NASEO 2014 Annual Meeting

September 8-11, 2014
Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel, Savannah, GA

Presenters

The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO 2014 Annual Meeting:

Phil Assmus
Senior Staff Associate, National Association of Clean Air Agencies

Phil Assmus is a Senior Staff Associate at NACAA, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.  NACAA’s members, which include air pollution control agencies from 42 states, 116 metropolitan areas, and 4 territories, have primary responsibility under the Clean Air Act to implement our nation’s air pollution control programs.

Mr. Assmus serves as the primary NACAA staffer for matters related to global warming, enforcement and compliance, agriculture and training.  Much of his work concerns NACAA’s efforts to provide state and local air regulators with resources to develop and implement Section 111(d) plans, under which EPA is expected to require greenhouse gas reductions from the power sector.   

Prior to joining NACAA, Mr. Assmus practiced environmental law at a large Washington, DC law firm.  He also spent three years working as a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill, primarily for members of the South Dakota congressional delegation, his home state.  Mr. Assmus holds physics degrees from Luther College and Oxford University.  He attended Harvard Law School and was awarded a J.D. in 2010.

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Linda Bluestein
National Clean Cities Co-Director, U.S. Department of Energy

Linda Bluestein is the National Clean Cities Co-Director and has served in this position since 2008. She works at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) headquarters on day-to-day management of the Clean Cities program, leads efforts to strengthen local partnerships and coalitions, and helps plan funding activities. Bluestein spearheads plug-in vehicle efforts for Clean Cities and works extensively to educate communities on alternative transportation technologies through educational events, webinars, and online tools. She also leads cross-collaboration efforts and events to help communities prepare for the local introduction of new transportation technologies. In addition, she assists the director of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) with developing analysis and recommendations for the White House and DOE management.

Previously, Bluestein was VTO's regulatory manager for Energy Policy Act (EPAct) fleet requirements. She worked on compliance, enforcement, and writing regulations for the EPAct State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet Program. She also worked with national laboratories to evaluate the environmental and energy security benefits of fuels under the Alternative Fuel Transportation Program. In addition, Bluestein worked closely with the VTO program manager and the Office of the Assistant Secretary on suggesting legislative changes to proposed energy bills.

Before government service, Bluestein consulted VTO managers on fuel and vehicle programs. In this capacity, she worked with DOE to establish the first National Alternative Fuels Hotline, the Clean Cities Hotline, and worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

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Robert Caldwell
Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, Duke Energy

Rob Caldwell serves as senior vice president of distributed energy resources for Duke Energy’s regulated utilities.  In this role, he is responsible for developing policies, strategies and business development activities related to distributed energy resources, which include solar photovoltaic, distributed and renewable generation; cogeneration/combined heat and power; microgrids; and plug-in electric vehicles and storage.  He is also responsible for the regulated utilities compliance with renewable portfolio standards and power supply origination, and contract management activities.


Caldwell began his career with Progress Energy in 1998 and held various leadership positions.  He has managed fuel procurement, power marketing and trading, energy efficiency, demand-side management, electric vehicles, smart grid, wholesale power, and emerging technology.


A native of Michigan, Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.


He is currently vice chair of the board of directors for Advanced Energy and serves as a director of NC GreenPower and the North Carolina Theatre.

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Caitlin Callaghan
Chemical Engineer, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Caitlin Callaghan is a Chemical Engineer with the National Electricity Delivery Division (NEDD) of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy.  In this capacity, Dr. Callaghan leads OE’s energy-water nexus efforts, provides expertise regarding environmental aspects of the electricity system, and manages several efforts through OE’s Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program.  Dr. Callaghan also serves as a technical expert leading OE’s effort to monitor environmental regulations and their compliance for potential impacts on the reliability of the electricity system.  She also supports environmental and historic resource review of proposed cross-border international transmission facilities and is a member of the DOE Grid Tech Team, which focuses on both technological and institutional aspects of grid modernization, and the DOE Water-Energy Tech Team, which focuses on cross-cutting energy-water nexus issues in the energy sector.

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Al Christopher
Director, Energy Division, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Al Christopher is director of the Energy Division, a part of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy that is tasked to “enhance the development and conservation of energy and mineral resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner to support a more productive economy.” From 2006 to 2009 he was executive director of Virginia Clean Cities, a non-profit coalition supported and funded by stakeholder members and the federal and state Departments of Energy. Mr. Christopher was a second-generation fuel distributor from 1989 until 2007 and a newspaper editor and reporter for 14 years prior to 1989, working in Hampton, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.

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Vaughn Clark
Director of Community Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Vaughn Clark currently serves as the Director of Community Development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  His responsibilities include supervision and oversight of the planning and implementation of several federal and state programs administered by the department.  Previous to this assignment, Clark began his affiliation with the department in 1994 as a planner responsible for the preparation of the state’s Consolidated Plan. 

From 1981-1994, Clark served as Administrative Assistant for District Affairs for U. S. Congressman Dave McCurdy.  Primarily, Clark directed the Congressman’s activities in the state, managed his field operations, supervised constituent service delivery, and acted  as liaison with the Washington, D. C. staff.   Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Clark served as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for   U. S. Congressman Tom Steed in Washington, D. C. from 1971-1980.

Active in several national associations, Clark is currently the Vice Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); is the immediate past chair of the National Association of State Community Service Programs (NASCSP); and is a member of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) for the U. S. Department of Energy.

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Karen Deklinski
Director, Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Karen K. Deklinski works for Pennsylvania’s  Department of Environmental Protection as Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance (OPPEA) commonly referred to as the state’s Energy Office. Its goal is to administer the State’s Energy Plan to reduce pollution and save energy; create coalitions for energy awareness; create programs to develop energy efficiencies and administer multimillion dollar grant programs that are consistent with the state’s energy policy.  Deklinski’ s over 20 years’ experience in the public sector include more than six years as a staff  member with the Pennsylvania  General  Assembly  in the State House and  State Senate, and 14 years in executive level management for  the departments  of  Public Welfare, Community Affairs, State  and Conservation and Natural Resources.  Deklinski’ s private sector experience includes association management and small business ownership.  A native of western Pennsylvania, Deklinski, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Government Administration from the Fels Institute  at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jack DiEnna
Executive Director and Founder, Geothermal National and International Initiative

Jack DiEnna, Executive Director and Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII), is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the renewable energy industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically geothermal heat pumps (ghp), including marketing, creative financing, and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of renewable technologies. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable & geothermal heat pump industry but also by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of renewable technologies.

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Marianne DiMascio
Outreach Coordinator, Appliance Standards Awareness Project

Marianne DiMascio creates awareness of and builds support for appliance efficiency standards on both the federal and state level, building a coalition of supporters through outreach, education, and advocacy. She is co-author of The Efficiency Boom: Cashing In on the Savings from Appliance Standards. She joined ASAP in 2008.

