Meet the RCEA Team

Administration

Matthew Marshall

Matthew Marshall

Executive Director

MMarshall@RedwoodEnergy.org

A graduate of Humboldt State University, Matthew has been RCEA’s Executive Director for over 11 years, focusing on increasing Humboldt County residents’ awareness of and access to energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. Prior to this work, Matthew was the City and County of Denver’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program Administrator, managing and leading greenhouse gas reduction projects and community partnerships in support of Denver’s Climate Action Plan. Matthew is President of the California Community Choice Association, the trade association of local government community-choice power providers that collectively serve over 11 million California customers. He also serves on the board of directors of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, Redwood Parks Conservancy, and the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, among other community organizations. He plays the bagpipes, enjoys making art, and is an Assistant Chief of the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department.

Eileen Verbeck

Eileen Verbeck

Deputy Executive Director

EVerbeck@RedwoodEnergy.org

Eileen oversees many of RCEA’s internal functions, including human resources, risk management and information technology. Prior to joining RCEA in November 2021, Eileen was the Business Manager for the Arcata Police Department, one town up the coast. Eileen earned an M.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University where she studied the effectiveness of deterrents on black bears on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. Before moving to Humboldt County, Eileen lived and worked on the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. In her free time, you can find Eileen paddle boarding or running in the Arcata Community Forest.

Patrick Owen

Patrick Owen

HR & Workforce Development Manager

POwen@RedwoodEnergy.org

Patrick joined RCEA’s staff in 2016, first working in a Demand Side Management program funded by California Proposition 39 in which he managed energy efficiency projects for local public schools.  In 2019, he moved to his current position in Human Resources.  Patrick has bachelor’s degrees in biology and business administration, and previously worked for Humboldt County’s public health department as a registered environmental health specialist. In his free time, he likes to help maintain local trails through the Volunteer Trail Stewards program of the Humboldt Trails Council.

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Lori Taketa

Executive Support Specialist, Board Clerk

LTaketa@RedwoodEnergy.org

Lori has been with RCEA since 2017 and as Board Clerk serves as a liaison between the community and the Board of Directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Hawaii in her home town of Honolulu and is thrilled to use skills from her varied career to support renewable energy and climate resilience initiatives in Humboldt County. For fun, she enjoys fermentation experiments and dabbling in aerial dance.

Meredith Matthews

Meredith Matthews

Administrative Specialist

MMatthews@RedwoodEnergy.org

Meredith’s friendly voice is the first you will hear when calling RCEA. She has a passion for helping customers and enjoys working with RCEA’s many programs. Meredith is a serving member of the Arcata City Council, has a culinary degree, certificates in fundraising and leadership, and is currently working towards a certificate in human resources.

Ronnie Chausse

Ronnie Chausse

Administrative Coordinator

RChausse@RedwoodEnergy.org

coming soon

Business Planning and Finance

Lori Biondini

Lori Biondini

Business Planning & Finance Director

LBiondini@RedwoodEnergy.org

Lori grew up in Humboldt County and joined RCEA in 2012 after spending time away from the area. RCEA’s steady growth provided Lori with opportunities to work as a Program Assistant, Energy Specialist, Business Manager, and now, Business Planning and Finance Director. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University, a master’s degree in Social Science with an emphasis on Environment and Community from Humboldt State University, and previously worked with civil engineering firms as an environmental scientist and project analyst. Lori was a founding Board member and continues to volunteer with the Native Women’s Collective, a non-profit focused on conserving and promoting native arts and culture.

Lexie Perez

Lexie Perez

Contracts & Grants Manager

LPerez@RedwoodEnergy.org

Lexie has been with RCEA since 2014 and is responsible for managing procurement and contract processes, administering accounts receivables, and providing a wide range of administrative support functions across RCEA’s departments. Lexie earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Humboldt State University with a focus on strategic sustainability.

Regulatory & Legislative

Aisha Cissna

Aisha Cissna

Regulatory & Legislative Policy Manager

ACissna@RedwoodEnergy.org

Aisha started with RCEA in 2016 as an Americorps CivicSpark Fellow doing regulatory tracking and community outreach prior to the launch of the Community Choice Energy program. In 2017, she became RCEA’s Transportation Specialist implementing clean transportation initiatives and completing Humboldt County’s 2015 Greenhouse Gas Inventory. In 2020, she moved into her current role as RCEA’s Regulatory and Legislative Policy Manager. In addition to advocating for policies that expand opportunities for RCEA to continue its transformative work in Humboldt County, she assists with the Climate Action Plan, 2020 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and work on a handful of other special projects.

