Our Team

With the help of our Volunteers, Sponsors, Board of Advisers, and Community Partners, we are working hard to take Claremont and Pomona to Net Zero Carbon.

Devon Hartman
President and CEO
Locally Grown Power
and CHERP Inc.

Tobias Hecht

Director of Research and Strategic Planning

Tobias Hecht received his BA and Master of International Affairs from Columbia and his PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge....

Jose Rios

Database Manager and Program Coordinator

Jose Rios received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from the University of Laverne. During his...

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Megan Anderson

Executive Assistant

Megan Anderson has a background in mathematics and theology. In 2019, she received her...

Jason Flejter

Director of Manufacturing

Jason Flejter received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a Six Sigma Greenbelt from...

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Ronald Crisp

Sr. Design Engineer

Ronald is a hands-on Mechanical Engineer with a background in Physics, Project Management, and Solar Panel Manufacturing. Committed to Excellence, Ronald will help CHERP bring efficient and affordable Solar Power to the people who need it the most.

CHERP Professional Services

Abhi Sambari

Digital Media and Communications

Melissa Garcia

Social Media Coordinator

Peter Coye

Western States Development Director

Peter Coye worked for the progressive candidate for president, Eugene McCarthy, in four states in 1968...

Whitney Hanlon

Graphic and Web Desiginer

Whitney Hanlon is the graphic and web designer for CHERP LGP with a lifelong passion for art, business and technology...

IdealPV Team

Kent Kernahan

Inventor & CEO idealPV

Inventor, entrepreneur, visionary Kent Kernahan is the founder of CLGP’s partner, IdealPV.

Peter Curzon

Software Design Engineer idealPV

Peter Curzon is a software/firmware engineer and mathmatician with thirty years R&D experience...

Mike Caldwell

IP Council IdealPV

Mike Caldwell has held senior business management roles in major Silicon Valley technology firms across thirty years...

Marc Stewart

Electronic Design Engineer IdealPV

Marc Stewart is a specialist in electrical engineering with extensive experience as a technical staff member and as an independent consultant...

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Harvey Mudd College

Manufacturing Clinic Team

2018-2019 Academic Year

Kash Gokli

Professor of Manufacturing Practice and Director, Engineering Clinic
Harvey Mudd College


Jacquelyn Aguilera

Mathematical Economics and Engineering Design, Manufacturing, and Management Student
Harvey Mudd College


Priscilla Chu

Environmental Engineering Student,
Harvey Mudd College


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Christopher McElroy

Design Engineer Student,
Harvey Mudd College


Giulia Castleberg

General Engineering Student,
Harvey Mudd College


Nate Smith

Harvey Mudd College


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Harvey Mudd College
Technical Advisory Clinic Team
2017-2018 Academic Year

L-R Back Row: Devon Hartman, Dallon Asnes, Jonathan Kupfer, William Lamb, Kent Kernahan

L-R Front Row: Florence Walsh, Quentin Barth, Prof Qimin Yang PhD 


Richard G. Olson, PhD

        Professor of History of Science Emeritus, HMC

Qimin Yang, PhD

        Professor of Engineering, Fiber optic, Optical        communications, Optical packet switching networks, HMC

Richard Haskell, PhD

        Biomedical Optics, Biophysics, Laser Physics, Quantum Optics Emeritus, HMC

Peter Seata, PhD

        Ulta-fast physics, semiconductors, photovoltaics, energy and environment, HMC



Dallon Asnes

        Physics Student, Pomona College

Jonathan Kupfer

        Physics Student, HMC

Florence Walsh

        Engineering Student, HMC

Quentin Barth

        Astro-Physics Student, HMC

William Lamb

        Physics Student, HMC

Board of Advisors
CHERP LGP Advisory Board Executive Committee

Don Gould      

       President, Gould Asset Management           


Ernie Iseminger         

       Vice President of Development,

       Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute


Kent Kernahan

       President, idealPV          


Randall Lewis

       Executive Vice President, Lewis Group  


Joe Lyons        

       Former Mayor, City of Claremont          


Paul Steffen

       Owner, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's

       International Realty          


Debbie Freund

       Past President, Professor,

       Claremont Graduate University       


George Blackstone    

       President/CEO, Every Watt Matters      


Peter Coye      

       President/CEO, California Energy and       

       Power pcoye@cal-epower.com


Cecily Jackson-Zapata

       CHERP General Council, Project Director,

       Social Innovatus       



Frank Wen     

       Manager - Research, Analysis and

       Information Services Division, So Cal 

       Association of Governments (SCAG)



Howard Choy  

       Former Director of Sustainability,

       LA County. Current, Energy               


Jefferson Welch         

       CEO Consultant   



Ron Vera        

       Partner, Law Offices of Vera & Barbosa</