Prior to joining ASAP, Marianne worked as a manager, advocate, and trainer in the management of health programs in developing countries as Deputy Director of the Management Training Program at Management Sciences for Health.

Marianne earned a Master in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.

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Philip Dion
Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Customer Solutions, UniSource Energy Corporation

Mr. Dion is Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Customer Solutions. Mr. Dion joined UNS Energy in 2008 and is responsible for strategic direction and implementation of regulatory policies.

Prior to joining UNS Energy, Mr. Dion was chief of staff and chief legal advisor to Commissioner Marc Spitzer of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Dion previously worked in various roles at the Arizona Corporation Commission, including the advisor to then-Commissioner Spitzer and as an administrative law judge. Mr. Dion's career began in litigation, including serving as a white collar prosecutor for Maricopa County, Arizona.

Mr. Dion received his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Arizona and earned his Juris Doctorate and an MBA in finance from Santa Clara University.

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Bob Dixon
Head of Industry Affairs – Americas Region, Building Performance and Sustainability, Siemens Infrastructure and Cities

Bob Dixon is an industry veteran and visionary with over 30 years of experience in building systems, facility operations and energy conservation and management.

Currently serving as senior vice president and global head of efficiency and sustainability at Siemens Building Technologies, Bob leads all strategic global initiatives on building efficiency and sustainability including strategic planning, operations, product/solution development, program implementation, business development and mergers and acquisitions.

Bob is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies and currently serves as industry vice chair for the Alliance to Save Energy. He is the industry member on the Buildings and Appliances Task Force under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and leads SBT's strategic global partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative. A well respected and sought after speaker on energy efficiency topics around the globe, Bob earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota.

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Paul Doppel
Senior Director, Industry and Government Relations, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating

Paul Doppel has worked for Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating since 2002, and was a brand manager before being promoted to his current position of Senior Director of Industry and Government Relations in 2012. A 36-year HVAC industry veteran, Doppel served as chairman of the TC 8.7 Variable Refrigerant Flow committee of ASHRAE from 2010 to 2012 and currently is the chairman, Ductless (VRF) Product Section, of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Doppel also works with the DOE, utility companies, state governments and green building groups to enhance VRF technology education and applications. In 2009, Doppel was honored by AHRI with the Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Award, which is presented annually to individuals recognized for their unique contributions to the HVACR industry. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and retired from the United States Army Reserves after 30 years of service.

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David Eijadi
Principal, The Weidt Group

David Eijadi, FAIA, is a Principal at The Weidt Group directing the firm’s development and deployment of advanced energy performance simulation software. Under his direction, the firm provides energy and daylighting design assistance services for high performance buildings to over 300 commercial projects a year in both the public and private sectors. Over the past two decades, Mr. Eijadi has developed and directed commercial new construction programs for six utility companies. Among his many roles, he is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and has also served on the boards of the USGBC-Minnesota Chapter and the IESNA Committee for Daylighting Metrics.

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Ezra Finkin
Director, Policy and External Relations, Diesel Technology Forum

Ezra Finkin has served with the Diesel Technology Forum since July 2012.  As the policy and outreach director, Mr. Finkin works to educate policy makers, elected officials and thought leaders about the importance of diesel technology and the clean air and economic benefits of continuing investments in clean diesel technologies.  Previously, Mr. Finkin served as a policy and industry affairs representative for several trade associations representing retailers, manufacturers and the ocean transportation and goods movement industries.  Mr. Finkin worked with many industry groups to develop environmental programs at blue water ports to improve air quality from many maritime operations.  Mr. Finkin holds a B.A from Kenyon College and a M.A. from the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University).

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Ashley Fournier
Project Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Ashley Fournier is a Project Manager at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). Ashley is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) responsible for the overall planning, management and completion of projects for a wide variety of programs and topics areas.

Ashley has experience in energy efficiency retrofit programs and data collection from her previous work under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. Her current work focus on state level engagement with state energy offices, utilities and public utility commissions.

Ashley holds a BA in Physics from Agnes Scott College. Prior to joining SEEA she worked as the Sustainability Project Coordinator at the Office of Sustainability at Agnes Scott College managing building and utility information, greenhouse gas inventories, and programs.

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Matt Frades
Finance Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Matt Frades is a Finance Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Mr. Frades works to develop and communicate innovative finance strategies to advance low-carbon practices and technology deployment, boost investment in critical infrastructure, and build climate resilience.

Mr. Frades has more than a decade of experience working on the scientific, policy, and economic dimensions of climate and energy issues. Prior to joining C2ES, Mr. Frades worked as a Senior Associate at the advisory firm Garten Rothkopf where he provided energy and strategy consulting services to corporate clients. He also served as the technical advisor to the Governor of New Hampshire’s Climate Change Task Force.

Mr. Frades holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as well a Master of Science in Hydrology and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of New Hampshire.

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Michael Freedberg
Senior Advisor, High Performance Buildings, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Michael Freedberg is Senior Advisor for High Performance Buildings in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Economic Resilience.  He was Director of Affordable Housing Technology Research in HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research, and chaired the Department’s Energy Task Force, which coordinated the agency's efforts to reduce HUD’s $5 billion energy bill. His background in affordable housing and sustainable community development includes the first solar and wind energy systems in New York City, energy efficient retrofits of multifamily buildings and social service facilities in Chicago as well as an innovative mixed-use transit center designed to contribute toward the region’s transportation and air quality goals.

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AnnaMaria Garcia
Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Office of Energy Efficiency an, U.S. Department of Energy

Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, providing leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources and communications and outreach activities.

Prior to that Ms Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining OTC she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the non-profit Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provides unique environmental and energy expertise in creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University.
 

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Jeffrey C. Genzer
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.

In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.

He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.

He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.

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Donald Gilligan
President, National Association of Energy Services Companies (NAESCO)

Donald Gilligan is the President of the National Association of Energy Services Companies (NAESCO). He is responsible for coordinating NAESCO's federal and state advocacy activities as well as its relationships with other national and regional energy efficiency organizations. Mr. Gilligan has worked in the energy efficiency industry since 1975, as a consultant, entrepreneur, and state government official. He is the author and co-author of a number of reports on energy efficiency and the growth of the ESCO industry, which have been published by NAESCO and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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David Gipson
Director, Division of Energy Resources, GEFA

David Gipson joined GEFA in February 2008 as the Director of the Division of Energy Resources. The Division administers the State Energy Program; State Facilities Program; Weatherization Assistance Program; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant; Governor’s Energy Challege; State Energy Strategy and Energy Assurance Program.

David is a certified Professional Energy Manager, a southeastern representative of the NASEO Board, and a member of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) for the Secretary of DOE. David has a Masters of Public Administration in Natural Resource Management, a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Protection.

Prior to coming to GEFA, David spent 14 years working on business sustainability programs and hazardous waste management.

