North Valley Staff

Bob has over 20 years of experience as Executive Director in five nonprofit organizations including the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, and several human service organizations. He has a BA in Business Administration from Furman University and a MBA from Walden University and additional graduate studies in public administration. Growing up in Oklahoma where his father was a research chemist with a major oil company, Bob learned early about the limits of an oil-based economy, and, as a result, is an ardent advocate for solar power and other alternative energies. He enjoys reading, economics, and spending time with his family.
Executive Assistant & Office Manager


Melanie brings to GRID a Bachelors in Business Management and 18+ years combined experience in community relations, project/program management, strategic philanthropy, team member engagement, and non-profit leadership. Melanie was a fan of GRID long before joining the GRID staff in 2019. In her previous role, Melanie worked in corporate community relations, where she coordinated 21 GRID installations for corporate partner volunteers, and personally volunteered 85 hours on the roof. Outside of work, Melanie is a mother of 5, and the Co-Founder/CEO of SkateMD, a non-profit serving children with special needs. If she ever gets free time, you will either find her on a mountain, hanging with her goats, writing/performing music, or trying to sneak in a much-needed nap.
Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
SolarCorps Outreach and Clean Mobility Fellow
Outreach Coordinator
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Program Operations Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator


Jarrett is an extremely tall gentleman who has a love for the world of solar. Most of his career has been spent managing and opening restaurants, until deciding to switch career paths after volunteering with GRID Alternatives. Jarrett continues to challenge himself as a Solar Installation Supervisor and NABCEP Installation Professional. He loves his wife and newborn son, good beer, hockey, dad jokes, and Star Wars.
Sergio Coronel was born in the beautiful beach city of Mazatlan, Mexico. Sergio married a native Chico girl, and they have two amazing boys: Andres and Camilo. Lucky for GRID, Sergio has a B.A. in architecture, graduating from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. In Mexico, Sergio worked for 13 years in construction, was a Construction Manager, and devoted a lot of time to his community. Sergio participated in GRID's SolarCorps Fellowship program for two years and is now a Solar Installation Supervisor for the North Valley. In his spare time, Sergio loves to learn new things, and spend time with his family reading books, riding bikes, playing sports, and going out for ice cream.
Construction Assistant
Solar Installation Supervisor In Training
SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Construction Assistant
Construction Project Manager
Commercial Construction Manager & Technical Lead
Design Manager & Solar Installation Supervisor
SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Solar Installation Supervisor
Commercial Project Manager
Construction Assistant
Construction Assistant
Technical Academy Manager & Solar Installation Officer
Solar Installation Training Supervisor
Construction Assistant

Workforce & Volunteering

Hilary Tellesen is the Workforce Program Manager for GRID Alternatives, North Valley. Hilary has nearly a decade of experience working in outreach and with young adults pursuing their future career goals. When she is not utilizing her talents introducing volunteers to the benefits of solar energy and installation experience, you can find her on a stage in local theater productions!
SolarCorps Workforce/Development Fellow
Workforce Programs Coordinator


Rebekah Casey is responsible for strategic leadership and management of fund, program and market development activities for the North Valley. Mrs. Casey serves as primary liaison to the key partners and funders, and oversees communications strategies for the regional office.
Executive Assistant & Events Manager
Development & Strategic Partnership Manager
Project Developer
Development Specialist
Program Coordinator


Ann has 20+ years of Operations and Business Management experience including Real Estate, Technology, Finance, and Non-Profits. Ann is actively involved in community theatre and is co-chair and CFO of the Chico Beard Collective. She loves dogs, special effects make-up, and traveling.