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We envision a world powered by renewable energy.

Kathryn Swartz, Executive Director

Kathy is honored to serve as SEI’s Executive Director, especially since she is one of the over 40,000+ alumni of SEI. She took her first PV class in 2004, which kickstarted her career in solar. With a background in environmental education, Kathy’s goal is to ensure that SEI’s Training Program prepares participants with the knowledge and hands-on experiences needed to safely and successfully work with renewable energy systems. Under Kathy’s leadership, SEI spun off Programa Hispano, our Spanish PV training division, and SEI Professional Services (SEIPS), a for-profit business that provides the foremost technical expertise in solar energy to empower people, grow businesses, and influence the global PV industry through best practices. All profits from SEIPS are donated back to SEI to support the non-profit mission.  Kathy took over the organization after co-founder Johnny Weiss retired from SEI in 2012, and she was recently recognized as an Action Hero through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and through the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative.  Personally and professionally, she lives her life dedicated to SEI’s vision of a world powered by renewable energy.

Andrea Wang

Solar in the Schools

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Breccia Wilson

Breccia Cressman

Student Services & Certificate Program Advisor

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Brian Mehalic

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer

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Chris Smith

Paonia Office Manager

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Chris Turek

Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations

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Courtney Shaffer

Student Services Advisor

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Danny Bailey

PV Lab Manager

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Faye Coats

Administrative Assistant to Executive Director

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Gerald Espinosa

AmeriCorps VISTA

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Jess Finnigan

Workshop Coordinator

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Joe Villacci

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer

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Kathy Fontaine

Student Services Counselor and Registrar

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Kristopher Sutton

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer

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Kyra Holt

PV Electrical Designer

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Laura Walters

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer

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Marla Korpar

Americorps VISTA

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Mary Marshall

AmeriCorps VISTA

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Matthew Harris

SEI Spanish Program Manager

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Monique Turek

Student Services Counselor

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Paul Gibb

Financial Director

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Paulina Dunham

Spanish Program Assistant

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Pete Mueller

Facilities and Equipment Assistant

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Rebekah Hren

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer

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Roger Williams

PV Curriculum Developer and Instructor

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Sandy Pickard

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Scott Martin

Online Course Manager

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Will White

PV Curriculum Developer

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“SEI was hands down the right choice for up-to-date, practical, and professional training in the world of photovoltaics. I will not be going elsewhere.”

-Brad Sturm