Erica Bjelland

RREAL's Program Development Specialist 

Erica Bjelland joined RREAL as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2016. Erica coordinates RREAL's Education and Community Outreach (ECO) and is part of fundraising, outreach, communications, and other programs at RREAL. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with Global Studies and Environmental Studies majors. In her free time, she loves to run, play accordion and bass, and she speaks Norwegian.

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Kyle Tschida

RREAL's Office Manager

Kyle Tschida joined RREAL part time in June of 2017. Hired shortly after high school, Kyle is committed to performing any duties that are needed for smooth business operations.


Brook Ferrian

RREAL's Accountant

While obtaining her Accounting A.A.S. Degree, Brook was awarded the prestigious “Student of the Year” from our friends at Central Lakes College. Brook has years of experience in accounting, management, and leadership! She enjoys searching out new adventures with her three teenage children, who are more fun now than ever! Her other passions include learning new things, outdoor activities, star gazing, and traveling our beautiful nation. She also is a lover of the arts in all their various forms


Rachel Juritsch

RREAL's Program Development Specialist 

Rachel Juritsch served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for RREAL  in 2018. Now, she works on RREAL's marketing and communications, fundraising, event coordinating, and serves as the solar energy technical lead. Rachel has a bachelors degree in Sustainable Energy Management from SUNY: College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Rachel has a love for fishing, crocheting, and exploring the outdoors.

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Nicole Saccomen

Chief Financial Officer

Nicole Saccoman is RREAL’s Chief Financial Officer, also supporting Real Solar’s efforts. Nicole began her accounting career at RREAL after accepting an internship in 2012 from CLC. From there, Nicole took the lead in the accounting department while attending Bemidji State University to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, she moved on from RREAL to pursue an opportunity at a local CPA firm and eventually moved to WA state to become the Controller of UniEnergy Technologies, a manufacturer and installer of Redox Flow energy storage systems. Nicole’s passion for renewable energy and RREAL’s mission to empower low-income families had brought her back to RREAL in August of 2019. Nicole currently resides in Cape Coral, FL with her wife, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and their 2 turtles.

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John Vaugh

RREAL's Executive Director

John comes to RREAL after working as an executive director for community and economic development nonprofits in the Twin Cities for 20 years. He is passionate about improving the lives of people in low income communities and sees solar energy as an emergent strategy to serve this mission. If you ask him, he’ll say he is part real estate developer and part community organizer with a little contractor thrown in. If you ask him about the contractor part, he’ll cite the three historic homes in Stillwater he has restored and say there is nothing any good carpenter can’t do in two hours that he can’t do in two years!



NE MN Women of the ELCA

The Northeast Minnesota Women of the ELCA are a community of women committed to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world. With this commitment in mind the ladies, in partnership with RREAL created Skip the Grid. 


Check out the WELCA Fundraising resources!  



RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance) has been offering solar design-build services to the commercial and residential market since 2000. Starting in 2014, the design-build program began operating as its own self-standing for-profit corporation, REAL Solar. Since its launch, REAL Solar has maintained a commitment to energy security and environmental stewardship 


African Children Today

African Children Today (ACT) is a nonprofit organization in Minnesota with a mission to helping children in the Rakai district of Central Africa in Uganda affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. ACT sends 100 percent of all tax-deductible donations and pledges to support the Rakai Orphans Development Initiative 

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