Board of Directors
BTEC's 13 member Board of Directors is elected annually following the Membership Meeting. Directors span the country, representing 13 states, multiple regions, and all aspects of the biomass thermal supply chain.
Dan is a Vice President at Wilson Engineering Services, PC (WES). WES is a full service engineering firm operating in the energy and environmental sectors. Dan has overseen WES’s role in over fifty (50) biomass thermal and combined heat and power projects. WES’s role in these projects has included concept development, design, permitting, and construction management. Dan is a professional engineer and has a BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins.
Managing Consultant & VEIC Biomass Energy Team Lead
As part of her role at VEIC, Christine serves as the Team Lead for the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), which was acquired by VEIC in 2012. Previously, Christine was President of C.T. Donovan Associates, Inc. (CTD), a renewable energy consulting firm founded in 1986 that specialized in biomass applications for thermal energy, electricity generation, and liquid biofuels. CTD gained a national reputation for: (1) its expertise in conducting comprehensive biomass feedstock supply assessments for wood-fired power plants and cellulosic ethanol facilities throughout the eastern U.S.; (2) advancing sustainable biomass energy policies and regulations through the leadership and management of complex, multi-state stakeholder engagement processes; and (3) seminal work identifying opportunities for utilizing various sources of clean wood waste for fuel. Christine served as Technical Consultant to the Biomass Energy Resource Center for the two-year Northern Forest Biomass Energy Initiative led by BERC, the Northern Forest Center, and the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she designed, organized, and led the two-day Biomass Energy District Heating Roundtable convened by BERC, and served as Technical Consultant on many other BERC projects.
Oregon Department of Forestry
Marcus Kauffman serves as the Biomass Resource Specialist for the Oregon Department of Forestry. This position aims to create and enhance viable and sustainable value streams from the by-products of forest management and forest products manufacturing.
Marcus provides technical assistance, project development resources, and biomass supply information to public and private interests across the state. A firm believer in coordinated collective action, he represents ODF on the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group and supports numerous local and regional collaborative efforts to increase biomass use. He has a keen interest in helping the public understand what biomass is and its role in sustaining working forests and the forest products industry. He chairs the state’s Biomass Outreach and Education Team which develops and disseminates sound information on biomass in Oregon.
Marcus has extensive experience developing public-private partnerships to improve natural resource and sustainable economic development opportunities. He has led collaboratives to address renewable energy, energy efficiency, biomass utilization, ecosystem restoration, sustainable forestry, and community fire protection planning. His approach to economic development seeks integrated solutions for the local economy and the natural environment. Prior to joining the Oregon Department of Forestry, Marcus owned an independent consultancy, East Fork Consulting that focused on developing collaborative solutions to advance the bio-energy economy.
Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC
BTEC Secretary & Policy Committee Chairman
Charlie Niebling is Principal and Partner of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC. Mr. Niebling has worked in the private and non-profit sector. Most recently, he was the General Manager of New England Wood Pellet, a company with wood pellet manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire and New York. He previously worked for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and was the Executive Director for a trade association. Mr. Niebling is a thermal wood energy expert and has worked on related policy endeavors at the state and federal level. He was a founder and Board President of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council.
Mr. Niebling holds forestry degrees from the University of Vermont (BS) and the Pennsylvania State University (MS). Mr. Niebling is a licensed professional forester.
Alliance for Green Heat
John Ackerly is the President of the Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit that promotes cleaner and more efficient residential biomass heating, with a strong focus on low and middle-income families. Previously, Mr. Ackerly was the President of the International Campaign for Tibet and worked with many human rights and environmental groups in Washington, DC.
He attended Dartmouth College and American University Law School. He is an avid rock climber, skier, outdoorsman and wood stove aficionado. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife Nina Smith and son Sammy.
Tony "T.J." Morice
T.J. Morice has over 20 years business experience since graduation at UW-Madison. Since 1998 he has been devoted to the development and advocacy of biomass fuel markets in the Midwest in addition to related enterprises including biomass heating division, trucking company and wood flour facility. In addition to his VP position of Marth Companies, in the past he was an vital part of the PFI board, regional forestry activities, participating in Wisconsin activities including the Governors Woody Biomass Taskforce, Bioenergy Advisory Council and Wisconsin Woody Biomass Harvest Guidelines. He also volunteers as Secretary of the WCLQ Radio board (WI Christian radio station), Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass, active member of Highland Community Church, an active member of NSP (National Ski Patrol) and a variety of other activities. He has a wonderful wife Trudy who supports this variety of activities and involvement, as well as Dad to two great kids that he’s been blessed with.
Chris works in Corporate Relations for Central Boiler, Inc., the largest US manufacturer of outdoor hydronic heaters.
He received his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law and his B.A. in Business Administration and Political Science from Concordia College.
