Ann Gaglioti, CEO

Ann is an entrepreneur with a passion for business, economics and technology. Her career spans investment banking, interactive marketing and renewable energy. Ann is on the board of The Offset Project, a Monterey Bay non-profit that offsets local carbon emissions through local initiatives including solar projects and zero-waste programs.

Prior to GroundWork, Ann was an Executive Vice President with iCrossing, an interactive agency. In 2007, Ann was instrumental in the sale of Proxicom to iCrossing. She holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is at home in Monterey and enjoys running the local trails, cooking and eating food with friends, and spending time with her family- John, Dominic, Lucia, and Cosmo the dog.

Ann Gaglioti and team

Darren Prock, COO

Darren is a seasoned business and technology leader with a laser focus on getting “stuff” done (GSD). He has extensive experience in operations management and a continuous focus on superior client service via collaboration, relationship building, and delivery of exceptional work. At GroundWork, Darren provides leadership in the areas of business development; client management; process design and optimization; staff hiring and performance management; operational excellence and quality control; corporate internal controls and compliance; contract and financial management; and vendor oversight.

Prior to joining GroundWork and the renewable energy industry, Darren worked for over twenty years in digital marketing and IT consulting, providing business solutions to Fortune 500 clients. He holds a BS in Computer Science, an MBA, and an MS in Engineering Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Darren lives in San Francisco where he enjoys keeping up with his two small kids, listening to great music, watching just about any sporting event, and a good glass of wine.

Julie Chard, Project Management Director

Julie is highly detail-oriented and takes pride in directing a team of Project Managers who continually strive to exceed our customers’ expectations. She is also Director of the GroundWatch® data quality program and a member of the GroundWork Product Engineering Group. Julie is well-versed in instrumentation, configuration and equipment design across all GroundWork-managed MET equipment.

Julie has an extensive background at the intersection of science and engineering. She holds a BS in Environmental Science and a MS in Plant Science. Prior to joining GroundWork her professional pursuits ranged from bench-scale laboratory research to field-scale implementation of engineered remediation solutions.

Julie lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors.

Cameron Hunter, Business Development Director

Cameron leads GroundWork’s business development efforts and enjoys the opportunity to create relationships with the stellar companies and people in the renewable energy industry. She began working with GroundWork as a Project Manager in 2010, and likes to apply her experience from her previous roles in the company to the cultivation of new clients and services. 

Originally from California, Cameron graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with an MBA and MA in International Policy. Prior to GroundWork, she worked, lived and studied in Portugal, the Middle East, India, Russia, Japan, Chile and South Africa. She is a board member of Global Majority, an international organization dedicated to nonviolent conflict resolution. 

Aside from working with a great team in Sand City, Cameron enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, horseback riding, and traveling.

John Gaglioti, Principal Engineer

John leads GroundWork’s system design efforts. He is a mechanical engineer, and has been working in the renewable energy space for 16 years. John has developed over 1 GW of solar and wind projects in California, Nevada and Arizona.

John’s most successful projects include the 280 MW California Flats Solar Project and 125 MW Dry Lake Wind Power Projects in Arizona.

John began his career as a graduate student working on an NREL grant to measure and characterize the wind resource in Arizona. He lives in Monterey with his family, and pilots the GroundWork plane.

Justin Robinson, Technical Director

Justin is our solar radiation measurement specialist. He strives to leverage international industry standards, best practices, and proven techniques to reduce the uncertainty of GroundWork’s SMS designs.

Prior to GroundWork, Justin worked as the Program Manager of Data Acquisition & Analysis at Draker Laboratories. Justin began his career in renewables as an application engineer at Campbell Scientific Inc. where he helped form the Renewable Energy Group.

Justin began measuring solar radiation in 1999 at the NASA-funded Utah State University (USU) Crop Physiology Laboratory, Apogee Instruments, and the USU Hydrology Lab. Justin graduated from USU with a BS in Environmental Soil and Water Science.

Justin is based out of Logan, Utah and enjoys playing in the mountains with his family snowboarding, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

John Rootes, Field Director

John oversees field work. He enjoys the vast array of install locations across the Mojave Desert and the solar belt. He enjoys the versatility of his GroundWork role that has him in a helicopter in the Sierra Mountains scouting mast locations one day, then managing and leading field teams throughout North and Central America installing GroundWork MET stations the next.

Prior to GroundWork, John worked on the other side of the energy business (oil) and on developing a boutique resort in Nicaragua. He still spends much of his free time in Nicaragua with friends and family and is an integral part of the continued development there. He holds an MBA from Texas Christian University (TCU).

John is at home in San Rafael, California. When in town he enjoys being with his family, seeing live music, surfing at the surrounding beaches, and snowboarding in the mountains.

David Siskind, Engineering Director

David is a results-oriented engineer who enjoys the multidisciplinary challenges of bringing systems from concept to fruition. He strives to learn from every unique job and every team member. David particularly enjoys the mix of technological work, outdoor implementation, and cohesion of the GroundWork team.

