This is who we are.
Amber Cole, Director of Communications & Customer Service, Energy Trust of Oregon
Amber became Director of Communications & Customer Service for Energy Trust of Oregon in 2009, after serving as its Senior Marketing and Creative Services Manager. She has 20 years of communications, marketing and public relations experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, working on clean energy, education, transportation, and land-use issues. Public and stakeholder engagement has been an important part of Amber’s work throughout her career. She is drawn to Art of Hosting techniques as a way to engage people on critical issues in their communities and workplaces. As Energy Trust evolves, Amber sees high value in Art of Hosting techniques that reveal our diverse perspectives and insights, create common understanding, and generate ideas and solutions among our coworkers and our many stakeholders.
Kim Crossman, Industry & Agriculture Sector Lead, Energy Trust of Oregon
Kim Crossman is the Industry & Agriculture Sector Lead at Energy Trust, where she combines her appreciation for complicated mechanical systems with a fascination for complex human systems to change the way industries in Oregon use energy. Kim believes deeply in the goodness, creativity, knowledge and wisdom of the people she works with, and is delighted to help focus and harness this brilliance to address the largest environmental, human and economic issues affecting the world today. Kim has been studying facilitation of creative, engaging group processes such as World Café and Circle and bringing them into her professional and volunteer work for more than 20 years.
Betsy Kauffman, Renewable Energy Sector Lead, Energy Trust of Oregon
Betsy Kauffman manages the Renewable Energy Sector at Energy Trust. She started her tenure there working on the stickiest most challenging projects and learned that building relationships and developing deep understanding of project owners and their needs is the best way to find solutions and move projects forward. Betsy started studying facilitation five years ago and loves the work of Art of Hosting because it’s so effective in getting to the heart of an issue. She sees that people solve problems better together than they do alone. And they’re more connected to and understanding of each other when they have conversations that matter.
Scott Swearingen, Operations Manager for Energy Programs, Energy Trust of Oregon
Scott Swearingen is currently the Operations Manager for Energy Programs, a position that directs most of his time towards cross-functional conversations, projects and initiatives that include staff from across the entire organization. Scott started at Energy Trust in 2009 working on launching NW Natural offerings in SW Washington and later moved to managing the Existing Multifamily program and other special projects within the Commercial Sector. Given the complicated nature of many of the initiatives Scott currently works on, he utilizes techniques learned from the Art of Hosting to build more effective and cohesive teams as well as to utilize inclusive methods for harvesting and synthesizing feedback from a wide multitude of stakeholders.
Tenneson Woolf, Tenneson Woolf Consulting
Tenneson Woolf (www.tennesonwoolf.com) is a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. He designs and leads meetings in participative formats. To help people be smart together through interaction — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work. Tenneson’s heritage includes The Berkana Institute, working for years with Margaret Wheatley and other inspiring leaders, The Circle Way, where he continues to hone skills in the simple practice of turning to one another, as well as The Art of Hosting, bringing the first training to North America in the early 2000s.
Kevin Hiebert, Resonate Consulting
Kevin Hiebert, Owner and Director of Resonate Consulting (http://www.resonatenw.com), is a facilitator, trainer, leadership coach and strategy consultant who helps change leaders collaborate across organizational boundaries to create collective impact and systems change. Kevin’s work is informed by his experience in how change happens, systems thinking and experience in prior collaborative efforts. He is passionate about collaboration, participatory leadership and seeing collective wisdom and action emerge.
Jessica Riehl, Lightfoot Design
Jessica Riehl is the owner of Lightfoot Design, a Portland based design and facilitation company. Jessica is also a professional photographer focusing on conservation and learning environment photography, a skilled harvester, a facilitator, and a designer. All of her work focuses on making work visible through a variety of visual tools including photography, graphic facilitation, visual thinking, design thinking, creative conversation and engagement. Jessica has a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Fine Art in Collaborative Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.