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​ReliabilityFirst's Board of Directors (Board) governs and oversees ReliabilityFirst's activities according to the corporation's Bylaws and its Delegation Agreement with NERC. Learn more about our Board members below, and click on the Governance subpage to learn more about our governance structure.

 

 

 

Lisa Barton - Chairhttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Lisa Barton - ChairSupplier Sector Lisa M. Barton ​is the Executive Vice President of AEP Transmission, responsible for the company’s Transmission organization. AEP’s Transmission organization is involved with projects in 13 states. Ms. Barton 's responsibilities include oversight of the company’s field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations as well as its transmission business ventures. Ms. Barton is a board member of Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, which is the competitive transmission development arm of both companies in a post FERC Order 1000 landscape. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission America (ETA) and Electric Transmission Texas (ETT). She has been in the energy industry since 1987 with a background that includes experience in distribution, regulatory, marketing and legal. Prior to joining AEP in 2006, she worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Connecticut, Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, New Hampshire, and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Barton is on the board of directors of the Wires Group and is active in several industry forums including the Harvard Energy Policy Group, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She served as a contributing member of the MIT Energy Initiative “Future of the Electric Grid” and the Bipartisan Committee initiative on “Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology.” Ms. Barton earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1987 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a juris doctorate degree in 1993 from Suffolk University Law School. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT and was a 2010 International Women's Foundation Fellow. Ms. Barton is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts bar associations and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She serves as a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University MBA program and serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Executive Energy MBA program, is a member of the boards of directors for Wires, Columbus Museum of Art, CAPA, and serves as Board Chairman for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.Lisa M. Barton ​is the Executive Vice President of AEP Transmission, responsible for the company’s Transmission organization. AEP’s Transmission organization is involved with projects in 13 states. Ms. Barton 's responsibilities include oversight of the company’s field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations as well as its transmission business ventures. Ms. Barton is a board member of Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, which is the competitive transmission development arm of both companies in a post FERC Order 1000 landscape. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission America (ETA) and Electric Transmission Texas (ETT). She has been in the energy industry since 1987 with a background that includes experience in distribution, regulatory, marketing and legal. Prior to joining AEP in 2006, she worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Connecticut, Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, New Hampshire, and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Barton is on the board of directors of the Wires Group and is active in several industry forums including the Harvard Energy Policy Group, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She served as a contributing member of the MIT Energy Initiative “Future of the Electric Grid” and the Bipartisan Committee initiative on “Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology.” Ms. Barton earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1987 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a juris doctorate degree in 1993 from Suffolk University Law School. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT and was a 2010 International Women's Foundation Fellow. Ms. Barton is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts bar associations and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She serves as a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University MBA program and serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Executive Energy MBA program, is a member of the boards of directors for Wires, Columbus Museum of Art, CAPA, and serves as Board Chairman for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.Supplier Sector 2020
