• Hilary

    Hilary Applegate

    Volunteer

  • Maiga

    Alhader Maiga

    Volunteer

  • Mendez

    Elvis Mendez

    Operations Director

  • Andrew Westerman

    Technology Director

  • Vince Lucia

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Neal Mitchell

    Advisory Committee

  • Laura

    Laura Kofler

    Secretary Director

  • Eli Wahler

    Marketing Director

  • Scott V. Young

    Chief Development Officer

  • Eric Stikes

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Yusef

    Yusef Shelton

    Solar Installer

  • Tom_Ivy

    Tom Ivy

    Volunteer

  • Fabrizio Farina

    Lead Electrician

  • King

    Dan King

    Business Development Advisor

  • Eric and Zetner installing at Soquel High

    Jarrod Genovese

    Director of Materials and Building Science

  • Peterson

    Jeff Peterson

    Lead Designer

  • David Bowman

    Construction Foreman

  • Rich_Ripley

    Rich Ripley

    Solar Electrician

  • Luke

    Luke Delgado

    Volunteer

  • Trevor Woessner

    Construction Foreman

  • Woytus

    Josh Woytus

    Lead Solar Installer

  • E.A.S.

    President

  • T.E. Black

    Founder

  • A.C. Mallah

    Founder

  • A.W. Spongebob

    Founder

  • H.P. Hip Hop

    Founder

  • E.A. McStoked

    Founder

  • J.G. Efficiencyguru

    Founder

Hilary

Hilary Applegate

Volunteer

Hilary has helped out Good Sun in too many ways to recount, ever since we formed the Local Power team. Her interests and abilities are many and varied and she’s always willing to jump in and help out wherever help is needed.

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Maiga

Alhader Maiga

Volunteer

Maiga has helped out Good Sun in a number of ways, one of which is helping us to develop our Mali connection.

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Mendez

Elvis Mendez

Operations Director

Elvis is an intelligent and kind-hearted soul with an extensive background in construction and renewable energy. He is a savvy businessman, having operated his own construction firm for a number of years and never hesitates to lend a helping hand for the benefit of those less fortunate. He has not been with Good Sun long but has already made a big impact, bringing job site management and training opportunities to the team, as well as the joy of having such a good natured fellow hanging around.

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Andrew Westerman

Technology Director

Andrew is one of the most kind, generous and good-natured people you’ll ever meet. He is one of the founders of Good Sun and currently serves on the board as our Technology Director, given his extensive background in renewable energy and water resources.

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Vince Lucia

Chief Operating Officer

Vince is a multifunctional leader with experience in problem solving, team building, and business efficiency and optimization. He has a proven track record in leadership, sales, marketing, finance, manufacturing, and customer service and he is known for securing significant performance results and delivering operational improvements in complex global organizations. He is proficient in building value by communicating vision and empowering customers, while setting the policy for growth and the platform for sustainability.

“I motivate those around me by mentoring and leading by example in a collaborative manner. I empower my team to let them know they are contributing. I provide active listening and constructive criticism that creates open communication, thus an increase of ideas and proposed solutions. I am extremely approachable and very engaged; committed equally to the success of the company and the fulfillment of my team.”

Former VP Operations, SMA America
Former COO Kaco New Energy, Inc.
Current Solar Project Manager at Byers Enterprises
B.S., Environmental Studies – Sonoma State
Current Managing Director for Cooperative Direction
Inspirational ballet dancer
Lives in Northern California with his wife and daughter

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Neal Mitchell

Advisory Committee

Co-founder of technology start-up with successful exit
Executive with international engineering firm
Co-founder of management consulting firm with over 25 years of international experience
Executive coach and mentor
Advisor to VC firms

More than 300 new product projects around the world including:
–technology/process development
–multi-billion dollar semiconductor fabs
–manufacturing and automation systems
–system-on-chip
–complex ICs
–FPGAs
–software development (from applications to embedded)
–wireless/mobile systems
–consumer electronics
–integrated systems (HW/SW)
–financial services and human resources
–greentech (solar and electric vehicles)
–biotech and drug development
–advanced equipment development
–business process management
–new venture start-ups & venture capital

Notable projects: delivered first SATURN car and company to market on time (cut 2 years out of GM’s time to market), started-up $7B semiconductor fab at Globalfoundries two weeks ahead of schedule, and advised Tony Fadell on his first major product success (Philips Velo).

