meet our team

BEF STAFF |  BEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer

Todd has more than 15 years’ experience building partnerships and pursuing innovations around small-scale renewable energy projects, collaborative environmental solutions, watershed restoration and ecosystem services. Todd co-developed BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate Program—the first ever national-level program that allows water users everywhere to balance the amount of water they use with an equal amount of water restored to a critically dewatered ecosystem. He leads work with National Geographic, pro-sports teams, outdoor gear manufacturers, food and beverage companies and others to encourage water conservation and restoration. Todd also developed the first 10-year Model Watershed approach to support community-based efforts to restore watershed ecosystems. He earned an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Oregon. He has worked in various capacities for community-based organizations, agencies and universities, and since 2000 with BEF. As the leader of an entrepreneurial environmental organization, Todd’s professional focus is set squarely on catalyzing a social movement that will empower corporations, businesses and individuals to participate in meaningful sustainability solutions that address pressing energy, water and carbon challenges.

 

Angus Duncan, Founder and President

Founder of BEF, Angus has been pivotally involved in the renewable energy market and policy development for more than three decades. In addition to his duties at BEF—which have included developing wind, solar and biomass generating projects—Angus chairs the State of Oregon Global Warming Commission and helped create the West Coast Governors Global Warming Initiative. Angus represented Oregon on the Northwest Power Planning Council for six years, serving as its chairman from 1994-1995. In 1979-1980, he was Director of Energy Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Angus has taught at the university level, appears regularly at professional conferences throughout the country, has written numerous published articles and has won many awards for his service. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard College.

 

Felicia Phillips, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations

Felicia has a distinguished background in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining BEF in 2008, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Oregon Children’s Foundation SMART program. Before moving to Portland in 2006, she served as the Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2001-2006, and was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Great Way Products, Inc. from 1989-2001. A Tennessee native, she moved to Minnesota in 1984 to pursue her broad formal education. After graduating from Normandale Community College, her lifelong love of animals led her to the University of Minnesota where she studied Fisheries and Wildlife for two years. But it was her aptitude for business that prompted her to transfer to the University of St. Thomas where she graduated with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on Administrative Leadership. She later earned a JD from William Mitchell College of Law where her legal studies focused on business and employment law. Felicia is a competitive tennis player in both USTA and WTT leagues. Her other interests include kayak touring, backcountry camping, snowshoeing, international and domestic travel and reading. She lives in the Sellwood neighborhood of Southeast Portland with her dog, Bear.

 

Val Fishman, Chief Development Officer

At BEF, Val develops partnerships with some of the world’s most influential brands to advance environmental restoration and education. She leads fundraising and stakeholder engagement for the nationally recognized Change the Course water sustainability campaign. Val serves on the Board of Directors for the Green Sports Alliance and is a LEED® Green Associate. Prior to BEF, she had a 17-year career as a business development professional and sales executive. During that time, she also launched the first sustainability program at Clear Channel Radio. Email

 

Sara Hoversten, Director, Corporate Partnerships

Sara joined the BEF team in Spring of 2016 to cultivate, maintain and expand partnerships that help advance the impact of BEF’s mission. Her role is focused on partnerships and stakeholder engagement around the Change the Course and Solar 4R Schools programs. Prior to joining BEF, Sara was the Director of Operations at the Green Sports Alliance. In this role, she maintained external and internal facing responsibilities ranging from business development, program strategy and project management to business operations and human resources, and produced the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. Throughout her career, Sara has served in different capacities in community development, impact investing, sustainability and marketing strategy consulting. She received her M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Marketing. Email

 

Dick Wanderscheid, Vice President, Renewable Energy Group

Dick was employed by the City of Ashland, Oregon from 1979-2009. He held several positions including Associate Planner, Conservation Manager, Director of Administrative Services and from 2001-2005 headed the City’s Electric and Telecommunication Department. From 2005-2009, when Telecom was split off into a separate department, he headed up the City’s Municipal Electric Utility. He started and managed the City’s Resource Conservation and Renewable Resource programs from the early 1980’s through 2009. He was active in many regional and state utility organizations and served as Secretary/Treasurer of Northwest Requirements Utilities and on Governor Kulongoski’s Renewable Energy Work Group. He has degrees in Business Administration from Oregon State University and Geography from Southern Oregon University. He began work at BEF in January 2010. Email

 

Joanna Gilson, Vice President, Administration

Joanna is an Oregon native and has been with BEF since the beginning, setting up its initial management, human resources, legal, IT and office requirements, and adapting them in pace with the organization’s growth. Before joining BEF, she spent 25 years at the University of Washington, first as a student—earning a BA in Russian and an MA in Soviet history and politics—then working in various administrative positions, finally creating and administering the Office of Student Services at the Jackson School of International Studies before moving back to Portland. She has served as a volunteer English tutor for Russian immigrants, as an official Russian interpreter for the Goodwill Games and on a Soviet mountain-climbing expedition. Email

 

CHAUN MACQUEEN, DIRECTOR, SOLAR4RSCHOOLSTM

Chaun oversees the Solar 4R SchoolsTM program and is the appropriate contact to discuss funding partner relationships; school applications; utility-managed green power subscriber programs; or school district renewable energy programs. Chaun has over 20 years of experience designing and conducting environmental education programs in the U.S. and abroad for diverse audiences. Prior to working for BEF, Chaun worked as a Senior Analyst at The Cadmus Group, Inc. where she implemented and evaluated energy education programs and conducted process evaluations of utility energy efficiency programs in various states in the U.S. Chaun served as the Program Director for Community Energy Project in Portland for about nine years, where she managed energy education, water conservation and environmental health education, direct service, and professional training programs. Chaun has an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and she graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Environment & Forest Biology. She also served as a community forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Far-western Nepal (1997-1999). Email

 

Parker Mullins, Program Manager, Energy Education

Parker is a Solar 4R SchoolsTM Energy Education Program Manager and works as the program curriculum lead. He also manages the Renewable Energy Educator Lab and online educator library. Working closely with teachers and content experts, Parker designs and conducts Solar 4R Schools teacher trainings and curriculum development. He also helps educators select and integrate the most appropriate activities and science materials to support their existing curricula. Parker is an appropriate contact if you have questions about the Solar 4R Schools classroom materials, teacher training or activities, or if you are a vendor seeking to establish a relationship with the Solar 4R Schools program.

