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Tim Gallagherhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Tim GallagherPresident & CEOAs President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gallagher oversees ReliabilityFirst, one of the six federally recognized Regional Entities charged with setting and enforcing mandatory reliability standards, as well as assessing and reporting on the expected reliability performance of the Bulk Electric System in thirteen states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Gallagher has held this position since the inception of ReliabilityFirst in January 2006, and he is a non-voting member of the ReliabilityFirst Board of Directors. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Gallagher was a senior executive at GridAmerica, LLC, the nation’s first multi-system independent transmission company. His background is centered squarely in electric system reliability, having spent time on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) staff where he was responsible for NERC’s compliance, standards, and reliability assessment programs. Before his tenure at NERC, Mr. Gallagher worked in the electric power industry in a variety of engineering and leadership positions in electric system planning, system protection and system operations. Mr. Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, a graduate of the GE Power Systems Engineering School, a former NERC-Certified System Operator, and was publicly elected to serve on the Governing Board of the Summit County Educational Service Center.As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gallagher oversees ReliabilityFirst, one of the six federally recognized Regional Entities charged with setting and enforcing mandatory reliability standards, as well as assessing and reporting on the expected reliability performance of the Bulk Electric System in thirteen states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Gallagher has held this position since the inception of ReliabilityFirst in January 2006, and he is a non-voting member of the ReliabilityFirst Board of Directors. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Gallagher was a senior executive at GridAmerica, LLC, the nation’s first multi-system independent transmission company. His background is centered squarely in electric system reliability, having spent time on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) staff where he was responsible for NERC’s compliance, standards, and reliability assessment programs. Before his tenure at NERC, Mr. Gallagher worked in the electric power industry in a variety of engineering and leadership positions in electric system planning, system protection and system operations. Mr. Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, a graduate of the GE Power Systems Engineering School, a former NERC-Certified System Operator, and was publicly elected to serve on the Governing Board of the Summit County Educational Service Center.President & CEO0
Ray Palmierihttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=6Ray PalmieriSenior Vice PresidentMr. Palmieri, Senior Vice President of ReliabilityFirst, has held this position since its inception in January 2006, with the Treasurer role from 2012 to 2020.    Mr. Palmieri is presently responsible for the leadership and implementation of the Reliability Engineering, IT and Finance functions, ensuring the NERC and ReliabilityFirst policies, procedures, and standards are adhered to such that reliability is maximized on the Bulk Power System.   Mr. Palmieri has provided leadership of essentially all corporate functions through the inception and start-up of ReliabilityFirst; Mr. Palmieri was paramount in the development and implementation of the Compliance Enforcement Authority responsibilities.  His leadership in all aspects of the corporation has driven the successes of ReliabilityFirst, along with the NERC Compliance Program evolution.    Prior to the startup of ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Palmieri worked in the ECAR region for five years as Manager of Compliance.  Mr. Palmieri has worked with and chaired NERC teams including compliance, standards, registration, organization certification, and reliability coordination.   Mr. Palmieri held various leadership positions in Operations, Engineering, and Support Functions for twenty-four years at the Nuclear Generation Facilities for Northeast Utilities and Exelon.  Mr. Palmieri held a Senior Reactor Operators license for 15 years.   Mr. Palmieri graduated from New York Maritime College with a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine/Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   Mr. Palmieri is a Professional Engineer in New York and Connecticut, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, past chairman and member of various Nuclear Industry Owners Groups, and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.     Mr. Palmieri held positions of President and board member of a multiple sports organizations for 20 years, and municipal Board of Finance for eight years.Mr. Palmieri, Senior Vice President of ReliabilityFirst, has held this position since its inception in January 2006, with the Treasurer role from 2012 to 2020.    Mr. Palmieri is presently responsible for the leadership and implementation of the Reliability Engineering, IT and Finance functions, ensuring the NERC and ReliabilityFirst policies, procedures, and standards are adhered to such that reliability is maximized on the Bulk Power System.   Mr. Palmieri has provided leadership of essentially all corporate functions through the inception and start-up of ReliabilityFirst; Mr. Palmieri was paramount in the development and implementation of the Compliance Enforcement Authority responsibilities.  His leadership in all aspects of the corporation has driven the successes of ReliabilityFirst, along with the NERC Compliance Program evolution.    Prior to the startup of ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Palmieri worked in the ECAR region for five years as Manager of Compliance.  