John A. Kinch, PhD

Executive Director

Since 2010, John A. Kinch has directed Michigan Energy Options, emphasizing innovative and collaborative projects between the public and private sectors. Under John, MEO’s community-based work has expanded across the state and its revenue has diversified. John has been in the nonprofit sector for three decades, including working in international conservation and in Michigan universities. On sunny days at MEO’s East Lansing Office, John enjoys going into the basement to listen to the inverter for our rooftop solar system whirring away, making renewable power.

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Michael J. Larson, MPA

Assistant Director

Michael J. Larson oversees the daily operations of MEO’s Upper Peninsula Office in Marquette and manages projects across the state. Michael’s duties include oversight of MECA utility energy efficiency programs and leading MEO’s community engagement on energy issues in the U.P. Michael has a Masters of Public Administration and has been working with MEO since 2011. He enjoys tinkering with old technology including phonographs, brass blade fans, mechanical clocks, is a former fly-fishing guide, and currently serves as a Planning Commissioner and a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Marquette.

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Brandon Kawalec

Program Manager

Brandon Kawalec joined MEO in 2015 and currently manages the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Hometown Energy Savers residential programs. Brandon is a Michigan State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Agriscience. Brandon enjoys bicycling, tennis and golf in his free time.

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Angela Marez

Program Coordinator

Angela joined MEO in 2021 and serves as a Program Coordinator for the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Hometown Energy Savers program. Prior to joining MEO, she served as a multi-family Property Manager with experience in tax-credit and low-income programs.  In her free time, Angela enjoys camping, gardening, and raising Monarch butterflies.

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Tim Skrotzki, LEED AP

Energy Efficiency Consultant

Tim Skrotzki supports Michigan Energy Options through a partnership with Elevate Energy by providing a local presence to expand the implementation of multifamily energy efficiency and solar services across the state of Michigan. He provides outreach support and technical assistance for multifamily energy efficiency, solar, and green building services. Tim brings experience as a consultant, project manager, and LEED AP; and has an advanced business degree with a focus in sustainable development and clean energy programs. Tim enjoys volunteering to bring community together to celebrate Earth Day.

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Bob Tinker, LEED AP, RA

Technical Energy Consultant

Bob Tinker is a long-time supporter of Michigan Energy Options and a technical consultant for our commercial energy services. Bob is a registered architect in the State of Michigan specializing in energy efficient building design, construction and operations—including the use of solar energy in buildings. He has been partner and president in two architectural firms over his career. Tinker Energy, Bob’s current business, provides commercial energy audits for government and utility programs. Bob maintains a daily yoga and meditation practice to keep his personal energy tuned and focused.

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