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Management Team

James White

President & Chief Operating Officer, ReEnergy

James White is responsible for the operation of all of the company’s energy assets and leads the company’s asset management programs. Before joining ReEnergy in June 2011, Jim was General Manager at NextEra Energy, Inc. (formerly Florida Power & Light), a leading clean energy company with approximately 43,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity and approximately 15,000 employees. Prior to that, he was with American Ref-Fuel Company, where he held various engineering and management positions, including plant manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.

Michael Buckley

Vice President of Asset Management

Michael Buckley is responsible for the management of market and customer interactions for ReEnergy’s energy assets. Before joining ReEnergy in 2009, Mike worked with Covanta Energy for two years, where he was a business manager for a regional operation that included wasteto-energy facilities, landfills and transfer stations. He also worked for EAC Operations, Inc. for seven years, where he was marketing manager for the company’s Northeast U.S. operations. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Siena College and a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Erik Norgren

Director – Technical Services

Erik Norgren leads the company’s health and safety programs and is responsible for engineering services and NERC regulatory management. Before joining ReEnergy in 2011, Erik worked for Boralex as manager of its technical department for five years, focused on optimizing the electrical/mechanical engineering and maintenance programs of Boralex’s biomass power facilities. Erik previously held positions at Calpine, Exxon, Westinghouse, R&B Falcon Drilling and Arctic Ice. Erik has a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering technology from Maine Maritime Academy.

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Meagan Schunemann

Environmental Manager

Meagan Schunemann is responsible for site environmental compliance through monitoring, research, documentation, application for permits and licenses, and environmental reporting. Prior to ReEnergy, Meagan worked for Triumvirate Environmental and Lafarge Building Materials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Nathan Hebel

Director of Energy Marketing

Nathan Hebel is responsible for optimizing the ReEnergy generation portfolio with respect to power trading, risk management, and renewable energy certificates. Previously, Nathan held similar responsibilities for the Boralex portfolio in Montreal, Quebec. Prior to Boralex, Nathan was the lead financial trader for natural gas futures and options at MidAmerican Energy in Des Moines, Iowa. Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in economics from Cornell University.

Facility-Level Team

Mark Thibodeau

Regional Manager

Mark Thibodeau has more than 20 years of experience in operations, maintenance, and management in the Power Generation Industry. He is currently the Regional Manager for ReEnergy’s Biomass Operations in Maine and Facility Manager of the ReEnergy Stratton biomass power plant in Maine. Mark has been the facility manager of five biomass power generation plants in the state of Maine. Before joining ReEnergy in 2012, Mark held the position of Director of Biomass Operations for Covanta Energy, where he was responsible for the operation of seven biomass facilities in Maine and California. Prior to that, he was a Field Engineer in General Electric’s Energy Services Division, performing major overhauls on steam turbine generators. Mark holds a 1st Class Stationary Engineers license in Maine and has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Systems Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy.

Bruce Proven

Facility Manager

Bruce Proven has overseen operations at the ReEnergy Livermore Falls facility in Maine since January 2019. Prior to that, he served as Facility Manager at two other ReEnergy biomass power plants that have since closed – ReEnergy Lyonsdale in New York and ReEnergy Fort Fairfield in Maine. Before he was promoted to Facility Manager, he worked as a Shift Supervisor at the Livermore Falls facility and Operations Manager at the Lyonsdale facility. His career in the biomass power industry began in 2008. Before that, he had a 20-year career with Husky Energy in the company’s ethanol division, and in his last three years at Husky he worked on the startup and commissioning of new ethanol plants. Bruce holds a State of Maine 1st Class Stationary Engineers License.

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Peter Lister

Facility Manager

Peter Lister oversees the operation of the ReEnergy Black River facility in New York and has served in this role since December 2015. Pete was the Operations Manager for the two years prior to that and the Maintenance Manager since January 2007. He joined the ReEnergy team in December of 2011 when ReEnergy acquired the facility. Pete was part of the groundbreaking for the Fort Drum plant back in 1987 under J.A. Jones and transferred to the J.A. Jones O&M division in 1988, where he worked as a mechanic for 17 years.

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Bill Kimball

Procurement Manager

Bill Kimball manages the procurement of fuel for ReEnergy’s biomass power plants in Maine. He joined ReEnergy as Wood Fuel Program Coordinator in 2012. Prior to joining ReEnergy, he worked as an equipment salesperson for Hammond Tractor and Oliver Stores and as a financial advisor and insurance salesperson for Prudential Insurance Co.

