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.

RREAL's Program Development Specialist 

Erica Bjelland


Vicki O’Day works with innovative thought leaders who think systematically for solving complex challenges. Her early career spanned twenty years in the financial services industry where she helped people invest for their futures then later focused on development of new products and services. She’s an active advocate for advancing the clean energy economy and transforming money consciousness. At RREAL, Vicki manages the CS4CA program and works with community development leaders in creating strategies and social impact finance mechanisms to build resilient futures that mitigate energy poverty and combat climate change. 

RREAL's Development Director

Vicki O'Day 


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

RREAL's Accountant

Brook Ferrian

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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!

RREAL's Executive Director

John Vaugh



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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