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.
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.
Heather Gayle Holdridge, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Manager at Lake | Flato Architects
Leveraging her background in mechanical engineering, Heather directs all Lake|Flato project teams in establishing achievable sustainability goals. She devises strategies and establishes methods and systems to realize those goals under programs such as LEED, the 2030 Challenge, and the Living Building Challenge. Heather works closely with design teams to evaluate appropriate passive systems and performs energy modeling throughout the design process. Heather’s projects have included the Engineered BioSystems Building at Georgia Tech University; the Austin Central Library; Vanderbilt University’s Engineering and Medicine Building, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation facility. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Shelby Ruff, Founder of Off Grid Hardware
Shelby Ruff has worked in the Solar Energy Industry for 9+ years and has implemented thousands of residential, commercial, utility scale, and non-profit solar projects across the USA & Mexico. He founded Off Grid Hardware, LLC in 2012 with a focus on solar energy project development, sustainable living products, and off grid battery storage systems. He joined the Board of Directors for Solar San Antonio in 2009 and has worked to transform Central Texas into a national solar power leader. Shelby successfully co-founded, managed, and sold Solar Community LLC, a nationwide residential solar energy company, to a global solar energy distributor. He also has 10+ years of recruiting consulting experience supporting global multinational companies and high growth businesses around the globe. 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. Shelby was also a member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Program at St. Mary’s University in the Texas Heartland Conference.
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.
Les Shephard, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Sustainable Research Institute
Les Shephard 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, Texas Solar Utilities
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.