Meet Our Team

The core of SEPA’s clean energy operations


Sheri Givens

President & Chief Executive Officer

Sheri Givens joined Smart Electric Power Alliance as president and CEO in November 2022, leading SEPA’s work to address the most pressing issues encountered in the transformation to a carbon-free electricity sector. Her professional experience includes nearly twenty years in legal, regulatory, legislative, and external affairs in both the public and private sectors.

Chris Schroeder
Vice President, Research & Industry Strategy

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Chris joined SEPA in 2017. He is responsible for helping SEPA members define a variety of programs, strategies, and solutions for distributed energy resources supporting the advancement of clean energy and modernized grid. Chris has over 20 years of management consulting experience across electric utility and renewable energy industries. Chris has also provided strategic consulting services for state regulatory proceedings, complex stakeholder facilitation services, utility tariff review and energy storage initiatives for utilities throughout North America. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Building Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Phone: 202.871.9340     Email: [email protected]

Courtney Galatioto
Vice President, Membership

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Courtney Galatioto is the Vice President of Membership at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), a prominent educational nonprofit with 1,100+ members nationwide. With over a decade of experience in the energy sector, Courtney plays a pivotal role in steering SEPA’s strategic initiatives, shaping the membership program to drive engagement, retention, and growth aligned with SEPA’s mission. She collaborates closely with members, ensuring tailored solutions and delivering value through research and programs.

Courtney previously held key roles in business development and member relations at the Alliance to Save Energy and served as a policy fellow in North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in energy and climate change and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Phone: 202.559.2032     Email: [email protected]

Beth Eagle
Vice President, Operations

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Beth Eagle joined SEPA in September of 2013 with a background in association operations, human resources, project management and fundraising. Previously, she worked for various non-profit organizations in the operations department throughout Washington, DC.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and her Master of Arts from George Washington University. She lives in Maryland, with her husband, son and 2 dogs.

Phone: 202.559.2029     Email: [email protected]

Ukiah Busch
Vice President, Development

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Ukiah joined SEPA in 2023. He oversees SEPA’s efforts to build and strengthen partnerships with foundations, state governments, and federal agencies to generate resources in support of SEPA’s mission. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with over 12 years of experience in partnership building, fundraising, nonprofit management, and program implementation.

Prior to joining SEPA, Ukiah developed and secured multi-million-dollar funding partnerships for a major international climate action initiative and spent 6+ years building funding partnerships with numerous public and private sector donors in support of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Solar Energy Association from 2021-23.

Ukiah holds bachelor’s degrees in Italian, French and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master’s of International Relations from American University.

Phone: 771.212.8350     Email: [email protected]

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Aaron Smallwood

Vice President, Research & Industry Strategy

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Aaron Smallwood

Aaron has been in Information Technology for 20 years and in the utility industry for the last 15 years. As Director of IT Operations at the Electric Reliability of Council of Texas (ERCOT), Aaron was responsible for the multi-data center IT operations of ERCOT’s real-time grid and market systems, deregulated retail market systems, Enterprise Data Warehouse, systems integration, and market settlement systems. In other roles at ERCOT he led business/technology alignment, IT strategy development, program financial management for the Texas Nodal Market Implementation, IT stakeholder relationship management, and the IT divisional project office.

Prior to ERCOT, Aaron was responsible for managing the relationship between IT and utility business units at Aquila, Inc., working with utility and IT leaders to ensure that IT services were aligned with business objectives and that IT was positioned to support their needs.

Phone: 202.871.7414     Email: [email protected]

Aliyah McDaniel-Hall

Project Coordinator, Research & Industry Strategy

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Aliyah McDaniel-Hall

Aliyah joined SEPA in September of 2023. In her role she is responsible for supporting the  tracking, administration and organization of the team and their projects.

Aliyah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She brings her years of experience working in non-profit coordination and IT operations support to her role at SEPA.

As a Charlotte resident, when Aliyah is not working she enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, gardening, reading and attending community events.

Andrew Hennessy

Data Analyst

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Andrew Hennessy

Andrew joined SEPA in September 2022 and works with data from many aspects of the organization to help coworkers and SEPA members get as much information as possible from our datasets. He will assist in finalizing the UTC Report Cards and managing SEPA’s salesforce environment. Before joining SEPA he completed a Master’s in Biology at Wesleyan University and studied Earth & Environmental Science during his undergraduate degree.

In his free time, Andrew is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for nature, backpacking, biking, and skiing.

