Chris Cross | Energy Program Manager
Chris Cross grew up in Massachusetts where he received a BS in Architecture from MIT, and was a licensed general contractor for over 20 years. In the 1980s, he started Sun Energy Inc, a solar energy business that grew to 26 employees and installed over 700 solar heat, hot water and pool heating systems, 40 solar additions and 2 solar homes.
Chris moved to Portland in 1997, and has worked as the development manager for Housing Our Families (a non-profit Community Development Corporation) as well as managed The Rebuilding Centers, Deconstruction Services for 4 years. He also worked for Paragon Tile as an estimator / project manager where he managed the Rose Garden, The Armory, Waterfront Pearl, The John Ross and numerous other tile projects. Chris especially enjoys the mild winters here in Portland, gardening and being able to play golf all year round.
Leslie Simpson | Energy Project Coordinator
Leslie Simpson was born and raised in California, and relocated to Portland, OR in 2010. She brings 25 years’ experience in the trades as a tile contractor and previous owner of her own tile company. Leslie came to Verde as a graduate of Oregon Tradeswomen and enjoys working in the green energy field. In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and photographer.
Lee Shumaker | Energy Crew Superintendent
Harold Lee Shumaker has worked in weatherization and home performance since 1996. Prior, Lee served in the US Military from 1989-1994, and also built roller coasters from 1995-1996 (including Oaks Park in SE Portland). During his weatherization career, Lee has worked on over 2000 homes in Portland Metro area.
Jess Ryan Bradshaw | Energy Crew Member
Jess is new to Portland, by way of Houston Texas, and has a BS in psychology with a minor in studio art. Jess had needed a break from academia, and wanted to do manual work. After graduating from Oregon Tradeswomen pre-apprenticeship program, Jess was connected with a job opportunity with Verde through the Tradeswomen. New to all things green, Jess believes in the green energy craft and is proud of the work. Jess is a visual artist, but loves to dance.
Richard Hampton | Energy Crew Member
Rich wn as born in Portland, Oregon and raised on a farm in Oregon City. He started working for Verde in July 2011, after previous work as a logger/lumber mill worker and aexcavator. When Rich is not working, he loves to read, play golf, ride his bike around town, and watch his kids grow - not in that order.
Marysia Walcerz | Energy Crew Member
Marysia was born in Austin, Texas, and worked at Environs previous to coming to work for Verde. Marysia (Mish) sought employment with Verde because she was enthusiastic about the mission to provide weatherization service to low-income families and promote energy efficiency. She has a younger brother who lives with her parents in Pennsylvania. In her free time, she trains weight lifting and acrobatics. Her goals for the future are to continue learning all she can about building science and develop her skills as a technician.
Hugo Martinez | Energy Crew Member
Hugo Martinez is from Veracruz Mexico and has been living in Oregon for the past 10 years. He enjoys working for Verde because it fills him with pride knowing he is doing something to help the environment.