Updated: May 2017

Staff, consultants, fellows and interns

John Ackerly, President
President John oversees the group's policies and programs and partnerships with other stakeholders in the residential renewable energy and energy efficiency community. He has 25 years of experience in advocacy and non-profit management with the International Campaign for Tibet, Public Citizen and the Center for Constitutional Rights. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD at the Washington College of Law and practiced civil rights law with a firm in Mississippi. John serves on several boards of directors, including the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Advisory Board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center. He is a certified by the National Fireplace Institute as a pellet stove technician. He lives in Maryland and heats his home with 2 cords of very dry wood.

Melissa Bollman, Project Manager
Melissa graduated summa cum laude from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, where she received a BA in Environmental Policy/Science and Philosophy. She has previously conducted research on Costa Rica's Payments for Environmental Services Program, which provides monetary compensation to local landowners who adopt sustainable forest management practices on their properties. Melissa worked as a Program Manager for the Alliance for Green Heat from 2011 - 2013 and provided support for the Wood Stove Design Challenge. Melissa recently received her Masters Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) in 2016. Her master's thesis discussed the politics surrounding the role of woody biomass energy in the Maryland Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Melissa currently serves as a consultant for the Alliance for Green Heat and an instructor for an energy and environmental policy course at the University of Delaware.

Murali Krist, IT Technical Support
Murali Krist handles IT issues and is building out the website, producing e-newletters and troubleshooting. He has finished his Master's Degree in Information Technology from University of Northern Virginia, VA. He has extensive experience in web applications and software development.

Jennifer Lessick, Fellow
Jennifer graduated from the George Washington University in May 2018 with a Bachelorís Degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Environmental Studies and minors in Geography and Sustainability. She spent time at GWU on the board of the GWU Food Recovery Network, which aims to diminish food waste and fight hunger throughout Washington, DC. She also completed a year as a Research Fellow at the GW Sustainability Collaborative where she conducted research and authored a case study analyzing how Antananarivo, Madagascar was able to dramatically increase clean water supply throughout the city to over 670,000 low-income residents. The study will be published in an upcoming book: "Reaching Urban Sustainability: The Leading Role of Capital Cities."

Former Staff, Research Fellows and Interns

The Alliance for Green Heat's main strength is its man and woman power. We have been blessed by many talented and dedicated young people. Many thanks to all former Staff, Research Fellows and Interns - Anita Alexander, Tatiana Butler, Trevor Gionet, Tom de Haan, Amanda Hren, Maria Jensen, Elizabeth Klusinske, Keith Krosinsky, Claire Lucy, Caitlin Madera, Gabriella McConnel, Philip Mallari, Diana Peng, Hannah Platt, Nilanjana Saha, Bhavna Sakhrani, Ivana Sirovica, Lauren Sobecki, Louis Spitzer, Jordan Townsend, Ada Undieh!
Anita Alexander,
University of MD
Tatiana Butler,
Amherst College
Trevor Gionet,
Univ. of Maine
Tom de Haan,
TechnischeUn, Berlin
Amanda Hren,
University of MD
Maria Jensen,
Lund Univ, Sweden
Elizabeth Klusinske,
Univ. of Wisconsin
Keith Krosinsky,
American Univ.
Claire Lucy,
Creighton Law School
Caitlin Madera,
University of MD
Philip Mallari,
University of MD
Gabriella McConnel,
University of Arkansas
Diana Peng,
University of MD
Hannah Platt,
Marietta College
Shoshana Rybeck
Lewis and Clark College
Nilanjana Saha,
Columbia Univ.
Bhavna Sakhrani,
GW University
Ivana Sirovica
Cornell University
Lauren Sobecki,
Catholic University
Louis Spitzer,
Univ. of Wisconsin
Jordan Townsend,
Univ. of Wyoming
Ada Undieh,
Princeton University
Olivia Wondu,
Knox College
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