Andrew Duszak, GIS Manager
Jim Eisen, Vice President and General Counsel
Analisa Garcia, Assistant Paralegal
Al Germain, Head of Technology and Resource Assessment
Michael Haas, Founder and CEO
Nicholas Hiza, Chief Development Officer
Michael Kurnik, Project Manager
Andrew Makee, Project Manager
Pete Mallonee, Director of Construction and Operations
Ryan McGraw, President
Emily Molina, Real Estate Manager
Kornel Rozsavolgyi, Wind Resource Manager
Lisa van Velsor, Real Estate Counsel
Justin Wolf, Project Developer
Jennifer is the Accounting Manager at Orion and is responsible for managing all of the day-to-day accounting activities. Prior to joining Orion, Jennifer worked as a Corporate Controller and Accounting Manager in both the public and private sector and has over 20 years of accounting and management experience.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Management from the University of Phoenix.
Reid has worked in the renewable power industry since 1992, holding senior development and finance positions at Tomen Power Corporation and Kenetech Windpower Inc. before joining Orion Energy LLC in 1999. Prior to working in the energy industry, Reid worked at William Kent International, Bain & Company, and General Electric.
Reid received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from Yale University and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Michael is Business Development Manager for Orion where he manages the development of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects.
Michael brings a diverse background in both real estate and energy development. Prior to joining Orion he worked at STA Development, LLC managing the development, permitting, and business development of 1,500 MW of utility-scale solar projects in California as well as overseeing the sale of STA’s development assets. Michael also consulted with various clients on utility requests for proposals, portfolio development, and innovative community-based renewable energy initiatives. Before STA, Michael managed the development of mixed-use affordable housing projects in San Francisco.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Kenyon College, OH.
Andrew joined Orion in 2010 and currently serves as the GIS Manager. He applies spatial research and map design expertise in the pursuit of renewable wind and solar energy sites across the United States.
Since 2003, Andrew has developed his GIS skills through classroom instruction and field data collection. In 2004, he volunteered for the Student Conservation Association in Idaho, working on the federal project, LANDFIRE, a multi-partner project that collected spatial data to model hazardous fuel build-up areas. He began his career in the Bay Area in 2005, at the UC Berkeley Traffic Safety Center as a Research Associate, investigating problematic cross walks and pedestrian safety. Prior to joining Orion, Andrew worked for Dyett and Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners as a GIS Specialist in San Francisco, concentrating on general plans and zoning.
Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Delaware in 2004. In 2014 he attended the UC Berkeley Extension program and received a professional certificate in smart grid technology.
Jim is Orion’s General Counsel. He has been involved in the siting, permitting, development, financing and management of renewable power projects since 1986.
Before joining Orion Energy LLC in 2002, Jim was VP and General Counsel of Kenetech Corporation and its wind energy subsidiary, Kenetech Windpower Inc. Jim has also served as VP and Assistant General Counsel for Catellus Development Corporation, a real estate development company, and as VP – Policy and Regulatory Affairs for BP Wind Energy. Prior to joining Kenetech, he practiced corporate law at law firms in San Francisco and New York.
Jim was an original member of the Board of Directors of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (http://www.awwi.org/), a non-profit organization that facilitates the responsible development of wind energy while minimizing impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat.
He received Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from New York University’s School of Law.
Analisa is the Assistant Paralegal to Orion’s real estate team. She helps sustain and manage landowner databases and files related to Orion’s project development and operating portfolio. Analisa’s duties include preparing and processing landowner documents, maintaining a functional filing system, and supporting Orion’s special projects as needed.
Analisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University.
Al Germain is the Head of Technology and Resource Assessment for Orion and is responsible for managing site identification, data acquisition, wind and solar resource assessment, site layout design and operational performance auditing.
Al has more than 30 years of experience in the wind industry, working in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has held lead positions in resource assessment and site design for several major wind energy companies.
Mr. Germain received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and atmospheric science from Oregon State University.
Adriana serves as Office Manager and Executive Assistant for Orion. She supports Orion’s operations by organizing and managing office systems and providing administrative support to Orion’s leadership and staff. Adriana’s responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, creating and maintaining data systems, scheduling meetings and event planning. She also serves as the main point of contact for landowners of Orion’s operating projects.
Adriana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Information & Social Enterprises from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Michael is the Founder and CEO of Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC (Orion), Co-Founder of RDC Developments Ltd. (RDC), and the Founder of Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).
Prior to forming Orion and RDC, Michael held executive positions with KENETECH Corporation, and served as an aerodynamicist with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
ACE was formed in 2008 to educate and inspire young people to break through the challenge of climate change. ACE believes that achieving a safe and stable climate in our lifetime requires the ideas, action, and influence of young people. Since its founding, ACE educators have reached over 2,000,000 high school students in the United States.
Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and his Master’s Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.
