the development of three large solar projects and three large combined cycle natural gas facilities.

NextEra Energy is one of the nation’s leading electricity-related services companies.  Its subsidiaries include Florida Power & Light Company, Florida’s largest electric utility with nearly 4.5 million customer accounts, and NextEra Energy Resources, a fast-growing independent power producer with a presence in 26 states.

Mr. Martinez joined Florida Power & Light in 1981.  Prior to being named to his present position, he served as Senior Director of Project Development in the state. Before that he served as director of human resource services overseeing the corporate safety department, labor relations and the corporate quality program.  He has also served the company in various management positions and special projects.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeast.  In addition, he is a graduate of the Boston University Leadership Program. Most recently, Mr. Martinez was elected to the St. Thomas University Hall of Fame.

Mr. Martinez serves on Advisory Boards for the following organizations: Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC), Florida Research Consortium (FRC), Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), St. Thomas University (Presidents Advisory Board as well as serving as Advisor to the Dean of Business School). He has also worked closely with the Department of Energy on renewable energy initiatives
Jennifer Szaro

Joined Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) in 2006 and currently manages their renewable energy, corporate sustainability and electric vehicle programs. Founding member of Get Ready Central Florida, an organization focused on developing local EV infrastructure.
Board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
Serves as Secretary for the Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA).
Member of the Executive Committee for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

Received her BS Degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Florida International University in 1997.
Master’s Degree in Business Administration the University of Central Florida in 2006. 

Anne Louise Seabury

Anne-Louise Seabury is Florida Power & Light Company’s Electric Vehicle Program Manager.  Her responsibilities include overseeing an assessment of the impact electric vehicle charging has on the electric grid, meeting customer expectations with information and resources about electric vehicles, and helping to expand the market through alignment with industry stakeholders, and participation in events and speaking engagements.  She was recently involved in a Department of Energy funded grant to get Southeast Florida Plug-in Ready – otherwise known as “Drive Electric Florida.”

John Parker
John Parker is a Senior Environmental Specialist with Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division.  John serves as Chairman for Get Ready Central Florida, Orlando’s “Project Get Ready” Electric Transportation coalition.  He also serves as Secretary for the Central Florida Clean Cities coalition.  John is involved with writing and managing grant projects for Orange County.  He earned his BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Bridgewater College in Massachusetts. 

Doug Coward

Coward has more than two decades of professional experience in Florida as a planner, clean energy policy expert, small business owner, and elected official, including 12 years as a St. Lucie County Commissioner (1998-2010). He attended Florida State University earning a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, with an emphasis on economics and the environment. In addition to more than a decade of public service, Doug has worked as a Senior Environmental Planner with St. Lucie County, an Environmental Specialist and Clean Energy Executive in the private sector, and Community Planner with 1000 Friends of Florida.
Coward is the Executive Director of the Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), which is a non-profit clean energy bank certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The "green" CDFI finances 24 different types of energy efficiency and renewable energy products for both residential and commercial property owners, and the organization focuses on low and moderate income communities and individuals. SELF also administers St. Lucie County's Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.
Coward also owns and administers his own clean energy consulting business that is helping schools and large energy consumers shift to more cost-effective clean energy solutions, such as Solar PV and LED lighting.
Coward has received numerous awards, including “Most Outstanding Green Elected Official” from the South Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He has been described by the Florida media as, “an unusual combination of environmentalist, smart growth proponent, and business advocate.”

Michael Wallander

Michael Wallander brings a unique perspective to Eco City Partners, L3C with his impressive legal background, environmental credentials and entrepreneurial spirit. He is the founder and president of both the first law firm to specialize in sustainability issues as well as The Kapok Group, a management consulting firm that fosters sustainable companies and projects. Previously Mike had served as a corporate and securities attorney with an international law firm where he provided strategic sustainability advice to governments, businesses and non-profits. Mike is an active community volunteer in Palm Beach County and often speaks and teaches on developing global carbon markets.

Anddrikk Frazier

Anddrikk Frazier is an integral part of the Trillium CNG Business Development team. He brings over 14 years of experience from the energy industry. Anddrikk joined TECO Energy’s Tampa Electric in 1998 as a co-op student engineer in the company’s Energy Supply Department supporting power plant functions. During his tenure with TECO Energy, Anddrikk held several positions within various departments including Power Plant Operations, Contract Administration, and Governmental Relations. Prior to joining Trillium CNG, Anddrikk was responsible for the TECO Peoples Gas Alternative Fuels Vehicles program, growing their CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) customer base from 130,000 GGEs (gasoline gallon equivalents) annually in 2010 to 8 million GGEs annually in 2012. 

