Chief Executive Officer
Tom Boucher, our chief executive officer, is an energy industry veteran, holding executive positions in regulated and competitive businesses. His experience spans utility strategic and financial planning, power marketing, new product development, energy supply, and renewable energy projects. In 2000, Tom initiated and co-founded NativeEnergy with the hope of building a renewable energy and carbon offset marketing company that would expand the creation of innovative services, worldwide marketing, and strategic relationships to support renewable energy and other carbon reduction projects.
With his wife Jeanne, Tom built their own energy-efficient Vermont country home over 30 years ago, and he still harvests wood for much of their heating requirements. As a boy, Tom learned wood and metal working from his dad and grandfather, and while earning his engineering degree, designed and built a small wind turbine for his backyard. Now, years later, he proudly views new small and large-scale wind turbines, biogas, and solar projects that are the result of his team's efforts.
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Jeff oversees all day-to-day business operations and administrative areas of the company. In addition, he is responsible for NativeEnergy’s project origination and development, asset management, and supply partnerships.
Jeff has over 18 years of experience in business development, strategy, and finance in renewable energy, cleantech, and manufacturing industries. Prior to NativeEnergy, Jeff held senior positions with GE-AES Greenhouse Gas Services, DTE Energy Resources, and the Environmental Capital Network (precursor to Cleantech Venture Network). Jeff holds an M.B.A. with distinction and an M.S. in resource ecology from the University of Michigan and B.S. degrees in business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife Veronica, three sons, and various cats and dogs in Shelburne.
Vice President and General Counsel
Tom has provided legal advice and conducted business transactions at prominent law firms in Boston, Mass., and Manchester, N.H., and subsequently at Green Mountain Energy, where he focused on energy supply contracts, regulatory compliance, and substantiation for marketing claims. With NativeEnergy, Tom helped create the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance and served for two years as co-chair of the organization. Tom co-founded NativeEnergy with the firm belief that business can be good for the environment and that we can all do well by doing good.
Tom lives with his wife Stephanie, a visiting nurse, their son Ryan, and their dogs and cats on a farm bordering the Green Mountain National Forest, where he and his family raise chickens and grow much of their own food. Tom is an enthusiastic catch-and release fisherman (during all four seasons) and enjoys crafting furniture in his barn woodshop.
Vice President Business Development
Previously, Tom was the president of THR Associates, a public affairs consulting firm that specialized in the intersection of renewable energy and climate policy, and before that he was chief environmental officer of Green Mountain Energy Company, where he was responsible for environmental policy, corporate sustainability practices, and external relations. In 2002, he was named "Green Power Pioneer" by the EPA and Center for Resource Solutions
Tom spent almost 20 years as a journalist. Under his editorial direction, Harrowsmith was finalist for a National Magazine Award. He was later the founding editor of Natural Health magazine. He is the author of Small Places: In Search of a Vanishing America, published by Little, Brown & Co. He lives on a tree farm in Vermont with one wife and three dogs.
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Director, Business Development
Jonny BearCub Stiffarm, an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Nation, is the business development manager for NativeEnergy. She brings a wealth of experience in negotiation, small business development, contracts, and leadership. She served in Mayor Wellington Webb's administration as the deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Contract Compliance for both the city and Denver International Airport and as his Native American Indian liaison to the local, regional, and national Indian Nation entities. She received her undergraduate from Brigham Young University and a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota School of Law.
While finishing his B.A. in visual communications in Tempe, Arizona, and working as a freelance designer, Joel began work on branding NativeEnergy in 2002. He has created a unique look for the company's marketing programs through print and interactive media outlets. Joel also serves as photographer, videographer, and IT specialist for the company.
Director, Project Origination
Sean Breen previously worked in business and technology development at Microgy, Inc., where he helped develop new anaerobic digester projects. Prior to that, Sean spent more than 20 years in the electric and gas utility industry working in energy supply, resource planning, and demand side management. Born and raised in Vermont, Sean and his wife, an elementary school educator, grow award-winning blueberries on their farm.
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Director, Sales and Marketing
Kevin came to NativeEnergy with a sales and marketing background from the ski industry, where he designed and ran event marketing campaigns and provided support to sales staff and clients. Today, Kevin handles relationships with some of our longest-standing clients and oversees the interaction between our sales and project development teams. Kevin was born and raised as a proud fifth generation Vermonter and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in business management. When he is not working, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog Kota and skiing in the woods of the Green Mountains.
Director, Project Origination
Brian KillKelley has 20 years of experience in the energy business, including utility power plant operations and engineering, Clean Air Act compliance planning, and alternate fuels development at New York State Electric & Gas; residential energy auditing at Conservation Services Group; and experience as director of renewable development at Green Mountain Energy Company. Brian co-founded a wind development firm based in Vermont and has provided consulting services to businesses in the renewable energy industry. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds a M.S. in solar energy engineering.
Kirsten taught environmental science, biology, physics, and chemistry before joining NativeEnergy. In this role, she incorporated environmental projects into her curriculum, which included leading her students through the process of installing a solar hot water heater on the main campus building. Kirsten studied biology at the University of Montana and conducted ecological research in Montana before moving back to New England. Kirsten lives in downtown Burlington with her significant other and her dog, Foster, a Lab/Golden mix.
Director, Client Strategy
Mary has 15 years of experience in the Fortune 500 and consulting industries. She has an extensive background in managing executive relationships and leading the strategic planning, program development, and execution of initiatives that position companies as sustainable and competitive leaders. As director of client strategy, she manages client and collaborative relationships and works with clients to improve their competitive positioning and propel their growth.
Joe is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he studied economics and focused on ideas surrounding pollution control during his senior year. Before assuming his current role, Joe interned at NativeEnergy for several semesters. During that time, he gained experience in many different components of NativeEnergy’s operations, including tracking emissions and calculating carbon footprints. In his current role is as a sales representative, he works primarily with small businesses, helping them track, calculate, and offset their carbon footprints. In his free time, Joe enjoys shooting photos and developing them in the darkroom, riding his bike, and skiing in the winter.