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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.

 

 

 

Simon Whitelocke - Chairhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=13Simon Whitelocke - ChairAt-Large Sector Simon Whitelocke is Vice President of ITC Holdings Corp. and President of ITC Michigan, which includes the responsibility for both ITC Transmission 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 ITC Transmission 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 2024
Antonio Smyth - Vice Chairhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Antonio Smyth - Vice ChairSupplier SectorAntonio Smyth is Senior Vice President of Transmission Ventures, Strategy and Policy at American Electric Power, which owns and operates the largest electric transmission grid in North America, and is President of Transource Energy, AEP’s competitive electric transmission subsidiary. In his current role, Smyth leads asset strategy, federal regulatory and policy, finance, and commercial development activities for AEP’s $20 billion electric transmission infrastructure business. Smyth is also responsible for project siting, outreach, right-of-way acquisition, and AEP’s $4 billion investment in multiple electric transmission joint venture companies. In addition to his role in electric delivery, Smyth currently plays a key role in the development of AEP’s regulated renewable energy projects. Smyth has extensive experience in executive leadership in the energy business. Throughout the past 20-years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at AEP in both the Columbus, Ohio headquarters and the London, U.K. offices. He has testified as an expert on electric industry matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state energy regulatory commissions. Prior to his current role, he led the development of AEP’s transmission ventures business, which is responsible for the origination, ownership, and operation of several large-scale electric transmission infrastructure companies across the United States. Smyth has also served in key leadership roles in the strategic initiatives organization, which is responsible for corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions, and in the corporate finance organization, which is responsible for debt and equity capital markets and rating agency activities. Antonio Smyth is Senior Vice President of Transmission Ventures, Strategy and Policy at American Electric Power, which owns and operates the largest electric transmission grid in North America, and is President of Transource Energy, AEP’s competitive electric transmission subsidiary. In his current role, Smyth leads asset strategy, federal regulatory and policy, finance, and commercial development activities for AEP’s $20 billion electric transmission infrastructure business. Smyth is also responsible for project siting, outreach, right-of-way acquisition, and AEP’s $4 billion investment in multiple electric transmission joint venture companies. In addition to his role in electric delivery, Smyth currently plays a key role in the development of AEP’s regulated renewable energy projects. Smyth has extensive experience in executive leadership in the energy business. Throughout the past 20-years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at AEP in both the Columbus, Ohio headquarters and the London, U.K. offices. He has testified as an expert on electric industry matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state energy regulatory commissions. Prior to his current role, he led the development of AEP’s transmission ventures business, which is responsible for the origination, ownership, and operation of several large-scale electric transmission infrastructure companies across the United States. Smyth has also served in key leadership roles in the strategic initiatives organization, which is responsible for corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions, and in the corporate finance organization, which is responsible for debt and equity capital markets and rating agency activities. Supplier Sector2023
Brenton Greenehttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=5Brenton GreeneLead Independent 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. Lead Independent Director2022
Joanna Burkeyhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=22Joanna BurkeyIndependent DirectorJoanna Burkey currently leads global cybersecurity efforts for HP, Inc. where she is responsible for the organization’s cybersecurity program, including IT infrastructure, technology platforms and business units. Her career has been dedicated to cybersecurity and technology, spending roles in engineering, product strategy, security evangelism and business development. She is a publicly recognized thought leader and speaker who is passionate about growing diversity throughout technology roles.Joanna Burkey currently leads global cybersecurity efforts for HP, Inc. where she is responsible for the organization’s cybersecurity program, including IT infrastructure, technology platforms and business units. Her career has been dedicated to cybersecurity and technology, spending roles in engineering, product strategy, security evangelism and business development. She is a publicly recognized thought leader and speaker who is passionate about growing diversity throughout technology roles.Independent Director2025
Patrick Casshttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Patrick CassIndependent DirectorPatrick Cass has over 35 years of experience in the accounting and advisory services industry. He most recently worked as Executive in Residence at the University of Louisville College of Business, 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 for 29 years, where he ultimately served as an office managing partner, audit partner, and regional utility industry leader. Mr. Cass has experience serving 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 has over 35 years of experience in the accounting and advisory services industry. He most recently worked as Executive in Residence at the University of Louisville College of Business, 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 for 29 years, where he ultimately served as an office managing partner, audit partner, and regional utility industry leader. Mr. Cass has experience serving 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 Director2023