Currently, Anddrikk is Business Developer for the southeast region of the United States for Integrys Transportation Fuels/Trillium CNG. He is responsible for providing creative solutions for customers pursuing natural gas as a transportation fuel including infrastructure products for CNG Stations and Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) fleet analysis. He is native of Tampa and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of South Florida. 
Anddrikk is certified in Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Design by the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute and is currently involved with the Gold Coast and Space Coast Clean Cities Coalitions in Florida, the Southeastern NGV Corridor Committee, and the Southern Gas Association NGV Interest Group

Keith Gruetzmacher

Keith Gruetzmacher is Senior Manager, Marketing Services of Tampa Electric (TECO). Keith oversees marketing strategies, industrial expansion projects, program development, and electric and natural gas vehicle programs. He is a member of the Florida Natural Gas Association, Southern Gas Association- commercial and industrial committee; Drive Natural Gas and the Electric Drive Transportation Association.  Keith serves on the board of NGVAmerica and the Lakeland Economic Development Council. He graduated Florida State University.

Dale Calhoun

Mike Wacht

Mike Wacht is the public information specialist for SunRail construction. In this role, he keeps the public informed about the work being done to get SunRail ready for passenger service in 2014. He can be found distributing information to residents and business near active work zones, presenting to community groups, and meeting with the construction team to get the latest information and schedules.

Mike’s passion for photography has made him the official project photographer, and his work can be
seen on the website, in newsletters and throughout the project. Mike is a 1987 graduate of Washington & Lee University with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a professional communicator throughout most of his career. His first job was as a staff writer, copy editor
and photographer for a small newspaper in Georgia. He continued to work for newspapers and radio
stations until he went to work for Tupperware Corporation as a sales promotion project manager and
staff writer, a job which moved him to Florida. His next move was to the Florida Conference of The
United Methodist Church where he worked as a reporter and later Director of Communications. More
recently he worked doing highway construction public involvement and marketing the state’s 511 traffic information system.

Day 2: Saturday, April 20

Jane Conn
Energy Rater, ES Green & Company
Tallahassee, FL

Jeffery Halsey

Jeffery Halsey, is Director, Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division, for Broward County. He obtained his bachelors of science degree in biology from the University of Central Florida, Orlando and his master’s in public administration at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Halsey’s 27 year career in the environmental field, both public and private sectors, has included laboratory management at Reedy Creek Improvement District in Orlando, Florida; National Environmental Policy Act work throughout northeast Florida and Falls Church, Virginia; and he currently works as a division director at Broward County’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department - Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division. Halsey is an Institute of Hazardous Materials Management Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a National Association of Environmental Professionals Certified Environmental Professional, and is currently President of the Florida Local Environmental Resource Agencies.

Helda Rodriguez

Helda Rodriguez is the president of NovaCharge.  NovaCharge based in Tampa Bay and is the leading supplier of electric vehicle infrastructure in the southeastern US.  NovaCharge specializes in ev charging stations and has deployed more than 1000 chargers in the US in the last 4 years.  She is here to share some of the latest data and some of the best practices and lessons learned.

Britta Gross

Britta Gross is the Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors.  She is responsible for steering the infrastructure and commercialization efforts for GM’s alternative fuel vehicle technology programs, including biofuel, natural gas, plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle programs. Ms. Gross has an extensive and diverse background in the Aerospace and Automotive industries.

Britta received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and studied language arts at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.  She sits on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association.

Bill Gallagher

Bill Gallagher was born in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. He moved to Florida in the early 70’s to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. In 1975, he founded and serves as President of International Sun Protection, Inc., (dba) Solar-Fit.

Solar-Fit is a state licensed solar energy company specializing in the design, sales, installation, and service of solar thermal and solar electric systems on the east coast of Florida for residential and commercial applications. Solar-Fit currently has over 13,000 solar installations in the five county area that they service.

Bill energies over the last several years have been focused on helping encourage the development of long term, sustainable renewable energy policies for the state of Florida.
 Bill’s activities include:
Immediate past president of FlaSEIA (Florida Solar Energy Industries Association); Current FLaSEIA Executive Committee member; Board of Visitors ERAU (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)
President Daytona Beach Aero Club; Past board member AEESC (Association of Energy Engineers Sunshine Chapter); Talk radio host: Solar-Fit Renewable Energy Show. Bill interviews folks each week from around the globe who actively promote renewable energy and environmental stewardship.

