Meet the team at Neighborhood Sun

Meet the Team at Neighborhood Sun

We are a small team with different background and experiences – but with one common goal: strengthening communities through local solar power.

Gary Skulnik
Founder and CEO

Gary is a senior executive and strategic thinker who has been a leader in developing the clean energy market in Maryland and Washington, DC, through innovative marketing, partnerships, business management, and legislative advocacy. He is the founder of two entities focused exclusively on marketing clean energy, Clean Currents, a socially responsible for-profit and the Clean Energy Partnership, a nonprofit.  As President of Clean Currents, Gary ran the entire sales and marketing side of the business, which grew to reach $22mm in annual revenue. Most importantly, Gary developed and managed the Clean Currents brand, which became the strongest, most authentic green brand in the energy space in the Mid Atlantic. He has appeared in numerous media outlets and been an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, reaching green-minded consumers, as well as other topics.
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Alyssa Kagel
Vice President of Operations

Alyssa has been a leader in the clean energy space for the past decade. Whether working at a four-person nonprofit or a publicly traded company of several thousand employees, Alyssa always brings strategic thinking, analytic horsepower, and strong communication skills to her work. At Standard Solar, Alyssa identified markets for solar development and led strategic marketing efforts. Before that, she helped shape the Green Products team at WGL Energy Services, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest power suppliers. At ICF International, Alyssa worked with a diverse group of green-minded clients, including the Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership. She has held leadership positions in the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), Renewable Energy Markets Association, PowerGen Renewable Energy Planning Committee, and the Sustainable Energy Coalition.

Emily Tokarowski 
Senior Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

With her passion for environmental justice and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Emily is committed to being a key player in global, positive change. She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and communication from Stonehill College, and a master’s degree in engineering, science, and technology entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Emily worked with ND-GAIN to create a business that would provide city officials and business professionals with the means to successfully acquire and allocate resources for the implementation of climate change adaptation solutions in their respective communities.

Armando Gaetaniello
Sales Manager

Armando is an activist for sustainability, social justice, and local food systems. He has lived in a number of countries because, in his natural state, he is a globetrotter. In Washington, DC, before working at Neighborhood Sun, he has advocated for stronger climate change policies at the Institute for Policy Studies and the Bank Information Center. He has also helped manage a worker-owned local food Coop and did sales of rooftop solar. In Germany, he published research discussing climate change adaptation for agriculture and the sustainable economy. Armando has a Master in Global Change Management from the University of Eberswalde (Germany). He is fluent in English and Italian – and doesn’t miss a chance to keep up with his intermediate Spanish and German.

Kito James

Senior Community Solar Access Advocate

Kito is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. His professional experience includes federal contracting, elected office and entrepreneurship. An environmental advocate, Kito has worked in the solar industry with his latest experience at Direct Energy Solar developing solar co-ops in Maryland. Being a part of the Neighborhood Sun team brings together two of his passions, community building and clean energy. Kito has served on United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) and Maryland Black Mayors Inc. boards.

Carolyn Ricketts

Community Solar Advocate

Carolyn is a passionate advocate for the environment and the planet’s overall conservation, protection and restoration. She worked for 33 years as a Mortgage Banker while simultaneously volunteering for environmental groups such as The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CCAN, and Sierra Club, among many others. This ultimately lead to her leaving the mortgage industry to work for CBF and Viridian Energy, graduate as a Master Watershed Steward from the Watershed Stewards Academy’s first class of 2009, and become a charter member of the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. She has worked with organizations for the past 11 years as an environmental and clean energy lobbyist to get local bills passed that provided clean water protections, forest conservation, community solar, offshore wind power, increasing MD’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and banning fracking.

Kristal Hansley

Community Solar Advocate

Kristal earned her BA in Political Science from Howard University. Her 10 years of experience combines a unique mix of relationship building, strategic thinking/planning, sales and negotiations, and leadership. In previous roles, Kristal served as a Community Affairs Liaison within Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office, Program Manager for the US Senate Democratic Caucus, an EV Sales Specialist with Sport Chevrolet, and Assistant Program Director with the talent summer studies program at Duke University.

Board of Directors

Gary Skulnik – Founder and CEO: see bio above
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Scott Nash

Owner and CEO of MOM’s Organic Market

Scott is the owner and CEO of MOM’s Organic Market, a leading organic market chain in the Mid Atlantic and a top green business leader in the region. He founded MOM’s in 1987 and the grocery store chain has now 16 stores, 1,000+ employees and around $200 million in sales. More recently, he opened a pinball-and-pizza shop, called VUK in downtown Bethesda.

William Bumbers


Bill Bumpers is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the electric industry, representing utilities, independent power producers and investment firms.  He structured one of the first multi-pollutant emission contracts in the United States and has worked on numerous GHG emissions trading projects around the world.  He is on the advisory board of the American Carbon Registry.

Key advisors

Harry Warren

President of Clean Grid Advisors, LLC

Whether developing electricity and natural gas offerings at the advent of competitive retail markets, launching industry-leading programs in renewable energy supply and carbon offsets, or increasing the market share of natural gas through utility sales and marketing programs, throughout his career Harry has combined a broad knowledge of energy markets and energy technology with a deep understanding of customer needs and decision making processes to create new options for customers and to grow energy supply businesses. Among Harry’s many accomplishments, he assembled an outstanding team and built WGES from a 10-person startup into a leading competitive supplier of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic and a recognized leader in renewable energy. With over 100 employees serving 340,000 customers, WGES generated and average of $1.3 billion in revenues and $33 million in non-GAAP operating earnings for WGL Holdings [NYSE:WGL] in fiscal years 2011 through 2013. Harry currently serves on the Board of the Maryland, DC, and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDVSEIA).

John Paul Moscarella

President of CleanTech Advisors LLC

John Paul Moscarella (“JP”) is an entrepreneur, who has founded or co-founded four (4) companies, including Emerging Energy & Environment (EEE), a fund management platform, and Econergy International (“Econergy”), a renewable developer with 260 MW (190 MW net) at the time of its sale in 2008 to GDF Suez (now Engie), one of the largest utilities in the world, which had an IPO in 2006 on the London AIM Market raising over US$100 million. He was a leading executive for several clean energy companies, as well as a fund manager for two small private equity/venture capital funds. Fundraised for start-up companies, and raised capital and advisory in the formation of several private equity clean energy funds or specialized environmental carbon funds, for approximately US$770 million in total capital. MBA from Yale School of Management, BS Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

Tatiana Gulnik

Consultant at A.T. Kearney 

Tatiana (Tanya) Gulnik is a management consultant with A.T. Kearney based in San Francisco, CA where she focuses on supply chain and strategy. Previously, she was Marketing Director for Clean Currents, a renewable electricity supplier in Washington DC. She has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she was involved with the Center for Business and Society and ran a start up farm-to-table food truck staffed by Dartmouth Undergraduates. Additionally, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Energy and Environmental Policy. She loves the outdoors and spends as much of her free time as possible hiking, biking and running.


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