Parker received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of Oregon, focusing on environmental education and watershed policy. It was during his studies that he initially because involved in classroom education. Eventually, he became an AP Environmental Science teacher in the South Los Angeles community of Watts. He later earned an M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. His graduate research focused on the effects of implementing place-based environmental education in urban settings. Email

 

Laura Nicholson, Program Manager, Energy Education

Laura is a Program Manager in Energy Education for Solar 4R Schools™ and is an appropriate contact for information about teacher training and renewable energy engineering challenges. She also coordinates program outreach and community engagement aspects of the program. Laura holds a Master’s degree of Environmental Science and Management from the University of Santa Barbara’s Bren School where she worked with a small team to model and assess the effects of climate change induced sea level rise on the community. As an undergraduate, she focused on interdisciplinary science and earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her experiences prior to working for BEF include developing methods to communicate complex ideas, ranging from writing and presenting on climate change to teaching and creating swim lesson curriculum that accounts for the interactions between biomechanics and buoyancy. Email

 

 Katie Paul, Accounting Manager

Katie is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly ten years of auditing and accounting experience focused on nonprofit and government agencies. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Oregon. Outside of work Katie is an active mom to three who loves to bake and do home renovation projects with her husband.

 

Evan Ramsey, Senior Project Manager, Renewable Energy Group

Evan is a specialist in renewable energy systems and leads the project development and management activities for the Renewable Energy Group, which advances renewables in the Northwest with innovative and creative solutions. Evan has managed hundreds of small scale renewable projects and over 10-Megawatts of large commercial projects. The clients he has helped transition to renewable energy include Walmart, Safeway, Bayer, Hewlett Packard, Intel, local governments, and several universities. Evan is an accredited solar installation professional certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nature and Culture from the University of California at Davis. In addition to his schooling at UC Davis he has studied abroad in Chile, completed a Himalayan Ecology Field Study, and spent many years leading work in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park. Email

 

Courtney Dale, Project Manager, Renewable Energy Group

Courtney joined the Renewable Energy Group in 2015 to manage renewable energy projects and consult for program partners. He has a long history with renewable energy and conservation – most recently managing BPA’s Residential Weatherization program, where he focused on evaluating energy savings and encouraging high quality energy conservation activities. Courtney has spent years consulting with homeowners about their energy use and finding ways they can reduce bills or switch to renewable energy. Email

 

Kendra Smith, Willamette Model Watershed Program Director

Kendra directs the Willamette Model Watershed Program, which is part of the Willamette Initiative funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust. Prior to BEF, she managed a watershed restoration program in the Tualatin Basin where she was a consulting ecologist. She enjoys building and creating things—eco-friendly homes, restoration projects, watershed plans, even program infrastructure. Kendra appreciates the power of nature to surprise and humble us at every turn. She enjoys river walking, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing and traveling with her partner and two dogs. Someday, (maybe in retirement) she hopes to learn at least 1% of what Robert Warren knows about fly fishing.  Email

 

Kayla Walker, Senior Sustainability Solutions Specialist

Kayla currently works with some of BEF’s largest corporate customers, specializing in calculating environmental impacts. Her experience includes engaging BEF’s Pro Sports and University partners, where she uses her experience on youth-oriented, progressive grassroots campaigns while interning for the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. She is our resident expert of Green-e standards and industry compliance and has served BEF in multiple capacities for seven years, including working with the Solar 4R Schools™ and Model Watersheds Program as a member of the Operations Team. Email

 

Robert Warren, Model Watershed Program Director

Robert joined BEF in December 2008 to manage key elements of the Model Watershed Program and relationships with BEF grantees and partners. Before BEF, he worked for The Nature Conservancy of Washington as the Port Susan Bay Program Manager, planning and implementing landscape-scale conservation efforts in the Stillaguamish River estuary. Before moving to Washington, Robert spent eight years overseeing a variety of restoration programs and related research and monitoring in the Columbia River estuary. His past roles included stints as the Executive Director of the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce and Executive Director of Sea Resources. Robert’s bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Master of Science degree in Environmental Science are from the University of Idaho. Email

 

Jean-Paul Zagarola

Jean-Paul joined the BEF team in 2015 to manage restoration projects in the Willamette Valley and coordinate various activities with Model Watershed partners.  Jean-Paul has managed restoration projects in the Willamette Valley since 2014. He earned a BS at Portland State University where he first became interested in community based watershed management and rehabilitation. He later earned his MS as a Fulbright Scholar conducting social-ecological research in southern Patagonia. Prior to working as a restoration project manager in the Valley, Jean-Paul built a broad range of applied ecological skills with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Siuslaw Watershed Council. On his off time, Jean-Paul regularly enjoys the bounty the Willamette has to offer by foot, bike, and kayak. Email

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