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AnneMarie Graves
Senior Manager for Asset Performance
Vestas

AnneMarie Graves brings more than 10 years of engineering and management experience in assessing performance and reliability of wind projects. As the Senior Manager for Asset Performance at Vestas, she supports the analysis of 3 GW of operating wind projects with GE, Siemens, Nordex, Acciona and Clipper turbines in order to reduce cost, increase production, and improve reliability over the asset life. The Asset Performance team and prior to the acquisition, the UpWind Engineering team, delivers root-cause analyses and upgrades on hydraulic pitch systems, generators and converters across more than five different wind turbine makes/models. On the drivetrain, the team has inspected over 3,000 borescope inspections, making recommendations for either uptower repairs or full refurbishments.

AnneMarie previously held the position Executive Director for Engineering at UpWind Solutions, Inc, and prior to that, a Senior Manager role leading the Operations Services team with DNV GL (formerly Garrad Hassan) advising on over 10 GW of operating wind projects in North America on performance, energy production, O&M costs and turbine life. Prior to joining DNV GL, AnneMarie worked held a role at GE Wind Energy assessing the suitability of new wind project locations in North America. She has presented and chaired sessions at the AWEA WINDPOWER, WEU’s O&M Summits and co-chaired conferences with Women of Wind Energy. AnneMarie holds a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

 

Ariel Lager
Vice President of Renewable Energy Services and General Counsel
Customized Energy Solutsions

Ariel Lager is Vice President of Renewable Energy Services and General Counsel for Customized Energy Solutions, a Philadelphia-based energy services and consulting company. Ariel provides market and project analysis services to generation and retail clients at the state, regional, and federal levels, specializing in wind and renewable technology project evaluation, renewable attribute optimization, new market entry, and compliance obligation management services. Previously, Ariel worked in environmental litigation at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and in private industry focused on energy consumption analysis. She earned an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Rutgers and a Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law with a focus in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

 

Becky Turner
Director of Market Operations
Clean Line Energy LLC

Becky Turner is responsible for managing integration activities for Clean Line’s transmission line projects, including the development of Clean Line’s Open Access Transmission Tariff. Becky also supports state and federal regulatory filing requirements and participates in transmission marketing activities.

Becky brings more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Clean Line, Becky served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Entegra Power Group. At Entegra, she was responsible for managing the company’s state and federal regulatory and lobbying activities for the company’s two 2,200 MW natural gas fired combined cycle generation assets. Becky also negotiated and managed Entegra’s interconnection and transmission service agreements. Becky received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa and her Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

 

 

Cindy Crooks
Director
EDF Renewable Energy

Cindy Crooks has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in the areas of wind and fossil energy Project Management, Construction, Business Development, and Commercial Contracts. She started with EDF Renewable Energy in August of 2015, when EDF RE bought OwnEnergy. As Director of Implementation Performance, Cindy is using her broad wind energy industry knowledge to optimize Program Management, Construction, and Engineering processes and procedures for EDF RE.

Prior to joining OwnEnergy, Cindy worked in wind energy for FPLE in various roles in Construction, wind Operations, and wind energy Development. She was a manager in the Construction group, ensuring certainty of cost, quality, and delivery of wind turbines, towers and other major equipment for more than 1,500 MW of wind projects from 2000-2003. She’s held roles with FPLE in wind Operations and led the effort to resolve turbine warranty issues with various turbine suppliers. Cindy has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from the University of Denver. Cindy and family reside in Florida; she enjoys running as a hobby.

 


 

Claire Broido Johnson
President
CBJ Energy

Claire Broido Johnson is the President of CBJ Energy, a Property Assessed Clean Energy origination company headquartered in Baltimore, where she works with financers, contractors and building owners to retrofit commercial buildings. Claire has launched companies, advised federal energy officials and developed new markets in both the public and private sectors. Claire is responsible for developing new Next Step Living service lines and markets. NSL provides energy efficiency services and technologies to over 30,000 homes per year. She opened NSL’s Connecticut and New York offices, and launched a community solar product.