Scott Etnoyerhttps://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 Director2023
Ben Feltonhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=10Ben FeltonMedium LSE SectorBenjamin Felton joined DTE Energy as Senior Vice President of Fossil Generation in 2019. Prior to this role, he held senior leadership roles at NIPSCO responsible for transmission, distribution, maintenance and power restoration in electric operations and power delivery. Mr. Felton also served in senior leadership roles at CMS Energy, including Executive Manager of Electric Network Services and Executive Director of Electric System Operations and Maintenance. He has also served as manager of substation maintenance and manager of substation operations. Mr. Felton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University. He is a member of the Edison Illuminating Companies Power Delivery Committee, and a board member of the MEA Energy Association. He also serves on the boards of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, and the CMS Energy Foundation. In 2015, Mr. Felton received the Diversity Prism Award from the Consumers Energy Minority Advisory Council, and in 2013 he received the Midwest Energy Association – Energetic Women Maverick Award.Benjamin Felton joined DTE Energy as Senior Vice President of Fossil Generation in 2019. Prior to this role, he held senior leadership roles at NIPSCO responsible for transmission, distribution, maintenance and power restoration in electric operations and power delivery. Mr. Felton also served in senior leadership roles at CMS Energy, including Executive Manager of Electric Network Services and Executive Director of Electric System Operations and Maintenance. He has also served as manager of substation maintenance and manager of substation operations. Mr. Felton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University. He is a member of the Edison Illuminating Companies Power Delivery Committee, and a board member of the MEA Energy Association. He also serves on the boards of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, and the CMS Energy Foundation. In 2015, Mr. Felton received the Diversity Prism Award from the Consumers Energy Minority Advisory Council, and in 2013 he received the Midwest Energy Association – Energetic Women Maverick Award.Medium LSE Sector2022
Timothy R. Gallagherhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=20Timothy R. GallagherNon Voting MemberAs 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. He currently serves as a Director on the board of Vantage Aging, a not for profit agency whose mission is to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place and live independently with dignity.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. He currently serves as a Director on the board of Vantage Aging, a not for profit agency whose mission is to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place and live independently with dignity.Non Voting MemberN/A
Courtney Geduldighttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=21Courtney GeduldigIndependent DirectorCourtney Geduldig is the Head of Government & Public Affairs for Chime, a fintech company based in San Francisco. She is tasked with leading the company’s government & public affairs team at the federal and state level, building the brand and reputation with policy, government & regulatory stakeholders, and managing stakeholder engagement. Prior to her time at Chime, Courtney served for nearly a decade at S&P Global in several roles including the Chief Public & Government Affairs Officer leading global government relations, communications & media relations, corporate responsibility, brand marketing, digital, content, creative, and corporate events. Before her time at S&P, she served as the Head of Regulatory & Federal Affairs at the Financial Services Forum, the Chief Financial Counsel to Senator Bob Corker, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US Treasury Department. Ms. Geduldig is a published co-author, Where the Jobs Are, Entrepreneurship & the Soul of the American Economy (Wiley 2013). She serves as an independent director on the Board of ReliabilityFirst and as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Public Affairs Council. She is also a member of the Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, and active in organizations promoting women and networks like Chief and ENGAGE. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar.Courtney Geduldig is the Head of Government & Public Affairs for Chime, a fintech company based in San Francisco. She is tasked with leading the company’s government & public affairs team at the federal and state level, building the brand and reputation with policy, government & regulatory stakeholders, and managing stakeholder engagement. Prior to her time at Chime, Courtney served for nearly a decade at S&P Global in several roles including the Chief Public & Government Affairs Officer leading global government relations, communications & media relations, corporate responsibility, brand marketing, digital, content, creative, and corporate events. Before her time at S&P, she served as the Head of Regulatory & Federal Affairs at the Financial Services Forum, the Chief Financial Counsel to Senator Bob Corker, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US Treasury Department. Ms. Geduldig is a published co-author, Where the Jobs Are, Entrepreneurship & the Soul of the American Economy (Wiley 2013). She serves as an independent director on the Board of ReliabilityFirst and as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Public Affairs Council. She is also a member of the Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, and active in organizations promoting women and networks like Chief and ENGAGE. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar.Independent Director2024
