Team Members

Nicole Michelle Olonovich, CEO

Chief Executive Officer

United States Air National Guard, 2003-2008


Masters in Business Administration, NM Highlands University, 2015

Masters in Social Work, NM Highlands University, 2014

Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico, 2007


Nicole Olonovich brings strong business and social skills to CSolPower. Nicole Michelle Olonovich is a disabled veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom. She is a victim of environmental toxins from being downwind of burn-pits 12 hours a day during her service to this country in Iraq (2004). This has motivated her to spent the bulk of her adult life in the political sphere. She lives by the motto “do better, be better” with an emphasis on actionable change. A Hispanic woman who comes from a large loving family with two loving lesbian mothers. Nicole is well versed in communications and a published author in multiple mediums. Earning two masters, degrees one in social work, as well as a masters degree in business. She has a strong focus  advocating for historically marginalized BIPOC & working class communities, LGBTQIA+, women, and disabilities rights are her passion. Her goal in life is to work in partnerships with people and coalitions that demand human rights, equitable access, economic justice, and a deep understanding of the intersection of Mother Earth at the core of all.

Athena Christodoulou , Co-Founder

President and Cofounder

Retired Navy Engineer 

Serial and parallel entrepreneur


Professional Science Masters, Nanoscience and Business Administration, University of NM, 2012

MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, 1994

BS, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh  1983


Athena Christodoulou is a technology  entrepreneur and leader. She has been launching new companies in various industries since 2007. As such, she has designed and built out a cafe, spec home, clean tech consultation, and online app, Udorami. While completing her 2nd masters at UNM she led a team of engineers and MBA student to win the UNM 2012 Technology Business Plan Competition and was the initial Project Manager for the UNM/ASU Solar Decathlon team. She has been active in the clean energy world as president of the NM Solar Energy Association and new technology business consultant. She brings integrity, fresh innovation, outstanding analysis ability, and strategy to her team. Whatever group she leads thrives, be it non-profit or for profit. She says “Together, we will make it happen.” She adheres to the triple bottom line business model: People, Planet, Profit.

Walter Gerstle, CEO and Co-Founder

CTO and Co-Founder

Registered Professional Engineer 

New Mexico and Colorado

Personal Website


PhD, Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1986

MS, Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1982

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1978


Walter Gerstle is Professor Emeritus of civil engineering at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis in structural engineering and structural mechanics. Gerstle has been active in researching the computational modeling of fracture of composite structures. He is a licensed professional engineer. He has worked for many years as a structural consultant, and has spent summers and sabbaticals performing research at NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He is the Engineer of Record on many UniRAC, Inc. and Array Technologies, Inc. facilities and products and has provided engineering expertise for both companies in the early development of their now successful business models for the solar energy sector. Gerstle is past president of the New Mexico Section of ASCE, past president of NMSPE, and he is currently a member of the NM Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.

He has authored or co-authored around 100 journal articles and is author or co-author of two books.

Selected Consulting Experience

QPEC, Inc. – structural design of two waste water treatment plants in New Mexico.

UniRac, Inc. – structural consulting on support structures for solar panels. 

Array Technologies, Inc. –  structural consulting on structures for solar arrays.

DFM Engineering, Inc., Longmont, CO. –  , structural analysis of telescopes & Laser Beam Director

Sandia National Laboratories Building 6586 Gamma Irradiation Facility, K.L. House Construction – Investigation of Deformations and Stresses in Stainless Steel Pool Liner, 5/99

Expert Witness –  several projects as an expert witness on structural failures.

Environmental Evaluation Group, Albuquerque, NM, – Hydrofracture Behavior of WIPP, 3/1/98-4/1/98.

The Hydrodynamics Group, La Honda, CA – Hydrofracture Modeling of WIPP, 8/1/97-10/1/97.

J. Muller International, San Diego, CA. – Fracture Analysis of the Northumberland Strait Bridge, 1997.

Swedish Nuclear Agency – Numerical Fracture Analysis of Grouted Joints for Nuclear Waste Isolation, PI, 1988-1989, (consulting subcontract to Re/Spec, Inc.)