Energy Co-op of Vermont Board of Directors
Peter Bennett is an engineer and management consultant with more than thirty years experience. He served as a member of the Investment Review Board for Green Mountain Capital from 1990 - 2002, as well as providing management consulting services to a variety of clients, from hi-tech to retail. Prior to his consulting work, he held management positions in several companies in the Boston area including two financial software companies which he co-founded. Since 2007, he has served on the Vermont Community Foundation Investment Committee. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from MIT.
Owen Clay, Secretary
Owen has strong ties to Vermont and over 30 years of experience in the wind and aerospace industries. From 2006 to 2014 he was Director of Engineering for Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg and prior to that was Program Manager for all Goodrich FUS commercial programs. He brings to the Co-op board a solid background in building and maintaining key relationships with customers, suppliers, industry boards, and leading technical experts. He is a BSME cum laude graduate of the University of Vermont. A resident of Charlotte, Owen also has an abiding interest in small scale farming and artisan food production.
Richard Faesy, Vice Chair
Richard Faesy is Principal of the Energy Futures Group, specializing in residential energy efficiency programs and markets, with a focus on retrofit, new construction, home energy rating systems, building codes, financing, green building, and effective market characterization, program design, policy and implementation. He has been active locally, regionally, and nationally in all of these areas for more than 30 years, which included positions at Energy Rated Homes of Vermont and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Richard holds a B.S. in Resource Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.
Cheryl Fatnassi, Chair
Cheryl Fatnassi has over 30 years' experience in financial management, community development, banking and IT systems. She is currently President and CEO of the Opportunities Credit Union, a community development credit union serving a low income membership. Her past experience includes senior management positions at the Lund Family Center and Banknorth Group. Cheryl's community activities include board service at the Joint Urban Ministry and Lund Family Center, and as a commissioner at the Burlington Housing Authority. Cheryl holds a BA in French/Economics from the University of Vermont.
David is a Managing Consultant with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. He has helped to lead and design numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy program and policy initiatives with a client base from around the United States. David has also conducted analysis and provided training for energy professionals in more than a dozen countries. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Solar Energy Society. He holds a Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Hughes, Treasurer
Tom Hughes is campaign manager for Energy Independent Vermont, a grass roots coalition of environmental organiziations promoting a Vermont carbon tax. He is a past CEO and co-owner of Sunward Systems, Vermont's leading distributor of solar hot water heaters, and past chair of Renewable Energy Vermont. His experience includes five years at Country Home Products as Director of Government Sales and Relations, and President of Neuton Power Equipment. From 1988 - 2007, Tom worked for several political campaigns, grassroots organizations and government offices including Democracy for America, Dean for America, Gore 2000, the Vermont Democratic Party and the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Tom holds a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Vermont.
Kelly has a depth of experience in energy efficiency policy, legislative strategy and corporate communications. She is currently the Director of External and Government Affairs at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) where she formerly served as Public Affairs and Communications Manager. Prior to joining VEIC, Kelly was an outreach representative in the office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. She holds a degree in Political Science from Middlebury College, and resides in Fletcher, Vermont.
Gaye is President of the High Meadows Fund, a grantmaking organization that promotes farm and forest enterprises, resilient watershed land use and energy efficiency. Previously, Gaye served in the Vermont House for 12 years, four as Speaker. Under her leadership Vermont established the clean energy development fund, greenhouse gas reduction goals and other policies to promote clean and efficient energy use, ground water protection, and affordable housing in village centers. Gaye serves on the board of the Public Assets Institute and Vermont's Clean Energy Development Fund.
Susan Zahn is an seasoned executive with 30 years experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development and operations. Currently, Susan is the Marketing Manager for One Credit Union in Essex, Vermont. Formerly she held management positions at University of Vermont Medical Center Foundation and the New England Federal Credit Union. A graduate of Tufts University, Susan also has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Boston College, Carroll School of Management.