Chris Rose is the founder and Executive Director of REAP. In 1983, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa, with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Global Studies.
After working as a fundraiser for various non-profit public interest groups around the United States he received his law degree in 1990 from the University of Oregon, with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. For over 10 years his private practice in Alaska included representation of Native Alaskans from Northwest Arctic villages and the mediation of a variety of disputes around the state. He has been very active in local community affairs and has served on various statewide boards, including the Renewable Energy Grant Fund Advisory Committee. From 2004 to 2008 he wrote a monthly opinion column for the Anchorage Daily News. He enjoys traveling and spending time outside.
Katie Marquette is the Communications Director for REAP. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and received one of the school’s top honors as Student Commencement Speaker. During her time at UAA, Katie interned at the Institute of Social and Economic Research where she studied employment protections in Alaska’s private sector.
Since graduating she has worked on numerous local and statewide political campaigns, giving her a keen understanding of economic and natural resource policies in Alaska. Additionally Katie was the Alaska Communications Manager at Strategies 360, where she helped clients promote numerous issues including energy efficiency, natural resource development, education, and commercial fishing.
In her free time Katie enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, and playing softball.
Courtney Munson is REAP’s Development Director. She graduated with honors from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2011 with certificates in Environmental & Natural Resources Law and Public Interest Law. During law school, she co-directed the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, a 2,000+ person event drawing speakers and attendees from across the globe. She also focused her research on Alaska energy and public lands issues. She is excited to be back in Alaska and to be contributing to REAP’s important work cultivating robust and long-lasting support for renewable energy in Alaska.
Courtney and her husband and son spend as much time as they can in Talkeetna at the off-the-grid cabin they built themselves. She also enjoys hiking, road and mountain biking, reading, and gardening.
As the Energy Efficiency Director for REAP, Shaina Kilcoyne leads education and outreach efforts around energy efficiency programs and initiatives in the state. Shaina works with energy service providers, state and federal organizations, businesses, schools, and other organizations to promote and expand energy efficiency and conservation efforts. Her goal is to cultivate Alaska as a leader in the energy sector with smart, business-based policies and programs.
Previous to her work at REAP, Shaina spent two years organizing a coalition of renewable energy businesses and organizations in order to advance renewable energy policy at the state level in Wisconsin. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During high school and college, Shaina spent six years with the Army National Guard, where she learned to respect the significance of a secure and sustainable energy economy.
Her favorite activities include camping, hiking, biking, traveling, and reading.
As Energy Education Manager, Katie Shafer oversees the AKEnergySmart energy efficiency curriculum, and organizes all other educational outreach efforts for REAP. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2003 with a bachelor’s in education, and is currently working on a master’s degree in outdoor and environmental education from Alaska Pacific University.
Over the past ten years Katie’s experience as an educator includes teaching elementary and middle school classes in public and private settings in the United States and abroad. She is passionate about science education, and has spent many of her years in the classroom teaching middle school science. Katie also worked for the National Park Service in Alaska for two years doing curriculum design and running education programs for K-12 students. She is excited about working with REAP to help educators around the state of Alaska successfully implement energy education lessons and activities in their classrooms.
In her free time Katie enjoys playing ice hockey and spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and sea kayaking.
As Office Manager for REAP, Lydia Darby oversees office administration and bookkeeping, coordinates volunteers, and assists with fundraising for the organization.
Previous to her work at REAP, Lydia spent three years working at Turkey Red in Palmer. Additionally, she has over 20 years experience working in Alaska’s non-profit sector, including ten years at the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and 17 years at Earth. Lydia has called Alaska home for over 40 years.
In her free time, Lydia enjoys riding her bicycle, gardening, and spending time with her grandkids.
Who we are
Renewable Energy Alaska Project is a coalition of energy stakeholders working to facilitate the development of renewable energy in Alaska through collaboration, education, training, and advocacy.