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.
Piper Foster Wilder is the Deputy Director of REAP. She forwards REAP’s mission by supporting and cultivating the membership, raising funds, and advancing policy.
Wilder served previously as Vice President of the electronic hardware manufacturing firm, Amatis Controls based in Aspen, Colorado. She was the Board Chair of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, working frequently with Rural Electric Associations and Investor Owned Utilities. From 2009-2011, Wilder lived in Berlin funded by the German Chancellor Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, studying best practices in renewable energy siting across Europe. New to Anchorage, she and her husband enjoy adventures outside and sampling the city’s many Vietnamese Pho restaurants.
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. Follow her Southeast Alaska efforts here.
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. Kilcoyne is a veteran; during high school and college she spent six years with the Army National Guard. This took her to Iraq where she was a heavy equipment operator within an engineering unit. Through experience serving in our military, Kilcoyne learned to respect the significance of a secure and sustainable energy economy. Shaina and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and gardening.
Katie Croft is Energy Education Director. She 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.
Lydia spent three years serving as the personnel and office manager for 25 employees at the popular restaurant Turkey Red. Additionally, she has over 20 years experience in the environmental organizations, including ten years at the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and 17 years at Alaska-based non profit Earth. Lydia co-conceived and oversaw Earth’s free, community bikes program; and coordinated 80 volunteers who implemented the agency’s Food and Fish program, which provided 1.5 million pounds of food per year to Alaskans. A resident of Alaska for more than 40 years, 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.