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

Chief Zero Carbon Officer

Doug Baggett

ATCO Electric

Operations Supervisor, Electricity

Joseph Baranski

Portland General Electric

Director of Asset Management

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.

George Culbertson

HDR Engineering, Inc.

VP, Global Power Delivery Markets

Ryan Docherty

Hydro One Inc.

Director - Distribution Lines

Chad Edinger

Tacoma Public Utilities

Assistant Section Manager (Power/T&D/Electrical Services)

Michael Elenbaas

Black & Veatch

Senior Client Account Manager

David Howell

Avista Corp.

Director of Electrical Operations

Nataliya Kazakova

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Senior Manager, Asset Management and System Planning

Kari Keiski


Enterprise Sales Director

Jason Kelly

POWER Engineers, Inc.

Vice President of Business Development

Andrew Kendall

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations

Dan Koch

Puget Sound Energy

Vice President of Operations

Carolyn Loos

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Labor & Operational Performance

Neil McFarlane

FortisAlberta Inc.

Regional Director North

Nicholas Moran

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director - Electric Engineering

Gene Morris

Clark Public Utilities

Director of Operations

Daniel Moser

Chelan County PUD

Director of Distribution and Fiber Operations

Robert Otal

METSCO Energy Solutions Inc.

Executive Director

Melissa Skelton

Seattle City Light

Service to Bill Program Manager

Michael Staats

Bonneville Power Administration

Director, Substation Engineering

Dean Stanghetta

ENMAX Corporation

Director, System Planning & Asset Management

John Stoll

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director, Customer Utilities

Leanne Swanson

Southern California Edison

Director, Employee & Contractor Safety
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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.

Louis Ting

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Director of Power Planning, Development and Engineering

Timothy Turnbull

Burns & McDonnell

Account Manager/Business Development Manager

Matt Wilson

BC Hydro

Director of Construction Services

Wayne Wisdom

Salt River Project

Senior Director, Distribution Grid Services
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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.

Beverly Woolf

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
WEI Liaison