Speakers – Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit

Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit Speakers

Join Smart Grid NW in welcoming the following regional experts on energy system resiliency to our June 12th NW Energy Resiliency Summit.

Colonel Kenneth A. Borchers
Commander of the 252nd Cyber Operations Group

WA Air National Guard

Colonel Borchers entered the Air Force in January of 1992 and was selected for commission as an intelligence officer in 1996. Shortly after graduation from intelligence training, he became the full-time Senior Intelligence Officer for the 305th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Later he served with the 142d Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard as a traditional guard intelligence weapons officer. He returned to Washington as the Director of Operations for the newly established 194th Intelligence Squadron in 2008 and was later transferred back to the 262d Network Warfare Squadron as the Detachment Commander. He took command of the 194th Intelligence Squadron on 6 November 2011. In October 2015, he transitioned to the 252d Cyberspace Operations Group as the Deputy Commander and was appointed as Commander on 4 November 2017.

Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Kim is an accomplished Senior Research and Educational Leader, R&D Engineer and Executive with over 35 years of experience in an industrial and academic applied research and product development environment, both locally and internationally. Known as a leader, collaborator, innovator and champion, Kim is experienced in designing, producing and managing a wide range of technologies across multiple industries including Energy Transmission, Biomedical Engineering, Software, Embedded and Real-time Systems Design and Computer Graphics and Game Design. As Dean of Applied Research, he bears the specific responsibility for the management and overall coordination of research activity at BCIT.

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Shamus Gamache, PE

Central Lincoln PUD

Shamus Gamache joined Central Lincoln PUD in 2007 as a Systems Engineer. In 2017 he became Supervisor of the Electrical Engineering group in charge of Substations and the Communication Network System. Over the past 11 years, he has participated in the overhaul of Central Lincoln’s SCADA system, as well as working on its protection system, substation design, and engineering and construction related to resiliency and preparedness efforts. In 2010, Central Lincoln PUD was the recipient of the United States DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant, Smart Grid 2020. This grant enabled the deployment of an AMI system and began projects involving conservation voltage reduction (CVR), substation upgrades, redundant network fiber paths, enhanced cyber security and distribution automation. Shamus holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Oregon State University and received his Professional Engineering license in 2012. When not working on helping to keep the lights on the Central Oregon Coast, he enjoys spending time with family in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

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Danny Grady, Energy Specialist

City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Danny Grady is a resource conservation professional with eight years of experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Danny spent six years in the Energy Efficiency and Customer Solutions departments at Puget Sound Energy in Washington State, where he took a management role with the utility’s Resource Conservation Manager program. Danny served as an energy efficiency account manager with large organizations, including municipalities, school districts, universities, and property management firms. In 2015, Danny made the move to Portland, Oregon to serve as Energy Specialist with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. In his current role, Danny provides technical assistance on energy projects to City bureaus in order to advance the City’s aggressive decarbonization goals. On any given day, Danny can be found managing a solar installation, responding to a funding opportunity, developing operational improvements, or auditing a building for energy efficiency opportunities. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Colgate University.

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Brigadier General Jeremy C. Horn
Commander of the Washington Air National Guard and Director of Joint Forces, 10th Civil Support Team, Counter-Drug Task Force, Homeland Response Force, and Washington State Guard

United States Air Force

Brigadier General Jeremy C. Horn is the commander of the Washington Air National Guard, serving over 2,000 Airmen accomplishing over 20 mission areas. He also serves as the Washington National Guard’s Director of Joint Forces, responsible for the joint response of 8,500 Soldiers and Airmen to support civil authorities in times of crisis. Additionally, General Horn supervises the 10th Civil Support Team, Counter-Drug Task Force, Homeland Response Force, and Washington State Guard.

General Horn received his commission upon graduation with military honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989. He attended the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and received an assignment to the A-10 “Warthog” upon graduation. He deployed twice to Incirlik Airbase, Turkey in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT. General Horn has amassed more than 2,300 hours in the A-10 as an attack pilot, forward air controller, and depot flight test pilot, and completed over three years as a T-38 instructor pilot and aerospace physiologist. He also served as an air liaison officer with the Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 101st Air Assault Division, and I Corps. In 2010, he deployed to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan as a joint terminal attack controller, supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. General Horn has commanded at the group and wing level prior to assuming his current position.


Bonneville Power Administration

Dr. Leon Kempner is the Principal Structural Engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration. He has 44+ years of experience with assignments performing structural engineering analysis, design, assessment, and research of transmission line facilities. For the last 20+ years he has been performing seismic evaluation, research, qualifications, standards development, and mitigation design of the BPA transmission line facilities. He is an active member of a number of IEEE and ASCE technical committees and Standards and is active with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Resiliency efforts.

