Board of Directors

Flint Richter

Elston Blake Forte

Chairman and CEO, DEI Development Group LLC Business Development Executive, Entegrity Energy Partners Real Estate Development Manager, Partners for Better Housing

Chair

Elston Blake Forte is a Little Rock, AR native with 13 years of community development experience. Mr. Forte specializes in partnership development, community outreach, and sustainability planning. A former University of Arkansas Razorback football player with a degree in Sociology, Elston Blake Forte is a serial social entrepreneur that uses his voice to encourage diversity, equity, inclusion, and generational wealth creation in energy and real estate related projects. He is inspired daily by God, his daughter, son, nephews, and nieces. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, traveling, playing chess, and billiards. 

Peter Nierengarten

Environmental Director for Fayetteville, Arkansas

Vice-Chair

Peter Nierengarten is the Fayetteville Environmental Director.  Since 2012, he has worked in this role focusing on improving livability and reducing the energy and carbon footprint for Fayetteville.  Peter is very interested in promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, sustainability and active transportation for the City of Fayetteville and advancing the six goals of City Plan 2040.  Peter is extremely proud to serve Fayetteville in a role that will provide vital direction for his community’s continued sustainable growth.

Adam Fogleman

Pulaski County | County Civil Attorney

Secretary

Adam Fogleman is the County Civil Attorney for Pulaski County, Arkansas. Adam is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, and serves as President of the Board of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and a member of a family-owned construction company, focusing on rehabilitation and redevelopment in Little Rock’s Pettaway Neighborhood. He has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association, Chair of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church Little Rock, Deputy Prosecutor Attorney in Arkansas’s Sixth Judicial District, Staff Counsel to the Arkansas Democratic Senate Caucus, is a graduate of the Delta Leadership Institute, and has managed and provided strategic advice to various campaigns ranging from local to state-wide office. He is a graduate of The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law and Henderson State University where he received an undergraduate degree in Aviation. Adam lives in Little Rock with his wife, Jill, and their son, Jude.

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Flint Richter

Entegrity Business Development Executive

Treasurer

Flint is a NABCEP certified PV installer with more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of residential, commercial, and industrial solar systems and energy storage systems. Flint works as a Business Development Executive at Entegrity which is an energy services, sustainability, and solar development company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects.

Previously, Flint was the founder and principal of Richter Solar Energy, a Northwest Arkansas solar energy firm. In addition to his work at Entegrity, he is also an instructor for Solar Energy International, a non-profit educational organization that provides training and expertise in renewable energy worldwide.

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Steve Chriss

Walmart

Board of Directors

Steve W. Chriss is Senior Director, Utility Partnerships for Walmart Inc.  Steve leads Walmart’s Utility Partnerships team and is responsible for managing Walmart’s utility services, regulatory and legislative engagement, pricing analyses, and strategic partnership opportunities.  Since 2007, he has managed interventions in over 500 regulatory dockets.  Steve also serves as a witness on behalf of Walmart and in his career has testified in over 280 rate and policy dockets in 43 states and on legislative matters in five states. 

Prior to joining Walmart, Steve was an Economist and later Senior Utility Analyst for the Oregon Public Utility Commission from 2003 to 2007.  From 2001 to 2003, Steve worked as an Analyst on domestic and international energy regulatory projects for Econ One Research, Inc., an energy and economics consulting firm.

Steve received a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University and a B.S. in Agricultural Development and a B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University.  He also completed coursework in Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida.

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Glen Hooks

Audubon Delta

Board of Directors

For more than twenty years, Glen Hooks has worked to advance progressive environmental gains in states across the Southeast United States.  Glen’s work has centered primarily upon energy and climate issues with an eye toward retiring fossil fuel power plants while creating policy space for renewable energy to enter the market.  For more than a decade, Glen held leadership roles in Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign” that resulted in the cancellation of more than 200 proposed coal-burning power plants and the retirement of more than half of the nation’s existing coal fleet.

