Meet the people of Cool Davis!
The Cool Davis Board of Directors, staff and lead volunteers form the core leadership for the Cool Davis Coalition and Campaigns. The role of the board is to support and promote the mission of Cool Davis in the community. Cool Davis also benefits from the advice and guidance of a Council of Advisors
The board meets monthly and may be made up of as many as 15 members who have rotating 3-year terms. The board has 4 active committees: Governance, Community Relations and Fundraising, Operations, & Programs.
Would You Like to Be a Board Member? We are always looking for new active board members. If you are interested in joining us in our rewarding and important work or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Dick and Carol Bourne
Dick’s education includes a liberal arts degree from Amherst College and mechanical engineering degrees from West Virginia University (BS) and Stanford University (MS).
Dick formed a proprietorship in 1979 that grew to become Davis Energy Group (DEG) in 1981. As founding president, Dick led DEG’s product development efforts.
After 25 years with DEG, Dick joined UC Davis in 2006 to form the Western Cooling Efficiency Center. He retired from UCD in 2009 and in 2010 became part-owner of Integrated Comfort, Inc. to focus on the market opportunity for DualCool, a patented cooling efficiency product. Dick holds 21 US patents. He enjoys various combinations of family, friends, bicycling, swimming, and travels with his wife Carol.
Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, and practiced nursing for most of her working career as an RN. She worked as a hospital nurse in Morgantown, West Virginia, Palo Alto, California, Lincoln Nebraska, and Woodland California, and also as a home health nurse in Woodland.
Taking a respite from nursing with three children at home, Carol formed Perch Works soon after the Bournes moved to Davis in 1978. Her firm manufactured and marketed artistic, award-winning children’s furniture until she returned to nursing in 1989. Carol’s many passions include family events, cooking, bicycle touring, sustainability, and travels with her husband Dick.
Kerry Daane Loux, City of Davis Liaison
As the City of Davis Sustainability Coordinator Kerry is the liaison to the Cool Davis Board. She is a licensed Landscape Architect and an accredited LEED design professional. She first moved to Davis to to pursue a degree in Environmental Planning and Management from UCD and then returned in 1992 to raise her family.
Kerry says that Davis has been a wonderful ‘home town’ to raise her three daughters and manage her own business. Volunteerism has always been a priority for her, including gardening in the schools, serving as a Master Gardener and UC Davis Arboretum Naturalist, and as a Davis Odd Fellow member. Kerry first got involved in Cool Davis by co-chairing the Cool Davis Festival in 2012 & 2013.
Michael McCormick first learned about City of Davis greenbelts and bike paths as an example of best practices as part of graduate school in urban planning. As an active transportation enthusiast and new Davis resident, he is proud to be part of this community -- the history and the future that Davis is helping to create.
As someone who works on California state policy, Michael understands the importance of local leadership. California and the nation continue to use local action as the inspiration for larger systemic change.
Michael believes that just as California has led the country and the world down a path to faster and more effective environmental policy, Davis has the potential to influence California, the nation, and the world.
Living in Davis has allowed Michael to weave bicycling into his daily commute and life. His daughter is just getting started bicycling, but she loves that feeling of freedom and excitement as much as he did when he was a child.
Michael is a Senior Planner with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and an American Institute Certified Planner (AICP) who works on climate change and land use as a career, but it’s also his personal passion.
Larry Greene is the recently retired Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. Larry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education from NC State University, and Master’s Degrees in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology and Human Resources Education from Boston University.
Larry is a Past-President of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and has served as a permanent member on the CAPCOA Board of Directors and on the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Global Warming Committee and he is a past co-president of NACAA.
Larry retired in 1995 from a 23 year career with the US Army where his main focus was in logistics and petroleum operations. He and his wife Beverly live in North North Davis (Springlake).
Chris Soderquist is the founder and director of Davis-based New Energy Assets, a solar project developer and investment advisor, and RepowerYolo, a solar group purchase program. He has 25 years experience founding, managing, advising, capitalizing, and selling companies in the clean-tech, high-tech, professional services and private equity industries.
Previously, Chris co-founded and directed Octus Energy, Crescendo, Sierra Energy, and two business incubators: Venture Lab and Technology Development Center.
