Board of Directors Meetings

Board Meetings
Board meetings are open to our membership and the general public. Meetings are held at the ReNew the Earth Institute in Custer, WI at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Changes to meeting times and/or location will be posted here at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date. Upcoming Board meeting dates are listed below.

2016 Meeting Dates

  • Monday, February 29
  • Monday, April 25
  • Sunday, June 19 - Energy Fair, Member Meeting
  • Monday, July 25
  • Monday, September 26 - All day strategic planning session
  • Monday, November 28
  • December/January Special Session - Date TBD

In order to accommodate everyone, non-board members are encouraged to contact the MREA Operations Manager, Amiee Wetmore if they wish to attend a Monday evening meeting. 715-592-6595 or

Board Meeting Minutes
MREA members may request copies of meeting minutes by sending an email to or calling 715-592-6595

Board Elections:
All MREA members in good standing can vote for the Board of Directors. Each membership (either individual or family) receives one ballot. Board members are elected to two-year staggered terms. Individuals interested in running for the Board of Directors must also be MREA members in good standing. Board elections occur annually at the February board meeting with electronic voting available prior to the meeting. The Board of Directors meeting for elections will be held February 29, 2016. MREA members can vote for the Board of Directors at the meeting on February 29, 2016 or absentee ballots will be available starting January 31, 2016.  

Individuals interested in running for the Board of Directors must be MREA members in good standing. If you are interested in running for the MREA Board of Directors please contact Gina Miresse at or 715-592-6595 ext 113.


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MREA staff and Board of Directors at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center
MREA Board and staff at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center

MREA Board of Directors

Gary L. Dreier, Esq. (2017), MREA Board Financial Officer
First Law Group, S.C., Stevens Point, WI
Gary worked part time as a community organizer for several churches in the 1970’s and participated in helping to organize a Public Interest Research Group in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970’s. He is an attorney and has offered legal representation for several not-for-profit organizations and groups, including 501(c)(3) organizations. Gary helped organize and assist a Wisconsin non-profit that addresses the profound changes wrought by climate change in the Makueni district of Kenya.

As an attorney, Gary has worked in matters involving real estate, construction, contracts, organizational issues, insurance and other areas germane to an organization like MREA.

Jason Edens (2016)
Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, Pine River, MN

Jason Edens is the founding Director of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL). Dedicated to making solar energy accessible to people of all income levels, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance has been delivering solar heat and solar electricity to the residential and commercial market since 2000. Unique among the nonprofit community, RREAL is a solar thermal OEM and his pioneered the delivery of solar heat to low-income families on energy assistance as a lasting solution to fuel poverty.

With a history of environmental and social justice advocacy, Jason has an BS in Education from the University of Georgia, and MS in Environmental Studies Policy, and a contractor's license. RREAL had its genesis in Jason's garage many years ago and has since evolved into a solar design-build and manufacturing firm.
As a former junior high and high school teacher, Jason also has extensive teaching experience. In addition to teaching at Central Lakes College, Jason has presented to thousands across the country about solar energy and the need for incorporating solar heat into the federal energy assistance and weatherization program.

Nathan Franklin (2017)
Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, WI
Nathan was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Eau Claire. He has worked on several political campaigns in various leadership capacities, as a Legislative Aide in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and served three years on the staff of Governor Jim Doyle as Deputy Director of External Relations and Legislative Affairs. Nathan serves in Government Relations at Dairyland Power Cooperative. Headquartered in La Crosse, Dairyland is a generation and transmission cooperative with 25 distribution members and 17 municipal customers in four states—serving almost 600,000 people. Dairyland is a state leader in renewables with a renewable portfolio over 12%, including hydro, wind, solar, biomass, and biogas. Dairyland also supports more than 500 consumer-owned systems. 

Grace Fuhr (2017)
Childrens Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

Through Grace’s professional and volunteer experiences she has had a lot of exposure and direct involvement with promoting sustainable living. As legislative assistant to Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac, she has helped work on issues concerning urban agriculture, river revitalization and the city’s Milwaukee Shines solar financing program. She then worked as the program manager for Historic Milwaukee, where she was responsible for organizing and promoting the sustainable reuse of historic buildings through educational programing and advocacy. Now, Grace works as the District Director for Senator Chris Larson who prioritizes issues off sustainability through state policy. Additionally, she helped found an organization called the Milwaukee Network for Social Change which organized clothing drives, Free-Cycles, and fundraisers, benefiting those in need of clothing and house hold goods in Milwaukee.

Bob Hattier (2016)
Alternative Currents, Chicago, IL

Bob became a member, attended his first Energy Fair and started taking courses with the MREA in 2003 in order to continue his work towards a solid future in the Renewable Energy industry. Since then he has founded Alternative Currents Inc and taught and developed curriculum for the MREA, IBEW Local 134 and the USGBC IL Chapter. He has achieved NABCEP PV Installation Professional and PV Technical Sales Professional certifications, LEED Green Associate status and most recently, became an IREC Certified Master PV Trainer.

