2014
Bowen Humphreys
Project Assistant

Bowen Humphreys

Project Assistant

Bowen is involved with both the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch and Green Communities programs.  He is excited to be involved in both ground-level energy audits and community-wide policy and planning.   Bowen received his degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in Missoula, where he studied sustainable business management, climate change studies, and environmental philosophy. 

During college, he also studied sustainable business practices abroad in New Zealand and Australia and was highly involved in community service projects though his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.


Personal Highlights:
A man of the mountains at heart, Bowen grew up in Salt Lake City Utah hiking, snowshoeing, biking on and off the road, running, and telemarking.  After graduating from college, he spent six weeks backpacking through India and the Himalayan Mountains.  Bowen is excited to begin exploring the Sierra Nevada on foot, by bike, and on skis.

August 20, 2014

Not So Dead: The Surprising Activity Around the Death Ride

It’s been about a month, and I think I’ve nearly recovered from the California Death Ride.

It’s a 130-mile day-long bicycle ride over 5 mountain passes, totaling 15,000 feet of elevation climbing.

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Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner

Brenda Gillarde

Senior Planner

In addition to her commitment to make a difference in the Sierra, Brenda brings over 30 years of city and county planning experience to the SBC Team. Combining her life sciences educational background and her professional experience in working with government clients, Brenda is part of the SBC energy group and will assist local Sierra Nevada communities in energy efficiency planning.

Prior to joining the SBC Team, Brenda worked for a Sierra Foothill government agency and was also owner of her own consulting firm with public and private sector clients throughout the greater Bay Area. Brenda is known for her skills in policy formulation, project coordination, problem-solving and collaboration.

Personal Highlights:
Brenda is a 5th generation Californian with ancestral ties to the Donner Party. She loves the outdoors and can be found bicycling, hiking, riding horses or birding. When not romping outside she indulges in learning Argentine Tango, gourmet cooking and knitting socks!

August 07, 2014

Energy Efficiency Strategies: A New Tool for Rural Communities

Sierra Business Council (SBC) is breaking new ground in the energy efficiency field in the Sierra Nevada.

Five communities have partnered with SBC to develop strategies for increasing energy efficiency in their areas that will result in reduced emissions and dollars saved on energy bills.

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Alicia Powers
Project Manager

Alicia Powers

Project Manager


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Alicia is a Project Manager working with the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch team, which provides affordable energy efficiency projects to small and medium sized businesses throughout Placer and Nevada counties within PG&E territory.

Alicia has been enjoying life in the Sierra as a full time Truckee resident for the last 18 years. Besides spending those years taking advantage of many fantastic outdoor activities, Alicia was a Captain of the Tahoe Gal on Lake Tahoe for sixteen years and worked as LEED AP specializing in Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance for five years for Sustainable Energy Solutions. Alicia is very excited to be a part of the Sierra Business Council and SNEW Team.

Personal Highlights:

Alicia's favorite Sierra activities include sailing and boat camping on Lake Tahoe, skiing the Great Race, hiking and skiing out the back door, kayaking on Donner Lake, and enjoying the community turn out for the Truckee 4th of July Parade.   

August 05, 2014

Hear it from the Youth: The Impact of the Sierra's Natural Wonders

About a year ago at a community event, I had the privilege of hearing recent Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) participants reading aloud poetry and essays they had written toward the conclusion of their 40 day stint with the wilderness and literacy focused program.

Many of us were in tears before the first student stepped down.

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

July 31, 2014

In a Bind Over the Water Bond

It’s hard to imagine that – after all the talk about drought in California – we have managed to increase our overall water consumption over the last year.

At the same time the Governor was urging us to reduce consumption by 20%, we actually increased by an average of 1% statewide. 

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

July 29, 2014

"It's so bad even Lady Gaga is hawking the water conservation message"

Before they left for summer recess, legislators promised to hammer out a new water bond bill when they returned in August. This would be a bill to replace the $11.14 billion proposal currently on the November ballot, which has been delayed twice due to conflicts over its size.

Although legislators and the Administration have offered conflicting ideas, we need them to come together in August and pass a workable water bond deal for the November ballot. Here‘s why:

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