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Laura

Laura Kofler

Secretary Director

Although not one of the official founders of the nonprofit, Laura has supported the team from the beginning. Her attention to detail and management experience have proven invaluable in her role as our newest secretary director. She has a wonderful sense of adventure and curiosity for experiencing different cultures. She is a strong and energetic woman, maintaining many entrepreneurial endeavors on top of raising three young children.

BA in English from Cal State Chico
Over 10 years experience in property & hospitality management
Lives in Northern California with her husband and three kids

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Eli Wahler

Marketing Director

Eli is one of the founders of Good Sun and has graced us with his extensive business experience and creative innovation as the Marketing Director since our beginning. Not only is Eli a sharp businessman, he is a fierce friend, one of the most loyal and dependable people

MBA from Cal State Hayward
Private consultant and ESL instructor in Zurich
20 year veteran in business and entrepreneurship
Hip hop artist extraordinaire
Lives in Zurich, Switzerland with his wife, 3 kids

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Scott V. Young

Chief Development Officer

Scott is a big picture thinker with a big heart. As the CDO, Scott drives business development with pragmatic, creative vision. He served as the Good Sun’s CEO for 18 months from 2017 through 2018 and helped launch several integral programs. He is a core member of the team, operating at all levels from the clouds to the trenches and we are thrilled to have him leading the biz dev charge.

MFA, Pacific University
B.A., UC San Diego
S.F. State & UC Berkeley extension studies
Former Owner at After Eden Fine Gardens & Charlotte’s Web Children’s Bookstore in Bay Area
Former GM at The City Store
Co-founder of INK Magazine in S.F & R.E.I.N.S. in S.D.
Lives in Northern California with his wife and 4 kids

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Eric Stikes

Chief Executive Officer

Eric is one of the founders of Good Sun and has served as the board president since its inception in 2013. He currently also serves as the CEO because he loves to get his hands in the dirt. He has worked for 8 different solar EPC firms over the past 18 years at every level from installation to design & engineering to program management.

“My dream is simple: to install solar in Africa, for those that desperately need clean power, then relax after a hard day’s work in the company of magnificent elephants.”

Licensed C-10 electrical & C-46 solar contractor
B.S., Engineering – Cal State Humboldt
18 year veteran in solar industry
Solar Program Manager at Byers Enterprises
NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
Stanford U. Cert. in Energy Innovation & Emerging Tech.
Chair, Sacramento Chapter – Climate Reality Project
Sustainability Program Master’s degree candidate – Harvard School of Extension Studies
Lives in Northern California with his wife and 3 kids

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Yusef

Yusef Shelton

Solar Installer

Tom_Ivy

Tom Ivy

Volunteer

Fabrizio Farina

Lead Electrician

Fabrizio is a C10 electrician and field applications engineer for Sunpower. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from U.C. Davis and has owned and operated Lux Energy for nearly a decade. On top of being a technical guru, he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Plus, he’s Italian! What’s not to love?

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King

Dan King

Business Development Advisor

Dan runs his own roofing & energy consultant business and has generously helped Good Sun to develop our business model over the past couple of years, according to best practices and professional guidelines. Dan is a man of many talents and seemingly endless energy and he has introduced several international project opportunities (Nepal & Uganda) for Good Sun out of his own personal connections. On top of it all, Dan is a new father. How does he do it all?

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Eric and Zetner installing at Soquel High

Jarrod Genovese

Director of Materials and Building Science

Jarrod is one of the founders of Good Sun and brings many years of experience as a solar and energy efficiency specialist to the team. A real worker, Jarrod cares deeply about helping others and about resource conservation and always seems to be involved in some fun project somewhere.

CA licensed C10 electrical contractor
Over 12 years experience in solar PV and energy efficiency
Owner at Pacific Energy Services
Lives in Santa Cruz, California

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Jeff Peterson

Lead Designer

Jeff is Good Sun’s lead solar designer and has many years of drafting and construction experience.

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David Bowman

Construction Foreman

David has been a tremendous force for good in the development of Good Sun. He has worked on the ground installing solar PV, created the opportunity for Good Sun’s first brick-and-mortar outlet location, and has donated considerable resources that have propelled us to where we are today. On top of his many years of electrical and construction experience as a C10 contractor, he is a kind and gentle soul, willing to help out anyone at anytime.

