Energy Management PDT

Program Development Teams (PDTs) are a diverse mix of energy industry professionals responsible for the content creation of programs. Role may involve subject matter expert recruitment, participating in planning meetings and receiving invaluable networking opportunities throughout the entire process.

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

Committee Members

Patrick Brown

Southern California Gas Company

Clean Transportation Business Development Manager

William Donahue

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Natural Gas Resources

Ralph Epling

IGI Resources, Inc.

Managing Director
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Ralph has been with IGI Resources, Inc in Seattle since 1994. BP purchased IGI in 2000. Ralph is responsible for marketing gas to large industrial and Utility customers in the Pacific NW and has 4 marketers reporting to him who handle industrial customers in the Pacific NW and British Columbia.

Ralph has prior experience working for several gas utilities in the Pacific NW and also has experience working for a small gas producer negotiating agreements to move gas from the wellhead to the burnertip.


NW Natural

Senior Director, Gas Supply

Christopher Lee

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
WEI Program Manager
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Christopher is involved with a handful of programs at WEI such as the Smart Grid Forum, Operations Business Strategies-Electric Conference, Operations Conference and the Spring Energy Symposium. In addition to these programs, Christopher also contributes to WEI’s marketing and communications. Prior to joining WEI, Christopher received a Master of International Management degree from Portland State University with specializations in Marketing and Sustainability. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College where he majored in Chemistry and East Asian Studies. Having held an internship at the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, Christopher is familiar with some of the challenges facing the utility industry and brings five years of marketing and business experience to WEI. Christopher enjoys gardening, traveling, snowboarding, playing basketball and sampling the many microbrews that the West Coast has to offer.

Brian Moghadam

Powerex Corp.

Business Development Manager

John Olenick

Southwest Gas Corporation

Director/Gas Supply

Tania Specogna


Director, Resource Development

Kristen Taylor

Western Energy Institute

Program Manager
WEI Liaison

Nate Taylor

Southern California Gas Company

Product Development and Strategy Manager

Gary Venz

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Manager, Marketing Services