President & CEO
Dave has over 27 years experience in environmental sciences and sustainable design – most notably in renewable energy systems design. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College. Dave served as the National Action Coordinator for Greenpeace for 9 years and was instrumental in the development and execution of their Direct Action campaign strategy. He has served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Appalachian State University’s Appropriate Technology Program. Since 1995 Dave, along with his wife, Sierra, have been building Sundance Power into one of the most trusted renewable energy service companies in the southeastern United States. He is a renowned speaker at regional conferences and has been a prime mover in raising energy consciousness among policy makers and the general public.
Vice President & Co-editor of Newsletter
Sierra comes to renewable energy work by way of environmental advocacy and work for sustainability. Sierra studied Environmental Ethics at University of Maryland, College Park. From there, she went on to work at Greenpeace, where she met Dave. Dave and Sierra found that they shared a desire to offer viable solutions to the problems that humanity was creating as a result of lifestyle. The concept of Sundance was born. Sierra has worked with numerous environmental organizations over the years, addressing issues of sustainability as well as the ethics of human/ environment interaction. In addition to co-founding Sundance, Sierra also helped to create The Red Wolf Coalition, a nonprofit agency.
Sierra is fortunate to be living the life she dreamed. She is the mother of three wonderful children who fill her heart each day. In addition to working at Sundance, Sierra also teaches yoga at Warren Wilson College and Asheville Yoga Center. While daily time on her yoga mat is essential, Sierra also believes very strongly in the yoga of action on behalf of the health of our Earth and feels there is no greater calling. Addressing the energy consumption relationship, one house, one business at a time, is profound and powerful work and Sierra hopes that you will choose to work with her and Sundance, taking the necessary steps towards carbon neutrality together.
Tina joined Sundance in 2012. Originally from Ossining, NY, she lives in Raleigh and commutes periodically to Asheville, her former home, to connect face-to-face with the Sundance team and enjoy the mountains. While living in Asheville, Tina kept books for several downtown businesses. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from NC State and is also a Certified Public Notary. A mother of three, Tina’s free time is focused on being with family. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new places.
Commercial Project Developer
Since 2007 Ray Quate has been an active partner with Sundance Power Systems, focusing on the design and installation of utility-scale power generating stations for the public and private sectors. Project developer, architectural designer, licensed general contractor, and commercial property owner, Ray Quate has a wide range of construction project experience ranging from Mixed-Use and Live/Work environments to medical facilities and historical restorations. Ray provides guidance, consultation and management for Energy Star, Healthy Built and LEED certified construction projects. He holds degrees from the United Electronics Institute and Laboratories in Kentucky and NC State’s Renewable Energy and Green Building Diploma Series.
Director of Communications
Erika, an educator at heart, holds a M.A. in Education Sciences/ Biology from Western Carolina University. After years of teaching at the High School level she took on the role of Outreach Coordinator with Sundance Power Systems in 2007, driven by her commitment to have a more immediate impact on the shift to clean energy. Currently in the position of Director of Communications, she enjoys engaging with the community and sharing the successes and challenges of Sundance’s work as a leader in the solar industry. Erika calls a restored farmhouse in Madison County home, and is proud to have raised two daughters there with her husband. Her creative passions include gardening and transforming scavenged things into re-purposed items of unique interest.
Originally from Ithaca, NY, Gabi earned a B.S. in communications. She is currently developing her own story in Asheville, with strong themes of homesteading, including permaculture, natural building, wild crafting and other community interactions with the natural world. She is particularly active with the Buncombe County Fruit & Nut Club, promoting the education of edible perennials, as well as having a hand in their planting.