Our Solarize Belchertown Volunteer Team.
Frank Byrne, Solar Coach
Frank Byrne has over 30 years experience as an in the human services and educational publishing industries. He and his wife Lisa own and operate a home care company. He and his wife were thrilled to return to Belchertown in 2016 after many years away and are active members of Belchertown's Tri-Lakes Association.
Doug Albertson, Municipal Rep
Doug Albertson is Belchertown’s planner. He has been here for 22 years. He is a strong advocate for renewable energy, has fully solarized his house with both photo-voltaic and hot water systems, and has been working to bring solar energy to a school and university he supports in Haiti. Individual systems and micro-grids make sense – the energy source is free and it’s there every day to some degree.
Gail Gramarossa, Select Board Liaison
Gail has been a Belchertown resident since 1996; a homeowner since 1997. She works as a Community Health Educator specializing in the prevention of substance use among youth and building healthy families and communities; she served on the Belchertown Board of Health for 18 years and currently serves on the town's Select Board.
Pat Barry, Volunteer Coordinator
Retired PATH International Equine Assisted Activities (Therapeutic Riding) Instructor. I managed around 50 volunteers a year. Current 4-H leader of the Belchertown 4-H Community Garden Club and president of the Hampshire County 4-H Advisory Council. Videotape for BCTV. Member of Belchertown CAN and deliver donations from Stop and Shop customers to our local food pantries. As an active volunteer, being a volunteer coordinator is a perfect fit, and I look forward to meeting new people who will volunteer for Solarize Belchertown.
Jim Barry, Early Adopter and Solar Advocate
Jim is recently retired from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources where he was the Regional Coordinator for the Green Communities Division. While there, he assisted 78 municipalities on their path to becoming designated as a Green Community and thus become eligible for substantial grants to be used for energy efficiency projects in municipal buildings. He also worked with the Mass Clean Energy Center in their work to help municipalities in the Solarize Mass program. Jim previously served on Belchertown’s Planning Board as well as the Board of Selectmen.
Rich Kump, Solar Financing
Rich is a first-generation American born of Ellis Island immigrants and the first person in his family to graduate from college. Rich is happily married to his college sweetheart, Laura, and they have two children. Rich has been in the credit union industry for 35 years and was promoted to President & CEO of UMassFive College Credit Union in July, 2018. Rich is a 11-year and current board member of the Belchertown, MA Economic Development & Industrial Corporation, and served for 13-years with the Boy Scouts of America.
Elaine Williamson has lived in Belchertown for 35 years. She has been the host of a local plant swap in town since 2003. A Master Gardener, landscape designer, and a graduate from and currently employed by the Conway School, graduate program in sustainable land use planning and design.
David Nauman, Solarize Volunteer
Tibby Chase, Solarize Volunteer
Elizabeth Pols, Solarize Volunteer
Lisa Byrne, Solarize Volunteer
Bryan Maroney, Solarize Volunteer
Bowie, Solar Dog
Bowie is the loving canine companion to volunteers, Frank and Lisa Byrne. Always wanting to be included, she is happy to serve as the Solarize Belchertown mascot! Come down to the Farmer's Market on Sunday to meet her!