Elizabeth Hittman (2016)
City of Milwaukee, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Milwaukee, WI

Elizabeth directs the City of Milwaukee’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, and works to make it easier for home and business owners in Milwaukee to install solar. She also works on green infrastructure and sustainable water projects with the goal of establishing Milwaukee as America’s Water-Centric City. She received her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from UW-Stevens Point and a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee in Urban Geography. Prior to joining the City of Milwaukee, Elizabeth worked for the Wisconsin chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and was also the Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Milwaukee office from 2011 to 2015. 

Nick Hylla
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
, Custer, WI
Nick Hylla is the Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association where he works in partnership with organizations throughout the Midwest to increase public understanding and market adoption of renewable energy. Nick has a master’s degree in international resource management and has worked for the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, and the Wisconsin Forest Resources Education Alliance developing and advancing environmental education initiatives. As part of his work with the MREA, Nick is the Principal Investigator of two Department of Energy awards that are part of the Sunshot Initiative to increase market adoption of solar technologies.

Alissa Karl (2016)
Alverno College
, Milwaukee, WI
Alissa grew up in Stevens Point and has just recently in the past two years been exposed to The Energy Fair. She throughouly enjoyed the event and plans to continue to attned for many years to come. Alissa has experience in non-profit accounting and compliance requirements and working at Alverno College, she has knowledge in education and continued learning. She is currently stuyding to complete her MBA and one of the courses spent a great deal of time on the subject of sustainability which was of great interest to her. 

John Kivlin (2016)
Convergence Energy, Lake Geneva, WI
John entered the solar industry after a 23 year career with Motorola manufacturing cell phones. In 2007, he and his brothers started Convergence Energy, a solar design and installation firm located in Lake Geneva, WI. John has been a MREA member since he entered the solar industry and is a member of SEIA, CoSEIA and is on the board and a founding member of WiSEIA.

Jennifer Martin (2016), MREA Board Secretary
Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL

Jennifer is currently the NSF/C4 (Community Colleges Confronting the Conundrum) Project Coordinator at Kankakee Community College (KCC). As the project coordinator she is working to develop a pipeline from high schools to KCC, while also addressing small numbers of students from underrepresented groups. This project promotes renewable energy job growth through collaborations with local renewable energy businesses, employers, homeowners and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, so that students graduating from the program will have immediate opportunities for employment in the solar industry.

Jennifer has taken part in the development of coursework on smart grid energy technology at Ivy Tech Community College and has assisted on the design and installation of several photovoltaic arrays and small wind installations. In 2011 she was a team member on Purdue University’s U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon INhome, which took 2nd place at the competition in Washington, DC. Jennifer has an Associates Degree in sustainable energy from Ivy Tech Community College, as well as a certificate in energy technology.  In addition to her renewable energy experience, she also holds a Bachelors Degree in fine arts from Ball State University. Prior to her current career in renewable energy Jennifer spent nearly 15 years in marketing as a graphic designer.

Jennifer’s number one qualification, however, is her passion for the environment and our planet, and making this world a better place for all who share it.

Benjamin Nusz (2017), MREA Board Vice President
Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Benjamin Nusz has worked as an installer, site assessor, designer and consultant for solar thermal systems. He is a NABCEP™ Certified Solar Thermal Installer, a MREA Certified Solar Water Site Assessor, an IGSPA accredited Geothermal Installer and the co-author of the book, Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Ben is currently the Renewable Thermal Instructor at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. He is also a solar thermal instructor and a Solar Water Site Assessor Technology Mentor at the MREA.

Lissa Pawlisch (2017)
University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension (CERTs),
St. Paul, MN

Lissa has spent the past eleven years catalyzing clean energy projects throughout Minnesota. She is the Statewide Director for the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) - a partnership that works to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community clean energy projects. Her background is in geology and after an environmental consulting stint, she got her Masters in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. While in grad school she started working with communities interested in wind projects. Community energy work merges the two things she likes best – people and science.

Pamela Ritger (2017)
Clean Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pamela graduated from UW-Madison with a law degree, masters in public affairs, and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP), intent on working in environmental and energy law and policy, particularly climate change mitigation. Her capstone project required to complete her EAP certificate involved providing recommendations on the Energy Chapter of the City of Milwaukee’s Sustainability Plan. Specifically, Pam provided information on how the city and city residents could become involved and have a voice in energy decisions being made at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). This led to the city’s Office of Environmental Sustainability creating an Energy Engagement website and the city’s formal intervention in the recent We Energies rate case.  

Ed Stoll (2016), MREA Board President
Consultant at Wisco Solar, Milwaukee, WI
Ed is a state of Wisconsin licensed electriican, a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer and a lifetime member of the MREA. He is also a photovoltaic instructor for the MREA. Ed has installed over a megawatt of photovoltaics in his career to date with many megawatts to go. He served an electrical apprenticeship with Local 494 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers doing a variety of industrial and commercial construction projects before focusing his career on solar energy and the environment. Ed is also an environmental activist and a conservationist.


Conflict of Interest Policy

The MREA does not endorse or promote board members, their companies or their products or services. Board members will not use their association with the organization to imply any endorsement. MREA does not grant preferential treatment toward board members or their companies when selecting workshop instructors or contracting for work to be done on MREA projects or facilities.

Concerns regarding conflict of interest, or requests for our full policy, should be directed to any member of the MREA's Executive Committee.