Board of Directors

Anita Decker

NWPPA (2015-2018)

Anita Decker was named executive director of the Northwest Public Power Association in March 2014. From 2007 to 2014, she served as Chief Operating Officer for the Bonneville Power Administration and was responsible for BPA’s Power Services, Transmission Services, Environment, Fish & Wildlife, Customer Service and Internal Business Services. Prior to her time at BPA, she spent 27 years with PacifiCorp, rising to the role of vice president. She worked in various positions of increasing responsibility in Oregon, Wyoming and Utah related to customer service, transmission/distribution construction and maintenance, sales and marketing, human resources, energy conservation, procurement, real estate management and SAP.

As executive director of NWPPA she leads the Association’s work in people development, legislative and regulatory monitoring and communication media with some 150 public/people’s utility districts, electric cooperatives, municipalities and Crown corporations in the western states and British Columbia, Canada. NWPPA also has approximately 300 Associate Members across the U.S. and Canada who are allied with the electric utility industry.

Decker earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Utah Valley University and completed a senior business leadership program through the Wharton School of Business. She is also a graduate of the INSEAD advanced management program in Fontainebleau, France.

Tony Foster

Itron (2015-17)

Mr. Foster has 30 years of professional sales experience, with the past 25 years focused in the electric energy industry. Tony returned to Itron in April 2015. He spent many years in the energy efficiency field, primarily with eSource, in the smart grid field with Siemens (eMeter) and Itron (previously), and spent almost 6 years in the solar PV industry with Suntech, Solyndra and SOLON. From 1998 – 2007, Tony was responsible for smart grid hardware and software sales to the largest utilities in the Western US for Itron, (via acquisition of Silicon Energy in 2003).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis, and resides in Orinda, California, with his wife and three children.

Scott Harden, Board Chair

OSI Consulting (2017-19)

Scott leads the strategic planning for and implementation of advanced systems for Utility IT / OT Transformation. As an evangelist for Big Data and Real-time Analytics Solutions, he incorporates a deep understanding of data-driven technologies and Utility Operations to help clients develop compelling capabilities for efficiency and to promote growth.

As OSI’s global lead for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) practice he’s responsible for Advisory and Delivery Services to architect and deploy Advanced Analytic Solutions for Utilities; Including the identification and application of disruptive technologies with experience in Sensor/Gateway technologies, Edge Computing, Real-Time Analytics, Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence, Visualization and Augmented Intelligence.

Bill Holmes

K&L Gates (2013-17)

Bill Holmes is a partner at K&L gates where he concentrates his practice in the area of energy and infrastructure projects and transactions with an emphasis on wind energy, solar energy, hydroelectric power, geothermal, biomass, natural gas, carbon offsets, and energy storage. His experience extends into corporate transactions, water law, and real estate law. Bill also advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements, acquisition and sale of energy projects, EPC agreements, O&M agreements, fuel supply, and energy project development agreements. Bill has been selected to be included in the 2007 through 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law and Environmental Law and was selected as a “leader in the field” by Chambers Global (Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy – USA), 2011. He was also named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Portland, Oregon Energy Lawyer of the Year. Bill is an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon Law School, where he taught one of the first renewable energy law courses in the nation from 2008 through 2012.

Carl Imhoff

Pacific Northwest National Labs (2014-17)

Mr. Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate. The market sector conducts advanced electric infrastructure research and product development with the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy, state governments, vendors and commercial energy firms. In this role he is responsible for PNNL’s research and development programs on innovations in the areas of advanced power transmission reliability concepts, demand response, development of improved integration concepts for renewable energy generation technologies, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and cross-cutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high performance computing. It’s widely recognized that PNNL’s grid activities bring substantial impact and thought leadership to the nation’s smart grid agenda. During his 30 years at PNNL, Mr. Imhoff has conducted and managed a broad range of energy research. His technical work emphasizes systems engineering and operations in the areas of power system reliability, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage and clean generation. He has been actively involved in a number of electric power system organizations and bodies, includ­ing the North American Synchrophasor Initiative, the GridWise Alliance, the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, and the Western Electric Coordinating Council.

Josh Keeling

Portland General Electric  (2017-19)

Josh Keeling oversees smart grid customer analytics at Portland General Electric. In this role he conducts internal research of emerging technologies, supports business case development, oversees measurement and verification, and develops long-term planning for distributed energy resources. Much of his current work has been focused on demand response, including smart thermostats, grid interactive water heaters, electric vehicles, and automated DR. Prior to joining PGE, Josh served as a manager of statistical analysis at the Cadmus Group. He is a voting member of the Regional Technical Forum and has contributed to a number of standards in DSM including work for USDOE, ANSI, and IPMVP. His background is in quantitative methods and has a master’s in systems science from Portland State.

Erik Larson

Building Energy Inc. (2013-17)

Erik Larson is a lifelong soldier working to cut energy spend in buildings, and has spent most of his professional years as an entrepreneur. Mr. Larson is co-founder of Building Energy Inc., a venture capital funded startup that is creating the largest and most trusted network of building data and applications. The U.S. Department of Energy licensed Building Energy’s platform to power the Buildings Performance Database. the largest aggregation of energy asset performance data in the U.S. Prior to co-founding Building Energy Mr. Larson served as executive vice president at Indie Energy, which developed patented next generation geothermal HVAC technology, and earned accolades from the U.S. Department of Energy. Indie Energy counted customers including Walgreens, Medline Industries, and the City of Chicago.

