Our experts are here to serve you AllBoard of DirectorsCyber SecurityElectricity Market ServicesGrid TechnologiesInterconnection ServicesNERC ComplianceOperationsPower EngineeringRenewablesRisk ManagementTechnology ServicesTraining All Board of Directors Cyber Security Electricity Market Services Grid Technologies Interconnection Services NERC Compliance Operations Power Engineering Renewables Risk Management Technology Services Training Eric Whitley President and CEO, Chairman Eric brings 30 years of industry experience leading, facilitating, and supporting critical operations and technologies in power plant operation, transmission, and large grid management systems. Lonnie Rush Board Member, Owner Lonnie is a former Director of Operations Business Development at the California ISO as well as a previous Power Scheduling Manager and Grid Operations Manager for CAISO. Jake Taylor Board Member Jake brings an MBA and broad business and finance knowledge to his Board of Directors role. He worked for 12 years in Grid Operations at CAISO, as well as taught classes at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Matt Barnes, CPA, MBA Chief Financial Officer Matt is an experienced consultant and financial executive with over a decade of experience leading teams in the compliance and energy industries, where he specializes in the CAISO markets, NERC compliance, asset management, finance, risk management, and internal controls. Tim Van Blaricom Vice President, NERC Compliance Services Tim has 27+ years of experience in the electric industry serving formerly as Manager of Operations at both the California ISO and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District. Lee Cordner VP - Workforce Management Lee is a 20+ year veteran of the industry with varied experience in many aspects of power and natural gas operations, contracting, engineering and sales. Gary Brown, P.E. Vice President, Power Engineering Gary is a seasoned subject matter expert in the energy industry specializing in Grid Interconnection related services. Gary has over 35 years of experience as a consulting engineer and project manager for companies requiring assistance in various interconnection related areas. John Franzino Vice President, GridSecurity John is the Vice President of GridSecurity, GridSME’s cyber security services division. John and the cyber security team assist clients with all aspects of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), as well as general cybersecurity support outside the scope of CIP. John McDaniel Vice President, Grid Technology Services John has extensive experience with EMS, DMS, and OMS systems, having worked at ABB Network Management (significant EMS system for North America and internationally) for 24 years. Jason Murray, MBA Managing Director of Canadian Operations Jason has 25+ years of experience in the Alberta and BC electricity industry specifically in Operations, Markets, NERC Standards, Procedures, and Training as Director, Operations Services at the Alberta Electric System Operator (ISO). Kevin Feusi Director of Engineering Kevin is a registered professional electrical engineer in California with 25 years of experience in transmission planning, operations engineering, and power/control systems design. Nan Liu Director of Market Services & Principal Engineer Nan is a Subject Matter Expert with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Nan has had a rewarding career with relevant experience in both energy engineering and wholesale power markets. Nicholas Manka Principal Security Architect Nicholas is a subject matter expert on integrating and securing SCADA systems and the networks that service them. He has spent 10 years helping electric utilities add cybersecurity to their cultures of safety and reliability. Mark Rabuano Director of Regulatory Compliance Mark has a strong legal background and substantial experience in energy regulation and compliance for public utilities and independent power producers. Ryan Harrison Director of NERC Compliance Ryan is an industry veteran with a long career in power generation operations and transmission operations business applications support. He leverages this experience for our clients by providing oversight, guidance, and coordination in managing and developing sound programs and processes… Thomas E. Watson Principal Consultant Tom has an extensive background in the electric industry with 37 years’ experience across a wide range of topics, including transmission and generation operations, energy procurement, generation planning and modeling, demand forecasting, and regulatory processes. Kristen Kelley, PMP Principal Consultant Kristen is a certified Project Management Professional with nearly 20 years of energy industry experience with the CAISO and several leading electric industry consulting firms. Enamul Haq, PhD Principal Network Model Engineer Enamul is an energy industry subject matter expert with over 40 years of utility, EMS software, power systems experience. He is an expert in the CAISO Market Full Network Model, State Estimator, Contingency Analysis, Voltage Stability and Transient Stability tools. Trinh Ngo, MBA Principal Consultant Trinh has 18+ years working in the Electric Industry, primarily at the California ISO in IT and client solutions. Her focus is in development of business solutions in a complex environment for internal and external clients of CAISO’s IT systems. Angela Plummer, PMP Principal Consultant, Interconnection Services Angela has over eleven years of managing the implementation of technology and project management with industry experience including project/program management, FERC and CPUC (Rule 21, WDAT, ISO) Interconnection processes, new resource origination and implementation, and Software/SaaS Implementation. Tim “TJ” Ferreira Senior Process and System Architect TJ is an industry expert in the co-optimization of energy and ancillary services in deregulated nodal energy markets, compliance processes and procedures, and practical tools for grid and market operators. Gregory Van Pelt Senior Operations, Compliance, and Regulatory Specialist Greg is a seasoned professional with more than 40 years in the electrical industry and has held roles ranging from operations at steam power plants to the Director of Grid Operations at the California