Staff and Board of Directors
Co-Director of PAREI
In 2004, Sandra paired up with long time friend Peter Adams to create the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) and has served as Co-Director since its inception.
Sandra holds a BS in Elementary Education from Plymouth State College and a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire. Sandra has extensive experience in program startup and coordination and campaign management. Sandra ran both local and statewide electoral and public education campaigns. Sandra was later Director of a statewide career guidance program contracted by NH’s Dept of Health and Human Services. In the span of four years, she grew the program from one part–time office (where she first served as a counselor since 1993) at Second Start in Concord, NH, to a statewide program with 15 offices from Colebrook to Salem, NH -- serving over 600 clients.
Sandra has been involved in a number of environmental projects in NH ranging from setting up local conservation easements, to organizing river clean ups to leading community meetings about the Northern Forest Lands Project. She has served as a spokesperson for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program in its infancy, authored a fifty-page booklet on “Campaign Tips for Conservation Activists” for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and was a featured interviewee on a national Audubon Society television broadcast. In 2002, Sandra was awarded the Lakes Region Planning Commission’s “Social Capital Award” for her work on the Ashland Conservation Commission and the Ashland Historical Society.
From 1987-2002, Sandra was the co-owner of Riverside Cycles bicycle shop with her husband, Tim. In 1989, along with friends, she founded the White Mountain Wheelwomen cycling club, who still ride together today. Sandra & Tim's home was the site of PAREI's 14th solar energy raiser.
Founder/Co-Executive Director/Member of the Board of Directors
After graduating from Plymouth State College (PSC) with a BS in Business/Marketing, Adams’s first job in 1982 was as a stringer for United Press International (UPI), working as a journalistic and artistic photographer. Adams moved to public relations and event promotions in 1984, taking a job with the Waterville Company as Director of Promotions and Public Relations. While working for the Waterville Company, Adams also ran the Waterville Valley Festival, a summer music series, from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, Adams took over management of the video department of the Waterville Company and in 1994 purchased the department from the Waterville Company to establish EVP Marketing & Media. In the past 10 years EVP has become a thriving digital marketing company, operating in the US and Canada with clients such as National Car Rental, Delta Air Lines and American Express.
Calling himself an “Energy Advocate” Peter Adams has looked at energy use and conservation from a different viewpoint for years. “I believe that everyone wants to know where they fit in the new energy paradigm, what we need to do is give everyone the tools to figure it out for themselves”. With the formation of PAREI,
Adams now has the tools to teach everyone how to live in a world with less energy. He lives in Campton with his wife Robbin and son Benjamin. Their house was the site of the first energy solar energy raiser.
Energy Solutions Manager
Craig Cadieux joined PAREI in May of 2009 as their Energy Solutions Manager to provide members with practical solutions to reduce their energy consumption and incorporate renewable energy into their homes and businesses.
With more than 20 years experience as a facilities and property manager / consultant, Craig has implemented many energy savings measures to help his clients reduce their energy consumption ranging from lighting retrofits to building envelope improvements. His clients have included dozen of condominiums and cooperatives, commercial and historic property, and public housing developments.
Craig has had a personal interest in renewable energy since the early 1980’s. At his own home he installed his own solar hot water heating system, heats his home with a wood pellet boiler, constructed a four-season greenhouse, and converted an old pick-up to run on 100% electric power. He has been an active member of PAREI for a number of years and has been a lead installer during many of PAREI’s energy raisers.
Craig has a strong building science and technology background, direct hands on experience with many building trades, and management experience directing large construction projects. He holds BS in Management from Plymouth State University, is a Certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners as both a Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Installer, and is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Performance Analyst, and Building Envelope Professional. Craig's home was the site of PAREI's 11th solar energy raiser.
Tim Gotwols of TG Design, Solar Installations and Specialty Carpentry, joined PAREI as an Energy Auditor in January of 2010. Tim received Energy Audit training through the BPI Building Analyst Training Program in December of 2009 participating in over 15 energy audits while undergoing training. Tim has been an integral part of PAREI since its inception attending the majority of PAREI's Energy Raisers as a volunteer working on the roof securing and sealing the solar collectors. Whenever a photo of an Energy Raiser is closely inspected, you will commonly see Tim working tirelessly in the background. Tim is also a subcontractor on PAREI's professional crew installing Apricus Solar Thermal Collectors and solar photovoltaic systems.
Previously Tim owned a bicycle shop in Ashland and Meredith, NH. In 1991, Tim and his wife Sandra, moved their bicycle shop named Bayside Bikes from Meredith, NH to Ashland renaming it Riverside Cycles. Tim began the area's first mountain bike team, racing in and organizing some of the area's first mountain bike races. Tim was an active member of the Ashland community helping to preserve the Ashland Railroad Station and run the popular Christmas Night in Ashland event. Tim sold his bike shop in 2002 and now resides in Holderness, NH where he continues his community service as a conservation easement property monitor for the Squam Lakes Conservation Society. Tim and Sandra's home was the site of PAREI's 14th solar energy raiser.