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Karen Glitman
Director of Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Karen Glitman has more than 18 years’ experience in transportation research and administration. Her work focuses on blending transportation and energy efficiency data, systems, and programs. She is a former Director of Policy and Planning for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and a Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Transportation as well as the Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator. Her deep understanding of transportation policies, program, systems and operations has been informed by her years at the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the UVM Transportation Research Center. Her knowledge and understanding of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies drove VEIC’s leadership in coordinating the State of Vermont’s Drive Electric Vermont initiative, which includes the active engagement of Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, Agency of Natural Resources, and the Department of Public Service. Her research and project management have also helped inform the transportation energy use profile for Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan. She has many publications, including the annual Vermont Transportation Energy Report (2008-2011); several analyses of rural transportation financing, and its role in economic development; and an analysis of transportation safety among young drivers. She served three terms as a member of the Vermont General Assembly, including being elected Deputy Leader, is admitted to the Vermont Bar and is a former member and chair of her local school board.

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Dr. Camron Gorguinpour
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment & Logis, U.S. Air Force

Dr. Camron Gorguinpour serves as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment & Logistics (SAF/IE). His current role is to serve as Executive Director for the Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Program, which focuses on developing strategies to integrate PEV's into the Department's fleet. Camron is a California native and received his PhD from the UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. He also holds a B.A. in Physics and a B.A. in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley.

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Frank Greb
President, Energy Center of Wisconsin

Prior to joining the Energy Center, Frank managed energy-related projects and businesses for more than twenty years at RMT, a renewable energy engineering and construction firm, and at its parent company Alliant Energy. Under Frank's leadership, RMT designed and constructed some of the largest utility-scale wind and solar energy facilities across the U.S. In the early 1990s, Frank developed and implemented the shared savings program for Alliant that resulted in the investment of more than $60 million of energy efficient technologies in hundreds of commercial and industrial facilities.

Frank is a past chairperson of the Energy Center of Wisconsin Research Advisory Committee and past member of the Electric Power Research Institute Power Electronics Task Force.

Frank has a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master of business administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Reid Harvey
Director, Clean Air Markets Division, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Reid Harvey is the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Markets Division (CAMD) in the Office of Air and Radiation.  He manages several market-based clean air programs, including EPA's Acid Rain Program and Clean Air Interstate Rule.  He became CAMD's Division Director in November 2012 after 16 years in several management positions in CAMD and EPA's Climate Change Division.  Prior to joining EPA in 1994, he was a project manager with ICF Inc. for eight years, working with clients on energy and environmental projects.  He has degrees in Public Policy from Duke University (B.A.) and University of California Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy (Masters).

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Joe Holliday
Director of Business Development, Rinnai

Joe Holliday is director of business development at Rinnai America Corporation and responsible for advancing the company’s heating products division, retail sales, and energy-efficiency industry advocacy, research and education. Holliday has more than 16 years experience in business development.

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Eric Hudak
Senior Product Manager, Engine Division, Kohler

Eric Hudak has been with Kohler Engines for 15 years in various roles of increasing responsibility. For the last 18 months as Sr. Product Manager, Gas Engines Americas he has been responsible for business case development and product planning in new and existing engine markets.  His present responsibilities include P&L, strategic planning, and execution of projects in Kohler's gaseous fuel (propane and natural gas) business segment.

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Captain Bart Humble
Sandy Springs Police Department, City of Sandy Springs, Georgia

Captain Bart Humble joined the Sandy Springs Police Department in May of 2006, and was involved in the startup of the Criminal Investigations Unit in that new agency.  He is currently the Homeland Security/Special Projects Commander, as well as the Executive Director of the Chattahoochee 911 Authority, a multi-agency emergency dispatch center.

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Chelsea Jenkins
Eastern Region Business Development Manager,, ROUSH CleanTech

Before joining ROUSH CleanTech, Chelsea Jenkins served for two years as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and four years as a program coordinator. Chelsea joined ROUSH CleanTech in October 2011 and currently works with East Coast-based public fleets, propane companies and school districts to market Roush CleanTech’s liquid propane autogas technology. She is a graduate of James Madison University’s Integrated Science and Technology Program with a triple concentration in energy, environment and transportation.

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Roger Jenkins
Senior Director, Power and Ener, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Roger Jenkins is a Senior Director for Energy and Environment at Convergent Technologies Corporation (CTC) where he is responsible for developing and applying solutions and delivery strategies that leverage the span of CTC energy and environmental capabilities for DoD, Federal civilian, and commercial customers.

Prior to joining CTC, Roger served in multiple roles in the energy group at SAIC and subsequently Leidos, including as Vice President of Emerging Markets in one of SAIC’s commercial subsidiaries, with the mission of integrating corporate capabilities with those of several strategic acquisitions to pursue developing commercial markets in smart grid, energy efficiency, and carbon management.  In earlier roles he managed various lines of business delivering energy-related support to federal and commercial customers, including DOE and FERC programs, as well as commercial petroleum and electric utility customers.

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Paritosh Kasotia
Team Lead, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Energy Division

Paritosh Kasotia has been serving as the Team Leader for the Iowa Energy Office housed at the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) since 2011.  In this capacity, she manages all the energy undertakings of the Office and works closely with energy stakeholders to create long-term economic growth opportunities through energy efficiency, clean energy and biofuels, and sound energy policies.  She also serves as the Advisory Council Member of the Iowa Energy Center.  In addition, she is part of the Iowa’s Energy Advisory Group for the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA).  Previously, she served as the Federal Programs Manager at the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. Her prior experience includes working at a public sector consulting firm, and a non-profit organization.  She holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Drake University, a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a BA from Drake University in Environmental Policy and Political Science.  She also holds the globally-recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a member of the Global Project Management Institute.

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Steve Kihm
Principal and Chief Economist, Energy Center of Wisconsin

Steve Kihm has a background in public utility regulation and finance, which supports his technical and analytical work evaluating energy efficiency programs and developing, analyzing and critiquing policy initiatives. He is a published author; has written numerous articles for the Energy Law Journal, The Electricity Journal and Public Utilities Fortnightly, and has written a children's book, The Lost Candy Bar. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Robert Leker
Renewables Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Robert Leker is the Renewables Program Manager for the State Energy Program, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  Working in this role since 1999, Mr. Leker manages projects in solar, wind, and biomass technologies and provides technical consultation and program management functions. He also is the point of contact for utility scale, state level windfarm siting and permitting for DENR.  Mr. Leker has broad experience managing statewide energy and environmental programs working for NC State Government and NC State University since 1985.  Prior to 1985, he worked in the private sector providing energy audits and engineering support for energy management system installers.   Mr. Leker has a M.Ed. in Education from North Carolina State University, a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University in California, and an A.S. in Solar Technology from Cabrillo Community College also in California.

