About The DEIC

Meet the Team

Adam Sledd

Executive Director

A serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor, Adam previously led multi-million dollar grant projects for the US DOE and National Labs. Experience includes developing national certification and training programs in partnership with the Building Technologies Office, including the Green Lease Leaders certification. He has grown DEIC into Virginia’s only energy-focused incubator and accelerator, launching DEIC Accelerate in 2020 and supporting 40+ companies annually.

Braden Croy

Program Director

Braden has over a decade of experience supporting startup communities and building entrepreneurship programs at R1 institutions; taking the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad from zero to 4,000 entrepreneurs in 3 years. He has presented training on entrepreneurship ecosystem development internationally (China, Indonesia) and published a novel entrepreneurship ecosystem canvassing method. He has coached 500+ entrepreneurs from idea stage to acquisition and currently spends a significant portion of his time helping advanced energy startups commercialize cutting edge technology.

DEIC Board of Directors 

The DEIC Board of Directors is composed of a group of industry experts and technology innovators focused on supporting our community’s accelerating march towards net-zero.

Lisa Carter

Board President

Director, Innovation Technology & Strategic Risk
Dominion Energy Inc.

Josh Farrar

Board Treasurer

Town Manager
Town of Ashland, Virginia

Mark Webb

Chief Innovation Officer
Dominion Energy Inc.

Katharine Bond

VP, Public Policy, State and Local Affairs
Dominion Energy Inc.

Chandra Briggman

President and CEO
Activation Capital

Brandon Turner

Director, Economic Development
Hanover County, Virginia

Dontrese Brown

Executive Director, EDGE Center
Randolph-Macon College

Vida Williams

Chief Digital & Branding Officer
Virginia ABC

Lynn McDaniel

Program Director
Virginia Innovation on Partnership Corporation

DEIC Accelerate Energy Advisors

Eric Duchon
Global Head of Real Estate ESG, Blackstone

Sara Neff
Head of Sustainability, LendLease Americas

Elena Alschuler
Head of Sustainability for the Americas, LaSalle Investment Management

Katie Ross
Global Real Estate and Facilities Sustainability Lead, Microsoft

Marta Schantz
Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance at Urban Land Institute

Matt Praske
Director of Sustainability Innovation, EQT Exeter