In 2003, she co-founded SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider. Claire also previously served as vice president of Serious Energy, managing its nascent commercial financing program. Prior to that, she acted as energy-efficiency advisor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and acting Program Manager for the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs. At DOE, she guided the deployment of $11 billion in economic stimulus funds for clean energy while championing policies to expand the impact of public investment through engagement with private capital. She was also a senior advisor at Hannon Armstrong investment bank. Claire earned a B.A. in environmental science and public policy from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

 



Dave Berry
CFO and Head of Strategy
Clean Line Energy

David Berry is CFO and Head of Strategy for Clean Line Energy. He has over ten years of experience in renewable power, including financing, power marketing and regulatory approvals. David leads Clean Line’s efforts to raise capital for its five transmission lines under development. Over the last five years, David has played a key role in Clean Line’s successful financings with ZBI Ventures, National Grid and most recently, Bluescape Energy Resources.

Prior to joining Clean Line, David was the Director of Finance for Horizon Wind Energy, where he led over $2 billion in project finance transactions for over 2,000 MW of installed capacity, including both tax equity and secured debt financings. David has testified as a witness before the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. David has led the team responsible for obtaining FERC negotiated rate authority for four Clean Line projects, and manages the company’s capacity solicitation. David speaks Spanish and is a native of East Tennessee.




 

Deane Ilukowicz
Vice President of Global Human Resources
TPI Composites

Deane Ilukowicz joined TPI in February of 2016 as the Vice President of Global Human Resources.  Ms. Ilukowicz has strong experience in building human resource organizations, leadership fdevelopment, organizational effectiveness, associate retention strategies, creative benefit design and performance accountability in global environments.  Prior to joining TPI she was the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness at TransUnion, Chief Human Resources Officer for Hypertherm, and held senior level roles at other financial services and manufacturing companies.

Ms. Ilukowicz has an MBA from Wake Forest University and her bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University.  In February 2012, Ms. Ilukowicz testified before the EEOC on Unlawful Discrimination Agaist Pregnant Workers and Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities.  She also served as a Trustee for the Community College System of New Hampshire and provides free HR Consulting to nonprofit organizations. 

 



 

Emily Williams
Director of Energy Supply
Altenex

As Altenex’s Director of Energy Supply, Emily Williams oversees the Altenex marketplace, building and growing relationships with renewable energy developers, and connecting Altenex clients with renewable energy projects. Altenex is the energy management network that Fortune 1000 companies, universities, and municipalities use to source clean power for their power portfolios. To date, Altenex has helped its clients find, negotiate, and execute over 1,400 MW of wind and solar deals across the United States and Mexico.

Emily heads the Energy Supply team which supports Altenex clients with market intelligence, project and developer updates, negotiation support, and analytical assessments of renewable energy projects. Emily also leads state and federal policy initiatives, tracking the impact of policy changes on corporate buyers. Prior to Altenex, Emily served as 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. She also spent several years in Europe working on nuclear non-proliferation and international security. Emily received her BA/BS in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and an MA in Science and Security from King’s College London

 


 

Evelyn Carpenter
Co-Founder
Solas Energy Consulting

Evelyn Carpenter is the co-founder of Solas Energy Consulting, a renewable energy and climate change consulting firm with offices in Fort Collins, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta. The team of Evelyn Carpenter and Paula McGarrigle started Solas with a single contract in 2009, and through the years grew the firm to over 30 employees and associates. Since 2009, Solas Energy Consulting has provided consulting services on over 25 GW of renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Ms. Carpenter, a licensed civil engineer in California, started her career in the energy industry with Fluor Daniel, and moved into renewables in 2001, where she worked at SeaWest Wind Power, the OES Wind Generation, and then First Wind Energy, prior to starting Solas. Evelyn has a mater’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA. Ms. Carpenter, a Wind Vision Ambassador for the Wind Energy Foundation, is currently engaged as a volunteer with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, helping to plan business community outreach events for the city’s Climate Action Plan. Ms. Carpenter was also one of the founding member of the San Diego chapter of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). Ms. Carpenter served as membership co-chair of the Denver WoWE chapter for several years, and continues to volunteer assistance in planning for the WoWE Leadership Forum.