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Ms. Alice Lippert has over 33 years in federal service.  She currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Infrastructure Analysis and Modeling Division in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  She has also held the position of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for this Division.  The Division is responsible for energy infrastructure and risk analyses, grid modeling and assessments; transmission reliability and clean energy analysis and programs; and data integration and visualization.

Prior to this position, Ms. Lippert served as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division (ISER).  In this capacity, she was responsible for domestic energy reliability and resiliency programs, and infrastructure and security projects.

Ms. Lippert serves as a senior expert on domestic energy markets, infrastructure and energy-supply trends. She is a principal contact for a variety of complex energy issues and energy-emergency events requiring the review of interdependencies and market impacts. She has expertise in DOE authorities and government programs related to Clean Air Act, Jones Act, Homeland Security, Pipeline Security and Safety, including waiver processes involving federal government energy programs. She often serves as the Liaison for special,  high-visibility exercises, studies and analyses involving senior representatives from the Department, Federal, State and local governments, National Laboratories, and the private sector.

She has extensive experience in responding to energy supply disruptions and emergency events.  During major energy events, she often served as the Emergency Response Operations Director

She was formerly the Director of the Infrastructure Analysis and Planning Directorate, leading a team of analysts on energy infrastructure security and reliability projects.  She has published numerous articles and reports on energy reliability and response topics.

Ms. Lippert has a strong background in public-private partnerships.  She is the State and Local Government Energy Assurance Planning and Outreach Program Manager and has a long history in dealing with State and local governments as well as industry on energy assurance and emergency preparedness activities.  From 2009 – 2012,  Ms Lippert  was responsible for implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  (AARA) State and Local Energy Assurance Planning Initiative, a $50 million grant program involving 47 States, the District of Columbia, 43 cities, and 2 territories.

In 2012, Ms.Lippert received outstanding recognition from the National Association of State Energy Officials and Public Technology Institute for her excellence and strategic vision in assisting State and local governments. 

Prior to joining the current office, Ms. Lippert was employed as an Energy Economist with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) where she served as one of EIA’s resident senior petroleum analysts and managed several large energy data collection surveys. She was also responsible for conducting economic analyses related to the energy industry; authored market assessment reports; and assessed changes in the energy industry as a result of legislation or environmental laws and regulations.

Early in her career, she was employed as an Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics', Consumer Expenditure Survey, a large household consumption survey used to update the basket of goods and services in the Consumer Price Index.

Ms Lippert holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota.

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Gavin Mabe
Product Engineering Manager, Clayton Homes

Gavin Mabe is the Product Engineering Manager for Clayton Homes. He has over 12 years of experience with Clayton Homes. He currently provides structural, thermal and HVAC designs to the 35 Clayton Homes manufacturing facilities. Additionally Gavin manages the manufacturing utility contracts in the deregulated markets and is coordinating with several universities participating in the DOE Energy Assessment program to reduce energy usage at each manufacturing facility. Gavin earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

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Dennis McGinn
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, U.S. Department of the Navy

Mr. Dennis McGinn was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013.  In this position, Mr. McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans.  He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment.  This includes effective management of Navy and Marine Corps real property, housing, and other facilities; natural and cultural resource protection, planning, and compliance; safety and occupational health for military and civilian personnel; and timely completion of closures and realignments of installations under base closure laws. 

Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy.  While at ACORE, he led efforts to communicate the significant economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy.  Mr. McGinn is also a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute.  

In 2002, after 35 years of service, Mr. McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral.  While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist.  His capstone assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he oversaw the development of future Navy capabilities.  In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. 

Mr. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board.  He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.

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Pat McGuckin
Senior Associate, Cadmus

Pat McGuckin, a senior associate in Cadmus’ Energy Services Division, is a seasoned project manager working in the areas of energy efficient buildings and clean energy financing programs.  Mr. McGuckin works primarily with utilities and federal, state, and local governments.  He was Cadmus’ technical lead on the largest project ever undertaken to develop finance programs on a national scale. Cadmus served as prime contractor to U.S. DOE for providing technical assistance on finance programs to more than 100 state and local governments that received American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Mr. McGuckin also served as the technical lead on the 2010-2012 process evaluation and market characterization of the California investor-owned utilities’ (IOUs) on-bill finance programs. He currently serves as project manager for the Early EM&V and Market Research study for the same IOUs, and as the lead for Cadmus’ work with EPA’s Service and Product Provider program in support of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

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Kylah McNabb
Program Manager, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office

Kylah McNabb serves as a Program Manager in the State Energy Office, which is housed in the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Kylah formerly was with the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (OWPI) a collaborative research group housed at the University of Oklahoma and Horizon Wind Energy, a private wind development company. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Geography and earned her MBA from OU in 2007. Kylah has served as a technical advisor to Oklahoma Wind Power Assessment Committee and is a 2011 graduate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Executive Energy Leadership Program.  She was recognized by the Women of Wind Energy as their 2014 Rising Star and earned her Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification in July of 2014.  She has experience in private wind development and wind industry research and policy development, oversight and financial management of federal funding programs, loan program development and management and energy policy analysis.

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Lewis Mills
Director, Division of Energy, Missouri Department of Economic Development

Lewis Mills serves as Director of the Division of Energy at the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  He is charged with leading a statewide initiative to develop a comprehensive energy plan for the state.  In public meetings across the state, the initiative will solicit input from energy stakeholders including consumers, businesses, public utilities, renewable energy companies, academic researchers and environmental advocates.

Lewis has more than 20 years of experience in public utility regulation both from the perspective of a consumer advocate as well as a state regulator.  He comes to the Division of Energy from the Office of Public Counsel (OPC).  He began his career with the OPC in 1988.  He was promoted to Deputy Public Counsel in 1989, and served in that capacity until 1998.  From 1998 to 2005, Lewis served as a Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Missouri Public Service Commission.  In 2005, he returned to the Office of Public Counsel when he was appointed to head the agency.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in geology from St. Lawrence University in New York and a law degree from the University of Utah.

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Dr. Larry S. Monroe
Chief Environmental Officer and Senior Vice President, Research and Environmental Affairs, Southern Company

Dr. Larry S. Monroe is Southern Company’s chief environmental officer and senior vice president of Research and Environmental Affairs. He is responsible for Southern Company’s environmental initiatives, including the assessment of federal environmental policy, compliance strategies and stewardship, and the research and development of new energy technologies.  Monroe joined Southern Company in 1998 as a program manager in the Research and Environmental Affairs organization, responsible for developing and improving technologies to reduce emissions from the company’s generation fleet.

In 2007, he was named senior research consultant for Southern Company – the highest technical position in the company. In 2011, Monroe was named general manager of Environmental Affairs for subsidiary Georgia Power with responsibility for air strategy, as well as the utility’s environmental services laboratory.

