Board of Directors

Chris Galati, President

Chris Galati, P.E., joined the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition Board of Directors in July 2012. The focus of Chris’s Business Development work at NW Natural includes conservation, renewables, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, and non-core business development. Prior to joining NW Natural his work centered in mechanical engineering, procurement and construction, HVAC, as well as controls. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii; and has a utility management certification. His education includes a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration concentrating in Finance. He has been active in the Governor’s Alternative Fuel Advisory Group, is a Board Member for the Theodore Roosevelt High School Women’s Scholarship Association, and the University of Portland Industrial Advisory Board.

Andrew Dick, Vice-President

Andrew Dick is the Connected, Automated, and Electric Vehicle Advisor for the Oregon Department of Transportation. In this role, he facilitates the agency’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Steering Team, which tracks new advanced vehicle technologies that are approaching commercial deployment and evaluates how they may affect the safe and efficient operation of the transportation system. Previously, he spent seven years working on electric vehicle policy and program implementation for the ten states that have adopted the California Zero Emission Vehicle program. He holds a Bachelor’s in International Political Economy from Colorado College.

Rick Durst, Secretary

Rick has 28 years in the electric utility industry. He is a senior project manager in the Customer Energy Solutions team at Portland General Electric. Prior to PGE, Rick was an electrician in the U.S. Navy Submarine service for 10 years. He has managed the installation of more 20 DC quick charge stations and 60 level 2 stations and provided technical support and advice for many more. Rick has owned an electric vehicle since 1999 and has driven over 250,000 miles on all electric power and no longer owns an internal combustion vehicle.

Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy in the Energy Technology and Policy Division and serves as the agency expert on alternative fuels, infrastructure and vehicles in the transportation sector. Rick has accumulated 14 years of experience developing, marketing, and administering conservation and renewable fuel programs. Previous to his work in energy Rick worked 14 years in the aerospace/defense industry as an engineer. Rick has been with the coalition for more than 10 years.

Gary Lentsch

With over 30 years of fleet experience; Gary is a results-producing utility fleet professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive fleet strategies. He's focused on the development of consistent fleet maintenance programs that assures the safe and reliable operations of fleet vehicles and equipment while maintaining a highest level of customer service. His fleet operation is dedicated to improving EWEB's vehicles and equipment, implementing programs that save dollars for EWEB's customer-owners, and most of all, making Eugene, Oregon a better place to live." EWEB's fleet was recently ranked one the nation’s Leading Fleets by Government Fleet magazine and been recognized as one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America for the last 4 consecutive years. EWEB's fleet has also earned the following honors in recent years: 

  • Top 50 Green Fleets by Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine (2014)
  • CLEANFleet Tier 5 certification - a national program developed by the Coalition for Green Fleet Management to certify both private and public fleet operations as energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The top tier, Tier 5, is designed for highly advanced fleet operations.
  • Blue Seal of Excellence - To be eligible for this recognition, at least 75% of an organization's mechanics must be certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
  • Eco-Logical Business Certification - The certification recognizes vehicle service and repair businesses that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact. As a proud member of NAFA Fleet Management Association, I have received a CAFM certification as a fleet professional in the areas of asset management, business management, financial information, fleet information management, maintenance management, risk management, vehicle fuel management, and professional development.

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