Meet the Team

Dylan Ikkala, Development Manager for Apex Clean Energy, is the primary contact for Big Bend Wind. Dylan has worked on projects in Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. Dylan has always had a strong passion for clean energy sources and believes that it is the future of the energy industry as we try to reduce our carbon footprint worldwide.

Dylan holds a BBA in Energy Management from the University of Oklahoma.

Brenna Gunderson, Director of Project Development for Apex Clean Energy, is managing the development of Big Bend Wind. Brenna has developed 1000 MW of wind capacity in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois and worked on several potential projects in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, South Dakota and Oklahoma. Prior to joining Apex, Brenna worked for EDPR (Horizon Wind Energy) as a Project Manager of Development. Brenna holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MA from Saint Mary’s University.

Michelle Loomis, Project Developer at Apex Clean Energy, has a passion for working in the renewable energy industry. She was an instrumental part of the Upland Prairie Wind team in Iowa, and she is now looking forward to throwing her energy behind Big Bend Wind. Michelle enjoys getting to know project landowners and making a positive impact in the communities we serve. Michelle is based out of Apex’s Minnesota office and lives with her husband and three children in Roberts, Wisconsin. 

Bipin Thapa, Development Coordinator for Big Bend Wind Project at Apex Clean Energy, graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Environmental Science from Minnesota State University (MNSU), Mankato in 2017. He worked as a Watershed Management Intern at the Water Resources Center at MNSU in 2017 where he contributed in Hydro Terrain Analysis of the Watonwan and the Le Sueur River Major Watershed, Water Quality Monitoring of Minnesota River and Public Outreach through compilation of Environmental News and publication of Weekly Electronic Newsletter. Bipin also holds a BSc in Environmental Science from his home country of Nepal.