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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sharon Lee, Chair

Marketing Director, CantSink Manufacturing

Sharon Lee serves as the Marketing Director for Cantsink Manufacturing, a firm located in the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity.  Lee has held this position since February 2010, where her primary role is coordinating the marketing efforts for the company, but also serves in a business development capacity.  Cantsink has been in business since 1988 as an installer and then manufacturer of helical piles, used for foundation support.  Her first initiative with Cantsink was determining the viability of the solar market as an additional vertical. This was immediately following the complete transition to solar on both Cantsink facilities.  After thorough analysis, it was determined to be a definite fit, and in the past few years, the company has become focused on the solar energy market, creating a division to provide foundations, racking and installation for ground-mounted solar arrays.


Prior to her tenure with Cantsink, Lee has held a variety of sales and sales management positions in the fields of media, printing and marketing development.


Lee has been a member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association since 2011, and a board member since 2012, serving as Marketing Chair, Programs Chair, Vice Chair and as of 2015, Chair of the organization. She is also a member of Women in Solar Energy (WISE) and a Charter Member of the Professional Women in Construction chapter of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders’ Association. Further, Lee donates her time as Chair of the Women’s Ministry at her church, and in a variety of capacities within the PTO of a local elementary school.

Russell Seifert, Vice Chair

CEO & Founder, Creative Solar, USA

Russell has over 6 years of experience in photovoltaic design and installation.  He received his Associate’s degree in electrical engineering from Broome Community College.  He has taken several photovoltaics classes and has worked hands-on for most of the installations his company has performed to-date.  Mr. Seifert is particularly gifted with regards to system design and overcoming potential installation obstacles.  Indeed, he has used these gifts to help clients become PV-system owners that had been turned away by other entities.  Furthermore, he has consulted with UGA, Cherokee County, EPA region 4, the state of Oregon’s “Mountain, Plains & Coast Broadband and Renewable Energy Program” and other government and private commercial entities.  Mr. Seifert’s expertise is in all phases of a solar installation including site analysis, energy auditing, design, engineering, procurement and project management.

Julie Hairston, Secretary

President, GigaWord Communications

    Julie Hairston is the president of GigaWord Communications. Formed in 2013, GigaWord Communications provides a broad range of services essential to successful business branding and marketing. GigaWord specializes in sustainable products, companies and initiatives, offering award-winning expertise at reasonable rates to power your message. Before forming GigaWord, she served as a senior account executive with A. Brown-Olmstead Associates.

    During her career, Julie has been honored with more than a dozen state, regional and national awards for reporting and writing. A graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, she serves on the marketing committee of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the marketing committee of the Atlanta Press Club.

   Since 2011, she has served as the Communications Director for the Georgia Solar Energy Association and as Secretary on its Board of Directors. She is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Stephen Elkind, Treasurer

Managing Partner, Beltline Energy

Mr. Elkind is a Managing Partner at Beltline Energy, a regional leader in renewable energy development. Beltline Energy is focused on marrying technical design, strong local relationships, and superior economic value to deliver stable renewable energy assets that achieve both fiscal rewards and positive community impact.

Prior to joining Beltline Energy, Mr. Elkind was the Senior Director of Development for OCI Solar Power, an industry-leading solar power developer that owns and operates renewable energy facilities ranging from 2MW to 100MW across North America. Mr. Elkind joined OCI in 2012 to head up their 700MW portfolio of projects in MA, NJ, TX, CA and AZ. He led project advancement of the first two 40MW facilities and first 105MW facility of OCI’s Texas-based 400MW initiative, bringing 805 jobs and over $700 million in economic development to the San Antonio area. He is an active member in the Georgia Solar Energy Association and serves on the GSEA policy committee.

Prior to OCI, Mr. Elkind managed the portfolio of solar projects in Massachusetts for Elm Solar, leading teams to identify rooftop and greenfield sites as well as assess acquisition projects for the 400MW Solar Carve-Out Program. He actively participated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for state legislation as an industry contributor for the net metering initiatives and was part of the initial SREC facility rollout in Massachusetts.

Mr. Elkind’s role in solar finance comes from his participation in the investment banking team at Bear Stearns where he was involved in over $500M of M&A transactions and $780M of IPO






Allen Bradley, Public Policy Co-Chair

Attorney, Trusted Counsel

Allen focuses on corporate and technology law; corporate finance and private securities; corporate and partnership tax; executive and other non-qualified compensation; corporate and individual real estate (1031 exchanges) and wills, trusts and estate law. He is involved with renewable energy and sustainability initiatives and has assisted clients with obtaining federal and state grants and other subsidies with regard to renewable energy projects and also represents clients in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Allen is listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite for the practice areas of Taxes, Estates & Trusts and Corporate Law and is AV® Peer Review Rated in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Prior to joining Trusted Counsel, Mr. Bradley was a Partner at Stites & Harbison, as well as Foltz Martin, LLC, and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.  Before that he was vice president and general counsel for Shepherd Systems, Inc., practicing in the areas of general corporate and tax law, executive and other non-qualified compensation intellectual property licensing and portfolio management.

Allen lives in Atlanta with his wife Lila Bradley and enjoys canoeing and sea kayaking.

Mary Britton

Assistant Director of Service, Hannah Solar

In 2006 Mary-Hayden Britton graduated from Elon University in Burlington, NC with a degree in Corporate Communications. She has blazed the corporate trail in marketing at Post Properties and hunting C-level executives at the prestigious Hedrick & Struggles. Following those stints in 2013 Mary made the leap into the Renewable Energy Industry managing operations for SolarMax USA, Inc., the American branch of a Swiss based inverter manufacturer. In early February this year, Hannah Solar tapped her for solar, generator, and EV service sales and operations. She is very excited about the opportunity of serving on the GSEA board.

