Our Team and Partners

Team

Cornelius Fitzgerald
Cornelius Fitzgerald
CEO

Prior to joining WHI, Cornelius was with the top Strategic Planning group for Wells Fargo Bank and began his career designing and building businesses with a boutique management-consulting firm, Patpatia & Associates. While in the consulting field the emphasis was not simply strategy design, but also the implementation and execution of those strategies to bring the idea to life. Cornelius was part of a team that thought up, designed, built, and implemented a new insurance product platform for insurance and asset management companies across the U.S. The platform concept went on to be leveraged by the insurance group of General Electric. Cornelius brings 10+ years of strategy and execution experience, values and leadership to WHI while the company begins to take form.

Cornelius plays a central role in bringing the founders’ innovative designs and timeless values into a commercial product. Beyond the commercialization of the technology, he is helping to create the business culture that enables WHI to attract superb talent and partners.

Cornelius holds a BA in Finance from the University of Arizona, as well as an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California.

Boog Bookey
Boog Bookey
Financial Manager, Communications, Shareholder/Stakeholder Liaison

Boog is a solution oriented leader combining 25 years of financial, human resource and project management for organizations committed to improving the planet. She is an inspiring change agent recognized by colleagues as an outstanding community builder, excellent communicator and collaborative leader fully committed to changing how business is conducted to have positive social, environmental and economic results. Her infectious adventurous spirit provides the ability to apply systems thinking for innovative problem solving while juggling multiple projects creating positive work cultures and sustainable impacts.

Boog has been the Financial Manager for Wind Harvest International since 2006 and currently is expanding her role into the sustainability components of the company with an emphasis on the human aspects. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and has her own business providing financial and management services to sustainability oriented companies. She has been involved with wind and renewable energy projects since the 70s.

She is committed to living lightly on the planet, moving beyond sustainability with goals of regenerative practices and treating all humans and the environment with respect and thus appreciates the culture and mission of Wind Harvest. She is a stone sculptor and has had other careers as an international kayak guide, wilderness preservationist, carpenter, and has also led on-the-job youth service training programs. Boog is Treasurer of the Board of Sustainable Fairfax.

Luea Ritter
Luea Ritter
Communication, Organisation- and Community Development

Luea works with Graham on designing and facilitating processes in the fields of organisational stewardship, community and organisational development and geo-relations.

As a facilitator for change processes she is using a systemic approach that cultivates inner and outer sustainability and resilience. She has worked in the areas of organisation, community and cultural development. She has also worked internationally as an art curator and has co-founded and led different festivals and trans-disciplinary projects and is a trained craniosacral therapist.

As a systemic consultant working in diverse sectors, Luea is integrating different methodologies from innovative change and integral process work and alternative and indigenous practices, focusing on building bridges between communities, networks and organisations internationally.

She is inspired to co-create a conscious environment, where the whole can unfold serenely through prototyping an interconnected way forward for our societal system and life.

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Bob Thomas
Inventor and Senior Engineer

Mr. Thomas is the creative genius behind the WHI core turbine design. Pursuing a methodical approach to design, build and test dozens of prototype turbines over the years, in the early 2000’s he hit on an innovative design that combined the critical wind turbine aspects of durability, performance and cost effectiveness. Bob is the rare veteran of the Wind Industry that ‘sees the wind’ differently than most and this perception lead to the breakthrough discovery of increased power production of a VAWT based on its interaction with a closely placed neighbor turbine: the WHI Coupled Vortex Effect.

As former head of the California Wind Energy program in the early 1980s, he helped create the original concept of commercial scale wind farming in California, then the global leader of the new idea. Prior to working for the California Energy Commission, Bob was the head of the nascent Wind Energy program for the U.S. Air Force. Bob holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from UC Davis. Today Bob remains active in the WHI creative design engineering for turbulent near-ground winds, and maintains with a healthy stock of innovative ideas waiting to be tested.

Kevin Wolf
Kevin Wolf
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

After Mr. Wolf graduated with a degree in Evolution and Ecology (Zoology) from UC Davis in 1980, he worked for the next ten years as an organizer and fundraiser for the non-profit, environmental group Friends of the River. He left F.O.R. in 1992 to form his own successful consulting company, Wolf and Associates, which focused strategic planning, facilitation of complex environmental problems, consensus-based facilitation, and metadata searchable web “portals” (see client list below).

