Joint Use PDT

Program Development Teams (PDTs) are a diverse mix of energy industry professionals responsible for the content creation of programs. Role may involve subject matter expert recruitment, participating in planning meetings and receiving invaluable networking opportunities throughout the entire process.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Diana Zoren at or at 971-255-4965

Committee Members

Ronald Bilodeau

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Director Strategic Accounts

David Chaney


Managing Partner

Garrett Chavez

El Paso Electric Company

Analyst - Joint Use

George Cox

Tampa Electric Company

Supervisor Construction Services

Karen Flewharty

Oncor Electric Delivery

Joint Use Manager
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Karen graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering. She has worked in the Oncor distribution business for 16 years and as Oncor’s Joint Use Manager for the last 10 years. Before managing Oncor’s Joint Use group, she worked in the distribution operations dispatch center, then distribution engineering design and next, managed distribution feeder maintenance, as well as other special projects. As the Joint Use Manager, Karen is responsible for joint use customer relations, regulatory and legal matters, pole attachment policies and procedures and management of Oncor’s permitting contractor.

Robby Frantz

Duquesne Light Company

Supervisor, Third Party Attachments

Timothy Gasser



Jeffrey Kent


Director, Distribution Support
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Jeff has over 30 years combined experience in the Telecommunications and Electric Utility industry. Jeff is currently Director of Distribution Support for PacifiCorp, responsible for Joint Administration for Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power in six states.

Prior to his December 2008 arrival at PacifiCorp, Jeff worked for Qwest and its predecessors for 30 years holding numerous positions in the Construction & Engineering Department. The last five years at Qwest Jeff served as single point of contact for the Oregon Public Utilities Commission Safety Staff and Oregon pole occupants on all issues related to the Joint Use of Poles.

Jeff’s been a member of the Oregon Joint Use Association’s Board of Directors since 2004, was President in 2007, and currently chairs the association’s Dispute Resolution Committee.

Jeff attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University and has a B.S. in General Studies Science.

Matthew Krause

Puget Sound Energy

Project Manager, Pole Services

Randy Lyle

Tampa Electric Company

Joint Use Field Tech Sr

Rosella Maestas

PNM Resources Inc.

Senior Joint Use Administrator

Jim McGiffert

Intec Services, Inc.

Director, Sales and Operations

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist
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Jason has worked for Clark Public Utilities for 16 years. He started with the Utility in 1999 in the Field Service Dept. reading electric and water meters. After three and a half years in Field Service Jason was awarded the position as a Joint Utilities Coordinator to rebuild the department that had been dormant for several years. Four years later he was promoted to Joint Utilities Specialist and allowed to utilize students and existing staff to grow the department even further.

Today Jason’s responsibilities within the Joint Use department primarily focus on resolving the many Joint Use related issues that otherwise do not fit in the day to day routine of the department, a.k.a. putting out fires.

Jason prides himself on providing outstanding customer service and aims to exceed the customers expectations.

Patti Rafish

NorthWestern Energy

Joint Use / Joint Trench Coordinator

Jeremy Sadler

Davey Resource Group

Asset Management Market Manager

Kurt Schnubel

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Sr. Director Business Development

Stephen Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator

Jimmy Stillman


Director of Pacific Northwest Region

Ray Vigil


Manager, Distribution Standards & Joint Use

Timothy Webers


Executive Director

Brett Willitt

SPIDA Software


Diana Zoren

Western Energy Institute

Director of Operations Programs
WEI Program Manager