Dr. Michael Kintner-Meyer

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Kintner-Meyer has more than 28 years of experience in the international energy and environment field, most of that in R&D, as well as 4 years of industry practice. He is a “systems-thinker” with a broad range of technical competencies, including technology development of devices to broad systems analysis that address national and international energy infrastructure operations and expansions, water resources, and economic analyses. He has been with PNNL for 19 years as a Staff Scientist. He holds four patents related to grid-friendly technologies and smart Electric Vehicles (EV) charging strategies. He received an R&D 100 Award with other PNNL staff for Grid FriendlyTM Appliance Controller in 2008.

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Bob Kirchmeier, P.E., Senior Energy Policy Specialist

Clean Energy Fund Grid Modernization Program
WA State Dept of Commerce

Bob is a technical advisor and program manager in the Energy Division of the Washington State Department of Commerce. His focus since 2013 has been developing grid modernization projects with electric utilities through Clean Energy Funds provided by Washington State. Before that he was the Senior Manager for Substations, Metering and Telecommunications at Snohomish PUD and spent 25 years at Tacoma Power working on a wide variety of generation, substation, protection, communication, transmission and distribution automation projects. Bob has over 38 years working for Northwest electric utilities and is a licensed professional electrical engineer in Washington State.

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Curt Kirkeby, Technology Strategist and Engineer

Avista Utilities

Curt is a registered professional engineer in the state of Washington and has extensive experience in the electric and gas utility industry, including 18 years in GIS, 11 years in research and development, 6 years in substation design and experience with outage management, asset management, advanced metering systems, and engineering modeling. Curt is currently responsible for innovation and applied research and development with Avista Utilities, focusing on smart grid technologies. He was the principal investigator for the Avista smart grid project in Pullman, WA, which was a subproject of the Department of Energy-sponsored Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration led by Battelle. He also holds that role for the Pullman energy storage project funded by the Washington State Clean Energy Fund. Curt holds the title of Fellow and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington Clean Technology Alliance. He serves as an advisor to both the Akron Smart Sensor Board and the Clean Energy Institute Technical Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management (MSEM) from Washington State University.

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Clay Koplin, Chief Executive Officer

Cordova Electric Cooperative, Inc

In 2007, Clay became CEO for Cordova Electric Cooperative. Clay is currently serving on the Northwest Public Power Association Board of Trustees, Alaska Center for Energy and Power Advisory Board, and is Mayor of Cordova. His professional specialties include project management, underground electric and communication design and installation best practices, various aspects of static and dynamic hydroelectric and hydrokinetic disciplines, electric utility business management, and strategic planning and execution. He has participated in recent US State Department sponsored outreach to Greenland and Northern Canada around arctic, off-grid, renewable energy policies and practices. Clay has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

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Daniel Kirschen, Ph.D

University of Washington

Dr. Kirschen is the Donald W. and Ruth Mary Close Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on smart grids, the integration of renewable energy sources in the grid, power system economics and power system security. Prior to joining the University of Washington, he taught for 16 years at The University of Manchester (UK). Before becoming an academic, Daniel worked for Control Data and Siemens on the development of application software for utility control centers. He holds a PhD and MS from the University of Wisconsin and an Electro-Mechanical Engineering degree from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). Daniel has been on the Expert Advisory Council for Smart Grid NW since 2014.

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Sudipta Lahiri, Ph.D.

DNV GL – Energy

Dr. Sudipta Lahiri specializes in technical and commercialization aspects of microgrids and battery energy storage systems. Dr. Lahiri has helped utilities, project developers and end-user customers with assessment, integration and evaluation of more than thirty distributed storage and microgrid projects. Sudipta has a PhD in EE from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Robert Landavazo, ICS Engineer

Tripwire, Inc.

Robert Landavazo is a Systems Engineer at Tripwire where he focuses on helping customers secure their Industrial Control Systems. He has a background in in the electric utility sector, most recently working to implement a NERC Critical Infrastructure (CIP) internal compliance program leveraging Tripwire’s own product suite. While at this utility, Robert worked in Operations Technology to support SCADA in Distribution, Transmission and Generation. Prior to his tenure in utilities, Robert worked in Public Safety, managing emergency communications infrastructure like Next Generation 911, IP Radio and Computer Aided Dispatch systems.

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Jessica Matlock, Director, Government & External Affairs, Strategic Accounts and New Energy Initiatives

Snohomish County PUD

Jessica joined Snohomish County PUD in August 2006 as the Director, Government & External Affairs, Strategic Accounts and New Energy Initiatives. Jessica is also responsible for developing and implementing the PUD’s solar, electric vehicle and demand response programs. Jessica previously worked as an energy and natural resources fellow for U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig (Idaho). Prior to that, she held a number of government relations positions with the Bonneville Power Administration, including that of power marketing specialist (in Washington, DC), constituent account executive for the State of Idaho, and fish and wildlife project manager. She also previously served as a city planner for the City of Portland, Oregon. Jessica was an Advisory Board Member of the Bipartisan Policy Council’s Cyber Security Initiative, represents the Large Public Power Council on the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Team, and is a member of America Public Power Association’s Cybersecurity and Physical Preparedness Committee. Jessica led and organized the three Annual Washington State Cybersecurity Summits and the effort to produce the Cybersecurity Guide for the State of Washington Critical Infrastructure. Jessica holds an MPA from Portland State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington. She also served in the United States Coast Guard.

