Andrew Haden

Founder and President

Andrew is the founder of Wisewood Energy and has over 12 years of experience in the biomass industry. He's led the development and implementation of numerous biomass energy projects across the West and is considered one of the nation's foremost experts in biomass systems and technology. He is the lead designer for all Wisewood Energy projects. Prior to founding the company, Andrew worked at Bear Mountain Forest Products and Ecotrust. Andrew holds a master's degree in rural development from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and a bachelor's in sustainable agriculture from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Jesse Abel

PROJECT ENGINEER

A natural problem solver, Jesse is an engineer with a flair for renewable energy. He manages data analysis, energy modeling, project design and detailed drawings for Wisewood Energy projects. After receiving his bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, Jesse installed solar panels in California and worked with X-ray equipment design and building. Several X-ray products he helped develop are now used in the medical field. Originally from Coos Bay, Jesse enjoys motorcycles — antique Italian ones, specifically — and exploring Oregon hiking trails.

 

Meagan Nuss

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Manager

Wisewood Energy's work is in the sweet spot of Meagan’s specialties — where social, ecological and economic interests meet. With a diverse history across the industry, Meagan has a background in forest collaboratives, industrial agroforestry, non-industrial private forest management, public lands, and the social sciences. Meagan is the client liaison for Wisewood Energy, ensuring client objectives are incorporated into project design, identifying fuel supply, fostering regional partnerships and supporting policy work. Meagan holds a master’s degree in forest ecosystems and society from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She came to Wisewood Energy from Oregon State University Extension, Northwest Natural Resource Group and GreenWood Resources. Outside the office, you can find Meagan volunteering on the Board of the Build Local Alliance or enjoying her tiny house in the country.

Nerissa Zahora

PROJECT MANAGER

With nearly a decade of experience in the engineering and construction fields, Nerissa manages the details — both big and small. From accounting and operations to project coordination and vendor management, Nerissa makes it happen. Nerissa came to Wisewood Energy after working as an instructor for Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. and a construction lead for Habitat for Humanity. She holds a master’s degree in development planning and environmental sustainability, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology — both from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a natural fit in the biomass business and one of Wisewood Energy’s founding team members. Originally from New York, Nerissa now calls Oregon home and can often be found hiking with her husband or working on house projects.