Jason Marshallhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=11Jason MarshallSmall LSE SectorJason Marshall is the Executive Vice President, Transmission & Regulatory Affairs for Wabash Valley Power Association. In this role, he implemented an initiative to improve transmission reliability and recover transmission costs through a MISO tariff by reducing the growth of transmission service costs, stood up a new operations center, and acquired new transmission assets and integrated them into the RTO. Mr. Marshall has also identified and recruited several new key leaders through transmission business expansion. Prior to joining Wabash in 2017, Mr. Marshall was the Vice President, Regulatory & Reliability Services for ACES, where he Led reliability compliance, regulatory and market affairs departments. He has also served as Technical Manager at MISO, Operating Engineer at Duke Energy and Senior Engineer at MAIN Coordination Center. Mr. Marshall currently serves on the SERC Board of Directors where he has assisted with by-law modifications and the NERC Members Representative Committee, and has served as Chair and Vice Chair for the committee that elects NERC Board Trustees and modifies NERC By-Laws Mr. Marshall has a B.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. from Clemson University in Electrical Engineering, and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis. WVPA is a member of Reliability First. Jason Marshall is the Executive Vice President, Transmission & Regulatory Affairs for Wabash Valley Power Association. In this role, he implemented an initiative to improve transmission reliability and recover transmission costs through a MISO tariff by reducing the growth of transmission service costs, stood up a new operations center, and acquired new transmission assets and integrated them into the RTO. Mr. Marshall has also identified and recruited several new key leaders through transmission business expansion. Prior to joining Wabash in 2017, Mr. Marshall was the Vice President, Regulatory & Reliability Services for ACES, where he Led reliability compliance, regulatory and market affairs departments. He has also served as Technical Manager at MISO, Operating Engineer at Duke Energy and Senior Engineer at MAIN Coordination Center. Mr. Marshall currently serves on the SERC Board of Directors where he has assisted with by-law modifications and the NERC Members Representative Committee, and has served as Chair and Vice Chair for the committee that elects NERC Board Trustees and modifies NERC By-Laws Mr. Marshall has a B.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. from Clemson University in Electrical Engineering, and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis. WVPA is a member of Reliability First. Small LSE Sector2023
Bob Mattiuzhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=19Bob MattiuzTransmission SectorBob Mattiuz is vice president, Compliance and Regulated Services and chief FERC compliance officer for FirstEnergy Service company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. Prior to his promotion in May 2018, he served as director, FERC and State Regulatory Compliance.  Bob has worked at FirstEnergy for more than 34 years and has held numerous management positions in Transmission & Distribution Engineering, Planning and Operations, and Federal & State Regulatory Compliance. He has had responsibility for compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards for all FirstEnergy’s business units since 2011 and the former-Allegheny Power until the merger with FirstEnergy in 2011.   Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.Bob Mattiuz is vice president, Compliance and Regulated Services and chief FERC compliance officer for FirstEnergy Service company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. Prior to his promotion in May 2018, he served as director, FERC and State Regulatory Compliance.  Bob has worked at FirstEnergy for more than 34 years and has held numerous management positions in Transmission & Distribution Engineering, Planning and Operations, and Federal & State Regulatory Compliance. He has had responsibility for compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards for all FirstEnergy’s business units since 2011 and the former-Allegheny Power until the merger with FirstEnergy in 2011.   Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.Transmission Sector2024
Nelson Peelerhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=16Nelson PeelerTransmission SectorNelson Peeler serves as Duke Energy’s senior vice president of transmission and fuels strategy and policy. He leads the organization responsible for Duke Energy’s fuel supply, system optimization, long-term transmission planning, and developing strategies and investment proposals to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy. Prior to assuming his current position in July 2020, Peeler was the company’s chief transmission officer. In this role since 2016, he oversaw the safe, reliable and efficient operation of Duke Energy’s electric transmission system, which includes over 32,000 miles of high-voltage power lines and more than 3,000 substations in six states. Peeler has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Duke Energy in 1988 and has held a variety of leadership positions in power delivery, system planning and operations, performance support, engineering, construction, business planning, contract management, process improvement and training. He served as vice president of transmission system planning and operations, where he had responsibility for real-time monitoring and control of the company’s bulk electric transmission system. He also served on the merger integration teams leading up to Duke Energy’s mergers with Cinergy in 2006 and Progress Energy in 2012. The Faith, N.C., native graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Queens University. