Our Team

Learn more about our talented team at Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels and how they’re contributing to our clean cities coalition.

Alexa Voytek

FUN FACT

I started playing the violin at the age of five. Currently, I play in two Brazilian bands in and around Nashville: Choro Nashville and Samba Nashville.

Alexa Voytek

Coordinator / alexa.voytek [at] tn.gov / 615-532-0238

Alexa Voytek is the Coordinator for the Middle-West Tennessee Clean Cities Coalition as well as a Program Manager / Energy Analyst for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs. Alexa provides support for various grant programs, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation initiatives, and external communications efforts. In her role as Clean Cities coordinator, she seeks to encourage local fleets to adopt alternative fuel vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies in order to reduce petroleum dependence and improve air quality.

Prior to joining TDEC, Voytek interned with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most recently, she served as Assistant Account Executive for New York City-based public relations firm Ketchum, Inc., where she was assigned to energy and technology related projects. She holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Russian, Eastern European, Balkan, and Eurasian Studies and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in History and Russian Language/Area Studies.

Likes

  • Learning new things

  • Brazilian choro music, Appalachian old-time music, bluegrass

  • Chekhov

  • Australian and Argentinian merlots

  • Traveling the world

Dislikes

  • Cold showers

  • Yogurt

  • Sharks

  • Pollution

  • Sunburns

Mak Finlay

FUN FACT

I once performed as Macduff in a Star Wars stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that also incorporated various *NSYNC dance moves from their seminal turn-of-the-millennium record No Strings Attached

Mark Finlay

Energy Analyst for TDEC OEP / Mark.Finlay [at] tn.gov / 615-253-3676

Mark is a staff member of the Middle-West Tennessee Clean Cities Coalition as well as an Energy Analyst for TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs. He works to advance sustainable transportation programming and assists MWTCF coordinator Alexa Voytek in the various programs and initiatives she takes the lead on, in both his roles in MWTCF and TDEC. Mark joined TDEC in 2019 after earning an M.P.A. with a focus on Environmental Policy and Administration from Syracuse University and an M.P.S. in Sustainable Energy from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In Syracuse, Mark worked with the Central New York Clean Cities Coalition to promote the use of alternative fuels in the region. Mark graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Likes

  • Sports of all kinds and getting super analytical about them

  • Discussing and reviewing music

  • Rocket League

  • When a dog looks in my general direction

  • Nice smelling lotion

Dislikes

  • Grapefruit

  • Overpriced coffee (it’s just bean water, c’mon)

  • NOx

  • Ohio

  • Misinformation

FUN FACT

For a few summers, my family camped around the Midwest in a refurbished Cadillac hearse
(gasoline, darn-it). Whenever somebody asked about it, we’d say that Grandma was in the
back—which she often was, albeit buckled up and feeding us apples slices or something. 

Shauna Basques

MWTCF Program Assistant / Shauna.Basques [at] tn.gov / 615-253-1947

Shauna is a Program Assistant for the Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition as well as a
Communications Coordinator / Energy Analyst for TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP). She leads
the development of OEP’s communications and outreach materials and serves as the primary
author and designer of the OEP website and Annual Reports. She also works to advance the
State’s sustainable transportation programming, primarily through her support of the Middle-West
Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and her assistance in administering TDEC funding programs under
the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust.

Shauna came to Tennessee in 2017 from the University of Central Florida, where she earned an
M.F.A. in Writing and worked with the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition to advance alternative
fuels in the region. Before that, Shauna worked with the American Lung Association in Minnesota to
provide outreach on vehicle electrification and workplace charging. Shauna graduated with high
distinction and honors from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English and a Certificate in
Sustainability.

Likes

  • Wisconsin cheese curds

  • Board games

  • Digging into a good memoir

  • DC Comics

  • HALLOWEEN!!

Dislikes

  • Traffic

  • Long road trips

  • That feeling you get when you can’t remember someone’s name

  • People who freak out about snakes or bats or spiders (they eat pests, y’all!)

  • Being rushed when I’m on vacation

Board of Directors & Advisors

    Directors

President – Robert Cheney

Vice President – Debbie Henry, The Transportation Management Association (TMA)

Secretary – Gail Frost, American Lung Association in Tennessee

Treasurer – Rick Warren, FerrellGas

    Advisors

Chip Gifford / Eddie Davidson, Piedmont Natural Gas

Mick Henderson, Commonwealth Agri-Energy

Tim Rayburn, UPS

Alexa Voytek (nonvoting, ex officio)

Jonathan Overly (nonvoting, ex officio)

Region

East Tennessee Clean Fuels serves the 48 counties in the eastern half of the state. We work closely with        Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels to provide services to our partners in these counties and beyond.

Designation

Clean Cities coalitions that desire official recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy must complete          a stringent process, gather partner support, and complete a detailed program plan. The coalition                    became an official participant in the DOE Clean Cities program on October 13, 2004.

Awards & Recognition

      2015 – Most Diverse Growth of Alternative Fuels & Technologies, Awarded by DOE Clean Cities