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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 2021
Lynnae Wilson - Vice Chairhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=16Lynnae Wilson - Vice ChairTransmission SectorLynnae Wilson is Senior Vice President, High Voltage Operations, for CenterPoint Energy’s Electric organization. In this role, Wilson is responsible for the construction of new projects, as well as real-time operations and maintenance of the company’s large transmission, substation and major underground systems across the IN and TX footprint. Wilson also serves as the main company liaison with two key Texas agencies, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Most recently, Wilson was Chief Business Officer of CenterPoint Energy’s Indiana Electric business. In this capacity, she was responsible for power generation operations and construction, electric transmission and distribution operations and electric engineering. Wilson also oversaw Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) engagement, including wholesale power marketing, key account management and integrated resource planning. She provided the executive oversight and leadership for the recently announced generation transition plan that replaces a predominantly fossil generation portfolio with a more diverse, renewable rich portfolio estimated to lower carbon emissions by 75% over 2005 levels. With predecessor company Vectren, she had executive oversight for Indiana and Ohio gas and electric utilities among other leadership roles in engineering, operations, and generation. Wilson has more than 17 years of experience in combined natural gas and electric utilities and electric generation, in addition to experience in the manufacturing and mining industries. She currently serves on the ReliabilityFirst Corporation board of directors, Southwest Indiana Economic Development Coalition board of directors, Edison Electric Institute Reliability Executive Advisory Committee and the Indiana Energy Association Executive Committee. Wilson is also a board member and former board president and vice president for Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. She was recognized by the Evansville Business Journal for her professional and community contributions in 2015.Lynnae Wilson is Senior Vice President, High Voltage Operations, for CenterPoint Energy’s Electric organization. In this role, Wilson is responsible for the construction of new projects, as well as real-time operations and maintenance of the company’s large transmission, substation and major underground systems across the IN and TX footprint. Wilson also serves as the main company liaison with two key Texas agencies, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Most recently, Wilson was Chief Business Officer of CenterPoint Energy’s Indiana Electric business. In this capacity, she was responsible for power generation operations and construction, electric transmission and distribution operations and electric engineering. Wilson also oversaw Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) engagement, including wholesale power marketing, key account management and integrated resource planning. She provided the executive oversight and leadership for the recently announced generation transition plan that replaces a predominantly fossil generation portfolio with a more diverse, renewable rich portfolio estimated to lower carbon emissions by 75% over 2005 levels. With predecessor company Vectren, she had executive oversight for Indiana and Ohio gas and electric utilities among other leadership roles in engineering, operations, and generation. Wilson has more than 17 years of experience in combined natural gas and electric utilities and electric generation, in addition to experience in the manufacturing and mining industries. She currently serves on the ReliabilityFirst Corporation board of directors, Southwest Indiana Economic Development Coalition board of directors, Edison Electric Institute Reliability Executive Advisory Committee and the Indiana Energy Association Executive Committee. Wilson is also a board member and former board president and vice president for Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. She was recognized by the Evansville Business Journal for her professional and community contributions in 2015.Transmission Sector2020
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
Lisa Bartonhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Lisa BartonSupplier Sector Ms. Barton is a seasoned executive and C-Suite leader with significant P&L responsibilities. She has a proven track record of successfully growing businesses by assessing changing conditions, developing new business models, earning board endorsement and operationalizing strategies into sustained earnings growth. Her strong shareholder focus is demonstrated by her history of securing investor confidence, meeting or exceeding performance expectations. She is a proven leader in safety management systems, corporate governance, operations, construction, financial and risk management, customer and regulatory relationships. She is a regular participant in AEP’s board meetings and appreciates the dynamics of formal and informal board leadership. In 2019 Ms. Barton was appointed Executive Vice President-Utilities, with P&L responsibilities for AEP’s seven operating companies, its 5500 employees, with electric generation, transmission and distribution operations in 11 states. Previously, Ms. Barton served as Executive Vice President Transmission, President and COO, AEPTHC. She founded AEP Transmission Holding Company (AEPTHC) in 2011 and bringing the company public in 2016. AEPTHC holds a portfolio of wholly and partly owned subsidiaries comprising a $10 billion asset base producing $353M of earnings ($.77 cents a share 2018). She expanded and grew revenues through transmission development and related businesses, including GridAssurance a nationally based logistics company and BOLD LLC. She managed her 3,000 employee base, overseeing $20 billion in assets in 15 states. During a four year period she grew the construction capacity of the organization from $300M to $3.2 billion/year, establishing the company as the largest developer of transmission infrastructure in the US. Ms. Barton is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She testified before the US Senate, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state commissions and 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." She currently holds a Secret Clearance with the US Government and is well versed on cyber and physical security matters. Prior to joining the company in 2006, she worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, N.H., and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa. She serves on AEP’s seven sub-company boards. In her role as EVP Transmission she served on the board of Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) a $3B joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway; Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, the competitive transmission development arm of both companies and was a board member of Bold LLC. Externally she serves on the Wexner Center for the Arts board; chairs the board of ReliabilityFirst (serves on audit committee) and chairs the board of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Previously she served on the board of the National Urban League, Amethyst Inc., Homeless Families