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  EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP & BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Charles Dickerson

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.

Philip A. Fedora

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.

Scott Nied

Vice President, Compliance

As Vice President – Compliance, Mr. Nied is responsible for entity registration and certification, inherent risk assessments, compliance oversight plans, and the Compliance Monitoring team. He provides input and strategy on outreach activities that support reliability, resiliency, and security. Mr. Nied joined NPCC in 2010 and has served as the Chair of the NPCC Compliance Committee since 2017. Prior to NPCC, Mr. Nied spent nine years at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, primarily in System Operations. In his last position as Senior System Operator, he was responsible for monitoring and maintaining the real-time status of the Consolidated Edison Bulk Electric System and commercial steam system. Prior to that, he worked for DTE Energy Services in Ann Arbor, MI as a Project Manager facilitating energy projects for customers at the onset of electric utility deregulation. He started his career at Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago, IL and served as a supervisor/planner of distribution system overhead field crews and as a distribution design engineer. Mr. Nied holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago. He is a certified NERC System Operator as a Reliability Coordinator, holds a Siemens Power Technology International certificate, and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Jessica Hala

Vice President, Finance

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.

Jenifer Farrell

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).

Filloreta Bicaj

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.

Michael R. Lombardi

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).

Andrey Oks

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).

Gerry Dunbar

Director, Reliability Standards and Criteria

Gerard J. (Gerry) Dunbar is the Director of Reliability Standards and Criteria for NPCC. Mr. Dunbar coordinates the cost-effective development of NERC Reliability Standards in the Northeast and promotes the engagement of NPCC Members and stakeholders in the activities of the ERO and NPCC. As Chairperson of the NPCC Regional Standards Committee (RSC) he organizes and conducts the regional DER and VER forums and provides oversight of the NPCC Criteria Services Program Area. Mr. Dunbar also coordinates NPCC’s participation on NERC Standard Drafting Teams and represents NPCC at the NERC Standards Committee and its Working Groups. Prior to joining NPCC in 2008, Mr. Dunbar was employed by Consolidated Edison of New York and 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

Director, Compliance

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.

Claudine Bouchard

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).

Rick Gonzales

Sector 2, Reliability Coordinators

Rick Gonzales is Chief Operating Officer for the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which operates New York’s high-voltage transmission system, manages the state’s wholesale electricity markets, and conducts comprehensive power system planning. Mr. Gonzales is responsible for executive oversight of the ISO’s Grid Reliability Operations, Energy and Installed Capacity Market Operations, as well as the ISO’s Market Mitigation and Analysis Department. He has over 30 years of electricity industry experience, primarily in the areas of power control center and energy market operations and serves as a board member for the Northeast Power Coordinating Council. He has been with the NYISO since its inception in 1999 and served as Vice President of Operations before becoming Chief Operating Officer in April 2010. Mr. Gonzales joined the staff of the New York Power Pool in 1987, where he worked in a variety of engineering and management positions. Mr. Gonzales is a graduate of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. He earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson and is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State.

Carol Sedewitz

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.

Chris Fralick

Sector 4, Generator Owners

Chris has over twenty years of experience in thermal and hydroelectric power plant operations and business strategy in rate regulated, contracted and merchant market environments. He is currently the President of Atura Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), created in 2020 to operate an acquired fleet of four combined cycle facilities. Prior to joining Atura, Chris held various progressive leadership positions with OPG, including Chief Operating Officer for OPG’s Renewable Generation business, where he lead a team of 1,300 in operating and maintaining a 10,000 MW fleet of hydroelectric, thermal and solar assets across Ontario. His previous positions include Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, and Regional Vice President of Northwest Operations. Chris holds a BASc in Environmental (Chemical) Engineering from the University of Waterloo (P.Eng), an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Brad Van Auken

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.

Brian Evans-Mongeon

Sector 5, Marketers, Brokers, Aggregators

Brian Evans-Mongeon is President, Utility Services.

Daniel Whyte

Sector 5, Marketers, Brokers, Aggregators

Dan Whyte is Senior Vice President, Brookfield Global Portfolio Management Group. He started his career at Brookfield in 2004, having held senior positions at the Long Island Lighting Company and PG&E’s National Energy Group. At Brookfield, he has served as VP Structured Transactions and Settlement, VP of Regulatory Affairs and SVP of Governmental Relations. He works across Brookfield’s platforms of Energy and Power, Real Estate, Private Equity and Infrastructure. He is a graduate of Immaculate Conception College (AB), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ((MS) and the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program. Dan has been a Director of NPCC since 2012.

Leka Gjonaj

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.

Denis Bergeron

Sector 6, Regulatory

Denis Bergeron has worked for the Maine Public Utilities Commission for over 30 years in both the electric and gas utility industries. During that time, he has been involved the review and modeling of utility integrated resource plans, managed the Commissions Gas Safety Program, directed the State’s energy efficiency programs, and been involved in the development and implementation of post restructuring market rules at both wholesale and retail levels. He currently manages the Maine Public Utility’s wholesale electricity markets including interactions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the ISO New England and its stakeholders with a focus on wholesale electric market rules and regional transmission planning. Denis is the current Staff Chairperson of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners (NECPUC) electricity group. Mr. Bergeron holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Recreation Management, as well as an Associates Degree in Business Management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maine.

Mayer Sasson

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.

Jeff Heath

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.

Elisa Speranza

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.

Christopher Weir, CPA

Treasurer

Christopher Weir, CPA, serves as Treasurer of NPCC. Mr. Weir is a Partner at Marks Paneth LLP, which is ranked among the 50 largest accounting firms in the nation by Accounting Today. As a partner at Marks Paneth, Mr. Weir brings more than 30 years of experience in providing audit and accounting services to a variety of commercial and not-for-profit organizations. His industry focus encompasses beverage importers, public relations firms, advertising agencies, architects, apparel, wholesalers, retailers and consulting firms. Mr. Weir also serves nonprofit organizations, including public charities, private foundations and membership organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John's University and is licensed to practice public accounting in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Weir is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and both the New Jersey Society and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Milovan Blair

Chairman

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.

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