About the Staff and Board
Vineyard Power Cooperative incorporated in November of 2009. Up until incorporation, the cooperative's launch and administration was being managed by the Vineyard Energy Project (VEP). Listed below is the current staff and board of Vineyard Power.
Board Member elections are held every August. Three (3) board members are elected each year and serve a three (3) year term. If you would like to nominate yourself, or another member of Vineyard Power, please send a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE VINEYARD POWER STAFF
Richard Andre is the President of Vineyard Power and has responsibility for the cooperative’s start-up and management. Prior to his appointment, Richard was a founding director of Vineyard Power, a CEO of an international company, based in the Netherlands, and consultant to several leading private equity firms. He also brings professional experience in sales, supply chain management, project finance and strategic development to his work with Vineyard Power. Richard received a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and a Corporate Finance degree from the London Business School. He currently serves on the boards of the Vineyard Energy Project and the Martha's Vineyard Youth Soccer Association. He lives in West Tisbury with his wife Ina and son Nicolas.
Erik Peckar is the General Manager of Vineyard Power, and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the company and has 4 years experience with renewable energy development on Martha’s Vineyard. Mr. Peckar graduated from Penn State University and holds a BSc degree in Science, with a focus on renewable energy. Prior to Vineyard Power, Erik spent time traveling all seven continents. He currently serves on the steering committee for the Living Local Harvest Festival and is employed at Offshore Ale Co. He lives in Tisbury.
VINEYARD POWER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike Jacobs is the Chair of Vineyard Power and previously a member of the Advisory Committee. Currently he is the lead on Electricity Markets and Regulatory efforts in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) headquartered in Cambridge. Prior to coming to UCS, Mr. Jacobs worked as the markets and policy director at a number of renewable energy and energy storage companies, and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Prior to this work, Mr. Jacobs was liaison from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to FERC. Mr. Jacobs began his career with energy efficiency installation work under contract to Boston Edison, and served on the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Mr. Jacobs earned a B.A. in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has served on the boards of Wind on the Wires, the Wind Coalition, Interwest Energy Alliance and the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator.
Paul Pimentel is a Director of the Vineyard Power. Paul was instrumental in developing the comprehensive business plan for Vineyard Power, drawing from his work as Senior Vice President of Engineering with NORESCO, an energy systems engineering firm. Paul brings more than 40 years of industry experience to Vineyard Power, including the development of a number of large-scale industrial energy projects. He also brings his experience as the former President of the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. Paul holds a BS in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard College. He lives in Edgartown.
Ted Bayne is a Director and Secretary of Vineyard Power. Prior to VP, Ted was the Director of Application Solutions at XyEnterprise Inc, a company specializing in enterprise-scale electronic publishing. He has nearly 30 years of software engineer and industry consultant experience and has worked with many technologies including web apps, database, internet standards and consulted on publishing workflow. Ted received a BA degree from Harvard College in 1965. As a Vineyard Energy Project Director he is managing the VEP response to DoE Smart Grid Grant (SGIG). He serves on the Board of Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School and is active in the MV Dems. He lives in West Tisbury.
Ann Berwick served as the Chair of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) under Governor Deval Patrick from June, 2010 until January 2015. She was also the president of the New England States Committee on Electricity from 2012 to 2015. Prior to being appointed chair of the DPU, Ann was the Commonwealth's Undersecretary for Energy and also Acting Chair of the Energy Facility Siting Board. Ann served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 1991 to 1996, where she exercised joint oversight of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force. Ann has been a legal services attorney, and a partner in the litigation department at the Boston law firm Goulston & Storrs. Ann holds a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has four grown children, lives in Newton with her husband and owns a seasonal residence in Chilmark. Ann has been visiting the Vineyard since 1974.
Ron Dagostino is a Director and Treasurer of Vineyard Power and previously a member of the Advisory Committtee. He is a Vice President at State Street Global Advisors and has held software development and technical architecture roles in the financial services industry since 1991. Ron holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Physics from MIT. He serves as the Treasurer on the board of the Vineyard Playhouse and teaches public speaking through Adult and Community Education of Martha's Vineyard. Ron is active in the local yoga community and lives in West Tisbury.
Bill Lake is a Director of Vineyard Power. He is currently the Chief of the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. He was previously Counselor to the Administrator at the EPA advising on the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Bill Lake was also Law Clerk to US Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan from 1969-1970. He is a member of the Washington, DC and California bars. Bill holds a Bachelor of Laws from Stanford Law School and his BA in economics from Yale University.
Janet Foley Orosz is a Director of Vineyard Power. She has been involved professionally and as a volunteer in environment and natural resource issues at the state and local levels in Ohio for thirty years. Jan worked in administrative and finance roles at the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Ohio State University and taught online courses in public management and administrative ethics for the Master's of Public Administration Degree in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), and several other schools. Jan's board experiences include ten years on the Board of the Ohio League of Conservation Voters. Jan is a homeowner in Vineyard Haven since 2002 and been visiting the Vineyard since 1995. She joined Vineyard Power during its first year.
Daniel Seidman is a Director of Vineyard Power. He is a member of the Tisbury Planning Board and also serves on the Tisbury Affordable Housing and the Ad-hoc Rental Assistance Committees. He is also the Director and Treasurer of the Dukes Country Regional Housing Authority. Prior to that he served two years as an associate member of the Tisbury Zoning Board of Appeals and served 2 years as the assistant treasurer for MVHC. He is the owner of Seidman Investment Portfolios (SIP), a registered investment advisor established in 1987. Dan has a BS from Indiana University in Business Analysis with a minor in Economics. He had been coming to the island since the 1960's and moved here permanently with his wife and two children in 2000. He has studied many aspects of conservation and alternative energy production and believes in "power for the people, by the people."