Eric Whitley

President and CEO, Chairman


Eric brings 36 years of industry experience leading, facilitating, and supporting critical operations and technologies in power plant operation, transmission, and large grid management systems. Eric founded GridSME to bring relevant experts into a common purpose to help facilitate the many changes in our industry.

Eric Whitley

Over the years Eric held leadership roles at Southern California Edison, California ISO, Midwest ISO, and WECC, serving in positions of Project and Technical Management, Plant Manager, EMS Manager, Manager of Reliability Applications, and Director of EMS/IT Services. These roles have focused on grid operations and technologies, IT leadership, project management, NERC compliance, and developing high performing teams in support of critical 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. Lonnie is a co-founder of GridSME, with the same vision as Eric in helping clients manage change.

Lonnie Rush

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. He possesses a broad and deep knowledge of the intricacies of operating practices and technologies as well as power market issues.

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.



Jake Taylor

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 in the energy consulting industry where he specializes in energy storage operations and modeling, the CAISO wholesale electricity markets, NERC compliance, asset management, finance, and internal controls.

 

 

 

Matt Barnes

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 energy storage operations and modeling, the CAISO wholesale electricity markets, NERC compliance, asset management, finance, risk management, and internal controls. His background includes an array of asset management experience with Covanta’s California renewable generation assets, as well as internal controls and financial audit experience with Ernst and Young.

Tim Van Blaricom

Vice President
Power System 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.







Tim Van Blaricom

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. In addition to his intimate operations knowledge, he’s managed teams dedicated to NERC Reliability Standards compliance, Operations Training and Procedures, Smart Grid implementation, Real-Time Engineering Support and EMS. Tim’s been involved in renewable integration for over ten years and now works to aid renewable owners and operators in the development and implementation of their operational procedures with respect to the Bulk Electric System.

Lee Cordner

Vice President
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.







Lee Cordner

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. For the past fifteen years Lee was the President of Cordner and Associates, Inc., a consulting company specializing in recruiting, selection, training and personal development.

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.






John McDaniel

John has performed in lead technical and managerial positions on over 50 SCADA/EMS/GMS/DMS deliveries throughout the world, participating throughout the sales cycle, the development cycle, the testing cycle, the installation cycle, and the post-delivery support cycles. In his engineering roles Mr. McDaniel focused EMS (Energy Management Systems), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), DMS (Distribution Management Systems), and OMS (Outage Management Systems). As system architect and Director of Engineering for ABB he worked extensively on the design and delivery of the Network Manager EMS system currently in use by Commonwealth Edison.

John Franzino

Vice President
GridSecurity


With a Masters in Cybersecurity Operations and Leadership, John manages the GridSecurity division. His strong working knowledge of NERC compliance, coupled with hands-on experience implementing security controls in SCADA environments, allows him to employ pragmatic, risk-based solutions for our clients.


John Franzino

Throughout his career, John has demonstrated his ability to manage fast growing teams, complex technical projects, and customer relationships. He takes ownership and pride in every engagement, going above and beyond for both our customers and staff. John’s B.S. in Engineering, combined with his knack for business, provides him and his team the ability to balance technical and business requirements alike. John has years of experience implementing compliance programs, providing technical support and advisory services, delivering training, and conducting assessments.

Brett Wangen

Vice President
Power System Services


Brett is an industry veteran, bringing broad experience in Power System Operations, Engineering, and Information Technology to GridSME and its clients.

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Wangen

Brett is an industry veteran, bringing broad experience in Power System Operations, Engineering, and Information Technology to GridSME and its clients.

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.



 

Nan Liu

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. Mr. Liu has set himself aside from others in the industry, proving that he can combine experience in highly technical engineering fields with the internal business of energy market systems, as well as operate as a successful leader of reputable professionals in the energy industry.

Jason Murray, MBA

Managing Director of
Canadian Operations


Jason has an MBA and 30 years of experience in the electricity industry in Alberta and BC specifically in Operations, Markets, NERC Standards, Compliance, Procedures, and Training as the former Director, Operations Services at the Alberta Electric System Operator (ISO).

Jason Murray, MBA

Jason has an MBA and 30 years of experience in the electricity industry in Alberta and BC specifically in Operations, Markets, NERC Standards, Compliance, Procedures, and Training as the former Director, Operations Services at the Alberta Electric System Operator (ISO). Jason also has expertise in Business Strategy, Program Management, Business Process, Trading, Stakeholder Relations and Customer Service and completed the NERC Reliability Coordinator System Operator Certification.

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.

