OUR TEAM

Experienced Professionals Dedicated to Promoting Renewable Hydrogen and the Transition to Clean Energy.

Executive Director

Ken Dragoon

Ken was the founding inspiration for RHA, and provides management services through his consulting firm- Flink Energy Consulting. He has thirty-five years of experience in the electric power industry, focusing on the interactions between variable renewable resources and the electric grid. He began his career in hydro power planning and modeling, and transitioned to managing other renewable resources in 2003. In his long career, Ken has previously worked for: Ecofys, NW Power and Conservation Council, Renewable Northwest, PacifiCorp, Bonneville Power Administration, Schlumberger Well Services. He authored Valuing Wind Generation on Integrated Power Systems (2010) and holds an MS in physics from University of New Hampshire.

Board of Directors

President

Don Ruff, PE

Don managed a 30-year structural engineering career with BPA whose distraction from designing transmission lines included joining me as co-directors of BPA’s after-school hands-on science program and summer science day camp— a program that at its height served some 150 classrooms in mostly lower-income schools around the Northwest and still exists on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Don also started two child care centers and two bilingual summer day camps (one Spanish/English, one Japanese/English).

Don presently advises EPRI and IEEE on engineering matters as Ruff Consulting and continues to serve the global community as President of Oregon Partners of the Americas— when he is not or trotting off to some third world country to help with a solar or hydropower construction project for Green Empowerment.

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Secretary/Treasurer

Jason Busch

Jason Busch is Executive Director of the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), an organization that supports the responsible development of marine energy on the West Coast. Mr. Busch is also a co-chair of the Marine Energy Council, the national trade group for the marine hydrokinetic energy sector.

Mr. Busch is actively involved in both business and community organizations. He is on the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Territorial Sea Plan Rulemaking Project Committee, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center Advisory Council, and the Department of State Lands Rulemaking Advisory Committee. He has multiple publications, including most recently a chapter in Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law, published by Oxford University Press.

Prior to joining Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Mr. Busch was Principal at Sustainable Legal Solutions LLC, where he provided legal services specializing in renewable energy company start-ups and project development. Previously, he was an attorney for Ater Wynne and Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Busch holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2006 from the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating with honors and admitted to the Order of the Coif.

Vice President

Dr. John Lynch

John D. Lynch received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1979. From 1979 to 1995 he worked in the high-tech industry in California and Oregon as a computer engineer, including positions at Floating Point Systems, Intel, AMD, Pyramid Technology, and Adaptive Solutions. From 1995 to 1998 he managed ASIC Design Engineering for InFocus Corporation. From 1998 to 2002 he was Director of IC Design Engineering at Pixelworks, Inc. In 2002 he joined the School of Science and Engineering (formerly the Oregon Graduate Institute) of Oregon Health & Science University as an Instructor, where he developed and taught courses in a variety of computer engineering subjects. In 2007 he was appointed Director of OHSU’s Computer Engineering and Design Education Program. In 2009, after completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at OHSU, he joined the engineering faculty at Washington State University Vancouver. Since 2012 he has served as Coordinator of the electrical engineering program at WSU Vancouver.

Board Member

Shanna Brownstein

Shanna Brownstein works for NW Natural, a local distribution company headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  There she works on the Public Affairs team, focusing on local and state climate change policy and planning. Prior to joining NW Natural in 2011, she managed policy and government affairs at The Climate Trust.  She is a certified whitewater rafting guide and enjoys hiking and skiing, eating good food, and hanging with her family. She received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Advisory Committee

Policy and Outreach Chair

Michelle Detwiler

Michelle is Principal and Founder of Barlow Strategies, LLC and is based in Portland, Oregon. Barlow Strategies is a multi-dimensional consultancy offering public policy analysis, proactive regulatory and legislative issue monitoring and management, government relations, strategic project management and regulatory compliance services. Representative clients include energy utilities, law firms and state agencies.

Prior to forming her own consulting firm in 2015, Michelle was Director of Code and Regulatory Management for JELD-WEN, Inc. Prior to joining JELD-WEN, Michelle was an energy industry specialist with the Ater Wynne law firm from 1998 to 2007 working primarily with the firm’s Alaska utility clients.

Michelle received her BA degree in Policy Studies from Syracuse University and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.

Technical Committee Chair

Gerry Snow, PE

Mr. Snow has 40 years of experience in power generation, combined heat & power, gasification technologies, fuel cells, and hydrogen energy systems.  He has led and contributed to significant projects across the U.S., U.K., Mexico, Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, and South Korea.  Mr. Snow currently provides engineering consulting services through his firm – Pacific Energy Research Associates, P.C. (PERA). Prior to establishing PERA, Mr. Snow served as a Principal Process Engineer and Subject Matter Expert with Fuel Tech, Inc. in Warrenville (Chicago) Illinois.  Previously, he worked for ReliOn, Inc. (now PlugPower) to develop extended run fuel cells, hydrogen reforming, and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.  He has published and presented over 30 journal articles and papers in U.S. and international periodicals and conferences.  Mr. Snow holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Advisory Committee Member

David White

David White is principal of RESEARCH STRATEGY CONTENT, a market, and technology research, strategic partnering and brand consultancy focused in CleanTech, Clean Energy, and Carbon Reduction. David is deeply immersed in the technologies and markets of zero-carbon hydrogen. He is engaged with offshore and domestic partners in the development of multiple hydrogen production opportunities to supply both domestic and foreign markets. He has authored articles to educate the public and policy-makers on the topic and researched supplying zero-carbon H2 to California produced from wind and hydro sources in the Northwest. In 2018, he assembled and led a consortium of entrepreneurs and engineers in a bid for California Energy Commission’s $3.9 million grant for hydrogen production facilities serving California’s growing H2 transportation infrastructure. David’s subject matter expertise in zero-carbon hydrogen rests on top of prior experience in natural gas distributed power generation and a career-long proficiency in Strategy, Business Development, Marketing and Marketing Communications in the arts, retail, real estate and technology sectors.

 

Advisory Committee Member

Kris Nelson

Kris Nelson has over thirty years of renewable energy, alternative fuels, business consulting and management, finance, policy, journalism, academic, and legal assistance experience.  He recently launched Ultralysis, LLC, to commercialize a highly efficient electrolyzer for utility-scale hydrogen production. As principal of Phoenix Finance since 2012, he consults in business finance and development, primarily for social ventures. He taught as an adjunct faculty in Marylhurst University’s MBA in Sustainable Business. As program and operations manager for The Climate Trust, he co-managed the international solicitation and selection of 11 carbon dioxide offset projects worth about $6 million. He consulted as principal of Alternative Fuels Consulting for three years. In 2016, he earned a paralegal certificate from the National Association of Legal Assistants. He earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, where he grew up, and a BA in journalism from The Evergreen State College in Olympia.