WoWE Leadership Forum: Expanding Your Toolkit. Powering our Future.







Margy Schaller
Laser Pointer

Laser Pointer founder Margy Schaller understands the ingredients for a successful speaker include expert content, a powerful presentation deck and an engaging delivery. She knows that most speakers intuitively have one or two of these elements, but don’t have the time or the know-how to bring it all together. She began Laser Pointer to help speakers to focus on their expertise and get the most from their speaking engagements.

Before launching Laser Pointer, Margy worked with clinical speakers in Dental and Medical Education.  Before that, she was an instructional designer and trainer, developing and delivering training programs for engineers at high-tech companies.  She also owned and operated two businesses, growing them each year for 6 years straight.

Margy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and a Certification in Instructional Design.  She is an award winning Toastmaster, inspiring others to improve their speaking skills throughout her career.  What makes her unique is how “real” she is.  As a woman whose favorite quote is, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”, she treats every project as if it was her own.





Betsy Engelking
Vice President
Geronimo Energy

Betsy Engelking joined Geronimo Energy as Vice President in January 2012 and currently leads the Company’s policy efforts. Betsy developed the regulatory strategy for the Aurora Project and provided expert testimony in the PUC process. She also collaborated with a number of legislators and advocates to achieve passage of the 2013 Minnesota Solar Energy legislation. Previously, Betsy was Director of Resource Planning for Xcel Energy, where she developed and implemented long-range power supply plans, including compliance with Xcel’s wide-ranging renewable energy requirements. She has also held positions with Great River Energy and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

With more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Betsy’s expertise in energy policy, renewable energy, resource planning, utility rates and regulation, and energy markets are invaluable to Geronimo. Since the beginning of her career, Betsy has worked both regionally and nationally to promote the advancement of wind energy and other renewables through participation with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC), the Great Plains Institute’s Power the Plains collaborative, and through an active role in state and national policy development. Betsy holds a MBA in Finance and Economics from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.



Emily Sanders Cohen
Infinity Renewables

Ms. Cohen joined Infinity Renewables in May of 2015 as a Commercial Director, bringing over 13 years of experience in the development and successful commercialization of wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Ms. Cohen has extensive knowledge of real estate, project finance, interconnection and transmission issues, power sales, complex permitting and zoning environments, and site optimization. Ms. Cohen has held management roles at several firms including Clipper Windpower, Acciona Energy, and Element Power, as well as several years as a consulting advisor to companies in the wind, solar and marine energy industries. As a vice president at Element Power, Ms.Cohen directed all project development activities for over 3,000 MW of wind and solar projects in the western United States. In this capacity, Ms.Cohen led over 500 MW of PV solar now under contract for sale and pioneered unique wind-solar hybrid facilities. This experience, combined with project developments at Clipper, Acciona, and other firms resulted in the successful build-out of several hundred MW of assets in various markets. Ms. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C



Becky Diffen
Senior Associate 
Vinson & Elkins

Becky is a senior associate in the Austin, Texas office of Vinson & Elkins. Her practice focuses on energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project development. Becky represents developers, private equity firms, investment banks, and a variety of other public and private companies in the renewable energy and power generation industries on complex transactions. She also has experience advising clients on Texas regulatory law. Becky has more than 14 years of experience in the power industry and previously worked as a utilityscale wind power developer. She has been recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and Texas Rising Stars, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law (where she teaches a seminar on electric power law), and is a co-author of Wind Law, the first wind law treatise, and Lexis Practice Advisor: Renewable Energy




Emily Williams
Director of Energy Supply

As Altenex's Director of Energy Supply, Emily builds and leads relationships with renewable energy developers. Working in concert with our analytics and technology teams, Emily matches renewable energy projects to available energy supplies based on strict criteria and Altenex'sproprietary database. She supports Altenexclients with market intelligence, project and developer updates, and analytical assessments of the renewable energy projects available. Emily also leads state and federal policy initiatives, tracking the impact of policy changes on Altenex's customers.

Previously, Emily was the Deputy Director, Industry Data and Analysis at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). She managed AWEA’s data collection and analytic agenda, including energy sector statistics, wind project and manufacturing databases, jobs, and market forecasts. Emily also provided analytical support for AWEA’s legislative and regulatory agenda including the Production Tax Credit, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and Climate Change Regulations through data collection, policy analysis and recommendations.