Since joining Audubon Delta as Policy Manager in November 2021, Glen has continued his energy and climate work by pushing progressive clean energy policies, improved transmission capacity, and energy efficiency measures in state legislatures, public service commissions, and the U.S. Congress.   His work at Audubon also includes helping to lead internal staff study groups on solar energy and transmission, and he also serves as a member of Audubon’s EDIB Staff Council. 

Prior to working on environmental issues, Glen served as an adjunct professor at several institutions where he taught classes on American National Government, Criminal Law, State & Local Government, City Government, and Election Law.  He was Executive Director of the Arkansas Democratic Party from 1998-2000 and has managed numerous successful campaigns for candidates and causes.  Glen served as an attorney in private practice and with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, and later worked as a state-level lobbyist for the Arkansas ACLU and a regional affiliate of Planned Parenthood, where he is currently a board member.

Glen holds a J.D. from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Bowen School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from Hendrix College. 

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Chris Kell

Payne Kell, LLC, Sustainability Solutions Group

Board of Directors

Chris Kell has a rich thirteen-year tenure in the Energy Efficiency industry, where he has successfully conducted over 10,000 Energy Assessments across diverse sectors such as Single Family, Multi Family, Commercial, and Government Facilities. His expertise extends to consulting on and certifying numerous new and existing construction projects, encompassing certifications such as BPI, Energy Star, LEED, HERS, Water Sense, Healthy Buildings, EPA Indoor Air Plus, IECC, and DOE Zero Energy Home. 

Within the Energy Efficiency Community, Chris has earned a reputation as an influential figure. He actively contributes to a consortium dedicated to the modernization of the Arkansas Energy Code, aligning it more closely with the recommendations of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Beyond his technical contributions, Chris serves as an advocate for Green Energy Policy, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to fostering a healthier, more sustainable, and economically equitable world.

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Gary Moody

Clean Grid Initiative

Board of Directors

Biography coming soon!

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Wesley Prewett

Southern Bancorp

Board of Directors

Wesley serves as an Analyst within the Strategy team at Southern Bancorp, a community development bank providing financial services to rural and underserved markets in Arkansas and Mississippi. His portfolio includes creating and implementing Southern Bancorp’s renewable energy and sustainability strategies, among others. Wesley also serves as the Chair of the Little Rock Sustainability Commission, a volunteer board created to advise the city government on sustainability-related issues. Wesley is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the Clinton School of Public Service.

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Garry Rodger

Greentech Renewables

Board of Directors

With four years of dedicated experience in renewable energy, Garry began his journey in residential solar sales. In 2021, he played a pivotal role in establishing Greentech Renewables’ presence in Little Rock, assuming the position of outside sales representative, and in 2022 transitioning into the role of Business Development Manager for Arkansas and its surrounding areas. His expertise lies in real-time market awareness, cultivating strong manufacturer relationships, and securing both residential and commercial financing for solar projects. Eager and excited, he is poised to leverage my talents for the expansion of all renewable energies in Arkansas, contributing to a sustainable and greener future.

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Skip Woessner

Clear Energy

Board of Directors

Skip Woessner is Vice President, Operations Development at Clear Energy LLC. He has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Skip’s experience in both private industry and public administration along with extensive experience in the trade industries enables him to make critical decisions across disciplines.

He has been involved in executing over fifty individual projects that represent over $200,000,000 of energy savings performance contracts. These projects were across markets that include cities, counties, local government, higher education, federal, public housing, and private for-profit businesses. He has also been involved in over 10 MW of solar installations that included arrays from small to large. Skip also worked on the “buying side” of the energy industry for over ten years in public housing administration where he was responsible for supplementing underfunded federal budgets using creative techniques like performance contracting, public private partnerships and mixed income financing. He is a Master Electrician (TDLR 38487), Journeyman Plumber (TSBPE J-38487) and a Licensed HVAC Contractor (TDLR TACLB20210C).

He earned a degree in Business Administration in 2009 from Western International University.

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