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.
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. Monica Bernette Smith-Woofter
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 27 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 now Superintendent of Northampton County Schools. Dr. Smith-Woofter serves as an executive officer of the board of directors for the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance and the Roanoke River Valley Education Consortium. She is also a board member of the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce and Center for Energy Education. 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.
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 grant 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.