Board of Directors

Senior Executives from energy companies responsible for the highest level of their company’s business strategies. The role of the board is to oversee the participation in and evaluation of WEI activities.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Anna Sanger Reed at sangerreed@westernenergy.org or at 503-688-2795.

Committee Members

Girish Balachandran

Riverside Public Utilities

General Manager
Utility Board Member

Michelle Bertolino

Roseville Electric

Electric Utility Director
Utility Board Member

Karl Bomhof

FortisAlberta

President & CEO
Utility Board Member

Nathan Carter

ATCO Gas

Vice President, Edmonton Region Operations
Utility Board Member

Craig Collar

Snohomish County PUD

General Manager
Utility Board Member

Roger Dall’Antonia

FortisBC

President and CEO
Utility Board Member

Craig Davis

Potelco Inc.

Senior Vice President
Services Board Member

Eric DeBonis

Southwest Gas Corporation

Senior Vice President, Operations
Utility Board Member

Richard Dyer

Clark Public Utilities

Director of Finance/Treasurer
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Rick Dyer joined Clark Public Utilities in 1983. As the Director of Finance and Treasurer, his leadership ranges across broad functions including: financial reporting, treasury, budgeting, rate-making, employee benefits, field services, human resources, and office services.

In his thirty years at the customer-owned utility, Rick has served on numerous industry boards and advisory committees related to statewide tax issues and national governmental accounting standards. His demonstrated ability to build consensus across diverse groups of stakeholders has led to leadership opportunities in both legislative and industry policy-making efforts.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Portland. He is also a certified public accountant and, prior to joining Clark Public Utilities, worked for the regional accounting firm, Moss Adams.

Outside of the office, Rick has been involved in scouting activities and has coached Little League baseball. Now with a handful of grandkids in tow, he occasionally enjoys fly-fishing and golf in his free time.

Pat Egan

NV Energy

Senior Vice President of Customer Operations
Utility Board Member

Jeffrey Foutch

Peregrine Midstream Partners LLC

Executive Vice President
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Jeff Foutch, co-founder and former Chief Commercial Officer of Falcon/NorTex Gas Storage Company, has led the start-up of three other companies engaged in gas trading and marketing operations. Jeff’s energy career spans more than 31 years, with an emphasis on gas trading and marketing.

Prior to Falcon’s formation, he served as a storage consultant to Inventory Management and Distribution Company (IMDCI), vice president of Natural Gas Trading for Tejas Power Corporation, and Eastern Region vice president of American Hunter Energy. Jeff also has held various positions with Ashland Exploration, American Oil and Gas, International Paper, GASMARK, and The Superior Oil Company. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Garrett

Alaska Power & Telephone

Chief Executive Officer
Utility Board Member

Laren Gertsch

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Director Rate & Tariffs
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Laren Gertsch received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Masters of Accounting from Brigham Young University. Laren is a certified public accountant in the state of Utah and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.

For nearly ten years, Laren worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. While with Arthur Andersen, he focused primarily on regulated utilities and oil and gas companies.

He joined Williams Northwest Pipeline in 1986. While at Northwest, he has held the following positions: Director of Rates and Regulatory, Director of Performance Improvement, and Director of Marketing Services. He took a three-year sabbatical from 1999 through 2002, to perform service for his church in a foreign country. He returned to Williams as the Director of Rates and Regulatory. He is currently the Senior Advisor to the Vice President/General Manager of Northwest Pipeline.

Laren currently serves on several boards in the community where he resides and is very active in civic activities.

Booga Gilbertson

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Vice President, Operations
Vice Chair at Large
Learn More

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.

Paul Goguen

ATCO Electric

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Transmission & Distribution
Utility Board Member

Jared Green

AltaGas Utility Group

Utilities President, Canada
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Jared Green was appointed President of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company in October, 2014. Since 2007, Mr. Green has held various management positions within ENSTAR’s parent company, AltaGas Ltd., with the most recent position being Vice President and Corporate Controller. Mr. Green has 15 years industry experience in corporate reporting, accounting and risk management at public and private companies listed on both the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Mr. Green is a member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Gas Limited. Mr. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Commerce (distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan in Accounting, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

John Hairston

Bonneville Power Administration

Chief Administrative Officer
Utility Board Member

Pat Hogan

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Vice President of Electric Operations
Utility Board Member

David Hutchens

UNS Energy Corp.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Chair
Learn More

Mr. Hutchens is President and Chief Executive Officer of UNS Energy, TEP and UES. Since joining UNS Energy in 1995, Mr. Hutchens has held various management positions, including Vice President of Energy Efficiency and Resource Planning, Vice President of Wholesale Energy and Vice President of UNS Gas.

Mr. Hutchens graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in finance.