Simon Whitelocke - Vice Chairhttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=13Simon Whitelocke - Vice ChairAt-Large Sector Simon Whitelocke is Vice President of ITC Holdings Corp. and President of ITC Michigan, which includes the responsibility for both ITCTransmission and METC operating companies. Prior to this role, he was Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. where he was responsible for the corporate compliance functions of the company. Mr. Whitelocke also has served in other roles responsible for regulatory affairs, external affairs, and internal audit functions. Prior to joining ITC, he was a Principal Financial Consultant for DTE Energy. Mr. Whitelocke earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from the University of Toronto and an MBA in finance and management from Michigan State University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of Detroit Public Television, and the Board of Trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy.Simon Whitelocke is Vice President of ITC Holdings Corp. and President of ITC Michigan, which includes the responsibility for both ITCTransmission and METC operating companies. Prior to this role, he was Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. where he was responsible for the corporate compliance functions of the company. Mr. Whitelocke also has served in other roles responsible for regulatory affairs, external affairs, and internal audit functions. Prior to joining ITC, he was a Principal Financial Consultant for DTE Energy. Mr. Whitelocke earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from the University of Toronto and an MBA in finance and management from Michigan State University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of Detroit Public Television, and the Board of Trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy.At-Large Sector 2018
Michael Brysonhttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=14Michael BrysonRTO SectorMichael Bryson is the Vice President of Operations for PJM Interconnection, LLPC (PJM). He is responsible for PJM’s Operations Division, including 24x7 transmission operations for real time systems to include scheduling, transmission dispatch and generation dispatch, reliability coordination, and training as well as the engineering analysis required to run the system and support the critical energy management systems. Mr. Bryson also held the positions of executive director of System Operations, general manager of the Dispatch Operations, and manager of the Transmission Department for the System Operations Division. He was responsible for PJM’s transmission operations support for real time operations to include transaction scheduling, transmission analysis, and regional and seasonal studies. Mr. Bryson is a member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) and the ISO/RTC Operating Committee. He also serves on the Board of Settlements Inc. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Bryson held various senior-level positions with DIMAC DIRECT, Inc. in St. Louis, including Vice President of Information Services, Manager of Operations and Technical Services, and Manager of Applications Development. Mr. Bryson had nearly ten years of military experience as a pilot. His responsibilities in the United States Army included operations planning and support, supervision and training of pilots and mechanics, and training and maintenance of tactical computer systems. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Service in Desert Storm. Mr. Bryson earned a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York focusing on computer science and electrical engineering, and has a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Mr. Bryson also earned a graduate certificate in power engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.Michael Bryson is the Vice President of Operations for PJM Interconnection, LLPC (PJM). He is responsible for PJM’s Operations Division, including 24x7 transmission operations for real time systems to include scheduling, transmission dispatch and generation dispatch, reliability coordination, and training as well as the engineering analysis required to run the system and support the critical energy management systems. Mr. Bryson also held the positions of executive director of System Operations, general manager of the Dispatch Operations, and manager of the Transmission Department for the System Operations Division. He was responsible for PJM’s transmission operations support for real time operations to include transaction scheduling, transmission analysis, and regional and seasonal studies. Mr. Bryson is a member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) and the ISO/RTC Operating Committee. He also serves on the Board of Settlements Inc. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Bryson held various senior-level positions with DIMAC DIRECT, Inc. in St. Louis, including Vice President of Information Services, Manager of Operations and Technical Services, and Manager of Applications Development. Mr. Bryson had nearly ten years of military experience as a pilot. His responsibilities in the United States Army included operations planning and support, supervision and training of pilots and mechanics, and training and maintenance of tactical computer systems. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Service in Desert Storm. Mr. Bryson earned a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York focusing on computer science and electrical engineering, and has a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Mr. Bryson also earned a graduate certificate in power engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.RTO Sector2018
