- Energy Savers Network flourishes because of our team of staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners. The support that we have received from our community has been inspirational, and our team continues to grow. We are so thankful to the many people who have helped to make Energy Savers Network a reality.
Brad Rouse, Executive Director
Brad co-founded Energy Savers Network after years of experience in energy efficiency and energy planning. As Senior VP of Energy Management Associates in the 80s and 90s, he led the development and application of tools that help utility companies create long-term, least-cost plans that included energy efficiency options. He has worked with over 100 utilities on these issues, including Duke Energy, Virginia Power, Georgia Power, Florida Power & Light, and others. After a period of building a successful financial planning practice, Brad became extremely concerned that the United States was not doing enough to meet the climate change challenge, and in 2012, he sold his financial practice to focus 100% of his time to working on climate change solutions. Brad became active in low-income energy efficiency through the Green Team at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, NC. The group helped increase the energy efficiency of over 100 low-income households, winning the 2015 Interfaith Power & Light Cool Congregations Award. His work with the Green Team helped shape Energy Savers Network which he co-founded as an extension and expansion on his work in Hayesville. In addition to working with Energy Savers Network, Brad is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, serves as a Congressional Liaison for Asheville Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and is on the Leadership Council of NC Interfaith Power & Light. He also works actively with Asheville’s new Energy Innovation Task Force, co-chairing two subgroups of this collaboration between City of Asheville, Buncombe County, and Duke Energy. Brad and his wife Karen have been married for 40 years and have two sons. He is an avid fan of Bruce Springsteen and a lover of the beach.
Alice Wyndham, Development Director
Before co-founding Energy Savers Network, Alice came from a career in public health where she worked as a nurse-midwife. For many years she worked in women’s health at a rural health clinic in Bamberg, SC, and at the nation’s oldest migrant health center, Blue Ridge Community Health Services, in Hendersonville, NC. Alice has dedicated her life to working with people of low-income, and her passion for public health extends to the health of our environment. Her own sense of urgency about climate change and understand of how it affects our most vulnerable communities brought her to working in the environmental field. After meeting Brad in 2015, Alice worked to lay the groundwork for what ultimately became Energy Savers Network. Her commitment to constantly growing the network of volunteers and her dedication to environmental justice have been instrumental to the success of Energy Savers Network. As co-founder and Development Director, Alice has never met a challenge that she could not face, and her work ethic helps to support the many people who look to her as a leader and mentor. Working with people of low income to improve their homes, lower their energy bills, and improve the health and safety of their homes have joined together her passions for helping the environment and helping people. Alice enjoys yearly visits to the Netherlands with her husband Wilant. When at home, she spends time working in her garden and is also an active member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Yulia Shaffer is the newest staff member at Green Built Alliance and a first official employee of Energy Savers Network. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, Yulia completed three years of Architecture School prior to moving to the United States in 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas in 2015 and is currently finishing up her master’s degree in sustainability science from Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Her first exposure to the nonprofit world began in 2016 when she started volunteering with Energy Savers Network, then a small grassroots project. This inspired her to dedicate her graduate project (capstone) to the development of an Effective Volunteer Management Handbook for them. Yulia is now deeply immersed in learning about the world of nonprofits. Her wish is to help our region become more resilient by continuously improving the work and operations of Energy Savers Network. She knows that environmental issues are interconnected with socioeconomic justice and this is exactly what ESN is about – bridging the gap between the two.
When not at work, Yulia can be found lifting weights at CrossFit, jogging or biking around town; painting with oils; cooking from scratch; exploring nature; adventuring with friends; or reading a book on her porch surrounded by Rocky, her Russian Spaniel, and Persik, her black cat.
Before throwing herself full time into climate advocacy Beatrice was a visual artist and a stay at home mom. After educating herself about the climate crisis and about poverty in Buncombe County she became highly motivated to make changes in our community. When she met Brad in early 2017 she was excited to work with Energy Savers Network. She has a passion for waste reduction and enjoys teaching these skills to others. She has been working hard to keep our volunteers up to date and reach out to new clients. She is also bringing the “Cool Communities” campaign to Asheville. This will make many more educational tools available to volunteers and clients. In her spare time, she is transforming her yard into an edible garden.
Catherine Rosfjord volunteers as Energy Saver’s Network treasurer and assists with writing grants and obtaining funding. Catherine works for the NC Department of Health and Human Services where she manages an EPA grant for Radon and UV Radiation programs. Catherine also has two children but in her free time, she is committed to helping ESN fight climate change which she views as the most critical issue facing the planet. She is particularly drawn to ESN because of the interface with local housing issues, poverty and global climate change. She appreciates the immediate and tangible ways ESN helps people in our community while also doing the important, but more obscure, work of reducing global carbon levels.
Pauline Heyne – Director of Philanthropy for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy