Chief Operating Officer
Director of Operations
Chad is a results-oriented sustainability professional with proven abilities in strategic
planning, managing projects, improving efficiency of operations, and team-building.
He comes to the Edelen Renewables team with an extensive background in the field of sustainability consulting and as the former Director of Sustainability for Stonebridge Hospitality where his primary focus was to guide hotels through the process of retrofitting their energy systems to clean, modern and cost-saving alternatives.
Prior to his sustainability career, Chad was an Assistant Director in New York City working in feature films, commercials, and music videos. Three of his films have won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, he is co-producing a documentary film that examines the shift from coal to renewable energy and the impact and potential opportunities this change could offer the mining communities in eastern Kentucky and tribal lands (the working title is “A Just Transition”).
His educational endeavors have earned him a Masters in Business Administration in Sustainability (Green MBA) from Antioch University, as well as an Associate in Film Production from Valencia College in Orlando Florida. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Chad has a son, Carter, who serves as both the center of his world and his primary motivation to make impactful environmental change. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, and staring at the stars.
Director of Outreach & Engagement
Successful business deals are built on strong working relationships with clients and partners.
Seth Steppe works to build and support these relationships every day in his job as the Director of Outreach and Engagement for Eden Renewables.
Seth’s inter-personal skills have served him well in establishing strategic connections with professionals in politics, government relations, and economic development. In 2019 Seth launched Green Light Rural Development to push investment from the east and west coasts into the rural south for economic development. These projects include public private partnerships as well as higher education initiatives centered around rural job growth.
Through his wide array of contacts throughout the country, Seth recruits landowners interested in developing innovative solar projects into the Edelen portfolio as well as organizations that are interested in providing private capital to fund projects.
Seth is a Nashville, Tennessee native, a graduate of the University of Memphis, and an avid sports fan – following Memphis Tiger Football & Basketball, and anything SEC.
Director of Workforce Solutions
Brad Clark has a broad range of education, workforce, and economic development experience in the government, non-profit, for-profit, and philanthropic sectors along the cradle-to-gray continuum.
He is the Founder and CEO of Latent Talent Accelerator, an education and workforce consultancy, and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, a Senior Advisor for several Appalachian non-profits, and the Senior Director of Advancement Courses at Wiley Education Services.
Before founding Latent Talent Accelerator, Brad was Hope Street Group’s National Director of Economic Opportunity and Professional Learning. He also served as the State Director of the Kentucky Teacher Fellows Network for Hope Street Group from 2015 to 2017. Prior to leaving the classroom, Brad was an upper elementary teacher for nearly a decade and has served in a number of advisory and community-based roles in education and workforce over the past 15 years. He holds a BA in History and certification in Gifted Education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Morehead State University.
Brad spends his free-time traveling with his family (15,000 miles and 16 states in an RV in 2019 and 2020), supporting cultural investments in Eastern Kentucky, and being a thought partner to educators seeking to create social impact in their local communities.
Leslie Parrish is the Operations Manager at Edelen Renewables. A retired state government employee, Leslie enjoyed an extensive career in public service. She served as the administrative assistant for a Kentucky Lt. Governor, worked on the staff the Legislative Research Commission and in the Office of Kentucky’s Secretary of Finance.
From economic development to the drama of legislative deliberations, Leslie has worked at the commonwealth’s highest levels of government and politics—resulting in an expertise in scheduling, logistics and constituent relations.
At ESV, Leslie calls on these skill-sets daily in managing the operations of a business with interests as diverse as renewable energy, technology and finance.
She makes her home in Lexington and is crazy about her granddaughters Rylee and Harper.
Chief Technical Advisor
Vance Nobe is President, CEO and Founder of Akari Energy which was established in 2008 in Houston, Texas. Akari Energy is a solar power developer, with projects throughout the United States. His combination of management, sales, and technical expertise has driven Akari Energy’s growth and profitability over the years.
Akari Energy is a quality provider of solar power and energy efficient building envelopes. The company is Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the City of Houston, City of Philadelphia, State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), and the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC). Vance Nobe is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a solar PV Installation Professional.
Traveling extensively throughout the world, Vance has built key client relationships in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. As a solar power subject-matter-expert, he is regularly invited to speak at technical conferences and to international audiences, including the Energy Makers Show web interview on renewable energy, speaking engagements for Chinese, European, African events on energy and/or technology. He has participated in travel delegations to Spain for engineering and technology conferences, as well as, as an expert speaker at an EPA hearing on biomass regulations.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Power Emphasis, from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona California. He also has a MIT Sloan Certificate in Blockchain Technology.