Honorable Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008.  Her district (HD 9) includes parts of Leon County. She currently serves on the following committees: Choice & Innovation (Democratic Ranking Member), Energy & Utilities, Finance & Tax (Democratic Ranking Member) and Rules & Calendar. By request of the Speaker of the House, she also served as a member of the Agriculture & Energy Committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Philadelphia.

Educated within our own state university system, Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda attended New College, the honor school of the Florida University system, from 1977 to 1982, and graduated from University of South Florida in 1982.  She also  participated in an Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University, UK. She attended University of Florida law school and graduated in 1985.  Upon passing the Florida Bar, she moved to Tallahassee where she began her professional life.

She has been an active member of the community, serving as a community volunteer, attorney and college professor at Tallahassee Community College, a job she loves and will continue to maintain while in the Legislature.  

Her career in law includes work at the Department of Legal Affairs and the Department of Environmental Regulation.  Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda has written about and consulted on legal and ethics training and education as well as civic engagement.  She also wrote the Florida Poll Workers’ Training Manual in 2006.  She has extensive media experience and served as spokesperson for Safe Steps to Protect Florida’s Children, a public education initiative to inform parents and families on steps to keep children safe from internet and other predators.  Over the years she has also worked with Mike Vasilinda Productions, a company owned by her husband, Mike Vasilinda.

At Tallahassee Community College (TCC) she was instrumental in developing and implementing the web-based paralegal and legal studies program for which she has been the principal professor since 1987.  She has also served as an instructor of extended studies at TCC and developed an in-service paralegal training program for the Florida Division of Corporations.  She also created the first internship program at TCC in 1990.

A member of the Florida Bar and the Tallahassee Women Lawyers’ Association, Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda is an advocate for justice and fairness in our political and democratic process.  She has moderated the Mayor’s Race Relations Summit and was a member of the Legal Services of North Florida 30th Anniversary Endowment Campaign.  She has worked with Common Cause, the Florida Law Related Education Association, and the League of Women Voters to ensure Florida’s children have civic education included in middle school grades.

Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda has been a member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and is a proud graduate of the 23rd Leadership Tallahassee Class.  She has served on numerous boards including the American Association of University Women, Zonta (an international women’s service organization), Gentiva Corporation, Common Cause/Florida, the Leon County High School Foundation, and PACE Center for Girls.  She has also been an avid supporter of the Children’s Campaign.

Dr. James Fenton
See Day 1

Larry Leetzow

Magnaray® International Division of the World Institute of Lighting and Development Corporation located in Bradenton, FL.

Mr. Leetzow's career in lighting began with a high school "ultra-violet light (black light)" science project. 
Since that project, he has been involved in designing a lighting fixture product sold worldwide, which solves a wide variety of problems in many different types of applications.  Most of the solutions involve saving large amounts of energy, while improving visual acuity, or "see-ability" - the eyes' ability to use light.

He has been published in a variety of publications, is a member of several committees of the Illuminating Engineering Society, North America, and has reviewed lighting projects in Australia, China, and Europe. He was Secretary of the USA National Committee of the International Lighting Commission (CIE) involved in 3 of the 7 Divisions.  Is a 10 year commercial member of the International Dark Sky Association, and has been a featured speaker at DOE National Conferences. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Lighting Bureau, and a NEMA member, serving on the Luminaire Committee.

Current projects include military base lighting conversions, exterior prison security lighting, solar lighting systems, fluorescent roadway lighting projects, emergency lighting systems design for the State of California - Department of Expositions and Fairgrounds, and many more. He has obtained the designation of USEPA Certified Lighting Efficiency Planner, and is a Lighting Consultant. 

Colleen McCann Kettles

Colleen Kettles is a Program Director at the Florida Solar Energy Center with 35 years experience in the energy sector & a focus on energy policy and program development. She has worked in both non-profit & governmental organizations. She currently serves as Coordinator of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition and supports FSEC’s education, outreach and workforce training programs.  

She is a graduate of University of South Florida and received her law degree from University of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar and its Energy and Green Building Committees, and serves on the board of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association.

Leon Jacobs

Ennis Leon Jacobs, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Williams & Jacobs, LLC, in Tallahassee, Florida.  Mr. Jacobs has a lengthy background in both the private and public sectors.  He now  specializes in the practice of  law as it relates to energy, administrative, environmental, insurance and public utility law.  

