NPCC’s Annual Meeting of Members
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President and Chief Executive Officer (Non-Voting Board Director)
Charles Dickerson serves as President and CEO for NPCC. He is a recognized industry thought leader with 30 years of experience in the energy sector. Most recently, Mr. Dickerson served as President, Utility Division of SUEZ North America, where he led its regulated utilities across the United States. His previous positions include having served as Chief Operating Officer for Austin Energy where he led the generation, market operations, transmission, distribution, IT, technology, and strategic planning functions; and as President of National Grid - USA Business Services. Prior to National Grid, he worked for Exelon-Pepco Holdings Inc. for 27 years. In addition, Mr. Dickerson brings deep governance expertise as a past Board of Directors member for both the Seedling and RMEL organizations. Mr. Dickerson holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and master’s in applied management from the University of Maryland.
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Damase Hebert serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, leading the legal and enforcement departments for NPCC. Mr. Hebert provides strategic, policy, and legal guidance to NPCC. Additionally, Mr. Hebert supports the Board of Directors regarding governance matters including the bylaws, Board and committee charters, Board policies, and other executive matters. He has been with NPCC since 2013 when he joined as Compliance Attorney and become Director of Enforcement in 2018. Prior to joining NPCC, Mr. Hebert worked for an energy consulting firm where he drafted and negotiated energy contracts, renewable attribute contracts, energy service agreements, and consulting service contracts. He also participated in various FERC and state public utility proceedings and on RTO stakeholder groups in a variety of energy related matters. Mr. Hebert is a member of the Energy Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the College of New Jersey and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University Law School.
Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
Jessica Hala serves as Vice President – Finance and represents NPCC as the co-chair of the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Finance Group. As the leader of NPCC’s Finance program area, she is responsible for the development of NPCC’s annual business plan and budget, financial reporting and administration of internal financial controls. Prior to joining NPCC, Ms. Hala was a Senior Financial Analyst in Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at Kimco Realty. Her responsibilities included corporate level general and administrative budgeting and analysis, valuation analysis and preparation of supplemental financial reports. Previously Ms. Hala worked with First Sterling Financial as an Asset Management Associate, managing a portfolio of low-income housing tax credit funds. Responsibilities in this role included analyzing the financial performance of affordable housing investments, compliance monitoring and preparing reports to investors. Ms. Hala holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.
Vice President, Information Technology and Enterprise Risk Management
Jenifer Farrell serves as the Vice President of Information Technology and Enterprise Risk Management at NPCC and represents NPCC on the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Information Technology Security Group and Risk, Performance, and Monitoring Group. Prior to joining NPCC, Mrs. Farrell worked at Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. where she provided compliance oversight of the systems and related documentation that are subject to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards. Before her work at Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. Mrs. Farrell worked as a Compliance Risk Analyst at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). While at WECC she completed risk analysis of Registered Entity self-reports and self-certifications and performed compliance audits. Mrs. Farrell also spent 11 years with Zions Bancorporation where she spent time managing branch operations and performed software testing. Mrs. Farrell earned a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance with an emphasis in Cyber Security from Regis University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Technology from Weber State University. Mrs. Farrell is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Vice President, Reliability Services and Chief Engineer
Philip A. Fedora is the Vice President, Reliability Services and Chief Engineer at the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc. (NPCC). He leads NPCC’s reliability assessment and performance analysis and related NPCC criteria and standards activities, including assessments of NPCC’s short and long-term resource and transmission adequacy, special operating assessments and investigations of specific reliability issues or situations that may affect reliability, such as market practices, technology developments, industry trends, and proposed public policy initiatives. He is NPCC's representative on the ERO Enterprise Operations Leadership Team and serves as the Chair of the NPCC CP-8 Working Group - Review of Resource and Transmission Adequacy. He also chairs NPCC’s Public Information Committee. He has participated on several related NERC studies and analyses and has served as NPCC’s representative on NERC’s Planning Committee and the Reliability Assessment Subcommittee. He is a member of the NERC Electric Gas Working Group and the Probabilistic Assessment Working Group. Publications include peer reviewed papers regarding gas/electric system interdependency, calculation of interconnection reliability benefits, multi-area wide-area probabilistic reliability assessment, and wholesale market development. Previously, he has held positions at ISO-New England Inc., New England Power Planning, and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Life Member of the IEEE (Power and Energy Society), individual CIGRÉ member, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Director, Reliability Standards and Criteria
Gerard J. (Gerry) Dunbar is the Director of Reliability Standards and Criteria for NPCC. Mr. Dunbar serves as the Chairperson of the NPCC Regional Standards Committee (RSC), promoting the cost-effective development of NERC Reliability Standards in the Northeast and the engagement of NPCC stakeholders in the activities of the ERO and NPCC. Mr. Dunbar facilitates the regional DER/VER Forums, provides oversight of the NPCC Criteria Services Program Area, and represents NPCC at the NERC Standards Committee and its Working Groups. Prior to joining NPCC in 2008, he was employed by Consolidated Edison of New York where he held supervisory positions in control room operations and electricity supply. Mr. Dunbar holds a BA in Economics from the City University of New York at Queens College, has completed the Siemens PTI Power Technology Course and is a Life Member of IEEE.