Prior to joining Southern Company, Monroe held management positions in environmental and energy research at Southern Research Institute, a not-for-profit research organization based in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2013, Monroe was recognized by Power Engineering magazine as one of the industry’s 25 most influential people over the past 25 years. He has testified at congressional hearings and before the Georgiaand Mississippi public service commissions, representing the company on mercury and coal technology.

Monroe has held leadership positions in several national utility organizations, including the Coal Utilization Research Council, Utility Air Regulatory Group and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He has received numerous leadership and technology awards from EPRI, and has helped direct research for EPRI’s largest and most critical research and development program.  Monroe serves on the board of directors of Atlanta’s Clean Air Campaign, as well as on Auburn University’s Research Advisory Board and Engineering Alumni Council. He is past president of the Auburn University Chemical Engineering Alumni Council.

A native of Pennsylvania, Monroe received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Jesse Munoz
Region IV Recovery Division Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Jesse F. Munoz is director of the Recovery Division in Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV. He is responsible for programs that deliver assistance to individuals, local governments, tribal nations and private, non-profit organizations after a disaster.  Prior to his appointment as division director, Munoz served as a federal coordinating officer (FCO) from June 2004 until November 2007. As one of five FCOs in FEMA’s largest and most active region, Munoz came on board at the onset of the 2004 hurricane season, one of the nation’s busiest seasons ever, and served the needs of disaster communities and survivors in numerous disasters throughout his tenure.  Before joining FEMA, Munoz was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 28 years – on both active and reserve duty – in assignments ranging from platoon leader to director of military operations for the Corps’ South Atlantic division.  Serving his country in the war on terrorism, Colonel Munoz deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was the first chief engineer of the Afghanistan National Army Project, during which the Corps of Engineers constructed all training, life-support, maintenance and administration facilities for the new Afghan Army.  Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Munoz graduated from the University of Texas.

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Frank Murray
Chair, State Energy Advisory Board

Francis J. Murray, Jr. served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from  January 2009 through September 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., where he provided strategic policy and market development guidance on environmental and energy issues to a number of private sector and not-for-profit clients.  Mr. Murray also represented the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Public Service Commission proceeding to establish an energy efficiency portfolio standard program.

From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy.

Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors, then a statutory function of the State Energy Commissioner.  At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive, integrated energy plan for the State that integrated State energy, environmental and economic development policies.

In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992.  He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo.  He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors’ Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982.  He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio).

Mr. Murray serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (Vice Chair), and the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) Consortium.

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Clay Nesler
Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls

Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for Johnson Controls.  In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, public affairs, innovation and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency.  He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council.  Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe.

Clay is the vice-chair of the World Environment Center, serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and is on the advisory boards of the NRDC Center for Market Innovation and the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.  He is also co-chair of the North American and Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum, a member of the Alliance to Save Energy International Steering Committee, the SEE Action Executive Group and a sustainable buildings track advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. Clay is also responsible for leading the company’s efforts in support of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator program.

Clay received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on eleven patents. He is a winner of the 2005 Corenet Global Innovator’s Award and the 2012 VERGE 25 award.  Clay is the past president of the Florentine Opera Company, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America.

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Mel Nickerson
Deputy Director, Energy and Recycling Office, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Mr. Nickerson serves as Deputy Director of the Energy and Recycling Office for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  He leads a team that specializes in programs and policies that spur the development of Illniois’ Green Economy. He has led several key initiatives that include managing the formation of: a Clean Energy Investment Fund, an Energy Storage program, a building codes enhancement program that encourages the construction of energy efficient buildings, an energy efficiency Wastewater Treatment Plant program and expanded the annual recycling budget as a means of furthering economic development and to offset greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to joining DCEO, Mel was Staff Attorney and Government Relations Specialist at the Environmental Law and Policy Center where he successfully led several legislative initiatives in Illinois by building alliances with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and legislators. Mel was honored as the 2011 Recycler of the Year by the Illinois Recycling Association and the Museum of Science and Industry has recognized him as a Green Revolutionary for his outstanding contributions to recycling. Melville Nickerson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a concentrated study in Spanish.  He earned his Juris Doctorate at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

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Mike O’Halloran
Manager, Government Affairs, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

Mike O’Halloran is the Government Affairs Manager for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). In this role, Mike is responsible for AHRI’s state and local government affairs program and serves as staff to its State Government Affairs Committee (SGAC). There he works with members on crafting and implementing AHRI priorities at the state and local levels. He also partners with other industry associations in protecting and promoting common interests in the HVACR and water heating industry.

Prior to joining AHRI, Mike served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator David R. Brinkley in the Maryland General Assembly. There, Mike was responsible for overseeing the senator’s legislative agenda and coordinating all constituent services. He successfully ushered through 22 bills into State law.

He is a graduate of Salisbury University with a BA in Political Science.

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Jeff Pillon
Director, Energy Assurance Programs, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeffrey Pillon is the Director of Energy Assurance for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Mr. Pillon has lectured nationally on energy assurance planning and preparedness and designed and assisted in conducting a series of multi-state regional energy emergency exercises and after action workshops. Mr. Pillon worked for the State of Michigan from 1973 to 2009. During this time he was Manager of Energy Data and Security for the Michigan Public Service Commission and was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness, and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications. He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and represents the department at the State Emergency Operation Center. Mr. Pillon is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.

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Cory Plantenberg
Energy Program Manager, Washington State Energy Office

Cory Plantenberg is the SEP program manager for Washington State.  She has worked with DOE energy programs for almost 35 years – 10 in Montana and 25 in Washington.  Along with SEP, Cory is currently managing Washington’s Clean Energy Fund program and a DOE competitive project that will lead to more information about the state’s clean energy industry.  She has a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

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Donald Prather
Technical Services Manager, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Donald Prather has served as the Technical Services Manager with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) since 2007. He is currently a licensed HVAC contractor in Florida and holds a 1st Class Stationary Engineer Certification in Maryland. He was the principal author of The Technician’s Guide for Quality Installations and Manual B: Balancing and Testing Air and Hydronic Systems.

Before joining ACCA, Don was employed by Northrop Grumman as a Field Service Engineer, where he worked directly with the Headquarters Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency. There, Don led teams which evaluated HVAC related problems beyond individual bases investigative level. His duties included training HVAC personnel in testing, balancing, and commissioning facilities for the Air Force. Prior to working for Northrop Grumman he was employed at various residential, commercial and industrial facilities as a Maintenance Director and Chief Engineer.

A native of Virginia, Don is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Alexandria, Virginia. They have four grown children.

