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 seventeen years. Ron has driven battery powered vehicles for more than twenty, totaling over 250,000 miles. His family owns four BEVs.
Schooled as an engineer, professionally Ron has expertise in hardware electronics, software engineering and technical training. He also currently serves as a director on the Plug In America board.
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.
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.