Our Board of Directors
Solar San Antonio has an active board of directors, 16 total, who help drive the solar conversation in the San Antonio community.
Since our inception, Solar San Antonio has depended on this dedicated group of professionals and business people who are committed to accomplishing our objectives and to making a difference in San Antonio’s energy future.
William Sinkin, Founder, Solar San Antonio
The late Bill Sinkin, a long-time San Antonio community leader and activist, founded Solar San Antonio in 1999. Bill hosted San Antonio’s first major solar installation on the rooftop of his bank in the 1980s. He worked tirelessly over the next 30 years to educate the community about the need for renewable and sustainable energy. Due to his pioneering, San Antonio is now a national leader in the deployment of solar energy. Learn more about Bill’s accomplishments and life work here.
W. Laurence Doxsey, Chairman
Doxsey, retired, has over 30 years of experience in sustainability programming, green building, and renewable energy initiatives. He most recently served as the City of San Antonio’s Environmental Policy Director for the Office of Environmental Policy, where he oversaw the development of the City of San Antonio’s Sustainability Plan to further the City’s environmental vision, commitment and innovation. He previously served as Regional Energy Coordinator and Environmental Officer for US Department of HUD and as Sustainability Officer and lead developer of the Green Building Program for Austin, TX. His background also includes owner of an energy and renewables business in Asheville, NC.
Jason Pittman, Vice-Chair, PowerFin Partners
Pittman is the vice president of PowerFin Partners, a renewable energy investment advisor and manager of solar project assets. He previously served as the Regional Renewable Energy Lead at URS Corporation for 12 years, where his solar group designed over 100 megawatts of solar PV systems throughout the U.S. Pittman holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and IC2 Institute. He lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife and two young children.
Jasmine Azima, Jasmine Engineering, Inc.
Jasmine is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas with more than 25 years of experience in design, commissioning and construction management. Once named “Young Outstanding Woman of America” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” for San Antonio and South Texas, her work includes noteworthy civic and private construction projects. Jasmine places great emphasis on high energy efficiency design and conservation standards, and has experience analyzing costs and benefits of solar applications.
Hugo Gutierrez, Falcon International Bank
Hugo is an accomplished Director of Falcon International Bank, with an extensive background of corporate operations in banking, construction, and ranching. He plays an active role in international affairs, working with many multi-cultural customers to penetrate new markets and establish successful companies. Hugo is also a member of the CPS Citizens Advisory Committee and a Commissioner of Bexar County Housing. He believes that solar energy is a key to fixing the energy crisis in this nation and to cleaning our environment.
Anita Ledbetter, Build San Antonio Green
Anita is the Executive Director for Build San Antonio Green (BSAG). Build San Antonio Green is our communities Residential Green Building Program, and works with Builders and Partners to certify new construction and retrofit homes here in San Antonio. Anita spent two years on staff at Solar San Antonio and is a previous Executive Director. Anita continues her dedication to educating the public and decision makers about the ways solar power improves the lives of all citizens in San Antonio.
Roy Lowey-Ball, AIA, Ford, Powell & Carson, Architects and Planners, Inc.
Roy is a principal architect and planner and is particularly interested in alternative energies such as solar. He is committed to finding ways to help fund and subsidize domestic alternative energy sources and working cooperatively with utility companies to move towards long-term energy independence.
Myfe Moore, Founder of Helotes Creek Nature Center
With more than 30 years of ranching experience, Myfe is Founder of Helotes Creek Nature Center and Director Emeritus of San Antonio Livestock Exposition. She has long been active in the community protecting San Antonio’s natural resources and advocating for responsible development.
Shelby Ruff, Founder of Off Grid Hardware
Shelby Ruff joined the Solar San Antonio Board of Directors in 2009. He founded Off Grid Hardware, LLC in 2013 with a focus on solar energy project development and off grid battery storage systems. Shelby is also global recruiting consultant for Fortune 500 & Start-Up businesses. He brings nine years of solar energy industry experience after successfully co-founding, managing, and selling Solar Community LLC, a nationwide residential solar energy company, to a global solar distributor. He also has 10 years of recruiting experience and supported the worldwide talent acquisition teams at Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) while holding positions in San Antonio and London, UK. Shelby helped hire hundreds of employees for the company as it grew from a high growth startup to a publicly traded company and industry leader in cloud hosting technology. Shelby received his MBA in Management and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, both with high honors, from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio — all while on scholarship playing NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer.