In addition to being a member of the Cool Davis Board of Directors, Chris is a Davis Roots mentor, a board member with Inventopia and Davis Downtown, and a former board member of Sierra Energy, the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, UC Davis Connect, Comstock’s magazine, and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management Alumni Association.
Chris earned a B.S from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from UC Davis.
Jessica has a decade of experience working on environmental and social policies and programs for educational institutions and local government.
Jessica is passionate about sustainability and has focused her efforts on making institutions more environmentally friendly. She has a wide array of environmental policy and community engagement experience. While a student at Santa Rosa Junior College Jessica spearheaded an effort to have the superintendent sign an international declaration of sustainability. While a student at UC Davis she worked with a trustee to develop and adopt the first Environmental Purchasing Guideline for the Sonoma County Office of Education. Other efforts have included helping Sonoma County ban plastic bags and advocating for community choice aggregation. Jessica has also had the opportunity to serve as an intern with CalRecycle, where she created a webpage on Environmental Procurement Resources for Schools.
Jessica graduated with high honors from UC Davis and a Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Environmental Policy.
Jessica currently serves as the assistant deputy for Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.
Staff & Lead Volunteers
Chris Granger is a citizen volunteer leading Cool Davis since 2013. She is a graduate of UC Davis in Applied Behavioral Sciences (now Community Development). She also holds an MBA from Fresno State, with an emphasis in non-profit management.
Chris has worked in Oakland, Sacramento, Boston, Fresno and Davis as a program coordinator, public policy advocate, and executive director for nonprofit social services and advocacy organizations. The organizations she has served include Catholic Charities of California (statewide), Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (in Boston), Habitat for Humanity and other organizations (in Fresno), STEAC (in Davis), Y-Me National Breast Cancer Org (Northern CA Affiliate) and now Cool Davis. She has lead staff and volunteers advocating for and serving immigrants & refugees, mentally ill & homeless, low-income households, people with breast cancer, and now households facing climate change.
Chris has been active for years in many Davis community organizations especially those serving Davis schools. She is a trained Master Gardener. In addition to her role with Cool Davis, she currently serves on the Invisible Council of Elders for ACME Theatre Company.
Leslie Crenna brings decades of practiced skills to the Cool Davis Communications Team Lead position including editing, outreach, writing, and training. She began her professional life as a classroom teacher, got some real chops as a project editor with Oryx Press in Phoenix, and freelanced for years as she homeschooled her two daughters from kindergarten to third grade. She is editor-in-chief, managing editor, volunteer coordinator, webmistress, social media poster-in-chief, and so much more.
Leslie is experienced in a wide range of "living lightly" strategies including rainwater catchment, greywater, composting, vermiculture, sheet mulching for lawn replacement, low impact recreation, yoga practice, and fiscal greening.
Leslie started volunteering with Cool Davis the moment she arrived in Davis in 2012 primarily offering up her expertise in writing and community engagement. She led a school-based sustainable community garden in the Sierra Foothills before arriving.
Leslie is a certified multiple subjects teacher and a lifelong genealogist and family historian. She has participated in trainings with Blue Barrel Systems and the American Rainwater Capture Systems Association. She is a Level 2 Certified Greywater designer and installer through Greywater Action.
Past Board Members
Lynne King moved to Davis in December of 2015 to be closer to her daughter and their growing family. She has spent the majority of her life in Southern California where she worked as a bookkeeper and project manager for sustainable businesses, including a solar company and another that spearheaded the water conversation efforts of the 1990s.
Despite always living in a city, Lynne has always been passionate about the environment, growing up camping and spending lots of time at the beach. Lynne is excited to be a part of Cool Davis because she wants to see our world improve for her grandchildren.
Lynne also supports her daughter's sustainable honey business, Sola Bee Farms. She enjoys living on their 160 acre solar-powered farm just outside of town, where she gets a front row seat to the beautiful elements of Yolo County that Cool Davis works so hard to protect.
As a school facility planner, Bill knows the impact our built environment can have on our actions – and vice versa.
As the a father of a teenage daughter, he also knows that the Cool Davis’s message can and must include communication with the youth of our community.
He believes their response will be inspiring to us all.
Bill was honored to be nominated and happy to join the Cool Davis Board. He likes the focus on action right here in our town.
While we are working on a global issue, Bill knows the solution starts with each one of us and the individual measures we can take to reduce our personal climate impact. Cool Davis provides information and support as we all do our part.