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. Peeler currently serves on the boards of directors of the SERC Reliability Corporation and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council. He is a current board member and former board chair of the North American Transmission Forum and serves as chair of the Reliability Issues Steering Committee (RISC) for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Additionally, he is president of the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation and a member of the N.C. State Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.Nelson Peeler serves as Duke Energy’s senior vice president of transmission and fuels strategy and policy. He leads the organization responsible for Duke Energy’s fuel supply, system optimization, long-term transmission planning, and developing strategies and investment proposals to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy. Prior to assuming his current position in July 2020, Peeler was the company’s chief transmission officer. In this role since 2016, he oversaw the safe, reliable and efficient operation of Duke Energy’s electric transmission system, which includes over 32,000 miles of high-voltage power lines and more than 3,000 substations in six states. Peeler has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Duke Energy in 1988 and has held a variety of leadership positions in power delivery, system planning and operations, performance support, engineering, construction, business planning, contract management, process improvement and training. He served as vice president of transmission system planning and operations, where he had responsibility for real-time monitoring and control of the company’s bulk electric transmission system. He also served on the merger integration teams leading up to Duke Energy’s mergers with Cinergy in 2006 and Progress Energy in 2012. The Faith, N.C., native graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Queens University. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. Peeler currently serves on the boards of directors of the SERC Reliability Corporation and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council. He is a current board member and former board chair of the North American Transmission Forum and serves as chair of the Reliability Issues Steering Committee (RISC) for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Additionally, he is president of the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation and a member of the N.C. State Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.Transmission Sector2023
Ken Seilerhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=18Ken SeilerRTO SectorMr. Seiler serves as Vice President, Planning and leads PJM’s System Planning Division. He is responsible for all activities related to resource adequacy, generation interconnection, interregional and transmission planning, including the development of the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan. Previously Mr. Seiler was Executive Director, System Operations and was responsible for the reliable operation and coordination of the bulk power system including PJM’s real time dispatch operations and near term reliability studies. Mr. Seiler oversaw the dispatcher training and certification functions as well as the markets coordination function to ensure the efficient and most cost effective dispatch of the generation fleet. At PJM, Mr. Seiler served as chair of the PJM Planning Committee and previously chaired the Operating Committee and the Senior Leadership Team at PJM. He worked in the Information Technology (I.T.) division as Sr. Director of Infrastructure and Operations. He also led the integration teams at PJM on the new energy management system and market management systems as part of the advanced control center (AC2) program. He also held various management roles in the System Planning and System Operations divisions, as well as serving on the RFC Reliability Committee, PJM Relay Subcommittee, the PJM Transmission and Substation Design Subcommittee, the PJM Interconnection Project Management Working Group and the PJM Transformer Working Group. Mr. Seiler served on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Education Fund, which is the largest and most comprehensive provider of college access and career success programming in the city – offering services and resources targeting students, teachers, schools and the larger Philadelphia community. He is also on the board of directors for PJM Environmental Information Services, Inc. He currently serves as a mentor and instructor for the Mayfly Project which teaches fly fishing to foster children in central Pennsylvania. In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman and actively fishes across North America. He also enjoys hiking and camping. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Seiler was employed by Metropolitan Edison Co./GPU for nearly 14 years. He held the positions of Operations manager, Transmission Engineering manager, Relay Protection and Control Engineer, Substation/Transmission Construction and Maintenance engineer. Mr. Seiler earned a Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.Mr. Seiler serves as Vice President, Planning and leads PJM’s System Planning Division. He is responsible for all activities related to resource adequacy, generation interconnection, interregional and transmission planning, including the development of the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan. Previously Mr. Seiler was Executive Director, System Operations and was responsible for the reliable operation and coordination of the bulk power system including PJM’s real time dispatch operations and near term reliability studies. Mr. Seiler oversaw the dispatcher training and certification functions as well as the markets coordination function to ensure the efficient and most cost effective dispatch of the generation fleet. At PJM, Mr. Seiler served as chair of the PJM Planning Committee and previously chaired the Operating Committee and the Senior Leadership Team at PJM. He worked in the Information Technology (I.T.) division as Sr. Director of Infrastructure and Operations. He also led the integration teams at PJM on the new energy management system and market management systems as part of the advanced control center (AC2) program. He also held various management roles in the System Planning and System Operations divisions, as well as serving on the RFC Reliability Committee, PJM Relay Subcommittee, the PJM Transmission and Substation Design Subcommittee, the PJM Interconnection Project Management Working Group and the PJM Transformer Working Group. Mr. Seiler served on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Education Fund, which is the largest and most comprehensive provider of college access and career success programming in the city – offering services and resources targeting students, teachers, schools and the larger Philadelphia community. He is also on the board of directors for PJM Environmental Information Services, Inc. He currently serves as a mentor and instructor for the Mayfly Project which teaches fly fishing to foster children in central Pennsylvania. In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman and actively fishes across North America. He also enjoys hiking and camping. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Seiler was employed by Metropolitan Edison Co./GPU for nearly 14 years. He held the positions of Operations manager, Transmission Engineering manager, Relay Protection and Control Engineer, Substation/Transmission Construction and Maintenance engineer. Mr. Seiler earned a Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.RTO Sector2024
Rachel Sneadhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Rachel SneadSupplier Sector Rachel Snead serves as the Director, NERC Reliability Compliance & NERC Policy, Electric Transmission for Dominion Energy Virginia. Ms. Snead is responsible for the oversight and direction of Electric Transmission North American Reliability Council compliance program and is the Primary Compliance Contact for NERC Operations and Planning and CIP Standards. She has a senior leadership role in evolving NERC regulatory policy for Dominion Energy and collaborates with various stakeholders, regulators, and governmental entities on reliability issues. Ms. Snead previously served as Manager, Environmental, Dominion Energy Environment and Sustainability. She also previously held roles managing electric T&D projects, public policy projects and regulatory projects. Ms. Snead earned a B.S. in Business Administration from James Madison University and a M.S. in Business Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel Snead serves as the Director, NERC Reliability Compliance & NERC Policy, Electric Transmission for Dominion Energy Virginia. Ms. Snead is responsible for the oversight and direction of Electric Transmission North American Reliability Council compliance program and is the Primary Compliance Contact for NERC Operations and Planning and CIP Standards. She has a senior leadership role in evolving NERC regulatory policy for Dominion Energy and collaborates with various stakeholders, regulators, and governmental entities on reliability issues. Ms. Snead previously served as Manager, Environmental, Dominion Energy Environment and Sustainability. She also previously held roles managing electric T&D projects, public policy projects and regulatory projects. Ms. Snead earned a B.S. in Business Administration from James Madison University and a M.S. in Business Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Supplier Sector 2024
Jennifer Sterlinghttps://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 Sector2022
Joe Trentacostahttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Joe TrentacostaAt-Large DirectorJoe Trentacosta is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO). He directs SMECO's Customer and Enterprise Services Department consisting of the Information Technology (IT), Customer Service, Security, and Safety divisions. This includes managing the development and maintenance of the IT infrastructure and all IT business systems, implementing IT support strategies, and negotiating technology support and maintenance contracts. Mr. Trentacosta is also responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the SMECO’s security/compliance and safety programs, managing the operation of SMECO’s 24/7 customer care center, and directing the corporate credit and collections function. Mr. Trentacosta serves on the IT Program Advisory Council for both the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Most recently, he served as Board President for the Center for Children. He has also served on the Marcey House Advisory Board, the St. Mary’s County Human Services Council, the Father Andrew White School Advisory Board (Chairman), and the Calvert Career Center Local Advisory Council. Mr. Trentacosta holds an MBA in Finance from New York University, a BS in Information Systems from Fordham University and is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2011.Joe Trentacosta is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO). He directs SMECO's Customer and Enterprise Services Department consisting of the Information Technology (IT), Customer Service, Security, and Safety divisions. This includes managing the development and maintenance of the IT infrastructure and all IT business systems, implementing IT support strategies, and negotiating technology support and maintenance contracts. Mr. Trentacosta is also responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the SMECO’s security/compliance and safety programs, managing the operation of SMECO’s 24/7 customer care center, and directing the corporate credit and collections function. Mr. Trentacosta serves on the IT Program Advisory Council for both the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Most recently, he served as Board President for the Center for Children. He has also served on the Marcey House Advisory Board, the St. Mary’s County Human Services Council, the Father Andrew White School Advisory Board (Chairman), and the Calvert Career Center Local Advisory Council. Mr. Trentacosta holds an MBA in Finance from New York University, a BS in Information Systems from Fordham University and is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2011.At-Large Director2022

 

 

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RF Welcomes New Independent Board Directorshttps://rfirst.org/rf-welcomes-new-independent-board-directorsRF Welcomes New Independent Board Directors2021-05-20T04:00:00.0000000Z
RF Director Larry Irving Elected to NERC Board of Directorshttps://rfirst.org/rf-director-larry-irving-elected-to-nerc-board-of-directorsRF Director Larry Irving Elected to NERC Board of Directors2021-02-04T05:00:00.0000000Z
Larry Bugh Retires from RFhttps://rfirst.org/larry-bugh-retires-from-rfLarry Bugh Retires from RF2021-12-15T05:00:00.0000000Z