Speakers

Tami AlexanderTami Alexander

Program Coordinator – Central Kansas Clean Cities, Metropolitan Energy Center

Tami joined Metropolitan Energy Center as a program intern in the fall of 2017 to support the ethanol and biodiesel projects in Kansas. She quickly became indispensable and is now a Program Coordinator, responsible for event coordination, outreach, customer relationship management, program administration, research writing, and content development for Central Kansas Clean Cities. Tami has several years of facility and non-profit management experience where she introduced sustainability measures to organization practices. She has Bachelor‘s degrees in Mathematics-Statistics and Geology from Wichita State University and recently began working toward her Master’s in Environmental Science. A life-long Kansan, Tami lives in Wichita with her husband and their three children.

Alan AndersonAlan Anderson

Shareholder and Vice Chair – Polsinelli's Energy Practice Group

Alan Claus Anderson is a Shareholder and Vice Chair of Polsinelli's Energy Practice Group. Mr. Anderson represents renewable energy developers in projects throughout the country, representing clients in more than 4,500 MW in operating wind and solar projects. Mr. Anderson is also actively involved in numerous economic development organizations and trade groups supporting the industry and has been an active speaker and law school instructor.  Mr. Anderson teaches a renewable energy law class at Washburn University Law School, served as the Chair of the Kansas City Area Development Council's Advanced Energy and Manufacturing Advisory Council, Chair of the Government Team for the United States Department of Energy Electrify the Heartland Project, and the Solar Finance Lead for the Department of Energy’s Solar Ready KC Sunshot initiative. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Yasser BahbazYasser Bahbaz

Supervisor of Market Forensics - Southwest Power Pool

Yasser Bahbaz holds 11 years of experience in Energy Markets and Grid Operations. He has worked within the Eastern Interconnect on Outage Coordination, Congestion Management, and currently holds the chair position in one of the primary Eastern Interconnection congestion management committees. Yasser has extensive knowledge in the operation of an Energy Imbalance Market and played an important role in the design, testing, and implementation of SPP’s Integrated Marketplace. He is a subject matter expert on various market functions and GE market products, including the Market Clearing Engine, Ancillary Services management, and Market Database operations. Yasser is currently the Supervisor of Market Forensics where he continues to support SPP’s Market and Operations functions.

Virginia BarnesVirginia Barnes

Director of Blue Health Initiatives – BlueCross BlueShield

Virginia joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in October of 2015 as director of Blue Health Initiatives. Blue Health Initiatives is a new program for Blue Cross, formalizing the company's long-time efforts to improve the health and quality of life of all Kansans. As director, Barnes is responsible for creating, inspiring and sustaining healthy environments to support healthy lifestyles for all Kansans through community engagement and collaboration. Barnes brings to her role at Blue Cross a strong background in public health, having spent more than eight years at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in a variety of roles. She earned a bachelor's in biology from Washburn University and a master's in public health from the University of Kansas. 

Linda BerryLinda Berry

Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection – Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC)

Linda Berry is the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection for the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). She joined the KCC in June 2015. Linda is responsible for the Commission’s overall communication strategy, organizational messaging to a wide variety of audiences, and oversees constituent services including the consumer helpline. Linda has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and is a certified journalism educator. Prior to joining the Commission, Linda served as national marketing manager for Jostens.

David CarterDavid Carter

Director of the Kansas Energy Program – Kansas State University, Engineering Extension

David Carter is a Certified Energy Manager (certificate #13856) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (certificate #4906) through a partnership between AEE and the Efficiency Valuation Organization. Carter is also a certified auditor for environmental management systems (ISO 14001) and energy management systems (ISO 50001). He has been conducting energy audits since 2008 and has been with K-State Engineering Extension since 2006. He currently serves as the Director of the Kansas Energy Program within K-State Engineering Extension.