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Andrew Jerdonek

Senior Director, Education

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Andrew Jerdonek

Andrew Jerdonek is an experienced non-profit management professional who has worked in the medical, pharmaceutical, and energy industries. A former Executive Director of the American College of Medical Quality, and Director, Education for Solar Power Events, Andrew has a keen interest in leading collaborative, boundary-spanning initiatives that work to define and improve the quality and productivity of the industries they serve.

Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary Washington and is a Certified Association Executive.

Phone: 202.602.6583     Email: [email protected]

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Andromeda Winter

Associate, Human Resources & Compliance

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Andromeda Winter

Andromeda joined SEPA in October 2023. In her role, she is responsible for supporting day-to-day operations and human resources functions, with a particular emphasis on compliance administration.

Andromeda holds a BS in Business Administration from Purdue University and is pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She has over ten years of experience in a variety of sectors, including tribal government, non-profit, and startups.

In her free time, she enjoys art and technology. She sews, sculpts clay, 3D prints, and builds PCs.

Anita Bonner

Staff Support Manager

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Anita Bonner

Anita Bonner Joined SEPA in January, 2015 as a Finance and Operations Associate to ensure the daily operations at SEPA, run smoothly.

With more than 15 years of experience in the Administrative arena, prior experience includes being the Administrative Assistant for one of the most recognize Volunteer Programs in the nation – the “President’s Volunteer Service Awards” and Anita was also a recipient of the award – with more than 4000 hours of volunteer service.

Anita also held positions with the Meltech Corporation, US Department of Labor, State Farm Insurance, US Courts, National Urban League and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Anita has also volunteered her time at Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. Anita truly enjoys helping others – wherever and whenever she can.

The highlight(s) of Anita’s life are her grandkids (and shoes)

Phone: 202.559.1536     Email: [email protected]

Ann Collier

Senior Manager, Emerging Technology

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Ann Collier

Ann joined SEPA in December 2021. She leads research and education on a range of emerging technologies for carbon reduction. She collaborates across SEPA’s team and member network to build awareness, encourage partnerships, and support business and policy action to accelerate the power system’s transition toward a net zero carbon future.

Previously, Ann contributed to SEPA’s Utility Transformation Challenge and member advisory services. She led energy efficiency and electrification market research and program evaluation projects at Opinion Dynamics and performed economic analysis of federal environmental policy at Abt Associates.

She holds an M.S. in Resource Economics & Policy from the University of Maine and a B.S. in Biology from Bates College. Based in Massachusetts, Ann spends her free time exploring the great outdoors with her family.

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Anne Weaver

Senior Manager, Market Intelligence

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Anne Weaver

Anne joined SEPA in November of 2023 as Senior Manager, Market Intelligence. Anne helps SEPA in transitioning the electric power industry towards a carbon-free future through developing and implementing analyses of electric utilities’ clean energy progress, focusing on key areas like resilience, storage, transportation, emerging technology, and policy.

Anne’s career started in the clean energy sector, conducting comprehensive market research and program evaluations for utility clients, focusing on topics such as transportation and electrification technology adoption. Prior to joining SEPA, she worked in the tech industry for several years as a user experience (UX) researcher, applying her research skills to find ways to improve a survey research tool.

Anne holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University. She lives in Portland, OR with her fiance and two cats. Away from work, Anne enjoys the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest through activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking. She’s also a culinary enthusiast and a frequent concert attendee!

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Ashley-Lynn Chrzaszcz

Senior Manager, Transportation Electrification

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Ashley-Lynn Chrzaszcz

Ashley Lynn joined SEPA in November 2023, and is responsible for overseeing the project management functions of transportation electrification focus areas. Working collaboratively to help utilities and other stakeholders, she endeavors to articulate the value of SEPAs work in order to increase engagement. Prior to joining SEPA, Ashley Lynn worked alongside thought leaders in New Jersey and helped launch ChargEVC, a 501(c)6. She has developed & executed impactful programs as a regulator at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and managed millions in grants & incentives. Ashley Lynn graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with a B.S. in Sustainability Sciences. She also holds a M.S. in Sustainability Sciences.

Ashley Lynn is engaged with her community and volunteers as the Policy Lead for the New Jersey Electric Vehicle Association to advocate for equitable access for charging infrastructure. She also volunteers as an assistant coach for the Rutgers New Brunswick Salsa Club and teaches Latin dance.

Ayomide Ibrahim

Manager, Accounting

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Ayomide Ibrahim

Ayomide joined SEPA in November 2019, and is responsible for maintaining financial reports and records. He has years of experience in accounting services for both private and public organizations. He has a B.Sc. Accounting from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria, and is an Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is currently studying to upgrade this to CPA. His personal interests include volunteering his services in financial aspects for his church and spending time with family.

