The Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA) incorporated as a community-based nonprofit in 2010 under project:HOMES.
Wendy Fewster: Executive Director / Solar Programs Director
Email Wendy at SolarizeRVA@rrea-va.org
Wendy is a retired U.S. Navy commander who served as a Supply Corps officer for 22 years, during which time she made multiple overseas deployments aboard ships and while working in the Office of the Naval Inspector General. Since moving to Richmond she has worked for a local non-profit managing a dog training and adoption program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Corrections and volunteered with several organizations. Wendy graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Russian Studies, from Michigan State University with an MBA, and received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Environmental Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. A SolarizeRVA client in 2014, she enthusiastically promotes the use of solar energy here in the Richmond region.
Hannah Fuerhoff: Energy Efficiency Programs Manager
Email Hannah at EnergizeRVA@rrea-va.org
Hannah studied Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary, then received her masters from VCU's Center for Environmental Studies. She became involved in home energy efficiency while serving with Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Des Moines. There she performed interior air sealing for low-income families, developed sustainability education events, and worked closely with the program's host site, Habitat for Humanity. Animals are Hannah's other passion: she was an animal keeper at Maymont for 3 years and continues to foster cats for the SPCA.
Board of Directors
Jackie Stewart is the Manager of Special Projects for the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission with over 30 years of community planning and capacity building experience. In her role at the PDC, Ms. Stewart oversees work with regards to community development, green energy, human services and hazard mitigation planning. Ms. Stewart also provides support to the work of the Capital Region Collaborative, working to support their efforts on optimizing educational excellence, social stability, healthy communities and the James River. Ms. Stewart serves on several non-profit boards that advocate affordable housing, early childhood education, services for senior citizens, agri-tourism and historic preservation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University.
Jim’s dynamic leadership career spans 30 years of finance, project management and operations experience with public and private companies, in industries as varied as financial services, transportation, petrochemicals, energy, engineering and construction. He has demonstrated performance in developing business strategies and converting them into actionable operating plans to drive transformational improvements in business performance. Jim has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business and degrees in Civil Engineering and Government from Lehigh University.
Dr. Damian Pitt is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research examines efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through state and local government approaches to renewable energy, energy conservation, transportation, and land use. He has published numerous academic journal articles on solar energy policy and climate change mitigation planning, and was the lead author of “Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Solar Generation in Virginia,” a 2014 report to the Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality and Mines, Minerals, and Energy on behalf of the Virginia Solar Stakeholders Group. Dr. Pitt incorporates service learning into many of his courses, and his students have completed energy policy research projects for RREA, the City of Richmond’s Office of Sustainability, VA Sun, and the Town of Blacksburg. Prior to entering academia he worked for Cogan Owens Cogan, a nationally respected land use, environmental planning, and public outreach consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.
Karl Bren is President of GreenVisions Consulting, specializing in green building and sustainable design. He is a founder of Richmond Region Energy Alliance, Virginia Sustainable Building Network and Virginia Supportive Housing. He was a founding board member of the Better Housing Coalition, James River Green Building Council, Caretakers for God’s Creation. He is a co-founder of EarthCraft Virginia, the leading residential green builder program in Virginia. Karl has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and served on the Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Council under Governor Tim Kaine. He holds a Master of Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and is a Fellow of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. He is married and has three wonderful grandsons.
Graham is responsible for the management of VCDC’s New Markets Tax Credit financing program, working with community-based organizations in the development of mixed-use projects involving retail, commercial and residential uses. Graham also serves on VCDC’s project development team. Prior to joining VCDC in 2005, he was Vice President of Development for Community Housing Partners Corporation. During his seven-year tenure, CHPC completed or began construction on over $100 million of development projects. Previously, Graham was responsible for allocating Low Income Housing Tax Credits, first with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and then with the Virginia Housing Development Authority.
Todd Flowers is a Senior Business Development Manager with Dominion Virginia Power, where he is responsible for leading and managing the development and acquisition of power generation projects utilizing renewable, fossil, and nuclear fuel resources. He is also responsible for developing and leading renewable energy options for commercial customers of Dominion. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Longwood University, a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Todd has been actively involved in several non-profit organizations and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Historic Richmond, whose mission is to preserve Richmond’s distinctive historic character by sparking revitalization and championing the city’s important architectural legacy. He previously served on the Board of Directors of project:HOMES and on the Board of the Massey Alliance, the Junior Board of the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Kelley Galownia is the Communications Manager for Virginia Conservation Network, a statewide organization committed to building a powerful, diverse, and highly-coordinated conservation movement in the Commonwealth. She is responsible for developing and implementing Virginia Conservation Network's communications strategy, as well as growing the organization's online presence, managing all annual events, and designing all graphics and publications. Kelley spends her free time helping other organizations and small businesses with creative communications solutions, including website development, graphic design, and social media marketing. She is also the Organizer for Richmond Green Drinks, a monthly happy hour that brings together individuals interested in the environment and sustainability. Kelley holds a Bachelors of Science in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication from James Madison University.
Rob Hazelton is President of Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G), a provider of professional consulting services to the multifamily housing industry. D3G, founded in 1994, focuses on engineering, environmental and engineering studies for affordable housing and healthcare properties financed through FHA mortgage insurance programs, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) and innovative green lending programs. D3G is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) training affiliate, a NYSERDA Multifamily Program Partner (MPP) and a pioneer in advancement of the Green Capital Needs Assessment as an integral tool for affordable housing finance. Prior to establishing D3G, Rob worked for due diligence firms in Boston and New York. Rob holds a degree from Bucknell University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Ray E. Martin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE
Dr. Martin holds BS and MS Degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University. He served as a President, CEO and Chairman of Schnabel Engineering Associates, a 300 person firm, prior to his retirement in July 2002. Since retirement he has provided individual consutlting geotechnical engineering services related to dam and levee projects throughout the US and in foreign countries. Dr. Martin was named Distinguisted Alumus of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering in 2003 and was inducted into the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence He is a former member of the Geotechnical Engineering Committee of the National Research Council and a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia.
He has been Lay Leader, Chair of Mission Team and facilitator for many youth and adult groups at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland, VA and is now President of Circles Ashland, a non-profit focused on inspiring and equipping individuals, families, and our community to resolve poverty and thrive.
Brian W. Moores, Ph.D.
Brian Moores is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, who taught physical and environmental chemistry courses at the College for 25 years, as well as team-taught courses after retirement which addressed campus sustainability for freshmen as part of the College’s First-Year Experience program. He was a member of a faculty/staff team which developed the College’s academic major in environmental studies, and directed the program for the first ten years of its existence. In retirement, he has served as head of a church team implementing the greening of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland; this has resulted in certification by the Virginia United Methodist Conference under its Green Church Initiative program. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1963 with a B.S. in chemistry, and holds master's and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Mark Slack is the managing member of Kanawha Realty Advisors, LLC (“KRA”), a boutique multifamily and affordable housing advisory firm. He has over twenty years of commercial real estate experience, and has been involved with affordable housing since 1996. Prior to forming KRA, Mark spent ten years with AIG-SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners, Inc., a national Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndicator, and the 5th largest multifamily owner in the country. His resume includes positions with other national real estate companies including Dynex Commercial, Inc., a permanent lender for tax credit properties, and GMAC Commercial Mortgage, a commercial mortgage banking firm. Mark holds a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Land Development from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to serving on the RREA board of directors, he also serves on the project:HOMES board and chairs the New Business Development committee.