Staff

Bob Gragson, Executive Director

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. Contact Bob at bgragson@gridalternatives.org.

Kari Kapadia, Data Analyst

Kari Kapadia began as a Workforce Programs Fellow with GRID and soon after was promoted to Data Analyst. She studied Aerospace Engineering and Space Systems Engineering at The University of Michigan, then started her career with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab designing earth-observing satellite missions and developing programs for NASA Earth science. Encountering climate change data that shook up her worldview, she left NASA and took off for work of a more activist nature, working on documentaries about homelessness in LA and rural education in Bangladesh, designing housing in India, teaching about HIV in Swaziland, and working on organic farms in Europe. She landed in Northern California, where she studied Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. She is committed to investing in work that cultivates a sustainable and just society and is thrilled to be working on environmental justice issues with GRID. Kari is a lifelong student of mindfulness and yoga. When she’s not working, you’ll likely find her meditating on a tree stump or perhaps strumming a guitar and singing her original ecological folk music. Contact Kari at kkapadia@gridalternatives.org.

Hilary Tellesen, Workforce Program Manger

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! Contact Hilary at htellsen@gridalternatives.org.

Krista Gray, Executive Assistant

A Midwest native from Evansville, Indiana, Krista moved to Chico in 2012 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Southern Indiana. Krista has years of experience in the nonprofit and social services field working previously as a Shelter Coordinator at a homeless shelter in Chico, and is very much driven by helping to improve and empower the lives of others. In her spare time, Krista enjoys collaging, traveling, and snuggling up with a good book. Contact Krista at kgray@gridalternatives.org.

Ann Fox, Outreach Program Manager

Ann has 20 years of business management experience, which includes 10 years in Real Estate contracts, project and order management in software and technology, and corporate finance. Ann is actively involved in her community and humanitarian efforts. She volunteers, performs, and does special effects make-up in local theatres, serves as a co-Chair for collective fund raising for high school arts programs, and recently traveled to Nicaragua to install solar for a community without electricity or running water. Whenever possible Ann is giving her time to help make a difference.  Contact Ann at afox@gridalternatives.org.
 

Dan Beveridge, Outreach Field Manager

Dan has served the North State community professionally since 2002. He began as an English Language Development Coordinator/Teacher in Los Molinos, has worked in Real Estate in the Chico area since 2006, and was a Housing and Foreclosure Counselor at the northstate's prominent self-help housing program, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) for two years prior to coming to GRID. His professional experiences have prepared him for his role connecting with the many Northern California homeowners who are now qualifying for no/low-cost solar system installation. He enjoys learning about the communities he serves, the solar industry and he is fluent in Spanish. In his free time, Dan likes to fly fish and camp. He is a long-time Chico local and finds true satisfaction giving back to the North State that he loves so much. Contact Dan at dbeveridge@gridalternatives.org.

Hannah Rolland, SolarCorps Outreach Fellow

Hannah recently earned her degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies from Elon University in North Carolina.  She is passionate about helping others and hopes to pursue a career in sustainable development both domestically and internationally.  Hannah is very excited to work for GRID to assist families in under served communities and to move toward a more sustainable energy future. Originally from Maine, Hannah is excited to be living in California and eager to explore all that the West Coast has to offer!  Contact Hannah at hrolland@gridalternatives.org.

Kamila Seitova, Outreach Coordinator

Kamila joined North Valley team as an Outreach Fellow in September 2015. She studied in Kazakhstan as well as in the United States. In Almaty, Kazakhstan she graduated with an A.A. in Banking and Finance, and in the United States she graduated with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Chico. Kamila worked for a local bank in Almaty, Kazakhstan as well as for the United States Embassy in Kazakhstan. She speaks both Russian and English. Kamila and her husband are both in solar/renewable energy, and they truly believe that solar is the future of the world. In her free time Kamila enjoys time with family and going to parks, zoos, and hikes. Contact Kamila at kseitova@gridalternatives.org

Masud Kiburi-Cunningham, SolarCorps Outreach Fellow

Masud was born and raised in and around Sacramento, CA.  In May of 2016, Masud earned a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis on Sustainable Development from the University of San Francisco.  Masud is eager to apply his formal education addressing the gap in access to renewable energy in our country's disadvantaged communities.  Masud might say he lives for his family, music and human connection.  Masud plans to continue traveling, learning and pursuing a passionate lifestyle through all the adventures to come.  Contact Masud at mkiburicunningham@gridalternatives.org.