Forest Energy Corporation
Rob Davis is the President and Owner of Forest Energy Corporation of Show Low, Arizona— a wood pellet manufacturer founded in 1991. Forest Energy’s subsidiaries include Forest Energy Colorado, New Mexico Fuels, and Forest Energy Systems distributes a European biomass boiler in the US and provides a biomass boiler system supplier.
Mr. Davis is also a founding partner of Future Forest, LLC, which is the primary contractor for the White Mountain Stewardship Project within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. This contract is for a 150,000-acre, ten-year forest restoration and fire mitigation project.
Mr. Davis is on the Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council in AZ and CO. He is the past President and current Director of the Pellet Fuels Institute.
Bear Mountain Forest Products
Bob Sourek is the owner and founder of Bear Mountain Forest Products Inc., a wood pellet fuel producer established in 1988.
Mr. Sourek is a graduate forester from the University of Montana. He is on the Board of Directors of the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) , a member and on the Board of Directors of the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), and a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). As a field forester Mr. Sourek explored the potential of the forest ecosystem to reliably provide biomass resources and in the process of building Bear Mt., he gained experience in collecting and utilizing Biomass in all forms available. Mr. Sourek has traveled throughout Europe investigating the technology available to not only harvest/collect biomass but also process and utilize the resulting fuels. Through his association with BTEC and PFI, and on behalf of these organizations Mr. Sourek has traveled to the Oregon and Washington State capitols and Washington DC to educate and advocate for the efficient use of biomass energy. These experiences have given him an appreciation for the complex interactions between business, public policy and societal good.
Jay Van Roekel
As Vermeer Biomass Business Unit Manager, Jay researches potential business opportunities and develops customer relationships in markets utilizing biomass to create energy around the world. He oversees Vermeer product lines utilized for harvesting and processing biomass, educates the global dealer network how Vermeer products can be used to supply biomass and is responsible for Biomass business planning.
In his 26 year career with Vermeer, Jay has also served as Forage Segment Territory Manager (14 years) and Forage Segment Product Manager (9 years) defining and developing the Vermeer Forage product line, creating and maintaining business alliances with both domestic and international companies.
AFS Energy Systems
Paul joined AFS Energy Systems in October 2010 to help AFS develop a national business development sales strategy. His focus on establishment of ‘strategic partnership’ networks between AFS Representatives, Industry Design Professionals, Energy Consultants, Financial and Educational Institutions has helped produce increased sales growth. Paul works directly with building owners and those looking to expand their ‘renewable energy’ portfolios with goals of reducing GHG emissions and energy costs with a sustainable, renewable biomass thermal energy system delivered on a ‘turn-key’ basis.
Paul’s clients gain from his experience in the design/build delivery of complex construction projects over the past 20 years. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter. He presently serves on the Alternative Fuels Renewable Energy Council‘s Advisory Board to PA Governor Tom Corbett’s Energy office.
He also holds a Green Advantage Environmental Certification for Commercial buildings.
Dylan Kruse is the Policy Director at Sustainable Northwest and is responsible for both state and federal legislative activity and agency engagement. He is also the organizational lead on a variety of bioenergy projects and efforts across the northwest, and manages the Western Juniper Utilization Group. Dylan is co-chair of the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group and holds a seat on the steering committee of the National Rural Assembly. Before joining Sustainable Northwest, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and received a B.A. in International Affairs. His work at Sustainable Northwest has linked his diverse interests of resource management, conservation, renewable energy production and economic development.
Andrew Haden is Founder and President of Wisewood, Inc., a leading biomass energy project development firm in Portland, Oregon. Wisewood is focused on heating, combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy applications for institutional, commercial, government and industrial clients across the Western US. Andrew has lead the development and implementation of multiple biomass energy projects through complete cycles of feasibility assessment, engineering, construction, commissioning and ongoing operations support. His biomass projects in Oregon have been foundational to the creation of an economic development strategy that promotes the geographic clustering of bioenergy system installations - a strategy which generates economies of scale and increased savings for communities that decide to transition their heating systems to renewable biomass energy
Viessmann Manufacturing Company (U.S.), Inc.
Bede joined the HVAC industry in 1983 specializing in ventilation, energy recovery, building science and indoor air quality. He has extensive experience in codes and standards development, and is a recipient of the ARI (now AHRI) Schulze award for service to the industry. He has held a variety of positions, from Product Manager to Territory Manager to Vice President of Marketing. Bede has a passion for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has conducted original research and has been a trainer in a variety of disciplines. From 1983 to 2005, he helped pioneer the energy recovery ventilation industry, spending 19 years with Airxchange and three years with Honeywell. In 2005, he joined Vital Technologies, Inc., leading product development and R+D activities in both dehumidification and pellet boilers. As the Viessmann Biomass representative for Northern New England, Bede sold and supported a number of commercial pellet and chip boilers. After serving as project manager for Northline Industries for two important Schmid biomass projects in Northern Maine, Bede has returned to Viessmann in his new capacity, responsible for biomass and commercial solar thermal development in the U.S.