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IUW 2020 Advisory Board

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2020 Board Chairs

Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas Itron Utility Week Advisory Board Chair, Duke Energy
Duke Energy
Director | Technology Solutions Support
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Joe Thomas serves as the Director of Technology Solutions & Support for Duke Energy's Grid Solutions organization, overseeing AMI and meter data management (MDM) planning and operations. Joe’s organization provides business expertise for AMI-related systems, processes and operations for Duke Energy's nearly 2 million AMI meters. His additional responsibilities include directing efforts related to identifying AMI deployment opportunities, developing system improvements and scaling new solutions. Prior to this role, Joe headed up the Meter Data Management Project organization where he led the successful implementation of MDM programs. Joe is a graduate of Miami University and is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Joe, his wife Trena and their two young children are located in the Charlotte, N.C. area.
David Meszaros
David Meszaros Itron Utility Week Advisory Board Co-Chairperson, FirstEnergy
Director | Smart Meter Programs
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

David Meszaros is the Manager of Smart Meter Programs for FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy operates in five states (Ohio, Pa., N.J., Md. and W. Va.) and has about 6 million electric customers. Dave and his team are responsible for the implementation of smart meter systems and processes as well as providing support for regulatory filings. Smart meter deployment is currently active in Pa. as FirstEnergy is in the process of deploying smart meters to 2 million customers in compliance with Act 129 of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Dave has worked at FirstEnergy or its predecessors for over 30 years, with 20 years spent in IT and in various management roles either in IT, supply chain or energy efficiency. Dave is a lifetime resident of the Cleveland, Ohio area and received a Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University. He is an avid Cleveland sports fan (yes—even the Browns!) and enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife Natalie in his free time.

2020 Board Members

Dennis DeMera
Dennis DeMera Las Vegas Water District
Customer Care & Field Services Manager
Track: Mobile & Measurement Solutions

Dennis DeMera has worked for the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) for the past 13 years. The LVVWD provides water to more than one million people via approximately 400,000 water meters. Currently, LVVWD collects hourly data from their AMI network and AMR system to provide world class customer service to their customer base. Dennis currently oversees the technology for the Customer Care and Field Services department which encompasses data collection, water conservation, customer service and customer engagement. He has overseen deployments for the Itron Fixed Network solution, Mobile Interface, Field Collection System, Field Deployment Manager, Field Tools, Leak Sensors and Water Analytics.
Nick Miller
Nick Miller Southwest Gas

Systems Analyst | Application Support – Field
Track: Mobile & Measurement Solutions

Nick Miller joined Southwest Gas Corporation in 2006. During his 14 years of service with the company, he has held the positions of Mapping Specialist, Engineering Technician, Business Technology Support Analyst, and now Systems Analyst. In his current position, Nick provides training, Help Desk support, System Upgrades and Implementation, and facilitates business-focused direction as it relates to meter reading technology. Routing, rerouting, assignment creation, process assessment, FCS system components and related technology are primary areas of focus. He is a graduate of Nevada State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and currently completing coursework in Information Systems. He is also a graduate from Grand Canyon University with two master’s degrees: Master of Science in Leadership and an MBA.

Southwest Gas use Itron products for over 2 million customers in NV, CA, and AZ. Supported Itron products include: FCS, ISM, Itron Mobile, Mobile Interface, FDM, IFT, MC3, FC300, iPhone w/ IMR2, 40G/GB ERT, 100G ERT, 500G ERT and Intelis Gas Meter testing.

Derek LeBoeuf
Dereck Leboeuf City of Ottawa
Project Coordinator, AMI
Track: Data Management

Derek LeBoeuf has worked for the City of Ottawa for the past 18 years, serving as team lead for multiple projects. As a municipal owned water utility, the City has 236,000 accounts that are read hourly through Itron's Fixed Network collection engine; information collected is then preserved in Itron's meter data management system.

Derek’s current project is to roll-out a new water utility billing system that features self-serve on-line services for residents, and provides a number of internal-facing improvements for staff such as the automation of processes and interfacing with many of the applications that are used on a day-to-day basis. Derek's role specifically targets real-time integration with Maximo (meter assets and work order integration), Vailtech (property taxation system) and Itron software solutions.