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Sean Sullivan

Special Project Coordinator

Sean Sullivan is responsible for procuring fuel for the ReEnergy Black River facility. Previous to this position, he started in 2014 as a Fuel Yard Supervisor at the facility. Before joining ReEnergy, he worked at his family business Sully’s Sales and Service LLC, Tioga Construction Company and Richard Johnston Legacy Forestry. Sean has an associate’s degree in forest technology from the Ranger School at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Corporate Services

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Sarah Boggess

Vice President of External Affairs

Sarah Boggess manages stakeholder engagement efforts, coordinating relationships with the community, media, and elected officials. Before joining ReEnergy in 2013, Sarah worked as a consultant with Behan Communications, as a vice president at Hudson Valley Community College, as a press officer for the New York State Senate, and as a newspaper reporter for the Albany Times Union. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University).

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Tina Green

Director of Corporate Human Resources

Tina Green oversees human resource management at ReEnergy. Tina has more than ten years of experience in the human resources field, and has held positions as human resource generalist manager, talent acquisitions manager and talent development manager. Before joining ReEnergy, Tina spent more than 20 years working for Enterprise Holdings in a variety of management positions. Tina has an associate’s degree from Sullivan County Community College in hotel/restaurant technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics from State University of New York at Albany.

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Keith Behrens

Vice President & Corporate Controller

Keith Behrens is responsible for the oversight of all accounting, treasury and financial reporting activities. Before joining ReEnergy in 2009, Keith held similar positions with General Electric’s Power Systems Group and EAC Operations, Inc. In addition, he spent nearly 14 years in a variety of finance positions with KeyCorp and six years with Ernst & Young, LLP. Keith has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University.

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Jennifer Sargent

Assistant Controller

Jennifer Sargent is responsible for the accounts payable and financial reporting functions at ReEnergy. Before joining ReEnergy in 2013, she served as an accountant at Plug Power, as Assistant Controller at Eastern Mountain Sports, Accounting Manager at Storage Computer Corp. and Senior Accountant at BDMP. Jennifer earns a bachelor’s degree in business management/accounting from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Karen Buresh

Assistant Controller

Karen Buresh is responsible for the revenue and accounts receivable functions at ReEnergy. She joined ReEnergy in 2011 as Manager of Financial Reporting. Prior to ReEnergy, she served as Financial & Cost Analyst and Controller at Starfire Systems, Inc., Senior Accountant at EAC Operations, Inc., and Financial Analyst at Saint-Gobain Abrasives. Karen has an associate’s degree in accounting from Herkimer County Community College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (now SUNY Polytechnic Institute).

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Kimberly Ellis

IT Manager

Kimberly Ellis is responsible for overseeing the company’s information technology department and the managed services help desk. Before being promoted to IT Manager, Kim served ReEnergy as IT Site Coordinator and IT Specialist. Prior to joining ReEnergy, Kim was the IT Site Manager for Boralex for its U.S. biomass locations. Kim started her IT career at Oxford Networks as a network technician and advanced to position of network administrator assistant. She has a bachelor’s degree in information technology from South University in Savannah, GA and has more than 20 years of experience in information technology.

Board of Directors

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Larry Richardson

Chief Executive Officer, ReEnergy Holdings

Larry Richardson is a founder of ReEnergy Holdings. He formerly was President and Chief Operating Officer of EAC Operations, Inc., a company that owned and operated waste-to-energy facilities and related businesses for the collection, processing and transportation of solid waste and recyclable materials. Before working at EAC, he held management, project development and technical positions at companies including ABB/Combustion Engineering, Halliburton/Brown & Root and HDR Engineering. Larry is a licensed professional engineer. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Thomas Beck

Chief Commercial Officer, ReEnergy Holdings

Thomas Beck is a founder of ReEnergy Holdings. He was a consultant to the solid waste and renewable energy industries for three years before the formation of ReEnergy Holdings. Before that, Tom was a Vice President of American Ref-Fuel Company and President of TransRiver Marketing Company. American Ref-Fuel was an owner and operator of waste-to-energy facilities and associated waste operations with annual revenues in excess of $500 million. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.

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William Ralston

Chief Risk Officer, ReEnergy Holdings

William Ralston is a founder of ReEnergy Holdings. He was formerly General Counsel for EAC Operations, Inc. At EAC, he was involved in numerous acquisitions, project development initiatives, project restructurings and financings. Prior to joining EAC, he was in private practice with law firms in Albany, NY, with focus on the development and financing of independent power projects. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from McGill University, a juris doctor degree from Albany Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Gregory Leahey

President & Chief Operating Officer, ReSource Waste Services

Gregory Leahey is a founder of ReEnergy Holdings and is responsible for overseeing the company’s operation of non-energy assets. He formerly served as Vice President of Recycling and Waste Services at EAC Operations, Inc. In that role, Greg had profit and loss responsibility for all of EAC’s waste procurement, waste collection, waste transfer, landfill and recycling activities. Greg also was responsible for the acquisition of a number of waste collection and transportation companies and negotiation of strategic waste and disposal contracts. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.

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