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Meet the CCEF Staff














































Lise Dondy
Chief Operating Officer

Lise is the Chief Operating Officer of the Fund, joining the team in March 2004. Previously, she had been Managing Director, Investments for Connecticut Innovations since 1992. In that capacity, she originated new investments and actively managed a portfolio of emerging technology companies principally in the areas of information technology and photonics. During that time she actively participated as a board member or as a board observer of thirteen companies representing approximately $22 million of equity or equity-like investments.

Lise serves on the board of CiDRA Corporation. She formerly served as a Director of LinkSoft Technologies which was acquired by QuadraMed Corporation (NASDAQ:QMDC) and actively participated as board observer and advisor to On-Line Technologies which was acquired by MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) , DeMaria ElectroOptics, Inc. acquired by Coherent Corporation (NASDAQ:COHR) and Open Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPEN).

Prior to joining Connecticut Innovations, Ms. Dondy served as a consultant to small businesses with an emphasis on business development, financial strategy and recycling market development. She was a founder of a retail business in Portland, Oregon. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management.

Heidi Bieber
Administrative Assistant

Heidi is responsible for the administrative support of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. Previously, she was with Connecticut Innovations for seven years where she worked as an Investment Secretary. She brings to her position more than 18 years of Secretarial/ Administrative experience. Heidi has attended Manchester Community College and Hartford College for Women.

Keith Frame
Associate Director, New Technologies and Project Management

Keith evaluates new projects and interfaces with CCEF partners, developers, and government regulatory agencies throughout project implementation. Keith coordinates and oversees CCEF project budgets and disbursements, placing major emphasis on various fuel cell strategies, as well as wave, wind, solar and biomass power generation options. Keith has nearly 20 years of experience in the power industry. His experience includes management of capital projects to improve power plant reliability and development of strategic plans for assessing and improving plant reliability and cost-effective operation. Project experience includes planning, scheduling, budgeting and monitoring implementation for budget compliance. Keith holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Al Francione
Manager, Financial and Industry Analysis

Al performs financial analysis and modeling of CCEF's investments in renewable resources. Al brings to CCEF more than 21 years of experience at Northeast Utilities, where he performed numerous studies of Northeast Utilities' generating assets to determine operating efficiencies, plan for generating resources to meet future load growth, and achieve fuel diversity to minimize fuel price risk. Al has designed various financial models to evaluate investment opportunities in telecommunication, fiber optics, fuel cells and Internet-based startup companies. Al holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Teikyo Post University and a master of science in management, with a finance concentration, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bryan Garcia
Director, Energy Market Initiatives

Bryan works with grassroots non-profit organizations, foundations, and public agencies to initiate and manage social and environmental investments and projects that create awareness of clean energy and its benefits to society. His interest is in sustainable enterprises that create economic value, respect the environment and contribute to social development.

Bryan brings to his position more than 15 years' experience in community development projects. Prior to joining Connecticut Innovations in August 2000, Bryan worked as an intern at General Electric in its Corporate Environmental Programs Division auditing and evaluating domestic and international business units and training programs. He also served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kazakhstan on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment as an NGO advisor and environmental educator.

BS from the University of California at Berkeley in Political Economy of Natural Resources

MEM from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in Industrial Environmental Management

MPA from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in Public and Nonprofit Management

MBA from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance

Dale Hedman
Director of Project Development

Dale A. Hedman is the Director of Project Development of the Fund, joining the team on 1/7/2005.  Previously, he served as Director of Project Development and then, Project Advisor for US Energy Biogas Corporation.  Prior to his assignment with USEBC, he held the position of General Manager of Yankee Energy Services Company’s Energy Division, which developed, owned and operated on-site energy and landfill gas electric generating facilities.  His project development experience includes developing, building and operating on-site cogeneration, landfill gas electric generation and fuel cell projects most noticeably in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hedman’s background is in utility finance. He served as a Cost of Capital Analyst for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Financial and Treasury Analyst with Northeast Utilities and Manager of Financial Planning and Budgets for Yankee Energy Systems, Inc.