Mr. Palmieri has worked with and chaired NERC teams including compliance, standards, registration, organization certification, and reliability coordination.   Mr. Palmieri held various leadership positions in Operations, Engineering, and Support Functions for twenty-four years at the Nuclear Generation Facilities for Northeast Utilities and Exelon.  Mr. Palmieri held a Senior Reactor Operators license for 15 years.   Mr. Palmieri graduated from New York Maritime College with a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine/Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   Mr. Palmieri is a Professional Engineer in New York and Connecticut, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, past chairman and member of various Nuclear Industry Owners Groups, and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.     Mr. Palmieri held positions of President and board member of a multiple sports organizations for 20 years, and municipal Board of Finance for eight years.Senior Vice President0
Jeff Craigohttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Jeff CraigoVice President, Reliability and RiskMr. Craigo, Vice President, Reliability & Risk, joined ReliabilityFirst in March of 2013. Mr. Craigo is responsible for the reliability assurance, operational performance, and risk analysis organizations at ReliabilityFirst Corporation. He provides leadership to management and staff and provides input into strategy, risk analysis and outreach practices with grid reliability and security as the primary goal across the industry. Mr. Craigo brings a diverse background in quality systems, manufacturing, strategic sourcing, supply chain, and leadership that span multiple industries, including the automotive, aerospace, electrical, hydraulics, and medical device industries. Most recently, he served as a business partner and consultant, helping manufacturing companies improve their quality engineering and global strategic sourcing strategies. His previous experience includes various leadership positions in quality assurance, global sourcing, and supplier development at Invacare Corporation, a global medical equipment manufacturer, where he was responsible for product quality, supplier development and new product process audits within a federally regulated (FDA) environment. Prior to Invacare, Mr. Craigo held various progressing leadership positions in supplier development, quality assurance, manufacturing, and program management at Eaton Corporation, an international diversified industrial manufacturer of electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power equipment and systems for the aerospace, automotive, electrical, filtration, hydraulics, and truck industries. Mr. Craigo has extensive experience in quality system and business process audits governed along federal statutory guidelines as well as managing the implementation of leading quality and manufacturing continuous improvement initiatives found today within industry. Mr. Craigo is a graduate of Ohio University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He serves as a board member to the Lorain County Habitat for Humanity.Mr. Craigo, Vice President, Reliability & Risk, joined ReliabilityFirst in March of 2013. Mr. Craigo is responsible for the reliability assurance, operational performance, and risk analysis organizations at ReliabilityFirst Corporation. He provides leadership to management and staff and provides input into strategy, risk analysis and outreach practices with grid reliability and security as the primary goal across the industry. Mr. Craigo brings a diverse background in quality systems, manufacturing, strategic sourcing, supply chain, and leadership that span multiple industries, including the automotive, aerospace, electrical, hydraulics, and medical device industries. Most recently, he served as a business partner and consultant, helping manufacturing companies improve their quality engineering and global strategic sourcing strategies. His previous experience includes various leadership positions in quality assurance, global sourcing, and supplier development at Invacare Corporation, a global medical equipment manufacturer, where he was responsible for product quality, supplier development and new product process audits within a federally regulated (FDA) environment. Prior to Invacare, Mr. Craigo held various progressing leadership positions in supplier development, quality assurance, manufacturing, and program management at Eaton Corporation, an international diversified industrial manufacturer of electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power equipment and systems for the aerospace, automotive, electrical, filtration, hydraulics, and truck industries. Mr. Craigo has extensive experience in quality system and business process audits governed along federal statutory guidelines as well as managing the implementation of leading quality and manufacturing continuous improvement initiatives found today within industry. Mr. Craigo is a graduate of Ohio University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He serves as a board member to the Lorain County Habitat for Humanity.Vice President, Reliability and Risk0