DaVonna Johnson

Seattle City Light

Human Resources Officer
Utility Board Member

Garth Johnson

Spectra Energy Transmission

Director, BC PIpeline
Utility Board Member

Gary King

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Workforce Officer
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Gary King was appointed Chief Workforce Officer in February 2015, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager. In this position, he is responsible for enterprise services–such as procurement, fleet, and facilities management–as well as for human resources, health and safety, workforce development, and inclusion.
Mr. King served as Director of Workforce Management since 2008. His role expanded in 2012 to include information technology and information security.
Before his 2008 appointment, Mr. King served as SMUD’s Manager of Human Resources. He joined SMUD in 1998 as a supervisor in Compensation and Selection, coming from a position as manager of employment for the California city of Palo Alto. He had served many years in senior human resource management positions for the city and county of San Francisco, as well.
Mr. King received his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Pacific Union College.

Roger Kline

Northern Wasco County PUD

General Manager
Utility Board Member

Gregg Kludjian

Asplundh Construction Corporation

Director, West Coast Operations
Services Board Member

Frank Lawson

Eugene Water & Electric Board

General Manager
Utility Board Member

Scott Madison

MDU Utilities Group

EVP and GM of Intermountain Gas and Cascade Natural Gas
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Scott Madison, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Cascade Natural Gas Corporation and Intermountain Gas Company. Intermountain and Cascade are wholly owned subsidiaries of MDU Resources Inc. Intermountain is headquartered in Boise, Idaho and Cascade is headquartered in Kennewick, Washington.

Mr. Madison serves as a director of the Northwest Gas Association and the Western Energy Institute. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of the Snake River Region, Director of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.

Mr. Madison graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Russell Mahan

TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems

Vice President, Business Development
Utility Board Member

Francesco Mannarino

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Senior Vice President, Electricity Operations
Utility Board Member
Learn More

In his role as Senior Vice President, Electricity Operations, Frank Mannarino leads EPCOR’s Distribution and Transmission (EDTI) businesses. His team is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of power to customers in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, along with wholesale energy transmission and sales, retail distribution and metering. Overall, EDTI distributes approximately 14% of the province’s energy consumption.

Before being appointed to his current position, Frank was Divisional Vice President of Municipal Operations at EPCOR Water Canada, responsible for water, wastewater and water distribution operations in all Canadian municipalities that EPCOR serves.

Frank held a number of senior roles in business and operations at Shell Canada prior to joining EPCOR in 2010. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Alberta.

Dale McMaster

ENMAX Corporation

Executive Vice President, Power Supply & Delivery
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Mr. McMaster is responsible for the regulated transmission and distribution (wires) businesses, along with regulated market services including metering, meter data management, load settlement, tariffs and billing. He is also responsible for the non-regulated power services engineering, construction, procurement and maintenance business.

Mr. McMaster has more than 35 years in the utility industry with widespread experience with transmission projects and the Alberta market, from infrastructure planning to power pool and system operations. Prior to joining ENMAX in September 2010, Mr. McMaster held several key positions including Chief Executive Officer at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), President of the Transmission Administrator of Alberta, and Chief Operations Officer for the Power Pool of Alberta. He also has many years in the engineering consulting world with SNC and Acres International working in places such as Nepal, Ghana and Azerbaijan on transmission and utility infrastructure.

As well, Mr. McMaster has been Chair of the Independent System Operator and Regional Transmission Organization Council, a board member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, and a member of the executive steering committee for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Investigation of the North East Black Out in 2003.

Aidan McSheffrey

Salt River Project

Chief Financial Executive
Treasurer
Learn More

Aidan McSheffrey serves as Associate General Manager and Chief Financial Executive for Salt River Project (SRP). He has been with SRP for 22 years. In his current role, Mr. McSheffrey is responsible for Corporate Operations Services, Financial Services, Corporate Accounting, IT Services and Cyber Security.

Mr. McSheffrey began his career at SRP in 1992 as an analyst in the Corporate Pricing group and held a variety of positions within that group until becoming manager of Corporate Pricing. Prior to becoming Associate General Manager, he served as Manager of Financial Services and Corporate Treasurer. Mr. McSheffrey has represented SRP on the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) rates committee, the Demand Response Coordinating Council and most recently on the LPPC Tax and Finance Task Force.

Mr. McSheffrey currently serves on the Western Energy Institute’s Board of Directors and is also a Board Member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.

Mr. McSheffrey earned a Master of Science degree in economics from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Northern Arizona University.

Chuck Meyer

Western Energy Institute

President
President and Secretary

Richard Mooney

Honeywell

Director of Sales - Honeywell Perfection
Services Board Member
Learn More

Rick Mooney is a veteran of the natural gas industry, having served in various sales and sales management positions for nearly 16 years. Currently Rick is the International Market Segment & Northwest District Sales Manager for Elster American Meter.