Sidney ChangSidney Chang

Director of Origination – ENGIE North America

Sidney joined the ENGIE Wind team in June 2018 and brings 18 years of experience in the energy sector.  As a Director of Origination, Sidney is responsible for originating long-term renewable energy contracts and marketing ENGIE Wind's portfolio of utility-scale wind projects under development in the U.S. to utility companies and corporate buyers with renewable targets for their energy supply.  Sidney began her career on the trading floor of AES NewEnergy scheduling retail and wholesale power in all deregulated energy markets.  She has worked at a number of leading energy companies including Constellation, Enel Green Power, and Sempra Renewables.  Sidney is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.  Outside of work, you can find Sidney racing BMWs on racetracks in Southern California, shooting archery, Instagramming about her cats, and enjoying the beach with her dog.

Andrew ClarkAndrew Clark

Cloud County Community College

Andrew Clark began his college career at DeVry in Kansas City for Electrical Engineering Technology and attended for 3 semesters before transferring to Cloud County Community College for Wind Energy Technology. He completed his first year of courses including an internship with Sunflower Wind. Andrew finished his Associates Degree in Wind Energy in the summer of 2017 and started as a Renewable Energy Instructor at CCCC in August of 2017. In his time as a Wind Tech, he traveled to the West Coast a lot and experienced the green culture they have there. In 2015, Andrew installed 6kw of solar panels at his home in Beloit, Ks and has since installed 8 other projects across Kansas. He also took the lead in creating the Solar Energy Technology Program in Summer of 2018 and helped secure funding for Cloud’s 200kW SunPower Project, of which he is the Construction Manager. Andrew hopes to bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the Renewable Energy Technology Program at CCCC.

Mark CosbyMark Cosby

Senior Manager, Energy Solution –Westar Energy

As Senior Manager of Non-Regulated Products & Services, Mark’s role at Westar Energy includes the management and expansion of Westar Energy’s Clean Charge Network, which features over 2,000 electric vehicle charging ports in Kansas City and surrounding areas.  Mark joined the electric services industry in 2014 as a member of the Westar Energy team, focused on new business development activities. 

Mark’s senior management experience includes roles with Avaya, Nortel, Sprint, Editure SaaS and Lucent Technologies.  Mark earned an MBA from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Oklahoma. 

Bob DanielsBob Daniels

Owner – Sunflower Shrimp

Bob’s career began on his family’s grain production farm in 1985 and by 2014 he was the co-owner and operator for Sunflower Shrimp LLC. He is active in the Kansas Soybean Association Board and served on the Presidential Small Farms Commission during the Clinton Administration.


Jamie DingleyJamie Dingley

Category Risk Manager II – Corbion

As the category manager of Sugar, Dairy, and Cocoa, Jamie manages price volatility, hedging, contracts, and forecasting throughout the entire supply chain process for his raw materials. His career began in the “Pits” in Chicago and Kansas City, where he was a floor trader specializing in trading wheat, corn, and soybean futures and options. He moved to the energy sector trading Real-Time power and Virtuals for Endure Energy (an Energy Transfer company) before making his transition back to the agricultural side with Corbion. He currently collaborates on Corbion’s  Science Based Target initiative and is the project lead on Corbion’s Security of Supply initiative. Jamie holds a BS in Economics from Missouri State University and a MA in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Jason FriedbergJason Friedberg

General Manager – ELEMENT

Jason Friedberg led the team responsible for the development, partnership agreements, and funding sources for ELEMENT. In his role as General Manager, Friedberg is responsible for building the ELEMENT team, overseeing the general contractor during construction, ensuring a successful startup, and managing the company post startup.

Friedberg has been in the biofuels and food manufacturing industries for the past 12 years, working for ICM and Lifeline Foods. As ICM’s Director of Business Analysis, Friedberg’s primary focus included mergers and acquisitions, financial management, strategic planning and analysis, employee development, project management, forecasting, operational and process efficiency gains. Other roles included Director of Strategic Planning & Analysis and Senior Manager of Business Analysis. During his employment at Lifeline Foods, Friedberg also managed the Lifeline Foods ethanol plant.

