Bob Freeman (President) and Janice Freeman
While attending the meetings of the Edmonds Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee, Bob and Janice came to the conclusion that there was a need for a volunteer citizens’ group to help with communicating the need for climate action and sustainability to the public. As a result, they took the lead in founding Sustainable Edmonds in January 2008 and in organizing a series of public meetings in 2008-2010.
Both Bob and Janice are retired managers of federal government scientific and technical information centers. Bob’s experience was with NOAA and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Janice’s was with the Canadian Department of the Environment and as a contractor in support of NASA.
Following their retirement in 1996 they moved to the Seattle area and settled in Edmonds. Prior to founding Sustainable Edmonds they were among the founders of a citizens’ group that helped to prevent King County from building a major sewage plant in Edmonds and both served as board members of the Friends of the Edmonds Library. Bob also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, while Janice served on the Edmonds Planning Board.
Bob was born in Rochester, New York. He received degrees in chemistry from the University of Rochester and in industrial management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Janice was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and received her degree in geography from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Mark Mays (Vice President)
Mark grew up in Seattle and has lived, worked and played in the Edmonds area the last couple of decades, moving to a downtown Edmonds condo in 2005. His background in renewable energy and green home technologies, coupled with the desire to promote sustainable living in the local community, led to Mark’s participation in the founding of Sustainable Edmonds.
Mark has a broad range of both technical and business skills including applications engineering, product planning and marketing, technical sales, small business owner and green home consulting in the areas of power distribution, renewable energy, factory automation and process industries, green home development and real estate.
He is currently employed at a local cleantech company called Outback Power as an Applications Engineer, supporting Outback’s power inverters that convert DC power to AC power for solar arrays and distributed power applications around the world.
Mark received a technical degree in Electronics from Washington Technical Institute, and is currently working on a Green MBA. Additional sustainability studies include solar design and a LEED Green Associate credential from the U.S. Green Builders Council.
Todd Cloutier (Operations Director)
Todd is a former US Navy submarine officer, retired from the service in 2009 after 24 years. He lives near Yost Park with his two boys, and works as a contract consultant focusing on the management of large operations centers. Todd joined the Sustainable Edmonds Board in 2008, with the goal of keeping Edmonds a viable and vibrant community for all ages, far into the distant future. His primary interests are in reducing energy consumption and imports, and creating a more local economy.
Todd is an appointed member of the Edmonds Planning Board and the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee. He also serves in various volunteer roles at Westgate Elementary and Edmonds Woodway High School, where his boys attend school.
Richard Bisbee (Finance Director)
Richard has been involved in accounting for over 25 years and worked as a Financial Controller for 20 years. Richard has always been concerned about the environment and sustainability even before the words became mainstream. As Treasurer for Sustainable Edmonds he has had the opportunity to participate in the City of Edmonds Climate Protection Committee, the Climate Action Plan, Earth Day Event Planning and the Reusable Bag Campaign to educate city businesses and residents of the new ordinance banning plastic bags at checkout.
However, Richard has many interests that include tapestry weaving, gardening, and especially writing. Richard writes a bi-monthly Forum article for the Enterprise newspaper on current topics of sustainability. And Flash! He has a novel coming out later this year about a planet undergoing its own environmental crisis.
Wes Gallaugher (Board Member)
Chris Herman (Board Member)
Chris has been consulting on and designing/drawing plans for complete, green, solar homes for 23 years in the Pacific Northwest. He is certified by the National Council of Building Designers, as a professional building designer, and the American Lung Association, WA Chapter, as a Healthy House Consultant/Designer.
He is a founding, active member of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, with 7 chapters in WA, OR, and Idaho. And a founding board member and past president of Solar Washington, the state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, of which he is also a life member. He designs and sells solar electric and solar hot water systems for dealer/installers throughout the state, teaches classes, writes articles and speaks on solar/green building at every opportunity.
Chris is the creator of Snohomish PUD’s Solar Express incentive program and is also a 20 year FEMA reservist, involved husband and father, and an avid whitewater river runner.
Lance Regan (Board Member)