Ms. Carpenter also sat on the Board of Directors of the American Wind Energy Association in 2010/2011 as a member at large. She is a lifetime member of the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society and a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Throughout her career, Ms. Carpenter has made a special effort to mentor others in the power industry, specifically seeking to reach out to other professional women and students, and is honored to discuss her venture into entrepreneurship at the WoWE Leadership Forum.



Jeff Fuchs
Vice President of Strategy, Marketing, and Communications
Vestas American Wind Technology

Jeff Fuchs is the Vice President of Strategy, Marketing, and Communications at Vestas American Wind Technology. Prior to working at Vestas, Jeff held several positions within GE Ventures and GE Renewable Energy in product management, strategy & marketing, and business development. Jeff served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname where he worked on strategic planning and microfinance at a Credit Union and was nominated for the John F. Kennedy service award. Jeff holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow.



 

Kristen Graf
Executive Director
Women of Wind Energy (WoWE)

Kristen Graf is the Executive Director of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). In 2013, Kristen was recognized for her work with WoWE and given the Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Mentoring and Education by the US Department of Energy’s C3E Initiative.

Before making her way to WoWE in late 2009, Kristen spent five years with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Boston. As the Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate at UCS she worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level. In 2011, Kristen was named a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program’s Eastern Region. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Cornell University. During her time there, Kristen worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension assisting in efforts to expand the role of renewable energy in agriculture around New York State.

 


 

Kristin Swenson
Principal
Blue Note Energy

Kristin Swenson has been working in renewable energy since 2005, first with Gamesa Energy, then Gamesa Wind, and most recently Algonquin Power in Toronto, Canada. She has developed in wind, worked with investors to provide construction support, and helped create a balance of plant management system. As an Asset Manager, her team supported more than 1000 MW’s of wind and solar assets.

Kristin has been an active member of Women of Wind Energy for 9 years and was one of the attendees at the very first Leadership Forum. As co-chair this year, she has been excited to help shape the event for all attendees.

Kristin hold a BA from Metropolitan State University and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. When not working or studying, she can be found wearing headphones, devouring podcasts.



 

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 PowerofWind.com 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.

 


 

Leanne Russell Fate
Associate Project Developer 
EDF Renewable Energy

Leanne Russell Fate came to renewables after several years in the real estate industry. She is currently an Associate Project Developer for EDF Renewable Energy with prior roles in real estate and contract management. As part of the North Central development team, she focuses on prospecting, developing and implementing utility scale wind and solar projects within the central corridor of the United States. She greatly enjoys the challenges project development brings and strives to create a collaborative and team-based approach with each project.

Leanne has been involved with Women of Wind Energy since 2012 and an active member since 2014. She is thrilled to co-chair this year's event and is looking forward to the diversification of the WoWE mission.

As an Army brat Leanne has always said she is "from everywhere." She loves traveling but is also appreciating life in Minnesota where she has finally been in one state and in one house for more than three years. She lives with her wife, three children and several pets in Minneapolis. In her spare time you can find her reading, hiking, working on house projects, and pursuing her BA.

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Liz Salerno
Head of Strategy
Siemens Wind Power Services

Liz Salerno currently serves as the Head of Strategy for Siemens Wind Power Service pursuing business development and market strategy. She alsoserved in strategy roles for the Siemens Power Generation Service Division as well as Siemens Wind Power Americas. Prior to joining Siemens in 2014, Liz was the Vice President of Data and Policy Analysis at the American Wind Energy Association between 2005 and 2014, developing market and policy assessments for the U.S. wind energy industry. Liz has proudly served on the Board of Directors for Women of Wind Energy since 2011, as well as the Wind Energy Foundation since 2016. She continues her dedication to industry facts and figures as co-chair of AWEA’s Statistics and Analysis committee. Liz was the recipient of the Forbes 30 under 30 award in Energy in in 2011 and ReCharge magazine’s 40 under 40 award in 2014.


 

Margaret Montanez
Senior Manager for Technical Sales
Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc.

