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 amieew@midwestrenew.org

Board Meeting Minutes
MREA members may request copies of meeting minutes by sending an email to info@midwestrenew.org 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 ginam@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595 ext 113.

 

MREA Annual Reports

 

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

Larissa Armstrong (2018)
Heartland Community College, Normal, IL

Larissa is Heartland Community College's sustainability coordinator. She is committed to educating the campus and surrounding community about sustainability through personal interactions, presentations, events, and continuing education personal enrichment and professional development courses. She is a champion for advancing the College's sustainability and environmental commitments. Larissa also works part-time for the Ecology Action Center, a local non-profit environmental education organization. Prior to her position at Heartland, she was a program coordinator for the Illinois Green Economy Network and was actively engaged in the implementation of their renewable energy grant, which was her first experience working with MREA. Larissa has a B.A. in Comparative Religion, a B.S. in Politics and Government, and received her Master's Degree in Global Affairs with a research focus in global environmental issues from Rutger's University.

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.

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 (2018)
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 (2018), MREA Board President
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 (2018)
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 thoroughly enjoyed the event and plans to continue to attend 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 studying 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 (2018)
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.

Mark Klein (2018)
Gimme Shelter Construction, Amherst, WI

Mark is a founding member of the MREA, and served on the board for 25 years. He served as Vice President of the organization for half of those years. His business, Gimme Shelter Construction of Amherst, designs and builds energy-efficient homes and masonry stoves. Mark and his wife Ellen Davis have lived in an off-grid home since the purchase of their first solar panel in 1979.

Megan Levy (2018)
Wisconsin State Energy Office, Madison, WI

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Megan has spent a decade working with building energy efficiency both in the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office. Megan also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program in Wisconsin, which counts more than 147 communities as members. Megan is the manager of Wisconsin State Energy Office's new Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (MEETAP) in which the Energy Office aims to build on previous successes in the State-owned building energy conservation program to provide the necessary expertise to municipalities and schools across the state and drive demand for energy efficiency projects. Since joining the State Energy Office, Megan has won and managed more than five million dollars of US Department of Energy grants. A chanteuse for the last 20 years, Megan performs jazz, jump blues, and swing all over Wisconsin under the moniker Madison Red, with her four piece band.

Jennifer Martin (2018), MREA Board Secretary
Illinois Green Economy Network, Stelle, IL

As the Senior Project Coordinator for Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), Jennifer works to develop, manage, and evaluate programs around energy, building sciences, and conservation that respond to the needs and interests of the Network and the consortium of state-wide Illinois Community College Districts. Jennifer is working to serve all community college's interested in sustainability across the state of Illinois by sharing resources, common experiences, best practices, and curricula. Prior to IGEN, Jennifer was the project coordinator for Kankakee Community College's National Science Foundation grant, C4. Through this grant, she worked to develop and provide a wide range of solar initiatives throughout the Midwest and taught renewable energy technology at the college. In addition to her work in renewables, she has more than 17 years of experience in the marketing industry.

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.  

 

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.