Lucy became involved with PAREI by volunteering for energy raisers and is now a member of the weatherization team performing energy audits. She is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst and by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Auditor.
She has a masters degree in civil engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in New Hampshire. In 1994 she became partial owner and manager of a business that manufactured electronic equipment for the cell phone industry. Although she was involved in the management and direction of the company, her primary responsibility was in design and development of new products, and she holds several patents. After selling the business in 2001, she continued engineering work there until 2003.
Lucy enjoys applying her engineering background toward improving energy efficiency of homes. She currently works part-time for BTD Mechanical Contracting designing and installing hydronic heating systems. She is a licensed fishing guide in New Hampshire and runs a guiding business with her husband. She also teaches high school math part-time.
Board of Directors
Joan has lived in the Plymouth community for the past 30-years, was one of the original PAREI members, and has been actively involved in natural resource and land conversation efforts her entire professional career. She is currently the Stewardship Coordinator for the Squam Lakes Conservation Society. Joan is excited to live, work and play with the realization there is a symbiotic relationship between energy and responsible land use.
PAREI Board of Directors
Doug is founder and sole-proprietor of Brown Dog Woodworking. After attending a Button Up workshop in early 2010, he was convinced that PAREI is something worth supporting. As a result, Doug and his wife, Cindy, completed an energy retrofit on their home in Wentworth. He also took part in several energy raisers that summer, and in the fall started developing a full line of thermal window inserts. To demonstrate and help PAREI members build their own thermal windows, he has hosted work sessions at his shop.
In his past life, Doug served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician. After six years of service and an honorable discharge, he went into residential construction as a carpenter. Over a period of twenty-five years, Doug worked in all phases of construction: from site work to finish carpentry. In 2006, Doug finished building his shop, went on his own, and started Brown Dog Woodworking. He specializes in building custom cabinetry and furniture, doing furniture repair, and building custom thermal windows.
Doug has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Franklin Pierce College, but working with his hands won out over life in the corporate world.
PAREI, President of the Board
Irene is a professional neutral facilitator and certified Mediator. Her professional work is focused on consensus building processes, strategic planning initiatives, project and process development, and difficult conversations. She comes to the Board specializing in facilitating processes relating to environmental, energy, land use, natural resources, planning, and policy issues.
In 2006, Irene and her husband completed a home based solar hot water energy raiser and then volunteered for 3 years before she came onto the PAREI Board. She and her husband are in the midst of designing a Energy Star home which they hope to begin building in the spring of 2010.
D Acres Farm
Certified Mediator - State of NH
Certified Natural Scientist - State of NH Institute for the Study of Conflict Resolution US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Dana Mediation Services, Inc. - International Registry of Associate Consultants New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association New England Association for Conflict Resolution
PAREI Board member
Steve participates actively in strategic planning and organizational assessment activities for the organization. Steve is also an active participant in the energy raisers (his home was solar energy raiser #25) energy exchanges, and organizes education and outreach events for PAREI that help engage school children, university students, and area homeowners. He is very generous with his time to PAREI as well as the Plymouth Energy Committee, the Plymouth State University EcoHouse, and other grassroots initiatives aimed at increasing the sustainability and resilience of the region. Steve has also completed an energy raiser at his own home, energy audits and conservation measures, and is currently building a greenhouse to help lead season extension efforts that will increase the food security of the region.
American Planning Association
NH planners association
Plymouth Energy Committee
Icehouse at Plymouth State University
Social Science Department at PSU
Center for the Environment at PSU
D Acres Farm
Certified Perm culture Instructor
PAREI Board of Directors
Carl retired after holding several executive positions in the computer and
financial services industry. His interest in alternative energy dates back
to the1970's when he installed a solar hot water system in his Calilfornia
home. He now has both solar hot water and electric system at his New
Hampshire home. He and his wife, Milan, live in Sandwich where he is an active
member of the town planning board, energy committee, budget and capital
Carl is also a founding member of STAMREI (Sandwich Tamworth Renewable
Energy Initiative), which has been responsible for over 20
Coordinator Local Food Plymouth
After growing up in Pennsylvania and then spending time in beautiful places like Wyoming, Melissa settled in the Plymouth area.
She holds a Degree in English from Seton Hill and is working on an Environmental Science and Policy Master's at PSU. Melissa has a strong interest in good food and believes it is important to support local farmers and the local economy - smaller is better when it comes to food! Melissa currently coordinates the Local Food project and considers herself a "Plant Geek" which may be the source of her interest in food.
Melissa spends her spare time enjoying hot solar showers, hiking, biking and generally being outdoors - especially with her camera. You can see her photographic work at the Artistic Roots gallery.
In closing Melissa says, "support your local farmers!"
Melissa & Paul were PAREI's 4th solar energy raiser and in addition to an Apricus 20 on their roof they now have a 2KW solar PV system.