Wolf met Wind Harvest Company co-founder George Wagner during a rafting trip Wolf guided down the Stanislaus River above the New Melones Dam in 1981. On that journey, Wolf learned from Wagner about vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) as an alternative to building dams to produce clean, renewable energy. He also learned about the Wind Harvest Company that Wagner, the artist Sam Francis and the inventor/engineer Bob Thomas had formed. Wolf saw his first WHC VAWTs in Concord CA in 1984 and was hooked on the idea of VAWTs and wind energy.

Wolf made his first investment in Wind Harvest in the early 1990s and began consulting with them for shares in 1999. He started working full time with the company in 2005 and has helped negotiate agreements, find partners and investors, secure and oversee grants, finding buyers, and more. He became a cofounder of Wind Harvest International in 2006 when he helped form the new company from the original WHC. He continues to use his experience to help the company in any way needed and, since 2015 he has been overseeing manufacturing, engineering, certification and research activities for the G168 VAWT that is now ready for mass production.

Wolf is active in his community and in statewide efforts having served in numerous capacities including chairing the City of Davis’ Housing Committee, serving on the board of the Davis Food Co-op and co-founding N Street Cohousing where he lives. He is presently focusing his volunteer efforts as the chair of the California Clean Money Action Fund’s board of directors to help pass the CA DISCLOSE Act.

Antonio Ojeda
Antonio Ojeda
Structural Engineer

Antonio Ojeda, a mechanical engineer with his degree from the University of Seville, has direct field experience setting up and designing processes for various products within many kinds of R&D environments. He has worked on multiple projects ranging from building and manufacturing wheelchairs made out of carbon fiber, setting up pilot projects utilizing the growth of microalgae for the production and biodiesel, and designing a high tech nozzle for producing a sterilized spray.

Antonio has intricate knowledge of the multiple stages necessary to bring a product from the R&D stage to market. His experience adds an insightful view of the path needed to reach the collective goal. His main role with WHI’s engineering team is to calculate the turbine structural integrity. Because of Antonio’s curiosity-driven attitude, he is encouraged to understand and solve any engineering problems that he may face.

David Malcom
Dr. David Malcolm
Senior Engineering Consultant and Advisor

Dr. David Malcolm has over 40 years of experience in engineering and including over 30 years working with both vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines. He has been a consultant in all aspects of the wind energy industry and was one of the few engineers still in the field who worked directly with the Flowind VAWTs in the 1980s. Dr Malcolm has developed software for the identification and display of natural modes of operating vertical axis wind turbines and their frequency response to steady flow.

Founders

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Bob Thomas
Inventor and Senior Engineer

Mr. Thomas is the creative genius behind the WHI core turbine design. Pursuing a methodical approach to design, build and test dozens of prototype turbines over the years, in the early 2000’s he hit on an innovative design that combined the critical wind turbine aspects of durability, performance and cost effectiveness. Bob is the rare veteran of the Wind Industry that ‘sees the wind’ differently than most and this perception lead to the breakthrough discovery of increased power production of a VAWT based on its interaction with a closely placed neighbor turbine: the WHI Coupled Vortex Effect.

As former head of the California Wind Energy program in the early 1980s, he helped create the original concept of commercial scale wind farming in California, then the global leader of the new idea. Prior to working for the California Energy Commission, Bob was the head of the nascent Wind Energy program for the U.S. Air Force. Bob holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Michigan. Today Bob remains active in the WHI creative design engineering for turbulent near-ground winds, and maintains with a healthy stock of innovative ideas waiting to be tested.

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Sam Francis

(1923-1994)
Inspiration and Financier 

The logo of Wind Harvest International is an adaptation of one of Sam Francis’ paintings, a gift to George Wagner.

Sam Francis was a co-founder of Wind Harvest International, sponsoring many of the early years with the earnings from his career as an artist. Injured severely in WWII, he was in hospital for several years, and then returned to the University of California, Berkeley for his BA and MA degrees.