Dean Martin
Dean Martin Consumers Energy
Smart Energy Supervisor
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

Dean Martin is the Smart Energy Operations Center Supervisor, with a team who perform device management of various smart electric meters and gas communication modules (ERT’s) deployed across the state of Michigan. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University, Dean began at ANCO Engineers, performing a commercial and industrial rebate program for Consumers Energy. He then held a variety of roles before beginning his career at Consumers Energy. Dean’s career at Consumers Energy started with testing the AMI systems prior to deployment, various roles during the deployment phase and is now leading the team responsible for communicating with all the AMI devices on a daily basis. Consumers Energy has deployed cellular-based smart electric meters to 1.8 million electric customers, has over 660,000 gas communication modules communicating through the AMI technology and has deployed an AMR solution to over 1.2 million gas-only customers.
Tracy Tinsley
Tracy Tinsley Duke Energy
Project Director | AMI
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

Tracy Tinsley is the Duke Energy AMI Project Director responsible for the AMI Meter Deployment Programs in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky. and Florida. She has 34 years of experience at Duke Energy and held a variety of positions in fossil, nuclear, IT and corporate services before joining the smart grid organization over 10 years ago as it was formed. Tracy initially managed the implementation and growth of the AMI head-end systems as well as the initial AMI deployment projects. Tracy has helped shape Duke Energy's AMI deployment methodology with her practical operational management experiences, by living through and leveraging many lessons learned, and by managing the many variables that affect Duke's scaled deployment efforts. Tracy is a Virginia Tech graduate (Go Hokies!), married for 30+ years to her Hokie husband, and has two amazing daughters who are also Hokie graduates, two great sons-in-law, and welcomes her first grand-daughter in April 2020!
Julie Matteson
Julie Matteson Western Area Power Administration
Manager | Settlements and Power Billing
Track: Data Management

Julie Matteson is the Settlements and Power Billing Manager at Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), Upper Great Plains Region (UGPR). WAPA is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. WAPA's service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where WAPA’s more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 56 hydropower plants. For the 29 years, Julie has specialized in supporting WAPA's MV-90 xi system. She worked in the Power Billing Division for 14 years as a Public Utilities Specialist before transferring to the Information Technology (IT) Division as System Administrator. She continued to support the Itron products from an IT perspective for 10 years. She then moved back to the Power Billing Division as a Supervisor for three years and is currently the Settlements & Power Billing Manager. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has three children and resides in Watertown, South Dakota.
Steve Miller
Steve Miller Charlotte Water
Chief of Customer Services
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Steve Miller has over 27 years of outstanding water utility experience and is currently the Chief of Customer Service at Charlotte Water, serving over one million customers through 300,000 meters. Prior to his time at Charlotte Water, Steve served as an engineer for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities. Over the last 22 years at Charlotte Water, Steve has worn many hats. He began with the utility in the Engineering department before moving on to lead Customer Service for the past 12 years. Steve and his team are responsible for Charlotte Water’s metering system, account services, new service connections, field services, revenue recovery, and backflow program. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Arts in strategic leadership. In addition to his work at Charlotte Water, Steve serves on the North Carolina AWWA Utility Management Committee and the AWWA Customer Service Committee where he dedicates time to improve utility functions nationwide. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, mountain biking, and music. Steve is married, and he and his loving wife have three beautiful children, a dog, and a turtle.
Jim Robinson
Jim Robinson Peoples Gas / North Shore Gas
Director | Meter to Bill
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Jim Robinson is the Director of Meter to Bill for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in Illinois, both WEC Energy Group subsidiaries. As an engineer and MBA graduate, located in Chicago, he also brings 35 years of experience in the gas utility industry to the Itron Utility Board. Over his career, Jim has been responsible for construction, fleet and materials management, strategic sourcing, gas supply planning, credit and collections, meter testing and repair, meter reading and billing. Recently, a key focus for Jim has been managing AMR and AMI teams and strategy for approximately 1 million gas meters across WEC Energy Group's Illinois companies. This includes managing the deployment of OpenWay® Riva gas modules and integrating OpenWay with existing systems. Jim's wealth of experience, knowledge and relationships across the utility industry make him an outstanding addition to the IUW Board.
Lorie Schellender
Lorie Shellender Pepco Holdings
Manager | Energy Efficient Programs
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