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Tyler Nice, Senior Engineer

Eugene Water and Electric Board

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Lieutenant Colonel Chris Panush
Commander of the 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron

WA Air National Guard

Lt Col Panush has been a key planner for the Washington Military Department’s Cascadia Subduction Zone Recovery plan since 2013. He recently completed a 2 ½ year tour as the Commander, 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron, at Camp Murray. As a prior Air Force Aviator and Air Liaison Officer, his operational experience both domestically and overseas as well as his recent logistics and planning positions, have provided a unique skill set for disaster response planning and execution.

Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, President


Steven Parker, President of EnergySec, is a founding director of the organization. He has been engaged in critical infrastructure protection within the electric sector since 2001, including 8 years as a senior security staff member at a large investor-owned utility. As one of the original CIP auditors, he helped establish the NERC CIP audit program at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) in 2009. At EnergySec, he developed and established its NERC CIP training program, and has instructed more than 1000 industry professionals on this topic. Mr. Parker is also a partner at Archer Security Group, a leading consulting firm specializing in compliance and security in the energy sector. His experience includes a broad range of security disciplines including e-commerce, identity management, intrusion detection, forensics, incident response and investigations, security event monitoring, and NERC CIP compliance.

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Adam Schultz, Senior Policy Analyst, Grid Integration & Resiliency

Oregon Department of Energy

Adam Schultz is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy focused on grid integration and resiliency issues. Prior to joining the Department, Adam managed the UC Davis Energy Institute, worked on the RPS procurement team at the California Public Utilities Commission, and was the Wayne Morse Legal Fellow for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. He has a BA from Tufts University and a JD from the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

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Uzma Siddiqi, Technology Innovation Principal Engineer

Seattle City Light

Uzma is excited to be a part of the new Technology Innovation group at Seattle City Light. Currently she is also supporting Seattle City Light’s Western Energy Imbalance Market membership project. As the Principal Engineer in the Technology Innovation group she is responsible to bring new ideas and assessing the impacts of those to the utility. Areas being explored include battery storage, microgrids, and transactive energy. Uzma has also worked in Transmission and Distribution Planning, Engineering Standards, and Customer Service. She has worked in the electric power industry for 19 years. Uzma received her BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Paul Skare, Chief Cyber Security Program Manager

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Paul Skare is Chief Cyber Security Program Manager in the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL. He leads Grid Cyber research including PNNL’s support of the Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) and Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP). He is co-lead of PNNL’s Proactive Adaptive Cybersecurity for Control (PACiFiC) initiative. Paul was Technical Group Manager for Electricity Infrastructure for four years. Previously, he worked for Northern States Power and Siemens Energy, including roles in power applications, SCADA R&D manager, Product Lifecycle Manager for EMS and substation automation products, and as Director of Cyber Security. He has a patent published on cybersecurity for control systems. Paul is the Convener of Working Group 19 in IEC TC 57 and a member of IEEE PES and worked on IEEE P1689, P1711, and P2030. Paul has been the Vice Chair of the NERC CSSWG, has supported GridEx cybersecurity exercises, and Paul has twice testified to the U.S. Congress on cybersecurity for control systems.

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Fiona Taylor, Director, Smart Technology Operations and Restoration


With nearly 30 years in the Utilities Industry, Fiona has deep credentials in customer care, distribution work management, smart metering, and now grid modernization. Her passion is leading large-scale change initiatives – especially driven by strategic technologies. Fiona began her career in management consulting at Arthur Andersen, followed by increasingly more senior roles at BC Gas, Peace Software, and First Data Utilities. She joined BC Hydro in 2009 to help lead their smart metering and infrastructure program. Today, Fiona is accountable for five operational groups including BC Hydro’s Transmission Telecom Operations and Resource Support, Metering Operations, Field Device Operations (smart metering), and Distribution Outage Dispatch. She is also responsible for delivering a portfolio of Operational Technology solutions for both real-time grid operations and advanced metering.

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Tuan Tran, Director of Engineering

Seattle City Light

Tuan has more than 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 the ongoing performance of $150M capital and maintenance annual budget.

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Mark Vasconi, Regulatory Service Director

WA Utilities and Transportation Commission

Mark has served as Director of Washington State Regulatory Services since 2010, overseeing Energy, Telecommunications, Water & Transportation, and Conservation & Energy Planning. In 2017, Governor Jay Inslee recognized Mark for his outstanding leadership, stating, “Vasconi has brought creative ideas to complex regulatory challenges of managing privately owned utility and transportation companies. He has promoted solutions in a number of areas that protect the public from undue cost or risk.” Prior to his government service, Mark served as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Federal Government affairs at AT&T. Mark holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montana.

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