Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders – Curriculum Development Team

The Curriculum Development Team (CDT) is comprised of utility members who evaluate the course and update curriculum. The CDT meets annually and recommends curriculum changes based on program experience and direct evaluations from the previous year’s course.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Christopher Lee at or at 971-255-4967

Committee Members

Gilbert Archuleta

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Customer & System Projects

Maneet Jain

Seattle City Light

Manager, T&D Operations

Jacquelyn Lewis

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Fleet
Curriculum Development Team
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Jacquelyn Lewis is the Manager, Human Performance at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He career with the company spanning nearly 30 years, she has held several positions while at PG&E, appreciating the diversity of opportunities that are provided at the large and broad company. Her background includes leadership positions in regulatory, fleet, strategic planning and forecasting, project management, procurement, and field operations.

Jacquelyn received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and an Executive MBA in International Business from California State East Bay. She also received a certificate in Purchasing and Supplier Management from University of California, Berkeley.

Jacquelyn also has a passion for volunteering with various organizations. She serves on the board of Jack and Jill of America as a Teen Advisor Director. Jack and Jill focuses on social, educational, and community service and health for children. Her volunteer services also include Foster of a Dreams Service Project, Boys and Girls Club Mentoring Programs, and Women Uplifting the Community. As an active participant in PG&E’s mentoring program, Jacquelyn also serves as a mentor to future leaders.

Neena Master

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Emergency Management

William Messner

Portland General Electric

Director, Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency

Neal Pobran


Senior Manager, Community and Indigenous Relations

Anna Scarlett

Avista Utilities

Director of Business Transformation

Lisa Simpson

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Supervisor, Learning & Engagement
Curriculum Development Team
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Lisa is the Supervisor of Employee Learning & Engagement for the Customer Services Business at SMUD. She has broad experience in the Learning & Development field and a background in marketing, strategic account management, and consultative selling.

For the past 12 years Lisa has functioned in a leadership capacity in the learning and development field and most recently has focused on experiential leadership development. She was the facilitator for the Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders course in 2007 and will speak later this year at the American Society for Training & Development’s International conference in Washington D.C. about Building Leadership Talent at SMUD.

Lisa earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Communications and Organizational Development. She is active in the Sacramento community and supports non-profit organizations that help at-risk youth.

Kevin Sullivan

Western Energy Institute

Chief Operating Officer
WEI Program Manager
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Kevin is a Senior Program Manager responsible for a variety of programs and initiatives at WEI. His program responsibility includes managing the highly rated Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders program, the portfolio of Emergency Response and Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA) meetings, and is the lead over the Corporate Performance Management and Business Analytics groups. He is also responsible for managing the service company membership category within WEI by driving new membership development, sponsorship of all programs, and overall member relations for WEI’s 170+ service company members. Kevin graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. He enjoys playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family and friends.

Denise Wilcox

New Mexico Gas Company

VP of Human Resources and Corporate Security
Curriculum Development Team