BEF STAFF | BEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Todd has more than 18 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.
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, Eva.
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 joining BEF in 2010, 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
Kathleen (Kas) Guillozet works with the Willamette River Initiative team managing the Willamette Model Watersheds Program and leading other basin-wide efforts relating to monitoring, peer to peer learning and knowledge sharing. Kathleen has worked as a consultant on collaborative planning and habitat enhancement projects, and is an adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University. She has conducted scientific research on forest livelihoods, farmer adaptation to climate change, beaver introduction, and water quality trading. Her professional experience includes working for Ash Creek Forest Management managing habitat enhancement projects and with other organizations as a science educator, researcher and writer. She has lived and worked in Laos, Ethiopia and Argentina and is interested in social and ecological dimensions of resource management, ecosystem services, working lands, and environmental justice. Kathleen earned a biology degree from the Evergreen State College (BS), an MA in International Development from the George Washington University and a doctorate in Forest Resources and Social Science from Oregon State University. She is grateful to get to work with and learn from wonderful partners throughout the basin and beyond. Email
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
Raphaela joined BEF’s Renewable Energy Group in 2019 to develop and implement a regional community solar program focused on equitable access for low-income residents. She works to engage communities and eliminate barriers to clean energy projects across the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining BEF, Raphaela worked at the Oregon League of Conservation Voters where she worked to get environmental champions elected to the Oregon legislature, and at Oregon Environmental Council where her work focused on statewide policy for air quality and environmental health. She also has experience in environmental consulting, elementary school environmental education, and atmospheric chemistry research. Raphaela received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Reed College in 2016. In her free time she enjoys skiing, climbing, biking, traveling, taking ceramics classes, reading, and cooking at home. Email
Lucas contributes to project development and management efforts within the Renewable Energy Group, which advances renewables in the Northwest through innovative and creative solutions. Prior contributing towards the efforts of BEF, Lucas worked within public and utility based commercial, industrial, and residential energy efficiency programs. Within these programs he utilized his BPI certifications to complete building energy analyses and guide contractors through energy retrofits. Lucas has also worked within solar outreach and has assisted on field scale research on the use of short rotation woody crops for phytoremediation and bioenergy. Lucas holds a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in Renewable Energy with a focus on Environmental Studies and Economics. Email
Anne is an Energy Education Program Manager for CE and is the Career Technical Education (CTE) lead. She is the appropriate contact for questions regarding clean energy career-connected learning opportunities. In her previous role, Anne worked for Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) as a SUN Community Schools Site Manager where she collaborated with Multnomah County, school staff, and community partners to deliver academic-enrichment and family engagement opportunities to the school community. In addition, Anne has experience in creating and implementing culturally specific curriculum and supporting family engagement efforts with the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Most of her professional experience is within community based social services with nonprofit organizations in Portland, Oregon. Email
Chaun oversees the CE 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 is a CE 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 CE educator 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 CE classroom materials, teacher training or activities, or if you are a vendor seeking to establish a relationship with the CE 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
Katie is a Certified Public Accountant with over 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 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
Heather comes to us with a diverse background in sustainability, outreach, marketing and sales. Heather was previously the Portland Regional Manager of the ReDirect Guide, a local green directory, and has served on the boards of Green Drinks PDX and VOIS (Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability). She has also been a professional singer, nutritionist and speaker. As a Portland native, Heather enjoys the Pacific NW for its many outdoor offerings and as such she has a passion for protecting it and its communities. Email
Zach is a Program Manager for CE and the point-of-contact to discuss clean energy career-connected learning opportunities. He brings a passion for expanding access to renewable energy technology and education to BEF, having previously worked for the Energy Trust of Oregon on a nationwide collaborative to strategize and implement solar projects in lower-income communities. Prior to his work in Oregon, Zach designed and constructed solar electric systems in Colorado and Minnesota, ranging from small-scale residential installations to utility community solar gardens. Within the education sector, Zach worked as community artist and AVID instructor for the Saint Paul Public School District where he championed career-connected after-school programming in arts, design and engineering for under-resourced schools and community centers. Zach received his Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Bachelors of Architecture and an Associates of Science in Engineering. Email
Jonathan is an Energy Education Program Manager for CE and is the appropriate contact for questions regarding clean energy curriculum development and teacher professional development. Jonathan brings a decade of sustainability project management experience to BEF, having worked with local governments and other nonprofit clients on climate, energy, land use, and sustainable agriculture initiatives. In his diverse career, he has also worked as an environmental and farm educator, communications coordinator, and graphic designer. His passion is communicating (through writing and teaching) about the intersection of traditional environmentalism with human-centered concerns such as justice, education, and values. Jonathan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology in 2000 and received a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2005. Email
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
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
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