Jacqueline Jimenez is the Director of Compliance Monitoring at NPCC. She is responsible for implementing and managing the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and Operations and Planning (O&P) compliance monitoring program; and enhancing and developing compliance monitoring processes and procedures. Prior to joining NPCC in 2016, she worked for seven years at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) as a Senior Scheduling Engineer. Her responsibilities included the reliable and efficient coordination of transmission and generation facility outage requests through the development and performing of engineering studies and analysis. Preceding Jacqueline’s tenure at the NYISO, she was employed with National Grid as a Distribution Field Engineer working on the analysis and reporting of poor performing feeders to enhance their reliability. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College; an Advanced Certificate in the Business of Energy from Clarkson University; and has over 17 combined years of experience in the electric utility and NERC regulatory compliance arenas. She is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Director, Reliability Assessments
Michael R. Lombardi serves as Director, Reliability Assessments at the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc. (NPCC). He directs aspects of the Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis Program Area including NPCC System Studies, System Protection, System Planning and Reliability Assessment tasks and initiatives. Additionally, he works with industry stakeholders, such as EPRI, IEEE, and NATF to improve resilience and reliability of the North American Bulk Power System. Mr. Lombardi currently serves as NPCC’s representative on several related ERO activities and initiatives including the ERO RAPA Steering Group and the ERO Innovation and Continuous Improvement Collaboration Group. Additionally, he is a member of the NERC Reliability Assessment Subcommittee, the NERC Inverter-based Resource Performance Subcommittee. Previously, he has held positions at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) and Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation in the areas of nuclear power design and construction, system engineering including transmission asset management, operations, reliability assessment and performance analysis. Mr. Lombardi holds both a Master of Science in Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from Albertus Magnus College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from WPI. He is a Member of the IEEE (Power and Energy Society).
Director, Operations Coordination
Andrey Oks serves as Director of Operations Coordination at the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc. (NPCC). He directs activities of Situation Awareness (SA) and Infrastructure Security (IS) and Training, Education and Operator Certification (TEC) Program Areas, including implementation of the ERO Event Analysis (EA) Program. He is a Secretary on the NPCC Task Force on Coordination of Operations (TFCO) and is a lead/alternate staff participant on several TFCO Working Groups. Mr. Oks serves as NPCC’s lead representative on several ERO and NERC groups, including Event Analysis Subcommittee, ERO Enterprise SA and EA groups and is an alternate representative on the ERO Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis (RAPA) Steering Group. He has participated on several FERC-NERC-Regional Entity joint studies, including the February 2021 Cold Weather Outages in Texas and the South-Central United States inquiry, Planning Restoration Absent SCADA or EMS (PRASE) and Blackstart Resource Availability (BRAv), as well as Gas-Electric coordination activities within NPCC Region. Previously, he has held positions with Consolidated Edison of NY, Inc. in various areas and positions of increased responsibility, including Generation, System Operations, and Electric Operations. Mr. Oks holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering with concentration in Mechatronics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA, with concentration in Operations & Technology Management and Finance from the New York University, Stern School of Business. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES).
Senior Human Resources Manager
Filloreta Bicaj serves as the Senior Human Resources Manager and represents NPCC in the ERO People & Culture Strategy Group (PCSG). As the department head, she is responsible for the overall recruiting and talent management, compensation and benefits, policy compliance, and general administration of human resource and office regulations. Prior to joining NPCC, Ms. Bicaj was a Human Resources Assistant in one of the top plastics manufacturing organizations in New Jersey. Her responsibilities included but were not limited to payroll, employee relations, workers compensation, benefits, training, and development, as well as corporate events. Ms. Bicaj will complete her Associates Degree in Business Administration with over 9 years of professional experience in the Human Resources and Administrative field. Following graduation, she will transfer to Rutgers University in pursuit of her Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management with a minor in communications.