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Kim Rankin
Associate, Cadmus

Kimberlee Rankin, an associate with Cadmus and Deputy of the GHG & Sustainability Reporting Practice, specializes in carbon accounting and analysis, sustainability reporting, and energy-efficiency program planning and evaluation. Ms. Rankin has managed data collection and calculations for greenhouse gas inventories for several clients including a global Fortune 500 financial company with over 500 offices. She manages CDP responses for multimillion-dollar global companies in a range of sectors, with several of her clients placing in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index over multiple years. Ms. Rankin is experienced in corporate sustainability strategy development and sustainability reporting including development within the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. Ms. Rankin provides support on a multitude of energy-efficiency program evaluation and planning projects for utility clients across the country. Ms. Rankin has a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University, where she led the development of a multi-building, commercial sustainability plan, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado. She is also a GRI Certified Sustainability Reporter.

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Evelyn Robinson
Manager, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, PJM Interconnection

Evelyn Robinson develops and maintains effective relationships with consumer advocates and public interest groups in the PJM region. As such, she is the primary point of contact for organizations such as the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy.

Ms. Robinson has forged a working relationship with the consumer advocates and the public interest groups to ensure they are effectively apprised of issues and developments affecting end-use customers within the PJM footprint.

Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Robinson was manager – Government Affairs with Green
Mountain Energy Company. She led the regulatory effort as Green Mountain successfully provided cleaner energy to NOPEC, the largest governmental aggregation in the country at that time.

Ms. Robinson began her career in the utilities industry with the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). She served as assistant consumers' counsel for almost 17 years, where she represented residential utility consumers before state and federal regulatory agencies and the courts. Ms. Robinson is most proud of her opportunity to argue before the Ohio Supreme
Court while at OCC. 

Ms. Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo,
AL. She earned her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.

Ms. Robinson is a member of the National Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Destiny's Child After-School Tutoring
and the Reynoldsburg Band Boosters.

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Kyle Rogers
Vice President of Government Relations, American Gas Association

Kyle Rogers serves as Vice President of Government Relations for the American Gas Association. In this capacity, Kyle is responsible for managing AGA’s government relations goals and programs, with a growing focus on state level advocacy including governors, state legislatures and public utility commissioners. Kyle also represents the association before the U.S. Congress, administrative agencies of the federal government and key policymakers In this role he advises the association and its membership on the impact of proposed legislation, determines its appropriate response and designs advocacy strategy to achieve the industry’s legislative policy goals.

Prior to joining AGA, Kyle served as a Director of Government Relations for the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), the Washington D.C.-based national, non-profit association that serves as the unifying organization for all components of the U.S. travel industry.   Kyle has also worked on various education and immigration related issues, having worked both as a consultant and Director of Government Relations for national grassroots’ organizations concentrating on linguistic and minority related matters.

Kyle has a BA degree in History from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.

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John Roselli
Director of Alternative Fuel Sales, Blue Bird Corp.

John Roselli joined Blue Bird in June 2012 as their Director of Alternative Fuel Sales. In this role, John works with Blue Bird dealers, the Blue Bird regional sales managers and school districts throughout the United States and Canada in the promotion and education of propane and CNG fuels for school buses. Prior to joining Blue Bird, John was the Director of School Bus Sales for A-Z Bus Sales in California for 9 years. A-Z Bus is the largest alternative fuel dealer for Propane and CNG school buses for Blue Bird in the country. John holds a Masters of International Management degree from Thunderbird University and B.S. degree in Business Administration from Regis University.

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April Salas
Infrastructure Systems Analyst/Program Manager for Preparedness and Response, Infrastructure Securit, U.S. Department of Energy

April Salas is the State Energy Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  Within the Preparedness and Response Directorate, her primary focus is state energy assurance and resilience, as well as, energy supply disruption analysis and response.  At the Department of Energy, April has managed everything from Communications and Outreach during energy emergency response events, to the establishment of the DOE's Combatant Command Energy Advisors Program, to the stand up of a DOE-wide departmental response corps that can deploy to national reconstruction and stabilization missions abroad, to the Haiti immediate response and sustained strategic planning, and all of DOE's engagements with the U.S. Department of Defense, among other projects.  She is returning to DOE, following two years abroad, in Stuttgart, Germany where she worked for the Department of Defense on national security missions in East Africa.

Before joining DOE, April lived in Paris, France for four years working at the European headquarters of a US energy finance-consulting firm as an analyst and consultant in downstream oil and gas.  Her work was focused around geo-political risk analysis and assessing and benchmarking the downstream energy sector of countries across Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.  She has also held positions at UNESCO on post-conflict reconstruction in Africa, as well as, the United Nations Headquarters' Department of Peacekeeping Operations Africa Desk on the Sudan/Darfur and Ethiopia/Eritrea conflicts.  In addition to France and Germany, April has lived, worked, and/or studied in over 30 countries across Europe, Africa, and Central/South America, to include South Sudan, Morocco and Guatemala. 

April was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and grew up in Northern Virginia. She is pursuing a double Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, and Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  She holds two Masters Degrees: one in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development and a second in International Security and Economics from the American University of Paris and L'Institut Catholique de Paris, respectively. April's area of focus is energy, economics and development; she wrote her master's thesis on energy poverty and environmental equity, studying the impact of rural electrification programs on diminishing development inequities. She also hold a BA in International Relations/Pre-Law from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  She is an avid snowboarder and volunteer.  April is married to a Naval Aviator, Zach, who is pursuing medical school and she has three children, ages 10, 2, and 1.

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Alex Schroeder
Transportation Technology Deployment Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

As the Manager for Transportation Technology Deployment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Alex oversees program coordination, project portfolio oversight, partnership development and strategic planning responsibilities for NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center.  Prior to joining the NREL, Alex was the senior manager for transportation fuels at the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office.  While with the state, Alex worked to develop, implement and promote the use of alternative fuels in Colorado. In this role, Alex created a bi-partisan, 16-state agreement to aggregate natural gas vehicle purchasing across the states.  He was the co-chair of the Colorado Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and NASEO’s Natural Gas Task Force as well as the Governor’s representative on the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition.  Immediately prior Alex spent 6 years with the Western Governors’ Association, mainly as the Program Director for Transportation Fuels and Radioactive Materials Transportation.  Alex has also worked for the Colorado Energy Research Institute and PA Consulting on both policy and market facing projects in the energy sector. He received his B.S. in General Engineering and completed the Professional Pilot Program at the University of Illinois and has an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Mick Schwedler
Manager, Applications Engineering, Trane

Mick has been involved in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. His areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) and chilled water system design. He has presented technical information to thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America. A recipient of ASHRAE’s Distinguished Service and Standards Achievement Awards, Mick was Chair of SSPC 90.1 (responsible for 90.1-2010) and presently serves on the ASHRAE Board of Directors. He is also active with the US Green Building Council, and has served a member of the Education Events and Nomination Committees and on the Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG). He received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Lab and BSME from Northwestern University.

Mick and Jennifer have three children -- that keep them “mighty busy.” Church activities, barbershop quartet singing and an occasional round of golf are enjoyed. Raised 30 miles from Green Bay, WI in the 1960’s, Mick is an avid (or is that rabid?) Packer fan.

