Meet Our Team

The core of SEPA’s clean energy operations

Team

Aaron Smallwood

Vice President, Technical Services, SEPA

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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: asmallwood@sepapower.org

Adam Wasserman

Vice President, Development and Engagement

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Adam Wasserman

Adam Wasserman joined SEPA in 2014 and is responsible for building market awareness and development of SEPA’s products and services. He has spent his career helping a wide variety of organizations advance their marketing message and strategy.

Prior to SEPA, Adam worked with non-profits, technology companies, film and TV productions, advertising firms and a Political Action Committee. A native of Washington DC, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Phone: 202.559.2033     Email: adam@sepapower.org

Andrew Cotter

Senior Manager, Technical Services

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Andrew Cotter

Andrew Cotter joined SEPA in November 2017 as Senior Manager of Technical Services to coordinate SEPA’s working groups. He brings over 13 years of utility research and program management experience from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association where he oversaw its “Renewable and Distributed Energy“ research portfolio.

Andrew has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phone: 202.869.1948     Email: acotter@sepapower.org

Andrew Jerdonek

Senior Director, Programming

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Andrew Jerdonek

Andrew Jerdonek is an experienced educational management professional who has designed and delivered conferences 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.

Phone: 202.602.6583     Email: ajerdonek@sepapower.org

Anita Bonner

Senior Associate, Finance & Operations

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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: abonner@sepapower.org

Beth Eagle

Vice President, Operations

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Beth Eagle

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: beagle@sepapower.org

Brad Benton

Senior Manager, Membership

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Brad Benton

Brad Benton is the Membership Manager for the Smart Electric Power Alliance. He joined SEPA in 2015 as Manager of Executive Affairs and moved to the membership team in late 2016. Prior to joining SEPA, Brad worked at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver from Missouri on Capitol Hill. Brad has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Brad is an avid traveler and photographer. He lives with his wife in Arlington.

Phone: 202.559.2038     Email: bbenton@sepapower.org

Brenda Chew

Senior Manager, Research, SEPA

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Brenda Chew

Brenda leads SEPA’s Research team and has focused much of her time at SEPA investigating the proliferation of flexible resources along the grid. Prior to SEPA, Brenda worked as a consultant at ICF, focusing on distributed energy resources, Utility of the Future and grid modernization efforts.

She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of St. Andrews, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Emory University.

Phone: 202.753.8955     Email: bchew@sepapower.org

Charisse Raysor

Manager, Member Services

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Charisse Raysor

Charisse joined SEPA in 2013. As Senior Membership Coordinator, she leads all administrative components of membership . She’s accountable for developing and implementing procedures to ensure accuracy of membership recoreds 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: craysor@sepapower.org

Chris Schroeder

Vice President, Advisory Services

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Chris Schroeder

Chris joined SEPA in 2017 and currently leads SEPA’s Advisory Services team. In this role, 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: cschroeder@sepapower.org

Christine Stearn

Senior Manager, SEPA

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Christine Stearn

Christine joined SEPA in 2015. She has advised utilities on strategic and operational plans for programs, products and services that will drive integration of clean energy resources into utility resource portfolios and business operations. Currently, she manages SEPA’s 51st State Initiative (http://sepa51.org), a collaborative platform that is an alternative to the contentious debates surrounding market and rate reform occurring in many jurisdictions. The initiative creates an ongoing, safe forum for experts and industry leaders to shape the evolution of the utility sector.

Prior to SEPA, Christine has had a variety of rewarding work experiences ranging from startups to working at a global sustainability think tank, to building an analytic program for a $3 billion operating organization. Christine presents on energy, sustainability, technology, climate and risk topics. Christine earned both a MBA and a M.Sc. from Columbia University and her BS from Babson College where she majored in Management Information Systems.

Christine has a love of travel, a taste for pancakes, an aptitude for technology, an itch to run and a desire to connect with others.

Phone: 202.753.8926     Email: cstearn@sepapower.org

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Senior Manager, E-Learning

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Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne is Senior Manager of Programs at SEPA.

Cynthia’s project management experience coupled with the knowledge of the trends, barriers and approaches relating to successful and sustainable deployment and utilization of solar and distributed energy resources and technologies informs her role developing and executing programs for SEPA.

In addition, Cynthia has more than 10 years of experience managing utility-scale solar studies and initiatives for a number of clients both in the U.S. and internationally. She is familiar with the various solar technologies and the deployment large-scale solar projects.

Prior to joining SEPA, Cynthia was a Project Manager for Morse Associates in Washington, DC. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Phone: 202.595.1148     Email: cjaehne@sepapower.org

Daisy Chung

Manager, Special Projects

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Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA’s research team in 2014 to lead specialized research ranging from nationwide policy to utility customer offerings. 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: dchung@sepapower.org

Erika Myers

Principal, Transportation Electrification

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Erika Myers

Erika H. Myers is a Principal of Transportation Electrification for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Erika has 16 years of experience in the clean energy sector and specializes in the nexus between the grid, electric vehicles, and renewable energy. She leads SEPA’s content for transportation electrification and manages SEPA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, briefs, and articles and regularly speaks at events around the country.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years as the Renewable Energy Manager for the South Carolina Energy Office, specializing in renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in clean energy.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: emyers@sepapower.org

Frank H. Grace IV

Senior Director, Information Management

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Frank H. Grace IV

Frank Grace graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a major in public relations and a minor in political science. Prior to joining SEPA, Frank interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman Connolly’s office. He also interned for Senator Whitehouse in 2007 and for Morgan Stanley in 2006.