 

 

 

 


Kevin Feusi

For the past 15 years, Kevin has been focused on power system modeling with GE’s PSLF software and is proficient in power flow, post-transient governor-power flow, voltage stability, and transient stability analysis techniques. He is knowledgeable in the regulatory standards adopted by NERC, WECC, system operators and utilities. He has performed studies for system operators, utilities, and transmission developers throughout the western USA. Studies performed range from WECC three phase rating process studies to system impact studies. Furthermore, he has helped generation developers analyze interconnection locations, develop interconnection application requests, and address various needs throughout interconnection process.



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.

Ryan Harrison

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 that monitor and comply with risk-based NERC requirements. By joining GridSME, Ryan is able to assist our GO and GOP clients by developing programs that mitigate potential NERC compliance violations.

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.

 

 

 

Mark Rabuano

Mark has a strong legal background and substantial experience in energy regulation and compliance for public utilities and independent power producers. He leverages this experience for our clients by providing oversight and guidance in developing and managing programs/processes to comply with NERC Reliability Standards; other federal and state regulations; transmission tariffs and contracts; and organized market requirements. Mark assists our GO/GOP clients by maintaining programs that mitigate and manage the risk of potential NERC compliance violations.

Gary Brown, P.E.

Vice President Engineering/Interconnection Services


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 supporting companies in power systems and interconnection related areas.

Gary Brown, P.E.

In his career, Gary has held various engineering and management responsibilities in the design and implementation of plant power and automation systems, renewable energy development, SCADA, security, and energy management for utilities, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. He has extensive experience in energy management, power generation, combined heat and power applications, and generation interconnection for industrial, utility, and public-sector organizations.

Thomas Watson

Principal
Consultant


Tom has an extensive background in the electric industry with nearly four decades of experience across a wide range of topics. He assists clients with CAISO market services and interactions, operations and planning processes, organizational issues, and regulatory compliance.

 

Thomas Watson

Tom’s experience includes generation and transmission operations, generation planning and forecasting, wholesale markets/energy procurement, compliance and regulatory interface. During his utility career, he held several senior management positions and was involved with multiple large-scale market and system implementations. He was an expert regulatory witness for 11 years, justifying the operation of a $4+ billion annual generation and purchased power portfolio. He is certified in Applied Project Management, and experienced in business resiliency as a trained National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Commander.

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.

 

 

Tim "TJ" Ferreira

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. He is an accomplished leader with over 16 years business process and technology integration experience in the wholesale electric industry with a specific focus in operations, market design, and training.

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.

 

 

Gregory Van Pelt

In addition to his operations history, Mr. Van Pelt has significant experience interfacing with WECC and other regulatory entities such as FERC, the CPUC, and the CEC. Greg has provided expert testimony at both federal and state public hearings and participated on many of the resulting task forces and committees. Greg’s career also includes a number of operations and management roles at Southern California Edison. He is an excellent operations process and procedure resource and grid management expert.

Julieanne Riessen

Energy Markets Specialist


Julie is an energy industry subject matter expert on wholesale energy markets and settlements.

 

 

Julieanne Riessen

Julianne has over 10 years of experience with the California ISO as a settlements analyst and more recently, as a Senior Client Trainer, developing and delivering instruction on new market initiatives. Julie has a broad foundation in financial analysis, contracts, compliance and is certified as an Instructional Designer/Developer and Project Management Professional.

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.

 

Vern Kissner

Vern has over 25 years of experience in aligning strategy with technology systems and processes, resulting in improved operational efficiency and effectiveness. His experience encompasses roles including: system management, replacement and upgrade oversight, system support, change management, contracts, regulatory, and compliance. Vern has been an active participant and has held numerous leadership roles in WECC and NERC technical committees and forums.

Kristin Marzec

Compliance and Training Specialist


Kristin is an experienced training developer, instructor, data analyst, and project manager.

 

 

Kristin Marzec

Kristin is an experienced training developer, instructor, data analyst, and project manager. Her experience includes a project manager role at a large California investor-owned utility where she performs research, technical writing, data analysis, gap analysis, mock audits, personnel development, and interfaces with clients and vendors. In addition, Kristin is a subject matter expert in e-learning design, programming, and presentation.

David McDaniel

Energy Markets Specialist


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.

 

 

David McDaniel

Mr. McDaniel has experience in System Auditing and Analysis. He has performed both security and NERC auditing. However, Mr. McDaniel’s specialty is System Design and Support. He has integrated systems like RANGER/ from ABB and various other performance tools and procedures. He has supported and configured systems for Ventyx/ABB. This includes 24/7 on call support for both EMS and DMS systems. He has also supported SCADA systems as well as performed day to day support for these systems.

