Meet Our Team

The core of SEPA’s clean energy operations

Team

Aaron Smallwood

Vice President, Industry Solutions

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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]

Adam Wasserman

Vice President, Engagement

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Adam Wasserman

Adam Wasserman joined SEPA in 2014 and is driven by a relentless pursuit of value for SEPA members. His team led an organizational rebranding, two successful mergers and a mission that grows membership, engagement and retention each year.

At the intersection of marketing, membership and communications, the team oversees SEPA brand strategy and market awareness. They play a critical role in new products, services and initiatives, as well as creating the messaging to engage members, convert non-members and capture the attention of the industry.

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

Phone: 202.559.2033     Email: [email protected]

Andrew Jerdonek

Senior Director, Programming

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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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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

Manager, Research and Industry Strategy

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Ann Collier

Ann joined SEPA in December 2021. She supports all aspects of the Utility Transformation Challenge along with other research and advisory services on utility sector decarbonization.

Ann brings nine years of research expertise. Previously, she served as a research and evaluation project manager at Opinion Dynamics (advising utilities and stakeholders on energy efficiency, customer engagement, and other topics), and as an economic analyst at Abt Associates (supporting environmental policy development via quantitative modeling).

She holds a 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 gardening and exploring New England with her family.

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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]

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: [email protected]

Brad Benton

Director, Membership

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Brad Benton

Brad joined SEPA in 2015 as Manager of Executive Affairs and moved to the Membership Team in 2016. In this role, Brad recruits new organizations into SEPA’s community and ensures that current members are getting value from their membership with SEPA.

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: [email protected]

Brittany Blair

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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Carolyn Dougherty

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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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]

Chris Schroeder

Vice President, Strategic Solutions

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Chris Schroeder

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]

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Claire Wood

Coordinator, Marketing

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Claire Wood

Claire joined SEPA November 2021, and works to coordinate and execute visual design and marketing project initiatives for SEPA.

Claire has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from Drake University. She has previous experience keeping marketing teams organized, reviewing marketing communications, collaborating with vendors, and coordinating events. She enjoys data analytics/visualization, and creative design.

Claire lives in beautiful Colorado, and loves to hike and camp with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and baking!

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Courtney Galatioto

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Chief of Staff

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Courtney Galatioto

Courtney V. Galatioto joined SEPA in 2019. As the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Chief of Staff, she works to align SEPA’s mission and goals with high-quality execution, fosters inclusive and productive relationships throughout the organization and externally, evaluates and manages risks, and facilitates timely decision-making to ensure a productive balance between short- and long-term priorities. She serves as an advisor to the President & CEO and is the principal liaison for SEPA’s Board of Directors and strategic partnerships.

Courtney serves on the boards of the National Energy Foundation and Women’s Energy Network DC Chapter.

Courtney came to SEPA with a decade of experience in the energy industry, and previously oversaw business development and corporate relations at the Alliance to Save Energy and served as a policy fellow for the state of North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on energy, climate change, and security. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Phone: 202.559.2032     Email: [email protected]

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Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Director, Engagement

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Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Cynthia leads the executive engagement programs, Working Group communities, and online learning at SEPA. Cynthia’s project management experience coupled with her knowledge of the trends, barriers, and approaches relating to the successful and sustainable integration, deployment and utilization of solar and distributed energy resource technologies informs her role developing and executing programs for SEPA.

Prior to joining SEPA, Cynthia was a Project Manager for Morse Associates, Inc. in Washington, DC. Cynthia has 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.

Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Outside of her professional work and interests, Cynthia’s dogs keep her running and she is a comedy-loving movie nerd, a voracious reader, and a classically trained pianist.

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]

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.

Fatima Barrie

Associate, Membership

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Fatima Barrie

Fatima joined SEPA in April of 2022. In her role, she’s responsible for providing superior member experience and customer service, including supporting the SEPA Membership team renewal and retention process. A graduate of William Paterson University, Fatima received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English. She has years of experience in various customer service roles and experience as a freelance writer for numerous publications and organizations.

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: [email protected]

Garrett Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Electrification

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Garrett Fitzgerald

Garrett joined SEPA in 2021 as Principal, Electrification. He leads SEPAs work focused on the beneficial electrification of transportation and buildings. Garrett collaborates with the other SEPA pathway teams to help utilities and other stakeholders navigate a smooth transition to a highly electrified and low-carbon future.

Prior to joining SEPA, Garrett spent 8 years working at Rocky Mountain Institute. While at RMI, he built and led the electricity program in India that works to accelerate the integration of electric vehicles and clean energy portfolios. During his tenure at RMI, Garrett managed the Fleet Electrification program, co-led the EV-Grid initiative, and was deeply engaged in work related to energy storage, distributed solar, and load flexibility. He has extensive expertise in technical and business model aspects of EV charging infrastructure, EV-specific tariff design, energy storage, and demand side flexibility.

Garrett holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a MS and Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.

Garrett is passionate about the environment and is an enthusiastic snowboarder, mountain biker, and general lover of the outdoors. He resides in the small town of Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Amy and his toddler son Noah.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: [email protected]

Greg Merritt

Director, Marketing and Communications

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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: [email protected]

Heather Willden

Manager, Programming

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Heather Willden

Heather joined the SEPA team in August 2021.  Heather provides support to the Senior Director, Programming and other SEPA staff members in the development of high-quality online and in-person business, networking, and professional development programs for SEPA members and attendees.

Heather brings her background in technology, meetings and events, and education to her role at SEPA. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She is also a part-time instructor at UNLV, educating future leaders in the meetings industry.

When not working, Heather can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family.

Phone: 202.869.4388     Email: [email protected]

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Jared Leader

Director, Resilience

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Jared Leader

Jared joined SEPA in 2017. In his role, he develops strategic plans for programs, products, and service offerings for utility and industry stakeholder members and clients that facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources, non-wires alternatives and microgrids onto the modern grid. Jared leads SEPA’s Microgrids Working Group and co-led D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization working groups.

Prior to joining SEPA, he spent several years working as an environmental engineer and consultant for utility, municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors.

He has a MS, Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Outside of business hours, Jared enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time in the great outdoors.

Phone: (202) 609-8938     Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Klump

Manager, Corporate Engagement

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Jennifer Klump

Jennifer joined SEPA in June 2022 and works to enhance the membership experience of
SEPA’s corporate partners.

Coming from a Chamber of Commerce background, Jennifer has a wide range of knowledge in
membership, sponsorships, and events and is committed to ensuring that members get the
most out of their investment.

Jennifer has two sons, 13 and 7, and lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.

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