Meet The Team

Our culture of excellence attracts some of the industry's most talented and dedicated team members.


Cheney Brand is the president and CEO of SunBug Solar. He has spent his career pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship, developing methodologies to design and roll out new products, acquire competitors, and form joint ventures. In 1990 he founded Brand Software, Inc., where he served as its president and chairman of the board and grew the company from a startup to the market leader in behavioral health office management, and by 1999 negotiated its sale to VantageMed, Inc. Immediately prior to SunBug, Cheney worked for groSolar, a Vermont based solar PV and thermal installer and distributor with operations across the U.S. and Canada.

Benjamin Mayer is Vice President of Marketing & Residential Sales at SunBug Solar. He is also an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker and educator. Prior to SunBug, he produced and directed marketing films for Stonyfield Farm while engaging in the broader strategy of using contemporary media to bring the company's environmental mission directly to consumers. For ten years Benjamin worked at WGBH, eventually serving as a producer and director for the television series Art Close Up. For more than a decade, Benjamin has been involved in Creative Arts at Park in Brookline, MA where he currently heads their photography department in the summertime.

Andrea Mitter-Burke is the Director of Operations at SunBug Solar. Andrea came to us with a background in teaching, which then transitioned into Operations in the clean energy field. Her daily goal is to keep day-to-day life at SunBug running smoothly and happily. She loves working in renewable energy and contributing to making the world a better place through solar. When she’s not at the office, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Patrick McDonough joined the SunBug team in 2012 as our Master Electrician. Patrick oversees all the crews in the field and is responsible for all of our installations. He also manages electrical, safety, and equipment training. He started in the electrical trade in 1986 and brings a solid foundation of electrical experience to SunBug Solar. When not working, Patrick likes to spend time at the beach with his family. 

Nick d’Arbeloff is Vice President of Commercial Business at SunBug Solar. He has spent much of his career in clean energy and innovation and, prior to joining the SunBug team in 2015, served as President of Advanced Energy Economy, Vice President of Energy Efficiency Solutions for EnerNOC, and founding President of the New England Clean Energy Council. Earlier in his career he worked in the software industry where he was founder & CEO of Conjoin, a sales and marketing software company acquired by WebEx in 2005, and Co-Founder and VP Marketing of Wildfire Communications, a telecom software company acquired by Orange PLC in 2000. Nick is a representative of The Climate Project, and serves on the boards of the New England Clean Energy Council and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He is also the author of two novels: Excessive Entanglement, published in 2008; and Degrees of Survival, published in 2015. Nick holds a BA from Georgetown University.

Commercial Team

Ryan Black is a Business Development Manager with SunBug’s Commercial Team. After an earlier career in finance and real estate development, Ryan sought to incorporate sustainability into his professional life. He has since spent the better part of a decade advocating for renewable energy policies and developing commercial solar systems. Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys reading, gardening, and all things outdoors.

Ken Carter joined SunBug in 2016 with over 35 years of experience in the electrical and construction trades. As the Construction Project Manager for the commercial team, Ken bridges the gap between the development and construction phases of our commercial projects. In his spare time, Ken is an amateur photographer, seeking out abandoned places and buildings to expand his portfolio. 

Brishen Iannitelli-Pombo joined SunBug in 2016 with a background in construction and general contracting. In his role as Commercial Construction Coordinator, he oversees all activities related to solar installations, including on-site construction.

Richard Kane focuses on developing solar photovoltaic (PV) energy solutions for commercial, non-profit, and community-based organizations. Prior to working in Commercial Business Development at SunBug, Richard served as the Solar Coach in his hometown of Carlisle, where he was responsible for orchestrating and driving Carlisle’s highly successful participation and performance during MassCEC’s 2013 Solarize Mass program. Richard holds an undergraduate science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a graduate engineering degree from Brown University.

Orlando Martinez is SunBug's project development manager. Orlando has about 16 years of experience in the electrical generation industry, having worked on various technologies including wind, combined heat-and power, and now solar.

