Meet the Team
Molly R. Cripps, Director
Molly oversees TDEC Office of Energy Program’s (OEP) efforts and activities under the U.S. DOE-funded State Energy Program (SEP) and various special projects. Molly serves as the Principal Investigator on a 2015 SEP Competitive Award to Tennessee, 5 other states, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and The Climate Registry (TCR) to create the foundation for a voluntary national energy efficiency registry and develop roadmaps for voluntary state adoption and implementation.
Molly participates in the oversight of the Pathway Lending / Tennessee Energy Efficiency Loan Program, a public-private collaboration that has leveraged State, private and utility capital and serves as TDEC representative to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Distributed Generation Information Exchange. OEP is an active member of NASEO, and Molly was elected to serve a two-year term as a Southeast Regional Representative on its Board of Directors in September 2014. She was recently elected by the NASEO Board of Directors to serve as Secretary of the Executive Committee. In April of 2015, she was appointed by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to serve a two-year term on the U.S. DOE's State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB), which makes recommendations to the Department regarding initiation, design, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, as well as serving to integrate and provide consistency between federal, state and local activities.
Prior to joining the State in 2010, Molly spent several years practicing law in Tennessee, with a focus on compliance and municipal liability defense. She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Ben Bolton, Energy Programs Administrator
Ben helps administer TDEC Office of Energy Program’s (OEP) activities under the US DOE-funded State Energy Program Annual Formula and Competitive Awards dealing with energy assurance, the energy-water nexus, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, Ben is the Principal Investigator and Technical Lead for the 2015 DOE Competitive Award for “Advancing Energy Efficiency in Wastewater Utilities and Other Underserved Sectors.” Ben also serves as the lead Emergency Services Coordinator (ESC) to fulfill OEP’s responsibilities for transportation and heating fuels under for Emergency Support Function 12 (Energy Assurance), which is part of Tennessee Emergency Management Plan managed by TEMA.
Prior to joining the State, Ben was an environmental scientist providing technical support to public and private clients facing environmental compliance issues. He managed projects providing expertise in air permitting, indoor air quality, fugitive dust issues, ecology, and environmental public relations. Early in his environmental career, Ben directly assisted TDOT in development of their award-winning Diesel Retrofit Grant Program, the first federally-funded grant program to reduce emissions in locomotives. Ben served for 9 years on the Tennessee Water & Wastewater Finance Board, which oversees financially distressed municipal water and wastewater systems. He is a native of Columbia, Tennessee, and holds a B.A. in English and B.S. in biology from Birmingham-Southern College.
Jason Carney, Energy Consultant
Jason serves as an Energy Consultant for TDEC OEP. A native of Nashville, Jason holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and a Masters in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University. Prior to OEP, while working for a major manufacturer of HVAC equipment, energy management controls and compressed air systems, he collaborated with engineers, contractors, and facility and plant managers as a sales engineer. Then, while managing his own consulting firm that offered technical assistance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, he gained Building Performance Institute (BPI) and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certifications. Since joining OEP in August of 2015, he has gained certification as a Professional Energy Manager (PEM), further demonstrating his passion for the energy industry and, in particular, all things solar.
Angela McGee, Grants Analyst 3
Angela is a Grants Analyst 3 for TDEC OEP. Angela assisted with the oversight of several ARRA-funded programs, including the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). Angela is the Coordinator for the Tennessee Energy Education Network (TEEN), Energy Education Camps for Educators, and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED). She is also the Title VI Coordinator for OEP and oversees various fiscal, budget, and audit functions. Prior to joining OEP in January 2012, Angela was a Medical Transcriptionist in the field of Radiology for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Alexa Voytek, Program Manager / Energy Analyst
Alexa Voytek is a Program Manager / Energy Analyst for TDEC OEP. Alexa provides support for various grant programs, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation initiatives, and external communications efforts. Prior to joining TDEC, Alexa interned with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most recently, Alexa served as Assistant Account Executive for New York City-based public relations firm Ketchum, Inc., where she was assigned to energy and technology related projects. Alexa holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Russian, Eastern European, Balkan, and Eurasian Studies and graduated summa cum laude with high distinction from Duke University, with a B.A. in History and Russian Language /Area Studies.
Natalie Dallriva, Grants Analyst 3
As a Grants Analyst 3 for TDEC OEP, Natalie assists with fiscal and compliance items and oversees the budget for the U.S. DOE-funded State Energy Program. Natalie also assists the State Facility Utility Management (SFUM) section with data collection and outreach pertaining to SFUM’s utility data management platform for State facilities. Natalie holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Christopher Newport University and a Masters of Business from the University of West Florida.
Shauna Basques, Communications Coordinator / Energy Analyst
Shauna is a Communications Coordinator and Energy Analyst for TDEC OEP. She assists in the development of OEP communications and outreach materials. She also works to advance OEP’s sustainable transportation and energy efficiency programming. Shauna came to TDEC from the University of Central Florida where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and worked with the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition to advance alternative fuels and fleet improvements in the region. Before that, Shauna worked with the American Lung Association in MN and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to provide outreach on vehicle electrification and workplace charging. That work was facilitated by her federal AmeriCorps service, designated locally as MN GreenCorps. Shauna also graduated with high distinction and honors from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in English and a Certificate in Sustainability.