Prior to joining Elster, Mooney managed a network of international representatives & distributors for Dresser Mooney Controls. Mooney is also a respected instructor, speaker, and author. He has been an instructor at Western Gas Measurement Short Course over the past 13 years. Additionally, Mooney has taught at the Texas A&M University Gulf Coast Gas Measurement Society, the University of Oklahoma International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (ISHM); Appalachian School of Gas Measurement Technology (ASGMT); and the New England Gas Operations School (NEGA).

Mooney, who graduated with a degree in business marketing from the University of Portland, is an avid sportsman who enjoys spending any leisure time he can on water – no matter what “state” it is in. Throughout the winter, he can be found experimenting with water properties in its solid form, courtesy his snowboard or skis. He shares his passion for outdoor sports with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Zach (12) and Alexis (9).

Alicia Moy

HAWAI'I GAS

President and CEO
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Alicia Moy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Gas, Hawaii’s only gas utility with operations on all major islands. Hawaii Gas is committed to lowering the cost of energy in Hawaii through our LNG and renewable gas initiatives. She previously served as senior vice president of Macquarie Infrastructure Company, a $4.9 billion corporation that owns, operates and invests in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses in the United States.

Ronald Nichols

Southern California Edison

President
Chair Elect
Learn More

Ronald O. (R.O.) Nichols is president of Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for external affairs, compliance, power production and procurement, and other operations. He is a member of SCE’s board of directors.
Nichols has more than 35 years of experience in the electric and water utility industry. He has been a strategic and operational advisor to utilities, state and local government, power suppliers and the financial community on complex energy and utility matters throughout the United States, particularly in the West.
Previously, Nichols was senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Nuclear for SCE, overseeing regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.
Prior to joining SCE in 2014, Nichols served for three years as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), where he provided leadership for the utility in supplying reliable and competitively priced water and electricity while continuing to maintain and implement environmentally conscious policies and priorities.
Previously, Nichols was a managing director at the energy practice of Navigant Consulting, an international consulting organization with over 2,000 employees. From 1980 to 1997, before his position at Navigant, he was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of the energy and water utility consulting firm, Resource Management International, which was headquartered in Sacramento with offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. Prior to starting his energy and water utility consulting career in 1980, he held positions with the California Department of Water Resources and the California Energy Commission.
Nichols is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in agricultural economics and business management.

Thomas Peterson

KPMG LLP

Managing Director
Services Board Member
Learn More

Tom Peterson is a Managing Director with KPMG LLP’s Management Consulting practice focused on the Power and Utilities sector. He is based in Los Angeles. Mr. Peterson has more than 30 years of experience providing financial, operational, regulatory consulting, business process outsourcing services, accounting services and cost management services to electric, gas, water and wastewater investor-and government-owned utilities and telecommunications companies.

Prior to joining KPMG LLP, Mr. Peterson was a Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal and also held various Vice President positions at Black & Veatch, Inc. including Strategic Services, Sales & Marketing and U.S. Regions. He also spent several years as a Managing Director at BearingPoint in their utility management consulting practice. He began his career and spent over 20 years at Andersen initially as an auditor and later as a consultant in their Business Consulting practice.

Mr. Peterson is a Board member of the Western Energy Institute and actively participates in key activities and has served as the Chairman of the Service Company Committee for the past 3 years.

Mr. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Jennifer Pierce

TransAlta USA

Senior Vice President, Energy Trading & Marketing
Utility Board Member

Vern Porter

Idaho Power Company

Vice President of T&D Engineering & Construction and Chief Safety Officer
Utility Board Member

Mark Poweska

BC Hydro

Executive Vice-President, Operations
Utility Board Member

Chris Robinson

Tacoma Power

Superintendent
Utility Board Member

Robert Rowe

NorthWestern Energy

President and Chief Executive Officer
Vice Chair at Large
Learn More

Bob has been President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since August 13, 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for Electric Innovation, part of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); a member of the EEI Board of Directors Executive Committee; a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors; Western Energy Institute past chair and current executive committee member.
Bob lives in Helena, Montana. He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, a JD from the University of Oregon, completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives’ Program, and has been active in various professional organizations. He has been active with a variety of university-based organizations, and is currently a senior fellow at the University of Florida Public Utility Research Center.
At NorthWestern Energy, Bob’s focus is working with other employees to build a strong company, focused on providing essential infrastructure and service, and that will be a long-term partner to the customers and communities they serve.

Lori Russell

NW Natural

Vice President Utility Services
Utility Board Member
Learn More

As process director for serve customer, Lori is currently responsible for the process work of the Account Services which provides billing services to NW Natural’s customers, Customer Contact Center activities for all customer inquiries and services requests, Customer Field Services which provides meter and equipment services, and Meter Reading. Her background includes work in labor relations, pipeline construction of distribution systems, risk management and land acquisitions. Overall, she has spent 27 years in the gas utility industry.

