Board of Directors
David Dell, Ph.D. (Chairman)
David Dell, Ph.D. (Chairman)has a unique background combining research, management consulting, executive leadership, and investment banking. Through publications, conference presentations and news citations, he has been recognized as a thought leader in Sustainability, Outsourcing, M&A integration, HR , Corporate IT strategy, and other areas. Currently as CEO co/founder of Sustainable Profitability Group, Dr Dell is active in developing new energy investments. As chairman of HRTechTeam he provides guidance for best practices in HR technology. In his personal practice Dr. Dell serves on the boards of growth companies and non profit organizations, and is a trusted adviser to senior business leaders. As Research Director for The Conference Board.,for the Concours Group and Diebold Group Dr. Dell was engaged in numerous reports on best practices for leading corporations. He led multiple research projects in human resources, information technology, sustainability, and merger integration. He has served companies in transition and turnarounds as interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer as well as Chief Talent Officer and been an officer and director of 2 NASD National listed companies. As an investment banker focusing on funding, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures of emerging technology companies he has helped secure over 100 million in funding and helped investors avoid thousands of attractive traps. Early in his career David managed a consortium of 500 colleges and Universities International Studies Programs and in that capacity published guides and advice on funding support. In the 1990’s he created and published Education Interface, a multivolume comprehensive listing and index of thousands of corporate, foundation, and government programs for educators and educational institutions. In addition to SHV, he is active on the boards of Luminary Publishing, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, and the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York. David has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the languages and culture of India.
Jeffrey Domanski has worked for more than 15 years as a multi-disciplined environmental professional. He has extensive experience in program and project management and organizational sustainability leadership for large and globally-recognized organizations. Through his work, he has acquired both broad and deep knowledge of, and direct experience with, climate and energy challenges and how they are perceived and addressed in multiple settings. His areas of expertise include the use of science-based behavioral, organizational, financial, and technological approaches to design and deploy effective energy efficiency and other sustainability strategies. He has worked in-house and as consultant for public, private, and academic organizations. At Hospitality Green, Jeff manages delivery of services for clients seeking sustainability strategies to address corporate and facility-focused environmental resource and energy reductions, financing approaches, supply chain management, internal and external reporting, stakeholder engagement, market analysis, policy development, and other social responsibility approaches. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Director of Sustainability Strategies, he guided development of the firm’s global sustainability platform while improving the environmental footprint of the firm’s corporate operations, and supported numerous clients in the pursuit of their environmental and sustainability goals. He also liaised with numerous external partners on projects and industry initiatives, including the WBCSD, the US EPA, the US DOE, the USGBC, NRDC, EDF, and real estate organizations. He served as Associate Manager of Sustainability at Princeton University and has provided technical and policy analysis consulting services to numerous clients, including The World Bank, the University of Pennsylvania, sustainability consulting and design firms, and as senior staff scientist and project manager at AKRF, a New York-based environmental planning and consulting firm serving clients in the private and public sectors. Jeff is a LEED AP, received his BS in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, an M.P.A. from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996.
Perry Goldschein, J.D.
Perry Goldschein, J.D. is a corporate sustainability consultant, and former environmental and regulatory lawyer, with 15 years of experience helping organizations create value through sustainability. Perry has served such world-class clients as GE, Goldman Sachs, the International Monetary Fund, Johnson & Johnson, National Geographic, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Yale University. He has been quoted and published widely in academic journals, industry press, and the general media. He has also taught at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and presented at American Strategic Management Institute, Cornell University, Sustainable Brands, and Net Impact. Perry holds a J.D. from the University of California, Davis, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kirk Jensen has transitioned from a successful 30+ year career in life sciences publishing to focus on long term care planning, which he regards as a much larger quality of life issue than most people realize. He divides his time between assisting members of the Baby Boom generation family by family, and working to encourage employers to make LTCI an employee benefit, to solve this problem at scale more efficiently. After a publishing career with such firms as Oxford, Pearson, Plenum, and the New York Academy of Sciences, he remains deeply engaged with science and scientific communities. He has worked closely with many of the best scientists in ecology, conservation, biodiversity, and the environmental sciences. He has been involved with diverse publications including Environmental Practice, the official journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, scholarly review series in ecology and conservation biology, ecological economics, Current Ornithology , Current Mammalogy, the Long Term Ecological Research Network series, and a couple of series in evolutionary biology. He worked on the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, the premier monographic series in these areas. He has edited textbooks and scholarly books including A Citizen’s Guide to Practical Ecology (Lawrence Slobodkin), Win-Win Ecology (Michael Rosenzweig), The Nature of Design (David Orr), Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the US (Bruce Stein and others at The Nature Conservancy), Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity (Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein), and several books each by Garrett Hardin, David Ehrenfeld, and Dan Botkin.