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Rich_Ripley

Rich Ripley

Solar Electrician

Luke

Luke Delgado

Volunteer

Trevor Woessner

Construction Foreman

Woytus

Josh Woytus

Lead Solar Installer

Josh has been a tremendous help as part of the Local Power team, not only donating his time and energy to the community but also equipment and materials needed to get the job done. He’s one amazing dude!

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E.A.S.

President

Eric is one of the founders of Good Sun and has served as the board president since its inception in 2013. He currently also serves as the CEO because he loves to get his hands in the dirt. He has worked for 8 different solar EPC firms over the past 18 years at every level from installation to design & engineering to program management.

“My dream is simple: to install solar in Africa, for those that desperately need clean power, then relax after a hard day’s work in the company of magnificent elephants.”

Licensed C-10 electrical & C-46 solar contractor
B.S., Engineering – Cal State Humboldt
18 year veteran in solar industry
Solar Program Manager at Byers Enterprises
NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
Stanford U. Cert. in Energy Innovation & Emerging Tech.
Chair, Sacramento Chapter – Climate Reality Project
Sustainability Program Master’s degree candidate – Harvard School of Extension Studies
Lives in Northern California with his wife and 3 kids

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T.E. Black

Founder

Theo is a creative and energetic man of action; always making, doing, going, being. Raised as a Quaker, he learned at a young age the value of caring for the earth and our fellow human beings. He has worked on several philanthropic projects overseas and is always looking forward to the next big adventure.

B.S. in English from CSU
MFA from UC Berkeley
Cornell University’s Forensics Team Head Speech Coach
Over 20 years experience in construction trades
Lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and two kids.

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A.C. Mallah

Founder

Aaron Mallah helped start Good Sun, keeping the team well fed and content with his culinary artistic abilities and unparalleled good nature. He has spent many moons exploring and working in various regions of the globe. He is an adventurer at heart and always fun to have around.

A.A. Anthropology, Sierra College
Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu
Head Baker at Briar Patch COOP
International explorer and pro drummer

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A.W. Spongebob

Founder

Andrew is one of the most kind, generous and good-natured people you’ll ever meet. He is one of the founders of Good Sun and currently serves on the board as our Technology Director, given his extensive background in renewable energy and water resources.

B.S. in Geography from UC Santa Barbara
Field Service Technician at Tesla (2017 – Present)
Over 14 years experience in solar PV installation and water well drilling
Groundwater remediation technician
International explorer and adventurer
Super sponger
Lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

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H.P. Hip Hop

Founder

Eli is one of the founders of Good Sun and has graced us with his extensive business experience and creative innovation as the Marketing Director since our beginning.

MBA from Cal State Hayward
Private consultant and ESL instructor in Zurich
20 year veteran in business and entrepreneurship
Hip hop artist extraordinaire
Lives in Zurich, Switzerland with his wife, 2 sons, and daughter

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E.A. McStoked

Founder

Eric is one of the founders of Good Sun and has served as the board president since its inception in 2013. He currently also serves as the CEO because he loves to get his hands in the dirt. He has worked for 8 different solar EPC firms over the past 18 years at every level from installation to design & engineering to program management.

“My dream is simple: to install solar in Africa, for those that desperately need clean power, then relax after a hard day’s work in the company of magnificent elephants.”

Licensed C-10 electrical & C-46 solar contractor
B.S., Engineering – Cal State Humboldt
18 year veteran in solar industry
Solar Program Manager at Byers Enterprises
NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
Stanford U. Cert. in Energy Innovation & Emerging Tech.
Chair, Sacramento Chapter – Climate Reality Project
Sustainability Program Master’s degree candidate – Harvard School of Extension Studies
Lives in Northern California with his wife and 3 daughters

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J.G. Efficiencyguru

Founder

Jarrod is one of the founders of Good Sun and brings many years of experience as a solar and energy efficiency specialist to the team. A real worker, Jarrod cares deeply about helping others and about resource conservation and always seems to be involved in some fun project somewhere.

CA licensed C10 electrical contractor
Over 12 years experience in solar PV and energy efficiency
Owner at Pacific Energy Services
Lives in Santa Cruz, California

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