Nicholas A Hiza
Nicholas Hiza is Chief Development Officer of Orion. He joined Orion in 2010 through the acquisition of Atlas Renewables LLC, a renewable energy firm he founded in 2009 to develop utility-scale solar projects.
Nicholas has spent the past eleven years working on the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the United States and Western Canada. From co-founding and running a small company focused on renewable energy development in the Northeast in the early 2000’s to forming and implementing regional renewable strategies and overseeing project development for two major renewable energy companies, he has broad experience in the field and has directly managed the development of thousands of megawatts of renewable energy projects throughout the United States.
Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, both from Williams College.
Michael is a Project Manager with Orion, focusing on site prospecting, land acquisition, and project development of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects across the US.
Michael joined Orion in 2015 after moving to the United States from Sydney, Australia. While working in Sydney he was responsible for wind development in New South Wales for Epuron, and his roles included early stage development, land acquisition, community consultation and government permitting. He is also qualified for meteorological tower maintenance and operating safely at heights.
Michael has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
Tim is the Vice President of Origination and Finance for Orion. Tim has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of completing renewable energy projects in North America.
Prior to Orion, Tim was at Infinity Renewables where he led the creation of over 1,000 MW of early stage solar projects. Tim also previously held leadership positions in SunEdison’s Utility, Distributed Generation, and Residential Solar divisions. As SunEdison’s Vice President of Utility Solar, Tim managed a team and portfolio of over 1,300 MW of projects originated, developed, acquired, financed, and constructed through 2015. Prior to SunEdison, Tim was part of the Fotowatio Renewable Ventures/MMA Renewable Ventures Management Team that delivered significant shareholder value through the growth and ultimate sale of FRV to SunEdison in 2011. Tim also worked for 7 years in the wind industry and held positions in Sales, Marketing, and Operations at Clipper Windpower and GE Wind Energy.
Tim holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Carleton College.
Andrew is a Project Manager with Orion, focusing on site prospecting, land acquisition, and project development of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects across the US.
Andrew has a background in banking and began his career in renewable energy with Iberdrola Renewables. While at Iberdrola he was responsible for wind energy development in the southeastern U.S., including site prospecting, leasing land for projects, and permitting. Immediately prior to joining Orion, Andrew started his own utility-scale solar consulting business in 2012, siting projects and negotiating landowner agreements for clients in the Southeast.
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Miami University in Ohio and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Carolina University.
Pete is Director of Construction and Operations for Orion and oversees all aspects of project construction, operations and maintenance of renewable energy projects in the U.S.
Pete has been involved with every aspect of the wind industry for more than 25 years. He has played a key role in constructing and operating more than 2,000 MW of installed capacity, both domestically and internationally.
Ryan is President of OEG. Prior to joining Orion, Ryan served as General Counsel to PowerWorks LLC, a developer and operator of utility-scale wind energy facilities. He previously administered contracts for the Bonneville Power Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy, and managed an air-quality regulation program for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a regulated utility company.
Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, a Juris Doctorate from the Willamette University College of Law, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.
Emily is Real Estate Manager at Orion where she manages all real property and financing activities related to Orion’s development and operating portfolio, from verification of land ownership and obtaining title curative documents through securing ALTA surveys and title policies for projects.
Emily has more than 20 years of experience working with real estate transactions. Prior to joining Orion, Emily worked for BP Wind Energy North America Inc. where she completed real estate analysis and due diligence evaluation of several large and complex wind and solar projects throughout the United States and Mexico. Before BP, Emily gained valuable litigation experience working for Catellus Development Corporation, a real estate development company.
Kornel is the Wind Resource Manager at Orion. Kornel has extensive experience in wind resource data collection and analysis. Kornel lends his expertise to design, site suitability, big-data analysis, SCADA, as well as meteorological data analysis and quality control. In the past he worked for WiSE (Wind Science and Engineering), Clipper Windpower and National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University.
Kornel graduated with two honors from the University of Szeged in Europe.
Lisa van Velsor
Lisa van Velsor is Real Estate Counsel for Orion. Before joining Orion, Lisa was an associate at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in the Real Estate and Energy & Infrastructure Practice Groups. Lisa has extensive experience in corporate real estate transactions, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing. While at Orrick, Lisa supported the energy and infrastructure practice group with respect to real estate matters, with a focus on financing solar and wind developments.
Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a law degree from New York University’s School of Law.
Justin works as a Project Manager with Orion, developing utility-scale wind and solar sites across the U.S. Before joining Orion, Justin co-founded and helped launch and scale GreenScout, a wind royalty brokerage company. In addition to managing daily operations, he oversaw marketing and GIS efforts. Prior to GreenScout, Justin worked for MAP Royalty, Inc. as a wind energy project developer and managed a portfolio of projects focused on early-mid stage development.
Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, is a licensed commercial pilot, and volunteers on urban forestry and waterway restoration projects.