In 1998,  he was appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles to serve on the Florida Public Service Commission, where he served until 2002, including service as Chairman in 2001.   During this tenure he chaired the Committee on Consumer Affairs at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners ("NARUC").  He further led NARUC efforts to address national concerns over unfair telephone billing practices, and Y2K preparations of utilities.  He represented NARUC  on the Distributed Energy Task Force, organized by the Consumers Energy Council of America, and also on the EPA's National Drinking Water Advisory Council, Small Water Systems Implementation Group.    Mr. Jacobs served as consultant and legal counsel to the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Sierra Club, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy before regulatory agencies, and presently serves as a member of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Board of Directors.

Mr. Jacobs is a certified Circuit Civil Mediator in Florida.    He holds a bachelor of technology degree in data processing from Florida A&M University, and a Law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.  

Day 3: Monday, April 22 (Earth Day)

John A. "Skip" Laitner

John A. “Skip” Laitner is a Senior Fellow and former Director of Economic and Social Analysis for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He now leads a team of consultants, the Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates based in Tucson, Arizona. He previously served almost 10 years as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He left the federal service in June 2006 to focus his research on developing a more robust technology and behavioral characterization of energy efficiency resources for use in energy and climate policy analyses and within economic policy models.  

In 1998 Skip was awarded EPA's Gold Medal for his work with a team of economists to evaluate the impact of different strategies that might assist in the implementation of smart climate policies.  In 2003 the US Combined Heat and Power Association gave him an award to acknowledge his contributions to the policy development of that industry.  In 2004 his paper, “How Far Energy Efficiency?” catalyzed new research into the proper the characterization of efficiency as a long-term resource.  

Author of more than 280 reports, journal articles, and book chapters, Skip has more than 40 years of involvement in the environmental, energy and economic policy arenas.  His expertise includes benefit-cost assessments, behavioral assessments, resource costs and constraints, and the net employment and macroeconomic impacts of energy and climate policy scenarios.  His most immediate research focuses on two areas. The first, building on the work of Robert U. Ayres and Benjamin Warr, examines the links between energy inefficiency and a productive economy.  In a new book chapter, Skip provides a time series dataset that suggests the United States may be only 14 percent energy-efficient, and that it is this level of inefficiency which may constrain the future development of a more robust economy. The second area explores the larger energy efficiency and economic productivity benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Skip has been invited to provide technical seminars in diverse places as Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, and Spain.  His clients have ranged from the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation to the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Semiconductor Industry Association, the Argonne National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the University of Oregon, teaching graduate courses on the Economics of Technology.  Skip has a master’s degree in Resource Economics from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH.

Among Skip’s recent publications is a report for which he was the lead author in January 2012, The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential: What the Evidence Suggests. Among the key findings in that report is that the U.S. has the capacity to reduce the nation’s long-term energy needs by about one-half and still maintain a robust economy. He also co-edited a book with his colleague Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings. Both publications were released by the Washington, DC think-tank, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.  

Chelsea Jenkins

Chelsea Jenkins manages the eastern regions fleet accounts for ROUSH CleanTech, the alternative fuels division of ROUSH Enterprises. Prior to joining ROUSH, Chelsea served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and as program coordinator for over seven years. She helped grow the Virginia Clean Cities project portfolio from over $1 million in total petroleum displacement projects primarily focused in Virginia to over $20 million in total alternative fuel and vehicle projects covering the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Jenkins, a recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011.

Prior to working for Virginia Clean Cities, Jenkins helped establish Valley AIRNow, the air quality outreach program for Winchester and Frederick counties in Virginia. Before a biodiesel project in Malta started her career in alternative fuels, she worked in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including NASA's Langley Research Center.

Chelsea graduated from James Madison University and received her degree in Integrated Science and Technology with a triple concentration in Energy, Environment and Transportation. 

Bruce Chesson

Bruce Chesson is the Alternative Fuel Program Manager for NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and managing the KSC Alternative Fuel Vehicle Strategy Plan, and ensuring that strategic analysis, planning and communications are integrated and aligned with the center and agency mission and sustainability plan and goals.

In 2008, Bruce was awarded the Federal Energy and Water Management Award, Vehicle Fleet Management Category, Individual, for Kennedy Space Center Alternative Fuel Vehicle Management. Also, in 2008 he received the Blue Marble Award for Energy Conservation and Environmental Awareness for Government Transportation. The NASA KSC fleet was recognized BY GREENFLEET and Bruce was list as 2011 Sustainability All-Star.