Mr. Hedman holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Dave Ljunquist
Project Manager

Dave joined the Clean Energy Fund team in July 2005. Dave’s career has been concentrated in new business and product development for both large and small entrepreneurial companies. His involvement in the energy field began in 1990, working for Nitech, Inc., a joint venture between Niagara Mohawk Power Co. and a small Connecticut product design/engineering firm, marketing an innovative transmission line monitoring system to the large electric utilities. He joined Northeast Utilities in 1995, as that organization was gearing up to meet the challenges of deregulation, becoming manager of contract and proposal development for Select Energy. He left Select Energy in 2001 to join Nxegen, Inc., a startup company providing energy monitoring and management services. In 2003, Dave consulted for the Clean Energy Fund and IntellEnergy LLC, a small company specializing in energy-efficient lighting. Dave has an MBA from Columbia and a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT. His community activities include the Cheshire Energy Commission, which he chaired in 1998-1999, and rejoined in 2004.

Paul Michaud
General Counsel

Paul is general counsel for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, joining the team in September 2005. Previously, he was a supervisor in the Conservation and Load Management Department at The Connecticut Light and Power Company. Paul brings more than 10 years of public utility and energy law experience. Before moving to Connecticut, Paul was a senior attorney at the law firm of Martinez & Curtis, P.C., in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was the lead counsel on several matters involving wind and solar energy generation projects, gas-fired generating facilities and transmission line siting projects. Paul also served as the assistant chief counsel for the State of Arizona where he represented residential consumers as a class intervenor in various ratemaking proceedings involving electric, gas, and water public utilities. Paul is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Arizona. Paul holds a Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and a BS in finance from Bentley College.

Charles Moret
Managing Director, Marketing

Charlie directs marketing and communications for Connecticut Innovations.  This includes broadening the CCEF’s presence throughout the state; communicating information about its activities to stakeholders; maintaining relationships with a wide variety of organizations; and formulating and implementing outreach programs, workshops and conferences.

Charlie joined Connecticut Innovations in January 2000 with more than 25 years' experience in business and entrepreneurial financing. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Pace University and a master’s of business administration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John Murphy
Marketing Coordinator

John joined CCEF as Marketing Coordinator in November of 2004.  In this role, John is responsible for a broad range of marketing efforts, including events management, collateral material design, marketing communications, public relations, & market research.  Prior to joining CCEF, John developed his hands-on marketing skills over the course of 16 years with Integrated Industrial Systems, a machinery engineering and manufacturing firm in Yalesville, CT.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Angela Perondi-Pitel
Project Associate

Angela joined the Clean Energy Fund in September 2005. She has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors on programs related to environmental sustainability, clean energy technologies, corporate social responsibility, and community outreach initiatives involving renewable energy technologies. Angela comes to the CCEF having recently served as an MIT Project Fellow working with the Center for Reflective Community Practice where she introduced new energy technologies into educational institutions and community groups to promote community empowerment and social change.  She was also a VISTA volunteer for AmeriCorps where she developed and implemented a curriculum on fuel cell technology for community programs and schools in Boston. Angela has an MS degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in Psychology from the Sao Paulo Catholic University.

Kimberly Peterson
Project Associate

Kimberly joined the Clean Energy Fund in February 2006. She develops and manages incentive programs for small renewable energy systems. Before coming to Connecticut, Kimberly was on the state and local initiatives team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where she helped deploy renewable energy technologies to state and local governments. She also held various positions at the U.S. Conference of Mayors facilitating sustainable development and environmental programs for cities. Kimberly holds an MA degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a BS in Business Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mary Vigil
Administrative Assistant

Mary started with the Clean Energy Fund in October of 2004 as a temporary employee and became part of the staff in January 2005. She previously worked at United Healthcare as a facility coordinator. Mary brings to the team over 15 years of secretarial / administrative experience.