Because he worked and exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia, Sam Francis is credited with helping secure international recognition for postwar American painting. His work has been seen most often and best understood in Europe and Japan. In 1991, he was elected into the National Academy of Design.

Francis’ work is hosted in international collections, including those in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Kunstmuseum Basel, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, and the Centre Pompidou-Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris. On May 11, 2010, a Francis 1957 painting titled “Middle Blue” was sold at auction for $6,354,500, a record for the artist.

Born in 1923, Francis shared a strong connection with fellow California natives, Bob Thomas and George Wagner: they were students of the work of Carl Jung. They shared the deep commitment that we have an active, personal responsibility to respect nature and the environment. The friendship and business relationship with the three men lasted until Francis’ death in 1994

George Wagner
George Wagner

(1932-2015)
Founding President and Business Development
 

Mr. Wagner was a long-time environmental and political leader in California. He helped organize, fundraise and le the California Coastal Act of 1976 to successful adoption at a time when environmental protection measures were not popular in the state. George followed the Coastal Act success with another counter popular-opinion, pioneering effort as a founder of the California League of Conservation Voters, which today has multiplied across state borders and wields a significant voice in conservation politics in the U.S.

Prior to embarking on the creation and methodical development of WHI, George had a successful law practice in Los Angeles; he held a JD from Southwestern University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UCLA. During this time he was also the founding President of the Jung Institute in Los Angeles. George was a pioneer in his work for over forty years; driven by a deep personal connection to making a positive impact on the world and relentlessly adhering to core values, George helped navigate WHI with a clear purpose. During his lifetime, George remained actively engaged in connecting with people new and veteran to the WHI story and in California political and environmental activities.

Kevin Wolf
Kevin Wolf
Co-Founder WHI, Chief Operating Officer 

After Mr. Wolf graduated with a degree in Evolution and Ecology (Zoology) from UC Davis in 1980, he worked for the next ten years as an organizer and fundraiser for the non-profit, environmental group Friends of the River. He left F.O.R. in 1992 to form his own successful consulting company, Wolf and Associates, which focused strategic planning, facilitation of complex environmental problems, consensus-based facilitation, and metadata searchable web “portals” (see client list below).

Wolf met Wind Harvest Company co-founder George Wagner during a rafting trip Wolf guided down the Stanislaus River above the New Melones Dam in 1981. On that journey, Wolf learned from Wagner about vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) as an alternative to building dams to produce clean, renewable energy. He also learned about the Wind Harvest Company that Wagner, the artist Sam Francis and the inventor/engineer Bob Thomas had formed. Wolf saw his first WHC VAWTs in Concord CA in 1984 and was hooked on the idea of VAWTs and wind energy.

Wolf made his first investment in Wind Harvest in the early 1990s and began consulting with them for shares in 1999. He started working full time with the company in 2005 and has helped negotiate agreements, find partners and investors, secure and oversee grants, finding buyers, and more. He became a cofounder of Wind Harvest International in 2006 when he helped form the new company from the original WHC. He continues to use his experience to help the company in any way needed and, since 2015 he has been overseeing manufacturing, engineering, certification and research activities for the G168 VAWT that is now ready for mass production.

Wolf is active in his community and in statewide efforts having served in numerous capacities including chairing the City of Davis’ Housing Committee, serving on the board of the Davis Food Co-op and co-founding N Street Cohousing where he lives. He is presently focusing his volunteer efforts as the chair of the California Clean Money Action Fund’s board of directors to help pass the CA DISCLOSE Act.

Board of Directors

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Bob Thomas
Inventor and Senior Engineer

Mr. Thomas is the creative genius behind the WHI core turbine design. Pursuing a methodical approach to design, build and test dozens of prototype turbines over the years, in the early 2000’s he hit on an innovative design that combined the critical wind turbine aspects of durability, performance and cost effectiveness. Bob is the rare veteran of the Wind Industry that ‘sees the wind’ differently than most and this perception lead to the breakthrough discovery of increased power production of a VAWT based on its interaction with a closely placed neighbor turbine: the WHI Coupled Vortex Effect.

