Meet Our Team

The core of SEPA’s clean energy operations

Team

Aaron Smallwood

Senior Director, 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

Director, Membership & Marketing

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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

Anita Bonner

Associate, Finance & Operations

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Anita Bonner

Anita Bonner joined SEPA in January 2015 as a Finance and Operations Associate. With more than 15 years of experience in administrative work, Anita has held positions with U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Court System, National Urban League, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Points of Light Foundation.

Anita is a native Washingtonian and loves to cook.

Phone: 202.559.1536     Email: abonner@sepapower.org

Beth Eagle

Director, Human Resources & Operations

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Beth Eagle

Beth Eagle joined SEPA in September of 2013 with a background in non-profit operations, human resources, project management and fundraising. Previously, she worked for various non-profit organizations in the operations department around Washington, DC. Beth has lived in the area for over 16 years.

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 dog.

Phone: 202.559.2029     Email: beagle@sepapower.org

Brad Benton

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

Research Analyst

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Brenda Chew

Brenda joined SEPA in 2017. She manages SEPA’s Annual Utility Survey and Snapshot Series, and supports a range of research efforts on the integration of distributed energy resources. 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

Senior Coordinator, Membership

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Charisse Raysor

Charisse joined SEPA in 2013. As Senior Membership Coordinator, she leads all administrative components to the member relations department. She’s accountable for developing and implementing procedures to ensure process continuity, while analyzing data to identify trends. 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 10 years of membership services experience to SEPA.

Phone: 202.559.2024     Email: craysor@sepapower.org

Chris Schroeder

Senior Director, Advisory Services

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Chris Schroeder

Chris Schroeder joined SEPA in July of 2017 as a Senior Director of Advisory Services. 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 grid modernization.

Chris has over 20 years of consulting experience in the electric, gas, and renewable energy industries. Prior to joining SEPA, Chris served as a Senior Vice President at Nexant, Inc. where he led their Energy Delivery and Management division providing over 100 pilot and full-scale utility distributed energy resource programs, including energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy offerings. Chris has also provided strategic consulting services for state regulatory proceedings, stakeholder facilitation, utility tariff review and energy storage initiatives for utilities and groups 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

Analyst, Utility Strategy

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Christine Stearn

Christine joined SEPA in 2015. She advises utilities on strategic and operational plans for programs, products and services that will drive integration of solar resources into utility resource portfolios and business operations.

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 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

Corinne St. Laurent

Associate, Communications

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Corinne St. Laurent

Corinne St Laurent joined SEPA in February 2016 as Communications Associate, after relocating to the DC area from New Hampshire. Before moving, she worked as a Marketing Representative for Binnie Media, the largest media company north of Boston. She brings social media knowledge and great communications skills to SEPA from her time working in advertising on seven radio stations across New England.

Corinne graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Since moving to DC she spends her off-time returning to the east coast to see family and trying as many new restaurants as possible. Corinne has a passion for traveling, world history and indoor rock wall climbing.

Phone: 202.753.8929     Email: cstlaurent@sepapower.org

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Senior Manager, Programs

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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, Research

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Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA’s research team in 2014 to lead specialized solar research ranging from nationwide policy to utility customer offerings. She has also re‐launched the Utility Solar Database, a SEPA members‐only research tool for electric service providers, solar integrators, developers, and policymakers. She comes with years of process implementation experience as a thin‐films engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, with specialization in process start‐ups, qualification, standardization, and failure and root-cause analysis through Six Sigma data analytics and strategies.

Phone: 202.559.2027     Email: dchung@sepapower.org

Dan Chwastyk

Manager, Utility Strategy

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Dan Chwastyk

Dan Chwastyk joined SEPA in 2015, where he works as Utility Strategy Manager on the Advisory Services team. Dan formerly worked for Navigant where he worked primarily on energy efficiency, smart grid and demand response issues for government, utility and private sector clients.

He holds his bachelor’s in structural engineering from Penn State University and his master’s of business administration from Wake Forest University.

Phone: 202.660.0861     Email: dchwastyk@sepapower.org

Dave Hardin

Chief Architect, SEPA

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Dave Hardin

Dave Hardin has extensive experience designing, integrating and managing enterprise information and automation in the energy and manufacturing sectors. He has held senior technical and management positions at EnerNOC and Schneider/Invensys. Dave has been active in Smart Grid initiatives since 2006 including serving on the OpenADR Alliance Board of Directors, SGIP Board of Directors, co-chair of the SGIP Architecture Committee, chair of the SGIP Industrial-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group and vice chair of the SGIP Transactive Energy Coordination Group. Dave is also serving on the OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council and is member emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP), and an IEEE Certified Professional Software Engineering Master (PSEM).

