Roger Wilkens, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC), which is the organizational vehicle for electric aggregation and an array of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects known as UnGrade Athens County (UAC). He is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Creation of Cooperation, which is currently focused the Green Schools Initiative under UAC and a Pilot Microgrid Project in conjunction with Ohio University.  Roger is an educator with over 35 years experience working with various types of cooperatives, including worker, producer, consumer and renewable energy cooperatives.  He was a co-founder and early co-director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), where he helped provide cooperative training to some of Athens’ fine cooperatives, and directed ACEnet’s Flexible Manufacturing Networks project.  He served as Director of River Valley Community School and Director of the Dogwood Center for Self Development.