Executive Planning Committee – Operations Electric

This Committee consists of senior executives of key business lines in Electric Operations. 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

Lora Anguay

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Distribution Operations & Maintenance
Member

Michael Ansbergs

Portland General Electric

Manager, T&D Continuous Improvement
Member

Alex Bakulev

METSCO Energy Solutions Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Member

George Culbertson

HDR Engineering, Inc.

VP - Power Delivery Markets
Member

Craig Davis

Potelco Inc.

Senior Vice President
Member
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Craig has been in the electric utility industry for over 44 years and has served in operations, safety and business development roles during that time. He has worked for several public and private utilities, and began working for Potelco in 1997 where he has served as Senior Vice President since 2000.

Douglas Dockter

Idaho Power Company

Sr. Manager, Stations Engineering & Construction
Member

Chad Edinger

Tacoma Public Utilities

Power Section Assistant Manager
Member

Mike Elenbaas

Black & Veatch

Director of Business Development - Power, U.S. West Region
Member

Aaron Finkbiner

ATCO Electric

Regional Manager
Member

David Howell

Avista Corp.

Director of Electrical Operations
Member

Nataliya Kazakova

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Senior Manager, Asset Management
Member

Jason Kelly

Power Engineers, Inc.

Business Development Director
Member

Andrew Kendall

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations
Member

Gregg Kludjian

Asplundh Construction, LLC

Director of Operations 201 / Interim Manager 207
Member
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Gregg Kludjian is currently the Director of Operations for Asplundh Construction Company’s (ACC) West Coast Division. He is responsible for ACC’s operations within the Western areas of the U.S., focusing on high voltage electric system line construction, civil construction and electric system planning and engineering business lines. As the Director of Operations, Gregg is responsible for business development, profit/loss and general management of the various ACC Regions within the Western U.S. Gregg joined ACC in July of 2014.

Previously, Gregg was an executive with the Southern California Edison Company (SCE) for 32 years, holding various executive, managerial and field operations positions. His most recent position was as Director of Asset Management within the T&D organization. As the Director of Asset Management, Gregg was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and policies relating to the overall asset strategy of SCE’s electrical assets, including inspection and maintenance of the electrical grid, performance management and analysis, oversight and quality assurance, contractor strategy, and strategic and tactical resource planning for executing SCE’s T&D’s operations and maintenance and capital work plans. He has also been a witness for the T&D organization in four of SCE’s general rate cases before the California Public Utilities Commission.

Gregg has to two children, Lucas age 17 and Isabella age 14 and resides in the Santa Clarita Valley. He enjoys bicycling, off-roading and other outdoor activities. Gregg is a native of Southern California, having grown up in Malibu.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

Dan Koch

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Electric Operations
Member

Shiv Kumar

ENMAX Corporation

Director, System Planning and Asset Management
Member

Carolyn Loos

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Labor & Organizational Performance
Member

Neil McFarlane

FortisAlberta Inc.

Regional Director Operations
Member

Charlotte Mitha

BC Hydro

Executive Vice President, Operations
Member

Gene Morris

Clark Public Utilities

Director of Operations
Member

Daniel Moser

Chelan County PUD

Line Distribution Operations Manager
Member

Lloyd Blain Nicholls P.E.

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Project Management
Member

Rod Price

Avista Corp.

Manager
Member

Sandra Simon

Accenture Inc

Industry Principal Director
Member

Michael Staats

Bonneville Power Administration

Director, T Lines and Civil Works
Member

Jon Starr

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Director
Member

Annemarie Steinhoff

Arizona Public Service Company

Transmission Operations, Manager
Member

Leanne Swanson

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager
Member
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Leanne Swanson is the Principal Manager of Distribution Engineering in the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). In that role she is responsible for providing strategic direction and managing the teams responsible for the planning of the electric distribution and substation infrastructure throughout the SCE system, including the interconnection of distributed resources.

Previously, Leanne managed the Saddleback District, responsible for electrical and civil design, construction, maintenance and inspection of the overhead and underground electric distribution system in South Orange County. She began her career at SCE in 2000 and has held a variety of engineering, supervisory, and management positions in the Transmission and Distribution Organization.

Leanne earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 2000, and obtained her Professional Engineering license in 2005. In addition, she graduated from the Western Energy Institute (WEI) Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders program in 2007.

Leanne leads the Women in Engineering Steering team at SCE and is the liaison to the Edison International Women in Engineering Program at Cal Poly Pomona.

Outside of work, Leanne keeps busy with her two children Zoey and Rehn. The family is active in the community including Rehn’s elementary school, where her husband Dan Palmquist is the Foundation President and Leanne is the PTA president. Leanne and Zoey are also members of the Newport Chapter of the National Charity League, where they spend time volunteering with those in need and raising funds for local philanthropies. The family enjoys spending weekends travelling, camping, boating, and skiing.

Tashonda Taylor

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director - Design & Construction Management
Member

Louis Ting

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Director of Power Planning, Development and Engineering
Member

Tuan Tran

Seattle City Light

Director of Engineering
Member

Timothy Turnbull

Burns & McDonnell

Business Development Manager | Transmission & Distribution Services
Member

Wayne Wisdom

Salt River Project

Senior Director, Distribution Grid Services
Member
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Wayne Wisdom is the Senior Director of Distribution Grid Services for the Salt River Project (SRP). His area is responsible for performing Maintenance and Reliability Improvement functions and providing Support Services for SRP’s Electric Distribution System.

Wayne joined SRP in 1986 and has served in a variety of engineering and management positions in transmission and distribution.

Wayne holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona.