Being Good Stewards

 
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Our Story

Good Steward Consulting is dedicated to the successful future of small-town America and agriculture, as the backbone which supports feeding our world. We are passionate about renewable energy and other rural developments for environmental and economic reasons. Wind turbines and solar panels are lifelines helping to secure the future of multi-generational farming operations and allowing for further income diversification during times of commodity price volatility. GSC has helped install over 6.5 gigawatts and a lot of that energy can be found on our team.

Meet the Team

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Mariah Lynne

President, CEO

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Mariah Lynne

President, CEO

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Mariah Lynne

CEO, President

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Mariah Lynne

Mariah Lynne is the President/Owner of Good Steward Consulting. She established the firm in 2016 and narrowed the focus to renewable energy development communications in early 2017. Mariah is a seasoned businesswoman, agriculture/clean energy enthusiast, and mother. She spent nine years as a farmwife on a corn and soybean farm west of Hartland, Minnesota with her then husband and their two children (John Paul, 12 and Camellia, 9). She awoke every morning to the beauty of wind turbines on her horizon, delivered seed/parts/meals to the farm crew via wind farm access roads every spring and fall, and hosted a wind farm campout onsite at the Bent Tree Wind Farm near her home. You can learn more about her passion for renewables by reviewing her support letter for the Freeborn Wind Farm here

 

Mariah was elected to the Board of Directors for RENEW Wisconsin in mid-2021. PV Magazine featured a Q&A in July of 2019 titled, “Bridging the gap: Mariah Lynne of Good Steward on farming and solar”. Mariah has spoken at industry conferences, including participating as a panelist at the 2019 & 2020 Renewable Energy Summits in Madison, WI and as a panelist/moderator where she joined other experts to discuss community support and engagement as well as opposition, within the utility-scale development industry. She also participated as a panelist at the 2019 SEIA Solar and Energy Storage Midwest conference. Good Steward Consulting was named the 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Albert Lea – Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce. Mariah has been featured in Minnesota Business Magazine (January 2016) as one of the state's most creative and ambitious female leaders.   

RJ Welch

VP of Operations

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RJ Welch

RJ Welch is originally from a small town in northwest Ohio and completed high school in Bettsville, population 660, alongside a graduating class of 18 peers. Currently, he resides in Gahanna, Ohio with his wife and four children. RJ came to GSC with 15+ years of Business and Operations Management experience, most recently with an infrastructure maintenance company. In this role, he covered OH, MI, IN, KY, IL, and WV primarily, and assisted across the U.S. and Canada. Throughout his career, RJ has worked with many State Departments of Transportation in contractual agreements, permitting, Davis Bacon compliance, Disadvantage Business Enterprise compliance, and many other state and city contractual functionalities. In his tenure RJ also worked with an array of railroads, and many other private entities and has a vast knowledge of Vegetation Management, Storm Water & Wetland Management, Highway Asset Maintenance, Rest Area Management, and Aquatic Vegetation Management.  RJ has invested in continuing education in the areas of vegetation management and/or preventative maintenance for Ohio State University, Ohio Department of Agriculture, National Roadside Vegetation Management Association (VMAK), West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH), Ohio Stormwater Association, American Public Works Association (APWA), Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB). 

  

In addition to spending time with his friends and family, RJ enjoys hiking, fishing, and Ohio State Sports. RJ’s passion for a sustainable future that centers family values along with his agricultural background, vast network in the mid-west, deep understanding of business acumen, and lifelong connection to rural communities make him a great fit at Good Steward Consulting and an invaluable resource for clients and partners