Shannon Lucas Souza, Principal Engineer, Founder of Sol Coast Consulting and Design, LLC

Shannon is a professional engineer licensed by the State of Oregon to practice environmental and mechanical engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. Ms Souza is a designer of renewable energy systems for the company and has provided professional environmental consulting services as the principal of Souza Environmental and Sol Coast since 1999. Ms. Souza specializes in alternative energy system design, water rights examination, and project management.

A transplant from western Washington, Shannon has made the Coos County area her home raising her two children. Her compelling interests in local sustainability cluster around community, arts and education. She is a co-founder the Lighthouse Public Charter School, a tuition free k-8 school in the North Bend School District with an emphasis in arts integration and cultural studies. Ever one to make time for play, Shannon thoroughly enjoys cultivating the local music scene whether playing music (Ring, DePaolo Project, or Che’s Lounge), dancing with Rhythm Village or stepping out to enjoy the talents of so many others.

Educational and Professional History

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University, CA

Professional Engineer (Environmental), State of Oregon

Certified Water Rights Examiner, State of Oregon

Member, National American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Photo-Voltaic Entry

Solar Thermal & Solar Electric Tax Credit Certified Technician, Oregon Department of Energy
Relevant Volunteer and Professional Activities

Founder – Lighthouse Charter School (www.thelighthouseschool.org)

Founder/President – Oregon Coast Arts (ORCO Arts)

Organizer/Performer – Rhythm Village

 

Seth Lucas, Principal Carpenter, Founder of Sol Coast Construction

Seth Lucas is the Principal Carpenter and Founder of Sol Coast Construction. With over 10 years of construction foreman experience, Seth specializes in sustainable construction in all of its various forms. His forte’s in this area include; identifying and incorporating local materials, integrating natural topography and landscape and storm water management into home site preparation, and constructing the most energy efficient homes available. Seth is well-versed in holistic building and using LEED standards. His skills are reflected in his track record of building the first home to receive a Home Performance Score from Energy Trust of Oregon in Coos County along with a beautiful custom passive solar home designed by its owner and featured in 1859 Magazine. He has also completed an Earth Advantage Home with an R50 building envelope.

An avid outdoorsman and local of the area, Seth’s daily recreational and work decisions reflect his desire to protect our natural resources, cultural identity and improve the standard of living in coastal communities. Most recently he has been spotted out sailing Bombadillo, his first home crafted sailing vessel, while simultaneously pondering a bird ID and shape of his next boat building endeavor.

Graduate, Coquille Valley High School

Relevant Volunteer and Professional Activities

Member – Friends of Coos Watershed Association

Friend – South Slough National Estuarine Reserve

Member – STEP program

Member – South Coast Audobon Society

Member – Chemeketa Climbing Club

Greg Coleman, Project Manager

Greg Coleman is a Bay Area native. He was born in Reedsport, grew up in Lakeside, and like a lot of Bay Area residents, traveled to live in other places on the West coast before coming back home to settle down in North Bend. Greg is a journeyman plumber who started his plumbing career over 20 years ago in 1994. He became a journeyman in 1998 and worked on many commercial projects. In 2010, Greg joined the Sol Coast team and spearheaded many residential and commercial solar water heating projects. In 2012, he was certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners in Solar Heating Installation. He manages all projects for Sol Coast Consulting and Sol Coast Construction.

When he's not working, Greg enjoys reading a good book and is a huge Stephen King fan.  Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. We heard that his daughter recently turned 16 and took her driving test . Greg and his wife Jennifer are a successful couple and add so much to the Coos Bay Community. We are lucky to have these folks here!

Relevant Professional Activities

Journeyman Plumber, 1994

NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer, 2012

Jamie Fereday, Building Performance Technician & Energy Analyst

Jamie Fereday is a Envelope and Building Analyst Professional with the Building Performance Institute. Jamie is also a professional educator who has been, with his wife, actively reducing his own energy foot print for many years. This combination makes him a natural in the field of educating and advising homeowners about best practices and upgrades for maximized comfort and energy efficiency.

Jamie’s home is partially powered by a 3 kW solar electric system with domestic hot water preheated by a solar thermal system. His secondary home is a passive solar, green roofed, ICF block home with radiant heating. This home’s water gets a solar boost from an evacuated tube solar collector. When not biking or driving his electric car around town, Jamie and his wife fall back to the less efficient Prius for longer distance transportation. Talk about walking the talk!

Educational History

Building Envelope and Building Analyst Professional – Building Performance Institute, Inc. since May, 2010

M. S. Science Education – Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Fall 1991

Oregon Teaching Certificate – Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. April 1982

B. S. Biology. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. December 1978.

Relevant Volunteer and Professional Activities

Commission Member - 2005 to 2013. South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Commission

Board Member – 1998 to present. Oregon Coastal Environments Awareness Network (Regional non-profit partnership organization)

Board Member – 1994 to present. South Coast Land Conservancy (Non-profit land trust)

Board Member – 1987 to 2005. Coos Head Food Store. North Bend, Oregon (Non-profit, Mutual Benefit Corporation – whole foods retail)

Member – 1987 to 2011 – Oregon Science Teachers Association and National Science Teachers Association

Ben Gauain, Electrician

Ben Gauain is a journeyman electrician employed by Kyle Electric and Sol Coast's electrical sub-contractor. He has been an electrician since 2006 and became a  journeyman electrician in 2010. He began his electrical career in 2006 in eastern Oregon working on both residential and commercial projects. During this time, he and his wife took vacations in Coos Bay and fell in love with the area.

Ben decided to make this area his home with his wife and four daughters. When he's not working he enjoys time with his family . Ben can often be found outdoors in the wild hiking, fishing, camping, and just generally loving the Oregon coast. We're glad to have him here and working with Sol Coast!

Relevant Volunteer and Professional Activities

Volunteer - Habitat for Humanity
Vice president of the Electrician's Union
Has overseen and/or installed over 200kW of solar power on the Oregon coast

Ciera Milkewicz, Sales & Marketing Representative

Ciera Milkewicz is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University with a degree in Urban Environment, a combination of environmental sciences and urban planning. She recently transplanted herself into the community in Coos Bay, drawn by the epic landscapes and great beer (7 Devils Brewery). Ciera has a professional background in sales and marketing and has worked in sales positions at companies such as Costco and Charter Communications. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and strives to be pragmatic in her everyday life for the greater goal of fostering a sustainable built environment and promoting healthy living.

Ciera has studied the impacts of environmental pollution and dirty energy policies on low-income communities and volunteered at urban gardens that brought fresh, organic food to under-served populations in food deserts in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has participated in activist campaigns for 350.org. Ciera and her husband enjoy exploring the outdoors, going to music festivals, brewing kombucha, and gathering at home or at the beach to enjoy and practice flow arts. Find her spinning fire at a Che's Lounge show near you!

Educational History

Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University - Urban Environment

Relevant Volunteer and Professional Activities

Community Intern, Urban Tilth, Richmond, CA

Divestment Campaign Outreach, 350.org, San Francisco, CA