Rob Eckenrodhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=10Rob EckenrodVice President Entity Engagement and Corporate ServicesMr. Eckenrod is the Vice President Entity Engagement and Corporate Services ReliabilityFirst. Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Eckenrod held the position of Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Eckenrod previously also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for the PJM Interconnection, LLC (PJM). In his capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Eckenrod was responsible for implementing and maintaining PJM's enterprise-wide compliance management and enforcement program as well as providing legal and policy advice and advocacy on behalf of PJM for all reliability compliance functions. Mr. Eckenrod accomplished this via overseeing multiple compliance business units and chairing PJM's compliance committee that reported directly to the PJM Board. In addition to his successful tenure at PJM, Mr. Eckenrod is a former Pennsylvania public utility rate prosecutor and was also an advisor to a former Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner.Mr. Eckenrod is the Vice President Entity Engagement and Corporate Services ReliabilityFirst. Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Eckenrod held the position of Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Eckenrod previously also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for the PJM Interconnection, LLC (PJM). In his capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Eckenrod was responsible for implementing and maintaining PJM's enterprise-wide compliance management and enforcement program as well as providing legal and policy advice and advocacy on behalf of PJM for all reliability compliance functions. Mr. Eckenrod accomplished this via overseeing multiple compliance business units and chairing PJM's compliance committee that reported directly to the PJM Board. In addition to his successful tenure at PJM, Mr. Eckenrod is a former Pennsylvania public utility rate prosecutor and was also an advisor to a former Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner.Vice President Entity Engagement and Corporate Services0
Niki Schaeferhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=11Niki SchaeferVice President and General CounselAs vice president and general counsel for RF, Ms. Schaefer is responsible for ensuring the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) functions are effectively executed for electric utilities in the 13 states and Washington, D.C. that make up the RF footprint. In this role, she leads the Legal, Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring teams. Ms. Schaefer returns to RF from Eaton Corporation where she served as counsel to senior leadership teams across multiple business units within Eaton’s electrical sector supporting more than $2 billion in revenue. Prior to Eaton, she was the managing enforcement counsel at RF and directed the teams responsible for carrying out enforcement of electric reliability regulations. Before working in the electric industry, she was a trial lawyer for a large Cleveland law firm litigating commercial and personal injury cases in State and Federal Courts across the country. Ms. Schaefer received her B.A. in American Studies from Cornell University, and graduated cum laude from CWRU School of Law where she received an academic scholarship. In addition to earning multiple professional awards – most recently being named to the 2020 Super Lawyers list by Cleveland Jewish News – Schaefer is very active in the Cleveland community through volunteer work for University Hospitals Partnership for Families and the American Heart Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Gathering Place, a non-profit that provides free therapeutic services to people with cancer and their loved ones.As vice president and general counsel for RF, Ms. Schaefer is responsible for ensuring the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) functions are effectively executed for electric utilities in the 13 states and Washington, D.C. that make up the RF footprint. In this role, she leads the Legal, Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring teams. Ms. Schaefer returns to RF from Eaton Corporation where she served as counsel to senior leadership teams across multiple business units within Eaton’s electrical sector supporting more than $2 billion in revenue. Prior to Eaton, she was the managing enforcement counsel at RF and directed the teams responsible for carrying out enforcement of electric reliability regulations. Before working in the electric industry, she was a trial lawyer for a large Cleveland law firm litigating commercial and personal injury cases in State and Federal Courts across the country. Ms. Schaefer received her B.A. in American Studies from Cornell University, and graduated cum laude from CWRU School of Law where she received an academic scholarship. In addition to earning multiple professional awards – most recently being named to the 2020 Super Lawyers list by Cleveland Jewish News – Schaefer is very active in the Cleveland community through volunteer work for University Hospitals Partnership for Families and the American Heart Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Gathering Place, a non-profit that provides free therapeutic services to people with cancer and their loved ones.Vice President and General Counsel0
Larry Bughhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Larry BughChief Security OfficerMr. Bugh, Chief Security Officer for ReliabilityFirst, has held various positions at ReliabilityFirst since 2005. Mr. Bugh is the staff liaison for the ReliabilityFirst Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC.) Mr. Bugh participated in the drafting of the Urgent Action Cyber Security Standard (1200) and chaired the Standard Drafting Team for Version 1 of the Cyber Security Standards (CIP-002 thru CIP-009), the Version 1 Violation Severity Levels, Version 2 Violation Severity levels and Violation Risk Factors, and the Order 706B Implementation plan. Mr. Bugh joined ReliabilityFirst in 2005 after serving as Manager, Information Technology for ECAR. Prior to his time at ECAR, Mr. Bugh worked in the planning department for Ohio Edison. Mr. Bugh holds an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering from Kent State University and a BA in Business Management from Malone College. Mr. Bugh is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.Mr. Bugh, Chief Security Officer for ReliabilityFirst, has held various positions at ReliabilityFirst since 2005. Mr. Bugh is the staff liaison for the ReliabilityFirst Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC.) Mr. Bugh participated in the drafting of the Urgent Action Cyber Security Standard (1200) and chaired the Standard Drafting Team for Version 1 of the Cyber Security Standards (CIP-002 thru CIP-009), the Version 1 Violation Severity Levels, Version 2 Violation Severity levels and Violation Risk Factors, and the Order 706B Implementation plan. Mr. Bugh joined ReliabilityFirst in 2005 after serving as Manager, Information Technology for ECAR. Prior to his time at ECAR, Mr. Bugh worked in the planning department for Ohio Edison. Mr. Bugh holds an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering from Kent State University and a BA in Business Management from Malone College. Mr. Bugh is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.Chief Security Officer0