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 team provide expert assistance to clients in biulding and/or maintaining their NERC Compliance programs.

 

David McDaniel

Mr. McDaniel has experience in System Auditing and Analysis. He has performed both security and NERC auditing. However, Mr. McDaniel’s specialty is System Design and Support. He has integrated systems like RANGER/ from ABB and various other performance tools and procedures. He has supported and configured systems for Ventyx/ABB. This includes 24/7 on call support for both EMS and DMS systems. He has also supported SCADA systems as well as performed day to day support for these systems.

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.

 

Jazmin Pierce

Jazmin has specific industry hands-on experience with power system analysis, including contingency analysis and transient stability analysis using different software applications such as GE PSLF and Siemens PSSE. She also carries experience with a variety of real time tools ABB EMS, including Real Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA), Siemens EMS and RTCA, and historian trending OSIsoft PI.

Marco Salazar

Senior Power Systems Engineer


Marco Salazar is a versatile subject matter expert in the power engineering industry. He has 18 years of proven experience in transmission planning, generation interconnection, power system studies, owner’s engineer, and design of transmission, distribution and generation projects.

 

Marco Salazar

Marco’s background in the US Navy and power engineering makes him an excellent resource to all engineering teams. Mr. Salazar carries hands-on experience in generator modelling, power flow and contingency analyses, transient stability, short circuit, and harmonics using software applications such as GE PSLF, Siemens PSSE/PSS Sincal, PSCAD, Aspen Oneliner/DistriView, AutoCAD, ETAP, and EasyPower. Marco also provides compliance support to Generator Owners in accordance with NERC Standards (TPL, PRC, MOD, FAC) across the United States.

Trinh Ngo

Principal Consultant


Trinh has 20+ years of experience in the electric industry previously as Business Solutions Manager and Technology Lead at California ISO. She connects people and processes to technology, providing business solutions to complex environments and being a critical asset for successful projects.

 

Trinh Ngo

Trinh's experience includes supporting regulatory obligations with technology implementations and providing strategic direction on technical solutions. Trinh has a diverse background in back-office, front-office, operational and market systems. She was key in the execution of California ISO’s Market Redesign Technology Upgrade and Energy Imbalance Market programs. Prior to her CAISO career, Trinh worked in IT consulting, finance, and multi-media services. She is a bridge between people, processes, and technology and understand the importance of each to help organizations succeed.

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. She serves as Compliance Program Administrator for both Generator Owner and Generator Operator clients.

Megan Thompson

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. She is experienced in NERC standards compliance, business analysis, program development and management, leading and facilitating change management, and training development. She specializes in developing and implementing effective, efficient, and sustainable processes and document management systems to ensure standardization and consistency. She also provides clients with excellent technical writing skills.

Corey Ball

GridSecurity Operations
Manager


Corey’s role as GridSME’s Security 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.

Corey Ball

Corey comes from a diverse background of management roles, with experience as a Manager of Information Security and System Operations in the legal, financial, and healthcare industries, giving him a unique and valuable operations perspective to share with GridSME.

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.

Nicholas Manka

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. Nicholas has experience with utilities in both the WECC and ERCOT regions, supporting operations for transmission, generation, and market trading systems. He also has a background in software development, network administration, network and information security, and regulatory compliance.

Ernie Hayden

GridSecurity Analyst


Mr. Hayden is a highly experienced and seasoned technical consultant, author, speaker, strategist, and thought-leader with extensive experience in Physical and Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), and Industrial Controls Security (ICS) domains.

Ernie Hayden

Mr. Hayden is a highly experienced and seasoned technical consultant, author, speaker, strategist, and thought-leader with extensive experience in Physical and Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), and Industrial Controls Security (ICS) domains.

Chad O'Connell

GridSecurity Engineer


Chad is a Security 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.

Chad O'Connell

At GridSME, Chad performs operational security activities on a daily-basis. His efforts include developing and monitoring baseline configurations, performing vulnerability assessments, patching critical systems, and account administration.

Will Bloom

GridSecurity Analyst


Will is a Security Engineer that focuses on developing and maintaining client compliance procedures and documentation relating to the technical operational Reliability Standards.

 

 


Will Bloom

Additionally, Will assists senior engineers in generation and transmission interconnection studies and other senior consultants in a multitude of projects and technical writing efforts. Mr. Bloom also utilizes his very well-rounded computer/technology skill set to assist in many areas, such as maintaining the company website and technical support.

Casey Sword

GridSecurity Engineer


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.

 

Casey Sword

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.