Prior to joining ICM, Friedberg spent five years in the aircraft manufacturing industry at GKN Aerospace (formerly Stellex Precision Machining), focusing on cost accounting and lean manufacturing.

Friedberg earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Wichita State University.

Blake Hansen

PE, PTOE, PMP. Technology Industry Leader Expert – Olsson

Robert-Jan de VoogdRobert-Jan de Voogd

Manager Procurement Commodities – Corbion

Robert-Jan de Voogd has been with Corbion for 9 years. He is currently responsible for the procurement of core commodities in North America, which includes energy. Before being based at Corbion’s regional head office in Lenexa, Kansas, he was stationed at the company’s Thailand plant for 3 years. Prior to that he was located at Corbion’s corporate head office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Corbion is a biotechnology company; the global market leader in lactic acid and lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. Corbion aims to power its global operations with 100% renewable power – reaching at least 50% of this goal by 2020.

Corey Linville, P.E.Corey Linville, P.E.

Vice President – Power Supply & Delivery

Linville graduated from Kansas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in December 1992. Linville became a licensed professional engineer in July 1997.

Linville’s work experience with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation began in January 1993 as a generation engineer. Since that time, Linville has worked as supervisor generation engineer; manager generation engineer; senior manager, generation expansion; and senior manager of power supply. In 2013, Linville was promoted to vice president of power supply & delivery. As vice president, Linville oversees system and market operations, power contracts, and resource planning.

Stacy Mayo MartinezStacy Mayo Martinez

Director of Industry Relations – Kansas Corn

Stacy Mayo-Martinez is currently the Director of Industry Relations at Kansas Corn. In this role Stacy works with industry partners across the corn industry, market development focused on those using corn including ethanol and leads the grower services team. Stacy enjoys this role supporting farmers and building industries across her home state of Kansas. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications. Previously, her careers have been spent working in marketing with clients such as Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience, and most recently at the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Barack MatiteBarack Matite

City Manager – Eudora

Barack has been with the City of Eudora since 2012. He started working in the City Manager's Office as an unpaid intern. In 2013, he was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager then Assistant City Manager. In 2016, Matite was appointed as the City Manager by the Eudora City Commission. Since his appointment, Mr. Matite has worked with the City Commission and his staff to tackle a host of issues including: economic development, neighborhood revitalization, employee development, infrastructure improvements among others. He continues to work with his team to make Eudora the best place to live. Matite has a bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration degree from The University of Kansas.

Phil Near

Three G Energy and Jump Start Stores Inc.

Near formed Three G in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of petroleum industry leadership, convenience store expertise, and executive management experience to the company. Near has both led and served a number of organization to include: President of Crescent Oil, Kansas Petroleum Marketers Association President, Kansas Petroleum Markers Association Board of Directors, Kansas Highway Advisory Commission, Conoco National Jobber Advisory Board, Phillips National Jobber Advisory Board, Commerce Bank Board, Leadership Kansas Class, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors.

Currently serving as president of both Three G Energy and of Jump Start Stores Inc., his focus remains on utilizing cutting edge technology to provide smarter and more cost efficient fueling options.

Megan ParsonsMegan Parsons

Renewable Energy Business Development Manager – Burns & McDonnell

As Renewable Energy Business Development Manager at Burns & McDonnell, Ms. Parsons manages the strategic direction of the Energy divisions renewable energy business.  Ms. Parsons is responsible for supporting utilities, IPPs, cooperatives, municipalities, and industrial customers across North America with development and execution of solar, wind, and energy storage projects.  Prior to her current role, Megan managed the development engineering department at Burns & McDonnell.  Megan specializes in the conceptual design and development of generation projects including execution strategy development, technology evaluation and optimization, and economic analysis.  Ms. Parsons began her career at Burns & McDonnell as a mechanical engineer.  She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri. 

