Executive Planning Committee – Customer Connections

This Committee consists of senior executives of key business lines in Customer Connections. 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

Brandy Bolden

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Customer Care & Revenue Operations
Member

Michelle Carman

FortisBC

Director, Customer Service
Member

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.

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics
WEI Liaison
Learn More

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.

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics
WEI Liaison
Learn More

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.

Jenny Compton

Avista Utilities

Customer Service Manager
Member

David Couture

TEP

Manager, Business Development
Member

Brett Crable

Dominion Energy Utah

General Manager of Customer Experience
Member

Ben Eisenberg

KPMG LLP

Manager, Human Capital Advisory
Member

Jason Fincher

Active TeleSource, Inc.

Director of Operations
Member

Yolanda France

Salt River Project

Manager, Midsize Strategic Energy Management
Member

James Hanchey

Idaho Power Company

VP, Customer Operations and Chief Safety Officer
Member

Timothy Herrick

Chartwell, Inc.

Director of Sales
Member

John Herron

VertexOne

Vice President of Business Development
Member

Neena Master

Southern California Gas Company

Director - Customer Services, Southeast Region
Member

Maria Mills

MDU Utilities Group

Customer Service Manager
Member

Matt Owens

West Monroe Partners, LLC

Business Development Executive
Member

Brandy Powers

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Brand, Advertising and Customer Communications
Member

Wilhelmina Proby

NW Natural

Emergency Contact Center Supervisor
Member

Daren Sanders

BC Hydro

Director, Contact Centre and Billing Operations
Member

Rita Siong

Portland General Electric

Manager, Market Insights
Member

John Thurmond

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Customer Interactions
Member

Daniel Tillis

MDU Utilities Group

Director - Customer Service
Member

Andrew Wendell

Chelan County PUD

Director of Customer Service and Stakeholder Outreach
Member

Greg Zeller

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Customer Care
Member