Founder and Executive Director : Chris Rose
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.
Deputy Director : Piper Foster Wilder
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.
Energy Efficiency Director : Shaina Kilcoyne
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.
Energy Education Director : Colleen Fisk
Colleen Fisk is REAP’s Energy Education Director. She implements the AK EnergySmart and Wind for Schools curriculum. In Colleen’s first three weeks on the job, she has already visited 1200 students! Ms. Fisk grew up on a small farm in Wasilla where her parents, both science teachers, instilled a lifelong love of science. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 2010 with a degree in Animal Science. She moved back to Alaska and earned her Master of Education in Secondary Education from University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2012.
Ms. Fisk worked as an educator in the Mat-Su School district for several years, mostly at the secondary level, including a year of coaching cross country skiing. She then spent two years as a state microbiologist before accepting the job at REAP. She loves all things nerd, especially science. In her spare time, she also lets her Australian Shepherd Annie run her through agility courses, her horse Jazzy carry her through back country trails, and joins her friends and family to go on other outdoor adventures. Ms. Fisk is excited about working with REAP to help educators around the State of Alaska inspire students about energy with lessons and activities in the classroom.
Energy Conservation Fellow : Henry Hundt
Henry Hundt is an Energy Conservation Fellow supporting REAP staff on a variety of projects while also completing a Sustainable Energy Occupation Endorsement from UAF Bristol Bay.
Previous to REAP, Henry spent a year working with local non-profits in Anchorage studying mental health challenges that face young Alaskans and developing programming around the new information. With a B.A. in the Humanities from Cornell College, he enjoys explaining ideas or exploring problems, regardless of what form they take. This led Mr. Hunt to work in marketing and education, where he gained experience developing curriculum and creating collateral for a wide variety of products. With just about two years of Alaska life under his belt, Mr. Hunt can be found in the kitchen, baking bread, or falling over on his skis somewhere near the Chugach Mountains.
Office Manager : Lydia Darby
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.