About Us

The Center for Energy Education (C4EE) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a center for renewable energy research, education, and workforce development for the eastern United States.  

The C4EE provides a place to raise awareness of renewable energy and its importance locally, regionally, and globally.  

Its campus is a hub for the renewable energy industry, a hands-on training ground for solar installations, a destination for students and families to learn about renewable energy resources, and an education and training facility to provide the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the growing renewable energy industry. 

The Center creates a space where education, research, industry innovation, business engagement, and the demonstration of solar energy combine to show excellence in renewable energy as well as create economic growth. The C4EE inspires learning, discovery, and imagination about renewables in all its visitors. 

Our Team

Mozine Lowe

Executive Director 

At C4EE, Mozine’s vision is to offer a more inclusive and equitable learning platform for everyone to participate in the growing renewable energy industry through community engagement programs. She is excited to find unique and meaningful opportunities for everyone to gain knowledge and skills through the Center’s programs.

Mozine is a board member of Halifax Community College Foundation, Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Conservation Trust of North Carolina.

Mozine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and certification from AT&T’s Organization Development Management Program.

Brooks Fetters 

Regional Director, Community Engagement – Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio 

Brooks’ role is to develop and implement a strategic plan to promote the work of the C4EE in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. He is responsible for building key relationships with county officials, school administrators, and establishing a strong community presence in the three states. Brooks will also work with government officials on all matters relating to proposed solar projects and connect with officials and key constituents to provide information and education regarding the solar industry.

Brooks holds a master’s degree in Christian Ministry and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Huntington University.

Christina Hill 

Marketing and Communications Manager 

Christina’s appreciation for outdoor beauty fuels her creativity. The work she does at the Center allows her to construct clever ways to communicate its mission and manage community engagement. She is enthusiastic about learning new ways to conserve energy because she, in turn, enjoys sharing that knowledge with others. 

When she is not promoting the Center on social media, she is often found snapping photos, enjoying music, or spending time with her family and friends.

Christina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Chowan University. She received a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Regent University.

Michael Terronez

Community Engagement and Education Manager

Michael’s background is in sustainability, along with experience in urban planning and development. He adds to the team his passion for community and the environment as he heads up the C4EE office in Dublin, Ohio. 

He is responsible for the C4EE mobile classroom. Michael also partners with local schools to identify S.T.E.M learning opportunities for students and cultivate relationships with county officials and community leaders on behalf of C4EE.

In his spare time, Michael likes to be outdoors. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. When he is finished outside, he loves to experience exciting new foods.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and an associate degree in Applied Science with a focus in engineering from Black Hawk College.

Siobhan Deloatch 

Office Manager

Siobhan has an extreme enthusiasm for education.  She enjoys immensely working with children, teens, and adults.  Siobhan works tirelessly to ensure that daily operations run smoothly in the C4EE Office. She is thrilled to be a part of a team and community who believes in elevating knowledge of solar energy.

She is a transplant from Maryland, with strong family ties to the North Carolina area.  When she’s not working with Mozine, staff, and the community on educating and advancing the community on solar technology, she’s spending time with family, especially her son, James, grandchildren, James, and Madison.

Jared Peele

Workforce Development Program Leader

Jared comes to the Center with experience working in construction for utility-scale solar projects. His experience includes working in wire-management with Blattner Energy, Inc on the Pecan-Gutenburg project in Northampton County, North Carolina. He is a native of Halifax County, North Carolina, and has leadership experience with various youth and community organizations. Jared is excited to be a part of this growing industry and believes that everyone needs to be educated on renewable energy.

In this capacity, Jared will lead recruitment, enrollment, and execution for the Center’s renewable energy workforce training courses, establish strong relationships with key workforce players within communities, and head up various C4EE projects, events, and grant initiatives.

In Jared’s free time, he enjoys mentoring youth through music, traveling, and spending time with family.

John Ledgerwood 

Technical Consultant 

John enjoys the unique opportunities the C4EE brings to the mid-Atlantic region. His background in education serves as an asset to the team. He happily plans and leads educational training programs like the Renewable Energy Education Workshop for teachers. John values being apart of an educational and training center that serves all community groups and business organizations.  He describes the Center as a place where individuals, groups, and businesses can prosper in the new era of renewable energy. 

Stacie Pearcey

Office Assistant

Stacie keeps the team organized by managing the office calendar. She is the first face seen by visitors to the Center and is the pleasant voice on the other side of the phone when anyone calls. Stacie describes renewable energy as the gateway to the future because we are not going to run out of sunlight, wind, or water.

Stacie loves seeing students benefit from the Center’s programs. She has witnessed both young students coming to learn about the solar basics with their schools and adults learning how to begin solar careers.

