Our Team

A culture of excellence along with our employee ownership program attracts some of the industry's most talented and dedicated team members.

Management

Cheney Brand is the president, CEO and an owner 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.

Co-Owner Benjamin Mayer is Vice President of Marketing & Residential Sales. His focus on quality, consumer education, and the integrity of SunBug’s behavior – to employees, partners and customers – has helped SunBug garner the highest reputation for customer service in its market, including a five consecutive Angie’s List Super Service awards. Before SunBug, Ben was a New England Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker for WGBH public television. Additionally, he worked with Stonyfield Farm to use contemporary media to bring the company's environmental mission directly to consumers through social channels, a novel approach at the time. For nearly twenty years, Ben has spent part of his summers as a photography teacher for school-age children at Creative Arts at Park in Brookline MA.

Andrea Mitter-Burke, SunBug’s Director of Operations and Co-Owner, came to SunBug when it was a five person company and, with the help of many others, has built a customer-oriented culture that continually wins service awards.  Her background is in teaching and administrative operations, and her goal is to maintain SunBug as an unusual place with high standards for both customers and employees as it continues to grow.  She also enjoys the challenges of supporting the day-to-day operations of the company and helping things run smoothly and happily.  She loves working in renewable energy and contributing to making the world a better place through solar. Andrea loves spending time with her family and being outdoors as much as possible.

Co-Owner 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 a co-owner and 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.

Co-Owner 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.

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. 

Co-Owner Billy Hutchinson got his license in 1993 and started in the field at Sunbug in 2014. In January 2018 he began a position in the commercial division and is excited to improve operations between the office and field. He loves spending time with his family.

Jeremy McDiarmid serves SunBug customers developing commercial scale solar projects. Prior to joining SunBug, he served in senior positions at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and at the non-profit research and advocacy organization Acadia Center. Jeremy has also worked as an attorney with a civil litigation practice in Boston. He earned a JD with honors from Boston College Law School and a BA with honors from Syracuse University.

Chris Robinson joined the SunBug Commercial team in 2017 as our Commercial Project Development Manager. He has brought an array of solar experience from both the residential and commercial sector as he has been in the industry since 2010. He is a native of Massachusetts and was educated in Washington D.C. when he was first bitten by the energy bug and realized the importance of generating clean renewable electricity. When he isn't in the office you can find him playing hockey or skiing.

Jeffrey Wootan is a Business Development Manager for commercial solar at SunBug Solar. He has spent his career in both the solar and dot com industries developing new technologies, mergers and acquisitions and an entrepreneurial spirit for creating companies and subsidiaries. He started in the solar industry in 1975 up though 1986 when the US discontinued solar incentives. He helped to take a dot com company public through acquisitions up until 2000. He returned to the solar industry in 2001 and has been in it ever since. Prior to SunBug he built a solar subsidiary for Broadway Electrical which became the 15th largest in the US. He recently completed the 3rd largest solar canopy in the world.

Residential Team

Patrick Boyle recently returned to New England and joined SunBug as our newest Residential Project Manager where he helps prepare and manage residential installations. After getting his degree in Anchorage, working as a gold miner in Alaska and a civil engineer in Hawaii, he moved to California to complete the NABCEP PV associate program and begin his transition into the solar industry. When he’s not working he enjoys traveling, volunteering, hiking, snowboarding, and riding his motorcycle.

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 Co-Owner 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.

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

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. 

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, co-owner 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 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.

Co-Owner 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.

Co-Owner 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.

Co-Owner 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. 

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.

Operations

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. 

Co-Owner 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!

Ross Frankel, a recent graduate of Northeastern University, is SunBug Solar's monitoring specialist. As an amateur tinkerer, Ross loves being able to combine his interests of technology and renewable energy every day. Ross is an avid runner and enjoys following both the Sox and the Pats.

Co-Owner 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.

Co-Owner 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. 

Co-Owner Richard Kane is SunBug’s Customer Service & Support Manager. Richard became a member of the SunBug family in 2012—initially as a residential solar system customer, followed by joining the SunBug staff in a commercial solar business development role in 2013. In 2017, Richard “changed hats” and began managing SunBug’s customer service and support department. Richard’s professional background includes service line management, professional services, and product marketing positions at several Boston-area suppliers of Internet, telecom/datacom, mobile/wireless, IT infrastructure, cloud computing, and information management products and services. Richard holds an undergraduate science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a graduate degree in engineering from Brown University.

Eli Kuh joined the SunBug team in 2016. Years before, 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, having returned 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.

A native of Derry, Ireland, Christian McNeil has called the Boston area home for the last 20 years. A singer-songwriter by night, Christian combines his passion for great music with a belief in clean energy by day, working in tandem with Operations in permitting.

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.

Kyle Willoth went to school at Santa Clara University, where he studied Philosophy with a pre-law emphasis. After spending his first 5 years wearing various hats at a janitorial supply distributor, he found out about Sunbug, and fell in love with the culture. He works as an Operations Coordinator, helping the customer from start to finish with permits, scheduling, and inspections of their solar project. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, golfing, photography, and expanding his vinyl record collection.

Installation

Jimmy Amarena is a licensed electrician, who has been in the trade for 18 years.  He looks forward to working hard to help the growth and reputation of SunBug.  In his free time, he enjoyes playing and watching sports, as well as being an avid fisherman.

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 Brownell was new to solar when he came to SunBug and adapted quickly and enjoys the roof work.  He loves to play basketball and video games in his time off.

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. 

Co-Owner 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.

Ryan Christie, who was once an apprentice at SunBug in 2013-2015, has returned since obtaining his electrical license in 2018, to join the service team. When he's not working Ryan enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching football.

Joe Derry went to Porter and Chester for his electrical schooling and has a background with prior commercial solar and residential general electrical work.

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.

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.

Co-Owner 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 G. is a 4th year apprentice who got his education at Martin Electrical School. He applied at SunBug because of their reputation for the high quality and workmanship. On weekends he enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and dog.

Pat Graelish graduated from Don Bosco Technical High School in 1995. He's been an electrician for 14-15 years. He enjoys traveling to Ireland and is a huge boxing fan.

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 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. 

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.

Justin Newsome is a die hard New England sports fan. He plays in an adult softball league in the summer and fall. Some of his biggest hobbies include fishing, hanging out with his son, and camping. He has prior experience in the solar industry and has never once lost interest in solar. He have 7+ years on the construction field and started off working for his father who owns his own business.

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.

Misael Pagen is an apprentice at SunBug. During his free time he enjoys taking his nephew to the park, playing basketball with his friends and playing video games.

Santiago Reyes Duran 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.

Harry Rhodes was born and raised in Florida. He enjoys working outside on the roofs. He likes to read, go hiking and play video games.

Eddy Rosario is a four year apprentice. He has two boys --ages 10 and 8. Eddy's hobby is motor mechanics.

Luis A. Rosario is an electrical apprentice. He enjoys spending time with his son, his family, and loves boxing and gaming.

Stephen Ruiz is a licensed electrician at SunBug. Stephen spent some of his apprenticeship on the roof at SunBug before becoming licensed. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and dogs.

Murphy Sanchez joined SunBug in 2017 after three years as part of a warehouse production team. Murphy has joined the Western Mass team as an Operation Support team member. In his spare time Murphy likes to spend time with his family and with his daughter outside in the park.

Tracey Schryba is a Navy veteran. Tracey has a 32 year old son whom he is very proud of. When not in the Dojo he likes to make money working. Tracey has lived in the mountains of Western MA for the last 25 years since moving back from California. Tracey is member of the Elks Club and is an outdoor sportsman and loves the water and beach. 

Alex Silverman is currently an apprentice at SunBug. He enjoys learning new things in the field and enjoys the crews that he works with.

Allen Stoddard has been an electrician for 6 years. He enjoys writing music 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 his 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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SunBug Solar creates positive environmental and social impact by exemplifying our core values of responsiveness, resourcefulness, and reliability with our customers, within our industry, and among our teammates. Founded in 2009 and a Certified B Corporation since 2018, SunBug has installed over a thousand solar systems across Massachusetts, from Great Barrington to Cape Cod. We design and build all types of solar systems, ranging in size from 1kW to over 1MW, including residential, commercial, carports, and ground-mounts. 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.