Executive Planning Committee – Corporate Services

This Committee consists of senior executives of key business lines in Corporate Services. The committee conveys member companies’ education/leadership needs to WEI, recommends leaders to serve on program delivery teams, communicates WEI program offerings back to member organizations, and monitors participation and evaluation of WEI activities. Participants in the EPC Planning Session assist in building valuable programs for employees and their peers, identify key contributors to learn and grow, and promote these programs within their companies.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact

Kevin Sullivan at sullivan@westernenergy.org or at 971-255-4973

Committee Members

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics
WEI Liaison
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In his role as Director of Curriculum Development, Eric leads the WEI Operations Conference and the Executive Planning Committee. He also leads the Electric and Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights skills development programs, and is one of WEI’s instructors for the electric course. He also supports the organization and his teammates as the Director of Analytics.

He joined WEI after seven great years at Portland General Electric. At PGE he developed and managed the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program and worked in several other areas including operations benchmarking, regulatory affairs, fleet services, AMI, and finance.

Prior to joining PGE, Eric worked in internet marketing and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis at a local finance company.

Eric earned his Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time on the Oregon Society of Association Management and as an Executive Committee Member of the Greater Portland Soccer District.

Bryan Cox

Avista Corp.

Vice President, Safety and HR Shared Services

Patrick Dever

Avista Utilities

Chief Data Strategist

Jai-Anana Elliott

Seattle City Light

Talent and Workforce Development Director

Brian Fellon

Puget Sound Energy

Director, IT Applications

Robert Healy

1898 & Co.

Director, Business Development

Gary King

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Diversity Officer
Past Chair

Kate Kochenderfer

Salt River Project

Sr. Director, Supply Chain, Transportation & Flight Services

Kyle McNamara


Director, Power & Utilities Management Consulting

Marko Muellner


VP Digital Experience Strategy

Amy Nye

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
WEI Liaison

Diane Perry

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Manager Operations Systems

Carolynn Ryan

BC Hydro

Vice President People & Chief Human Resources Officer

Danielle Schofield


Director Strategic Sales

Bobbi Schroeppel

NorthWestern Energy

Vice President Customer Care, Communications, HR
Past Chair

Melanie Spraggins

Bonneville Power Administration

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Laura Vickers

Avista Corp.

Director of Culture, Diversity and People Services

Kim Wagie

Arizona Public Service Company

Director, Digital Transformation
Past Chair

Denise Wilcox

New Mexico Gas Company

VP of Human Resources and Corporate Security
Past Chair