Board of Directors

Michael Atkinson

Doosan (2014-2018)

With an extended leadership career in the utility transmission & distribution industry culminating as the top executive spearheading the North American region for GE Grid Solutions and Alstom Grid, Michael has been an early evangelist in bringing technology solutions to bear on low-carbon electric distribution systems.  A frequent speaker on optimizing the grid for renewable energy, he also headed up the Network Management Software Division of Alstom Grid where he sought out grid modernization projects that helped to advance the rising smart grid digital evolution.   A mechanical engineer by trade with 20 years of engineering and construction experience in the energy industry under his belt, he has fostered the convergence between software and the as-built world throughout his career.

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.

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 (2013-18)

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, and 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 (2014-2020)

Mr. Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate, conducting 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.  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, PGE

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.

Daniel Kirschen

University of Washington (2017-2020)

Daniel 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.

David Lebeter

BC Hydro (2017-2020)

Graduating from UBC in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering David spent the first 23 years of his career in the forest industry, working in both logging and sawmill operations. In 2003, on behalf of International Forest Products, David started a wholly owned subsidiary in the People’s Republic of China.  In January 2005 David joined BC Hydro as General Manager, Peace River Generation.  Midway through 2007 he assumed responsibility for Generation Operations, taking responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of BC Hydro’s generation stations, Dam Safety, Asset Management, Environmental & Social Issues, and Resource Management. In November 2010, David moved to Transmission & Distribution as the Vice President of Field & Grid Operations. In this role David is responsible for maintaining, operating, and restoring >18,000 kilometers of transmission line, >57,000 kilometers of distribution line, and BC Hydro’s Smart Meter Network. He also oversees employee safety, system reliability, system control, operations technology and the development of BC Hydro’s grid modernization strategy and program.

Cheryl Linder

Accenture (2014-2019)

Cheryl has over 18 years of experience in business and operational strategy consulting, marketing and corporate finance, and for the past nine 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.   Cheryl is also the program leader for the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, a group of innovative utility companies who are deploying smart grids in the US, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and Brazil.  Cheryl has over six years of experience as a strategy consultant with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.  Prior to this, Cheryl was a Senior Financial Analyst for Intel Corporation focused on improving operational and financial performance for motherboard and mobile processor 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 NW, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, and the Kelley School of Business.

Heather Rosentrater

Avista (2015-2020)

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 CEOs and creating shareholder value. He is an operations and business model expert with 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 the CFO for Bit Stew 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 (2015-2020)

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.

Bryce Yonker

Smart Grid Northwest (2009-2018), Executive Director (2014-current)

Bryce Yonker serves as the first executive director for Smart Grid Northwest. He heads up 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 children, and being in the NW outdoors most often with a fly-rod in hand.