Ken Cappshttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Ken CappsAt-Large DirectorKenneth M. Capps is the Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO), a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving nearly 150,000 members in the Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert and Prince George’s counties of Maryland. Mr. Capps manages the engineering, operations, construction, and maintenance of the transmission and distribution plant within the 1,150 square mile service territory of the Cooperative. He is also a key member of the team dedicated to managing the wholesale power portfolio affiliated with the delivery of the Standard Offer Service to SMECO customers. He is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career with the Cooperative in 1981 as an associate engineer. Within the southern Maryland community, Mr. Capps was recently appointed to the executive committee of the St. Mary’s Nursing Center’s Board of Trustees, located in Leonardtown, Maryland.Kenneth M. Capps is the Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO), a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving nearly 150,000 members in the Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert and Prince George’s counties of Maryland. Mr. Capps manages the engineering, operations, construction, and maintenance of the transmission and distribution plant within the 1,150 square mile service territory of the Cooperative. He is also a key member of the team dedicated to managing the wholesale power portfolio affiliated with the delivery of the Standard Offer Service to SMECO customers. He is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career with the Cooperative in 1981 as an associate engineer. Within the southern Maryland community, Mr. Capps was recently appointed to the executive committee of the St. Mary’s Nursing Center’s Board of Trustees, located in Leonardtown, Maryland.At-Large Director2019
Patrick Casshttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Patrick CassIndependent DirectorPatrick Cass is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 35 years of experience in the accounting and auditing industry. He recently worked as Executive in Residence at the University of Louisville teaching in the undergraduate and masters accounting programs. Mr. Cass worked from 2002 to 2009 for Ernst & Young LLC, where he served as an office managing partner, audit partner, advisory services partner, and regional leader of the energy industry practice. Prior to 2002, he worked for Andersen Worldwide SC, where he ultimately served as an office managing partner, audit partner, and regional utility industry leader. Mr. Cass has experience working with audit committees of the boards of over 20 public companies in four United States markets, and has over 25 years of experience serving as a board member on non-profit organizations and their associated audit, finance and executive committees. Mr. Cass holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Patrick Cass is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 35 years of experience in the accounting and auditing industry. He recently worked as Executive in Residence at the University of Louisville teaching in the undergraduate and masters accounting programs. Mr. Cass worked from 2002 to 2009 for Ernst & Young LLC, where he served as an office managing partner, audit partner, advisory services partner, and regional leader of the energy industry practice. Prior to 2002, he worked for Andersen Worldwide SC, where he ultimately served as an office managing partner, audit partner, and regional utility industry leader. Mr. Cass has experience working with audit committees of the boards of over 20 public companies in four United States markets, and has over 25 years of experience serving as a board member on non-profit organizations and their associated audit, finance and executive committees. Mr. Cass holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Independent Director2020
Scott Etnoyerhttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=15Scott EtnoyerAt-Large DirectorScott Etnoyer serves as the Senior Director for Talen Energy’s NERC & Cyber Protection program, which includes nineteen NERC-registered plants across the United States. Mr. Etnoyer has worked in the electric generation industry for more than twenty-five years; including various management positions in operations, project management, corrective actions programs, emergency planning and regulatory compliance. He also served in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Electric Reliability, where he supported Reliability Standards development. Additionally, Mr. Etnoyer was the founding Chairman for what is now known as the North American Generator Forum, and received certification as a Senior Reactor Operator, while working at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant. Mr. Etnoyer is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as a Machinist Mate on board the USS Hyman G. Rickover, a nuclear-powered submarine stationed out of Norfolk Virginia. Mr. Etnoyer earned a B.S. Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Scott Etnoyer serves as the Senior Director for Talen Energy’s NERC & Cyber Protection program, which includes nineteen NERC-registered plants across the United States. Mr. Etnoyer has worked in the electric generation industry for more than twenty-five years; including various management positions in operations, project management, corrective actions programs, emergency planning and regulatory compliance. He also served in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Electric Reliability, where he supported Reliability Standards development. Additionally, Mr. Etnoyer was the founding Chairman for what is now known as the North American Generator Forum, and received certification as a Senior Reactor Operator, while working at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant. Mr. Etnoyer is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as a Machinist Mate on board the USS Hyman G. Rickover, a nuclear-powered submarine stationed out of Norfolk Virginia. Mr. Etnoyer earned a B.S. Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. At-Large Director2020
