The Solar 4R Schools Team


Dick Wanderscheid, Vice President, Renewable Energy Group

Dick oversees BEF’s nationwide investments in small-scale renewable energy projects and manages the organization’s acclaimed Solar 4R Schools program. Dick would be an appropriate contact to discuss support for studies and papers; to build support for new hydro, wind, or solar projects; or to engage the Solar4RSchools team in new ventures.

Dick spent 28 years managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for the City of Ashland and was the Municipal Electric Utility Director from 2001-2009. He developed one of the first net metering laws in the Northwest and installed several photovoltaic systems, including a 64 kW ‘community funded’ project in 2007. Dick has degrees from Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University.


Chaun MacQueen, Program Director - Solar 4R Schools

Chaun manages the Solar 4R Schools program and would be the appropriate contact to discuss new funding partner relationships; new school applications; new utility managed green power subscriber programs; or new school district renewable energy programs.  Call 503-553-3925 or email.

Chaun has an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and she graduated a B.S from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Chaun has 18 years experience managing energy education, water conservation and environmental health education; direct service; and professional training programs. She also served as a community forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in far-western Nepal (1997-1999).


Emily Barrett, Program Manager - Technical Training and Content

Emily manages solar projects, educational materials, activity development and Solar 4R Schools program logistics. Emily is an appropriate contact to discuss the details of an installation project she is leading, if you have questions about the Solar 4R Schools classroom materials, teacher training or activities, or if you are a vendor seeking to establish a relationship with our program.  

Graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in English, Emily first began working at BEF as a research fellow for the Natural Resources Defense Council and has a background in technical writing. She wrote the Solar Electric Energy Guide for Your Stadium or Arena that has been instrumental in development of several sports projects. She has worked in sustainable agriculture and native habitat restoration and is now pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. 


Sean LaFreniere, A.AIA, Project Manager - Technology Specialist

Sean manages solar projects, data monitoring and system maintenance, and our website and network of display kiosks. Sean is an appropriate contact to discuss the details of an installation project he is leading; to ask about data monitoring, kiosk, or website issues; or to discuss system repairs.  Call 503-553-3955 or email.

Sean studied urban planning and industrial design in Copenhagen and earned his Master's in sustainable urban architecture from the University of Oregon in 2007.  Before coming to BEF in 2010, Sean worked in consumer finance, software and hardware development, commercial and residential construction design.  Sean has worked in system design and project management for renewable energy installations at schools, community solar projects for utilities, and with data monitoring of projects across the country.