and Families in Transition. Ms. Barton earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT. She is a member of the NH Bar, MA Bar and admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. She was an International Women's Foundation Fellow, member of G100 Next Generation Leadership and is a member of C200.Ms. Barton is a seasoned executive and C-Suite leader with significant P&L responsibilities. She has a proven track record of successfully growing businesses by assessing changing conditions, developing new business models, earning board endorsement and operationalizing strategies into sustained earnings growth. Her strong shareholder focus is demonstrated by her history of securing investor confidence, meeting or exceeding performance expectations. She is a proven leader in safety management systems, corporate governance, operations, construction, financial and risk management, customer and regulatory relationships. She is a regular participant in AEP’s board meetings and appreciates the dynamics of formal and informal board leadership. In 2019 Ms. Barton was appointed Executive Vice President-Utilities, with P&L responsibilities for AEP’s seven operating companies, its 5500 employees, with electric generation, transmission and distribution operations in 11 states. Previously, Ms. Barton served as Executive Vice President Transmission, President and COO, AEPTHC. She founded AEP Transmission Holding Company (AEPTHC) in 2011 and bringing the company public in 2016. AEPTHC holds a portfolio of wholly and partly owned subsidiaries comprising a $10 billion asset base producing $353M of earnings ($.77 cents a share 2018). She expanded and grew revenues through transmission development and related businesses, including GridAssurance a nationally based logistics company and BOLD LLC. She managed her 3,000 employee base, overseeing $20 billion in assets in 15 states. During a four year period she grew the construction capacity of the organization from $300M to $3.2 billion/year, establishing the company as the largest developer of transmission infrastructure in the US. Ms. Barton is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She testified before the US Senate, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state commissions and 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." She currently holds a Secret Clearance with the US Government and is well versed on cyber and physical security matters. Prior to joining the company in 2006, she worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, N.H., and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa. She serves on AEP’s seven sub-company boards. In her role as EVP Transmission she served on the board of Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) a $3B joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway; Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, the competitive transmission development arm of both companies and was a board member of Bold LLC. Externally she serves on the Wexner Center for the Arts board; chairs the board of ReliabilityFirst (serves on audit committee) and chairs the board of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Previously she served on the board of the National Urban League, Amethyst Inc., Homeless Families and Families in Transition. Ms. Barton earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT. She is a member of the NH Bar, MA Bar and admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. She was an International Women's Foundation Fellow, member of G100 Next Generation Leadership and is a member of C200.Supplier Sector 2020
Patrick Casshttps://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
Jennifer Curranhttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=18Jennifer CurranRTO SectorJennifer Curran is Vice President System Planning and Chief Compliance Officer for MISO. In that role she oversees a broad array of functions including the company’s transmission and resource planning efforts, strategic and business planning for system operations and infrastructure planning, as well as the company’s work to comply with state and federal electricity standards. Ms. Curran has spent the last twenty years focused on delivering reliability and economic value to customers through wholesale electricity markets, operations and infrastructure planning. Since joining MISO in 2004, she has served in various strategic, business planning and operational oversight roles. Notably, Ms. Curran was a leader in the development of a multi-billion dollar regional transmission portfolio known as Multi-Value Projects. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ReliabilityFirst and the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Smart Grid Center. Prior to joining MISO, Ms. Curran was Manager of Power Generation & Supply Strategy for MISO and PJM at Reliant Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.Jennifer Curran is Vice President System Planning and Chief Compliance Officer for MISO. In that role she oversees a broad array of functions including the company’s transmission and resource planning efforts, strategic and business planning for system operations and infrastructure planning, as well as the company’s work to comply with state and federal electricity standards. Ms. Curran has spent the last twenty years focused on delivering reliability and economic value to customers through wholesale electricity markets, operations and infrastructure planning. Since joining MISO in 2004, she has served in various strategic, business planning and operational oversight roles. Notably, Ms. Curran was a leader in the development of a multi-billion dollar regional transmission portfolio known as Multi-Value Projects. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ReliabilityFirst and the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Smart Grid Center. Prior to joining MISO, Ms. Curran was Manager of Power Generation & Supply Strategy for MISO and PJM at Reliant Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.RTO Sector2021
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 Director2020
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
Larry Irvinghttps://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 Director2021
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 Sector2021
Lou Oberskihttps://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 Sector2021
Susan Sosbehttps://rfirst.org/about/board/Lists/Board of Directors/DispForm.aspx?ID=11Susan SosbeSmall LSE SectorSusan Sosbe is in her tenth year with Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA), 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. 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, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a double minor in Management and Marketing. WVPA is a member of Reliability First. Susan has served on the RF Standards Committee and the RF Reliability Committee.Susan Sosbe is in her tenth year with Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA), 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. 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, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a double minor in Management and Marketing. WVPA is a member of Reliability First. Susan has served on the RF Standards Committee and the RF Reliability Committee.Small LSE Sector2020
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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