Human Resources PDT

The Human Resources Program Development Teams (PDT) is a diverse mix of HR leaders from WEI member companies. Perspectives represented include public and private companies, electricity and natural gas, and small and large organizations from both the United States and Canada. The Chair of this PDT rotates based on the location of the next program session.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Karen Himes at or at 971-303-1585

Committee Members

Sarah Griffin

Idaho Power Company

Vice President, Human Resources
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Sarah Griffin ended up in Human Resources against her will in 1995 and hasn’t looked back since! She is passionate about effective communication and helping employees and leaders focus on their strengths to achieve personal and organizational success. She has worked at a variety of companies, including at NPS Pharmaceuticals, Thoratec, Boise Cascade and Delta Dental. She has been with Idaho Power since 2007 and is currently managing the employment, recruiting and health & disability functions. She provides coaching to leaders on a variety of issues, ranging from employment matters to performance management to effective leadership.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah. She achieved her Professional in Human Resources certification in 1997 and in 2009 attained the Senior PHR level. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two daughters.

Karen Himes

Western Energy Institute

Program Manager + Member Engagement Specialist
WEI Program Manager

Rosario Nystrom

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director of Human Resources

Janette Piankoff

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, OD

Nichole Reitzenstein

Clark Public Utilities

Director of Employee Resources

Laura Vickers

Avista Corp.

Director of Culture, Diversity and People Services

Jodi Ziemathis

California ISO

Vice President, Human Resources