Board of Directors

About becoming a member of the SW Board of Directors

Interested in being a vital part of Solar Washington's efforts to promote solar? Consider serving on Solar Washington's Board of Directors. Solar Washington is seeking to fill board member positions to serve during the 2018-2019 term. (Terms are two years in length). Board members must be current individual or professional members of Solar Washington. Click to learn about becoming a member (or to renew).

For those interested in joining the Board of Directors, first read our Board Member Agreement and Code of Ethics prior to submitting your information below to ensure you understand board member responsibilities and expectations. To be considered please submit your resume, a headshot, and a 2-3 paragraph statement describing why you would be interested in serving Solar Washington and what value you could bring to the organization to  Your submission information is due December 18, 2017. The current SW membership will vote on the nominees at the end of December 2017/early January 2018. 

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2017 Board of Directors

David Nicol, President


David Nicol got his start working in the solar industry with Mike Nelson, helping him develop The Community Solar Project, from there he was recruited by Northwest Mechanical, Inc. to manage their residential solar  division. Eventually David was recruited by Capstone Solutions to manage  their international commercial solar design and installation division, he is currently developing the first ever utility scale solar installation in Alaska for Capstone Solutions. David has an AA from Shoreline Community College in Clean Energy Technology, he also has a certification from SEI in off grid solar design.

Dean Van Vleet, Vice President

Dean-Van-Vleet.jpgDean is the Process Engineering Manager at Itek Energy in Bellingham, WA and has worked in the Washington State renewable energy industry for nearly 20 years.  In 1997 he joined Trace Engineering (later purchased by Xantrex Technology) working primarily with early grid-tie inverter products.  In 2007 he joined OutBack Power as they created a spin off PV module division known as Silicon Energy.  He was one of the primary design team members for Silicon Energy’s Cascade double glass PV module.  While also working with Silicon Energy, he worked as an Application Engineer for OutBack.  In 2011 he was one of the founding members to bring Itek’s PV module to full scale production in Washington State.  Dean has used PV and battery backed up inverters at home for over 15 years and recently upgraded his system with a 5kW PV array.  Dean has an Industrial Electronics degree from Renton Technical College and has been a SolarWA member for over 13 years actively promoted the expansion of solar energy in Washington State.

Joan Schrammeck, Solar Washington Board Member

Joan Schrammeck, Secretary

After a 25+ year career in social justice activism, Joan decided to turn her attention to another of her passions, environmental justice and solar energy. She now works for Fire Mountain Solar. Supporting a “buy local” theme, she is also on the board of her local farmers market.

Jaffer Ali, Treasurer

Jaffer100.jpgJaffer has a finance background from the University of Washington. After a period of time in commercial lending and advising startup businesses, he took a leap into starting a company of his own called Nue Power Inc. He offers his financial skills, business knowledge, and optimism of the future to the Board and is excited to work with the Solar Washington staff and Board in improving its reach, scope, and impact in these changing times.

Rich Phillips

Rich100.jpgRich joined the Solar Washington Board of Directors to help promote the development of a strong solar industry in our state. He is the President and CEO of Pure Solar.

Bob Ransom

Bob-Ransom.jpgBob was in Human Resources as a Director for 20 years and as a HR Consultant for another 10 years. He is a Industrial/Vocational Psychologist and former Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He is still a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). He served on the Shoreline Solar Board for 6 years as a Board Director. He has been elected to local office 10 times covering 27 years, including 13 years as a City of Shoreline Councilman and one two year term as Mayor (2006-2008). While Mayor he signed for 117 solar Panels that were put on the City Garage.

Britton Rife

Britton-Rife.jpgBritton joined the Solar Washington Board in January 2016. She serves as the Communications Manager for the Distributed Wind Energy Association and as a Policy and Communications Consultant for eFormative Options, LLC. She is passionate about renewable energy and enjoys working on policy, engagement, and outreach efforts with diverse groups of stakeholders.

Craig Wahl

Craig100.jpgCraig has been studying and attending solar and other renewable energy events over the last few years. He works at Boeing currently and am going out on his own with Build2zero which has a focus in community solar projects and other opportunities in the solar industry. Solar is his passion and has decided that it is his final career. He is looking forward to making an impact to the industry for Washington State.

Eugene Wilkie

Eugene-Wilkie.jpgEugene Wilkie has been active in developing alternative and renewable energy markets throughout the United States, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa since the 1980's. He has been the owner and operator of various successful renewable energy-related business ventures, which has earned him a highly-respected name in the renewable energy industry. Emphasis has always been on the development, design, installation, testing and start-up of solar, hydro, geothermal and wind-driven power generation systems as a systems configuration specialist, manufacturer's representative, agent, distributor, and installer. 

Patrick Nugent, Executive Director

Patrick-Nugent.jpgPatrick has over 10 years experience in the nonprofit sector concentrating his efforts on environmental causes including renewable energy. He has a BA in History and Political Science and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

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