Blake Randolph is a Design Manager for commercial and residential design. He has spent much of his career in the solar industry in a variety of positions, including: installation, production management, R&D and system design. He has always had a passion for renewable energy since studying the various types while completing his BA in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado. When he is not working, Blake enjoys playing various sports and enjoying the outdoors with his friends and family.

Brandon Taylor joined SunBug in 2015 as Assistant Project Manager on the commercial team. In this role, he develops drawing-sets, performs site-surveys to verify preliminary layouts, and prepares permitting & construction documentation for all commercial projects.

Residential Team

Ben Aparo joined SunBug’s residential team in 2012 with a background in project management and consulting. He has since applied these skill sets to solar with a consultative and educational approach to residential sales and system design. He believes that one can only sell what they believe in and for that reason, loves working in the solar industry and continues to further himself professionally. In 2016, he hopes to pass the NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional examination. 

After six years in the textile recycling industry, David Carmack decided to follow his passion for solar, joining Sunbug in 2016. He's excited about putting solar panels on as many rooftops in Massachusetts as he can. Prior to his career in sustainability, he spent fifteen years as a freelance commercial photographer. David and his wife both hail from Oklahoma and Texas. He loves playing frisbee with his daughter and can't imagine life without vinyasa yoga.

For Dan Covey, a career in the solar industry seemed like the perfect opportunity to unify his professional skill set of sales and project management with his personal passion for renewable energy. Dan joined SunBug in 2011 on the residential sales and system design team and in 2014 earned his NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.

Annemarie Hanson joined the residential team in 2016 with a background in policy and administration. After graduating from Northeastern University’s Urban and Regional Policy program she decided to pursue her passion for renewable energy, which led her to SunBug and her role as a sales support team member. In this role Annemarie enjoys being able to help homeowners choose the solar option that’s best for them, while in her spare time she enjoys exploring Boston and picking up new hobby projects.

Leif von der Heyde joined SunBug in 2016 after having spent years in all areas of residential and commercial construction. Throughout his years of experience, he has strived to create a meaningful and long lasting impact on his community and the environment, culminating with his switch to solar. His journey didn’t start in construction, as he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and majored in psychology, minoring in chemistry. Leif is a licensed general contractor, and in his spare time enjoys reading, inventing, and spending time with his family.

Eli Kuh joined the SunBug team in 2016. Years ago, while studying Environmental Studies at New York University, Eli became involved in the field of Waste Reduction, experiencing firsthand the complex and mutual relationship between humans and the urban environment. Now, returning to his home state of Massachusetts, Eli is bringing this systems-oriented approach to solar energy. When he is not at the office, Eli can be found playing soccer, enjoying music, and tinkering with foreign languages.

Daniel Labbe studied architecture in college, during which time he became interested in sustainable building and design, and discovered his passion for solar design. He aspired to work for a solar installation company and knew that SunBug was the right fit for him upon experiencing the company culture. In 2014 he graduated and joined SunBug as the warehouse manager and has since moved into a sales support role for the residential team. 

Spencer Lawrence joined the SunBug team in 2016, bringing with him five years of experience in the clean energy field. Previously, Spencer was the Zero Net Energy Buildings Program Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. In his spare time, Spencer likes to listen to podcasts, play basketball, and watch stand-up comedy. 

Jamie Leef is an expert at integrating solar into new building projects, with over five years of experience designing photovoltaic systems and two decades in residential and commercial construction, both on-site and in the office. He has solar PV installed on his own home and enjoys tracking its performance on his iPhone, sometimes even while away with his family taking time to bike, climb, or ski in the woods.

After working for close to a decade in aviation, Chris Miller became acutely aware of the importance of energy usage to our future and changed careers. Prior to joining SunBug, he became well-versed in building science working as a residential energy specialist where he advised Massachusetts residents on energy efficiency and conservation. He has been selling and designing residential solar systems since joining the SunBug team in 2014 and has never been happier. In 2016, Chris earned his NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.

Michael McDonough studied Business Administration in college. After graduating in 2012, Mike worked in operations for Textron Systems. Renewable energies were always something that interested him and so in 2014 he joined the SunBug Solar installation team. After a year of installations he transitioned into a sales support role for the residential team in 2015.

Mike Ozog had close to a decade of engineering and project management experience in other industries when he realized his interest in renewable energy and desire to have a positive impact on his local community and the environment at large. He joined SunBug in 2012 as a residential solar sales and system designer, and brought with him a friend: Perdido the Solar Dog! Today this duo not only design and sell residential solar systems, but inspire the entire SunBug team to continue bringing solar to all corners of this great state.

Harrison Piper discovered the potential of renewable energy after watching SunBug install a solar PV array at his parents home. He developed a strong desire to become a part of the solar industry and was specifically interested in SunBug, so he joined the team as a solar installer. After two years installing solar systems around the state, he transitioned into the role he holds today as a residential solar project manager. 

Aaron Simms joined SunBug in 2013 with a wealth of project management and engineering experience. His current role is managing the newest SunBug Solar office in Westfield MA. Previously, Aaron oversaw the design and operations of commercial and industrial projects of all sizes. Aaron is NABCEP Certified and holds an undergraduate science degree in Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic. On a personal note, Aaron bicycled from Singapore to Prague, a trip that took a year and a half and totaled over 15,000 miles.

Ned Wilson joined the residential sales and system design team in SunBug’s Westfield, MA office in 2016 with a background in solar project management and installation. He is passionate about helping people go solar through an educational and consultative process. In 2015 he earned both his NABCEP PV Installation Professional and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional certifications. Ned lives in the Berkshires with his wife, Elizabeth and their 3 daughters. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and occasionally attending a classic car show with his 1974 AMC Javelin or his 1965 Chrysler Imperial. Ned has served on the New Marlborough Conservation Commission since 2008. Ned once drove in a demolition derby and won, having the last car moving out of a field of 30 cars.


Lisa Button joined the Sunbug team in 2016 bringing with her 25+ years of experience in general office administration, payroll, A/P and bookkeeping skills. She loves being part of a working environment that encourages individuals to excel individually, as well as making positive changes to our environment through Solar installations. Lisa is a creative individual who loves photography, scrapbooking, gardening, crafts, puzzles, games and quality time with her husband, son, family and friends.

Lamara d'Arbeloff went to college at St. Lawrence University in New York, where she focused her studies in Environmental Sciences. After college she didn’t waste any time living near Grand Teton National Park- spending most of her time there skiing and hiking. She spent a few years working in the outdoor education sector. Lamara is Procurement Manager for SunBug Solar, making sure that solar installation projects have what they need, when they need it!  She handles logistics and she organizes the ordering and staging of all major components in a solar system! She enjoys spending as much time as she can outdoors, and she is passionate about helping people utilize the renewable energy that SunBug Solar provides!

Marianne Gildea, our Accounting Manager, has an MBA from Penn State and a Masters in Accounting from Bentley. Throughout her career, she has worked for architects, asbestos removal consultants, an ambulance company and a company specializing in managed data collection services. She took a work hiatus to raise her three children and is now back at work and loves SunBug and the solar industry so much that she had a solar array installed on her home. When not working, she enjoys quilting, cooking, family time and cheering on the Patriots.

Sarah Girouard graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Business Practices. After graduation she followed her passion for traveling to visit Bali and Sri Lanka to get her SCUBA Divemaster certification. Sarah joined SunBug Solar in August 2015. As an Operations Coordinator, she has the opportunity to work closely with clients from the installation to commissioning phases of their projects. Working at SunBug has allowed her to start her career with a company that values customer service and quality work above all else. As an outdoor enthusiast, you can always find her enjoying her weekends hiking, skiing, or biking.

Anna Guigli studied Environmental Science and earned a BS from UMass Amherst. She is expanding her passion for renewable energy in the Fall at Northeastern University where she will study Energy Systems Engineering. Anna Guigli has been an employee of SunBug Solar for over 3 years. She works as an Operations Coordinator and enjoys helping customers from the beginning to the end of their solar project. Anna enjoys running, hanging with her dog, and eating dessert. 

