Lynn Benander

lynn [at]

Lynn Benander builds community ownership of sustainable energy resources to create a more just and sustainable future in New England and New York. She has worked for many years to support the development of consumer, producer, worker-owned and other locally-owned businesses that meet basic needs for energy, food, and shelter.

She has provided fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, executive search management, business planning and technical assistance consulting to hundreds of businesses in the Northeast including Northeast Biodiesel, Energia, Cabot Creamery, Collective Copies, Northeast Cooperatives, PV Squared, Hillside Organic Farm and Pizza Company, and River Valley Market. She has managed Co-op Power since 2006 and managed the Cooperative Development Institute prior to that. Lynn Benander lives in Shelburne Falls, Mass. and serves on numerous cooperative and community boards and served as her town’s finance committee chair.


John Eichholz

Controller and Financial Analyst
john.eichholz [at]

John Eichholz has worked in cooperatives since 1989 in operations, finance and for 14 years as a member of the general management team at Franklin Community Cooperative. He is currently serving as a controller and financial analyst at Co-op Power. He is a strong advocate for the cooperative model for its ability to restructure economic relationships to include a commitment to equity, honesty and self-responsibility.


Olive Knight

Boston Office Manager
olive [at]

Olive has worked in the Hyde Park office since January 2014, but has been actively involved with the local Community Energy Coop since 2011. Next to her grandkids, Olive's passions are the arts and science fiction. Reading about possible worlds in sci fi brought her to believing that fiction could be the near future and that we can have sustainable energy in a just society. She is a retired librarian, has worked as a church administrator, and manages an online network of Christian artists. Originally from Jamaica, W.I., Olive now lives in Boston, MA. with husband, Alphonse. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Member Energy Services


Mark Skinder

Energy Services and Member Benefits Manager
mark [at]

Northeast Biodiesel


Thomas Miner

VP and General Manager
thomasminer [at]

" REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE" Lowering our local carbon footprint is my immediate as well as long-term objective