Deandra Williams-Lewishttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=8Deandra Williams-LewisSenior Director Corporate ServicesMs. Williams-Lewis is the Senior Director of Corporate Services. She joined ReliabilityFirst in September 2015 as Director of Enforcement, Attorney, and prior to this role served as Senior Director of Organizational Development & Human Resources. In her current role, Ms. Williams-Lewis is primarily responsible for leading, supporting and facilitating the delivery of Corporate Services (HR, IT and Finance) throughout ReliabilityFirst while delivering high impact, value-add enhancements to the employee experience and organization’s overall effectiveness. She provides strategic guidance, counsel and solutions to organizational leaders on people management, which includes driving organizational development, team effectiveness, leadership development, executing change management strategies, and employee engagement solutions. Ms. Williams-Lewis is an attorney with a diverse background and expertise in compliance, legal, diversity and inclusion, HR, risk management, corporate governance and strategic planning. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, she was the Global Senior Compliance Counsel & Diversity Leader for GE Lighting where she previously held commercial and regulatory compliance counsel roles. She has also held positions of increasing responsibility at KPMG, BearingPoint, Altos Federal Group and Maxim Healthcare. Ms. Williams-Lewis earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Hampton University and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. In addition to being a licensed attorney and registered corporate coach, Ms. Williams-Lewis is an active member in the community serving on the Board for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. She maintains active memberships with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links Incorporated, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She also continues to mentor and coach students and professionals.Ms. Williams-Lewis is the Senior Director of Corporate Services. She joined ReliabilityFirst in September 2015 as Director of Enforcement, Attorney, and prior to this role served as Senior Director of Organizational Development & Human Resources. In her current role, Ms. Williams-Lewis is primarily responsible for leading, supporting and facilitating the delivery of Corporate Services (HR, IT and Finance) throughout ReliabilityFirst while delivering high impact, value-add enhancements to the employee experience and organization’s overall effectiveness. She provides strategic guidance, counsel and solutions to organizational leaders on people management, which includes driving organizational development, team effectiveness, leadership development, executing change management strategies, and employee engagement solutions. Ms. Williams-Lewis is an attorney with a diverse background and expertise in compliance, legal, diversity and inclusion, HR, risk management, corporate governance and strategic planning. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, she was the Global Senior Compliance Counsel & Diversity Leader for GE Lighting where she previously held commercial and regulatory compliance counsel roles. She has also held positions of increasing responsibility at KPMG, BearingPoint, Altos Federal Group and Maxim Healthcare. Ms. Williams-Lewis earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Hampton University and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. In addition to being a licensed attorney and registered corporate coach, Ms. Williams-Lewis is an active member in the community serving on the Board for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. She maintains active memberships with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links Incorporated, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She also continues to mentor and coach students and professionals.Senior Director Corporate Services0
Erik Johnsonhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=12Erik JohnsonDirector, Reliability AnalysisMr. Johnson currently focuses on Internal and External analytics to drive improved Reliability and reduce Risk. In recent roles he focused on outreach and assistance to the entities. Mr. Johnson comes to ReliabilityFirst with over 20 years of work experience in the Cyber Security field. Prior to ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Johnson was most recently with the Federal Reserve System, where he coordinated cross functional teams in the assessment of Federal Reserve compliance with NIST standards. Mr. Johnson obtained a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University and a Master’s of Science in Information Security from DePaul University. He holds numerous certifications including his CAP, CISA, CISSP, CRISC and PMP.Mr. Johnson currently focuses on Internal and External analytics to drive improved Reliability and reduce Risk. In recent roles he focused on outreach and assistance to the entities. Mr. Johnson comes to ReliabilityFirst with over 20 years of work experience in the Cyber Security field. Prior to ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Johnson was most recently with the Federal Reserve System, where he coordinated cross functional teams in the assessment of Federal Reserve compliance with NIST standards. Mr. Johnson obtained a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University and a Master’s of Science in Information Security from DePaul University. He holds numerous certifications including his CAP, CISA, CISSP, CRISC and PMP.Director, Reliability Analysis0
