Sean Reed, Founder and Executive Director
As Clean Energy Coalition’s executive director, Sean Reed provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to the organization. Mr. Reed has successfully acquired, managed, and completed more than 30 state and federal grants valued at more than $60 million. Before founding Clean Energy Coalition in 2005, he served as a program developer and energy analyst for the City of Ann Arbor’s Energy Office and the joint City of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County Community Development Department. Mr. Reed has also worked for WARM Training Center in Detroit as a program manager, at Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation; the Olkonorei Integrated Pastoralist Survival Program in Tanzania, Africa; and as an instructor at the Japanese Ministry of Education in Imadate, Japan.
Mr. Reed has presented on the topic of energy efficiency at numerous statewide and regional conferences in Michigan.
Born in Malawi, Africa, Mr. Reed has traveled and worked widely, living in Africa, Asia and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and master’s degrees in social work and urban planning from University of Michigan, as well as certificates as a housing rehabilitation specialist and home energy rater.
Cassandra Fletcher-Martin, Director of Business Operations
Cassandra Fletcher-Martin provides financial management and operations oversight to Clean Energy Coalition’s busy, project-based work environment. Ms. Fletcher-Martin brings more than 15 years financial, operational, and corporate development experience driving growth and profit enhancing strategies to the organization.
Prior to joining Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Fletcher-Martin was a Senior Analyst for Capital Growth Advisors, LLC where she provided valuation, merger and acquisition, and capital sourcing services. Ms. Fletcher-Martin began her career in corporate banking and has since held increasingly responsible positions across financial, non-profit, media, and technology industries.
Ms. Fletcher-Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.
Laura Palombi, Director of Business Development
Laura Palombi creates and implements a diversified development program for long-term sustainability, including fundraising, securing grants, and marketing and selling Clean Energy Coalition’s services. Prior to her role as Director of Business Development, Ms. Palombi worked as a project manager to advance alternative fuel infrastructure and advanced vehicle technologies throughout Michigan.
Prior to her work at Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Palombi served as an intern at Shepherd Advisors Consulting, where she wrote a market briefing on the photovoltaic solar panel industry in support of the firm’s strategic goals to attract clients in the clean-tech manufacturing sector. She also worked as a program development intern for the City of Ann Arbor’s Energy Office and as the associate curator of invertebrates at the Detroit Zoological Society, where she established Michigan’s first captive rearing program for a federally endangered butterfly.
Ms. Palombi earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in entomology (with high honors) from Michigan State University. As a dual-degree student at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, Ms. Palombi earned master’s degree in business administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and master’s degree in science from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Additionally, Ms. Palombi studied abroad in Nepal, Costa Rica, and Canada.
Nicole Ver Kuilen, Proposal Coordinator
As proposal coordinator, Nicole Ver Kuilen works with cross-functional teams in the proposal development of fee-for-service, open bid and RFPs to sustain and grow the revenue base of Clean Energy Coalition.
Prior to joining Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Ver Kuilen worked as strategic consultant for the Ross School of Business Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Michigan where she developed a five-year strategic plan for the department, recommending savings of more than $68,000 per year for higher value-added offerings. She also served as chairperson for Circle K International at the University of Michigan, interacting regularly with over 25 local area nonprofits, and served as a multi-year trip leader for the Ginsberg Center’s Alternative Spring Break program working with World Hunger Relief and Habitat for Humanity.
Ms. Ver Kuilen holds a bachelor of business administration from the Ross School of Business as well as a minor in Sustainability at the University of Michigan.
Bonnie Bona, Project Manager
As a project manager for Clean Energy Coalition, Bonnie Bona works with municipalities and building owners to deliver energy efficiency improvements by providing access to incentives and affordable loans.
Ms. Bona has worked as a consultant and energy auditor throughout Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as an architect for Bona & Kolb Architects & Designers and Frederick H. Hermann Associates Architects. Ms. Bona is a member and past chair of the Ann Arbor City Planning Commission, served as chair of the University of Michigan Museum of Art Friends Board, and has sponsored several policy initiatives and resolutions in support of more walkable land use regulations.
Ms. Bona earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from University of Illinois and a master’s degree in architecture from University of Michigan. She is a registered architect, member of the American Institute of Architects, and LEED-accredited professional.
Rebecca Filbey, Program Supervisor
As program supervisor, Rebecca Filbey oversees projects that promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Michigan.
Prior to her work with Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Filbey was the climate change program manager for the British Council USA, where she created, developed, and managed the U.S. component of the International Climate Champions, a 60-country initiative that engaged young people in communicating about climate change. Additionally, Ms. Filbey was the manager for external affairs in the funding division of Conservation International and an account manager at Stanton Communications in Washington, D.C., where she provided strategic communications support to clients ranging from electric utilities to non-profits.
