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Board of Directors:



Raejean Fellows, President

After 23 years as a successful entrepreneur in the staffing industry, Raejean's second career has been devoted to non-profits. Heading up the volunteer area of a large land preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona, Raejean guided the Board in policies that positively impacted this growing corps of stewards of the land.

Desirous of a retirement lifestyle that eliminated fossil fuels in her home and car, a solar roof and a KIA Soul EV+ fulfilled the dream. Raejean joined the San Diego Chapter of EAA, getting early experience in event management, followed by taking on the President's role.The chapter was able to achieve a remarkable growth rate through building an outstanding team of event management, membership and speaker expertise. Joining the Board in 2018, Raejean is honored to lead EAA, at a time when, the movement towards the cleaner, better technologies of electric vehicles is at such an exciting place.



Marc Geller, Vice President 

Marc is an advocate and writer in the area of public and corporate policy related to electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and related source energy. Marc was a co-founder of Plug In America. Marc is Vice President of the Electric Auto Association and co-founder of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. Marc has leased or owned four electric vehicles since 2001, driving over 170,000 electric miles.



Jack Brown, Director

Professional Background: IT and Engineering professional for over 30 years in Aircraft and Satellite design and system architecture and implementation for engineering systems for electric and self-driving vehicles at Tesla from 2010 to 2014 and presently at Waymo LLC, an Alphabet company. 

Education: BS in Computer Information Systems from Chapman University. MBA from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University emphasizing in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing.

EV Owner/Driver: one of 700 selected participants from 21,000 applicants for the BMW Electronaut ActiveE program 2012-2014. Tesla Model S P85 owner 2014 to present. Over 180,000 EV driving miles. 6 time participant in the ReFuel Time Trials at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jack was one of the first people to drive an EV from the bay area to Los Angeles in less than 24 hours before high speed charging networks were available.

Board Member of the EAA Central Coast Chapter - Assisted with several Earth Day and coordinated National Plug-In Week activities as well as events at the Sand City West End Celebration. 

Jack's passion is to create a strategy for the EAA to assist those that are new to electric vehicles. Jack's focus is to create a value for membership in the EAA and its local chapters through better resources for buyers and sellers, consistent regulations and promotion of a reliable infrastructure.



Marina Cerin-Stith, Director

An early adopter and EV advocate, Marina Cerin-Stith is an international Business & Marketing Professional with an excellent knowledge of cultures, languages, economies and business trends. Marina combines expertise in strategic market planning, social media, organizational leadership and project management with strong qualifications in establishing a brand portfolio objective and crafting relevant campaigns and strategic partnerships. A Board President and Director of Programs of SF BayLEAFs, Marina is an active participant in the electric vehicle community through multifaceted roles. She is also a dedicated non-profit volunteer with an extensive history of fundraising, donor relations, events and program management.



Ron Freund, Director, Chairman Emeritus

Ron heads up the very successful Current Events e-Magazine. He is the former Chairman of the Electric Auto Association serving in that role for sixteen years. Ron has driven plug-in vehicles for more than nearly twenty, totaling over 185,000 miles. Ron has expertise  in hardware electronics, software engineering and technical training. He has previously served as director on two boards in the field of education.



Guy Hall, Secretary

Guy Hall, a Global Technologist with 29 years of R&D and Leadership for Hewlett Packard across the globe.  He became interested in Electric Vehicles (EVs) in 2010 as a solution to our environmental, economic and security challenges. His drive expanded the Sacramento Electric Auto Association membership ten fold, and as its President, established SacEV as a 600 member regional organization leader for EV knowledge, events and activities.

In 2015, Hall became the first driver to have navigated an EV from the lower 48 through Canada to Fairbanks Alaska in his Tesla Tijuana To Tundra Tour (T5), while promoting electric transportation with utilities, government agencies and news media in route. He is an active Director and Secretary of the national Electric Auto Association and a Director on Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition board. The Hall family currently owns three Nissan LEAFs, a Chevy Volt, and Tesla Model X.



Terry Hershner, Director

Terry Hershner, nicknamed Electric Terry, is an EV advocate from Floridda known for his long-distance, record breaking trip on his electric motorcycle. In 2013, he was the first person to cross the United States on an electric motorcycle. He can frequently be seen around Santa Cruz with his co-pilot, Charger.



John Higham, Director

28 years professional experience in aerospace. 
BS (1988) MS (1989), Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University
11 U.S. patents on various aspects of satellite design and operation.

John’s first EV was a 1999 Miata that was converted as a father/son project in their garage.  The Miata remains a daily driver. John’s 100% EV commited household has als owned a BMW ActiveE and two BMW i3s. 

John is passionate about effecting change through the legislative process and has lobbied US Congress to positively impact the business climate. 

John is an EV advocate in many online forums answering questions from new owners as well as originating an EV Public Policy Facebook page. This FB page discusses and promotes best practices for EV adoption.  John is especially passionate about enabling policy that will bring EV charging infrastructure to employers and multi-unit dwellings.




Carl Vogel, Director



Degree in Mechanical Engineering, SUNY, Farmingdale, NY
Carl is an Automotive Adjunct Professor at SUNY, Farmingdale, NY.
Most notably, Carl taught the first EV class at his university.

A dedicated leader of his EAA chapter, Carl has lead the Greater NY Electric Auto Association as its President for over 10 years.





Simon Freedman, Director
Simon is a retired attorney with 30 years experience. He was an early adopter of solar and is now on his second electric vehicle. Simon looks forward to the day when electric vehicles are so numerous that they are no longer an item of curiosity, and where our abundant renewable energy potential is realized and harnessed to fuel these vehicles


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.