Director of Project Development, Apex Clean Energy
Kent Dougherty has worked for Apex Clean Energy since 2009 and has been in the renewable energy industry for over 15 years. He has developed thousands of megawatts of now-operating wind facilities and has worked on projects in Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Illinois. As a director of project development, Kent oversees a team that focuses on land leasing and project permitting, and he coordinates with the numerous specialists who contribute to a project’s development, including in wind resource, engineering, public engagement, and grid interconnection.
Kent is a strong believer in the promise of renewable energy, not only for the environmental benefits it brings, but also for the strong economic development opportunities it creates in the form of manufacturing and skilled service jobs and as a powerful source of local community revenue. He also believes in the energy security it delivers for our nation, weaning us from foreign energy sources and helping to build a new and transformative electricity infrastructure that will power our economy into the future.
Development Manager, Apex Clean Energy
Shelley Schwab works with the Michigan Team after working with Apex on numerous South Dakota wind projects. Shelley has previously served as a superintendent to a local school district in her home state and brings her understanding of school funding and the challenges many rural school districts face to the renewable sector. Shelley will meet with local landowners and stakeholders, to answer questions and provide context on the level of economic investment that Kalamink Wind will bring to eastern Ingham County.
Public Engagement Manager, Apex Clean Energy
Brian O'Shea leads Apex Clean Energy's public and community engagement efforts for projects throughout Michigan. Brian began his career organizing in rural communities in North Dakota and throughout Minnesota before moving to the private sector in 2013, where he worked as a consultant to numerous businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and advocacy groups across the country on issues ranging from education policy to workforce development to clean energy. Brian was excited to join Apex Clean Energy as a public engagement manager in 2019. In this capacity, he works closely with local elected leaders, community leaders, landowners, and residents to gather local feedback, answer common questions, and work with communities to help realize their opportunities for renewable energy development and accelerate America’s shift to clean energy.
Michigan Field Organizer, Apex Clean Energy
Erynn McKay works as a Field Organizer with a focus on Apex Clean Energy’s solar projects throughout Michigan. Erynn was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where she earned a degree in Political Science focused on Global and International Studies. Following graduation, Erynn worked in mortgage underwriting. She began her organizing career on the west side of the state in Kalamazoo with the Census Bureau in 2020, where she was a Field Supervisor for Kalamazoo County. Prior to joining Apex, Erynn worked as a Regional Organizing Lead for issue-focused campaigns in Michigan and Georgia. Erynn is based north of Detroit and will be working in project communities with supporters, community members, developers, and landowners.
Russell S. Shinevar
Russell S. Shinevar works as a land agent for the Kalamink Wind project, where he initiates and conducts meetings with local landowners about the opportunities and benefits the project can bring to local farmers, landowners, and their community. Russell has nearly 40 years of experience securing energy acquisitions and is also an expert at examining and interpreting real property title. He manages Amboy Land Co., LLC located in Lansing, Michigan. Russell works under a strict code of ethics and takes a lot of pride in his representation as a Certified Professional Landman.