RENEW STAFF

Tyler Huebner

Tyler Huebner
Executive Director

Email Tyler
608-255-4044, ext. 1

Tyler in his own words: I joined RENEW Wisconsin as the organization's 3rd Executive Director in June 2013. Since growing up in Iowa and being fascinated by wind turbines at a nearby middle school, I have pursued various ventures in the clean energy space, and I am passionate about the transformation of our country's energy system to renewable sources. After graduating in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, I earned my Masters degree at Stanford University in the Atmosphere & Energy Program, where I also co-founded a major conference and student group called Energy Crossroads (now Stanford Energy Club) focused on the intersection between business, national security, and environmental interests in clean energy. Since then, I have been a consultant with ICF International working on energy efficiency projects with utility companies and the U.S. EPA, ran grant programs at the U.S. Department of Energy in low-income weatherization, and worked for the State of Wisconsin's Division of Energy Services prior to joining RENEW. My wife Heather and I have a daughter, Emma, born in April of 2013, and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and exploring Wisconsin by bicycle.

Michael Vickerman Michael Vickerman
Program & Policy Director

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608-255-4044, ext. 2


Michael in his own words: I was hired by RENEW back in 1991 to manage an intervention before the Public Service Commission, and I feel privileged to have worked for the organization ever since. It has truly been a fantastic learning experience. In my 23 years with RENEW, the renewable energy arena has blossomed from an idealistic endeavor on the margins to a mainstream business activity. Renewable energy is no longer an alternative any more, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms. I am a long-time Wisconsinite, starting at age seven when my family moved to Milwaukee. A graduate of UW-Madison in 1978, I live in Madison with my wife Pamela. Now that our son is grown and living in Chicago, we spend many days circulating around town on our bicycles and venturing into the Dane County countryside. We also make extensive use of the sunlight radiating on our East Side residence to grow vegetables and dry clothes outside, as well as heat the water and power the household inside.

Kelly Osborn Kelly Osborn
Operations Manager

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608-255-4044, ext. 3


Kelly in her own words: I came to RENEW as a student intern while I pursued my Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning, with a certificate in Energy Analysis & Policy from the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I stayed as Operations Manager after graduation, because my work here fits my career goal to use my passion, education and skills to improve the local, regional and global environment.

Outside of work, I hold an advanced wildlife rehabilitation license and have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for 12 years. This year, I plan to establish a non-profit organization that will provide support to area wildlife rehabilitators and their volunteers.

Don Wichert Don Wichert
Advisor & Board Member

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608-255-4044, ext. 4


Don in his own words: I was inspired by the first earth day in 1970 to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem on environmental issues. This objective led me to work with an Air Pollution testing company, getting a BS degree in Thermal & Environmental engineering, and a MS in Energy Policy & Analysis. I initially was hired by the WI DNR as an air pollution permit engineer, but quickly moved over to the WI State Energy Office, where I was lucky enough to work for 22 years in gathering and directing data, analyzing policy, administering programs, and producing consumer information on energy efficiency and renewables. While at the SEO, I was able to start RENEW in 1990 when I noticed that there was no organized voice for renewables. In 2004, I moved over to Focus on Energy as the director of the Renewable Energy program (until 2010), where our team supported over 1,500 renewable projects. Recently, I filled in as the RENEW Interim director while the RENEW board did a permanent ED search. Now I am volunteering part time in my “golden years”. I have always found working in the environmental/energy area to be fascinating from many perspectives: technical, political, and social and feel lucky to have been involved in finding and facilitating solutions over the past 30+ years.