Brenton Greenehttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=5Brenton GreeneIndependent DirectorBrenton Greene serves as a consultant for cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and a range of related, advanced technology areas. From 2010 to late 2014, he served as President, and later President and CEO, of Applied Communication Sciences (ACS), the research arm of Telcordia Technologies (formerly, a key piece of Bell Laboratories). He managed that $75M business unit through two merger and acquisition sequences. Telcordia was purchased by Ericsson in 2012, requiring ACS to spin off as a US national security business before the acquisition of ACS by Vencore, Inc. in 2013. As President and CEO of ACS, he led a team of over 220 distinguished researchers focused on many aspects of Internet & cybersecurity, wireless, broadband and information networking, and software technologies. They are renowned for developing groundbreaking technologies such as ADSL, AIN, ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, PCS, SMDS, SONET, video-on-demand, and Internet telephony. The team also focuses on information assurance and business process outsourcing as well as planning and implementing systems engineering solutions for Federal, State and Local governments. These solutions span telecommunications and information technology solutions, including networking and operations for traditional, IP and converged networks, smart grid security, as well as critical cybersecurity issues surrounding the vulnerability and survivability of the nation's networks and critical infrastructure. Mr. Greene previously served in executive positions at Northrop Grumman Information Systems (NGIS) and Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs Innovations. During 2001-2004, he led the National Communications System (DHS/NCS) as its Director, responsible for national security and emergency preparedness communications for the White House, and managing the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC). During 9/11, his agency directed and facilitated many aspects of the restoration of key New York City telecom infrastructures, including communications supporting the recovery of Wall Street, leading to the NCS being awarded a Defense Department Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation. During 1996-1997, Mr. Greene served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP), developing national policy and strategy recommendations for the President and leading to a wide range of national CIP initiatives and major cyber security initiatives, propelling cyber to national significance. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Greene previously served a career in submarines, including tours as Commanding Officer of the nuclear attack submarines USS Skipjack and USS Hyman G. Rickover, retiring as a Navy Captain in 1995. Brenton Greene serves as a consultant for cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and a range of related, advanced technology areas. From 2010 to late 2014, he served as President, and later President and CEO, of Applied Communication Sciences (ACS), the research arm of Telcordia Technologies (formerly, a key piece of Bell Laboratories). He managed that $75M business unit through two merger and acquisition sequences. Telcordia was purchased by Ericsson in 2012, requiring ACS to spin off as a US national security business before the acquisition of ACS by Vencore, Inc. in 2013. As President and CEO of ACS, he led a team of over 220 distinguished researchers focused on many aspects of Internet & cybersecurity, wireless, broadband and information networking, and software technologies. They are renowned for developing groundbreaking technologies such as ADSL, AIN, ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, PCS, SMDS, SONET, video-on-demand, and Internet telephony. The team also focuses on information assurance and business process outsourcing as well as planning and implementing systems engineering solutions for Federal, State and Local governments. These solutions span telecommunications and information technology solutions, including networking and operations for traditional, IP and converged networks, smart grid security, as well as critical cybersecurity issues surrounding the vulnerability and survivability of the nation's networks and critical infrastructure. Mr. Greene previously served in executive positions at Northrop Grumman Information Systems (NGIS) and Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs Innovations. During 2001-2004, he led the National Communications System (DHS/NCS) as its Director, responsible for national security and emergency preparedness communications for the White House, and managing the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC). During 9/11, his agency directed and facilitated many aspects of the restoration of key New York City telecom infrastructures, including communications supporting the recovery of Wall Street, leading to the NCS being awarded a Defense Department Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation. During 1996-1997, Mr. Greene served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP), developing national policy and strategy recommendations for the President and leading to a wide range of national CIP initiatives and major cyber security initiatives, propelling cyber to national significance. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Greene previously served a career in submarines, including tours as Commanding Officer of the nuclear attack submarines USS Skipjack and USS Hyman G. Rickover, retiring as a Navy Captain in 1995. Independent Director2019