As former head of the California Wind Energy program in the early 1980s, he helped create the original concept of commercial scale wind farming in California, then the global leader of the new idea. Prior to working for the California Energy Commission, Bob was the head of the nascent Wind Energy program for the U.S. Air Force. Bob holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from UC Davis. Today Bob remains active in the WHI creative design engineering for turbulent near-ground winds, and maintains with a healthy stock of innovative ideas waiting to be tested.

Jane Lorand
Jane Lorand
Senior Advisor

Jane is a social entrepreneur and was early in the sustainable business field. A lawyer and strategy consultant by trade, she also brings an academic perspective to WHI. Jane co-founded the GreenMBA, the first accredited MBA in Sustainable Enterprise in 1999. She is also the co-founder of Future Insight Maps, a company that helps organizations and communities work with highly complex, multi-stakeholder issues. As co-developer of WindTunneling, a virtual means to gather and develop ideas, Jane is pioneering new openings in civil society and corporate exploration of complex issues.

Jane was heavily involved in the California utility world during deregulation and has an intimate knowledge of the public and private sides of the California energy operations, markets, and regulation. A specialty skill of Jane’s is the ability to explain large, complex challenges in common language that can translate into action. With the WHI program this opportunity, is front and center as the WHI technology represents a paradigm shift in the picture of what wind farming can look like today and in the future.

Jane holds a JD from the Hastings College of the Law, University of California (San Francisco) as well as two advanced degrees in Education.

Kevin Wolf
Kevin Wolf
Officer and Head of Special Projects

After Mr. Wolf graduated with a degree in Evolution and Ecology (Zoology) from UC Davis in 1980, he worked for the next ten years as an organizer and fundraiser for the non-profit, environmental group Friends of the River. He left F.O.R. in 1992 to form his own successful consulting company, Wolf and Associates, which focused strategic planning, facilitation of complex environmental problems, consensus-based facilitation, and metadata searchable web “portals” (see client list below).

Wolf met Wind Harvest Company co-founder George Wagner during a rafting trip Wolf guided down the Stanislaus River above the New Melones Dam in 1981. On that journey, Wolf learned from Wagner about vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) as an alternative to building dams to produce clean, renewable energy. He also learned about the Wind Harvest Company that Wagner, the artist Sam Francis and the inventor/engineer Bob Thomas had formed. Wolf saw his first WHC VAWTs in Concord CA in 1984 and was hooked on the idea of VAWTs and wind energy.

Wolf made his first investment in Wind Harvest in the early 1990s and began consulting with them for shares in 1999. He started working full time with the company in 2005 and has helped negotiate agreements, find partners and investors, secure and oversee grants, finding buyers, and more. He became a cofounder of Wind Harvest International in 2006 when he helped form the new company from the original WHC. He continues to use his experience to help the company in any way needed and, since 2015 he has been overseeing manufacturing, engineering, certification and research activities for the G168 VAWT that is now ready for mass production.

Wolf is active in his community and in statewide efforts having served in numerous capacities including chairing the City of Davis’ Housing Committee, serving on the board of the Davis Food Co-op and co-founding N Street Cohousing where he lives. He is presently focusing his volunteer efforts as the chair of the California Clean Money Action Fund’s board of directors to help pass the CA DISCLOSE Act.

Cornelius Fitzgerald
Cornelius Fitzgerald
CEO

Prior to joining WHI, Cornelius was with the top Strategic Planning group for Wells Fargo Bank and began his career designing and building businesses with a boutique management-consulting firm, Patpatia & Associates. While in the consulting field the emphasis was not simply strategy design, but also the implementation and execution of those strategies to bring the idea to life. Cornelius was part of a team that thought up, designed, built, and implemented a new insurance product platform for insurance and asset management companies across the U.S. The platform concept went on to be leveraged by the insurance group of General Electric. Cornelius brings 10+ years of strategy and execution experience, values and leadership to WHI while the company begins to take form.

Cornelius plays a central role in bringing the founders’ innovative designs and timeless values into a commercial product. Beyond the commercialization of the technology, he is helping to create the business culture that enables WHI to attract superb talent and partners.

Cornelius holds a BA in Finance from the University of Arizona, as well as an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California.