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 Stephanie Knauss-Crader at or at 503-688-2797

Committee Members

Lora Anguay

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Zero Carbon Officer

Mitch Colburn

Idaho Power Company

Vice President, Planning, Engineering & Consruction

Omar Gallegos

El Paso Electric Company

VP Transmission & Distribution

Cynthia Garcia

Tucson Electric Power

CIO & VP of Energy Delivery & Safety

George Hanson

Riverside Public Utilities

Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery
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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

Shiv Kumar

ENMAX Corporation

Vice President, System Operations

Charlotte Mitha

BC Hydro

Executive Vice President

Terry Nay

Tucson Electric Power

Vice President of Field Operations

Shawn Schmidt


Vice President, Transmission & Distribution, SaskPower

John Stoll

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director of Customer Utilities

Tony Tewelis

Arizona Public Service Company

VP, Transmission & Distribution

Wayne Wisdom

Salt River Project


Tina Yanitski

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Director, Distribution