Larry Irvinghttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Larry IrvingIndependent DirectorLarry Irving is the President and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. From September, 2009 to July, 2011, Mr. Irving served as Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company, the world’s largest technology company. Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Mr. Irving served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues. Mr. Irving was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration's telecommunications and Internet policies, and was a point person in the Clinton Administration's successful efforts to reform the United States telecommunications laws. Those efforts resulted in passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the most sweeping change in America's telecommunications laws in 60 years. Similarly, in international fora, Irving was an ardent advocate of regulatory reform. He represented the United States Government as Sherpa (lead coordinator for the U.S. Government) at the G-7's first Ministerial meeting on the Global Information Society in Brussels, and at the Information Society and Development Conference in South Africa, the first Ministerial meeting between developing countries and developed countries to discuss the emerging global Internet. Mr. Irving was also a key member of the United States team that negotiated the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on basic telecommunication services. Mr. Irving is widely credited with coining the term the digital divide and sparking global interest in the issue. In large part due to his work to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Mr. Irving was named one of the fifty most influential persons in the 'Year of the Internet' by Newsweek Magazine. Mr. Irving currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School, the Board of Councilors for the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University and the Director’s Circle for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the University’s Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is also a graduate of Stanford University School of Law, where he was elected President of his graduating class. Larry Irving is the President and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. From September, 2009 to July, 2011, Mr. Irving served as Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company, the world’s largest technology company. Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Mr. Irving served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues. Mr. Irving was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration's telecommunications and Internet policies, and was a point person in the Clinton Administration's successful efforts to reform the United States telecommunications laws. Those efforts resulted in passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the most sweeping change in America's telecommunications laws in 60 years. Similarly, in international fora, Irving was an ardent advocate of regulatory reform. He represented the United States Government as Sherpa (lead coordinator for the U.S. Government) at the G-7's first Ministerial meeting on the Global Information Society in Brussels, and at the Information Society and Development Conference in South Africa, the first Ministerial meeting between developing countries and developed countries to discuss the emerging global Internet. Mr. Irving was also a key member of the United States team that negotiated the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on basic telecommunication services. Mr. Irving is widely credited with coining the term the digital divide and sparking global interest in the issue. In large part due to his work to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Mr. Irving was named one of the fifty most influential persons in the 'Year of the Internet' by Newsweek Magazine. Mr. Irving currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School, the Board of Councilors for the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University and the Director’s Circle for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the University’s Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is also a graduate of Stanford University School of Law, where he was elected President of his graduating class. Independent Director2018
Lou Oberskihttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Lou OberskiSupplier SectorLou Oberski is Managing Director, Electric Market Policy and NERC Compliance for Dominion Resources Services, Inc. He is responsible for administration of all aspects of Dominion’s corporate NERC compliance assurance programs and oversees Dominion’s involvement at NERC and its sub-regions as well as FERC and RTO policy coordination for Dominion at PJM, ISO-New England and the Midwest ISO. Prior to his current position, his career at Dominion covered increasing management responsibilities in transmission engineering, operations, planning and maintenance. The most recent 10 years have focused on developing, establishing and coordinating NERC and RTO policy at Dominion with a particular emphasis on generation supplier policy at NERC and RTOs. Mr. Oberski is a member of the North American Energy Standards Board, Board of Directors and past chair of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of EEI’s Reliability Executive Advisory Committee and an Alternate on the SERC Board of Directors. Mr. Oberski has been employed by Dominion for over 26 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University.Lou Oberski is Managing Director, Electric Market Policy and NERC Compliance for Dominion Resources Services, Inc. He is responsible for administration of all aspects of Dominion’s corporate NERC compliance assurance programs and oversees Dominion’s involvement at NERC and its sub-regions as well as FERC and RTO policy coordination for Dominion at PJM, ISO-New England and the Midwest ISO. Prior to his current position, his career at Dominion covered increasing management responsibilities in transmission engineering, operations, planning and maintenance. The most recent 10 years have focused on developing, establishing and coordinating NERC and RTO policy at Dominion with a particular emphasis on generation supplier policy at NERC and RTOs. Mr. Oberski is a member of the North American Energy Standards Board, Board of Directors and past chair of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of EEI’s Reliability Executive Advisory Committee and an Alternate on the SERC Board of Directors. Mr. Oberski has been employed by Dominion for over 26 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University.Supplier Sector2018
