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Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. We all share a common vision of using energy wisely, to ensure a healthier economy, cleaner environment, and improved energy security.



Tammy Deets has many years of international marketing experience. Inspired after observing Tibetan nomads utilize solar panels to generate electricity and yak dung (biomass) for heating and cooking, she came to realize that the solutions to the new century’s energy dilemma lie within every community. She is a co-founder of Community Energy Solutions. Tammy holds a B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A., both from Seattle University and two Graduate Certificates from Antioch University Seattle; Ecological Planning & Design and Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change. She is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.


Michael Lichtenberger is co-owner of SunWind Concepts, a Bainbridge Island renewable energy sales and installation company. He enjoys helping people find cost-effective solutions to ever increasing energy costs and environmental impacts, and wields a wrench and excel spreadsheets with equal aplomb. Michael is a NABCEP™ certified solar PV installer and an installer of solar hot water systems for residential and commercial customers. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts in Television and Film production from Point Park University. His previous board experience was an elected position at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a multi-million dollar media arts center.


Matt Hartig has joined CES as an Intern, working on special projects.
Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2010 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While in school, he developed a strong desire to make renewable energy more attainable for everyone. This led him to design and build a set of wind turbine blades made from a PVC pipe, which cost less than traditional wood blades and took a fraction of the time to construct.

Executive Director

Joe Deets has over twenty-five years of finance and investment experience from private industry and government in the Pacific Northwest region as well as in Asia. Concerned about climate change and its effect on ecosystems and communities, he is using his experience to create practical solutions to encourage changes in behavior. He is a co-founder of Community Energy Solutions and has been active in community outreach on renewable energy and energy efficiency. He holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Montana, and an M.B.A. from Seattle University. He also holds an M.A. in Environment & Community from Antioch University Seattle, where his studies focused on how to increase renewable energy utilization at the community level.


Kat Gjovik has more than 25 years in the business world, working in multiple disciplines. Kat transitioned to the study and practice of whole systems design, organizational development and community building. She has focused her energies on community organizing and political activism and has a long list of activities and achievements including the Bainbridge Island Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the City’s Adopt-A-Road Program, multiple events for peace, regional Earth Charter Community Summits, Bainbridge Island Earth Day events, hostess of the Bainbridge Island Conversation Café, and advocating local affordable housing. She currently works with David Korten, author of the Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, on outreach and communication for the national Great Turning Initiative. Her passions include collaborative grassroots organizing for action, designing group experiences and bringing people together in meaningful conversation.

Scott James is an entrepreneur, instructor, advisor, and investor in the world of sustainability. He is the founder of Fair Trade Sports, offering the world's first line of sports balls for soccer, football, basketball (and more) that are Eco-Certified and Fair Trade Certified. Like the Newman's Own brand, all after-tax profits are designated for charity. Scott also teaches the Marketing course at the green MBA program, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and the Sustainability course at University of Notre Dame. He was named by BusinessWeek as one of "America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs" in 2009 and profiled by Forbes Magazine as a leading eco-entrepreneur in 2010. The products from his company have been featured in publications ranging from O Magazine and Parents Magazine to Outside Magazine and the Washington Post. Scott did his undergraduate work at Baylor University and his MBA at University of Notre Dame. He lives on an island near Seattle with his wife and children.

Doug Maraist is an architect with over 30 years of energy conserving design experience in the built environment.  Early on, while completing a 5-year environmental design bachelors program in architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Doug realized the simple yet timeless design principals needed to rebuild our communities for the preservation of the health of our planet. For the past several years his focus has been on creating livable, pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities using sustainable urban design principles, small scale mixed-use projects to revitalize downtowns and healthy indoor environments in single & multi-family residences. In 2007 Doug became a certified Sustainable Building Advisor and in 2010 a certified Building Performance Institute residential energy auditor.  In October 2008 he co-presented the urban & site-design workshop "Location, Location, Location"  at Habitat for Humanity's Mainstream Green National Conference in Tacoma, WA. He presently lives with his wife and children in a small historic town of Norwegian fishing ancestry on Puget Sound, Washington.

Eric Moe is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in mechanical system design and integration. He works professionally as a Senior Engineer and Energy Consultant for FVB Energy on projects worldwide. He plays a lead role in the design, development and optimization of community scale district energy and connected building systems. Eric is a published author and frequent presenter in the district energy industry and has helped pioneer new approaches and technology for eliminating common comfort, capacity, and energy issues that adversely affect system performance and economics. Eric is an active member of the International District Energy Association and also serves as a board member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. He has a MS in Engineering, an MBA, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering all from the University of Washington. Eric operates out of FVB's office on Bainbridge Island in the Seattle area.

Gary Nystedt has been Resource Manager since 1990 for the City of Ellensburg, Washington. Gary is responsible for managing the municipal utility’s Conservation & Renewable Programs. To date, he has completed over $16 million in conservation projects. In November 2006, he led the completion of Phase I of the nation’s first community solar project, a 36 kilowatt photovoltaic system visible along Interstate 90. Efforts to complete Phase II of the project are currently underway, with the goal to double its size.






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