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Ted Sears
Senior Project Leader, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, Market Transformation Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ted Sears is a Senior Project Leader in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Transportation Market Transformation Group, and is located at NREL’s Washington, D.C., office.  Ted is the task leader for Energy Policy Act tasks within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. These tasks include the State & Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet program, New Rulemaking, and Legislative Analysis.

Before coming to NREL, Ted was a senior environmental consultant with the law firm of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington, D.C.  Until recently, Ted served as a member of the Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council.  His past positions include serving as a senior environmental consultant with The Technical Group, LLC, an adjunct faculty member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School, and an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute.

Ted received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He has a master’s degree in environmental health science and physiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in biology/neuroscience from Dartmouth College.

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Jessie Stratton
Policy Director, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Jessie was appointed Policy Director for the newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in May 2011. In that capacity she is responsible for overall policy coordination for the three branches of the agency.  In particular she has oversight of the development of a 21st century state energy policy and integrating it into the agenda of the Environmental Quality and Environmental Conservation branches of the agency.

Prior to joining the Department Ms. Stratton was Director of Government Relations for ENE (Environment Northeast), a not-for-profit regional research and advocacy organization, that concentrated on energy, climate and air quality issues.  She also served in the CT General Assembly from 1989-2003 where she chaired the Environment Committee for 10 years.  In that capacity she also served as the eastern region and later national co-chair of the Council of State Government’s Energy and Environment Committees. She currently serves as the executive branch co-chair of the Council’s National Energy and Environment Committee.

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Janet Streff
Manager, Minnesota Division of Energy Resources

Janet Streff is the manager of the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this capacity she directs professional staff with responsibilities for the state's utility conservation program, other state incentive and rebate programs as well as multiple programs funded through the US Department of Energy.

The US Department of Energy programs include the State Energy Program, which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy by providing technical assistance and consumer information, the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which provides targeted funding to cities and counties, and the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy conservation improvements to low-income homes.

Janet was appointed by Secretary Chu in November 2009 to chair the State Energy Advisory Board, a board established by Congress in 1991 to advise the US Department of Energy on the implementation of its EERE programs and the deployment of new technologies. She is also a past chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and sits on the board of MN GreenStar, a residential sustainable building certification organization.

Prior to joining the State Energy Office in1995, Janet managed commercial construction. She is a certified building official, holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. (Public Administration) from Hamline University.

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Susan Tierney
Managing Principal, Analysis Group

Dr. Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects. Her expert witness, business consulting, and arbitration services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, regulatory policies for renewables and energy efficiency, transmission planning, siting and cost-allocation, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning, resource procurement analysis, market monitoring, and asset valuations. In addition, Dr. Tierney's work has covered regional transmission organizations, siting of generation and transmission facilities and natural gas pipeline projects, natural gas markets, electric system reliability, and environmental policy and regulation. A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and state public utility commissioner, she is chairman of the board of the Energy Foundation and a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. She has published widely and frequently speaks at industry conferences.

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Ricky Tucker
Facilities Manager, BSH Home Appliances

Ricky Tucker serves at the US representative for Environmental Health and Safety for BSH Home Appliances, and is responsible for the Technical Services department for the factory in New Bern, North Carolina.  Mr. Tucker is the facilities manager for the New Bern site, and is responsible for leading energy efficiency efforts supporting the global energy initiative for BSH Home Appliance Corporation.  Mr. Tucker joined BSH Home Appliance Corporation in January of 1999.

Mr. Tucker led the implementation and certification of the New Bern factories to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, achieving certification in 2005.  He has worked to improve the energy efficiency of the New Bern factories reducing its energy consumption by approximately 20%.  He was a guest speaker at the North Carolina Energy Conference in April 2013.

Mr. Tucker led the expansion of the New Bern facilities from 100,000 square feet to its current size of approximately 1.4 million sq feet with the addition of 2 new factories and a distribution center. 

Mr. Tucker began his professional career with an architectural and engineering company and gained experience working on a wide range of engineering projects in the industrial, commercial, and healthcare sectors.  He completed Six Sigma training in Noerdlingen, Germany in 2003.

Mr. Tucker earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1989 and an MBA from East Carolina University in 1998.  He is also a licensed professional engineer.

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Meredith Tunick
Manager, Federal Government Affairs, Robert Bosch LLC

Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Meredith Tunick serves as Manager, Federal Government Affairs at Robert Bosch LLC.  The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology.  Ms. Tunick is responsible for managing and coordinating Bosch’s federal government affairs activities, specifically focusing on energy and building technologies. She joined Bosch in March 2011.

Prior to working at Bosch, Ms. Tunick served as Special Assistant for Policy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health), providing congressional liaison support. In this capacity, she helped facilitate partnerships between the Army and Congress. Ms. Tunick also worked directly for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) on special projects concerning energy, and served as the environmental technology program liaison to the Department of Defense’s Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence (UXOCOE).

Between 2000 and 2007, Ms. Tunick served as Manager of Regulatory Affairs for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, representing over 750 motor vehicle suppliers before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. Ms. Tunick has worked for a number of elected public officials, including U.S. Senator Carl Levin from Michigan.

Ms. Tunick earned a Master’s degree in European Studies (Economics, Law, and Political Science) at the University of Bonn’s Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany, and a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in International Relations, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Barbara Bauman Tyran
Director, Washington & State Relations, EPRI

Barbara Tyran is Director, Washington & State Relations, in EPRI’s office in Washington DC. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators/regulators, and the Washington energy community.

Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light (now Great Plains Energy, Inc.) and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington Representative for the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE Energy).

Prior to that, Ms. Tyran worked as a management consultant, initially with Booz Allen & Hamilton in their Institutional Management Consulting Division and subsequently, with Pace Global, where she was engaged with energy-related clients in both the private and public sectors.

Ms. Tyran holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University. In recognition of her electricity industry expertise and knowledge, she was appointed in 2005 by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services and elected Chairman in 2010. Ms. Tyran also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, the Board of Directors for the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment, and the Executive Council of the USEA/Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Forum.

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Russell Vare
EV Regional Manager, Nissan

Russell Vare is an EV Regional Manager for Nissan, working on infrastructure related issues for the new battery electric Leaf. He has worked in the renewable energy and clean technology sector since 2003, including hydrogen infrastructure development for The California Fuel Cell Partnership, solar PV projects for the Los Angeles Community College District and green building business development for the Japanese External Trade Organization.

Russell Vare received his BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and his Masters in Public Policy from UCLA.

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Bryan Ward
Vice President, Cadmus

Bryan Ward is a vice president in the Energy Services Division and head of the 40-person Statistical & Economic Analysis Group. He has almost 20 years’ experience conducting energy-efficiency and demand response program evaluations and potential studies. His experience in performance measurement, market research, market transformation assessment, cost/benefit analysis, and statistical and quantitative analysis has been important to his success in conducting evaluations and carrying out other consulting projects for utilities and government agencies.

