Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director
Since 2005, Ivan Urlaub has led the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, working to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. Ivan brings thirteen plus years of state, U.S. and international experience in resolving policy, finance, communications, and economic challenges to the sustainable provision and use of energy and water. Ivan’s personal goal is to find win-win solutions with industry, utilities and customers that make the use of sustainable energy solutions accessible and affordable for all energy consumers in North Carolina and the Southeast. Doubling the size of the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s budget and staff every one and one-half years, Ivan has led the NC Sustainable Energy Association's success in passing more than 70 energy bills into law and winning dozens of key regulatory decisions, making advanced energy solutions more affordable and accessible for all North Carolina rate payers. The NC Sustainable Energy Association has become the go-to organization for market-based policy and market intelligence on North Carolina’s rapidly growing advanced energy industries. Ivan holds a Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford Institute as well as a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University.
Anna Koltchagova, Director of Operations
Anna is accountable for leading and managing all NCSEA day to day operations. Her primary responsibility is to ensure NCSEA’s mission-driven work is adequately informed, resourced, and efficient. Anna oversees NCSEA's accounting, financial planning & analysis, project management tracking and fundraising, grant management and FP&A to ensure operational efficiencies. She comes to NCSEA from the NC Biotechnology Center where she previously served as Director for the organization's Centers of Innovation Program. She earned a Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria and an MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh.
Michael Youth, Counsel and Policy Director
Michael received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For almost seven years, he served as an Assistant Attorney General, providing counsel and representation to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. In 2012, Michael earned an M.S. in Forestry and Environmental Resources Policy and Administration from North Carolina State University. He joined the NC Sustainable Energy Association at the end of 2011.
Kathleen Fleming, Director of Business Development
Kathleen brings over 20 years of human resources and over five years of communications experience to the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Prior to coming to the NC Sustainable Energy Association, she served as the Director of Human Resources and Communications at a pharmacovigilance company in the Research Triangle and as the Senior Manager of Human Resources at a biotechnology company. At the NC Sustainable Energy Association, Kathleen works on NCSEA's outreach and community education, building key strategic relationships to advance our mission. She oversees the strategy of business development, membership, outreach and human resources. Kathleen also grows and sustains the NC Sustainable Energy Association's membership and sponsorship base. In her role, she promotes the NC Sustainable Energy Association's value among renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses and the public.
Betsy McCorkle, Director of Government Affairs
Betsy directs the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's governmental affairs work. As a registered lobbyist, she works with legislators, state and local government officials, state agencies, and allied organizations to educate them on clean energy issues to ensure passage of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's legislative agenda. Previously, Betsy managed the North Carolina Solar Center’s Economic Development Program, delivering client-based services to businesses and organizations engaging in the renewable energy industry in North Carolina. Betsy received a Master Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and she holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Economics from the University of Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude. Betsy was the 2012 Recipient of the J.W. Fanning Distinguished Young Professional Award, she is a member of the Natural Capital Investment Fund Advisory Committee and the NC Economic Developers Association.
Mike Davis, Charlotte Regional Manager
Mike Davis represents the Charlotte region where he serves as the contact for current members and strives to build the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s network by educating and recruiting new members. He serves as a voice for the NC Sustainable Energy Association at critical meetings, events and presentations and offers insight into the policy and market trends he finds within the community. In addition to renewable energy, Mike has expertise in sustainable building practices, urban development and historic preservation. Prior to joining the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, he was the Charlotte Business Manager for Southern Energy Management where he served as a representative with various organizations such as the USGBC, Habitat for Humanity, the Charlotte Homebuilders Association and the Building Owners and Managers Association. He is also a member of the Charlotte USGBC’s Legislative Advocacy Group. Mike holds a Master of Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. from Winthrop University where he majored in Political Science and had a minor in Business Administration. He is an accredited USGBC LEED® Green Associate, and is also an NC Licensed General Contractor and an NC Licensed Real Estate Broker. He is on the Advisory Committee of the Central Piedmont Community College Sustainability Program, and serves on the Residential Subcommittee of the US Green Building Council and the Sustainability Committee for the Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Victoria Somol, Program Associate
Victoria Somol is the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s Program Associate. In her role with NCSEA, Victoria works across the various programs to ensure operational efficiencies and to track performance metrics. Victoria provides critical assistance in events, marketing & communications, fundraising and membership. In addition, Victoria utilizes her creativity in designing and formatting various marketing materials such as brochures, reports, eNews and other collateral. Victoria has over ten years of experience in property management, marketing, event coordination and residential and community relations. Prior to joining the NC Sustainable Energy Association, Victoria was a Marketing and Event Coordinator in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Business from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Kacey Hoover, Regulatory & Policy Analyst
Kacey Hoover serves as NCSEA’s regulatory and policy analyst and monitors regulatory developments in renewable energy to identify policy progress and impacts. Kacey offers a strong technical background in renewable energy technologies and utilities. Previously, Kacey worked as an energy analyst and specialized in rate structure analysis and estimating utility bills. Kacey earned a M.S. in Technology with a concentration in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Catawba College.