Garland Scott, PE, Retired, Air Education and Training Command
Garland is the former Air Education and Training Command (AETC) energy manager where he served as the facility energy program consultant for 13 Air Force installations. He has received several Department of Energy Awards including: 2006 Air Force Energy Champion, 2004 U.S. Air Force Renewable Energy Team, and 2001 Department of Energy Award for Effective Program Implementation and Management. Garland previously served on the board of the Texas Solar Energy Society (TxSES) and is a member of ASES, TREIA, and the Association of Energy Engineers both national and Austin/San Antonio Chapters.
Scott Smith, Consultant
Scott Smith retired from CPS Energy as Director of Environmental Planning and Compliance in March 2011. This department included the activities of analysts and engineers in the corporate environmental area, as well as the activities of the power plant environmental technicians.
Mr. Smith joined CPS in 1979 as an environmental analyst. In 1985, he was promoted to Supervisor of the Environmental Department, to Senior Supervisor of the Environmental Services Section in 1995, to Director of the Environmental Management Department in 2001, and to Director of the Environmental Planning and Compliance Department in 2005. He managed the development of CPS’ electric transmission line siting and routing process, co-chaired the CPS Strategic Energy Planning Committee, and was a co-founder of the CPS Solar Energy Committee. He also founded and chaired the CPS Energy Sustainability Council.
Mr. Smith served on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Environmental Business Council, chaired the environmental steering committees of the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA), served on the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) environmental committee, and served on the Advisory Board of the Texas State Technical College Environmental Program. Mr. Smith served on the Board and Executive Committee of the San Antonio Downtown Alliance and the San Antonio Community Development Corporation for River North. He has also served on the San Antonio Water Systems Community Conservation Committee, represented CPS on the SB 3 Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program Steering Committee, and was an Advisory Member of the San Antonio River Foundation Arts and Architecture Committee. He is a member of the Mission Trail Oversight Committee, and is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, Class XXIX.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas State University and his Masters of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a long time resident of the King William neighborhood, and his hobbies include biking, home remodeling, fishing, and traveling.
Les Shepard, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Sustainable Research Institute
Les Shepard joined UTSA from Sandia National Laboratories, which is managed by Lockheed Martin Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served for more than 27 years. Most recently, Shepard was vice president of Sandia’s Energy, Security, and Defense Technologies Division, a multi-program, science-based engineering laboratory in Alburquerque, N.M.
Warren Wardrup, Mission Solar
Warren moved his family from Dallas, TX, in 2013 to join Mission Solar Energy as the Business Development Manager, where he trains teams and develops projects to create synergy between CPS Energy, local school districts and commercial businesses. His work also supports the OCI Solar Consortium to help lead San Antonio towards it’s New Energy Economy. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Clean Energy Systems where the team he led completed 1.2 MW of turn-key installations. In 2011, he became the Director of Sales & Marketing for 1Soltech and trained a sales team that sold over 2 MW of projects to New Jersey School Districts. As a National Sales Manager for SES21 in 2010, he designed and sold equipment for over 4MW of projects for the Marine Air Naval Station in Quantico Virginia. In 2009, he led the design & installation teams for Applied Solar on the largest solar installs in North Texas. Before realizing in 2008 that he wanted to take leadership in solar energy, an important emerging technology at the time, he owned a commercial construction business for 8 years called United Iron & Construction LLC in Dallas, TX, which he sold so he could become NABCEP trained in designing solar systems.
Dr. Landon Wellford, Heart and Vascular Institute of Texas
A cardiologist in private practice at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Texas, Dr. Wellford is also a visionary who believes that when it comes to solar energy, there is no other long term choice. In his long career as a military doctor, Landon traveled the globe and saw first hand the reasons for energy independence at home. He assisted with the design of a geothermal system at a former residence in North Carolina, made extensive efforts to improve his home’s energy efficiency, dug a well from 360 feet for clean drinking water, and paid $1.50 a day for all his utilities! Landon would like to see renewable energy technologies work together and create linkages to find the best combination of renewable energy for Texas.
Douglas R. Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of San Antonio
Douglas Melnick, AICP, CNU-A, was named San Antonio’s first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in March 2014. As the City’s CSO, Doug is responsible for the overall leadership of the Office of Sustainability, as well as the City’s sustainability efforts & environmental policy. Doug is a dedicated public servant who believes that leadership is about vision, cooperation and creating a work environment that challenges and empowers all staff to create and problem solve to plan for the future.
Mr. Melnick came to us from the City of Albany, New York where he served as the Director of Planning and concurrently as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability. He worked to make the City of Albany, the Capital of New York State, a better community through the integration of all aspects of municipal operations with the concept of sustainability. He succeeded by combining vision, innovation, communication and a firm understanding of local government with active engagement of all sectors of the community.
He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Albany County Land Conservancy and as an Urban Planner with the Capital District Community Gardens.