Milovan Blair serves as NPCC’s Chair of the Board. In that capacity, he serves as Chair of the Management Development and Compensation Committee and on the Corporate Governance and Nominating and Search Committees. Mr. Blair previously worked as Senior Vice President of Central Operations at Con Edison Company of New York where he was responsible for planning, designing, operating and maintaining the company’s electric transmission system, substations, primary control center, steam generating plant, steam distribution system and engineering and construction activities. Since 2016, he has also served as a member of NPCC’s Board of Directors, most recently as Vice Chair. Mr. Blair has a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the City University of New York. He also completed the Columbia University Senior Executive Program. His Board experience includes serving on the Boards of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Leadership Council Member, City College of New York Grove School of Engineering.
Sector 1, Transmission Owners
Claudine Bouchard is Executive Vice President – TransÉnergie and Construction at Hydro-Québec since February 2021. She also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ). Ms. Bouchard has over 20 years’ experience at Hydro-Québec. She was Vice President – Distribution System from 2017 to 2019, Vice President – Corporate Transformation from 2019 to 2020 and Chief Transformation Officer and Vice President – Strategic Procurement from 2020 to 2021. Ms. Bouchard holds a Bachelor of Science from Université de Montréal and an MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from York University. She also completed a business negotiations program at Harvard. Certified by the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, she sits on the board of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC).
Sector 1, Transmission Owners
Robert Brantley is currently the Vice President of Central Engineering at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. He is responsible for delivering industry leading engineering solutions for the electric transmission system, substations, and the steam generation and distribution systems. Mr. Brantley has 30 years of experience as a valued leader known for his extensive operational experience and strategic decision-making while balancing safety, reliability, technological advancement and fiscal responsibility. Throughout his career, he has held positions of increasing authority in various operational roles including fossil/nuclear, energy control center, planning, substations, and engineering. Mr. Brantley holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Cooper Union and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Brantley sits on the EPRI Transmission Sector Council and the EPRI Transmission Executive Committee.
Sector 2, Reliability Coordinators
As Vice President, System Operations & Market Administration, Peter is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the New England bulk power system and ensuring the fair administration of the region's wholesale electricity markets. This includes the Day-Ahead Energy & Load Response Markets, the Real-Time Energy, Reserve & Regulation Markets and the Financial Transmission Rights & Forward Reserve Market Auctions, transmission and generation outage coordination, system restoration, operator training, NERC/NPCC compliance, and development of operating procedures. Additional responsibilities includes the registration, auditing and verification of performance for Demand Resources as well as Generator Assets. Prior to ISO New England Peter was an employee of Northeast Utilities for seventeen years. At Northeast Utilities, he held various management positions in transmission engineering, operations and planning. Prior to Northeast Utilities Peter served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Sector 2, Reliability Coordinators
In this role, Mr. Sohi is responsible for the reliable and efficient operation of the province-wide power system, the administration of Ontario’s real-time electricity markets and the continued development of electricity market designs. Mr. Sohi previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development and Strategy at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), where he was accountable for commercial business functions including business development, acquisitions and electrification. As part of his focus on implementing OPG’s long-term strategic plan, he and his team delivered a growth strategy aimed at broadening OPG’s business within Ontario and beyond. In addition to his SVP role at OPG, Mr. Sohi also served as President and CEO of Global First Power, leading Canada’s first Small Modular Reactor project. He joined OPG’s predecessor company, Ontario Hydro, in 1991. Over the years, he held roles of increasing responsibility in several technical functions, corporate functions, asset management, high-voltage substation operation and maintenance, and hydroelectric plant operations at locations across Ontario. Mr. Sohi has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University. He has also served as a council member of the Generation Sector Council at the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) and a member of the Thermal Generation Interest Group (TGIG) at the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI).
Sector 3, TDUs, DPs. and LSEs
Carol Sedewitz serves as Vice President, Electric Asset Management and Engineering at National Grid in New England. The areas of responsibility include planning, asset management and engineering of the transmission, substation, and distribution assets, as well as initiatives to modernize the grid. Throughout her career she has held progressively more responsible engineering leadership roles at National Grid focusing on technical, policy and regulatory matters. Ms. Sedewitz serves as Chair of the NPCC Pension Committee, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Institute of Asset Management. Ms. Sedewitz holds a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Sector 3, TDUs, DPs. and LSEs
Alan MacNaughton serves as the Executive Director of System Operations for the New Brunswick Power Corporation. In his role, Alan is responsible for the New Brunswick Power System Operator, which is the Reliability Coordinator for the Maritime Provinces of Canada. He is also responsible for the NB Power Distribution Control Centre, Telecommunications Network Operating Centre, Open Access Transmission Tariff, Integration of Distributed Energy Resources, corporate physical security, and corporate cyber security. In previous roles, Alan held various director and technical engineering positions where he led transmission and distribution operations teams, and corporate system planning. Alan also serves as a board member for the Eastern Interconnection Data Sharing Network. Mr. MacNaughton is a licensed professional engineer in the province of New Brunswick, he holds a Bachelor of Science from Mount Alison University as well as an Electrical Engineering degree from Dalhousie University.
