We are a small team with different background and experiences – but with one common goal: strengthening communities through local solar power.

Gary Skulnik

Founder and CEO

Gary is a senior executive and strategic thinker who has been a leader in developing the clean energy market in Maryland and Washington, DC, through innovative marketing, partnerships, business management, and legislative advocacy. He is the founder of two entities focused exclusively on marketing clean energy, Clean Currents, a socially responsible for-profit and the Clean Energy Partnership, a nonprofit. As President of Clean Currents, Gary ran the entire sales and marketing side of the business, which grew to reach $22mm in annual revenue. Most importantly, Gary developed and managed the Clean Currents brand, which became the strongest, most authentic green brand in the energy space in the Mid Atlantic. He has appeared in numerous media outlets and been an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, reaching green-minded consumers, as well as other topics.

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Emily Tokarowski

Marketing and Operations Director

With her passion for environmental justice and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Emily is committed to being a key player in global, positive change. She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and communication from Stonehill College, and a master’s degree in engineering, science, and technology entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Emily worked with ND-GAIN to create a business that would provide city officials and business professionals with the means to successfully acquire and allocate resources for the implementation of climate change adaptation solutions in their respective communities.

Emily joined Neighborhood Sun as the first full-time hire back in 2017.  During her time here she has worn many hats, ranging from community engagement, to digital & physical marketing, to project & office management.

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Armando Gaetaniello

Director of Strategy and MD Sales

Armando has decided long ago that he couldn’t sit idle and watch the climate emergency go unchecked. He has an M.Sc. in Global Environmental Change Management (in Germany) that completes his B.A. in Human Geography (in Italy). In the past he researched on and advocated for stronger climate policies and sustainable food systems.
 
With community-shared solar, he’s excited that solar energy can finally be brought to the scale we need and drastically reduce CO2 emissions. Armando’s been part of Neighborhood Sun from the beginning and directly or indirectly facilitated enrollments of about 2500 households across Maryland. He also manages new business development opportunities, partnering with communities and solar companies to enable new projects to come to fruition.
 
When not working he can be spotted gardening in the yard, basking in the sun (what a surprise!), swimming, playing board games, and hiking or biking in the great outdoors.
 

John Wilson

Chief Technology Officer

A software development expert and renewable energy innovator, John Wilson brings 25 years experience in IT management. Before working with Neighborhood Sun John was part of the team that started Bullfrog Power, as VP Operations, where he was responsible for all IT and software development for 14 years.

Prior to Bullfrog Power, John held several senior technology positions at Fidelity National Information Services Wealth Management Division where he defined and developed an enterprise desktop and wireless wealth management solution.

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Sherry Robinson

Director of Sales

With over 20 years of experience in the Retail Energy arena, the newest addition to the Neighborhood Sun team is, Sherry Robinson. Sherry honed her skills in Sales Operations and brings a proven track record in the areas of sales team training, compliance, and most notably, revenue growth for high profile clients throughout the US.  A champion for promoting Renewable Energy and educating consumers on the value of purchasing Green, Sherry looks forward to continuing her collaborative proactive approach as she joins Neighborhood Sun as the Director of Sales.  Joining Neighborhood Sun returns Sherry to her passion, the client side of selling as she thrived in this role at including Sales Channel Manager, Mass Markets Manager and Field Execution Manager for 10 years at Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy).  In recent years she gained valuable experience working for various vendor companies in multiple roles such a Chief Administrative Officer.

In her free time, she mentors Middle school girls with her sorority and spends time playing tennis and hiking and walking in nature.  Sherry has a B.A. from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

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Carolyn Ricketts

Director of Partnerships

Carolyn is a passionate advocate for the environment and the planet’s overall conservation, protection and restoration. She worked for 33 years as a Mortgage Banker while simultaneously volunteering for environmental groups such as The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CCAN, and Sierra Club, among many others. This ultimately lead to her leaving the mortgage industry to work for CBF and Viridian Energy, graduate as a Master Watershed Steward from the Watershed Stewards Academy’s first class of 2009, and become a charter member of the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. She has worked with organizations for the past 11 years as an environmental and clean energy lobbyist to get local bills passed that provided clean water protections, forest conservation, community solar, offshore wind power, increasing MD’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and banning fracking.

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Barbara Martinez

Data & Billing Manager

Barbara is an American University alumna with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Public Communication. Her focus was in community action strategies and organization tactics toward common goals. She is based in Baltimore and oversees the data coming from electric utilities which translates into customers’ bills and solar credits. In previous practice she supervised album acquisition for WVAU, American University’s student-run radio station, and managed client communications for the Policy Design Lab. She is thrilled to be using her social marketing and data analytics background for good at Neighborhood Sun.

