John A. Kinch, PhD
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
Upper Peninsula Operations Manager
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 has worked at MEO since 2011, beginning as a program coordinator and expanding his responsibilities into program management for the Lansing Board of Water & Light residential portfolio. He currently serves as the Operations Manager for all MEO programs. Brandon received a Bachelor of Science in Geography along with a minor in Real Estate Development and Finance from Central Michigan University. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys playing guitar, kayaking, snowshoeing and anything involving outdoor activities.
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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.
August Antoni joined MEO as an intern during the fall of 2018 and is currently serving as a Program Coordinator for the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Hometown Energy Savers program. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and he has a passion for sustainability and renewable energy. August was born in Sweden and is completely fluent in Swedish.
Melissa joined MEO in 2019 and serves as a Program Coordinator for the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Hometown Energy Savers program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in the Department of Community Sustainability from Michigan State University. Melissa enjoys camping, gardening, painting and practicing yoga.
Tom manages two of our statewide utility programs and provides technical support to additional programs and solar projects. After graduating from University College London with a BSc in Zoology, Tom spent time working with NGOs in India and Madagascar where he developed a strong interest in sustainable development. This led him to undertake an MSc in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, after which he worked on UK and European Union energy efficiency programs before moving to Marquette MI in 2018.
Sin Christian has been with Michigan Energy Options since 1988, when it was then known as Urban Options. She has formal training as a residential energy auditor and years of construction experience. Sin has performed thousands of energy audits for our organization and others. Currently Sin is our field lead for low-income energy programs for the Lansing Board of Water & Light and the City of Lansing Energy Fitness. Well liked by fellow staffers, Sin is absolutely adored by the staffer dogs at our office.
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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