2019 Board of Directors

President

Mark Walker

Assistant General Counsel
Xcel Energy Services Inc.

Mark Walker serves as Assistant General Counsel for Xcel Energy Services, Inc.  He was previously with the law firm of Clark Hill Strasburger and before that was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for NRG Energy’s Gulf Coast Region. He has served on the ERCOT ISO Board and the Technical Advisory Committee in addition to a number of board and officer positions in electricity trade organizations. Prior to joining NRG, Mark was Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel for ERCOT, beginning on the “startup” team for the initiation of the ERCOT competitive market in 2001, the most successful in the nation. Prior to his ERCOT service, for 10 years Mark was Associate General Counsel for the Lower Colorado River Authority where he focused on electric utility and environmental matters. Mark received his B.A. from Baylor and J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.


Vice President

Katie Coleman

Partner
Thompson & Knight, LLP

Katie Coleman is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Austin office and serves as the Firm’s Government and Regulatory Practice Group Leader.  Katie has more than a decade of experience representing large customers on energy matters in Texas and has extensive experience with both ERCOT’s competitive market and rate regulation under the PUCT.   Katie also routinely assists companies with regulatory compliance and diligence in contracting and infrastructure projects, including structuring energy agreements, joint ownership agreements for privately owned electrical facilities, energy supply agreements, and cogeneration agreements.

Katie has been recognized for her energy regulatory work by The Legal 500 US 2018, selected as a leading state regulatory lawyer by Chambers USA 2018, honored among The Best Lawyers in America®, selected as “Lawyer of the Year – Energy Regulatory” by The Best Lawyers in America® for 2019, and recognized as one of Texas Lawyer’s 2018 Lawyers on the Rise.  Katie served as President of the State Bar of Texas Public Utility Law Section for the 2016-2017 term.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) and is currently serving as Vice President.


Treasurer

Mark Dreyfus

Principal
MD Energy Consulting

Mark Dreyfus has over two decades as a Texas electric industry leader with extensive experience in electric regulatory policy, legislative policy and representation, ERCOT market design, stakeholder collaboration, problem solving, communications, and executive leadership.

Mr. Dreyfus holds a Ph.D. in resource economics and public finance.  He has worked as a consultant in the electric sector and been employed in federal, state and local government positions. 

Mr. Dreyfus has served as Chief Economist in the policy office at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, as a Commissioner’s assistant, and at Austin Energy, as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications.

During his time at Austin Energy, Mr. Dreyfus was responsible for regulatory and market policy before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, for legislative policy and representation, corporate communications, marketing, and rate policy and processes.  He represented the municipal utility sector in the ERCOT stakeholder process, including serving on the ERCOT Board of Directors and as Chair of the ERCOT Technical Advisory Committee.

At MD Energy Consulting, Mr. Dreyfus provides electric sector regulatory and legislative consulting and representation in Austin and ERCOT.


Secretary

Rebecca Bollenbach

Partner
Essentia Advisory Partners

Rebecca Bollenbach serves as a Partner at Essentia Advisory Partners bringing seventeen years of experience in deregulated power and gas. She has worked closely with a range of clients on systems and process optimization in physical and financial power across ERCOT, SPP, SERC, PJM, CAISO, NYISO, ISO-NE, Ontario, and Alberta.

Rebecca has led the design, build and implementation of trading, forecasting, and ETRM systems for multiple wholesale and retail power clients, including nodal trading system suites for FTR trading desks in North America. Rebecca also leverages her extensive knowledge of ISO operations to develop strategies, process and systems for Essentia's clients in Mexico’s emerging energy markets.


Board Members

Tom Anson

Partner
Clark Hill Strasburger

Tom Anson, a partner at the law firm of Clark Hill Strasburger has a regulatory and administrative law practice that spans over three decades.  He studied energy law and regulated industries in law school and upon graduation clerked for Judge Sam Johnson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District (who served on the “Gas Panel” which reviews Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decisions). Tom’s primary area of practice is state and federal energy and utility law, including regulatory, contract, administrative, and litigation matters. His practice encompasses representation of clients on a variety of licensing, rate, enforcement, rulemaking, and other regulatory matters before state and federal bodies and officials, such as the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and the FERC. It also involves assisting clients with wholesale power matters and retail electric services in the restructured Texas electric market, and advising clients on various regulatory and quasi-regulatory matters. Tom joined the GCPA Board of Directors in 1997. He served as Secretary from 1997-2003, Vice President in 2004, and President in 2005. He was the Fall Conference Chair in 1992, and the Fall Conference Co-Chair in 2011. In addition he has served as a panel moderator and speaker at several GCPA conferences.