Patrick Linnane

GridSecurity Engineer


Patrick is a Security Engineer specializing in Identity and Access Management. His skills in IAM architecture are utilized to provide GridSecurity’s clients with a streamlined and secure authentication platform at disparate locations.

Patrick Linnane

With a background in IT infrastructure, Mr. Linnane brings a unique perspective to GridSecurity’s managed security services. By bridging the gap between technical and non-technical personnel he ensures clients understand what is being done for their critical infrastructure’s security. His extensive experience in Identity and Access Management ensures clients only have the best when it comes to managing their identities across multiple sites in a secure manner.

Troy Osteraa

GridSecurity Engineer


Troy is a Security 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.

 

Troy Osteraa

Troy brings a blend of technical IT knowledge with SCADA and EMS related experience and can translate effectively between these two cultures. He is a recognized professional providing exemplary IT and OT management and enterprise support services. He has the proven ability to provide substantial customer service in a consultative manner, an outstanding aptitude for system security, network design and management, Domain administration, troubleshooting and project planning through a strategic-based analytical approach.

Michael Mei

GridSecurity Analyst


Michael is a Security Analyst supporting GridSME internal staff, as well as GridSME clients. Michael has a knack for identifying process gaps and inefficiencies and possesses the organizational and documentation skills to quickly address issues.

 

Michael Mei

Michael's background in system administration and IT support, makes him an invaluable first line of defense for triaging and prioritizing issues as they may arise.

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.

 

Collin Doughty

Collin’s previous experience comes from an 18-month internship for the California Energy Commission contributing to the annual Integrated Energy Policy Report, among other research tasks. This coupled with a B.S. in Managerial Economics and a Minor in Political Science from UC Davis has given Collin a wide range of skills and experience to grow in the Energy Sector.

Shelley Rutty

Project Coordinator


Shelley is an experienced electrical engineer and project manager. She specializes in client interface, interconnection activity support, resource management, and project scheduling.

Shelley Rutty

Shelley is an experienced electrical engineer and project manager. She specializes in client interface, resource management, and project scheduling. At GridSME, Shelley provides interconnection activity support, project coordination, and 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.

Ryan Hancock

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. His focus is in BESS modeling and has been working with GridSME’s eStorm. With years of customer support experience and a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering, Ryan has the skills and experience to grow individually and with GridSME as a company.

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.

Kim Rupp

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. Her attention to detail and ability to communicate effectively with clients is an invaluable resource for GridSME.

Lauren Reyes

Office Administrator


Lauren offers years of experience working in a collaborative and demanding environment with a diverse group of people.

 

 

 


Lauren Reyes

Lauren offers years of experience working in a collaborative and demanding environment with a diverse group of people. She possesses strong organization and multi-tasking skills with the ability to run the front office with efficiency while maintaining a pleasant working environment for our employees and clients.

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.

 

 

Anderson McDaniel

Anderson has worked extensively with MS-Office and MS-Project, performing financial analysis, process redesign, and audit preparation roles. The finance industry is as regulation-oriented as the power industry and Andy has been involved in projects where he evaluated all operations processes and redesigned them to improve efficiency, improving annual audit scores as a side-benefit, and in projects where he performed as project manager support – leading a small team and tracking/reporting weekly progress.

Vinh Ta

GridSecurity Engineer


Vinh is part of the GridSecurity team focusing on automating process, finding inefficiencies and streamlining with code. Vinh also develops tools for integrating third party applications.

 

Vinh Ta

Prior to GridSME, Vinh served as an IT System Administrator, automating numerous tasks to improve company-wide workflow. While in this role he also provided SQL database management and other internal functions to provide necessary IT support for the company.

Jordan Cornellier

GridSecurity Analyst


Jordon is a GridSecurity Analyst, supporting a host of clients, as well as GridSec internal staff.

 

 

 

Jordan Cornellier

Jordon is a GridSecurity Analyst, supporting a host of clients, as well as GridSec internal staff. He has a knack for identifying process gaps and inefficiencies and possesses the organizational and documentation skills to quickly address issues. Jordon’s background in system administration and IT support, makes him an invaluable first line of defense for triaging and prioritizing issues as they may arise.

Robert Sukhwani

Technical Strategy Consultant


Rob is a Technical Strategy Consultant for GridSME, managing GridSecurity’s documentation efforts, as well as coordinating incident response strategies for both internal and client events.

 

Robert Sukhwani

Rob brings a host of security operations experience to GridSME and it’s clients, with 12 years leading teams in the creation, rebuilding, and implementation of information security programs. His previous roles include serving as Director of Cybersecurity, Director of Incident Response, Senior Penetration Tester, and Vulnerability Assessment Lead for a number of industries.