Margaret Montanez is Senior Manager for Technical Sales for Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. Margaret is responsible for a team of Technical Bid Managers who manage the technical scope of Wind Power Plant Sales in the US and Canada. Her team optimizes value and risk variables while maintaining the market link with Product Development. Margaret joined Vestas in 2004 and has held various Technical functions supporting Sales, Construction, and Service. Prior to Vestas, Margaret was a Technical Advisor at GE Power Systems, supporting the Installation and Maintenance of Gas Turbine Generators in the Western Region.

Margaret received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon.


 

Nicole Clock
Electrical Engineer
Vestas - American Wind Technolgy Inc.

Nicole Clock, P.E., is an Electrical Engineer with Vestas – American Wind Technology Inc., in Portland, Oregon. Nicole’s work group focuses on the engineering challenges associated with evolving grid code and interconnection requirements for new wind power plants connected throughout North America. Before working at Vestas, Nicole worked at PacifiCorp for five years as both a Hydro Generation Engineer and a Substation/Protection Engineer. Nicole also worked in the solar energy industry as a solar PV system designer/sales engineer for four years at a design/build solar PV system contractor in California. She holds both a B.S. in Renewable Energy Engineering (2012) from Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), and a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (2002) from Georgetown University.

Nicole was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and pastimes include traveling with her boyfriend and pet husky dog, playing and seeing live music, outdoor adventures, baseball and basketball-watching, and cooking.


 

Nisha Desai
Managing Director
Aurora Clean Energy Partners

Nisha Desai is an executive and thought leader in the energy industry, with a focus on entrepreneurship and new ventures in sustainable infrastructure. Her company, Aurora Clean Energy Partners, provides growth strategy and business development services in the energy and clean technology sector, while also serving as a platform to incubate her next clean energy startup. Previously, Nisha had founded a company, ActualSun, to develop a software service for investors in solar projects to manage performance and reporting of their solar asset portfolios. She recruited co-founders, raised seed funding, and served as the CEO and board member of the company.

Nisha recently served as the Vice President, Distributed Generation, for NRG Energy. During her tenure at NRG, her team built up a pipeline of over $1 billion worth of project opportunities. Prior to NRG, Nisha led project development activities for Tessera Solar in the eastern Mediterranean region, after leading project development activities for the company in Texas. While at Tessera Solar, Nisha negotiated and closed the first power purchase agreement for utility scale solar that was signed in Texas.

Nisha’s experience includes other startup ventures in energy storage, water, internet services, and energy venture capital. She also brings several years of management consulting experience with the energy practice of Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy&, a PWC company). She holds an economics degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was an American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellow. Nisha is a board director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance, serving as a member of the executive committee. She lives in Houston, and in her spare time, can be found enjoying time with her family and training for an upcoming cross-country ski trek to the South Pole.

 


 

Susan Kennedy
Founder & CEO
Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Before starting a groundbreaking energy storage company, Susan Kennedy served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003-2006 on California’s Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies.

In her numerous government roles, Susan was at the center of many of California’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and- trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State’s emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history.

Susan’s company, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, is on the leading edge of a complete transformation of the electric grid. Using advanced energy storage systems, AMS is creating the first fleet of Hybrid Electric Buildings® in the world, turning portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings into virtual power plants for Southern California Edison. In 2014 her company won the first major contract in the world to use these advanced energy storage technologies on a large scale to replace capacity from the retired facility at San Onofre nuclear facility. AMS is consistently listed as one of the top clean tech companies to watch in the US. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary’s College of California.


 

Teran Smith
Associate Director, Origination and Power Marketing
EDP Renewables

Teran Smith is Associate Director, Origination and Power Marketing, for EDP Renewable’s Central Region, responsible for finding commercial opportunities for EDPR’s portfolio of wind and solar projects in the region, including structuring and negotiating power purchase agreements. Prior to this role, she was a Project Manager in Development at EDPR. In that role, Teran completed the development of a 300 MW wind farm in Iowa, led early and mid-stage development activities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Texas, and prospected new sites throughout the midcontinent. Teran came to the renewable energy business from the refining and marketing business, where she held various roles in consulting, supply operations and process engineering. Teran has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.