Kristy Ashley

Director, Market Intelligence - ERCOT
Customized Energy Solutions

Kristy Ashley serves as Director, Market Intelligence – ERCOT, for Customized Energy Solutions. In her role, she provides reporting and analysis to CES clients by leveraging her twenty years of experience on both the commercial and regulatory side of the electric markets. Prior to joining CES, Ms. Ashley was Director, Market Development - South and West, for Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest competitive power generators, where she was responsible for wholesale market policies in ERCOT, Southwest Power Pool and other energy markets in which Exelon operates, and she developed the company’s position on policy matters at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). Ms. Ashley was actively involved in the design of the Texas nodal market. She has held leadership positions in the Texas Competitive Power Association and has served on ERCOT’s Technical Advisory Committee, Wholesale Market Subcommittee and other market stakeholder working groups. She also served as the alternate representative in the Independent Generator Segment on the ERCOT Board of Directors. Ms. Ashley worked for the Exelon Power Team as a trader and asset manager. Prior to joining Exelon, she worked for Mirant Corporation on their ERCOT asset management desk. Ms. Ashley joined the Board of Directors of GCPA in 2016 and is also chairing the GCPA emPOWERing Women Committee for 2016.  She also developed and led the first two GCPA emPOWERing Women Leadership Conferences in 2014 and 2015.

Mary Anne Brelinsky

President
EDF Energy Services

Mary Anne Brelinsky currently serves as President of EDF Trading and EDF Energy Services, the North American trading and customer facing business units within the EDF group.  EDF is the world's largest utility and producer of electricity.  As President of EDF, Mary Anne has grown the retail business to the 5th largest in North America and has been recognized as one of the industry’s Thought Leaders by the Energy Thought Summit, received the Houston Business Journal’s Women in Energy Leadership Award, and was a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Breakthrough Woman in 2017.    Mrs. Brelinsky serves on the Board of Directors for Anahau Energy, Atlas Scholars, DK Energy, and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Women’s Energy Network and the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board.   She is a current Board Member of the Gulf Coast Power Association, most recently serving as Board Secretary in 2018 and Board President in 2014. She has also served six terms as Chairman of the ERCOT Demand Side Working Group. Mrs. Brelinsky has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA from the University of Houston.  Mary Anne lives in Houston with her husband and their three sons.

Calvin Crowder

President & CEO
GridLiance

Calvin Crowder is President and CEO of GridLiance, an independent transmission company that partners with electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and others to unlock the financial value of existing transmission assets and invest in transmission projects. Crowder is responsible for the strategic vision and overall business operation of GridLiance as it invests in transmission infrastructure and plans for the future and improves the reliability of the grid.

With nearly 30 years of electric utility experience, Crowder joined GridLiance in March 2016 and was named President and CEO of GridLiance in 2017.

Before joining the company, Crowder held several roles of increasing responsibility at American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, rising to the rank of Executive Director. In 2007, he was named President of Electric Transmission Texas, LLC, a jointly owned subsidiary of AEP and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. There he oversaw the growth of ETT, which constructs, owns, and operates transmission facilities as a regulated utility within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, to $3 billion in assets.

Prior to working at AEP, Crowder held a variety of executive and policy leadership roles at Central and South West Corporation in Dallas, Texas. He began his career in the electric utility industry at Central Power and Light Company in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Crowder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Arts in regulatory Economics from New Mexico State University. He serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Power Association and Big Brothers and Big Sisters Lone Star. Previously, he served on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas.  He joined the GCPA Board of Directors in 2010.

Keith Emery

Vice President of Origination
Tenaska Power Services Co.

Keith Emery is Vice President of Origination for Tenaska Power Services Co. (TPS). He is responsible for TPS’ marketing and origination activities in the ERCOT and Mexico regions, focusing on providing creative asset optimization solutions for a diverse portfolio of third party generation, wholesale, and industrial customers. Mr. Emery has 27 years of experience in electric utility operations and energy marketing, with 19 years focused on deregulated energy markets throughout the United States. Before joining TPS in 2002, he worked for 13 years with NextEra Energy Resources and Florida Power & Light Company in various power marketing, engineering, and operation positions. Mr. Emery is actively involved with various industry activities, including serving on the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) and on the ERCOT Board of Directors, representing the Independent Power Marketer segment. Mr. Emery is a registered professional engineer and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master of business administration degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Todd Hillman

Sr. Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
MISO

Todd Hillman is senior vice president and chief customer officer for MISO, leading all aspects of the regional transmission organization’s customer and external affairs activities. Hillman and his team are responsible for delivering MISO’s commitment to a quality experience for members, stakeholders and employees. Hillman’s team also guides stakeholder affairs, corporate communications and media relations.

Hillman is a veteran customer and business development and origination executive with proven leadership in corporate strategy, project coordination, customer management, product origination, and marketing and development. Most recently, Hillman oversaw the successful integration of the MISO South region, serving as vice president and South region executive for MISO, based in Little Rock. With the introduction of the Entergy system across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, the integration was the largest in RTO history.

Hillman joined MISO in 2004 from Houston-based Reliant Energy, where he worked in both Houston and abroad leading contract management and corporate development. Hillman has also worked for DuPont/Conoco and the New York Mercantile Exchange in contract development, and electricity and natural gas trading and origination.

Hillman is vice chairman of the Southeast Reliability Corp. (SERC), and a board member of the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA).