Rick Carnley

Assistant Director, Emergency Manager, City of Clearwater (11 years 8 months)
Manages Fleet Maintenance, Building Maintenance, 800 MHz radio system, emergency generators, Emergency Manager

Regional Manager, Heil Environmental Industries
Managed Dealers in the southeast Region and specialized in promoting and installing automated garbage collection systems throughout the US.

Alex Winn

Project Associate, The Solar Foundation - Washington, D.C. 
Executive Coordinator, George Washington Solar Institute - researches the economic, technical & public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Government Affairs Intern

Dell Jones

Mr. Jones career since 1979 includes responsibility at a national firm for origination of Renewable and Carbon Credits, and executive roles in a number of solar PV and thermal manufacturing firms.  Mr. Jones owned a renewable firm with global projects and customers for 11 years. Mr. Jones has worked in program management at large electric utilities in the energy conservation and renewable energy.  He has been a consultant for FPL Energy on repowering and expansion of their 350 MW concentrating solar at Kramer Junction and Harper Lake, CA. and he is as a subject matter expert for investors, Federal DOE, and the renewable energy industry.  He has authored papers on integrated resource planning, distributed generation and solar thermal policies.  He is on the Board of Directors of NABCEP and Chairman of the Exam committee, Honored by the White House in 2011, holds a BS from Richard Stockton College, MBA work at USF and is a Licensed Solar Contractor.

Patrick J. Sheehan

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam appointed Patrick Sheehan as director of the Office of Energy.  During the 2011 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature transferred the state’s Office of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS).  Sheehan’s appointment is effective August 29.
“Patrick’s broad experience on an array of federal issues will greatly assist our state as we navigate Florida’s energy future,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Florida has the potential to be a leader in renewable energy production and his leadership will undoubtedly put our state at the forefront of every opportunity.”

Sheehan comes to the Department from Alutiiq International Solutions LLC, where he served as the legislative affairs program manager for the International Affairs division of the U.S. National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. In this role, Sheehan was responsible for managing outreach with foreign embassies, U.S. Department of State, the United States Congress, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff and organizing engagement strategy with U.S. military Geographic Combatant Commands.  
Sheehan has held previous public policy and leadership positions with the International Republican Institute, where he served as Country Director for Parliamentary Assistance programs in Romania and Bosnia; U.S. Congressman Timothy F. Murphy, as chief of staff; U.S. Congressman George W. Gekas, as legislative director; and committee staff positions with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights and Competition and U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Youth Violence.  

The son of a career United States Air Force officer, Patrick was born at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom in 1971, and has lived and travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United States.  He attended high school at Tampa Jesuit and Patch American High School in Stuttgart, Germany.  He was further educated at the University of Washington’s School of Political Science, in Seattle, and, later the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law, in Philadelphia.  

Lisa Bacot

Lisa Bacot is currently the Executive Director of the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA).  She has 17 years of experience working with transportation and health care issues here in Florida.  Prior to joining FPTA, she was the Director of Business Development for TMS Management Group, Inc., a national transportation brokerage company.  From 1996-2008, Lisa was employed by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, a state agency legislatively charged with ensuring transportation disadvantaged services are provided to the citizens of Florida, she served as the Executive Director for 5 years.  Lisa graduated from Florida State University in 1993 and has been appointed to numerous national human service transportation coordination panels, committees and advisory councils. She was elected by her transportation peers in 2006 to serve as the Florida Delegate to the Community Transportation Association of America (“CTAA”) and served for five years as a member of the National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination.

Chris Rustman

Chris Rustman originally joined the Florida Transportation Systems school bus sales team in the fall of 1999.  In 2001, Chris became President of FTS and has enjoyed seeing the company prosper on an annual basis.   Since 2001, the company has continued to grow its functions in school bus and commercial sales, parts sales and warranty and service after support.  Since the “early days” of a dozen employees, the company now employs over 33 full time employees in two Florida offices.  In 2007, the Company was names one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest 500/5000 growing companies in the United States.  Today, Florida Transportation Systems serves as the Florida authorized dealer for Blue Bird Buses, ElDorado buses, Goshen Coach, Braun Mobility Products and Girardin Microbird products.