ISO. Vern Kissner NERC Compliance Specialist Vern has over 25 years of experience in aligning strategy with technology systems and processes, resulting in improved operational efficiency and effectiveness. Kristin Marzec Compliance and Training Specialist Kristin is an experienced training developer, instructor, data analyst, and project manager. Julianne Riessen Energy Markets Specialist Julie is an energy industry subject matter expert on wholesale energy markets and settlements. David McDaniel Principal Technology Consultant David is a Subject Matter Expert with 30 years of experience in the software engineering field. He is proficient in several programs, such as Windows and Linux, as well as scripting in Borne, Korn Shell, and more. Lenise Kimes NERC Compliance Specialist Lenise is a North American Electric Reliability (NERC) Compliance Specialist for GridSME’s Compliance services division. As part of this service offering, Lenise and the Compliance services team provide expert assistance to clients in building and/or maintaining their NERC compliance programs. Jazmin Pierce Senior Power Systems Engineer Jazmin is a Power System Engineer with expertise in transmission planning, generation interconnection, operations planning, and real-time operations. Her career history includes 9 years in operations engineering and 3 years in transmission planning and network application modeling. Marco Salazar Senior Power Systems Engineer Marco Salazar is an experienced Senior Power Systems Engineer subject matter expert with a diverse skill set developed over his 10 years in the electrical industry. Anderson McDaniel Project Administrator/Analyst Anderson (Andy) worked in the investment/finance arena for Merrill Lynch during most of his college years graduating with a BA in Finance before joining GridSME at the beginning of 2017. Megan Thompson Senior Business Analyst Megan brings 16 years of experience working in incident management program management, business continuity management, Operations emergency communications, policy program management, and process improvement at the California ISO. Corey Ball GridSecurity Operations Manager Corey’s role as GridSME’s GridSecurity Operations Manager includes managing day to day operations, ensuring that deliverables have been met with regard to client needs, and supporting the long term strategic direction of GridSecurity. Tony Medeiros Senior Network Engineer Tony brings 20 years of network and security engineering expertise to GridSME. He has prowess in nearly every firewall platform with the most recent experience being on Cisco ASA and ZBFW platforms as well at Palo Alto Networks platforms. Robert Sukhwani GridSecurity Incident Response & Process Lead Rob is a GridSecurity Incident Response & Process Lead for GridSME, managing GridSecurity’s documentation efforts, as well as coordinating incident response strategies for both internal and client events. Chad O’Connell GridSecurity Engineer Chad is a GridSecurity engineer with a strong background in information security and assurance. He has much experience administering and securing Windows systems in accordance with stringent DoD security requirements. He is particularly strong in Domain administration and patch management. Will Bloom GridSecurity Engineer Will is an GridSecurity Engineer that focuses on developing and maintaining client compliance procedures and documentation relating to the technical operational Reliability Standards. Casey Sword GridSecurity Engineer, Systems Casey has over a decade of experience in building and scaling systems in both small and enterprise level environments. With technical knowledge of systems spanning across multiple industries, Casey brings a unique and well-rounded skill set to every project. Leo Vang GridSecurity Analyst Leo is an experienced Cyber Security Consultant on Defense-in-Depth fundamentals, sophisticated utility SCADA controls and systems. Mr. Vang specializes in defending and mitigating threats along with system/network testing and optimization of networking infrastructures, servers and user-end systems. Patrick Linnane GridSecurity Analyst Patrick is a GridSecurity Analyst with a successful history of leading deployment, enhancement, and support of business-critical applications and equipment. He brings a strong service background with the ability and experience to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical personnel. Troy Osteraa GridSecurity Engineer Troy is a GridSecurity Engineer for GridSME, focusing on all aspects of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) design, implementation, and support, as well as general cyber security support outside the scope of CIP. Michael Mei GridSecurity Analyst Michael is a GridSecurity Analyst, supporting a host of clients, as well as GridSec internal staff. Michael has a knack for identifying process gaps and inefficiencies, and possesses the organizational and documentation skills to quickly address issues. Collin Doughty Technical Writer Collin is a Technical Writer with an analytical background. His efforts include proposal development, research and analytics for both GridSME and their clients. Shelley Rutty Project Coordinator Shelley is an experienced electrical engineer and project manager. She specializes in client interface, resource management, and project scheduling. At GridSME, Shelley provides project and resource management assistance, designing and implementing business development and resource planning tools. Ryan Hancock Staff Analyst Ryan is a Staff Analyst with an engineering background. With a wide variety of tasks, he actively provides technical assistance to both GridSME clients as well as his fellow staff members. Kim Rupp Manager of Office and Client Services Kim has over 35 years of administrative experience which has provided her with the skills to successfully and efficiently manage our office. Her role as Office and Client Services Manager includes all aspects of A/P, A/R, payroll and client management. … Pam Aldred Office Administrator Pam is the Office Administrator at GridSME, coming from a successful 25-year career at Intel filling both Executive and Administrative Assistant roles across a range of departments. Pam’s efforts include client onboarding and care, as well as office administrative roles.