Power Resources

Richard Engel

Richard Engel

Power Resources Director

REngel@RedwoodEnergy.org

Richard came to RCEA in 2016, just in time to help plan and launch the Community Choice Energy program. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering, then worked for San Francisco’s and later Palo Alto’s municipal energy programs. He did a stint in the Peace Corps in Honduras before Humboldt County lured him back. He spent 15 years as a research engineer at Schatz Energy Research Center and was a Fulbright Scholar at Don Bosco University in El Salvador before landing at RCEA. When not working, Richard enjoys cooking produce from his neighborhood community supported agriculture farm on an energy-saving induction cooktop.

Jocelyn Gwynn

Jocelyn Gwynn

Power Resources Manager

JGwynn@RedwoodEnergy.org

Jocelyn started with RCEA in 2018 as a Community Choice Energy program specialist and now manages RCEA’s power procurement. She holds an Environmental Science Bachelor’s of Science degree with a focus on energy and climate from Humboldt State University and has experience in academia as a research assistant and lab instructor. After college she worked for a local solar company as a warehouse manager, solar installer and then account manager.  Jocelyn is excited to see local clean energy projects she helps contract come to fruition in the coming years.

Sally Regli

Sally Regli

Account Services Manager

SRegli@RedwoodEnergy.org

Sally came to work at RCEA in 2021 drawn by the chance to be a part of the state’s transition to clean energy and to assist Humboldt County electric customers. She graduated from Cal Poly Humboldt (then HSU) with a B.A. in mathematics, then went in work in the insurance industry and later, after becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP), worked at Caltrans in the Programming Department.

Colin Mateer

Colin Mateer

Power Resources Specialist

CMateer@RedwoodEnergy.org

Colin started working with RCEA in 2021. As a Power Resources Specialist, Colin’s work is focused on providing technical support to both the wholesale (power procurement from local and regional sources) and retail (power sales for customer end use) operations within RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program. He works closely between these two areas to assist in data collection, organization, analysis, and reporting related to program operations. In his free time, Colin can be found either rock climbing, backpacking, weight training, or kicking back and watching the Golden State Warriors.

Joseph Sloan

Joseph Sloan

Power Resources Specialist

JSloan@RedwoodEnergy.org

Coming soon.

Infrastructure Planning & Transportation

Dana Boudreau

Dana Boudreau

Infrastructure Planning & Operations Director

DBoudreau@RedwoodEnergy.org

Dana left the San Francisco bay area in 1997 as an early climate refugee and found sanctuary in Humboldt County. He continued to work remotely in Silicon Valley but in 2001 shifted to the local sustainable energy field to learn about home energy auditing and solar. Dana joined RCEA in 2006 to help roll out the first energy efficiency program, Energy Watch. He now works on transportation and energy resiliency initiatives to help our region achieve a clean energy future, and is proud that RCEA makes it possible to power his home and electric vehicle today with 100% renewable energy.

Demand Side Management – Customer Energy Solutions

Stephen Kullmann

Stephen Kullmann

Demand Side Management Director

SKullmann@RedwoodEnergy.org

Stephen is the Director of Demand Side Management at RCEA. Prior to joining RCEA in May 2020, Stephen served as the Community Development and Resilience Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe and the Natural Resources Director for the Wiyot Tribe. Stephen earned an M.S. in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University and also serves as an elected Commissioner for the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District.

Ben Mattio

Ben Mattio

Senior Program Manager

BMattio@RedwoodEnergy.org

Bio coming soon 

Patricia Terry

Patricia Terry

Senior Project Manager

PTerry@RedwoodEnergy.org

Patricia is a Senior Project Manager in Demand Side Management, focusing primarily on projects with public customers and assisting with program development, reporting, and technical support. She began as a full-time employee at RCEA in 2012, coming from a career at sea working with ocean technology and remotely operated underwater vehicles. Patricia has an M.S. in Applied Ocean Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and a B.S.E. in Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan.

Mike Avcollie

Mike Avcollie

Project Manager

MAvcollie@RedwoodEnergy.org

Mike Avcollie is a project manager in RCEA’s Demand Side Management department. His work focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for schools, municipalities, special services districts, and other key accounts. He particularly enjoys his work on RCEA’s Public Agency Solar Program which offers technical and administrative support to public agencies that want to identify viable solar projects that reduce energy use and costs.  He has a strong interest in solar electricity and solar photovoltaic installations that can reduce our society’s dependence on fossil fuels and help meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals. He has worked in the energy field for over a decade in both the private and public sectors and has experience in residential and commercial electrical installations, public works construction, energy efficiency projects, and renewable energy installations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University with an emphasis in Energy, Technology, and Policy.

Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop

Senior Energy Technician, Safety Officer

MBishop@RedwoodEnergy.org

Bio coming soon 

Lena Means

Magdalena Means

Senior Energy Technician

MMeans@RedwoodEnergy.org

Lena is a Senior Energy Technician for the Demand Side Management department at RCEA. She currently focuses on project management for non-residential and public customers but also has a comprehensive background in residential energy auditing having worked in the residential field for 5+ years. Lena became a full-time employee at RCEA in 2012. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University and is a certified BPI Building Analyst through the Building Performance Institute. Lena moved to Humboldt County in 2003 having previously lived in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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Derek Hilson

Energy Technician

DHilson@RedwoodEnergy.org

Derek is an Energy Technician for the Demand Side Management department. He currently focuses on project management for non-residential and public customers, supports the agency with information technology systems, and staff IT support. Derek joined RCEA in 2017, with a background working in both the non-profit and private sector. He has a B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University, and a graduate certificate in geospatial information systems & sciences from Oregon State University.

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Kevin Burks

Energy Technician

KBurks@RedwoodEnergy.org

Kevin is a Non-Residential Energy Technician for the Demand Side Management department at RCEA.  Prior to joining RCEA in April 2015, Kevin earned an M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Energy and Climate and a minor in Geospatial Sciences from Humboldt State University.

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Sam Smith

DSM Program Specialist

SSmith@RedwoodEnergy.org

Sam is a Non-Residential Energy Technician for the Demand Side Management department at RCEA. Sam also works to implement RCEA’s Residential Heat Pump and Equipment Rebate Programs. Sam grew up in Shasta County and moved to Humboldt County in 2014 to pursue a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Energy and Climate and a minor in Applied Mathematics from Humboldt State University. In 2019, Sam completed his degree at HSU and transitioned to the RCEA team.

Marianne Bithell

Marianne Bithell

Program Specialist

MBithell@RedwoodEnergy.org

Bio coming soon 

Cam Kerekes

Cam Kerekes

DSM Coordinator

CKerekes@RedwoodEnergy.org

Cameron Kerekes moved to Humboldt in 2016 to attend HSU. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management. She loves living in Humboldt. There is no shortage of scenery or places to explore. One of her favorite places in Humboldt is Blank Sands Beach in Shelter Cove.  She loves all sorts of animals and hopes to have a hobby farm someday. Her favorite farm animals of all time are cows. Her hobbies include going to the beach, exploring cool new places here in Humboldt, and reading a good book.

Shelly Reider

Shelly Reider

Outreach Associate

SReider@RedwoodEnergy.org

Since December of 2021, Shelly Reider has been the Outreach Associate for RCEA where she reaches out to local businesses to inform them of the many energy efficiency programs to encourage them to sign up for services. She also works on waste prevention and recycling projects for Zero Waste Humboldt. Prior to working at RCEA, Shelly worked for many years in local government in the Bay Area where she created, managed, and implemented a variety of environmental programs, including for waste prevention and recycling, composting, water conservation, and climate protection.

Nick Brandi

Nick Brandi

TECH Project Coordinator

NBrandi@RedwoodEnergy.org

Nick is the TECH Project Coordinator for RCEA since 2022. He assists the community by communicating to RCEA clients and helping local community members or contractors enroll in the TECH program. Nick graduated from Humboldt State University in 2021 with a major in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Energy and Climate and double majored in Geospatial Sciences and Economics.

Community Strategies

Nancy Stephenson

Nancy Stephenson

Community Strategies Manager

NStephenson@RedwoodEnergy.org

Nancy joined RCEA at the launch of our Community Choice Energy program in 2017. As the Community Strategies Manager, Nancy focuses on community outreach, communications, media relations, social media, events, creating outreach materials, and website design.

Nancy moved here in 1979 to study at HSU (now Cal Poly Humboldt) and has decades of experience with community organizing, marketing, and event planning, including running Arcata Main Street and the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival. She has supported several local non-profits, programs and projects with her fundraising skills and passion.

Nancy loves that she can charge her EV on sunshine using RCEA’s Net Energy Metering program and 100% renewable electricity.

Jamie Boone

Jamie Boone

Community Strategies Coordinator

JBoone@RedwoodEnergy.org

coming soon

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