Phone: 202.280.1557     Email: fgrace@sepapower.org

Greg Merritt

Director, Communications and Marketing

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Greg Merritt

Greg joined SEPA in April 2019, and works to promote SEPA to stakeholders and the broader markets. Greg has worked in corporate marketing, public affairs and product marketing at advanced technology companies helping change the status quo.

He has served on boards at the Alliance to Save Energy, Duke University’s Fuqua School and other energy-focused organizations.

He has a MS, Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS, Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Greg is an avid cyclist and skier, has two grown boys, and lives in Old Town Alexandria with his wife and pets.

Phone: 202.379.1637     Email: gmerritt@sepapower.org

Harry Cutler

PMO Consultant of Advisory Services

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Harry Cutler

Harry is the PMO Consultant on the Advisory Services team at SEPA. In this role, he manages and executes the delivery of products, programs and services to utility and energy industry clients to facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources and grid modernization.

Since joining SEPA in 2017, Harry has worked on several important organization initiatives developing his project management skills and becoming proficient at utilizing resources across the organization.

Prior to joining SEPA, Harry graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Global Studies.

Phone: 202.871.7533     Email: hcutler@sepapower.org

Holly DeLoache

Senior Associate, Communications

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Holly DeLoache

Holly joined SEPA in October of 2018 at a Senior Communications Associate. She is the voice behind the SEPAPower social media handles, bringing a wealth of knowledge and personality to each platform.
Prior to SEPA, Holly was a Digital Reporter for WMBF News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, delivering positive and uplifting stories to the television screens of the Grand Strand.
Holly has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in film and video studies from Washington and Jefferson College just outside of Pittsburgh.
You can find Holly in Southern Maryland with her daughter and fiancé – most likely cheering on the Redskins or the Nationals.

Phone: 202.753.8929     Email: hdeloache@sepapower.org

Ian Motley

Manager, Marketing

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Ian Motley

Ian joined SEPA in 2015 as Marketing Manager, overseeing the development and execution of SEPA’s marketing and creative efforts. He comes to SEPA with over seven years of association and marketing experience. Ian received a Master of Science in International Marketing Management from Boston University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from George Mason University.

He is a video game, cycling, Instagram and travel enthusiast.

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Janet Gail Besser

Managing Director of Regulatory Innovation & Utility Business Models

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Janet Gail Besser

As Managing Director of Regulatory Innovation & Utility Business Models, Janet Gail Besser leads two closely integrated pathways for SEPA. She brings to this role broad energy industry experience as a regulator, clean energy business association leader, utility executive, developer, consultant, and consumer advocate. Previously, she was Executive Vice President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she led electric industry restructuring, and an executive and expert consultant at Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also held senior staff roles at the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, served as policy director for a DC-based national independent power association, and began her career as a small hydro developer and low-income consumer advocate. Janet is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry. She earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College.

Phone: 202.552.4411     Email: jbesser@sepapower.org

Janine Fiasconaro

Senior Associate, Marketing

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Janine Fiasconaro

Janine joined SEPA in June 2017 after graduating from American University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and a minor in marketing. She has had several internships at various non profits during her time at AU which led her to develop an interest in marketing as a career. Most recently she interned at Sierra Club where she was an Online Organizing intern and enjoyed working on promoting the Peoples Climate March. She lives in Northwest DC but loves taking excursions to nearby parks to hike and camp, especially Shenandoah National Park.

Phone: 202.871.7495     Email: jfiasconaro@sepapower.org

Jared Leader

Manager, Advisory Services

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Jared Leader

Jared Leader is in the Advisory Services group at SEPA. In his role he researches and develops strategic plans for programs, products, and services that will drive integration of distributed energy resources, non-wires alternatives and microgrids into utility resource portfolios and business operations.

Jared is the staff lead for SEPA’s Microgrid Working Group and co-leads SEPA’s consulting engagement with the D.C. Public Service Commission facilitating the grid modernization (MEDSIS) initiative in the District.

Prior to joining SEPA, Jared spent three years as a consultant at Arcadis US. Jared was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of several environmental programs for both municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors.

Jared earned his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia and is currently earning his MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.

Phone: (202) 609-8938     Email: jleader@sepapower.org

Jennifer Szaro

Vice President, Research and Education, SEPA

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Jennifer Szaro

Jennifer Szaro joined SEPA in 2015 as Senior Director of Programs and currently manages SEPA’s extensive portfolio of educational offerings, including joint venture events such as Solar Power International (SPI) and targeted events like the Utility Solar Conference and annual Fact Finding Missions.

Prior to this, she spent nearly nine years as Renewable Energy Manager for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) leading their solar energy, corporate sustainability and electric vehicle programs. She also conducted applied photovoltaic systems research for eight years as Senior Energy Analyst for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF). Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Florida International University in 1997 and holds an MBA from UCF.

She has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including: SEPA, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), Project Get Ready Central Florida and Drive Electric Florida. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and the board of the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center.

Phone: 202.559.2023     Email: jszaro@sepapower.org

Jenny Senff

Senior Manager, Programs

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Jenny Senff

Jenny joined SEPA in November 2015 where she works on the Programs and Education team. Jenny manages SEPA’s annual Grid Evolution Summit as well as its new elearning platform, FUSED, along with various working groups, webinars, and workshops. Prior to joining SEPA, she spent five years at the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (which joined forces with SEPA in the fall of 2015).

Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science form Wake Forest University and a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University. Although her days of competitive softball, kickball, flag football, bowling, and bocce are over, she now enjoys cheering on her Demon Deacons, the NY Mets, and the NY Giants. Jenny lives with her family in northeast Washington, DC.

Phone: 202.753.8782     Email: jsenff@sepapower.org

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