Talent Management 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 Amy Nye at nye@westernenergy.org or at 503-688-2794

Committee Members

Tina Drews

Salt River Project

Director, Talent Management
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Tina Skjerping Drews is the Director of Talent Management at Salt River Project. During her 8 years at SRP, Tina has worked in a variety of areas; including Human Resources, Community Outreach, Environmental and Sustainability. Tina has extensive experience in education, sustainability, and evaluation. Prior to her work at SRP, Tina taught middle school science and held positions at Arizona State University as Faculty Associate.

Tina earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2007. She is the proud mom of two little boys, Caleb and Gabriel, and enjoys time with her family hiking, biking, and playing sports.

Jason Gardner

Southwest Gas Corporation

Administrator, Organizational Development
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Jason Gardner, CPLP, is the Senior Organizational Development Trainer for Southwest Gas. In this role, he designs, develops, and oversees programs that helps drive leadership development for over 2200 employees in three states. These programs are delivered to a broad range of employees from front line staff to executive level leaders, using various methods and platforms from webinars and e-learning courses to classroom facilitation and instructor led training.

His previous position was with MGM Resorts International as Director of Learning and Development at their University. There he helped run learning initiatives that impacted 62,000 global employees. His experience in hospitality and gaming is just part of his 13 years of experience in training and development. Jason is also one of the first Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance in Southern Nevada. He is past-President of the local Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) and is currently VP of Membership.

Jackie Hallstrom

Seattle City Light

Sr. Training and Development Coordinator
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Christy Innes

BC Hydro

Sr. Manager, Enterprise Learning & Leadership Development
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Jeremy Jordan

Chelan County PUD

Organizational & Employee Development Manager
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Krishna Khalsa

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Corporate Learning & Development
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Krishna Khalsa, Ed.D. has 25 years’ experience in designing and delivering workforce training programs and is an expert in assessment and adult learning. She is currently the Manager of Corporate Learning and Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). She also heads up the SMUD’s Corporate Learning Strategy project team that developed an organization-wide strategy to support workforce and employee development.

Previously, Krishna worked as Manager of Learning & Development for the City of Markham and as a Senior HR consultant for the City of Toronto. Krishna holds a doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her past practice has been as a counseling and industrial-organizational psychologist. Krishna’s previous speaking engagements include ASTD International, ASTD Sacramento and Training magazine conferences. Krishna helped lead SMUD to become recognized as a Training Top 125 organization since 2009.

Caroline McNeely

Idaho Power Company

Manager - Development and Performance Improvement
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Caroline McNeely joined the Human Resources department at Idaho Power Company in 2007 and currently manages the Development and Performance Improvement and Skills Training functions. Caroline has over 20 years of experience in program management, strategic planning, leadership and team development, and performance management. Prior to joining Idaho Power, Caroline was a management consultant with Catalyst Consulting team in Santa Cruz, CA for 12 years. She joined McGraw-Hill Publishing in Monterey, CA in 2003 as a Program Manager and managed the Kentucky state achievement testing program before moving to Boise in 2006.

Caroline and her teams apply a range of disciplines – organizational analysis, process improvement, change management, training, and leadership development – to address obstacles that impact business results. Through this work, employees at Idaho Power develop the skills and abilities needed to improve their performance and enable the organization to achieve its business strategy.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, cycling, and exploring the vast wilderness areas in Idaho.

Daisy Santos

NW Natural

Human Resources Consultant
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Thom Van Hoon

Portland General Electric

Supervisor - Talent Development
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Kara Wolfe

Western Energy Institute

Program Manager
WEI Program Manager