Our Team

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. 



Jennifer Jacquot-DeVries

Communications and Fund Development

Jennifer Jacquot-DeVries is RREAL’s Fund Development Officer, working to raise funds to support the organization’s mission and program goals. Jennifer is a writer and fundraiser with more than a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience. Previously, Jennifer was the Development Director for a national voting rights organization. In the Brainerd Lakes Area Jennifer has worked with Tri-County Community Action Partnership and Crow Wing Food Co-op. Jennifer volunteers with the Land Stewardship Project, Crow Wing Food Co-op, and the Brainerd Riverfront Committee—using her skills and passion to build community and statewide support for sustainable land use, clean water, local food, and low-impact recreation. Jennifer resides with her family in the Brainerd area and is excited to bring her passion for sustainability to RREAL and support the work of expanding renewable energy in Minnesota.


George Lemelin

White Earth Solar Educator

George is married 32 years, has five children and 11 grandchildren. He graduated from Knapp Business College in 1989 in computer technology. He has certifications in network, solar, cybersecurity, and training.

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Nicole Saccoman

Chief Financial Officer

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, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and their 2 turtles.

Kyle Tschida

Program Manager

Kyle came to RREAL as a high school volunteer and stayed. He is committed to all general administrative tasks and ensures the trains run on time. He also assists with fundraising and external communications.  Kyle is recently married and lives in Backus.

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John Vaughn 


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!



Laurie Chamberlain

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

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Tessa Haagenson

Power Origination Manager, Clean Power Alliance

Dr. Kaitlyn Bunker

Principal, Islands Energy Program, Rocky Mountain Institute

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Sarah Goodspeed

Youth & Policy Manager

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Kitty Mayo

Solar Assistance Recipient

Davis Leino-Mills

Retired, Former Executive Director, Community Action Agency

Kay Paulus

Software Team Lead, Gullview Technologies

Marina Lovell

Program Administrator, SBDC Consultant,  Cass County Economic Development Corporation 


Alonso Ngumbu, MBA

Accountant, Guardian & Conservatorship Program, Thomas Allen Consulting Inc.

Mary Jo Mettler

Board Member Emeritus

Retired Accounting Instructor, Bold Woman

Interested in becoming a Board Member?

Contact John. He will get back to you right away.