Executive Director/ Board President
Ramy Selim—(former owner of Sunny Day(Eco store)) is passionate about improving our environment through the use of renewable energy and recycled products. Not only has he made his home into his training ground for energy efficient living, he has dedicated the last 15 years to educating himself on energy-efficiency and the environment. He was Minnesota’s first MREA PV certified site assessor, and a trained installer by the MREA. As a member of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), Ramy has been educating himself for over 15 , and continues to do so through extended workshops on various topics of renewable and environmental living, such as building straw bale houses.
Ramy worked as producer/Director on the 2009 video/DVD, “Building a Straw Bale Home:A Practical and Spiritual guide.”
Ramy has also spent the last 20 years doing plumbing, electrical work and renovating homes for the people of his community. He has combined this knowledge and skill with his passion to not only motivate people to make their homes for efficient, but also physically help them accomplish the goal.
Kirsten Grovosky-Health Consultant
Aaron John Hoffmeister– graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Superior where he studied English Literature majorly and Anthropology minorly. He then worked as the Assistant Coordinator of the Clean Energy Technician Certificate Program at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. He was also a graduate of the program. Here he also served as a Steering Committee Member for the Northeast- Clean Energy Resource Team’s chapter. He received installation experience with Solar Flow Energy (now Abengoa) primarily working with TenK Solar Arrays. Meanwhile he has worked at Whole Foods Coop in Duluth and currently at the Seward Cooperative in Minneapolis. He is interested in the culture of sustainability as well as apparently many B-Words, including but not limited to birds, bees, books, bicycles, berries, ETC.
Grace Lansing –
Art Director of Sunny Day, a local artist who is heavily involved in the art Collective ERR
She works with Ramy on the construction projects to bring a “Artistic” edge to them
Executive Secretary/ Media director
Jacob Christopher Rohde – graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Art. His work at the university included film, digital mixed media and sound art. He is a member of the band Peregrine Perspective. Jake is an avid home brewer, gardener and environmentalist.
Jason Spafford-has been a producer/director/ writer and business entrepreneur for over twenty years. Between 2000 and 2011 he produced/directed 6 films for local artist Chris Larson. He started the first online DVD production company in 1999. Most recently Jason was responsible for bringing on investors and VP Marketing for a boxcar unit train project between IL and CA, that, at its height of service, would take over 400 trucks off the roads each week between IL and CA. He and his wife Cynthia and three children enjoy attending the MREA energy fair, camping and traveling. He has had a long standing interest in sustainability and education.
The following individuals are not officially on the board as directors.
However they are helpers in many ways, and are invited to certain events as helpers!!
Jan Lavictore-Book keeper
Taylor Brienne Hammes: Art Assistant(former art Director from 6/2014-12/2014)
Mark Morgan: Construction Consultant
Matt Ehling: Video consultant
Michael Sutz: Video consultant
Lila Spafford-Worshop assistant