Founding Board of Directors


Erik Tilkemeier

Erik Tilkemeier

President

Erik is experienced in business development and management in the resort, real estate, sustainability, renewable energy, and community development sectors.

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He is skilled in team development and leadership, community engagement and relations, marketing and sales processes, budgeting and financial management, project planning and entitlement, and creating exceptional results. Erik has a diverse background resulting in a broad perspective and highly effective leadership abilities. He is an outstanding strategist, collaborator, implementor, and communicator
Nermin Nergis PhD, MBA

Nermin Nergis PhD, MBA

Nermin has extensive experience in providing environmental economic modeling, regulatory and compliance analysis for public works and scientific research projects for State and municipal agencies such as California Air Resource Board, and South Coast Air Quality Management District.

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She is a former university research scientist in environmental science and provides technical guidance on complex water and air quality projects, which resulted in publication of several scientific papers in these areas. As Principal at Greenpole Research, Inc., Nermin develops alliances with businesses in the environmental, planning and construction management industry, oversees long & short range strategic planing for the company, and effective management of resources (personnel, budgets, time, schedules, and technology) for program/project success.
Dan Gibbs

Dan Gibbs

Dan brings more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, board member, inventor and business development expert. For the past 15 years he has been dedicated to starting and helping others build businesses that make a positive impact on the environment and society.

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Dan worked with the San Diego City Council, Planning and Zoning departments to enact new codes, called Retail Farming, in San Diego to lay the foundation for a new way to offer local, organic produce at affordable prices. Dan’s work has been recognized by Fortune magazine and he was a guest lecturer at UCSD, SDSU, UCLA, USD and other colleges on creating new business models. Dan is also named on numerous utility patent claims issued in over 35 countries. Dan was an Advisory Board member of San Diego State University (SDSU) Water Conservation Advisory Board and past Vice-Chairman and Board Member of the San Diego Renewable Energy Society, which is the local chapter of American Solar Energy Society.
Jodi Stiede

Jodi Stiede

Jodi has dedicated her career to promoting healthy, sustainable communities. As a New Orleans native and a trained BPI energy auditor, Jodi helped rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina through a myriad of community-based projects and public health campaigns.

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She was a founding member of a group that fought hard to promote a plastic-bag free city among New Orleans businesses and residents, while also co-founding another organization that distributed over 10,000 free canvas shopping bags to Southeastern residents. Jodi continues to pursue her passion for sustainable energy in San Diego by working to educate homeowners on the benefits of making the switch to clean, renewable power. 

 

John Reaves

John Reaves

Vice President

John’s law practice involves a broad array of environmental issues as well as business, real property, business insurance disputes, litigation, appeals, and legislative solutions.

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In 2011, John co-founded the Land Use and Environmental Mediation Group, a division of the National Conflict Resolution Center. In 2010, John was part of the San Diego Task Force that successfully defeated Proposition 23, an attempt to undo AB 32. In 2014, he was appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee to provide input on the Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan. In addition, John has a bright green home, with solar panels, xeriscape sculpted to retain rainwater, nearly 5,000 gallons of rain barrel storage, organic garden, and he composts, recycles, and the grey water from shower and clothes washer feeds citrus, berries, and palms.
Ted Torre-Bueno

Ted Torre-Bueno

Secretary

Ted has worked his entire professional career as a contractor, building diagnostician, energy auditor, or manager in time-critical project management applications such as running film sets or technology development projects.

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He is an industry representative at the Residential Retrofit Advisory Committee at California Center for Sustainable Energy, as well as on the finance subcommittee. He is a frequent and popular guest lecturer at local colleges that are increasingly offering courses in green building, sustainability, and energy efficiency. Ted is an adjunct professor of Sustainability at Mira Costa Community college and teaches several sections in the Green Building course for working professionals.
Eva Roufe

Eva Roufe

Eva has devoted her entire career to social and environmental activism.  She started out studying psychology and working in social services, only to discover a passion for global sustainability and addressing the systemic problems impacting the overall health and well-being of individuals.

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Eva has been researching and raising awareness about environmental preservation, clean energy, water purification, and promoting non-GMO organic agricultural practices utilizing technology such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and advanced irrigation systems. Eva has been a team player in organizing major events with various organizations to educate, inspire, and empower individuals with what we are capable of with our collective human creativity, combined intellect, and physical capabilities; if we weren’t handicapped by the “for profit” system. Eva has been working with the San Diego Energy District advocating Community Owned Energy, and is currently involved in launching Green-Places.org, a free directory of vegan, organic, and overall “green” businesses in a national directory.
Nicola Peill-Moelter

Nicola Peill-Moelter

As senior director of environmental sustainability, Nicola Peill-Moelter leads Akamai’s global sustainability program, creating the vision, setting strategy, and overseeing execution. Her responsibilities span the gamut of energy and greenhouse gas management and reporting; renewable energy and energy efficiency; electronic-waste management; employee engagement and stakeholder-awareness.

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Nicola’s favorite activity is collaborating with engineers innovating around the energy efficiency, productivity and reducing carbon emissions of Akamai’s global Intelligent Cloud Platform, which represents 90 percent of Akamai’s environmental impact. Along with her expertise in corporate sustainability and Internet technologies, Nicola has a B.E. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, a Ph.D. in environmental engineering science from Caltech, an executive certificate in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, holds a U.S. Patent. She’s a member of the Greenhouse Gas Experts Network, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Future of Internet Power working group, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and is on the board of directors of the Caltech Alumni Association and the 1:1 Movement.

Emeritus Board Members

Irene Stillings

Irene Stillings

Treasurer

Irene is an experienced, effective leader, coach and mentor who sees “problems” as opportunities, acting as a change agent to improve and expand operations in a broad range of industries.

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Under Irene’s leadership at California Center for Sustainable Energy the organization grew from 7 to 90 employees, extended their focus to include energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation and climate change, and established a presence throughout California. At Connext, Irene brought the voice of the customer into product development, and at Navigant Consulting, she established their first Consumer Affairs practice. As VP of marketing at New York State Electric and Gas, Irene established effective and profitable Demand Side Management programs that are still used today. She began her career as a high school teacher and still enjoys teaching and helping people to learn.