Before joining GroundWork and the renewable energy industry, David worked primarily in water and waste-water treatment providing systems and services for power generating utilities, superfund site remediation and reclamation, and industrial water and waste recycling. Originally from Brooklyn, he holds a BS in Engineering from Columbia University.

He enjoys living in Los Angeles, close to his family and friends, fishing the Lower Owens and hiking the Sierra. Life is sweet and energy renewable.

Jeffrey Alvey, Administrative Manager

Jeffrey recently joined the GroundWork team as Administrative Manager. For 25 years he worked in the luxury fashion market based in New York City, working for a variety of brands and styling celebrities.

He was instrumental in bringing the brand ETRO to the US, among other fashion industry successes. Feeling a need for a change of industry and coast, Jeffrey was pleased to find a fit with GroundWork in the Sand City office.

Jeffrey lives in Carmel, where he is close to his family and can enjoy the beaches and mountains right outside his door.

Jeffrey Balestreri, Logistics Manager

Throughout his life, Jeff has planned and gathered materials for projects ranging from his childhood Go-Kart and Soap-Box Derby Racer to his latest contracts in Aerospace with Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aircraft Company, and most recently, AirBus and Porsche Manufacturing.

Jeffrey joined the GroundWork team in 2016 as the Logistics Manager and brought a distinct variety of Lean Logistics Tools to the Burbank manufacturing facility.

If he is not out camping or hiking, you will probably find him in the garage playing with his latest toy, a solar powered bike.

Melanie Ballard, Commissioning Coordinator

Melanie follows the installation of GroundWork MET stations to completion. She compiles the commissioning documentation and provides quality assurance.  Melanie developed expertise with MET instrumentation and datalogger programming through her work at the Utah State University and Campbell Scientific soils laboratories. She holds a BS in Plant Science and a MS in Environmental Soil Science.

Melanie lives and works in Utah, and enjoys camping and hiking with her two young sons.

Landon Beiter, Local Technician Manager

Always anxious to learn more about solar, Landon is a great addition to the GroundWork team since starting in 2016 as an intern. He helps manage the Local Technicians for Groundwork’s many Resource Assessment projects.

Originally from the East (Best) Coast, Landon enjoys the cold and frigid climate, however  he doesn’t mind going for bike rides and hikes in his new sunny home in CA.

Given his love for the outdoors and the environment, Landon is working to pursue a degree in Earth Science at the Monterey Peninsula College.

Derek Bilte, Project Manager

Derek is passionate about project management, enthusiastic about the outdoors, and fascinated with technology. Coming from Arizona State University where he studied Architecture and Urban Planning, he built his career in a variety of roles and industries from real-estate to small architectural firms and large hospital construction. He now works with GroundWork clients on all aspects of equipment and services as a Project Manager in Monterey, CA.

Derek lives in San Jose, CA with Ryder, his 85 lb Border Collie. When not at work, they can be found at the beach or in the mountains.

Rylan Brody, Man

Rylan was born in the Spring in the middle of America with vengeance in his heart. Before joining GroundWork as Assistant to the Lead Project Manager, it is said he was an accomplished deep-cover operative who served honorably only to be betrayed by his country. Now Rylan has gone rogue, hunted by his obscure overlords; yet he always manages to stay one step ahead.

Everything we know about Rylan is mostly unverified but bits and pieces can be found locked away deep in confidential folders, though they are 97% redacted at this point. Rylan is two-thirds bilingual and enjoys competitive badminton in his free time. He has also been referred to as the song bird of his generation.

Kyle Copeland, Technical Manager

Kyle joined GroundWork in 2016 as an Application Developer. From day one, he has taken every opportunity available to improve GroundWork as a whole. From system design, to installation, and service after install, Kyle has some part of each process.

Kyle earned his degree at Idaho State University in Electronics Engineering Technology.  He then applied this schooling to positions with an Air Force contractor, a Geothermal Power Plant and a Datalogger Hardware Manufacturer.  Kyle gained expertise in the Solar Energy Market while working for Campbell Scientific as an Application Engineer in the Renewable Energy Group. His time at Campbell Scientific gave him a vast knowledge of datalogger hardware, software and measurement best practices.

Kyle works from his home office in Logan, UT.  He enjoys spending his free time with his beautiful wife and two amazing daughters.

Eric Gamoning, Electrical Engineer

Eric is an electrical engineer with a passion for technology and sustainability.  He brings to GroundWork an educational background in power, power distribution, renewable energy, as well as many hours of bench-testing and troubleshooting.  

Eric earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Northridge.  During his tenure as an undergrad at CSUN, he had opportunities to work on standalone photovoltaic systems that were much like GroundWork’s MET Stations.  Prior to joining the GroundWork team, Eric supported and tested fully automated systems in the irrigation and agriculture industries.

Eric lives in Los Angeles with his roommates and pets.  He enjoys hanging out with family and friends, playing video games, playing chess and poker, going to the gym, and hiking.  He also enjoys frequenting music festivals and listening to bass-heavy electronic dance music.

