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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Nicoleta Trandafir, Office Administrator of Vineyard Power, began with the company in 2018. She is responsible for coordinating office activities and operations and she also manages the accounts receivable and payable. Nicoleta graduated from University of Economics in Romania and holds a degree in Accounting. Prior to being part of the Vineyard Power team, she worked as a bookkeeper for a few different local companies and also worked in the service industry. Nicoleta is very excited to move into the renewable energy sector. She moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2007 and is proud to call the island her home. Nicoleta also works as a professional freelance makeup artist and enjoys touching people’s lives with her talent. She lives in Tisbury with her husband Bogdan and son Darius.
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.
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.
Gary Harcourt, Director of Vineyard Power, is the founder and manager of Great Rock Windpower based on Martha’s Vineyard Martha’s Vineyard. Great Rock was founded with the mission of promoting small wind power through the installation of safe, reliable and cost-effective small wind energy systems. Having been involved in over 100 successful small wind installations ranging in size from 2.5 to 250 kW both at home and abroad he has carried out this mission with great success. He worked as an installation and maintenance trainer and commissioning engineer where he traveled across North America and Europe to assist new installers and turbine owners. As a trained turbine climber and trained rescue instructor, Gary has trained and certified dozens of turbine technicians and engineers. In 2010 Gary served on the NABEC small wind exam committee as part of a team to create the first ever, small wind installer certification exam. Most recently with the removal of tax credits for small wind in the U.S., Gary has turned his efforts to maintaining his local fleet of turbines and supporting others around the world remotely as a consultant. In addition to managing Great Rock Windpower, Gary is the president and manager of Against the Grain, a high-end custom woodworking and cabinet shop in Oak Bluffs.
Julius Lowe, Director of Vineyard Power, is a HVAC technician with over ten years of experience designing and installing high efficiency heating and cooling systems on Martha’s Vineyard. He is a member of the Zoning Board for West Tisbury, and holds degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Sustainability and a transition to renewable resources are issues he has engaged with both personally and professionally and he hopes to continue working to make the Island community and local energy economy more robust and independent.
Warren Adams, Director of Vineyard Power. A pioneer in the field of social networking, Warren founded PlanetAll, which Amazon.com acquired in 1998. Upon leaving Amazon, Warren turned his professional attention to advising and investing in early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises through his fund, Vineyard Ventures. In 2007, Warren founded Patagonia Sur, a for-profit conservation company that invests in, protects, and monetizes scenically remarkable and ecologically valuable ecosystems in Chilean Patagonia. From 2015-2016, Warren was a Fellow at Harvard University's Advanced Leadership Initiative, where he focused on energy and the environment. Warren received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Warren lived year-round on Martha's Vineyard from 1999-2014 and continues to spend summers and weekends on the Vineyard with his three daughters.
Jon Hartzband, Director of Vineyard Power, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Environmental Conservation. Jon has been running his care taking and property management company on the Vineyard for the last 12 years. He is also an active real estate broker, being involved in many residential, commercial and business transactions. As a resident of Martha’s Vineyard for 20 years and a member of Vineyard Power since it’s early days, Jon is passionate about the Vineyard and the future of the Island. Jon’s wife, Skye is a teacher at the West Tisbury school they live with their two young children in West Tisbury.
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.
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.