Chris Nuckols
ReGenerate Consulting 

Chris Nuckols has proven ability to add value to renewable energy projects at every stage. With 20-years’ engineering and management experience and 12-years’ of wind and solar resource assessment experience working for renewable energy developers, owners and OEMs, he was part of teams that developed and built more than 1.5 GW of renewable projects from green field to operation. He also helped build a pipeline totaling more than 4,000 MW. While deployed to Afghanistan with the Army National Guard, Chris was the technical lead for Afghanistan’s first Hybrid Wind-Diesel Power Generation system.

He earned his Master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, where he specialized in meteorology, climatology and GIS. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management from Tufts University. He started his higher education at SUNY University at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and was the recipient of a NASA grant for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research.

For the past 4 years he’s run ReGenerate Consulting, an engineering consulting firm that focuses on increasing the value of renewable energy projects through superior design. While ReGenerate’s core expertise lies in resource assessment and project optimization, Chris’ developer mindset allows him add value throughout the project life cycle.


Marlene Brown
Senior Member Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs

Marlene Brown works at Sandia National Labs. She is currently on her third and ½ career as a System Engineer doing evaluation of systems and components. She transferred from being a Quality Engineer in a Subsystem and Components group. Before that she worked in an On-Orbit Satellite Analysis Group working with satellite sensors and detectors. Her first job at Sandia was in the Photovoltaics Systems Group where she worked with all levels of systems applications in the field and in the lab. Marlene has worked with photovoltaic applications for over 20 years.

Marlene has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. She also has a 2nd Engineering Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology where she recently graduated in May 2014.

In Obama’s first term, she re-engaged full time on solar projects at Sandia. Marlene worked with the Solar America Cities project and promoting DOE’s Workforce Development initiative. She was the Tiger Team (government) lead for Solar America Cities, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston Texas. DOE’s Workforce Development project is geared to “training trainers” in PV and solar thermal through DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network. Marlene also worked with the Facilities department at Sandia as a renewable energy and sustainability consultant on the Campus Commons project to help change the face of the “gateway” into Sandia labs into a net zero energy and water campus.

She is past President of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association where she served for 4 years and remains on the advisory board. She has been teaching photovoltaic hands-on design and installation classes for 20 years or so, installing systems on non-profit and community based organizations. Marlene also has co-taught many PV hands-on classes for both men and women. She currently teaches classes through the New Mexico Community Power Network and other non-profit organizations. She also teaches occasionally for local colleges and community colleges. 



Lynda Lovejoy
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission 

Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy won the primary election on June 3, 2014 and ran unopposed in the general election.  As a newly-elected commissioner installed on January 1, 2015, she represents District 4, which is the northwest quadrant (serving counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, and part of Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, Socorro, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties) of New Mexico, the state’s most important region for energy and electricity.  It is the source of most of the coal and natural gas that fuel the power plants.  Energy and the jobs it creates is a vital component of the economy and quality of life in District 4.  This district has characteristics of small farms, ranching, small towns and isolated communities that are poorly served.  In these areas, many residents still do not have the luxury of having a telephone, running water, electricity, adequate health care, paved roads and reliable transportation.  The State of New Mexico’s economic wellbeing and economic health depends upon continued essential modern, reliable and affordable services to ensure opportunities to every household family regardless of where they live.  

As a seasoned public servant for 24 years, Commissioner Lovejoy brings to the PRC extensive experience, education and quality leadership and management skillsets that will enable her to be a strong advocate for instituting professionalism, effectiveness, efficiency and streamlining processes with both the administration of PRC agency and utility case management system.  She is committed on being a proactive and visionary leader in harnessing regulatory models that offer new approach and modern systems to ensure retail ratepayers and utility industries are served in the most professional manner to keep pace with changing needs.

From 1999-2002, Commissioner Lovejoy was one of first five elected commissioners to serve on the newly created Public Regulation Commission, a replacement of two merged agencies, former State Corporation Commission and former Public Utility Commission.  She was re-elected and served as commissioner from 2003-2006.



