Board of Directors
John Boesel, President and CEO
John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John's background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years.
He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo's Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.
John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.
Tom Brotherton, Regional Director
Tom is responsible for program management of CALSTART’s vehicle incentive programs in California, New York and Chicago. Tom oversees CALSTART’s E-Truck Task Force and a Vehicle Electrification Study for the US Army. Tom recently developed a truck technology roadmap for the California Energy Commission to identify technologies and actions for the reduction of emissions and petroleum use in trucks. He has previously managed CALSTART’s U.S. Army contract, Technical Advisory Committee, as well as business development and membership outreach. He works from CALSTART's Colorado office.
Tom was Deputy Director of the Colorado Energy Office for 10 years, and was responsible for all technical and engineering projects, analysis of energy policy, and constituency outreach. He has also taught Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Architecture-Engineering firms. Tom has a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton, and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.
Jeffrey Caperton, Accounting Manager
Jeffrey Caperton, Accounting Manager
Jeffrey Caperton is CALSTART’s Accounting Manager. In this role, he oversees accounting department operations with other responsibilities, such as facilities management, assistance with program management budget and finance, financial reporting, contracts, and supervision of accounting department personnel. Jeffrey has extensive nonprofit accounting experience including implementing new accounting and IT systems, as well as improving upon existing systems in order to provide the best possible operations support for management teams.
Prior to joining CALSTART, Jeffrey served in accounting management roles at Conservation Corps of Long Beach, Catholic Charities and People Coordinated Services of Southern California. He lives in Lynwood, CA with his family.
Margaret De Guzman, Human Resources/Payroll Officer
Margaret is responsible for processing CALSTART payroll and maintenance of personnel/payroll files. In addition, Margaret is responsible for administrating company benefits such as insurance, dental, COBRA, and other special benefits offered by CALSTART.
She handles wide-ranging interactions with employees in regard to all payroll/insurance inquiries. Margaret's other duties include but are not limited to actual budget reporting, posting, and updating, as well as preparation of quarterly reports. Margaret has extensive years of work experience in administration in legal environments, finance accounting, and secretarial experience. She acquired a degree in Business Administration, H&R Management.
Alycia Gilde, Regional Director
Alycia Gilde is the Northeast Regional Director at CALSTART and is responsible for managing the organization’s role on the development and expansion of clean transportation programs and policies in the northeast. Ms. Gilde currently oversees the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP), a $19 million incentive program to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and emission control technologies in the state of New York. Ms. Gilde is also the Chair of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative Strategic Planning Committee, a program led by U.S. EPA Regions 1 and 2 and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM). In this capacity, Ms. Gilde is responsible for identifying critical regional air quality and transportation priorities, engaging multi-sector stakeholders, and promoting program opportunities to improve regional air quality in collaboration with the maritime, rail, construction and trucking industries.
Prior to CALSTART, Alycia led some of the nation’s largest transportation emission reduction programs including; the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Trucks Programs and Clean Air Action Plan, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Regional Truck Replacement Program, the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program and a number of clean air community programs in NYC and Boston. Alycia graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Global Environmental Mass Media and served in the Peace Corps for two years in Ghana, West Africa as an Environment Volunteer and as the National Gender and Youth Development Coordinator.
Michael Ippoliti, Director Clean Transportation Solutions Group
Michael Ippoliti is the Director of CALSTART’s Clean Transportation Solutions Group (CTSG), the consulting business unit of CALSTART. He leads CALSTART’s work with ports, fleets, and technology developers to improve the environmental performance of their transportation operations and advance clean transportation technology. His mandate is to help grow the clean transportation industry by delivering objective, technology neutral, cost-effective solutions.
Prior to joining CALSTART, Michael was Research Director for Telematics and Automotive at ABI Research, a noted provider of white-paper research and market forecasts in technology. He has also worked as a consultant in new product development and intellectual property research, helping technology start-ups commercialize their innovations.
Michael brings many years of automotive OEM experience, with roles in market research and product planning at Volvo Cars of North America (part of Ford Motor Company) and at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, where he led projects investigating the future of mobility and automobiles.
He has a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University in Mechanical Engineering and Ergonomics, with advanced work in Engineering Design. After working as a Human Factors Engineer for several years, Michael obtained an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Marketing Association (AMA), and the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). He is a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP).
Deborah Islam, Staff Accountant
Deborah is responsible for budgeting, account coding, monthly/quarterly/year end closing, grant/contracts management, fiscal reporting and other accounting duties at CALSTART. Deborah’s work experience has centered mainly in the non-profit sector.
Her educational background includes a bachelor degree in business administration, an associate in accounting and small business management, computer network management certificates and experience as a computer instructor.
Kristian Jokinen, Project Manager
Kristian Jokinen, Project Manager
Kristian Jokinen is a Project Manager at CALSTART. He is responsible for overseeing advanced vehicle development and deployment projects with a focus on the transit bus and medium and heavy duty truck industries.
Prior to CALSTART, Kristian worked with several startups active in the electric vehicle space. He also gained extensive experience in the clean technology sector during his tenure as the Environmental Specialist for the Finnish Consulate in Los Angeles, where he was charged with developing the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s clean technology strategy for the U.S. West Coast. Prior to this post, he worked for Nissan Nordic Europe’s headquarters in Finland.
