Andrew Haden

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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. He is on the board of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Thousand Friends of Oregon. When not in the office, you can find Andrew fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest from his camper van.

Adam Turco

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Contract CFO

Adam provides contract CFO services to small and medium-size business through his firm, ALTCPAPC. He focuses on craft industry manufacturers, design-build firms, and professional service organizations. Adam enjoys working with business owners to help them scale and grow profitability while making improvements to their business operations. In his role at Wisewood Energy, he is called upon to solve a diverse set of business challenges including system implementations, profitability analysis, tax compliance, treasury management, cybersecurity, business process optimization, and financial reporting.  His background is in financial management, information technology, and operational audits. Adam is invested in the local community and currently sits on several non-profit boards focused on social justice and community building. Adam and his wife live in North Portland with their two sons. A native of the Northwest, he enjoys alpine climbing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing. 

David Featherman

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Engineering Project Manager

David contributes a broad range of technical and management expertise to the Wisewood Energy team by way of his firm Wildephor, a California-based consultancy focused on the analysis and implementation of bioenergy and other renewable energy projects. David specializes in cost and schedule analysis, project risk analysis and management, and various types of financial modeling to support successful project development and delivery. The winding road that eventually led him to Wisewood Energy has included degrees in architectural and civil engineering, a decade of work on nuclear waste site remediation projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, and a stint as a public policy instructor at the University of California, Berkeley. Having grown up in a small farming town in Pennsylvania, he relishes his current role in the bioenergy field, which satisfies a lifelong desire to work with rural communities to build environmentally and economically sustainable projects. David tempers his analytical side with frequent trail runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains near his home and by playing bass in several rock bands.

Jesse Abel

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PROJECT ENGINEER

A natural problem solver, Jesse is an engineer with an interest in 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 worked in research and development of medical X-ray equipment. One product he developed is now installed hospitals around the world. Originally from Coos Bay, Jesse enjoys working on motorcycles and exploring Oregon hiking trails.

Hillary Mead

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Bookkeeper

Experienced in both Information Technology and Bookkeeping, Hillary helps keep Wisewood Energy's finances in order and systems running efficiently. After receiving her bachelor of science degree in computer science from Cornell University, she spent five years supporting internet servers at Intel Corporation. It was afterwards, while living in Moab Utah, that she discovered a love of bookkeeping. Sustainability and ecosystem health are close to her heart. Hillary spends her city time roller skating and swing dancing, but is happiest in the forest.

Meagan Nuss

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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 public forest collaboratives, industrial agroforestry, non-industrial private forest management, and the social sciences. Meagan leads projects through the preliminary engineering stage of development, ensuring client objectives are incorporated throughout the design process, identifying local and regional wood fuel supplies, 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. 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

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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 subcontractor management, Nerissa makes it happen. Nerissa came to Wisewood Energy after working as an instructor for Oregon Tradeswomen 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 outdoors with her husband and dog or working on house projects.

Simon Love

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Special Projects

Simon brings a multidisciplinary background and international experience to the Wisewood Energy team. He specializes in bridging technical and non-technical aspects of projects, developing market analyses, and scoping potential new projects. Hailing from New Zealand, Simon has a background in environmental life cycle assessment of wood products and biofuels, as well as experience helping small environmentally- and socially-driven companies to launch and grow using innovative financing mechanisms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical products and processes from the University of Victoria in New Zealand and a master’s degree in industrial ecology from a consortium of European universities. When not working, Simon is doing DIY work at home, gardening, cooking, or out listening to live music.