Management & Advisors

Management & Advisors

Robert Anderson, Advisor

In his role as senior instructor at Leading Challenges, LLC and 1 Hero Sports, LLC, Bob Anderson delivers Emotional IntelligenceTM training for Fortune 500 leaders and professional athletes. He has delivered keynote addresses and conducted leadership and team development programs for corporations, educational institutions, sports academies, and entrepreneurial firms all over the world.

Mr. Anderson has a BA from Norwich University and a Master’s in Education, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from The Graduate School of Education at Harvard.

A volunteer and leader for numerous causes, Mr. Anderson served as the first ever chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Nordic Relay for Life. Other organizations and events for which he raises money and volunteers include The Wounded Warrior Program, Home for Hospitalized Veterans, The North County Animal League, and a myriad of orphanages around the world.

Charlotte Bassage, PhD, Board Member

Charlotte Bassage has taught management courses at the college level for over 20 years. She currently teaches at Lyndon State College and consults with nonprofit organizations on board and management topics.

Dr. Bassage is also a board member and former president of Audubon Vermont and a board member and former president of the Calais school board and the Washington Central Supervisory Union board.

She has a BA from Bennington College and a PhD from Stanford University.

Andrew Boutin, Board Member, Chair

Andrew Boutin is the founder and General Manager of Pellergy, LLC, a company focusing on the manufacture and import of fully automated wood pellet boilers and bulk wood pellet storage systems.

Prior to founding Pellergy, Mr. Boutin had a 20-year career at General Dynamics, where he served as Chief Engineer, Manager, and Senior Project Lead for ground and shipboard weapon systems, managing a $980 million development and production budget.

Phillip Ennis, Board Member

Phillip Ennis is a passionate photographer, cinematographer, and producer with a specialty in architecture, interiors, and locations. His life’s work since 1982 has taken him around the globe on assignments for many of the world’s most prestigious publishers; hotel and hospitality brands; interior designers; architects; and manufacturers of home furnishings and luxury brands.

In stark contrast to that work, Mr. Ennis has traveled extensively to remote locations in Nicaragua and Kenya to produce social documentaries that assist volunteer NGOs with their public awareness and fund-raising campaigns.

Mr. Ennis’s interest in sustainable heating tracks with his background in buildings, architecture, and volunteer service.

Erica Dana, Social Media Director

Erica Dana is a writer, technophile, gardener, and passionate advocate for the green future and sustainable living. She was an early adopter of internet technologies and uses her tech-native social media literacy to spread the word about biomass, solar, and emerging technologies. She tells everyone she meets about her pellet boiler.

Ms. Dana works at Vermont Technical College and has two grown daughters. She volunteers with Resistbot and has a long history of working with animal rescue organizations and community youth programming.

Jock Gill, Advisor

Jock Gill is founder of PhotoPyroWorks, a bioenergy consultancy. Previously, he was the co-founder of Biomass Commodities Corporation and president of the Grass Energy Collaborative. Since 2005, Jock has been dedicated to the creation of a biofiber energy sector that produces biofuels and land stewardship tools to promote economic development, a healthy environment, and energy independence.

Before committing himself to the renewable energy movement, Jock was a leading consultant whose work focused on new media communications, marketing, and strategic planning. His client list included the Hewlett Packard Company, The Black Forest Group, ASCII Corp of Japan, General Motors Europe, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Highlands Forum, and The Dutko Group. In 1993, Jock took a break from consulting to join the Clinton Administration as the Director of Special Projects in the Office of Media Affairs at the White House.

Mr. Gill is married to Dr. Johanna Branson and together they have three grown daughters. They split their time between northern Vermont and Boston, Massachusetts.

Tony Klein, Advisor

Tony Klein has had a distinguished career of public service, serving in the Vermont legislature from 2002 to 2016, where he served as the chair of both the House Energy Committee on Natural Resources and the Joint Energy Committee. He has chaired the school boards at the elementary and high school in his community, as well as a long list of other important causes.

Mr. Klein brings his expertise on the history and political dynamics of green energy, combined with his interest and professional acumen from a career in marketing and public relations, and is the recipient of dozens of awards for environmental and other social causes.

Kris Loomis, Director of Operations

Kris Loomis is CEO at Northern Krown Consulting, an organization that pulls together different facets of the wood pellet heating industry with the goal of increasing renewable heating products in the Northeast. Prior to joining Sustainable Heating Outreach and Education, he was director of sales at Ehrhart Energy, a leader in the renewable heating industry in New York.

Mr. Loomis’ work in clean heating is informed by the same skillset and focus he developed as a service member of the US Armed Forces: dedication to mission.

Jeffrey Rubin, Founder/Executive Director

Prior to founding Sustainable Heating Outreach & Education, Jeff Rubin was CEO and Creative Director of APM Advertising. Apparel Promotion Management (APM) grew organically from Rubin’s family roots in New York City’s Garment District. The company began by creating ads and brochures for fashion companies and over 30 years it grew to serve clients in the financial services, real estate, and heating industries.

Through his combined backgrounds in marketing/communications, real estate/contracting, behavioral science, and heating technology, Mr. Rubin has a unique perspective on the challenge of simplifying the complex, disruptive, and climate critical issues inherent in clean heating.

Adam Sherman, Advisor

Adam Sherman is a manager of the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) housed at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. He has more than 20 years of experience in the biomass energy industry, and has directed BERC’s technology and biomass fuel supply activities for over ten years. Mr. Sherman serves as the chairman of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group and also serves on the editorial board of Biomass Magazine.