Jeff Mitchellhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=5Jeff MitchellDirector, Special ProjectsPrior to serving in this role, Mr. Mitchell, held the position of Director, Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, at ReliabilityFirst Corporation Mr. Mitchell overseed the regional resource and transmission reliability assessments and has served as the past chair of the NERC Planning Committee and the Eastern Interconnection Reliability Assessment Group (ERAG) Management Committee. Mr. Mitchell also lead the effort to develop the RF Bulk Electric System (BES) definition in 2007 and helped to develop the new NERC BES definition as part of the Standard Drafting Team work that finished in 2014 with the approval of the new NERC definition by FERC. He has also been involved with BES interpretations to the RF definition over the years. Previously, Mr. Mitchell had over eight years experience with ECAR as Manager of Transmission Services and Senior Engineer supporting the planning, protection, and equipment activities within the region. Prior to joining ECAR, Mr. Mitchell worked for the Ohio Edison Company (now part of FirstEnergy) for over 17 years in various positions, including experience in transmission planning and distribution protection. Mr. Mitchell is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and Pennsylvania and received his BSET degree from the University of Akron.Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Mitchell, held the position of Director, Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, at ReliabilityFirst Corporation Mr. Mitchell overseed the regional resource and transmission reliability assessments and has served as the past chair of the NERC Planning Committee and the Eastern Interconnection Reliability Assessment Group (ERAG) Management Committee. Mr. Mitchell also lead the effort to develop the RF Bulk Electric System (BES) definition in 2007 and helped to develop the new NERC BES definition as part of the Standard Drafting Team work that finished in 2014 with the approval of the new NERC definition by FERC. He has also been involved with BES interpretations to the RF definition over the years. Previously, Mr. Mitchell had over eight years experience with ECAR as Manager of Transmission Services and Senior Engineer supporting the planning, protection, and equipment activities within the region. Prior to joining ECAR, Mr. Mitchell worked for the Ohio Edison Company (now part of FirstEnergy) for over 17 years in various positions, including experience in transmission planning and distribution protection. Mr. Mitchell is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and Pennsylvania and received his BSET degree from the University of Akron.Director, Special Projects0
Ray Sefchikhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=9Ray SefchikDirector, Entity EngagementMr. Sefchik, Director Entity Engagement, ReliabilityFirst Corporation, joined in 2011. Mr. Sefchik is currently responsible for The Entity Engagement and Outreach activities focused on our stakeholders. Previously, he managed Risk Analysis and Mitigation, Entity Development, Events Analysis, Situational Awareness, Threats & Vulnerabilities, and CIP Compliance Monitoring teams at RF. Mr. Sefchik previously worked at the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), where he held the positions of CIP Audit Manager and Manager of CIP Compliance for 2 years. Prior to MRO, Mr. Sefchik was employed by FirstEnergy Corp. in Akron, OH, where Mr. Sefchik held the position of Senior Security Analyst for 5 years. Mr. Sefchik was responsible for Enterprise and Business Unit specific Cyber Security Architecture; Governance and Compliance activities. Prior to his work in the Electric Utility Industry, Mr. Sefchik was employed by Lockheed Martin IT and other Federal Government Contractors for 14 years in support of NASA Agency IT initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Sefchik has 34 years of experience in Information Technology Operations, Systems Integration, specializing in Security, and Networking and Telecommunications. He holds the CISA, CISM, and CISSP Auditing and Information Security Certifications. Mr. Sefchik is also an active member of the ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard organizationsMr. Sefchik, Director Entity Engagement, ReliabilityFirst Corporation, joined in 2011. Mr. Sefchik is currently responsible for The Entity Engagement and Outreach activities focused on our stakeholders. Previously, he managed Risk Analysis and Mitigation, Entity Development, Events Analysis, Situational Awareness, Threats & Vulnerabilities, and CIP Compliance Monitoring teams at RF. Mr. Sefchik previously worked at the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), where he held the positions of CIP Audit Manager and Manager of CIP Compliance for 2 years. Prior to MRO, Mr. Sefchik was employed by FirstEnergy Corp. in Akron, OH, where Mr. Sefchik held the position of Senior Security Analyst for 5 years. Mr. Sefchik was responsible for Enterprise and Business Unit specific Cyber Security Architecture; Governance and Compliance activities. Prior to his work in the Electric Utility Industry, Mr. Sefchik was employed by Lockheed Martin IT and other Federal Government Contractors for 14 years in support of NASA Agency IT initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Sefchik has 34 years of experience in Information Technology Operations, Systems Integration, specializing in Security, and Networking and Telecommunications. He holds the CISA, CISM, and CISSP Auditing and Information Security Certifications. Mr. Sefchik is also an active member of the ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard organizationsDirector, Entity Engagement0
Matthew Thomashttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=13Matthew ThomasDirector, Compliance MonitoringMr. Thomas, Director, Compliance Monitoring, ReliabilityFirst Corporation, joined in 2010. Mr. Thomas is responsible for all of the Compliance Monitoring activities performed at RF. In Mr. Thomas’s previous role at ReliabilityFirst, he served as the Senior Manager of CIP Compliance where he was responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CIP Compliance Monitoring processes and team. His primary responsibilities included development of the annual CIP audit plans to assess regional risk and providing oversight of compliance engagements. Mr. Thomas has worked in both the Compliance Department as a CIP Auditor and the ReliabilityFirst Information Technology Department. Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in numerous IT fields including application development, web development, security analysis, network security and management, vulnerability testing and analysis, and policy development. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Thomas worked for NCR with a focus on Software Engineering and Systems Development. Mr. Thomas graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Mr. Thomas holds both his GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) and GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) Certifications.Mr. Thomas, Director, Compliance Monitoring, ReliabilityFirst Corporation, joined in 2010. Mr. Thomas is responsible for all of the Compliance Monitoring activities performed at RF. In Mr. Thomas’s previous role at ReliabilityFirst, he served as the Senior Manager of CIP Compliance where he was responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CIP Compliance Monitoring processes and team. His primary responsibilities included development of the annual CIP audit plans to assess regional risk and providing oversight of compliance engagements. Mr. Thomas has worked in both the Compliance Department as a CIP Auditor and the ReliabilityFirst Information Technology Department. Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in numerous IT fields including application development, web development, security analysis, network security and management, vulnerability testing and analysis, and policy development. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Thomas worked for NCR with a focus on Software Engineering and Systems Development. Mr. Thomas graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Mr. Thomas holds both his GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) and GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) Certifications.Director, Compliance Monitoring0
Jim Uhrinhttps://rfirst.org/about/Leadership/leadership/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Jim UhrinDirector, Engineering and Reliability ServicesMr. Uhrin joined ReliabilityFirst in 2007 and has over thirty-eight years of working experience in the electric utility industry. Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Uhrin, held the position of Director, Compliance Monitoring, at ReliabilityFirst Corporation. Since 2013, Mr. Uhrin has been responsible for the directing and served in an oversight role over all of the Compliance Monitoring functions performed at RF (Ops/Planning and CIP). Some of these monitoring functions include audits, spot checks, investigations, and complaints. In Mr. Uhrin’s previous role at ReliabilityFirst, he served as the Manager of Compliance Service and Investigations, where he was responsible for the oversight of the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP), Regulatory Reviews, and implementation of most of the CMEP related activities. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Uhrin was the Manager of Dispatch and Operation for PJM Interconnection, L.C.C, in their West office, where he managed both the day to day operations of the Bulk Power System and the West Regional office operations. Before joining PJM, Mr. Uhrin held various positions with Allegheny Power as Operations Support Manager, Team Leader in Network Planning and various Engineering positions in Allegheny’s Operations and System Planning Groups. Mr. Uhrin is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and has taken some MBA course work at Duquesne University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and was a NERC Certified System Operator (2010).Mr. Uhrin joined ReliabilityFirst in 2007 and has over thirty-eight years of working experience in the electric utility industry. Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Uhrin, held the position of Director, Compliance Monitoring, at ReliabilityFirst Corporation. Since 2013, Mr. Uhrin has been responsible for the directing and served in an oversight role over all of the Compliance Monitoring functions performed at RF (Ops/Planning and CIP). Some of these monitoring functions include audits, spot checks, investigations, and complaints. In Mr. Uhrin’s previous role at ReliabilityFirst, he served as the Manager of Compliance Service and Investigations, where he was responsible for the oversight of the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP), Regulatory Reviews, and implementation of most of the CMEP related activities. Prior to joining ReliabilityFirst, Mr. Uhrin was the Manager of Dispatch and Operation for PJM Interconnection, L.C.C, in their West office, where he managed both the day to day operations of the Bulk Power System and the West Regional office operations. Before joining PJM, Mr. Uhrin held various positions with Allegheny Power as Operations Support Manager, Team Leader in Network Planning and various Engineering positions in Allegheny’s Operations and System Planning Groups. Mr. Uhrin is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and has taken some MBA course work at Duquesne University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and was a NERC Certified System Operator (2010).Director, Engineering and Reliability Services0