In her spare time, Stacie enjoys fishing with her son, reading, and attending bonfires with family. Stacie is also a proud volunteer First Responder with Fire, Rescue, and EMS.

Board of Directors

Georg Veit 

Chairman 

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 

Executive Director 

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 

Vice Chairman 

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.” 

Dr. Monica Bernette Smith-Woofter 

Secretary 

Dr. Monica Bernette Smith-Woofter is a native of Northampton County. Dr. Woofter graduated in 1986 from Northampton County High School West. She holds both a Masters in Administration and Supervision and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. Throughout Dr. Woofter’s 34 years as an educator in the Roanoke Valley, she has served as a bus driver, substitute teacher, coach, mathematics teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, academic officer and Superintendent of Northampton County Schools. In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Dr. Smith-Woofter was voted by the local community as Best Principal in the Roanoke Valley and was also recognized by Halifax Community College as a 2014 Distinguished Alumni in the Roanoke Valley.

During her tenure as superintendent (2014-2019), she received the 2018 Brad Sneeden Leadership Award in honor and recognition of a superintendent who demonstrated a strong commitment to life-long learning, unwavering integrity in leadership, and a visionary leader who embraced transformational change.

Currently, Dr. Woofter is an Assistant Professor for Educational Leadership in the Learning, Technology & Leadership Education Department at James Madison University.

Dr. Michael A. Elam 

Treasurer

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. 

J. Michael (Mike) Scott 

Mike Scott is President of PRO, Inc., a community and economic development consulting firm located in Roanoke Rapids. Formed in 1991, PRO, Inc. has secured grants and other funding in excess of $200 million for projects ranging from economic development, housing development for low-income residents, and healthcare. Mike and his wife, Cathy have resided in Roanoke Rapids since 1994 and they have three children and seven grandchildren. 

Prior to forming PRO, Inc., Mike served as Director of Economic Development for Onslow County, NC and Director of Business Development for the Greater Columbia, SC Chamber of Commerce. Mike is a 1975 graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Environmental Health Science and a 1989 graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. 

Juergen Fehr 

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 

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 helps to ensure the C4EE keeps growing and leaves a lasting legacy in Halifax County and beyond. 

John Livingston 

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. Eric Cunningham 

Dr. Eric Cunningham (Dr. “C”) is the current Superintendent of Halifax County Schools. 

He has dedicated his entire career to supporting and improving the lives of not just children in schools, but communities in which they live. Eric L. Cunningham is from Birmingham, Alabama, and relocated to Virginia in his early adolescent years. He received his B.S. and M.A in Counseling from Liberty University and his doctorate in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent in 2016, he served as Associate Superintendent for Administration and Operations for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in North Carolina. Additionally, he served as Assistant Superintendent for Administration in Caroline County Public Schools in Virginia and as Director of Human Resources for Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

He is the author of Starting from the Bottom, published in January 2019.   

Kate O’Hair

Kate O’Hair is Vice President of Development, Grid-Scale Power, North Region for EDF Renewables. With more than 5GW of operating projects under her belt and 17 years of experience in renewables, Kate’s passion for renewables continues to grow with each new project placed in service.
Kate and North Region Development team focus on wind, solar, and storage project development in MISO and PJM footprint. From greenfield development to strategic acquisitions, Kate leads her team in market assessment and strategy, as well as all aspects of project development and management, from land acquisition & title efforts to community outreach, interconnection, project permitting, environmental compliance, and project transactions.
Kate is a graduate of North Dakota State University and in her free time, can likely be found chasing her husband and three young boys around the ballpark or hockey rink.

 

Michael R. Williams

Michael R. Williams is a native of Halifax County and graduated from Northwest Halifax High School. He attended the University of North Carolina–Greensboro receiving an undergraduate studies degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Rocky Mount Chamber Leadership Academy, State of North Carolina Commerce Leadership Academy, and current committee member of Governor Cooper’s Sound, Basic, Education Committee (Leandro Comprehensive Plan).
Mr. Williams began his career in 1991 as a Job Training Counselor for Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA) in Rich Square, NC, and was promoted in 1993 to the finance department to utilize his business management skills as Assistant Finance Director. In 1998, Mr. Williams was hired by Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government (UCPCOG) as the Workforce Development Monitor in the Workforce Development Department. He was responsible for programmatic and fiscal monitoring of the contract agencies and Career Centers in the region. In 2010 Mr. Williams matriculated to Director for the Turning Point Workforce Development Board/UCPCOG, providing oversight of the regional workforce development system serving regionally Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties.
Michael and his wife Renee have two children Jahlia and Mykal Javen. They reside in the Battleboro Community of Rocky Mount.

Lori Medlin 

Ex-Officio 

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.