Phone: 202.869.4384     Email: [email protected]

Brittany Blair

Senior Analyst, Research & Industry Strategy

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Brittany Blair

Brittany joined SEPA in June 2021 as a Research and Industry Strategy Analyst after having worked on a collaborative Microgrid Tariff whitepaper with SEPA. In her role, Brittany supports SEPA’s research projects on topics including distribution resource planning and managed electric vehicle charging. Prior to joining SEPA, she interned for Newport Consulting on projects pertaining to microgrid business models, net-metering tariff revisions, and transmission & distribution surveys.

Brittany holds a MS in Energy Systems Management from the University of San Francisco and a BS/MS in Biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In her free time, Brittany can often be found reading, hiking in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, and enjoying botanical gardens.

Phone: 202.595.1147     Email: [email protected]

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Carina Wallack

Content Writer

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Carina Wallack

Carina joined SEPA in January of 2023. She works across the organization as a writer and copy editor to help communicate technical topics clearly and concisely to a broad range of audiences. Carina joins SEPA from E4TheFuture, where she advocated for policies supporting the residential energy efficiency sector.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College, where she completed an interdisciplinary major with a focus on environmental policy and public health.

Outside of work Carina enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and rock climbing.

Carolyn Dougherty

Senior Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy

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Carolyn Dougherty

Carolyn joined SEPA in March 2021 as an analyst after having worked as an intern on SEPA’s Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study with the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy. In her role, she supports federal research projects, state resiliency efforts, and utility electrification program development. Carolyn enjoys utilizing GIS analysis to evaluate spatial data, identify locations of vulnerability in the grid, and inform solution development.

Prior to joining SEPA, Carolyn attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received her B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in sustainability and geospatial technologies in 2020. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate at Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys camping, hiking, DIY projects, and collecting sea glass at the beach.

Phone: 202.688.3146     Email: [email protected]

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Celeste Hawkins

Director, Marketing

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Celeste Hawkins

Celeste Hawkins joined SEPA in 2024. In her role as marketing director, she is working with internal stakeholders across the organization to build and implement a more impactful marketing strategy that will drive meaningful engagement, membership satisfaction, and mission fulfillment.

Prior to SEPA, Celeste worked in marketing for more than 14 years, with a focus on providing marketing consulting, marketing roadmaps, and fractional marketing leadership to climate tech companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English education. In 2023, she completed the Climatebase Fellowship.

Celeste lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband, son, and two guinea pigs.

Charisse Raysor

Senior Manager, Member Services

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Charisse Raysor

Charisse joined SEPA in 2013. As manager of member services, she leads all administrative components of membership. She’s accountable for developing and implementing procedures to ensure accuracy of membership records including member engagement, trends, and overall integrity. Prior to SEPA, Charisse served as Membership & Sponsorship Account Manager for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA). She also held the position of Membership Specialist for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Charisse brings more than 15 years of membership services experience to SEPA.

Phone: 202.559.2024     Email: [email protected]

Claire Hoyle

Manager, Event Marketing

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Claire Hoyle

Claire joined SEPA in December 2023, with a vision of increasing collaboration between the Programs & Events and Marcom teams. As Manager, Event Marketing, she will strategically plan and execute event marketing campaigns, identify attendance growth opportunities, and strive for increased event engagement.

Before joining the SEPA team, Claire focused on marketing and brand consistency across social media, email, and website content. She has additional experience in stakeholder relations, trade shows, and webinar planning.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University, with concentrations in both Education and Film & Media Studies.

Claire is an avid writer who also loves cooking and baking. She currently coaches youth competitive cheerleading in the evenings.

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Senior Director, Programs & Events

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Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne is the Senior Director of Programs and Events and oversees SEPA’s conferences, RE+ events, executive programs, working group communities, and online learning. Cynthia’s experience includes strategic planning, project management, education program development, and member engagement. She understands the technologies, approaches, and deployment of clean energy assets to reach a carbon-free future and the power of collaboration of key stakeholders to achieve the energy transition.

Prior to joining SEPA, Cynthia was a Project Manager for Morse Associates, Inc. a consultancy in Washington, DC where Cynthia gained more than 10 years of experience managing utility-scale solar PV and CSP studies and initiatives for a number of clients both in the U.S. and internationally.

Outside of her professional work and interests, Cynthia’s family and dogs keep her busy. She is a comedy-loving movie nerd, a voracious reader, and a classically trained pianist who should practice more.