Matthew Paulhttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=10Matthew PaulMedium LSE SectorMatthew Paul is Vice President for Plant Operations, Fossil Generation for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Paul is responsible for fossil generation plant operations and also continues to act as DTE Electric’s NERC CIP Senior Manager. Paul is the former pPresident of DTE Coal Services, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, and most recently served as Executive Director responsible for generation optimization, corporate fuel supply, DTE Electric’s Midwest Energy Resources Company terminal business and the NERC compliance organization. Prior to joining DTE, Paul served in various roles for Koch Industries. Mr. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago.Matthew Paul is Vice President for Plant Operations, Fossil Generation for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Paul is responsible for fossil generation plant operations and also continues to act as DTE Electric’s NERC CIP Senior Manager. Paul is the former pPresident of DTE Coal Services, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, and most recently served as Executive Director responsible for generation optimization, corporate fuel supply, DTE Electric’s Midwest Energy Resources Company terminal business and the NERC compliance organization. Prior to joining DTE, Paul served in various roles for Koch Industries. Mr. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago.Medium LSE Sector2019
Susan Sosbehttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=11Susan SosbeSmall LSE SectorSusan Sosbe is the Compliance Manager with Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA). She is in her ninth year after joining the organization as the NERC Compliance Coordinator. After six months, Susan was promoted to Compliance Manager with overall responsibility for NERC Compliance for WVPA, JRO Member Cooperatives, and Holland Energy, LLC, Safety, and Insurance (for WVPA and Holland Energy, LLC). She has built successful Compliance Programs for both companies. Committed to risk management, Susan is a core team member of the WVPA Internal Risk Committee. Susan reports to the Executive Vice President of Transmission and Regulatory Affairs, who reports to the CEO. Prior to joining WVPA, Susan was the Director, EHS and Kaizen (lean manufacturing) for Aearo Company. Under her leadership, Aearo showed tremendous improvement in Safety performance and held numerous World Class Kaizen events, resulting in improvements in manufacturing practices, productivity, and Safety. Kaizen saved the company millions of dollars. Susan graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a double minor in Management and Marketing. WVPA is a member of ReliabilityFirst and Susan has served on the RF Standards Committee and is currently a WVPA representative on the RF Reliability Committee.Susan Sosbe is the Compliance Manager with Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA). She is in her ninth year after joining the organization as the NERC Compliance Coordinator. After six months, Susan was promoted to Compliance Manager with overall responsibility for NERC Compliance for WVPA, JRO Member Cooperatives, and Holland Energy, LLC, Safety, and Insurance (for WVPA and Holland Energy, LLC). She has built successful Compliance Programs for both companies. Committed to risk management, Susan is a core team member of the WVPA Internal Risk Committee. Susan reports to the Executive Vice President of Transmission and Regulatory Affairs, who reports to the CEO. Prior to joining WVPA, Susan was the Director, EHS and Kaizen (lean manufacturing) for Aearo Company. Under her leadership, Aearo showed tremendous improvement in Safety performance and held numerous World Class Kaizen events, resulting in improvements in manufacturing practices, productivity, and Safety. Kaizen saved the company millions of dollars. Susan graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a double minor in Management and Marketing. WVPA is a member of ReliabilityFirst and Susan has served on the RF Standards Committee and is currently a WVPA representative on the RF Reliability Committee.Small LSE Sector2020