Mike Aller

Mike Aller is the Executive Director of the
Space Coast Energy Consortium, a non-profit business association devoted to convening and supporting innovative energy and clean technology businesses in the Space Coast and Central Florida region. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Rollins College in Winter Park where he teaches international economics, energy and the environment, and public policy. He has a dozen years’ experience in economic and policy research, serving on the staff of the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Aller holds a masters degree in International Economics and Environmental Policy from the University of California at San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Deb Swim

Deb Swim is an attorney and clean energy expert who provides legal and consulting services in the area of clean energy.  Ms. Swim has secured successful outcomes for clients in a wide variety of cases involving clean energy, environmental justice and other sustainable solutions.  Her prior work includes managing the Clean Energy Program of a nonprofit law firm as well as service as an attorney for the Florida Public Service Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of the Governor, and the Florida Senate.   She holds a bachelors degree from Florida State University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Ms. Swim has received numerous recognitions and was named 2009 Attorney of the Year by the Florida Bar's Environmental and Land Use Section's Public Interest Representation Committee in recognition of her significant contributions in advancing clean energy in Florida.

Peter Lowenthal

National expert in solar and renewables, with the following experience:

Consultant, Solar Energy Consulting Services, Bethesda, Maryland -- Providing consulting services for clients who seek expert advice from an independent party on a solar or renewable energy application or installation. Conducting evaluation studies and commissioning reports on solar thermal and photovoltaic applications. Performing solar thermal and photovoltaic system maintenance for residential and commercial clients. Expanding renewable energy in agriculture from prior international work in developing nations. Performing project development for local governments interested in leasing land for energy development.

Business Development Director, Solar Solutions – East, Johnson Controls
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director seeking new Engineering, Procurement and Construction opportunities for larger PV installations in public sectors, K-12 Higher education, Local Governments and Commercial markets.
Renewable Energy Development Lead, Johnson Controls, Inc
Joined JCI to develop all renewable technologies across our vertical markets, Commercial, K-12, Higher Education, Health Care, Federal, State, Local Governments in the Mid Atlantic Region, VA, WV, DC, MD, DE, PA and NJ. It is great to work with this amazing team of professionals energy experts.
Group Director: Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, 360jmg -- Working to help the renewable energy industry to achieve mainstream recognition and credibility as the energy source of the future that starts now. We create Evolving Brands(TM) by using the tools of new Media, advertising, public relations and digital marketing.

MD - DC- VA Solar Energy Industries Association, Executive Director - Served as Director while employed at 360jmg for three years. Established with help from industry Solar Energy Focus Conference as a major meeting on the local solar markets.

The Solar Foundation, Executive Director, SEREF, The Solar Foundation, Washington, DC -- 
Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation, SEREF has become the The Solar Foundation. Established partnerships with organizations to provide research, education and training through hands-on workshops and pilot projects in specific strategic industries such as: tourism, coffee processing, rural electrification. Developed data collection and quarterly reporting of solar thermal industries performance.

Director - International Programs, Solar Energy Industries Association, Washington, DC --  
Assigned to work with the Export Council for Renewable Energy and the Export council for Energy Efficiency promoting US solar products internationally, designing strategic partnership to develop pilot projects in new markets, Caribbean Tourism, Hybrid PV-Diesels for Village power and Commercial Solar Crop Drying

Owner – Partnership, Solar Service and Supply, Inc. -- Sales and Installation contracting of solar thermal systems for residential and commercial clients. Serviced over 3,000 residential clients. Designed and installed photovoltaic and wind systems. Provided solar systems to international clients in developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Event Host & Moderator

Marcia Elder
Executive Director
Future Is Now Foundation

Marcia has served as Foundation Director since 2002. She has 30 years experience in the energy field, with emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as long-time expertise in smart planning and has been a leader in the area of innovative Internet technologies.

Marcia also has been a professional consultant for over 28 years, providing communications, new media technology and other professional services. She has 25 years experience in nonprofit association management and, as part thereof, served as Executive Director for the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter (16 years) and the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (4 years). As part of FAPA, she managed the Project for an Energy Efficient Florida (a statewide awareness program) for 12 years. She has served on numerous state advisory committees, including on the subjects of energy, community planning and growth management, and she was appointed to the Judicial Management Council, advisory body to the Florida Supreme Court. She was a Trainer for Anthony Robbins seminars for 10 years and has extensive experience in professional development training and capacity building.

Her prior professional roles with state government in Florida included: Department of Transportation, Director of State Legislative Policy & Energy Policy; Governor's Office, Senior Manager & head of Energy Planning & Policy Analysis; State Energy Policy Council, Staff Coordinator/Manager; Department of Environmental Regulation, Legislative Analyst & Energy Program Coordinator (Office of the Secretary); prior DER program staff in water resources, air
quality. She holds a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering.

The Future Is Now Foundation is also registered as the Florida Public Interest Foundation.

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