The Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA) incorporated as a community-based nonprofit in 2010 under project:HOMES.
Danièlle Fouché Leonard: Executive Director
Email Danièlle at SolarizeRVA@rrea-va.org
Danièlle is a Spiritual Life Coach, Certified Associate Pranic Energy Healer, Lecturer, and Environmentalist who retired from a successful IT career to follow a higher spiritual calling. With her deep interests in the environment, people, esoteric teachings, and personal growth, Danièlle chose to leave a successful 20-year IT career to be of service to her community and the planet. In addition to leading RREA as the Executive Director, Danièlle volunteers weekly at Feedmore in the community kitchen, practices and hosts classes in Pranic Energy Healing, and lectures on esoteric teachings.
Prior to that, Danièlle’s extensive IT career included the roles of Global Practice Leader for IT Transformation consulting services at Softtek, a global provider of IT services; Managing Member of Magnacor Consulting, a firm specializing in delivering ERP spot consulting services to clients that require short-term platinum-level expertise on demand; PMO Data Management Lead for the largest, global, highly complex SAP implementation in the world (~ $3.9 Billion project, ~200,000 users world-wide) to the Army, National Guard and Reserves across the continental US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East; Partner at Genesis Consulting, which uses Lean thinking principles and Agile techniques to help organizations implement SAP solutions in a more productive and efficient way; VP of both the ERP and Outsourcing divisions for CXI, a small, full service, international technology services firm headquartered in Richmond, VA; Acting IT Director for NewMarket Services, a $1.4 billion corporation consisting of both Afton Chemicals and Ethyl Corporation, and one of Richmond’s oldest companies. In her earlier days as a SAP Architect, Danièlle worked with Northrop Grumman, Modis, and ICS Deloitte & Touche with clients like Dominion Energy, Virginia Power, Capital One, Philip Morris, and Miller Brewing.
Danièlle holds an Executive Masters of Science-Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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
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.
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.
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.
As the first Sustainability Manager for the City of Richmond, Alicia Zatcoff has the challenging task of developing and implementing a complex and city-wide Sustainability and Energy Management Program. Her focus is to create initiatives that support the sustainability priorities for Richmond: an improved quality of life for residents, a healthy environment and enhanced economic development and job creation opportunities. Alicia is a LEED Accredited Professional and she has over twelve years of local government experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. In addition to serving on the board of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance, she is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the James River Green Building Council.
Secretary: James T. McLeskey, Jr., Ph.D.
Jim McLeskey is Professor and Director of the Engineering Physics program at Randolph-Macon College where he teaches courses across the Engineering and Physics curricula. His research has been focused in the areas of renewable energy and clean water. His lab was the first to report the fabrication of polymer photovoltaics using a water-soluble polythiophine polymer known as PTEBS. Subsequent work focused on novel device structures for increasing the efficiencies of polymer solar cells. In addition, students in his lab have developed computer simulations of various energy systems including solar thermal energy storage and optimization of geothermal power plants. More recently, he has been working on novel membranes for direct contact membrane desalination systems with the goal of reducing the amount of energy required to produce clean water. His background includes six years in industry working on the design and repair of large turbo-generator rotors. He was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Award from State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) as the Rising Star Designee. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.S. Mechanical Engineering) and the College of William and Mary (B.S. Physics)