Board of Directors
Georg Veit gathered industry experience in both Europe and California before entering the utility scale solar space on the east coast. Currently, Veit is CEO of Geenex, a developer of utility-scale solar farms.
Veit´s strong leadership and extensive industry knowledge has been at the heart of Geenex´ success and expansion to date. Georg has always believed and maintained that community support and education are key to the strong and sustainable industry. The Center for Energy Education will help realize this goal. Veit is chairman of the Center for Energy Education Board of Directors.
Mozine Lowe is excited to offer education and awareness programs in support of renewable energy. She has extensive experience in organizational change and team based learning systems – team building, leadership development and work redesign. Mozine has a bachelor of science degree in Sociology/Social Work from North Carolina A&T State University; completed AT&T’s two year Organization Effectiveness Program and a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trainer. She is active with various education and community organizations including Lake Gaston Association where she serves as vice president. Mozine and her husband Walter have two children Monique and Walter lll.
James Pierce is a retired area manager at Kapstone Packaging, but he continues a commitment to community service through his board membership. Mr. Pierce enjoyed 23 years of countywide youth league coaching, served as school board member for eight years, and is the former Chairman of Halifax County Board of Commissioners. Currently, he is a Sunday school teacher and chairman of the Deacons at his church. Married to former Alice D. Evans, they are parents of two adult sons and two grandchildren.
“I am very interested in supporting the growth of sustainable energy in our community. C4EE is a good way for me to be involved in that effort. Getting our young people involved in learning about sustainable energy through the community college and local schools is a great way to do that.”
Juergen Fehr serves as chief operating officer of Geenex. Fehr has a degree in mechanical engineering and business administration (eidg.dipl.BF) and has more than 20 years of industry experience. Before joining Geenex, Fehr was president and CEO of an international PV panel manufacturer and established their first US entity for manufacturing and distribution in the Americas with full P&L responsibility.
Juergen is pleased to bring his knowledge, industry experience and extensive network to help the C4EE reach its goals.
Josef Kessen is a Geenex co-founder and has a degree in architecture and engineering (Dipl. Ing.) He practiced as a licensed architect prior to entering into executive consulting. He also owns his own construction firm employing a workforce of over 100 individuals. Kessen is in charge of the construction of the C4EE building and is working hard to ensure the Center has an ideal home. Once the building is complete he looks forward to helping ensure the C4EE keeps growing and leaves a lasting legacy in Halifax County and beyond.
Frank Avent retired as a major in the U.S. Army after 20 years of service and from Peoples Bank after 23 years. He holds Associates degrees from Edgecombe Community College in business administration and real estate. Currently, Mr. Avent serves on the boards of the Halifax County Citizens Advisory Team, Halifax County Economic Development Commission, Upper Coastal Plains Learning Council, Halifax County Business Horizons and Halifax County Sheriff’s Advisory Board. He is a past member of the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees. Mr. Avent lives the motto “Working Together Works,” which is apparent in the many accomplishments he has been a part of during his service to the community.
John Livingston is a partner at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Investment and Development Team and the firm’s Energy Team. John devotes his practice to sustainable development, including mixed-use projects, LEED certified projects, and renewable energy contracting. John has experience representing lenders, buyers, sellers, developers, investors, owners, managers and others in all aspects of commercial real estate development, investment, and leasing, and solar and biomass developers as well as commercial and industrial energy users.
Dr. Michael A. Elam
Dr. Michael A. Elam has been selected as the fifth President of Halifax Community College in Weldon, NC. He was formerly President at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, NC, a comprehensive community college serving 75,000 residents in a three county rural service area. Prior to moving to Ahoskie, Dr. Elam lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he served as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System. Before accepting that state-wide responsibility, he provided leadership as Interim Chancellor for both Sowela Technical Community College and Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Lake Charles and Alexandria, LA respectively.
Dr. Elam was born in North Carolina but grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration from Howard University. Dr. Elam’s Educational Doctorate was conferred by Nova Southeastern University in Higher Educational Leadership.
Dr. Elam and his wife Maxine currently reside in Roanoke Rapids, NC and they have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Lori Medlin is a native of Roanoke Rapids, NC and a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Medlin began her career in New York as a Sales Manager for Forte International Hotels where she represented hotels in the Caribbean and Bermuda. She culminated her career in New York as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands and Caneel Bay in the US Virgin Islands. In this position, Lori managed sales offices in New York and Chicago and a reservation center in Dallas. While working with many Caribbean countries’ destination marketing organizations, Lori recognized the impact that tourism could have on low wealth communities. She was confident that with its location on I-95, her home community could realize the same impact. In 1995, Lori returned home to North Carolina to accept a position as the President/CEO of the Halifax County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Cathy Scott’s entire career has been focused on improving economic opportunities in rural areas. Her expertise lies in matching the needs of businesses with financial and other resources needed to support their location and/or expansion. Scott currently serves as executive director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission, where her focus is attracting companies, jobs and investment and expanding Halifax County’s physical infrastructure. She also serves a dual role as administrator for Halifax County Business Horizons, a non-profit organization, which raised over $850,000 in private contributions in the past five years to support economic and community development activities.
Scott serves as a member of the board of directors of the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce; Halifax County Convention & Visitors Bureau; and the Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools Education Foundation. She is a member of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association; International Economic Development Council; TRADE NC, Inc; and the Peanut Belt RPO.
Jerry E. Edmonds III, is currently the Halifax Community College, Small Business Center Director, a position he has held since August, 2014. Additionally, Mr. Edmonds was recently named Interim Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Halifax Community College. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Edmonds held a variety of executive leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson and IBM where he was the recipient of numerous training, recruitment, marketing, and leadership awards Jerry and his wife, Dorcel successfully owned and operated Oasis Day Spa, LLC a full-service day spa located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and recently launched Willow Creek Tennis Retreat, LLC in Henderson, North Carolina. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Jerrica and Jerry IV and a granddaughter, Storie.