Jerry Carey, GIS & Database Management Specialist
Jerry Carey joined the NC Sustainable Energy Association in the spring of 2013. He is responsible for developing, updating and maintaining NCSEA market intelligence assets. Jerry’s work includes advanced management and development of Excel and Access databases, as well as with geographic information systems (GIS), to collect, organize and warehouse clean energy data relevant to NCSEA’s mission objectives. Jerry performs extracting, cleaning, and conforming data for uploading into NCSEA’s data ecosystem. He is responsible for all QA/QC on NCSEA flat files and web collected data, and is also responsible for spot check on data formatting as it is collected by other NCSEA staff before it is loaded into NCSEA’s data ecosystem. Jerry is accountable for ensuring that NCSEA’s organizational data is trusted, transparent, accurate, and accessible. Jerry holds a degree in Geospatial Technology from Central Piedmont Community College. In his free time, Jerry is a hockey enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors.
Robin Aldina, Energy Analyst
Robin leads NCSEA’s Market Intelligence team. He is responsible for the design and implementation of market research, data analysis, and report preparation related to the clean energy industry in North Carolina and the Southeast. Prior to joining NCSEA, Robin worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in their office of Energy Policy and Innovation, and at RTI International. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Richmond, and a Master of Environmental Management degree with a concentration in Energy and the Environment from the Nicholas School at Duke University.
Christy Marcinkowski, Event Planner
Christy brings ten years of event and meeting planning experience to NCSEA. She is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of the annual conference, educational sessions, social events, and networking opportunities. Additionally, she will evaluate the quality and effectiveness of events by compiling data and analyzing the results. Christy received her bachelor’s degree from the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. She spent five years in Boston working events on the hotelier side and received a Meeting & Event Certification from Northeastern University. After moving to Raleigh five years ago, Christy continued on the hotelier side for a brief time before making the transition to corporate meeting planning. In 2011 she received her CMP designation.
Edie Urban, Office Manager
Edie comes to NCSEA from the NC Biotechnology Center where she worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant for the Centers of Innovation Program. Edie provides varied, complex and confidential operational and reporting analysis in support of the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s programs. She also manages the workflow of the NCSEA office, including providing office resource needs, tracking organizational metrics and projects, as well as administrative support of projects. Edie is originally from Miami, Florida where she acquired her degree in Business Data Processing and worked as a Computer Programmer before moving to the North Carolina area with her husband and family in 1988. Prior to coming to NCSEA, Edie worked as a small business owner in the health care industry for 12 years. In addition to working in health care, she also worked for the Wake County School System in the Community Services area.
Maggie Clark, Government Affairs Associate
Maggie works with the Director of Government Affairs to manage the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's legislative agenda. This involves meeting with stakeholders in the renewable energy industry, including state and local government officials. Maggie studied Public Policy and Sustainability at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and spent time in Copenhagen, Denmark studying renewable energy systems. Maggie is planning on earning her LEED-AP certification in the Fall of 2014.
Jaqueta Abbey, Web Developer & Graphic Designer
Jaqueta is NC Sustainable Energy Association’s Web Developer and Graphic Designer. She is responsible for updating and maintaining the NCSEA’s website, designing graphic collateral for the organization, photographing and taking video at NCSEA events. Jaqueta brings over 8 years of front-end and interactive development experience to NCSEA. She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Media Studies & Production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A in Interactive Media from Elon University.
Elizabeth DeMarco, Special Advisor to the Executive Director
Liz is a key resource person for the Executive Director and is responsible for a wide variety of project management duties at NCSEA, including co-managing the DOE Clean Energy Manufacturing and Services States and Regional Roadmaps for the Southeast project. She is a resourceful business professional with experience as a financial analyst and an academic background in environmental management and economics. The focus of her graduate program at Duke University was on energy, water, corporate sustainability and entrepreneurship. Prior to graduate school, Liz worked for several different financial firms including Smith Barney in wealth management, Citigroup in sales & trading and Houlihan Lokey in financial advisory services. Liz worked for almost 3 years as a financial analyst in Houlihan Lokey’s Manhattan office with their illiquid asset portfolio valuations team. While attending Duke University, Liz consulted on building out Duke Dining Services’ sustainability program. She is highly skilled in research, communication and quantitative analysis of environmental and financial data. Liz holds a BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated Magna cum Laude, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and also a Certificate in Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Duke University.
Diane Griffin, Administrative Assistant
Diane assists the Office Manager and the NCSEA staff with day to day operations as well as special projects. Diane holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Diane started her career as a staff accountant at IBM in RTP, NC. In 1995, she moved to Bermuda where she worked for two years as the financial controller for Grotto Bay Beach Resort. Since then, she has been managing her family business and volunteering in many capacities at her children’s schools.
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