Lorie Shellender is manager of Energy Efficiency Programs at Pepco Holdings and currently manages Energy Wise Rewards, the direct load control program offered by Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. She has over 19 years of experience with various utility customer segments and she has led PHI’s pioneering work with data, specifically moving the utility into a leadership position regarding data access and analytics. She led Pepco’s innovative work on benchmarking and whole building data analysis as well as helped Pepco become the first utility in the country to implement the Green Button Connect data service for C&I customers. Her award-winning DLC program, Energy Wise Rewards, is one of the first Exelon programs to coordinate targeted demand response capabilities, and her team recently launched a bring your own device (BYOD) participation option to their existing portfolio. Combined, the PHI utility companies have more than 350,000 active participants in the direct load control programs and nearly 400MW under control.
Rick Teigland
Rick Teigland Florida Power & Light
Manager | Reliability Grid Automation
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Rick Teigland is the manager of the reliability grid automation team at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy and deployment of grid automation devices across FPL’s 35 county service territory. Rick previously served as a technical manager for the distribution portion of the Energy Smart Florida program overseeing the installation and integration of over 8,000 devices, sensors, and monitors in Miami-Dade County. He was also responsible for the distribution Storm Secure Program during the program’s early years. Prior to that, Rick was a distribution planning supervisor where his group was responsible for analyzing the distribution grid, developing capacity and system improvement projects, and ensuring protective coordination between feeder relays and distribution devices. Rick is a registered Professional Engineer, received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida.
Bill Westrick
Bill Westrick Exelon
Manager | IT Field Area Network Operations
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Bill Westrick has worked in the technology field for almost 35 years. He joined Exelon in 2012 where he initially worked on ComEd’s distribution automation deployment project, and soon moved into an operations role where he managed ComEd’s Itron (SSN) AMI and DA networks. He is now in Exelon’s Utility Communications group as IT Manager, Field Area Network Operations, where he’s responsible for the Itron AMI and DA networks at five Exelon utilities. Bill is also responsible for the Land Mobile Radio systems across all six Exelon utilities. Prior to joining Exelon, Bill was IT Director at Pennant Foods Company where he was responsible for technology deployed across its 12 manufacturing facilities in North America. His background also includes systems engineering at IBM and consulting experience at McKinsey & Company and Accenture. Bill resides in the Chicago area with his wife Liz and has 4 children (two in college and two in high school). In his spare time, he plays the piano, works as a volunteer at a social service agency on Chicago’s west side, and enjoys spending time with his children.
Lisa Reilly
Lisa Reilly Peoples Gas
Director of Continuous Improvement and Meter Reading
Track: Mobile and Measurement Solutions

Lisa Reilly is the Director of Continuous Improvement and Meter Reading at Peoples Gas, a natural gas distribution company serving southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Lisa has enjoyed a 30 year career with Peoples Gas working in many areas of the company. In Lisa’s spare time she and her husband have fostered over 100 retired racing greyhounds, has 7 grandchildren, 1 dog, 4 cats and 2 parrots. Lisa and her husband enjoy taking Caribbean Cruises.
Lynette Sealy IUW
Lynette Sealy CenterPoint Energy
Director of Meter Reading & Work Order Management
Track: Applications, Outcomes and Services

Lynette Sealy (Houston) is the Director of Meter Reading & Work Order Management for CenterPoint Energy. She began her 29-year career with CenterPoint Energy in the Call Center when it was Entex (a natural gas utility company based in Houston, TX). Following the Call Center, she has held various management positions, including Gas Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) Lead, Area Manager in Gas Operations, and Business Technology Support Manager in Technology Operations. Lynette’s work in the Technology Operations organization introduced her to Leadership Women. Lynette currently serves as a Board member of the United Energy Credit Union. Lynette also participates in a variety of non-profit organizations such as the United Way Community Investment program. Lynette graduated from the CNP Leadership Academy in 2014, Leadership Women – Texas in 2019 and earned a bachelor of science in business administration from DeVry University.

 

Mike Smith
Mike Smith Maritime Electric
IT Supervisor, IT and GIS Teams
Track: Mobile and Measurement Solutions

Mike Smith, originally from Saskatchewan, started his career as a Programmer Analyst for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture in 1992; he joined Maritime Electric in 1997.  Specializing in project management and process optimization, Mike has implemented many systems including ESRI’s GIS, Itron’ s FCS, outage management, vegetation management, service order system and billing.  Mike has worked with the T&D Operations group to optimize the departments workflows including dispatching work to crews and asset management.  Mike has also worked as the metering supervisor for two years.  In 2012 Mike worked on a 5 year IOT load control demonstration project that created a virtual power plant that allowed real time energy control operator access to control load. In 2017 Mike joined IT again as the supervisor of the IT & GIS development teams.

Mike holds an IT Application Programmer Diploma, HR Certificate and a Business Degree with a major in Organization Behavior as well as a GISP (GIS Professional) designation.

Robert Kang
Robert Kang Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Manager, Revenue Operations
Track: Applications, Outcomes and Services

Robert Kang is the Billing Operations Manager for Sacramento Municipal Utility District that monitor and maintain the meter to cash systems. He has been with SMUD for 11 years holding positions in SMUD’s Grid Assets, Workforce and Enterprise Services and Customer & Community Services. His background includes systems engineering and IT consulting at Electronic Data Systems. Robert was one of the core members that implemented the Smart Meter initiative at SMUD that installed over 150,000 smart meters in the greater Sacramento area. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Science and a MBA from California State University, Sacramento.