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SEI Team

Andrea Wang

Solar in the Schools
Andrea joined SEI as a work-trader in 2010 when she enthusiastically helped to expand Solar In the Schools program into our local schools and communities.
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Breccia Wilson

Student Services & Certificate Program Advisor
At Solar Energy International, Breccia Wilson loves to work closely with students, advising on specific career paths and helping to choose appropriate training programs as the Student Advisor for the Find Out More >


Brian Mehalic

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer
Brian Mehalic is a NABCEP-certified PV professional and IREC-certified PV instructor with over 12 years of experience designing, installing, servicing, and inspecting all types and sizes of PV...
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Chris Smith

Paonia Office Manager
Chris, also known as Smitty, loves meeting the SEI students who come from all around the world.  Chris has two golden retrievers, Peach and Cody, who take her for long walks every day.
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Chris Turek

Director of Online and Educational Services
Chris Turek comes to Solar Energy International with more than 10 years of online learning and educational technology experience working with academic organizations all over the world.
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Daniel Gonzalez

Spanish Program Director
Daniel González is an SEI alumni, a former PV installer and the only Chilean living in Colorado's western slope (from what he knows).
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Jeff Tobe

PV Project Coordinator
Jeff is the PV project coordinator and an instructor at SEI.
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Jess Finnigan

Workshop Coordinator
Jess is thrilled to combine her passion for sustainability with her compulsion to organize and color code in her position as Workshop Coordinator. Jess has a B.A.
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Joe Villacci

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer
 Joe Villacci specializes in system design, installation methods, and performance verification of solar electric systems.
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Johnny Weiss

Advising Co-Founder
Johnny Weiss co-founded Solar Energy International in 1991. He is a solar educator, consultant, certified Industrial Trainer and solar building professional.
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Kathryn Swartz

Executive Director
Kathy is honored to serve as SEI's Executive Director, especially since she is one of the over 21,000 alumni of SEI. She took her first PV class in 2004, which kickstarted her career in solar.
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Kathy Fontaine

Registrar
Kathy Fontaine grew up in Texas before moving to California and Washington with her husband and two sons.
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Kris Sutton

PV Instructor
Kris has worked full-time in the PV industry since 1999. Kris was a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer.
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Laura Walters

PV Curriculum Team
Laura Walters helps coordinate and update the curriculum for SEI's internationally recognized PV training program, which includes creating the technical diagrams, working on SEI's PV textbook series, and...
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Matthew Harris

SEI Spanish Program Manager
Matthew Harris is the Program Manager for Solar Energy International's (SEI) Spanish Program.
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Paul Gibb

Financial Director
Paul Gibb escaped corporate life in Austin, Texas, for western Colorado in 2000.
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Phil Friedman

Onllne Course Manager
Phil has been involved with photovoltaics and renewable energy education since 2004. He has installed systems in Colorado, New Mexico, and South America.
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Rebekah Hren

PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer
Rebekah Hren has been teaching PV workshops for Solar Energy International since 2007. A North Carolina native, her first PV system was a 300 watt array for her own off-grid cob house.
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Sandy Pickard

Business Manager
Sandy Pickard feels that Solar Energy International has changed the way she thinks and behaves. Her role as Business Manager has been the greatest job for her personal growth for the past 14 years.
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