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

Michael Ansbergs

Portland General Electric

Manager, T&D Continuous Improvement

Lars Bergmann

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Electric Operations

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
WEI Liaison
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Eric leads new program development and has responsibilities for Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders, General Counsel, the Executive Planning Committee, and Board of Directors Electric Operations Committee. He joined WEI after seven 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 for a debt buying and recovery firm. Eric earned a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Society of Association Management and as Vice President of the Greater Portland Soccer District.

Bryan Cox

Avista Corp.

Vice President, Safety and HR Shared Services
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Bryan is the Director, West Operations at Avista responsible for gas and electric Operations in the West Region and transmission system operations in Avista’s service territory. Prior to his current role he led Avista’s Gas Delivery group. He joined Avista in 1997. He serves in the community volunteering for Boy Scouts of America and is the president of the Avista Credit Union. He makes his home in Liberty Lake, Washington with his wife Ruthie and three sons Luke, Rafe and Grant.

Craig Davis

Potelco Inc.

Senior Vice President
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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.

Gary Donald


Director, System Operations

Mike Elenbaas

Black & Veatch

Director of Business Development, West Region

Cynthia Garcia


Senior Director Transmission & Distribution Operations

Stephen Henderson


Substation Operations Director
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Steve Henderson has worked for Pacific Power for over 31 years. He started in field engineering positions in generations and distribution. He has been in various management roles since 1992. For the last 8 years he has been the Substation Operations Director.

He has a MBA from Utah State University, BSEE and BS in Mathematics from the University of Utah.

Paul Henkels Jr

Henkels & McCoy, Inc.

Division Manager

David Howell

Avista Corp.

Director of Electrical Operations

Andrew Kendall

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations

Gregg Kludjian

Asplundh Construction, LLC

Director of Operations 201 / Interim Manager 207
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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.

Cathy Koch

Puget Sound Energy

Director Planning

Jay Lasseter


Regional Sales Director

Carolyn Loos

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Labor & Operational Performance

Jose Lopez

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Substation Construction Manager

Lorne McKay

ENMAX Corporation

Program Director

Hiten Patel

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Sr. Manager, Integrated Planning & Performance Management

Steven Rupp


Senior Consulting Engineer

Michael Staats

Bonneville Power Administration

Supervisory General Engineer

Jorg Stangl

BC Hydro

Director, Distribution Engineering & Standards
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Jörg Stangl is the Director of Distribution Engineering and Design at BC Hydro. In this role he leads a team of professionals with responsibility for the engineering, design and project management of distribution system projects, customer interconnections and technical system operations. Jörg has 25 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of electric utility distribution systems. He is a graduate of the University of B.C. with a B.A.Sc. (E.E.) degree 1988. Mr. Stangl is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

John Stoll

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director, Customer Utilities

Leanne Swanson

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager - DC&M Metro West
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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.

Erik Takayesu

Southern California Edison

Director, Grid Modernization, Planning & Technology

Scott Williams

PNW Utility Consulting


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.

Don Wolfe