Malcolm Littlefield is from Massachusetts and graduated from Middlebury College's program in environmental studies in 2013. Since 2014, he has developed SunBug Solar's monitoring program to include the most advanced monitoring technologies available. Malcolm engineers custom solutions for SunBug Solar's largest projects so that no inverter is left un-monitored. SunBug customers can rest easy knowing that Malcolm flags technical issues at lightening speed. Malcolm enjoys working at SunBug because of the friendly, fast paced, customer focused culture. During his spare time, Malcolm can be found hiking and playing music.

Joel Niles joined SunBug Solar as the Warehouse Manager in 2016. As the Warehouse Manager, he manages the receiving and the daily operations of the warehouse. Having a passion for warehouse/building management is what has permitted him to spend 15 plus years of his career in the field which started at WB Mason. It’s his on-the-job experience that has afforded him a well-rounded skill set that he’s found to be very rewarding. In his spare time he enjoys traveling to the Caribbean with his family, watching football and playing his favorite instrument, the steel pan.

Mike Senarian is a licensed electrician and has been deeply involved in the electrical and construction trades for over 20 years. As an electrical service manager Mike is intricately involved with service and maintenance of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Mike works closely with the service team to quickly respond to and redress any customer concern that may arise. He prides himself on his attention to detail and superior work product. Mike is an avid football and golf fan, and when he’s not working he can usually be found playing or watching sports with his friends and family.


Caleb Barnett is a crew lead for SunBug and runs the electrical installation. Caleb has been an electrician for seven years. Outside of work, Caleb likes to run and coach football. 

Mike Button joined SunBug in the summer of 2016. He aspires to be an electrician’s apprentice. He enjoys writing music and going on hikes in the Middlesex Fells.

Nick Carco is a roof lead at SunBug and brings people's visions to reality. Nick is an adrenaline freak and lives sky diving and amusement parks. 

Kelvin Castillo joined SunBug in 2016 as an electrical apprentice and enjoys working in the electrical field. Kelvin enjoys riding motorcycles in his off-time and loves fitness. 

Vijay Chauhan started at SunBug as a licensed Master Electrician in October 2015. He takes pride in the solar installations he builds. Vijay enjoys writing his own music and listening to heavy metal. 

Matt Cheney has been at SunBug for two plus years as an electrical apprentice. When Matt is off work he enjoys live music, concerts, and mountain biking.

Paulo Costa Neto is an electrician’s apprentice who enjoys working primarily on the roof. In his spare time, he likes being outside - hiking, fishing and hunting.

Terry Donovan is an electrical apprentice and has worked in both residential and commercial installations. He enjoys working on the roof and learning more about solar. He plays drums on the weekends.

Jim Driscoll, Master Electrician, assists Patrick McDonough with local electrical inspections. He is the founder of Driscoll Electric, an electrical business with offices in Medford and Cape Cod. He works with Sarah and Andrea to coordinate SunBug customer's access with Building Dept. inspections. He enjoys boating, fishing and traveling. His biggest reason for joining SunBug is because of the quality of the work that he has seen, and also the high company spirit.

Rich Dube came to SunBug in October 2016. He started in the electrical trade right out of high school in 1992 and was licensed as a journeyman electrician in 1997. He is part Mi'kmaq, and very involved in his Native American Culture. During the summer he spends some weekends singing and dancing at Native American Powwows. In his spare time, he loves to spend it with his wife and 2 sons and also makes planes out of Aluminum soda and beer cans.

Keith Dunn has been an electrician for eight years and is a crew lead at SunBug. Keith enjoys snowboarding and hiking when he is not at work. 

Steve Elwin, or more commonly known as "Hilly," has been a licensed electrician since 2010. He was born and raised in Dominica, the Nature Island of the Carribbean, but has been braving the winters in Brooklyn and Vermont for the last 15 years. Outside of work he enjoys playing the drums, listening to reggae music, playing soccer, and chasing after his energetic daughter. Hailing from the Nature Island, a place with 400 rivers, hot springs, rugged mountains, an abundance of organic locally grown food, and where eco-tourism is the center of the economy, Hilly has been interested in green building and solar energy for many years.

Shawn Foley has been working at SunBug for three years as a roof lead. He is an aspiring licensed electrician and recently was promoted to a training position. He enjoys watching football and rock climbing on his days off. 

Matt Galante had an usual start at SunBug and came to us as a high school intern. Matt just graduated from Shawsheen Valley Tech and now works full time with SunBug. Matt enjoys playing and trail walking with his  dog and riding all terrain vehicles.

Tom Hanlon is a licensed electrician that joined SunBug last fall. He enjoys designing and building the electrical pipe runs for the installations. When he’s not working he enjoys playing video games on his Xbox.

Billy Hutchinson has been in th electrical field since 1993, and is a crew lead at SunBug. Billy has three kids, whom he adores, and spends all his time and money on them. 

Rob Jollimore joined SunBug in 2014 as a licensed electrician, and serves as SunBug's quality control manager and assistant construction manager. He is a jack of all trades and lends his help on all the installations at SunBug. In his spare time, Rob enjoys sitting on the beach.

Philip Kinnane qualified as an electrician in Ireland in 2007. He moved to Toronto in 2011 to work for a solar company and installed systems across Ontario. Philip started working for Sunbug in 2015. In his spare time he likes to walk his dog and travel.

Lucian Kuqi started learning about harvesting the power of the sun over 20 years ago. When he was 11 years old, he built a home made solar thermal system with his brother - composed of a few smaller tanks, some magnifiers, a 12V pump, 12v old car battery, a old car alternator and a old bicycle to charge the battery, and it worked for about a month. He enjoys working for SunBug, as quality is very important here, and he feels proud about what he does. On his free time Lucian likes to spend time with his wife and kids.

Stephen Labbe spends his days on the roof as a roof lead at SunBug. He likes to be outside working with his hands. Stephen likes to hang out with family and friends and play basketball during his off hours.

Stephen LaPointe is a roof lead at SunBug and likes taking pride in his work. Outside of work, Stephen likes to hang out with friends and play softball. 

Beau LeBlanc worked in construction before joining the SunBug team. He loves all that the outdoors has to offer, including camping and hiking. In the summer you'll catch him up at his family’s Winnipesaukee house.

Jeff Lehner started at SunBug in 2016 as an electrician apprentice and enjoys working in the field. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle and watching football.

Dominic Lessieur takes pride in being an electrical apprentice and works on the roof installing solar panels. Outside of work he likes to hang out with his friends and travel. 

Dat Nguyen has worked at SunBug since July 2015 as a licensed electrician. He enjoys the variety that solar offers. On weekends, Dat likes going to the gym and working around the house.

Eddie Olsen joined the SunBug team in 2016 as a licensed electrician. He has been a licensed electrician since 2004. He likes camping, fishing, and hanging with his three boys, and has another baby on the way. 

Jonathan Pimental has worked in roofing for the past ten years, and transitioned to solar work in 2014. He is happy to build systems that produce clean energy and save the planet for future generations.

Santiago Reyes has been a licensed electrician for over eight years, and has worked in solar for four. He enjoys taking his nine year old son to the gym and playing with his three year old daughter.

Rickey Rhodes is a hardworking family man who loves staying busy. If there is something to be done, he does it!

Adam Silverman has worked at SunBug for over two years, and works on primarily on the roof when he is on the crew. He plays hockey with the Boston Junior Bruins in his spare time.

Jason Tetrault comes from a construction background, and wanted to make a change by getting into solar - knowing it's the wave of the future and that less than 1% of the country uses it. In my spare time, Jason likes playing pool, snowboarding, and mountain climbing.

Mark Warner works on the roof installing solar panels. Mark came to us with some hands on construction background. Mark enjoys skiing and sailing during his free time.

Phil Wildman arrived at SunBug in the spring of 2016. He is a licensed electrician who hails from the south shore, where he worked as an engineered systems designer and installer. His free time is divided up between activities with his three sons.

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Founded in 2009, SunBug Solar has designed and installed over 800 solar systems all across Massachusetts, ranging in size from 1kW to over 1MW. We deliver the highest-quality solar solutions in conjunction with the best possible customer experience. Our integrated approach—from initial education through consultative design to quality installation and ongoing support—has earned SunBug the highest reputation for customer service, and a host of satisfied residential and commercial customers.