Ms. Filbey has a bachelor’s degree in biology (with honors) from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in modern history from St. Peter’s College at Oxford University, and a master’s degree in environmental sustainability (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.
Nick Helmholdt, Project Manager
Nick Helmholdt focuses on municipal government energy consulting and community energy program development and management.
Mr. Helmholdt has worked as a research and teaching assistant at Cornell University, as a student assistant for the Michigan Energy Office, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Habitat for Humanity of Ingham County, Michigan. He has developed energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in both urban and rural settings.
While earning his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University, Mr. Helmholdt studied urban redevelopment in Germany and Austria. He also holds a master’s degree in applied research in human environment design from Cornell University. An Eagle Scout, he has earned numerous awards and distinctions.
Kevin Mulder, Project Associate
As the Bike Share Program Associate, Kevin Mulder focuses on improving accessibility for all users through non-motorized transportation policy research and project implementation, with a special focus on the bike share program.
Before joining Clean Energy Coalition, Mr. Mulder served as an intern in the Systems Planning Unit of the City of Ann Arbor, where he helped draft Ann Arbor’s Non-motorized Transportation Plan 2013 Update. As a graduate researcher, he evaluated transportation planning and zoning efforts in Kalamazoo County against several sustainability metrics. Mr. Mulder also founded two startups as an undergraduate student that facilitated fundraising and created websites for student groups.
Mr. Mulder received his master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University Michigan’s College of LSA. He is also a member of the American Planning Association and the Michigan Association of Planning.
Jenny Oorbeck, Program Director
Jenny Oorbeck oversees Clean Energy Coalition’s operations team, which is responsible for the development and implementation of clean energy projects throughout Michigan. During her career, Ms. Oorbeck has designed and implemented a broad range of programs and policies that address climate change, energy efficiency, and waste reduction. Her work provides significant financial and emissions savings to both public and private sector clients, and she continues to develop new and innovative ways to advance clean energy programs in Michigan.
Before arriving at Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Oorbeck was the environmental manager for the City of Richmond, California. There, she led the city’s environmental division, which included management of all climate change, energy efficiency, green building, and waste diversion efforts. Under her direction, Richmond implemented the Urban Environmental Accords, achieved numerous Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) awards, and passed a waste reduction ordinance eliminating the use of Styrofoam and plastic to-go containers from restaurants. She has also served as program manager and acting director for the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority in Walnut Creek, California, where she managed waste diversion programs for five cities.
Ms. Oorbeck holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mills College and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Joshua Rego, Project Associate
Joshua Rego focuses on alternative fuels and transportation efficiency in Southeast Michigan.
Before joining Clean Energy Coalition, Mr. Rego developed financial and decision-making frameworks for ecosystem service projects and assisted with strategic planning at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Mr. Rego worked as the lead center manager for a startup electronic waste recycling company in San Francisco. During his time there, he created professional relationships leading to a 50% increase in annual revenue and a 15% rise in recycling volume.
Mr. Rego received his master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental systems from the University of California – San Diego.
Heather Seyfarth, Program Supervisor
Heather Seyfarth is an AICP-certified planner and program supervisor for Clean Energy Coalition, working to help create sustainable communities and encourage the adoption of clean energy solutions.
Prior to joining Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Seyfarth was a community planner for the Land Information Access Association in Traverse City, Michigan, where she co-managed Partnerships for Change, a program that helped local jurisdictions overcome regional barriers to cooperation in land use planning. Her work in Traverse City earned her distinction as one of the region’s 40 most influential individuals under the age of 40 by Traverse City Business News.
Ms. Seyfarth holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Alma College, master’s degrees in urban planning and social work from University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in sociology from Central Michigan University. In addition to her work at Clean Energy Coalition, she serves as Chair of the Michigan Association of Planning’s Social Equity Committee.
Allison Skinner, Project Associate
Allison Skinner focuses on community-driven energy efficiency projects throughout Michigan.
Past projects include the Reimagining Detroit: Green Economy Initiative, where she aided the City of Detroit with evaluating and improving its solid waste services and expanding its recycling program, and managing marketing and fundraising initiatives for XSeed Energy, a Clean Energy Coalition project working to develop high-profile renewable energy projects in the Ann Arbor community.
Before joining Clean Energy Coalition, Ms. Skinner served as an au pair in Spain and volunteered at an orphanage in the Philippines.
Ms. Skinner earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and non-profit management from Eastern Michigan University. A Dale Carnegie graduate, she holds national certification in non-profit management and leadership from the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance and is the recipient of the prestigious American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leader Award. She is also a member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) and has completed the MRC Materials and Recycling Management Training program.