Angela Shen

Angela Shen - President

Angela moved to Houston in 2015 and works as a Project Developer for EDP Renewables, one of the largest utility- and commercial-scale renewable energy developers in the U.S., and now work as an Origination Associate, marketing our projects and negotiating power purchase contracts.

In addition, she has been a part of the WRISE (Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Industries) working group for the past 3 years, and also helped create the first Grid Alternatives Solar Spring Break team in Texas.  She participates in the Houston Climate Movement and organization which addresses climate change.

The future of HREG is bright, and she sees many opportunities to educate and empower our communities.

Jim Thomson

Jim Thomson - Vice President

Mr. Thomson is a consultant at James A. Thomson, LLC, currently serving as Sr. Energy Advisor for the Israeli Energy and Economic Mission in Houston, Texas, USA. In this Trade Officer role, he has responsibility for promoting business opportunities between Israeli and US companies.

His personal commitment to renewables includes owning a home solar and battery backup system (purchased through the Solarize Houston program). He also owns electric cars and is active in Houston Electric Automobile Association.

Mr. Thomson worked 40-years as a geoscientist in the upstream sector of the energy industry. This included 15 years as an exploration geologist followed by 25 years as a high-resolution geophysicist focusing on seafloor mapping and clearance of shallow drilling hazards for deepwater projects. Previous employers include BP, Hess and Fugro Environmental Consultants.  Mr. Thomson holds a M.S. degree from Syracuse University (geology) and a B.S. degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Rachael Cornick – Director

Rachael is dedicated to improving Houston’s environment and its energy independence through the promotion and adoption of renewable energy.  Rachael worked as a chemical engineer for over five years with Praxair, a large global industrial gases company. She held roles in both Gulf Coast pipeline operations and Six Sigma productivity, while also advancing the company’s Corporate Sustainability efforts.  In February of 2018, Rachael transitioned into renewables and became the Director of Operations for Shine Development Partners, a Houston based solar developer focusing on commercial scale solar, storage and wind projects throughout the United States.

Since 2015, Rachael has volunteered in different roles with HREG, including Solar Tour joint coordinator, President and Executive Director.  As HREG’s current Executive Director, Rachael is focused on growing HREG and strengthening its core renewable energy initiatives.  Most importantly, she wants to enable others with a similar drive and passion for renewables to make their own impact through HREG!


Juliane Surfus - Secretary

Julie has been calling Houston home since 2013, working as a chemical & biological engineer at Dow in hydrocarbons manufacturing and supply chain roles.  Over the last year, she realized how strong her interest in clean energy production and environmental sustainability was, and has been expanding her knowledge ever since.  Whether it’s listening to her favorite renewable energy and climate change podcasts on her commute to work or asking questions and learning from others, she is passionate about more directly aligning her professional experience towards helping advance renewable technologies.  If you miss her at the next HREG meeting, you will likely find her at the next WRISE event.  Julie wishes she had known about HREG sooner and encourages anyone to join our community, even if you don’t exactly fit the renewable energy job mold.

Dylan Rup

Dylan Rup - Treasurer

Despite currently residing in Beaumont, TX due to his work as a reliability engineer at ExxonMobil, Dylan is committed to encouraging a cleaner, more sustainable future for the city he’s called home since childhood. Dylan joined the HREG organization in late-2019, allowing him to work with like-minded individuals promoting sustainability and renewable energy in America’s energy epicenter, while growing his knowledge in all things renewable energy.

Dylan hopes to return to Houston in the near future, where he can continue to drive HREG’s goals and share his own passion for environmental responsibility and energy independence in his hometown.


Bill Swann – Liaison – TXSES

I walk and talk the message of going green. It’s easy. Purchase an electric car. I did. Don’t purchase ancient stored solar energy (fossil fuels) but rather purchase recently stored solar energy (wind power) or immediately stored solar energy (photovoltaics). I did! Educate others. I do by leading the monthly solar workshop.