RREAL's team boasts a diverse array of perspectives, backgrounds, and skills. What do we have in common?
A passion for making solar accessible to communities of all income levels.
MEET THE TEAM
Erica Bjelland manages RREAL's Solar for Humanity initiative. She joined the RREAL team as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2016 and in 2019 was named as a 30 under 30: The Green Generation. Erica has bachelor's degrees in Global Studies and Environmental Policy from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. In her free time, she loves to run and play music.
Rachel Juritsch served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for RREAL in 2018. Now, she works on RREAL's marketing and communications, fundraising, event coordinating, and serves as the solar energy technical lead. Rachel has a bachelors degree in Sustainable Energy Management from SUNY: College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Rachel has a love for fishing, crocheting, and exploring the outdoors.
Vicki O’Day's early career spanned twenty years in the financial services industry where she helped people invest for their futures then later focused on development of new products and services. She’s an active advocate for advancing the clean energy economy and transforming money consciousness. At RREAL, Vicki manages the CS4CA program and works with community development leaders in creating strategies and social impact finance mechanisms to build resilient futures that mitigate energy poverty and combat climate change.
Martha Risedorf is a Minnesota GreenCorps member serving with RREAL during the September 2019-August 2020 term. Martha graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 and is an advocate for transitioning towards renewable energy sources and in contributing towards efforts in reducing climate change impacts. At RREAL her responsibilities include participating in outreach events as well as installing and designing solar cell projects for Habitat for Humanity and low income communities. In her free time, Martha enjoys rock collecting and creating music.
Nicole Saccoman is RREAL’s Chief Financial Officer, also supporting Real Solar’s efforts. Nicole began her accounting career at RREAL after accepting an internship in 2012 from CLC. From there, Nicole took the lead in the accounting department while attending Bemidji State University to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, she moved on from RREAL to pursue an opportunity at a local CPA firm and eventually moved to WA state to become the Controller of UniEnergy Technologies, a manufacturer and installer of Redox Flow energy storage systems. Nicole’s passion for renewable energy and RREAL’s mission to empower low-income families had brought her back to RREAL in August of 2019. Nicole currently resides in Cape Coral, FL with her wife, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and their 2 turtles.
While obtaining her Accounting A.A.S. Degree, Brook was awarded the prestigious “Student of the Year” from our friends at Central Lakes College. Brook has years of experience in accounting, management, and leadership! She enjoys searching out new adventures with her three teenage children, who are more fun now than ever! Her other passions include learning new things, outdoor activities, star gazing, and traveling our beautiful nation. She also is a lover of the arts in all their various forms.
John comes to RREAL after working as an executive director for community and economic development nonprofits in the Twin Cities for 20 years. He is passionate about improving the lives of people in low income communities and sees solar energy as an emergent strategy to serve this mission. If you ask him, he’ll say he is part real estate developer and part community organizer with a little contractor thrown in. If you ask him about the contractor part, he’ll cite the three historic homes in Stillwater he has restored and say there is nothing any good carpenter can’t do in two hours that he can’t do in two years!