Thomas Dodson

AMEC E & C Services

William P. Ewing

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

William P. Ewing is a partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group and a member of the Corporate Department.

Mr. Ewing represents clients in the energy industry in a wide variety of transactions, including in partnership investments, financings, leasing transactions, acquisitions and sales of energy related assets. He has represented investors in a range of tax credit transactions, including renewable energy, refined coal, synthetic fuel, coke, new markets and affordable housing tax credit transactions.

Mr. Ewing has significant experience with corporate, partnership, international, tax credit and leasing tax issues. His corporate practice includes mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of business enterprises, spin-offs, complex partnership investments, and structuring for a number of U.S. inbound and outbound transactions. Mr. Ewing also assists businesses in the tax audit and controversy area.

Mr. Ewing received his B.S. in business administration/accounting from Washington and Lee University in 1986. He earned his J.D. in 1989 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation in 1992 from the University of Florida College of Law.

Mr. Ewing is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Law Section), the International Fiscal Association and the Atlanta Tax Forum. He is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

Ted Fluri

VP, Fifth Third Bank

Ted Fluri is a 27 year Commercial Banker in the Atlanta Metro area.  He is presently a Vice President and Relationship Manager at Fifth Third Bank going on 3 years.  Prior to that he was Business Banking Director with Wachovia where he spent 15 years.  Ted is the renewable energy liaison for the Bank’s Georgia initiative and responsible for growing this vertical in the Georgia market.  Fifth Third is a significant lender in this space with 10’s of millions committed; particularly in North Carolina.  Ted is active in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is a Chairman’s Club Member.  He has been involved over the years with organizations such as the United Way, Childkind, American heart Association, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and others.  A Native of New York, Ted resides in Bishop, Georgia close to Athens and has for children.

Mark Gould

Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

An At-Large Member of the Board of Directors, Mark Gould is a partner at the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and is Co- Chair of the firm's Renewable and Alternative Energy Team. He is also a member of the firm's International and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups. His practice includes the representation of clients developing renewable and alternative energy facilities, multi-family housing complexes, mixed-use and urban redevelopment projects, and other transactions involving public/ private partnerships or financed with tax credits, tax exempt bonds, government grants and incentives and other types of conventional or subsidized financing. He also represents wind turbine manufacturers and the suppliers of other equipment and components used in the production of solar and wind energy.

Mark is Co-Chair of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association's International Section and is also the Editor of the Committee's newsletter, the ENR Global Report. He is also active in the American Wind Energy Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Mark received an A.B. in Economics from Brown University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

James Marlow

CEO & Founder, Radiance Solar

Marlow has over 25 years high tech sales and marketing experience with Lotus Development, IBM, and Yahoo!. He is the founder of Internet startup, Anything and was a candidate for United States Congress in the 10th District of Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.


He is on the board of directors for the Georgia Solar Energy Industry Association, the TAG Smart Energy Society Advisory Board and the Georgia Chamber of Energy and Environment Committee, The Metro Atlanta Chamber Cleantech Leadership Council.  He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Savannah Riverkeeper and the Million Mile Greenway.


Don Moreland

Solar Crowd Source

With 15 years of legal experience in residential and commercial real estate, Don began working in the solar industry with Creative Solar USA in 2011 developing utility scale and distributed generation solar PV projects. Don has developed several MWs of solar for TVA and Georgia Power solar programs as well as commercial and residential applications providing turn-key development services including site selection; financial modeling; program and incentive compliance; permitting; and contract drafting and negotiation. Don is founder of Solar CrowdSource, a community-based initiative reducing the soft costs of solar through Solarize, Community Solar, and Crowdfunding campaign programs which are designed to rapidly accelerate the growth of solar in Georgia.  Don is a proud board member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association, and member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Kate Neely


Dana Redden

CEO, Solar Concierge

Dana Clare Redden is CEO of Solar Concierge, an Atlanta, GA based consulting firm specializing in the evaluation, financing, design, specification, procurement, installation, operations, and maintenance of multiple solar energy applications including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar lighting, and building integrated solar technologies.
Strategically positioned to represent the client in the solar procurement process, Solar Concierge fulfills a unique void for cities, municipalities, commercial entities, parks, k-12 schools, colleges and universities that desire an unbiased, professional evaluation of solar energy potential within their specific energy, education, and business goals. An educated and impartial decision making process is critical in the adoption of any technology, and with a combined 30+ years experience in solar procurement, Solar Concierge has lent its’ expertise to a multitude of sectors including healthcare, higher education, parks and recreational centers, primary and secondary schools,
multi-family, transit, and retail applications.

Prior to founding Solar Concierge in Georgia in 2012, Ms. Redden implemented various distributed generation solar projects in San Diego County, Riverside County, and Orange County, California.

Karen Stevenson

Principal, KYS Communications, LLC

Karen Stevenson is the owner and principal of KYS Communications, LLC, a strategic communications and public relations firm, specializing in transportation and clean energy issues. KYS has worked with nonprofits, government and private sector clients. KYS specializes in public education campaigns for nonprofits with limited budgets. Stevenson has lived in just about every region of the United States. A Chicago native, she formerly worked as a television producer for KPIX-TV in San Francisco and holds a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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