Cheryl Linder

IBM (2013-19)

Cheryl has over 18 years of experience in business and operational strategy consulting, marketing and corporate finance, and for the past 9 years she has focused on developing and marketing solutions for energy and utility companies. She currently manages the development of customer focused solutions for IBM’s global energy and utilities industry. She works across all lines of business to develop solutions that utilize services, software and hardware capabilities to meet the needs of energy and utility companies worldwide. Cheryl is also the program leader for the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, a group of innovative utility companies from around the world who are deploying smart grids in the US, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Korea,India, Australia and Brazil.  Cheryl has over 6 years of experience as a strategy consultant with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting helping clients transform their businesses through operational strategy and process change.  Prior to this, Cheryl was a Senior Financial Analyst for Intel Corporation focused on improving operational and financial performance for motherboard and mobile processer research and development. Cheryl has an MBA in Operational Strategy and Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a BS in Finance from Western Washington University.  She is a board member for Smart Grid Northwest, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  She resides in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Chen-Ching Liu

Washington State University (2014-17)

Dr. Liu is Director at Washington State University’s Energy Systems Innovation Center and is a Boeing Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering. Liu is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is an international leader recognized for his pioneering contributions to the development of decision support systems for power systems.Liu received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has held academic and administrative posts at the University of Washington, Iowa State University, and University College Dublin. He is a recipient of the IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2004. Dr. Liu is a member or the U.S. National Academies Board on Global Science and Technology.

James Ritchotte

GE (2017)

James Ritchotte became the Government Sales Development Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions business in May 2016. In this role, James is responsible for identifying business opportunities with government customers at the state and federal levels, as well as tracking major policy and regulatory developments impacting utilities. Prior to joining GE, James was Director, Government Affairs for the U.S., with Alstom. While at Alstom, James focused primarily on renewable energy and grid modernization issues affecting the company and its customers. James has almost 15 years of experience in energy and environmental issues. He worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom Lantos from California where he focused on climate change and energy security issues. Before Alstom, James served at the British Embassy as Senior Policy Advisor to the Climate Change and Energy Team, where he led the congressional engagement strategy on UK climate change and energy policy. James has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Xavier University.

Heather Rosentrater

Avista (2015-2017)

Heather Rosentrater joined Avista Corp in 1996 while studying Electrical Engineering at Gonzaga University.  She graduated from Gonzaga in 1999 and was hired on full-time with Avista as an Engineer. Heather has held several engineering and leadership positions during her 19 years at Avista.  She is currently Avista’s Director of Engineering and leads the Transmission and Distribution Engineering groups as well as the company’s Smart Grid and Smart City efforts. Heather is a registered Professional Engineer, leads the Engineering/Applied Science Alumni Council (EASAC) at Gonzaga University, and is on the Advisory Council for Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

James Temple

Bit Stew Systems (2017-19 )

James Temple is a Chief Business and Financial Officer of Bit Stew Systems with 20+ years of experience focused on partnering with CEO’s and creating shareholder value. He is an operations and business model expert with operating experience in global vertical markets with venture and private equity backed companies. His career spans a wide spectrum with startups through mature companies and product lines with turnaround experience. Jim’s core experience includes extensive operational planning, strategy, budgeting, financial reporting, HR, treasury, investor relations, M&A, tax, venture capital and ERP systems. Jim was recently was the CFO for Bitstew Systems, the leading data management platform for the smart grid and utility sector as well as the industrial internet of things (IIOT). Jim also served in an executive capacity with growth companies Scout Analytics, Motricity, PayScale and Packetvideo. He has an accounting degree and minor in business administration from Western Washington University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Washington.

Tuan Tran

Seattle City Light (2015-2017)

Tuan has 20+ years of experience in the utility field. He’s currently Director of Engineering at Seattle City Light, with the responsibility for managing approximately 150 electrical engineers and professional staff which include: System Planning Engineering, Service/System Engineering, Network Engineering, Substation Engineering, Transmission Engineering, Protection Engineering, Streetlight Engineering, Join Used Engineering, and Automation/Technology Engineering. In addition, He is responsible for capital planning (system load and reliability studies and project creation), engineering design, and capital project implementation. He has also developed and managed ongoing performance of $150M capital and maintenance annual budget.

Bryce Yonker

Smart Grid Northwest (Executive Director) (2015-2016)

Bryce Yonker, serves as the first executive director for Smart Grid Northwest. He heads up the strategic development, programs, and operations for the organization. Bryce was a Founder and original board member, membership chair, and governance committee chair for Smart Grid Oregon. Bryce also serves as the director of business development for Clean Edge, a leading clean tech market research and advisory firm. There he leads the strategy, business development, sales, marketing, and client services efforts. Prior to Clean Edge Bryce was Vice President of business development for the Software Association of Oregon where he spearheaded many initiatives to support the software and technology industry, including serving as the founder of the Clean Technology Alliance. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and an international MBA from IE in Spain. In his spare time, Bryce enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and being in the NW outdoors most often with a fly-rod in hand.