Phone: 202.871.7444     Email: dhardin@sepapower.org

Elise Fritz-Gage

Meetings Manager

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Elise Fritz-Gage

Elise Fritz-Gage joined SEPA in 2016 as the Meetings Manager. In this role, Elise is responsible for the logistical planning and execution of all SEPA events and strives to create meetings & events that exceed member expectations not only in content but in delivery. Elise has an extensive background working in the fields of higher education, associations, and start ups. She has an extraordinary knowledge of meetings and events with over 10 years in this industry. Additionally, Elise brings 6 years of association experience with her. She is excited to connect with members and deliver memorable and meaningful events.

Elise earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Purdue University. She is very involved with professional meeting and event planning societies, and enjoys staying current on the latest trends. In her free time, she enjoys international travel, playing tennis competitively, and spending time with her husband.

Erika Myers

Director, Research

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Erika Myers

Erika Myers joined SEPA in July 2015. In her role as Director, Erika manages the research content for the organization, oversees research collaborations with key partners, and generates materials related to distributed energy resource technologies. She specializes in renewable energy and plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Working Group.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent nearly four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years with the South Carolina Energy Office with a focus on 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.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: emyers@sepapower.org

Erika Tomatore

Associate, Programs & Events

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Erika Tomatore

Erika Tomatore moved to Washington, D.C. from Southern California, and joined SEPA in 2016 as a Program and Events Associate, handling the operation of webinars for the Communications & Education team. Prior to joining SEPA, Erika worked as a Program Manager/Coordinator in Santa Barbara, California for Relevé Unlimited.

Erika earned her Master’s in International Studies with an emphasis on Southeast Asia from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. During her time at the Josef Korbel School, she wrote a Substantial Research Paper analyzing the Diaoyu/Senkaku Island dispute between China and Japan through the lens of international law and international theory, as well as several research papers focusing on Thailand and Indonesia. She also received her Bachelors in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her spare time, Erika enjoys traveling, hiking, and yoga.

Phone: 202.595.1147     Email: etomatore@sepapower.org

Frank H. Grace IV

Senior Manager, 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

Gabrielle Puccio

Director of Public Engagement

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Gabrielle Puccio

Gabrielle is responsible for all SGIP internal and external communications including those related to member, public and media relations. She is a communications executive with demonstrated success in developing and executing marketing strategy, corporate and product rebranding and identity plans, sales enablement campaigns, as well as member, media and public relations for domestic and energy global markets.

Gabrielle’s most recent industry experience includes: Communications Change Manager at Cisco Systems for the global Advanced Service Operations teams; Senior IT Business Analyst at Duke Energy (Raleigh office) providing project and resource management to IT Grid Modernization staff; Senior Marketing Manager at Infosys supporting the global Smart Grid, Energy and Sustainability markets; and Director, Corporate Communications for Elster (Electricity, Gas, Water) supporting market channels including North America, Canada, Latin America, Australia, MENA, and parts of Europe.

Phone: 202.869.4392     Email: gpuccio@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 as well as the owner of one very spunky cat named Monster.

Phone: 202.552.4408     Email: imotely@sepapower.org

Janine Fiasconaro

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

Senior Associate, Utility Strategy

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Jared Leader

Jared joined SEPA in June 2017, where he joins SEPA’s Advisory Services team of experts in utility business and distributive energy to provide strategic and operational planning that drives integration of distributed energy resources into utility resource portfolios.

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 holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Virginia, where he conducted research on algae-based bio-fuels and focused in sustainable practice. He is currently earning his MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 869-3836     Email: jleader@sepapower.org

Jennifer Szaro

Senior Director, Programs

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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

Manager, Programs

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Jenny Senff

Jenny joined SEPA in November 2015 as Program Manager. In this role, Jenny manages the annual Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, along with various working groups, webinars, and workshops. Prior to joining SEPA, she spent five years as the Manager, Programs and Outreach, for 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 NE DC.

Phone: 202.753.8782     Email: jsenff@sepapower.org

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