Board Committee – Operations Electric

This committee represents the Electric Operations interests of the Board of Directors. Members are tasked with providing direction to WEI and the Executive Planning Committee on appropriate subject matter for WEI to pursue and to establish the content and priorities for its major conferences. They will provide guidance for other WEI programs as appropriate to assure that programs are meeting the needs of the Board of Directors.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Kevin Sullivan at sullivan@westernenergy.org or at 971-255-4973

Committee Members

Lora Anguay

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Zero Carbon Officer
Member

Steven Buraczyk

El Paso Electric Company

Senior VP, Operations
Member

Craig Davis

Potelco Inc.

Senior Vice President
Member

Douglas Dockter

Idaho Power Company

Transmission & Distribution Engineering & Reliability Senior Manager
Member

Cynthia Garcia

Tucson Electric Power

Vice President Energy Delivery
Member

Booga Gilbertson

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Member
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As the vice president of Operations for Puget Sound Energy, Booga Gilbertson is responsible for electric and gas operations, including emergency response, maintenance and construction, electric and gas system operations and dispatch, and system planning. She also leads project management and engineering across operations.

Since joining PSE in 1985, Gilbertson has held a broad range of engineering, operations and management positions in planning, asset management, gas and electric design engineering, performance measurement, budgeting, project management, transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, 24-hour control center operations, labor relations, and emergency response management.

In addition to her responsibilities at PSE, Gilbertson serves on the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute and is on the executive committee of the University of Washington Electrical Engineering Industry Consortium.

Gilbertson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from City University.

She enjoys skiing, hiking, running and gardening.

George Hanson

Riverside Public Utilities

Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery
Member
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George Hanson has been the Electrical Engineering Manager at Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) since June 2010. George is responsible for all engineering functions for RPU’s Energy Delivery section, including customer, substation, communications, and major projects.

George has an extensive background in the utility industry. He was the Electric Utility Manager for the City of Moreno Valley, responsible for all aspects of the Moreno Valley Utility including customer service, resource planning, public and legislative affairs, and field operations. Previous to Moreno, was the Assistant General Manager for the Corona Department of Water & Power and was employed by Southern California Edison for ten years in various management positions.

George has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in California and a member of numerous professional associations. Hanson also served on the Board of Governors for the California Municipal Utility Association from 2007 to 2010.

George and his wife Rosanna reside in Murrieta, CA with their three daughters. Time away from work revolves around the family with golfing activities and boating trips whenever possible.

David Joerger

Idaho Power Company

General Manager of T&D Engineering and Construction
Member

Reiko Kerr

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager - Power System Engineering, Planning, and Technical Services
Member

Charlotte Mitha

BC Hydro

Executive Vice President, Operations
Member

Jana Mosley

ENMAX Corporation

Senior Vice President, ENMAX Power
Member

Shawn Schmidt

SaskPower

Vice President, Distribution and Customer Services
Member

John Stoll

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director, Customer Utilities
Member

Erik Takayesu

Southern California Edison

Vice President, Transmission, Substations and Operations
Chair

Tony Tewelis

Arizona Public Service Company

Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations
Member

Wayne Wisdom

Salt River Project

Senior Director, Distribution Grid Services
Member

Tina Yanitski

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Director, Distribution
Member