Sector 4, Generator Owners
Mr. Van Auken is responsible for directing the Strategic Operations, System Planning & Analysis, Technical Training, Engineering, Project Management & Construction departments within NYPA’s Utility Operation’s Business Unit. Van Auken began his career at NYPA’s former Indian Point 3 Nuclear Power Generating Station. He since has assumed increasing responsibilities in technical management, emergency management, operations, power generation, and transmission in various positions within the Authority’s Headquarters in White Plains and Hydroelectric Plants in upstate New York. Throughout his career at NYPA, Van Auken worked as a staff engineer in the Authority’s Electrical Engineering, Operations Technology, Control Room Operations, and Quality Assurance Engineering departments. Van Auken has also spent time during his career in technical, project management, and customer capacities at Central Hudson Gas & Electric, as well as Metromedia Fiber Networks Inc. Van Auken was promoted to Central Region Operations Superintendent in 2007, Vice President of Engineering in 2008, and his current position of SVP Operations Support Services & Chief Engineer in 2012. Van Auken graduated from the State University of New York’s Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, and has completed Executive Education Programs at Columbia University’s Business School. Van Auken has served on the Board of Director’s for (NPCC) Northeast Power Coordinating Council since 2012 and is also member of (LPPC) Large Public Power Council’s Operational Executives Working Committee. Van Auken dedicates time volunteering in youth sports programs in Stamford, CT where he resides with his wife and two children.
Sector 4, Generator Owners
Nicole Fabbro is the Vice President of Central Engineering at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She leads a team of four hundred engineering professionals that deliver engineering solutions for all of OPG’s Generating Assets. Throughout her career, Nicole has gained progressive leadership experience in a variety of power generation and business leadership roles across Thermal, Hydroelectric and Nuclear Generating Facilities. Her industry experience includes operations and maintenance, business planning and strategy, asset/project management, regulatory compliance, engineering and procurement. Ms. Fabbro serves as a Board Director for Burlington Hydro Inc. and holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) from Queen’s University.
Sector 5, Marketers, Brokers, Aggregators
Ronald C. DeCurzio is Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), serving at the pleasure of the MMWEC Board of Directors. He is responsible for management, staffing, administration and operation of MMWEC. In addition, he is responsible for overall relations among governing boards, employees, customers and the general public. Prior to becoming CEO in 2008, he served as MMWEC's Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Additionally, he sits on the boards of the Massachusetts Municipal Light Department Wind Energy Cooperative, the Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corporation and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Cooperative. Mr. DeCurzio joined MMWEC in 1997, bringing 15 years of treasury experience in areas such as debt restructuring, portfolio management, banking relations and cash management. Prior to joining MMWEC, he was employed at the New York Power Authority, where he served in various treasury positions. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hofstra University's School of Business. Mr. DeCurzio is a member of the Association of Financial Professionals (formerly the Treasury Management Association) as was NYPA's representative on the New York State Securities and Investments Coordinating Committee. Mr. DeCurzio also is a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Global Warming Solution Act (GWSA) Implementation Advisory Committee and a member of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Transmission Working Group (CETWG).
Sector 5, Marketers, Brokers, Aggregators
Alvin Tang is the CEO of Nexus Energy, where he has led its growth and expansion into the retail and clean energy/renewables sectors. His previous positions include having been a power trader at Ontario Power Generation, where he helped optimize its short-term physical & financial trading strategies. Prior to Ontario Power Generation, he worked for several of the top Canadian banks (Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Toronto-Dominion Bank) in various risk management departments and functions, including enterprise, market and trading risk. Mr. Tang holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics & Statistics and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Western Ontario.
Sector 6, Regulatory
Leka P. Gjonaj is Chief, Electric Safety and Reliability within the Office of Electric, Gas, and Water at the New York State Department of Public Service or more commonly known as the New York State Public Service Commission. Leka has over 30 years with the Department of Public Service and has served in various technical roles over the course of his career. In his current role as Chief, he oversees a group of engineers who provide the engineering/technical expertise for the State’s extra high and high voltage transmission system, medium and low volage distribution systems and major generation facilities needed by the Public Service Commission in fulfilling its Public Service Law mandate to ensure the provision of safe and adequate electric service to NY state’s residents. Prior to joining the Department of Public Service, Leka was employed by General Electric in its Defense Systems division, with responsibilities including designing, implementing, and recommending manufacturing and quality control equipment used in the production of highly specialized weapons components and systems for the United States Navy. Leka holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Leka is also a licensed and registered Professional Engineer in New York State.