Jennifer Sterlinghttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=17Jennifer SterlingLarge LSE SectorJennifer Sterling is the Vice President of NERC Compliance & Security for Exelon Corporation (Exelon). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. In her current role, she is responsible for the oversight of the NERC Reliability Standards Compliance Program for all of the Exelon NERC Registered Entities. In addition, she is responsible for the oversight of the physical security programs and projects for the Exelon Utilities’ electric and gas facilities as well as office buildings. She has also held positions as the Exelon Director of Transmission Planning and in ComEd’s System Planning, Bulk Power Operations, Transmission Policy and Regulatory & Strategic Services Departments. Jennifer is an active participant in industry working groups and forums including NERC Standards Drafting Teams and the EEI Reliability Executive Advisory Committee. She has served as a member of the NERC Standards Committee and is the past Chair of the NERC Project Management and Oversight Subcommittee. She is currently one of the two Investor Owned Utility Sector representatives on the NERC Member Representatives Committee. Jennifer Sterling is the Vice President of NERC Compliance & Security for Exelon Corporation (Exelon). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. In her current role, she is responsible for the oversight of the NERC Reliability Standards Compliance Program for all of the Exelon NERC Registered Entities. In addition, she is responsible for the oversight of the physical security programs and projects for the Exelon Utilities’ electric and gas facilities as well as office buildings. She has also held positions as the Exelon Director of Transmission Planning and in ComEd’s System Planning, Bulk Power Operations, Transmission Policy and Regulatory & Strategic Services Departments. Jennifer is an active participant in industry working groups and forums including NERC Standards Drafting Teams and the EEI Reliability Executive Advisory Committee. She has served as a member of the NERC Standards Committee and is the past Chair of the NERC Project Management and Oversight Subcommittee. She is currently one of the two Investor Owned Utility Sector representatives on the NERC Member Representatives Committee. Large LSE Sector2019
Lynnae Wilsonhttps://www.rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=16Lynnae WilsonTransmission SectorLynnae Wilson is the Vice President of Energy Delivery at Vectren Energy Delivery. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, operation, and control of gas and electric transmission and distribution throughout Indiana and Ohio, serving over one million gas and approximately 145,000 electric customers. Her organization handles electric and gas field operations, gas storage, electric and gas engineering, and electric and gas system operations. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Engineering and System Operations for Vectren Energy Delivery, where she was responsible for all aspects of electric and gas engineering, electric and gas system planning, SCADA, geo-spatial systems, and the safe, reliable, and compliant operation of the electric distribution and transmission system. Ms. Wilson has held a variety of other leadership positions at Vectren during her tenure at the company. She has over 14 years of experience in combined gas and electric utilities and electric generation. Ms. Wilson earned a bachelor’s in mining engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a member of the EEI – Reliability Executive Advisory Committee, the North American Transmission Forum, and the Indiana Energy Association. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County, and is a mentor for the Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program. She received the Evansville Business Journal’s ‘20 under 40’ Award in 2015. Lynnae Wilson is the Vice President of Energy Delivery at Vectren Energy Delivery. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, operation, and control of gas and electric transmission and distribution throughout Indiana and Ohio, serving over one million gas and approximately 145,000 electric customers. Her organization handles electric and gas field operations, gas storage, electric and gas engineering, and electric and gas system operations. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Engineering and System Operations for Vectren Energy Delivery, where she was responsible for all aspects of electric and gas engineering, electric and gas system planning, SCADA, geo-spatial systems, and the safe, reliable, and compliant operation of the electric distribution and transmission system. Ms. Wilson has held a variety of other leadership positions at Vectren during her tenure at the company. She has over 14 years of experience in combined gas and electric utilities and electric generation. Ms. Wilson earned a bachelor’s in mining engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a member of the EEI – Reliability Executive Advisory Committee, the North American Transmission Forum, and the Indiana Energy Association. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County, and is a mentor for the Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program. She received the Evansville Business Journal’s ‘20 under 40’ Award in 2015. Transmission Sector2020

 

 

BOD Compliance Committee Meetinghttps://www.rfirst.org/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=20BOD Compliance Committee MeetingRF Offices - Cleveland, OH8/29/2018 5:00:00 PM20
BOD Compensation Committee Meetinghttps://www.rfirst.org/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=21BOD Compensation Committee MeetingRF Offices - Cleveland, OH8/29/2018 7:30:00 PM21
BOD Finance and Audit Committee Meetinghttps://www.rfirst.org/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=22BOD Finance and Audit Committee MeetingRF Offices - Clevveland, OH8/29/2018 7:30:00 PM22
BOD Nominating and Governance Committee Meetinghttps://www.rfirst.org/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=23BOD Nominating and Governance Committee MeetingRF Offices - Cleveland, OH8/29/2018 7:30:00 PM23
BOD Meetinghttps://www.rfirst.org/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=24BOD MeetingRF Offices - Cleveland, OH 8/30/2018 1:00:00 PM24

 

 

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