BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF
Mark Sardella, PE - Executive Director
Mark's 23 years of engineering experience includes 14 years designing and developing renewable energy systems, including the largest private photovoltaic system in New Mexico, the first grid-connected residential photovoltaic system in New Mexico, and a micro-hydroelectric power system design that was featured on CNN's Earth Matters. Mark also served as Technical Director for Rebuild New Mexico, a joint program of the New Mexico State Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he identified more than $3 million in annual energy savings for New Mexico businesses. Prior to that, Mark co-founded the Southwest Energy Institute to research and promote policies to facilitate the transition to sustainable energy. In 2001, he was chosen by the Union of Concerned Scientists to lobby congress on the role of renewable energy businesses in the campaign against global warming. He also worked with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to develop IEEE Standard 1547, which defines the technical parameters for widespread integration of distributed energy resources with the electric grid.He is a seasoned writer, teacher, and presenter, and has given more than 60 presentations on community-based responses to energy-resource degradation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Mexico.
David Buuck - Board Member
David has 27 years of highly diverse engineering experience ranging from personal computers to manned spacecraft. He was most recently CEO and Chairman of Blue Joule Technologies, a renewable energy technology startup company based in Santa Clara, California that developed power electronics solutions for the emerging concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems market. Prior to Blue Joule, Mr. Buuck was Founder and CEO of Radiient Technologies Inc, which designed a wireless, consumer-electronics audio technology standard. Before that, he was CEO and Chairman of DVDO, Inc., where he developed award-winning video processing technologies. David is also a veteran of Apple Computer, and was one of the principal photovoltaic power-system architects for NASA's International Space Station. David has co-authored eight granted U.S. Patents, with three additional patents pending approval. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.
Paul Heninwolf - Board Member
Throughout his 25 year career, Paul has made significant technical and market contributions to the personal computer, communications, and consumer electronics industries. He was the primary inventor of HDMI, a secure and ultra-high-speed digital audio and video technology, and he created the HDMI consortium and standards organization that fostered the success of HDMI in the TV and DVD markets. Prior to this work, Paul was a senior software architect at Apple Computer, where he was a key contributor to the development of the Power Macintosh line and many more of Apple's successful personal computers. Following Apple, he was selected to join the team that designed the first and most successful line of Macintosh clones at Power Computing Corporation. Paul has also held a variety of engineering, sales and marketing roles at IBM, Symantec, General Electric, and DVDO. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Deanna Einspahr - Bookkeeper
Deanna Deanna came to Local Energy after more than 11 years at the Randall Davey Audubon Center, where she served as Operations Manager. Deanna has a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She brings a wealth of experience working for a large corporation, other non-profits, and state government. Having grown up in a rural Nebraska town, Deanna has always had an interest in sustainability and the environment. She also pursues efforts in community building and local politics. Her hobbies include bird watching, hiking and biking. Deanna is married to Santa Fe native Rick Martinez, and they have three cattle dogs: Roxie, Gracie and Oscar.