Phone: 202.595.1148     Email: [email protected]

Daisy Chung

Technical Program Manager, Engagement

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Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA in 2014. She focuses on utility deployment at the distribution level, with specialty in asset management and operations & maintenance. She also collaborates with industry stakeholders such as electric service providers and integrators.

Daisy comes with seven years of thin‐films engineering, process implementation, as well as technical knowledge transfer experience from Samsung. Through her global experience, she specialized in system start‐ups, qualification, standardization, and failure and root-cause analysis through Six Sigma data analytics and system monitoring strategies.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, with minors in Business Foundation and Chinese Language from the University of Texas; she is also an honor’s graduate of the Master in International Public Affairs program, specializing in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Longhorns and badgers play nicely together in her household.

Phone: 202.559.2027     Email: [email protected]

Damali Jordon

Assistant, Digital Marketing

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Damali Jordon

Damali started her role as a contractor with SEPA in August 2021 and became an official SEPA employee in August 2022. Damali assists the marketing department with website maintenance and administration and email marketing.

Damali has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Virginia State University. She has previous experience with social media marketing for small businesses, event assistance, and fundraising for non-profit organizations.

Damali is a new mom who lives in Washington DC with her partner and infant daughter. She has a keen interest in holistic wellness and enjoys taking walks, yoga, reading, and traveling.

Denise Burr

Manager, Utility Engagement

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Denise Burr

Denise joined SEPA in May 2023. With 25 years of customer service, she finds a meaningful purpose in helping people help the world. Prior to joining SEPA, she spent the last two years at a biotechnology research company working as a transformation, strategy, and continuous process improvement consultant in Quality and Regulatory. She has five years of utility experience working with distributed energy resources and operations at Tucson Electric Power, where she worked to inspect solar and battery storage systems. That led her to be a part of a process to harmonize utility standards locally and statewide in Arizona. She has served in financial and project management roles for different industries such as government, non-profit, corporate, and construction.

Denise has a Bachelor of Organizational Management and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arizona Global Campus.

Denise lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her daughter and mother. She enjoys a work-life balance with health and wellness activities. In her free time, she practices as a licensed massage therapist for family and friends. Her new hobby is learning how to conquer her fear of heights at the rock-climbing gym.

Devyn Barron

Manager, Communications

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Devyn Barron

Devyn (she/her) joined in April of 2023 and is working to elevate SEPA’s social media presence and assist in creating SEPA TV productions. She also supports the MarCom team with various engagement efforts.

Prior to joining the SEPA team, Devyn worked for large, science-based institutions as a climate communications specialist and as a social media manager for small businesses.

Outside work, Devyn is an avid CrossFitter and enjoys exploring new sushi bars.

Drake Moran

Analyst, Research & Industry Strategy

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Drake Moran

Drake joined SEPA in November 2021, and works on the Electrification team. Prior to joining SEPA he worked at the Arizona Corporation Commission on a broad range of utility regulatory filings. Most notably he led the Commission’s work on developing a policy statement and implementation plan for expanding electric vehicles, electric vehicle infrastructure, and the electrification of the transportation sector in Arizona.

Drake holds a B.S. in Sustainability and a P.S.M. in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization from Arizona State University.

Drake is a lifelong resident of Phoenix, Arizona and outside of work he enjoys playing volleyball, hiking at sunset, and visiting the beautiful national parks around the country.

Elizabeth Mitchell

Associate, Information Management

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Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth started her role as a contractor with SEPA in September 2022 and became an official SEPA employee in January 2023. She directs her enthusiasm at promoting user enablement & providing technical support across SEPA’s network of cloud-based applications.

Elizabeth is a business process analyst with 18 years of experience working across multiple business sectors in various industries. She specializes in business process mapping, analytics, and technical writing. She acquired Microsoft and JavaScript certifications and has an unsurpassable organizational skillset and a genuine love of technology.

Raised a competitive athlete, Elizabeth enjoyed teaching barre into adulthood until an injury forced her early retirement. She continues her yoga practice and remains active as a volunteer within the animal rescue community. She is also an intensely loyal, if not occasionally terrifying, fan of professional ice hockey. Go Bruins!

Ella Rohn

Manager, Marketing

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Ella Rohn

Ella joined SEPA in August 2022, and brings nearly a decade of experience in public relations and strategic marketing to businesses in a variety of industries. She works to shape the marketing strategy and execution for SEPA research products, educational programming, and engagement initiatives.

Ella holds an MH in Public Relations from Tiffin University, and has assisted transitions towards audience engagement success and growth as well as cross-department project management.

She is an avid sci-fi reader who enjoys the outdoors and resides in Greenville, SC with her dog, Jones.

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