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 STAFF
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
MEET THE BOARD
Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
Power Origination Manager, Clean Power Alliance
Dr. Kaitlyn Bunker
Principal, Islands Energy Program, Rocky Mountain Institute
Youth & Policy Manager
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Solar Assistance Recipient
Retired, Former Executive Director, Community Action Agency
Software Team Lead, Gullview Technologies
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