The Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights Program Development Teams is a diverse mix of energy industry executives who support curriculum development and directly teach the course to WEI Members. These industry leaders provide over 100 years of combined industry experience in nearly all facets of the gas business.
This group meets regularly to identify critical industry issues, discuss challenges and make updates and changes to the GUFI course.
For more information on this Program Development Team contact
Eric Christenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 971-303-2118
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.
Vaughn started his career as a utility worker in 1974, working in various positions including an equipment operator, welder, and region manager. He retired from Dominion Energy in 2018 as Vice President of Operations. He has two children and six grandchildren. He and his wife Nancy have been happily married for 44 years and live in West Jordan, Utah.
Dave Williams is currently retired from NW Natural after 38 years of service where he was Vice President of Utility Services. He was responsible for NW Natural’s customer acquisition, operations support services, employee relations and oversaw the departments that provide service to NW Natural’s 700,000 customers.
Mr. Williams joined NW Natural in 1978 in sales. He moved into operations in 1990 as a district manager responsible for construction and other field functions. He was then promoted to General Manager of Operations and District Operations. He became Vice President of Utility Operations in 2007. He also was co-chair for the company’s collaborative Labor Relations Team and continued as the Chief Negotiator and Labor Relations Executive.
Mr. Williams is an active participant in civic and community affairs. He is past chair of the Citizens Crime Commission in Portland Oregon and served on the College of Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence for Oregon State University and is a past chair of Portland’s Downtown Clean and Safe District, Portland Metro Salvation Army and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on Multnomah’s Homeless Youth Oversight Committee. He was a Past President of the Leadership Portland Alumni Association.
He is a proud graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Business.