Patrick Regan has spent a career in academia as a professor of political science and peace studies. Pat ended his academic career as a professor at the University of Notre Dame; he started it as an assistant professor at Canterbury University in New Zealand. In between, Pat worked at Binghamton University in Upstate New York.
Teaching as part of the Westville Prison Moreau College Initiative for several years reshaped Pat's role as an academic. Throughout his career, Pat has written five books and over 50 academic articles. One book focuses on the politics of climate change and in many ways the research for that book developed his thinking about the importance of solar energy and laid the foundation for Crossroads Solar.
Pat is also a hobbyist furniture maker. Most of his furniture comes from the Arts and Crafts tradition (Stickely, Green and Green; some Shaker). Before diving into the solar business, Pat made a couple solar modules in his basement to fully understand the process.
Marty Whalen worked at his family-owned third-generation business in the office technology field. The business was sold in 2012 and he continued to run the business for five more years, eventually retiring in 2017. He is presently working at the University of Notre Dame as the Career Program Manager for the College of Arts and Letters.
Marty graduated from Notre Dame in 1982 and earned an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University in 1991.
Marty and his wife Kathleen have a passion for social justice. Kathleen runs the yoga and meditation program at the Moreau College Initiative within Westville's prison, and Marty has taught at the prison since 2015.
In some ways, society hands prisoners a life sentence making life difficult for them even after they have paid their debt and are released. Looking for a way to positively impact men after their release, Marty and Kathleen became involved in Crossroads Solar.