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Matty Guerin

Marketing Executive

Matty has spent more than two decades committing his talents and creativity to progressive causes, primarily in the environmental and conservation arenas.  Over those years he has worked for, or on behalf of, dozens of non profit organizations as a communications specialist, organizer, trainer, development manager, fundraiser and organizer, both at the local level to some of the most recognized international groups.  Although his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was in Environmental Engineering, Matty has committed his efforts to the engagement and empowerment of individuals to take actions for the causes that have direct impact on their lives.  When he is not striving to promote community solar projects, Matty is most likely trying his best not to be found in the beautiful wilderness of western Maryland, along with his family and dog, Jude.

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Zach Perkins

Engagement and Operations Analyst

Zach‘s career had been in the private sector, in both sales and management across a wide range of businesses. However, he always worked to help out beyond his career. He has a long history of volunteering in various community-driven organizations. These endeavors included Habitat for Humanity, helping to run a summer camp, founding a fraternity dedicated to collegial excellence and serving the community, and most recently he co-leads a local girl scout troop and is part of Greenbelt Climate Action Network. He decided that all of his efforts in volunteer work were important enough to him that he needed to change careers and work towards a better tomorrow, full-time. This eventually led him to Neighborhood Sun, where his unique background and drive to help has been an asset to his role as Customer Engagement Champion and Event Coordinator.

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Randi Orlow

NJ Community Solar Program Director

An early introduction to issues of social justice inspired Randi to build a career as a marketer and advocate for mission-driven organizations focused on creating health and wellbeing for the planet and its residents. Her studies at Temple University helped to shape an interest in areas of communication, but life stoked her passion for wellness and sustainable living, leading to over twenty years of experience in marketing and promotions, client relations, event planning and production, and nonprofit development within and around the natural products industry, education, and women’s reproductive health. Randi is thrilled to bring her enthusiasm to community solar through Neighborhood Sun’s fight against climate change, and looks forward to watching the program expand throughout the country.

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Christina Bychkov

Sales Operations Specialist

Christina is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland who earned her degree in Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Environmental Health. Previously, she has worked at two different labs which focused on improving best management practices as well as researching the effects of toxins on aquatic life. Her passion towards fighting climate change and a desire to help her local community lead her to Neighborhood Sun, where she supports both the Sales Team and the Customer Engagement Team to ensure that subscribers have a smooth transition process into clean energy.

She is very excited to apply her previous experiences and her strong background in renewable energy to help folks learn and experience all of the many benefits of community solar and provide them with all of the help that they may need. 

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Natalia Franco

Sales Support Representative

Natalia is new to Neighborhood Sun and she is really passionate about fighting climate change and having a more sustainable lifestyle. She’s worked on different industries like construction, sustainable fashion and sustainable tourism.

And in the last few years she’s been a part of the sales teams for different start-ups in the US.

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Board of Directors

Ian Sneed

Director of Operations at Galt Power, Inc.

Ian Sneed is a seasoned energy professional with expertise in wholesale power markets, risk management, and solar and battery storage project development. In his current role with Galt Power, Ian facilitates the market transactions of a broad client base across all seven of the U.S. based Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).

Pari Kasotia

Director of Vote Solar Mid-Atlantic

Pari Kasotia is an energy policy expert with 10+ years of experience in clean energy. Currently, Pari serves as the Mid-Atlantic Director for Vote Solar where advocate for the NJ Shines campaign that calls for bold targets and funding to increase solar and storage access in low-income and environmental justice communities. Pari was instrumental in providing grassroots advocacy and outreach support for the successful passage of MD Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019. In 2018, Pari played an integral role in the creation of the Community Solar Pilot Program in New Jersey under the Clean Energy Act of 2018. Prior to Vote Solar, Pari serviced as the Deputy Director of The Solar Foundation where she provided organizational leadership and oversight and was the lead author of the first-ever US Solar Industry Diversity Study.

Pari is among kWh Analytics’ #Solar100 thought leaders and is listed in Renewable Energy World’s Solar 40 under 40 Professionals and Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. In addition, to Neighborhood Sun, Pari serves as a Board Member of MD, DC, DE, and VA’s Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) as well as Advisory Council member of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Previously, Pari held numerous leadership roles as the State of Iowa’s Energy Office where she successfully administered multi-million-dollar federal and state energy programs. Pari is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale School of the Environment and holds and MBA and MPA. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Politics.