Mark Schiavoni

Arizona Public Service Company

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Utility Board Member

Ryan Shell

New Mexico Gas Company

President
Utility Board Member

Todd Simmons

Tillamook PUD

General Manager
Utility Board Member

John Sims

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

President
Utility Board Member

Debra Smith

Central Lincoln PUD

General Manager
Utility Board Member

Kristin Stathis

Portland General Electric

Vice President, Customer Service Operations
Utility Board Member

John Stoll

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director, Customer Utilities
Utility Board Member

Lee Thibert

Chugach Electric Association, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Utility Board Member

Timothy Turnbull

Burns & McDonnell

Business Development Manager
Services Board Member

Dennis Vermillion

Avista Corp.

President of Avista Corporation
Vice Chair at Large
Learn More

Dennis Vermillion is senior vice president of Avista Corp. and president of Avista Utilities. Previously, he served as vice president of energy resources for the utility and as president and chief operating officer for Avista Energy from February 2001 until its sale in June 2007. He joined Avista in 1985 and has held various staff and management positions. Vermillion’s experience covers a broad range of activities, including leadership, energy trading and marketing, risk management, scheduling, resource operations, power/transmission contracting, resource planning and coordination, regulatory issues and production cost modeling.

Vermillion is a 1985 graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently serves as a board member for the Spokane County United Way. He is a long-time member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a past chapter chairman of the Power Section, Spokane Chapter of the IEEE.

Craig Wagstaff

Dominion Energy Questar Corporation

President
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Craig Wagstaff is executive vice president & chief operating officer of Questar Gas Company and chief operating officer for Questar Fueling. He is responsible for all company functions that have to do with delivering natural gas to more than 950,000 homes and businesses in Utah, southwestern Wyoming and southern Idaho. Wagstaff also serves as a corporate officer of Questar Gas’s parent company – Questar Corporation.

In his 30-year career with Questar, Wagstaff has held various management positions overseeing the utility’s customer-contact functions, public and community relations, economic development, and marketing and regional-distribution operations.

Wagstaff currently serves on various industry and community boards including the American Gas Association’s (AGA) leadership council, Utah Clean Cities, United Way of Salt Lake and Junior Achievement of Utah. He also is a past chair of AGA’s customer-service committee, Western Energy Institute’s customer-connections executive committee and the American Red Cross – Utah Chapter.

Craig Wagstaff is executive vice president & chief operating officer of Questar Gas Company and chief operating officer for Questar Fueling. He is responsible for all company functions that have to do with delivering natural gas to more than 950,000 homes and businesses in Utah, southwestern Wyoming and southern Idaho. Wagstaff also serves as a corporate officer of Questar Gas’s parent company – Questar Corporation.

Wagstaff attended Weber State University and the University of Utah, completing undergraduate degrees in business and marketing; he earned a master’s degree from Gonzaga University.

Craig and his wife, Christy have three children and reside in Fruit Heights, Utah.

Donald Wash

Midstream Energy Holdings, LLC

VP-Marketing & Business Development
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Donald Wash, Jr. is Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Midstream Energy Holdings, LLC. and is responsible for all marketing and business development activities in the US. He has worked in the energy industry for over thirty years. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of energy related areas from the wellhead to the burner tip, including leasehold acquisitions, producer services, gas/power supply and marketing, storage marketing and business development.

Over the past twenty years Don has worked or consulted for companies such as Peregrine Midstream, Falcon Gas Storage, Pivotal Energy Development, FPL Energy, and Proliance Energy focusing on marketing gas, power and storage services throughout the United States. Mr. Wash also held positions with Enron Capital and Trade, Southern Company Energy Marketing and Mirant.

Mr. Wash completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University where he received a B.S. in Finance. He also attended Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University, Rice University and Thunderbird Graduate School where he completed several executive business programs.

David Weber

Gill Ranch Storage, LLC

Chief Executive Officer
Utility Board Member
Learn More

Mr. David A. Weber, Dave serves as the President at NW Natural Gas Storage, LLC. Mr. Weber served as Chief Information Officer and Director Information Services of Northwest Natural Gas Co. He served as Chief Operating Officer at NW Natural Gas Storage LLC. Mr. Weber joined NW Natural after 15 years at IBM, where he worked in a variety of leadership positions.

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Operating Officer
Vice Chair at Large
Learn More

Caroline Winn is chief energy delivery officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.
As chief energy delivery officer, Winn oversees all energy delivery activities for SDG&E, including electric distribution operations and gas services, customer services, and external and state legislative affairs.
Winn has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University Sacramento and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California. Winn serves on the Management Council and Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the Western Energy Institute and the Classroom of the Future Foundation. Winn also serves on the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Board of Advisors.

Gillian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

Vice President, Customer Services
Utility Board Member

David Wright

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

General Manager
Utility Board Member