Kristian has a MS in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Economics from Abo Akademi University, Finland, as well as a Certificate in Sustainability and Energy from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Finland.
Chase LeCroy, Associate Project Manager/Engineer
Chase is an Associate Project Manager/Engineer at CALSTART. He is responsible for general project management, as well as technical support for the organization, such as on the Hybrid Utility Work Truck project in San Jose, CA, the West Coast Electric Fleets Webinar Series, and the Plug-In Hybrid Compressed Natural Gas Truck commercialization project, and other work. His background includes research on hybrid electric vehicle powertrain configurations, testing and development goals for web-based data mapping, data analysis and collection as a biogeochemist, and laboratory management.
Chase holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies, both from Rice University, in Houston, TX. He also holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management, Energy and Climate Specialization from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Virginia Ochoa, Office Administrator
Virginia Ochoa serves as CALSTART’s office administrator. She oversees administrative and facility staff and provides support to program teams as needed.
Before coming to CALSTART, Virginia worked in various administrative roles at UCLA, in the business development office, at DirectTV and HerbaLife in their respective human resources divisions, and at Bank of America in customer service.
Joseph Oldham, Director San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center
Joseph Oldham, Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center
Mr. Oldham is currently the Director of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center, a division of CALSTART and funded through a grant from the California Energy Commission. The center’s mission is to provide no-cost technical assistance, project development expertise, and assistance with acquiring project funding to San Joaquin Valley vehicle fleet owners, businesses, and residents with the goal of reducing vehicle emissions and improving the Valley air quality. To help achieve that mission, the center is partnering and collaborating with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, SoCal Gas Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and a broad coalition of Valley stakeholders in deployment of electric vehicle charging stations and expanding natural gas fueling infrastructure.
Mr. Oldham graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1975 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Mr. Oldham has been very active in promoting climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles, renewable energy, and “green” living through his involvement with the San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition, the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, and the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization.
A life-long Valley resident, Mr. Oldham believes that everyone can make a positive contribution to improving air quality and resource conservation. Together with his wife, Donna, and their two children, the Oldham family has made personal commitments to environmental stewardship and sustainable living through energy efficiency and the vehicle they drive, a 2013 Chevrolet Volt PHEV, at their home in Fresno, CA.
Ryan Schuchard, Policy Director
Ryan Schuchard, Policy Director
Ryan Schuchard is Policy Director for CALSTART. He is responsible for developing and passing new laws, regulations, and appropriations for sustainable transportation; assisting state and national governments to achieve air quality and climate protection targets; and helping companies interested in sustainable transportation to engage in climate policy for vehicles and fuels.
Prior to CALSTART, Ryan spent eight years at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where he launched and led a diverse portfolio of research, consulting, and cross-sector collaboration including the overall climate change program, Future of Fuels working group, and numerous sustainable supply chain and logistics initiatives. Ryan has been a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Commercial Driver (CDL) and has authored dozens of articles on sustainable energy and transportation. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, where he learned Russian.
Ryan has a B.S. in Finance from Oregon State University and M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Steven Sokolsky, Program Manager
Steven Sokolsky, Program Manager
Steven Sokolsky is the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) Program Manager at CALSTART. He administers CALSTART’s contract with the U.S. Army for the program and also leads its Military Truck Action Group. Steve managed U.S. EPA grants for airport equipment re-powers/retrofits and the installation of class 8 trailer aerodynamics. He is an advisor to the California Clean Airport Fleets Partnership—a group that promotes the deployment of clean airside and landside vehicles. He also leads CALSTART efforts to develop a highway of retail biofuels stations in California.
Prior to joining CALSTART, Steve developed natural gas vehicle infrastructure specifications and assisted airports in the deployment of alternative fuels programs while employed by Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc., Resource Dynamics Corp., and the California Energy Commission. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from California State University Sacramento.
Fred Silver, Vice President
As Vice President at CALSTART, Fred provides executive oversight on the Low Carbon Bus and Hydrogen Vehicle Programs. He has worked with the Federal Transit Agency for more than twelve years focusing on the commercialization of new bus technologies including Zero Emission Fuel Cell and Battery Buses, Hybrid Vehicles and Advanced Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles.
Fred also acts as the Director of the California Hybrid and Efficient Advanced Truck Research Center administered by CALSTART. The CalHEAT Truck Research Center has developed a Technology and Market Transformation Roadmap which results in California meeting the emissions and environmental policies as they relate to medium and heavy duty trucks.
Fred also provides executive oversight on CALSTART's First Mile Program with a focus of encouraging a modal shift to cleaner mobility, especially as it relates to transit connections, as well as fostering the integration of small electric vehicles and bicycles into the low carbon transportation plans for cities and regions.
Fred's past experience includes Business Development for GM Hughes Electronics and Delco Electronics where he worked on advanced propulsion and battery charging systems. His hands-on experiences include applications such as small electric scooters, electrically propelled passenger delivery and fleet vehicles, and buses. His global background can provide access to a strong network of potential vehicle, system and component partners around the world.