Hillman earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of the Pacific and is an Executive Institute graduate from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Allison Piper

Founder and Principal
Blue Catalyst Group, LLC

Allison Piper is an ardent supporter of innovation and opportunity in energy markets, with almost two decades of experience in and around the electricity industry. Currently the Founder and Principal of Blue Catalyst Group, LLC, Allison worked in retail energy since 1999, culminating in Chief Operating Officer roles at StarTex Power and Spark Energy and then spending almost two years as President of an executive search firm based in Houston. Allison has served in a variety of roles with the Gulf Coast Power Association, most recently as its President in 2017.  Allison is a founding member and former Chair of the GCPA emPOWERing Women committee which provides scholarship, networking and mentoring services to women in the electricity industry. She formerly served as the golf tournament co-chair for the biannual GCPA conferences. Allison’s electricity and energy industry service includes serving as an independent retail electric provider representative on the ERCOT Technical Advisory Committee in 2013, and has served on the Tulane University Energy Institute Advisory Board since 2015 and is its current Vice-Chair. Allison holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from Tulane University in New Orleans, a master's degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree from Clarkson University in New York.

Paul Schulze

Vice President of Public Affairs
Hunt Consolidated

Paul Schulze is vice president of public affairs for Hunt Consolidated, Inc., in Dallas. Schulze provides public affairs support and is responsible for government affairs activities on behalf of the Hunt affiliation of companies.

Prior to joining Hunt, Schulze spent almost nine years in Washington, D.C., working on and around Capitol Hill. During his time in D.C., he served as legislative assistant to Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas, as federal liaison for the Texas Education Agency, and later as legislative director and then chief of staff to Congressman John Culberson of Texas. A native of Austin, Schulze has also worked in the Texas Legislature.

Schulze is a 2009 Marshall Memorial Fellow and an alumnus of the Texas Lyceum. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Gulf Coast Power Association.

Schulze received a bachelor of arts in government from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of business administration from the University of Maryland.

Chris Shugart

Sr. Vice President, Operations
Pattern Energy

Mr. Shugart is an accomplished energy industry professional with over 15 years of experience in energy project development and management.  Mr. Shugart has participated in the development of over 5,000 MW of power projects in his career, including wind, gas-fired, and coal-fired generation projects. In his current role he leads the operations, maintenance, and asset management of Pattern’s fleet of renewable energy generating facilities. Mr. Shugart has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from University of Phoenix.


Advisory Board Members

Brad Jones


Brad Jones is a distinguished energy industry executive with 29 years of wide-ranging experience, including grid operations, power plant operations, generation development, project finance, wholesale and retail market design, and regulatory and legislative affairs. Mr. Jones accepted the position of President and CEO of NYISO effective October 2015. Before this, Mr. Jones had been with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) since 2013, where he was a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Operations, Grid Planning, and Commercial Operations. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Commercial Operations at the ERCOT. Before joining ERCOT, Mr. Jones was Vice President for Government Affairs at Luminant, the competitive generation subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings. Prior to that, Mr. Jones worked at TXU Corporation where he began as a Plant Engineer and rose through the organization to become Vice President for Generation Development. Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University at Lubbock and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Marcie Zlotnik

Managing Partner
BZMZ Interests

Marcie Zlotnik is a senior executive and entrepreneur recognized for successfully establishing new businesses and advancing existing companies into energy market and telecom leaders.  She was the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of StarTex Power, until its sale to Constellation in 2011, and earlier she was a member of the Board of Gexa Energy. Ms. Zlotnik served on the Board of Crius Energy, one of the largest independent energy retailers in the United States. Zlotnik currently chairs the Business Advisory Board at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, on the Executive Committee of the Sugar Land Skeeters Foundation and the advisory boards of the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) and its emPOWERing Women Program. She is the 2018 recipient of the GCPA Pat Wood Power Star, the inaugural recipient of the GCPA emPOWERment Award and was inducted into the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2015. Her commitment to the community is equally strong; she is the current Treasurer and past President of the Sugar Land Skeeters Foundation and on the Advisory Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston. Ms. Zlotnik earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.  She and her husband have three sons, a daughter-in-law and live in Houston, Texas.

Robert King

Vice President, Policy & Governmental Affairs
Smart Energy Water

Bob King, Vice President at Smart Energy Water, is responsible for Policy and Governmental Affairs. Most recently Bob has provided government affairs, as well as, business development advice and support services to a long list of emerging energy technology and service companies for over 25 years, as President of Good Company Associates, Inc. His firm has a reputation for thought leadership in utilities and energy markets policy, especially with respect to renewable energy, efficiency, storage and demand management. Since 1999, a major area of focus was smart energy technology and the power of information—from AMI to the Internet of things. He has most recently been focused on the issue of data accessibility and innovation. Bob previously served as a Vice President of Resource Management International, the precursor of Navigant Consulting, and regional director of KENETECH Corporation. He earlier had a 20-year career in government service, including as first director of renewable energy programs for the TVA, and as clean energy advisor to the Governor of California, and the Governor and Lt. Governor of Texas. He services on the board of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance of North America, the Gulf Coast Power Association, and Mission:data. He is a registered engineer and lobbyist, and trained mediator. Bob is a graduate of Vanderbilt engineering school, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, at UT, Austin.

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