Jennifer Martin
Stole Rives

Jennifer Martin is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Group. She represents energy clients in the negotiation of development-related agreements, with a particular focus on wholesale power purchase and sale agreements, interconnection and transmission arrangements, retail supply agreements and fuel supply agreements. Her clients include owners, investors, developers and utilities, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy projects. Jennifer also represents clients on a variety of energy-related regulatory matters before state and federal agencies. She has experience before state public utility commissions in the western United States and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission representing both utility and independent power producer interests. Before joining Stoel Rives, Jennifer was a judicial clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court (1999-2000); summer associate at Stoel Rives (1998); research assistant, Professor David Baldus, University of Iowa College of Law (1997-1999); and clerk, Circuit Court of Cook County (1993).

Carol Giles Nesland
Vice President, Americas
Enphase Energy

Carol Giles Neslund, Vice President of the Americas, joined Enphase Energy in September of 2011. Her focus is helping customers grow revenue and profits by taking full advantage of the Enphase technology in their business models.

Neslund has more than 25 years experience developing and leading successful sales and marketing teams. She came to Enphase Energy from Avaya where she served as Vice President of the North American Channel. Prior to Avaya, she was Executive Director of the Americas Channel for Seagate, and Vice President of OEM Channel Development at McDATA. Neslund has also worked for IBM, StorageTek and Hitachi Data Systems.

Neslund holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree in Human Communications, both from the University of Denver.


Kate O'Hair
Vice President Development - Central
EDF Renewable Energy



Lisa Carpenter
Emerald Quest Coaching

Lisa Carpenter is the President/Founder of Emerald Quest Coaching—an organization of executive coaches that serve professionals in the engineering, environmental and sustainability industries.Prior to becoming a coach, Lisa worked for nearly 20 years managing and supporting transportation, water, wastewater, and energy infrastructure projects for industry leaders such as HDR Engineering. In 2010 Lisa began coaching professionals in the field using proven coachingmethods and assessments to help clients: determine the next best move; achieve greater levels of success; establish more work-life balance; and create an improved work environment.

Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento; a Master of Arts in Religion from Graceland University and a Master of International Management (MBA equivalent) from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. Lisa is also a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an internationally recognized coaches training program.


Lauren Glickman
Founder and Principal,
WindyGlick Communications
(WoWE Consultant)

Lauren Glickman has nearly a decade of clean energy and climate change advocacy and campaign experience, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies. 

She started WindyGlick Communications to work with non-profits and small businesses to develop social media strategies and drive online engagement. As of the Fall 2013 Semester,  Lauren is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses and seminars on social media theory and practice.

Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where she was responsible for the re-design, re-launch and management of AWEA’s social media program and online advocacy portal. Traffic to increased 40,000 percent in the first six months after re-launch, and Lauren's work earned AWEA a spot in the top 10 social media savvy trade associations. 

She also developed and implemented best practices for social and online engagement of AWEA industry members and advocates, taking engagement rates from below average to 4 times above industry standards. This growth in online engagement ran in-parallel to a successful list growth campaign that increased online subscribers ten-fold.


Prior to AWEA, Lauren worked on clean energy issues and environmental campaigns across the United States. In 2011 she wrote and achieved passage of the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund Act of 2011 that promoted solar energy projects for homeowners and utilities in the state.



Laura Nagy
Principal Biologist 

Dr. Laura Nagy is an ecologist and project manager with 20 years of experience, specializing in strategic planning related to Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species, eagles, and other wildlife species, along with technical study design, preparation for agency meetings, report preparation, and senior-level peer review. Dr. Nagy’s technical background is in avian systems, population ecology, and statistical ecology, with a strong recent focus on providing biological support to the wind industry on complex, emerging regulatory issues related to eagles and endangered species. Her work in this area includes authoring Eagle Conservation Plans (ECP), Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP), and their associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. 

Dr. Nagy uses her understanding of both science and policy to bridge differences between agencies and developers to meet project financial and scheduling goals. Through communications with clients and agencies, Dr. Nagy identifies and conducts appropriate surveys, presents survey information to clients, and describes risk and mitigation strategies. She has designed and carried out avian and eagle-specific point count surveys, raptor nest surveys, bat acoustic surveys, native prairie surveys, crane surveys, prairie chicken and grouse lek surveys, and small mammal surveys.