Fred has a background in power electronics including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Kimberly Taylor, Director Member Services
Kimberly Taylor is CALSTART’s Director of Member Services. As a member of the Clean Transportation Industry Services team, her responsibilities include the development, oversight and implementation of the program and service benefits created for the consortium of clean transportation industry members. She works closely with member companies to identify the synergies between their needs and the services CALSTART offers. Special target interest areas include working with fleet managers, and developing collaborations with new and entrenched public and private entities committed to accelerating the advanced vehicle transportation industry. Kimberly also serves on CALSTART’s High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) team providing project management services and working with industry stakeholders to achieve common goals. Kimberly is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) where she serves as CALSTART’s representative.
Kimberly has worked in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry for fifteen years. Prior to joining CALSTART, she was the Director of Education and Business Programs for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute, serving as the primary liaison with stakeholders and overseeing industry communications. Prior to that, Kimberly worked for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a Senior Project Leader in the Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems. She also managed strategic planning and industry stakeholder relations for DOE’s Clean Cities program, which included lead responsibility for the national Clean Cities Conference.
Kimberly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She has completed two years of study in a Master’s program at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Kimberly is located in CALSTART’s Lakewood, Colorado office.
Dr. Jasna Tomić, Research Director
Jasna leads projects and studies in two main areas: use of alternative fuels (e.g. biofuels, electricity) in transportation, and Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF), bringing hybrid trucks to the marketplace. She is investigating the best opportunities for alternative fuels in transportation sector, with particular emphasis on the use of alternative fuels in the heavy-duty sector. Within HTUF, she led the largest deployment and field testing of twenty-four pre-production hybrid trucks. She is also investigating the best pathways and uses for plug-in and electric vehicles. Jasna’s expertise includes research in vehicles-to-grid power (V2G) – innovative use of electric-drive vehicles for transportation and power generation.
She holds a Ph.D. in Fuel Science from Pennsylvania State University and has over 15 years of experience working in the field of energy and fuels.
Jasna previously held positions as Research Scientist at University of Delaware, Princeton University, and French Institute of Petroleum. She has published extensively on energy conversion processes as well as use of electric-drive vehicles.
Bill Van Amburg, Senior Vice President
Bill is the Senior Vice President of CALSTART, part of the executive team, and currently leads all advanced commercial vehicle activities at CALSTART as well as business development. Bill has nearly 40 years of experience in technology development, commercialization and marketing. He personally leads initiatives in fleet sustainability standards, creating national truck and bus incentives and effective fuel economy regulations. He develops strategy and oversees program teams that operate the national High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) program in partnership with the US Army, the I-710 Zero Emission Drayage Commercialization Plan for LA Metro/Gateway Cities COG, the Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program for the California Air Resources Board, the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program for NYSERDA, the Chicago Area Alt Fuels Deployment Program with the City of Chicago, the NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program for the National Association of Fleet Administrators and the CLEAN Truck Demonstration Program with the California Energy Commission.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a certificate in brand management from Stanford and serves on the Board of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Prior to joining CALSTART in 1992 he was an award-winning broadcast journalist focused on science, technology and the environment, which included reporting on the 1980 eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano.
Dr. Lawrence Wnuk, Senior Director
Dr. Lawrence Wnuk, Senior Director
Dr. Wnuk manages hydrogen program activities including the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program and hydrogen internal combustion engines in transit. He is participating in the CalHEAT Research Center focusing on alternative fuel hybrid trucks. He has performed studies for transit-enhancing services such as FTA Bus Rapid Transit Program including a Vehicle Demand and Supply Analysis of buses for U.S. BRT Communities. Dr. Wnuk has been involved with Alternative Fuel Vehicle development and infrastructure for the past twenty-one years. He has worked at General Motors Advanced Technology Vehicles in Torrance, California, forging strategic alliances, capturing funds and leading the development and the demonstration of advanced propulsion and charging technologies for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Programs culminated in successful product demonstrations in Europe and in the US for various bus manufacturers and other customers.
Prior to GMATV, Dr. Wnuk worked at Hughes Electronics where he managed programs involving analog and digital control systems, spread spectrum RF systems, electro-optical and laser systems. Lawrence holds a BS, an MS and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a board member of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum, producing and volunteering in monthly programs at Caltech that encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.
Stephanie Yu, Associate Project Manager
Stephanie Yu is an Associate Project Manager at CALSTART. Her work has been primarily bus/fleet-oriented, including a bilateral project advancing zero-emission buses in the United States and China and an electric-battery bus demonstration project in Los Angeles, and assists fleets in becoming accredited under the National Association of Fleet Administrators Sustainable Fleet program. She also conducts outreach oriented toward fleets and OEMs for the Voucher Incentive Programs in California and Chicago and works with the communications and marketing team to produce collateral for various CALSTART projects and plan events.
She is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she has a Bachelor of Arts in both environmental studies and public policy and a minor in creative writing. She has previously interned at the Center for Neighborhood Technology/Elevate Energy in Chicago and Emerald Cities Collaborative (Cleveland branch).
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