Board of Directors

Individual board members strengthen CEE through deep expertise in organizational management and development, financial stewardship, legal compliance, and more.

Members of the Board of Directors

Julia Donaldson, Chairperson
Julia is vice president of mission advancement at Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin, bringing more than 15 years’ experience in nonprofit administration. She earned her Master’s degree from Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Julia has served on CEE’s board since 2009.

Tom Garry, Vice Chair
Tom serves as senior attorney at The Nature Conservancy. Previously he was an attorney at Best & Flanagan, working in the areas of real estate, civil litigation, and environmental law. Tom earned his Master of Laws degree in environmental law. He served on the NEC’s board since 2011.*

LisaBeth Barajas
LisaBeth leads the community development division of the Metropolitan Council, where she has worked as a regional planning expert for over a decade. Barajas earned her bachelor's degree in environmental studies and geography at Gustavus Adolphus College, and her master’s in urban and regional planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

Cameron Blodgett
As the former senior vice-president of ServiceLink, Cam specialized in residential mortgage servicing, property valuation, and title and escrow solutions. He is also former CEO of The Mortgage Group. Cam joined CEE’s board in 1994.

Ralph Dickinson
Ralph is principal at Dickinson Associates, providing customers with energy consulting and analysis. Earlier in his career, he was a product developer for Xcel Energy (formerly NSP). Ralph is a Minnesota registered mechanical engineer, and joined the NEC's board in 2010.*

John Kopchik
John is a partner at Churchill Equity, directing private investments in energy and transportation. He earned 20 years of investment experience at General Mills, Northwest Airlines, and as a consultant. John has served on CEE’s board since 2001.

Amir Nadav, Treasurer
Amir is the assistant director of campus sustainability at University of St. Thomas. Previously he held positions as a sustainability lecturer at the U of M and program manager at Great Plains Institute and a policy analyst at Windustry. Amir holds a master's degree in environmental management, and joined the NEC’s board in 2011.*

Amanda Novak
Amanda directs real estate development for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. Novak served previously as associate vice president of development at CommonBond Communities. Novak earned her bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies from St. Olaf College, Northfield, and her master's in urban and regional planning from University of Iowa. 
 

Non-voting Officers of the Corporation

Chris Duffrin, President
Stephanie Haddad, Corporate Secretary

* CEE merged with Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) in 2017.