James Stephens, Director
My passion is to promote Electric Vehicles for ALL and to implement a strategy to carry America into the Sustainably-Powered Electric Future.
Professional Background: Engineering, Technical Marketing and Government Sales professional for over 40 years in the broadcast,
telecom and automotive industries. Director of Engineering for HP Telecommunications Network operations. Chief Engineer for Christian Science Monitor radio and television operations in Boston, MA.
Business and Government Technical Sales Rep for Sprint and Verizon Wireless in Medford, OR. Chief Engineer for KSYS-TV in Medford, Oregon. Lexus and CarMax sales consultant in Glendale and Monrovia, CA.
Education: AA in Electronics – Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA. Electrical Engineering major - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. Advanced IT Network courses at UC – Santa Cruz, CA. Advanced technical, sales
and marketing courses while working for Sony Electronics. Advanced management courses while working for Hewlett-Packard – Palo Alto, CA.
EV Owner/Driver: Tesla Model 3 - 2018 to present. Plug-In “Conversion” design work and DIY installation completed for 2005 Toyota Prius in 2009 and driven for 6-Years.
Elected EAA Board Member – January 2019. EAA/SOHEVA Chapter President 2014 to Present – Ashland, OR. Assisted with Earth Days and Drive Electric Weeks in Southern Oregon since 2014.
Charles Garena, Chapter Liaison
Charles Garena manages the web presence of the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He currently focuses on using the tools of storytelling and digital communication to make economics relevant to people's daily lives. Charles holds a bachelor's degree in technical writing from the New York Institute of Technology and is currently a member of the Online News Association. In March 2014, he founded Drive Electric RVA, a EAA chapter that promotes electric vehicles as a fun, practical transportation alternative that also reduces energy consumption and air pollution. This new Richmond, Virginia chapter is a model chapter, having achieved remarkable growth in one year.
Kelly Berry, Treasurer
Kelly Berry is new to electric vehicle ownership, buying a 2016 Tesla Model X60D in September 2018, but she has been captivated by the idea of EVs ever since the launch of GM’s EV1.
With a B.S. in Accounting and a Mathematics minor from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside and an MBA from Marquette University, Kelly currently works as a senior financial analyst for the IT department of TCF Bank. She has subject matter expertise in IT Financial Management, Technology Business Management, and IT financial system implementation and administration.
As Director and Treasurer on the Electric Auto Association board, Kelly is interested in providing the best financial support and information she can to chapter leaders and to the Board of Directors, in service of the mission to educate and encourage EV adoption and better air quality.
Kelly lives outside of Minneapolis with her spouse, Sean, and their 2 rescue dogs, Jetta and Petey. In her free time, she knits and volunteers with a local dog rescue transport group, giving dogs freedom rides from shelters to fosters and adopters powered by electrons.