Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman – Past President
A freelance educator and musician, Melissa has filled many roles at SolarFest since 1995: volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator, fundraiser, promotional and grant writer, co-Executive Director, Board of Trustees President, Volunteers for Peace coordinator, director of Theater-in-the-Woods, actor, member of the SolarFest House Band, co-coordinator of Nan’s Kitchen, and more. She is happy and proud to be a part of this unique family/community that has touched so many lives.
Melody Squier, Past President
Host of SolarFest at Forget-Me-Not Farm, Melody and her family have been involved with SolarFest since its early beginnings. Mother, equine specialist, animal communicator, farrier, firefighter, organic gardener, flower fanatic, gourmet cook, B&B and premier green wedding site proprietor, and of course wife of the wonderful Tinmouth luminary, Marshall Squier. Melody especially enjoys meeting and working with the Volunteers for Peace who come from all over the globe each year to help make SolarFest shine!
Steve Goldsmith, Past President
A native of New York, Steve escaped to Maine in the late ’80s, where he met his wife Michelle. They currently live with their two kids Sarah and Adam in New Hampshire. He is a technology consultant with a 30-plus year background in telecommunications, computer systems and networking, having spent much of the past 18 years building really big telecommunications networks throughout the northeast that are used by large municipalities, state governments, large institutions and major cellular and national communications carriers.
Michael Sorce, Past Vice President
Michael is a founding SolarFest council member and the Technical Director for the SolarFest festival. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Michael freelanced as a lighting designer in San Francisco and New York City before relocating to Vermont. He is president and founder of Dark Star Lighting & Production here in Vermont, which provides lighting, sound, video, generator, and production services for the entertainment industry throughout New England. Dark Star is proud to provide professional theatrical lighting, sound and production management for SolarFest since its inception.
Kevin Kiefaber, Former Trustee
Kevin fell in love with SolarFest the first time he visited, first for the music, then the community, and finally the vision. He’s been a volunteer for more than 15 years, putting up tents, working backstage, helping kids build solar powered cars, putting up more tents, as volunteer coordinator, as workshop host, and putting up still more tents! As a proud father, school counselor, and clinical social worker, he knows the importance of community connections in bringing about change. Working with SolarFest is a small way we can all work together to shape the future.
Jeff Skelskie, Former Trustee
Since the 90’s Jeff has been involved with SolarFest, Clearwater, and Tour de Sol, and in 2009 he received the Distinguished Service Award from NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.) As the owner of Special Services, a warehouse distributor for QuickCable, PulseTech Products and test equipment, Jeff has been an ASE master mechanic for over 30 years. He works as a technician, advisor, educator and distributor in the energy and transportation fields, both electric and alternative fuel. Starting with Engineering and ending in the Arts Jeff also holds degrees in Business and Power engineering. Jeff’s greatest reward comes from sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm.