Meet the Team

Albert Jongewaard is the Project Development Manager for Montcalm Wind. Albert will be the lead Apex representative on the ground and will oversee the development process while working with the team and broader community to help answer questions and make this project a reality. Albert began his career working on political campaigns in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Mississippi and Alabama. In 2010, Albert left the campaign trail to represent the Alabama Gulf Coast communities of Dauphin Island and Bayou La Batre during the height of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He continued in this role and oversaw multiple economic development initiatives and issue campaigns in Alabama before joining Apex Clean Energy in November 2016. In his time with Apex, Albert has worked on clean wind energy projects in Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and South Dakota.

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C: (251) 402-6831
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Dan Paris, a Lakeview native and son of Montcalm County, will serve as the Lead Land Agent for Montcalm Wind. He will be working throughout the project footprint to discuss the easement and identify new project participants. Dan is also a good local point of contact for any questions or concerns, as well as passing along any local news or developments you think we should be aware of.

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C:989-506-6907
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Cam Haskins was born and raised in Michigan and is a Land Agent for Montcalm Wind. He has been involved in the energy business for over 30 years and began work in renewable windfarm energy in 2015. Cam will work with Dan Paris to identify new project participants and easements. Cam is excited to be a part of the Apex Team and appreciates the opportunity to help build a renewable energy resource for not only for the Montcalm County community, but also for the beautiful state of Michigan. 


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C:(517) 202-1900
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Paul Andrus recently joined the Montcalm Wind team as a Land Agent. Born and raised in northern Michigan, Paul has worked in land leasing in the energy sector for over a decade, including working in the renewable energy sector throughout Michigan for the past several years. Paul is glad to be back in Michigan helping with the transition to clean energy in his home state.

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C:(231) 866-1504
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Brian O’Shea lead's Apex's public and community engagement efforts for projects throughout Michigan as a Public Engagement Manager. Brian began his career organizing in rural communities in North Dakota and throughout Minnesota before moving to the private sector in 2013, where he worked as a consultant to numerous businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and advocacy groups across the country on issues ranging from education policy to workforce development to clean energy. Brian was excited to join Apex Clean Energy as a public engagement manager in 2019. In this capacity, he works closely with local elected leaders, community leaders, landowners, and residents to gather local feedback, answer common questions, and work with communities to help realize their opportunities for renewable energy development and accelerate America’s shift to clean energy.

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C:952-393-2986
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Kent Dougherty, our Director of Project Development, has worked for Apex Clean Energy for nearly a decade and has been in the renewable energy industry for just over 11 years. He has developed 1,500 megawatts of now- operating wind facilities and has worked on projects in Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Illinois. As a director of project development, Kent oversees a team that focuses on land leasing and project permitting, and he coordinates with the numerous specialists who contribute to a project’s development, including in wind resource, engineering, public engagement, and grid interconnection.

Kent is a strong believer in the promise of renewable energy, not only for the environmental benefits it brings, but also for the strong economic development opportunities it creates in the form of manufacturing and skilled service jobs and as a powerful source of local community revenue. He also believes in the energy security it delivers for our nation, weaning us from foreign energy sources and helping to build a new and transformative electricity infrastructure that  will power our economy into the future.

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C:(989) 787-3029
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Mel Christensen is the Public Engagement Organizer with Apex Clean Energy. Along with Brian, Mel will work with local project supporters, landowners, community organizations, key stakeholders, and elected officials to promote the financial, health, and economic benefits that the project will provide to area communities. Mel has worked in Montcalm County for nearly eight years and her background includes fundraising and community relations for the community college and supporting economic development for rural communities. Working for Apex Clean Energy was a natural next step and she is excited to be a part of a team that is community-minded and working to deliver hope, economic security, and resilience to our area.

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C:(517) 582-2170
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Shelbie Kwartler is a Public Engagement Organizer with Apex Clean Energy. Shelbie works with local project supporters, landowners, community organizations, key stakeholders, and elected officials to promote the benefits renewable energy projects provide to host communities.

Prior to joining the public engagement team, Shelbie supported the project management team on site during the construction phase of the Isabella Wind project. She is excited to be continuing her work with Apex Clean Energy and is proud to be a part of a team that is community-minded and working to deliver hope, economic security, and resilience to our area.

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C:(810) 965-4158
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Ryan Carrigan recently joined Apex as our Michigan Field Manager. Ryan grew up in Southwest Michigan and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He began his career working in the Michigan State Legislature and later developed an expertise in land use issues working on economic development, housing, and transportation issues for municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and the Association of REALTORS. Ryan also has extensive experience working through the entitlement process, advocacy, and outreach. When not on duty for Apex he serves as a township Zoning Administrator in Kent County.

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C:(616) 259-5342
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