Mr. Ward was a managing consultant with PA Consulting Group, where he led energy-efficiency evaluations and market potential studies from 1995 until May 2010 when he joined Cadmus. He was a key member of the team that evaluated Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable resource programs since Focus on Energy’s inception in 2001. The work included developing a comprehensive system that integrated program tracking data and evaluation findings to provide accurate reports of the program’s energy impacts, along with reports of the program’s cost effectiveness and non-energy impacts. Mr. Ward also coordinated the team’s valuation of economic impacts and their distribution geographically and by industry sector.

Bryan Ward has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, both from the University of Utah. He works out of our office in Madison, Wisc.

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Karen Wayland
Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and En, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Karen Wayland is the Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE. She is a recognized expert in national energy and environmental policy and comes to DOE after two years of providing strategic consulting to business and nonprofit clients.

Dr. Wayland served as a Senior Advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and was named by Roll Call magazine as one of Capitol Hill’s top 10 energy staffers to know. In that role, she worked on comprehensive climate legislation, response to the BP oil spill, and a host of other energy and environmental legislation. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years, where she oversaw the 400-person organization’s federal environmental initiatives. During that time she chaired the national environmental community’s climate and energy coalition. Dr. Wayland has also worked in the office of Senator Harry Reid, where she covered energy, nuclear waste, water, and Native American issues as a Congressional Science Fellow. 

Additionally, Dr. Wayland has also directed the Earth and Marine Sciences Program at Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research by recruiting paying volunteers. Dr. Wayland has appeared as a commentator on major TV and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Diane Rhem Show. Dr. Wayland received a M.S. from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University; her research has focused on environmental geochemistry, watershed management, and hydrologic modeling. She is an environmental scholar at Georgetown University’s Science in the Public Interest, where for six years she taught a seminar on national science policy.

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Elizabeth Wayman
Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative Director, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Elizabeth Wayman is the Director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy, an effort across DOE to enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing energy technologies, and to enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing across the board by taking advantage energy efficiency and low-cost domestic fuels and feedstocks.  Prior to her role at DOE, Ms. Wayman was the Manager of Engineering at Alion, a solar company developing new ways to manufacture and deploy Cadmium Telluride solar modules.  In this role, she led the transition of the technology from R&D to pilot production.  At Alion, she also led process integration of lab-scale solar cell research and development.   Prior to Alion, Ms. Wayman was an R&D Engineer at SunPower, where she developed new products for utility-scale solar.  Ms. Wayman is co-founder of STG International, a non-profit organization developing solar energy technologies for remote locations in developing countries.  She earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and holds several patents and publications in clean energy technology.

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Roy Willis
President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)

Roy Willis is the president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a congressionally authorized commodity check-off program. Since 1998, he has led implementation on a multidisciplinary program of research and development, education, safety, and training. PERC programs have touched a variety of industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial construction, agriculture, and material handling.

The founding chairman of the Global Technology Network of the World LP Gas Association, Willis served as SVP and acting president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America for seven years. Willis spent 10 years as a senior congressional staffer and four years as an aide in the Louisiana legislature. A U.S. Navy veteran, Willis has also served as chairman of the National Energy Resources Organization and the president of an advertising agency.

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Mike Winka
Senior Policy Advisor to the President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

In 2003 Mike was named the Director of the newly organized Office of Clean Energy in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.   He managed the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the State Energy Plan for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through 2012.  The Office is responsible for promoting demand response, energy efficiency, clean energy generation and renewable energy generation through the various regulatory and non-regulatory incentives and tools available to NJBPU.  Mike assisted in the development of New Jersey’s solar program and the transition from solar rebates to the New Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificate financing programs.  Mike is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to NJBPU President Solomon on clean energy issues including developing a system of Combined Heat and Power facilities/microgrids for storm response and emergency preparedness; and Smart Grid/Distribution Automation. Mike is the BPU lead for development of the New Jersey Energy Resiliency Bank (NJ-ERB).  The NJ-ERB’s mission is to help develop energy resilience for New Jersey’s critical facilities through financing of distributed energy generation – microgrid projects.

Mike worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 22 years. His past duties included Chief in the Bureau of Resource Recovery which including the permitting of 5 county Waste to Energy Facilities for over 200 MW; and Administrator for the Office of Innovative Technology and Market Development.  Mike assisted in the development and implementation of New Jersey’s Sustainability Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change Action Plan and also worked with the New Jersey team in developing and implementing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative within the 10 northeast States and New Jersey.

Mike and his Office has been the recipient of several national awards including:

  1. Vice President Al Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government 1999
  2. US EPA Climate Protection Award 2002
  3. US DOE/USEPA Energy Star Awards 2005 through 2012
  4. US EPA Clean Air Excellence Award 2010
  5. Clean Energy States Alliance - State Leadership in Clean Energy 2010

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Patrick Woodcock
Director, Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security

Patrick Woodcock is the Director of the Governor's Energy Office.

Since 2005, Woodcock, of Hampden, worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe. Most recently, Woodcock held the position as senior advisor to the Senator on energy and environmental issues, in which he was responsible for developing Senator Snowe’s legislative agenda including the “Cut Energy Bills at Home Act.”

Prior to his time in Washington, D.C., Woodcock led the Maine Senate Republicans, developing and facilitating campaign plans for multiple candidates, conducting comprehensive voter analysis throughout Maine and managing campaign budgets.

Woodcock attended Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Economics and minored in economics.

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Malcolm Woolf
Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy

Malcolm Woolf joined the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) in September 2012. As senior vice president of policy and government affairs, Malcolm works to influence public policy, foster advanced energy innovation and business growth, and provide a unified voice for all segments of the advanced energy industry.

Before joining AEE, Malcolm served as a Cabinet-level official with Governor Martin O'Malley. As head of the Maryland Energy Administration from 2007-2012, he helped enact and implement one of the most ambitious sets of energy goals in the nation, including the EmPOWER Maryland Act seeking a 15% reduction in peak demand and overall electricity consumption, a 20% renewable standard, and a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve these goals, MEA launched numerous innovative new programs to promote greater use of advanced energy technologies. Several of these programs have received national recognition, including the Generating Clean Horizons program that was named one of the “top 25 innovations in American government” by Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School.

An energy expert with experience at the national level and in the private sector, Woolf was the chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has testified before Congress on several occasions, and is frequently featured in national media. He was recently appointed by Secretary Chu to serve on the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Advisory Board.

Woolf has extensive energy experience both within federal and state government, as well as private legal practice. Woolf previously served as the director of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee and counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also was a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate with the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury L.L.P.

Malcolm received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a year abroad at Pembroke College, Oxford University. He earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia.

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