We are pleased to announce Johnny Weiss, retired SEI Co-Founder, has joined our Board of Directors. Johnny brings his passion for SEI’s charitable and outreach programs to our diverse group of directors. Since his retirement from SEI in 2012, Johnny has focused his efforts on capacity building in Tanzania with SEI alum Lukas Kariongi (see below) and to strengthen and expand the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD. “As co-founder, Johnny brings invaluable wisdom and institutional knowledge as we enter this next exciting chapter to almost double our impact in the next three years. He’s been an inspiration and mentor to so many people in the industry, myself included, and it’s an honor to have Johnny in the official capacity of a director on our board.” stated SEI’s Executive Director Kathy Swartz.
We are also pleased to announce Ken Gardner is stepping into the role of President of the Board. Ken, owner and founder of Gardner Energy, is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, Licensed Electrician, Licensed Solar Contractor, and NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer. He’s an SEI alum (2003/2004) and has been teaching PV, microhydro, and solar water pumping since 2009. “I’m happy to serve and lead the organization into the future. There’s a great future in renewable energy and SEI plays a key role in training the workforce. It’s fun to be part of this incredible organization with passionate and dedicated staff and instructors, and students who want to change the world.” Former President Paul Bony, Senior Program Manager at CLEAResult, will continue as Board Vice-President, and Sarah Bishop, non-profit extraordinaire, continues in the role as Secretary- Treasurer.