Sector 6, Regulatory
Carleton Simpson was appointed to serve as a Commissioner of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in November 2021. Carleton has a J.D. focused on Energy and Environmental Law from Suffolk University Law School, a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Carleton started his career at Unitil as an engineer responsible for developing regulatory compliance programs pertaining to FERC and NERC electric reliability standards. He then served as the company’s Director of Government Affairs and subsequently as in-house legal Regulatory Counsel. In these roles, Carleton was responsible for leading clean energy strategy efforts before legislators and regulators in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and federal delegations. He has served as an expert witness in numerous proceedings pertaining to solar generation development, electric vehicle infrastructure and adoption programs, and time of use (TOU) rate design. Carleton has extensive experience working on matters pertaining to electricity and natural gas distribution and transmission, cyber security, electrification, decarbonization, and energy market regulation. Commissioner Simpson has been a member in good standing of the New Hampshire Bar and Federal District of New Hampshire Bar since 2019.
Sector 7, Sub-Regional RCs, Customers, Other REs
Dr. Mayer Sasson has been with Con Edison for more than 30 years working on system and regulatory reliability matters where he is now Technical Leader, Transmission Reliability. He is the current chair of the New York State Reliability Council’s Executive Committee. He is the recipient of various IEEE awards and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the author of several power systems technical expert opinions supporting Con Edison positions at FERC. Among his salient achievements are leading a team of around 45 professionals across the country in developing IEEE-USA’s 2011 “National Energy Policy Recommendations”, assisting the New York Transmission Owner team that formed the NYISO and the NYSRC, having overseen the successful initial software implementation of the NYISO, and, while working for American Electric Power earlier in his career, participated in the development of the first energy control center with a functioning real-time State Estimator. Dr. Sasson was born in Colombia, studied electrical engineering at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, holds BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Illinois and his doctorate degree is from imperial College of Science and Technology, London, all in power systems analysis.
Sector 7, Sub-Regional RCs, Customers, Other REs
Kim Moulton is currently a Senior Compliance Consultant at Archer Consulting (Archerint.com), providing regulatory compliance, security, internal control design, tool integration, project management, and training support to its clients. Kim is an accomplished, results-driven professional with over 30 years of industry experience focusing predominantly on NERC and FERC Compliance, Strategic Planning and Governance; Project Management; Engineering, Planning, and Risk Assessment of the electrical transmission system. Previous to her current position, Kim worked for multiple electric utilities throughout her career, including Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), where she held various positions, including Director of Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer. Kim has two degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MSA in Leadership. Kim is also a 2010 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute, which focuses on making greater industry contributions and leading transformative change. Using both her personal experience and education to enhance the overall reliability, resiliency, and security of the Bulk Electric System within North America, Kim works together with regulators, industry participants, and peers to create transparent, strategic, risk-based approaches to regulations through the use of strong controls to successfully mitigate ongoing threats that could significantly impact the grid’s future. In addition to the Board position, Kim is a long-time member of the NPCC Compliance Committee and has made multiple industry presentations for best practices associated with meeting the NERC Requirements and the positive business impacts internal controls can provide.
Sector 8, Independents
Jeff Heath spent most of his career in financial services. He currently serves on a number of non-profit boards, and provides advisory services to government agencies. He is currently the Chair of the Advisory Panel for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Heath served as Executive Vice-President and Group Treasurer of Bank of Nova Scotia. In this role he was responsible for the bank’s treasury and investment operations on a global basis. Prior to this he held a number of senior positions in risk management at the bank. His past experience also includes being a director of TMX Group, The Canadian Depository for Securities, and a number of international subsidiaries of Bank of Nova Scotia. Mr. Heath holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a CPA CA.
Sector 8, Independents
Elisa M. Speranza has served as an Independent Director on the NPCC Board since 2018. A recognized leader in the water and critical infrastructure industry, she has spent 30+ years serving in various roles in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. Ms. Speranza serves on company boards and provides consulting services through her firm Seventh Ward Strategies, LLC. Until 2017, she was an executive and board member for the Fortune 500 global project management firm CH2M (acquired by Jacobs Engineering). Before that she worked for several other companies and was Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Ms. Speranza earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College. A native Bostonian, she’s lived in New Orleans since 2002 and spends summers in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.
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