Andre Happersberger, Quality Assurance Manager

Andre is a key member of our Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) team, functionally testing MET station electrical instruments, controls, and subassemblies before they leave the shop for deployment. He also steps in when demand requires in the build, and is an able hand in the field when skilled technical assistance is required.

Before joining the GroundWork team, Andre worked for an interpreting service company doing Quality Assurance on employees. He later moved on into the HVAC trade where he work on residential and commercial building.  This experience proved to be great preparation for his work with GroundWork in QA.

Andre resides in beautiful Van Nuys, California. He enjoys getting together with friends, playing poker, and having drinks.

Jeremy Hawran, Project Manager

Jeremy is a Project Manager at the GroundWork headquarters in Sand City. After earning his degree from San Jose State University, he worked for various start up companies in the Silicon Valley.

Jeremy and his wife Cara relocated to Seaside where they enjoy hiking, biking and being outdoors. He likes to spend his free time working on cars and motorcycles as well as going to track days at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Greg Morris, Logistics Coordinator

Greg brings a varied background to GroundWork including Military Service with the United States Army, Sales and Machining. He was a Sales Manager for the largest music retailer in the country for several years.

Greg is the Logistics Coordinator at our Burbank Shop. He is responsible for Procurement and Inventory Management. Working in such a progressive and important field has been nothing short of wonderful. He believes solar power is the way of the future and is feels lucky to be a part of the GroundWork Team.

Greg is also an active musician, who enjoys studying music and playing guitar, and has for many years with various artists.  He plays softball and enjoys travelling

Richard Morris, Shop Manager

Richard brings 37 years of aerospace manufacturing experience to the GroundWork team. He is driven by the concepts of lean manufacturing, 5’s, on-time delivery, and the overall quality of the products produced in our Panorama City, California fabrication facility.

Richard manages the day-to-day operations in Panorama City, where he leads shop technicians, logistics personnel, and the engineering/tests professionals.

Richard lives in Stevenson Ranch, California. During his personal time, he enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and spending time with his three sons and their families.

John Perez, CAD Drafter

John is always learning something new by getting involved in the different aspects of design; from studying the way a person interacts with an object to 3D printing concepts and ideas.

A graduate from the Art Institute of California – San Francisco, John shares his knowledge and experience with the team and enjoys getting projects done and moving forward.

John is based out of San Francisco where he enjoys trying new food options, riding his motorcycle through the Pacific Coast Highway, and playing photographer as he captures life’s sweet moments.

Mario Portillo-Gonzalez, Technician

Mario has a background working in the aerospace industry as an electrical technician. Before that he worked in the construction industry, and gained experience in demolition, remodeling, and electrical work.

Mario started his position as a technician with GroundWork in August 2016. His responsibilities include building, packing, and shipping different types of electrical boxes and components. He also helps with testing, as well as keeping the shop in order.

When Mario is not working in the shop he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His favorite things to do are taking road trips and exploring cities, parks, and beaches not yet discovered.

Javier Rodriguez, Lead Field Technician

Javier joined Groundwork in 2015 is a lead field technician. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp where he served 5 years, honorably. During his time in the Marine Corps, Javier worked on the largest helicopter in the Western Hemisphere, the CH-53 Super Stallion. There he gained extensive knowledge of avionics systems and troubleshooting techniques, which he continues to apply to his everyday field work. Javier plays a vital role in the improvement and efficiency of Groundwork’s MET installation procedures.

Javier was born and raised in New York City. After finishing his time in the military stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina, he moved to Long Beach, California with his wife and high-maintenance husky.  

When he is not traveling the country for the company, Javier enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, whether it be on the beach or in the mountains discovering new hiking trails. No matter what, you can always catch him in the gym making gains, even while traveling to the far corners of the country on installation campaigns.

Morgan Rogge, Project Manager

Morgan is a veteran project manager with GroundWork, who began working at GroundWork as a graduate student and never left. She also leads GroundWork’s strategic and project management efforts in Mexico and Latin America. Her role at GroundWork feeds her longstanding interests in international business, energy finance and renewable energy policy. As a project manager, she particularly enjoys engaging with clients and driving projects from proposal through campaign conclusion.

Morgan has lived and studied in Spain, Central America and South America, and she conducted her graduate research in El Salvador. Morgan holds a BA in Biology from Middlebury College, as well as an MBA and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

A native of California and Colorado, Morgan enjoys biking, camping, and skiing in the great outdoors, or enjoying a good book and a strong cup of coffee.

Renee Salusky, Project Manager

Renee handles project management at GroundWork, as well as offering support across billing and logistical operations. She enjoys learning the ins and outs of the solar industry as well as corporate business practices. She is a student at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), working towards a business degree.

Renee is at home in Seaside, CA and enjoys hiking, rock climbing and exploring new food spots between Big Sur and San Francisco. Besides being with GroundWork Monday through Friday, you can find her resisting corporate coffee daily at Acme Roasting around 3pm.