Lucy Johnson received her PhD from Columbia University in 1973, and started teaching at Vassar College, where she is now a Full Professor. She has taught numerous courses in Anthropology as well as Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and Technology and Society. Extending over a period of more than forty years, Prof. Johnson, has been active in archaeological field studies, including survey and excavations in Alaska, Egypt, Chile, Peru, Idaho, Arizona as well as numerous locations in New York State. In 1991 Prof. Johnson’s edited book, ‘Paleoshorelines and Prehistory’, CRC Press, was published. She has also published many book chapters, articles and reviews. Her contributions extend from 1973 to 2009. From 1972 to 2009 Prof. Johnson has lectured, presented papers or participated on panels at over fifty professional events. In her portfolio there are over ten research reports, and numerous contract reports including many dealing with archeological and cultural resource evaluations for the Town of Poughkeepsie improvement projects. She has been active in the governance of Vassar College as well as serving on the boards of a number of local not-for-profit organizations. She is currently secretary of the Board of Directors of the Poughkeepsie Day School, chair of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, chair of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Environmental Society, president of the board of the Independent Dutchess Energy Alliance (IDEA) and is the Archaeological Consultant to the Town of Poughkeepsie Historical Commission.
Victor-Pierre Melendez is an experienced community outreach professional and multidisciplinary environmental economics expert now working for the Orange County Health Department and pursuing his third Master’s degree. Vic received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Marine Biology from the University of Tampa, Florida, and his M.S. from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. He directed the Green Cities initiative for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and works in depth on a range of issues from environmental justice to green infrastructure. He worked in the City of Kingston’s Economic Development department, performing business and commercial space inventories in Uptown Kingston and Scenic Hudson as an Outreach coordinator and community educator in the Ulster and Westchester County areas. Victor has sat on the Diversity Committee for the New York State Outdoors Education Association which serves environmental educators from the entire state of New York. As an entrepreneur, Victor has managed a café and art gallery/dance studio in the Downtown Waterfront district of Kingston.
Staff and Consultants
Melissa Everett, Ph.D.
Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director is an outreach and communications strategist working at the intersection of climate action, green industry and community development. Since 2004, she has helped to build a movement of local innovators who are reducing their communities’ carbon footprints and building the market for clean energy industries. Her accomplishments with SHV include convening eight influential regional summits and conferences and bringing the Solarize model for community education and solar group purchasing to the Hudson Valley on a three-year funding award from NYSERDA. Trained in counseling and group facilitation through the Concord Institute in Massachusetts, Melissa has taught innovative courses in leadership and community service at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and in sustainability at SUNY Dutchess. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the International, Off-Campus Program of Erasmus University’s Centre for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in the Netherlands, a pioneering program for mid-career professionals worldwide. Her thesis research focuses on the dynamics of community turnarounds and the role of social networks. She was one of the original 1,000 prominent citizens trained by The Climate Project. The author of three books and many articles, Melissa has given lectures and workshops on three continents. Her Making a Living While Making a Difference was honored with the Bronze medal for Best Book in Foreword Magazine’s annual rankings. She was named one of nine “People to Watch in 2012” by Hudson Valley Magazine.
John Wackman, Energy Outreach Program Manager has been a television producer, licensed massage therapist and social entrepreneur. John earned a Masters degree in Communication Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a prolific writer-producer for WMTV-Madison (an NBC affiliate), New Hampshire Public Television and the Odyssey Channel in New York City, which became Lightworks Producing Group. He was responsible for numerous series and special programs in American culture and issues. John left the television industry in 2009 to follow his dream of managing an art cinema business (and today is an active volunteer with the Rosendale Theatre). In response to his own experience with headaches and the healing power of massage, John moved into a second career as a massage therapist with a focus on clients with serious illness or chronic pain. He graduated with honors from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. He is certified by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Society for Oncology Massage. While continuing this practice, John moved to the Hudson Valley and launched the Repair Café where people can bring their beloved but broken items for help with fixing them. John served on SHV’s board in 2013-14 and helped to develop the Solarize Hudson Valley program.
