April 2011: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) adds three new members to Board of Directors

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Women of Wind Energy adds three new members to Board of Directors 
Abby Arnold of AWWI and Kearns & West, Elizabeth Salerno of AWEA, and Rachael Elliott of Eaton Corporation tapped to join growing organization’s leadership.

Brooklyn, NY—Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), one of the nation’s fastest-growing renewable energy non-profits, that promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women, voted to appoint Abby Arnold, Elizabeth “Liz” Salerno, and Rachael Elliot to the board of directors during the organization’s spring board meeting in Washington, DC.
As vice president and senior mediator of Kearns & West, Abby Arnold brings more than 20 years experience advising public and private sector leaders on policy development, and designing and facilitating policy dialogues in the energy arena. Abby has designed and managed three renewable energy collaboratives: the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative; Geothermal Collaborative; and the American Wind Wildlife Institute, where she is now Executive Director.  

“I am honored to be part of an organization committed to strengthening leaders in the workforce,” said Arnold.  “I hope to expand WoWE’s reach to the consulting and NGO community.”

Rachael Elliott is Corporate Segment Director of Alternative Energy for Eaton Corporation, a global diversified industrial manufacturer. In this role, she is responsible for global coordination of Eaton’s strategy across the renewable energy markets for wind, solar and hydro power.

“I have been fortunate to receive a tremendous amount of support throughout my career and feel honored to have the opportunity to work with WoWE to provide the same opportunity to women in the wind energy field," said Elliott. "Providing the framework, environment and tools to develop people is consistent with the core values of Eaton Corporation, and I look forward to leveraging my corporate and personal experiences to give back to the community of women pursuing careers in wind and other renewable energy fields.”

Elizabeth “Liz” Salerno is the Director of Industry Data & Analysis for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and has been with AWEA since 2005. Liz manages the data and analytical agendas for AWEA including energy sector statistics, wind market economics, wind project and manufacturing data, green jobs, market forecasts, wind energy benefits, and the effect of policy options on wind industry market growth. 

“After setting my sights on the wind industry for a career, I was blessed with the opportunity to get started at AWEA and have never looked back,” said Salerno. “I still have a lot to learn but know the industry has a bright future ahead so helping empower the workforce and community of women committed to building the wind industry through WoWE is an exciting opportunity and great honor.”

WoWE Executive Director, Kristen Graf commented on the additions:  “We are experiencing such exciting growth as an organization that it was time to expand our board as well.  Recruiting these three accomplished and enthusiastic women is a home run for us.  Adding their strengths to our leadership team will enhance WoWE’s work and be a key step in building an even stronger organization.”

The new members will join the seven original members of the WoWE Board: Trudy Forsyth (President), National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Michelle Montague (Secretary), Suzlon Wind Energy; Mary Childress (Treasurer), ASTHO; Jan Blittersdorf, NRG Systems; Karen Conover, DNV; Lisa Daniels, Windustry; and Suzanne Tegen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

About Women of Wind Energy:
WoWE was founded in 2005 to support the professional development and advancement of women in the wind industry. Since that time, WoWE has grown to an organization with 35 local chapters in the US and Canada, an annual luncheon at WINDPOWER, and a growing grassroots network of more than 1,500 women and men.  In 2010, WoWE launched a first ever leadership forum.  The organization is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of the American Wind Energy Association, NRG Systems, GE Energy and a large number of other leading wind energy companies.

For more information, contact:
Kristen Graf, WoWE Executive Director 718.210.3666 or email
Michelle Montague, WoWE Board member 773.328.5080 or email