About the Staff and Board

Vineyard Power Cooperative incorporated in November of 2009. 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 info@vineyardpower.com.

THE VINEYARD POWER STAFF

Richard Andre, President of Vineyard Power, 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 lives in West Tisbury with his wife Ina and son Nicolas.

Erik Peckar General Manager of Vineyard Power, began with the company in 2010.  He is primarily responsible for day-to-day operations, including outreach and helping to permit MA's first offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind.  He has worked extensively on Community Empowerment, a new proposed legislation in Massachusetts that would empower communities, through a democratic process, to meet local renewable energy targets.  Erik graduated from Penn State University and holds a BSc degree in Science, with a focus on renewable energy. Prior to his work with Vineyard Power, Erik spent time traveling all seven continents.  He lives in Tisbury and also works part-time at Offshore Ale Company, a local brew pub on Martha’s Vineyard.

Amy Laux-Clapp Administrative & Outreach Coordinator graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts where she focused on environmental and wildlife preservation.  Amy is passionate about travel and loves outdoor activity including Scuba diving, paddle-boarding and skiing.  She lives in Oak Bluffs with her husband Shawn. 

VINEYARD POWER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Jacobs 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, Director of 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, Director and Secretary of Vineyard PowerPrior to Vineyard Power, Ted worked as a software engineer for 30 years focused on enterprise-scale electronic publishing.  He has worked with many technologies including web, database, and internet standards.  While on the Vineyard, Ted worked with initiatives around affordable housing, healthy aging, as well as renewable energy projects. Ted has a BA from Harvard College.

Ann Berwick, Director of Vineyard Power, 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, 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, Director of Vineyard Power. He is currently Consulting Counsel at Wiley Rein LLC (a Washington DC law firm). He was previously the Chief of the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission and the 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, 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, 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."

Julia Bovey, Director of Vineyard Power, specializes in communications and messaging involving energy and environmental issues, and most recently served as director of the New York State Department of Public Services. Prior to her work at the DPS, she was the director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of External Affairs. Ms. Bovey served as Media Director, Federal Communications Director, and Senior Legislative Communications Associate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Before joining the NRDC, Ms. Bovey was Communications Director for the Conservation Law Foundation, a Boston-based environmental advocacy organization. In addition to her regulatory background, Ms. Bovey has had significant experience developing renewable energy resources, and has served in a number of policy and communications positions, most recently at First Wind, where she worked from 2010-2013 as the Director of External Affairs. Ms. Bovey has also been a television reporter with New England Cable News and WLBZ-TV in Maine, and received both her Bachelor's degree in History, and her Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University.  Ms. Bovey has four generations worth of ties to the Vineyard, and spent the summer of 1989 working for the MV Times.