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Executive Leadership

Jeff Bernicke
Chief Executive Officer

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. | x220

Tom Stoddard
Vice President and General Counsel

Tom Stoddard is NativeEnergy’s Co-founder, Vice President and General Counsel. Tom earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Boston University, where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He has provided legal advice and conducted business transactions at prominent law firms in Boston, MA and Manchester, NH and subsequently at Green Mountain Energy, where he focused on energy supply contracts, regulatory compliance, and substantiation for marketing claims. In addition to managing NativeEnergy’s legal affairs, Tom oversees the company’s origination and asset management teams, and helps the company and its business customers communicate effectively with stakeholders regarding their carbon mitigation strategies and actions. With NativeEnergy, Tom helped create the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance, an industry organization committed to promoting best practices, and he served for two terms 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 hospice 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. He is an enthusiastic fisherman during all four seasons, and enjoys crafting furniture in his barn woodshop. | x205



Jonny Bearcub Stiffarm
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. | x390


Kevin Hackett
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. | x209

Brian KillKelley
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. | x210


Kirsten McKnight
Manager, Development

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. | x214


Betsy Dall
Office Manager

Betsy manages the day to day operations of NativeEnergy. She studied at Champlain College where she earned a BS in Business Administration in 2008 and has since gained experience in operations, human resources and accounting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, yoga and gardening. Betsy lives in Grand Isle with her husband, son and pets. | x200