Hannah Karp, Communications Coordinator, graduated from Binghamton University in 2014 with a B.S. Biology, Concentration Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. She is Sustainable Hudson Valley’s Administrative and Communications Coordinator. A well organized and creative self-starter, Hannah volunteered with us for several months before securing a funded position as the organizational anchor for our Solarize Hudson Valley program. In this role, reporting to our Program Manager and Executive Director she maintains databases (and wrestles data out of communities and contractors alike), drafts outreach materials, organizes events, supervises interns, and generally keeps this complex outreach campaign on track. She also does business development for Mainstay, a co-working space in Poughkeepsie.
Seth Leitman (“The Green Living Guy”) is a leading online media presence for green living and electric transportation. PR Newswire considered his website the #2 worldwide for Green Living. https://greenlivingguy.com
Seth’s experience in electric vehicle programs is extensive and relevant. He worked for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on marketing and managing alternative-fueled vehicle (AFV) and electric vehicle (EV) programs throughout the State of New York. At NYSERDA, Seth was the Project Manager for the Clean Fuel Bus Program that funded over $100 million to the incremental cost of alternative fueled vehicle buses. Seth also worked on the Green Building Tax Credit, green buildings and indoor air quality in schools (how mold and poorly managed schools affect children and asthma rates, an environmental justice issue). This demonstration program led to the EPA Green Schools program of which one of the schools reported is a top green school today.
In 2000, Seth worked for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) where he created the NYPA/TH!NK Clean Commute Program which leased 100 electric vehicles in the New York Metropolitan Area in October 2001. This program became one of the largest Public / Private partnerships of it kind. More importantly, it allowed for the expansion of the demand for electric transportation in the Northeast.
In addition, Leitman managed, developed and worked directly on the construction and implementation of 100 public charging station points in Five New York Counties (Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Westchester, Putnam) in 2001. These charging ports are now used in the 100 charging station program that was recently implemented with the New York Power Authority. In addition, this included the installation of 100 home chargers in those 5 Counties. This program was covered by USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and others. This is the largest electric vehicle station car program worldwide. While at NYPA, Seth also worked on the donation program for low speed vehicles.
The two companies involved were Global Electric Motor Cars (GEM) and the TH!NK Neighbor (previously from Ford Motor Company) across New York State. While sounding simple, it was the deployment of over 3,000 cars to more than 100 municipalities, college Campuses, City, Towns, Villages, Counties, Zoos and public gardens.
Seth is author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, 2nd and 3rd Edition and Build Your Own Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle with TAB McGraw Hill; as well as Consulting Series (Green Guru Guide) Editor for Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle with TAB McGraw-Hill. In total, Leitman either authored, co-authored and/or Consulting Editor of nine books for the Guides.
Seth Leitman is also published with the Electric Power Research Institute and the US Department of Energy, in reports on the NYPA/THINK Clean Commute Program which he developed, secured funding for, managed and successfully implemented.
Hugo Jule–Quinntanilla is an experienced promoter of energy savings with a special focus on the Hudson Valley. He has an B.S. in mechanical engineering with an Associate’s degree in automotive engineering, with additional certificates in energy management and solar technology. After beginning his career in the automotive arena, he has worked for nearly a decade in sustainability and energy savings, including supervising nearly 100 solar installations.
Currently Hugo is serving as Outreach Coordinator for Putnam and Westchester Counties at RUPCO’s NYSERDA funded Green Jobs/ Green New York Program for residential customers. He also works with NYSERDA outreach coordinator Courtney-Strong Inc. on commercial and communitywide outreach in Ulster County, a role that has brought him into close collaboration with the Solarize Hudson Valley initiative.
Hugo is a BPI Certified Building Analyst and has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Scott Lang, Accountant is a Certified Public Accountant with Kimball and O’Brien in Kingston who has managed SHV’s finances for six years. He lives in Saugerties with his wife and three children, and finds time to act in community theatre.