Stacy A. Swann

CEO, Climate Finance Advisors Benefit LLC

Stacy Swann is the CEO and Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors. Ms. Swann has more than two decades of experience in finance, fund management and development, including with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she was Head of IFC’s Blended Finance Unit and was responsible for managing and investing more than $750 million in donor funding for climate-smart investments. While at IFC, she also supported World Bank Group efforts to work with policy-makers and other financial institutions on issues related to blended finance, climate finance, climate-smart fiscal policies and incorporating practical policy and investment approaches to managing climate risk. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked in the private sector as a developer of infrastructure projects in India and Singapore. In addition to running Climate Finance Advisors, Ms. Swann is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Board for the Montgomery County Green Bank, the United States’ first county-level green bank, and she sits on the Board of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE). She also helped establish the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group which has convened over 150 private investors and other stakeholders to discuss practical approaches to adaptation and resilience investment. Stacy holds an MBA in Finance and Development from American University, a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a BA from City University of New York – Hunter College.

William Bumpers

Attorney

Bill Bumpers is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the electric industry, representing utilities, independent power producers and investment firms. He structured one of the first multi-pollutant emission contracts in the United States and has worked on numerous GHG emissions trading projects around the world. He is on the advisory board of the American Carbon Registry.

Jolene Gurevich

Manager at Mtech Ventures

Jolene Gurevich is a Manager at Mtech Ventures and the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund. She is responsible for advising startups as well as managing programmatic operations for the Mtech Ventures Incubator. She is also responsible for sourcing and vetting companies for investment by the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund (CBSCF).

Prior to Mtech, Jolene was an early employee at Allovue where she held numerous roles integral to the growth of the company. She has experience in managing financials, operations, building and scaling customer success teams, tracking and understanding user data analytics, developing product marketing, setting up and managing HR systems as well as building an inclusive team culture.

Jolene has a BBA in Finance from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. Jolene was also a 2014 Venture for America Fellow.

John Paul "JP" Moscarella

President of CleanTech Advisors LLC​

John Paul Moscarella (“JP”) is an entrepreneur, who has founded or co-founded four (4) companies, including Emerging Energy & Environment (EEE), a fund management platform, and Econergy International (“Econergy”), a renewable developer with 260 MW (190 MW net) at the time of its sale in 2008 to GDF Suez (now Engie), one of the largest utilities in the world, which had an IPO in 2006 on the London AIM Market raising over US$100 million. He was a leading executive for several clean energy companies, as well as a fund manager for two small private equity/venture capital funds. Fundraised for start-up companies, and raised capital and advisory in the formation of several private equity clean energy funds or specialized environmental carbon funds, for approximately US$770 million in total capital.

Key Members

Michael Shore

Entrepreneur

Michael appreciates being part of the movement to create a global sustainable economy. He has founded and grown durable businesses from scratch, led his solar company to become a $100 million enterprise and rank 46th on the INC 500 list, raised oodles of capital, and made his home state of North Carolina a world leader in solar deployment. Through his current company, Tipping Point Renewable Strategies, Michael has advised dozens of clean energy and climate companies across the globe to become more profitable and more resilient. He has also founded and curates the Heart of Waraba, a virtual community to connect and support sustainable entrepreneurs across the globe.

Tatiana Gulnik

Consultant at A.T. Kearney

Tatiana (Tanya) Gulnik is a management consultant with A.T. Kearney based in San Francisco, CA where she focuses on supply chain and strategy. Previously, she was Marketing Director for Clean Currents, a renewable electricity supplier in Washington DC. She has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she was involved with the Center for Business and Society and ran a start up farm-to-table food truck staffed by Dartmouth Undergraduates. Additionally, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Energy and Environmental Policy. She loves the outdoors and spends as much of her free time as possible hiking, biking and running.

Harry Warren

President of Clean Grid Advisors, LLC

Whether developing electricity and natural gas offerings at the advent of competitive retail markets, launching industry-leading programs in renewable energy supply and carbon offsets, or increasing the market share of natural gas through utility sales and marketing programs, throughout his career Harry has combined a broad knowledge of energy markets and energy technology with a deep understanding of customer needs and decision making processes to create new options for customers and to grow energy supply businesses. Among Harry’s many accomplishments, he assembled an outstanding team and built WGES from a 10-person startup into a leading competitive supplier of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic and a recognized leader in renewable energy. With over 100 employees serving 340,000 customers, WGES generated and average of $1.3 billion in revenues and $33 million in non-GAAP operating earnings for WGL Holdings [NYSE:WGL] in fiscal years 2011 through 2013. Harry currently serves on the Board of the Maryland, DC, and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDVSEIA).

Careers

If you believe that solar power should strengthen communities, contact us! We are always looking to hear from talented individuals who share our passion.

Please submit your resume for future consideration and a note about why you are interested in our work to [email protected]

Thank you for your interest!

NS team 2019