Sarah Shuman, Outreach Coordinator

As an environmental justice advocate, Sarah is intrigued by GRID Alternatives' mission.  She recently graduated from UC Davis holding a degree in Environmental Science and currently aspires to do impactful work that will help both people and the planet.  Passion for renewable energy and service-based work drew her to the SolarCorps Outreach Fellow position.  After serving a year as a Fellow, Sarah is now an Outreach Coordinator and excited about working in such a diverse community while spreading the benefits of renewable energy.  In her free time you'll catch her hiking in the great outdoors or exploring a new city!  Contact Sarah at sshuman@gridalternatives.org. 

Xiong Lee, Outreach Coordinator

Xiong Lee joined GRID Alternatives at the beginning of March 2015 as one of the Outreach Coordinators in the Sacramento Office. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. He has 5 years experience reaching out to families and youth in Sacramento about resources that promote health and education. He is ecstatic to continue working with families and to alleviate some financial barriers to families. When he is not working, you can find him getting his hand in the soil either at a community garden in Oak Park or his own garden at home, and promoting healthy food access at the Saturday Sunrise Station Farmers Market to families who receive Cal Fresh. Contact Xiong at xlee@gridalternatives.org.

Sergio Coronel, Senior Solar Installation Supervisor

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. Contact Sergio at scoronel@gridalternatives.org.

Eric Goldman, SolarCorps Construction Fellow

Eric is from Sacramento and loves to work in his hometown (Go Kings!).  Eric attended Calpoly San Luis Obispo before becoming a Fellow at GRID.  He is excited to work for GRID because it will be a great opportunity for him to learn more about Solar and as well as, providing a good service for the community.  Contact Eric at egoldman@gridalternatives.org.

Lee Aykin, SolarCorps Workforce and Construction Fellow

Lee Aykin is a North Valley SolarCorps Construction Fellow, who began volunteering with GRID in 2014. Lee hails from the swamps of Florida and graduated from the school of hard knocks before relocating to California in 2014. Although they* had some experience assisting in various construction trades, Lee often felt a lack of admittance to the skilled trades due to gender related biases and has found GRID's commitment to inclusivity and diversity very refreshing. Lee believes representation of the gender spectrum is integral to GRID's mission, and that if people don't see individuals like themselves trying something new and thriving, they may not feel welcome or encouraged to participate. Lee can be reached at laykin@gridalternatives.org.

Mark Kuzdzal, SolarCorps Construction Fellow

Mark moved to Sacramento from Santa Cruz in 2014.  Prior to GRID, Mark worked for a Transportation & Logistics company.  Mark attended UCSC and is also an Alumni of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  When not working, Mark enjoys spending time with his 5 year old son, camping, fishing and playing beach volleyball.  Contact Mark at mkuzdzal@gridalternatives.org.

Morgan Thomas, Construction Assistant

Morgan Thomas is a North Valley SolarCorps Construction Fellow.  Before working at GRID Alternatives, Morgan moved to Chico from the great white north of Mount Shasta, CA.  For a few months he worked in the field of digital design, but searching for more meaningful, gainful employment led him to GRID Alternatives!  Morgan said, “I have been interested in solar energy all of life, actually! Global climate change and pollution are some of humanity's biggest problems, and, while my first love was working with film, I knew that I would never feel good about myself unless I was making some small difference however I could.” Contact Morgan at mthomas@gridalternatives.org.