Brandon SackBrandon Sack

Clean Energy Development Manager –  Westar Energy

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Brandon has been in the energy industry over 20 years. He started his career at Jeffrey and Lawrence Energy Centers in Kansas before a transition to the Power Marketing team at Westar Energy. He has used and studied different economic modeling techniques and technologies for both short-term and long-term demand and generation forecasting studies. He held various energy trading roles where he was active in SPP, MISO, PJM, ERCOT and SERC focused on the physical and financial markets as well as structured short-term tolling agreements and other deal structures. After five years in the Lead Trading role, he moved into the renewable space. He was instrumental in creating the Community Solar and Renewables Direct Tariff’s for Westar’s customers and is currently leading the charge to provide new and innovative ways to help Westar’s customers gain access to clean energy. Brandon is also very active in his community with his kids’ activities and various local nonprofit organizations.

Jeff ScharpingJeff Scharping

Director of Sales – ICM

Jeff Scharping is the Director of Sales at ICM.  ICM has designed and built 105 Ethanol Bio-fuel plants and continues to research and develop new bolt-on platform technologies to increase plant efficiencies and create diversified revenue streams for our customers.  Jeff has a MBA from Wichita State University and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University. Jeff also sits on the Kansas Lottery Commission and the Renew Kansas ethanol producer’s board.

Ray SlatteryRay Slattery

Director of Engineering Services – City of Dodge City

Ray Slattery has been with the City of Dodge City for 24 years and for the past 7 years he has been the Director of Engineering Services. Ray and his wife Brandi have one grown, married daughter, another daughter who is a Junior at Kansas State University, and a son who is a Freshman at DCHS along with one grandson. Ray and his brother are also run the family farm that has been in the family since 1898.

Matt StedlMatt Stedl

Development Director, Energy Storage – Tradewind Energy

Currently leading energy storage development at Tradewind Energy, Matt has over two decades of multidisciplinary experience as a project developer, energy consultant, policy advisor, and project manager. In his most recent roles, Matt has directed the development of utility-scale energy storage projects in multiple US Markets, with extensive energy storage technical and market analysis, strategy, and procurement experience. Prior roles include directing the development of domestic and international renewable energy and conventional power generation projects and advising some of the nation's top firms on energy policy and market strategy.

Matt received his Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago with concentration in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Policy; and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Matt is also an active member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and is committed to promoting policies and technologies that are good for the environment and the economy. 

Michael SteeleMichael Steele

Natural Gas & LNG Analyst – Bloomberg New Energy Finance

With a team of experts spread across six continents, Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies. Michael focuses on U.S. gas markets and global LNG as a part of BNEF’s Oil & Gas team, writing research and building models to better understand both the long- and short-term evolution of the energy environment. Prior to joining BNEF, Michael worked supporting Bloomberg LP’s commodities and equity derivatives clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tim UnruhTim Unruh, Ph.D.

Executive Director – National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO)

Tim Unruh is the newly appointed Executive Director of NAESCO, joining the organization after working for over 26 years in energy efficiency and clean energy development.  Previously, Dr. Unruh was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this role, he directed EERE's renewable energy applied research, development, and demonstration activities for the geothermal, solar energy, and wind and water power technology offices.

Prior to that, Dr. Unruh served as the Director of EERE's Federal Energy Management Program. In this role, he managed the implementation of policy and actions that resulted in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations. He was instrumental in guiding DOE through a streamlining of the Super Energy Saving Performance Contract contractor selection process.

Formerly, he was Director of Operations for ConEdison Solutions, where he led a team of engineers and project managers to implement energy savings projects in government and private installations. While in this role, he worked to educate energy users on performance contracting methods to achieve energy reduction goals and he was heavily involved in the measurement and verification of energy savings resulting from these projects.

He has Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Kathleen WatersKathleen Waters

Environmental Program Administrator – KS Dept of Health and Environment - Bureau of Air

Kathleen Waters has been on staff in the Bureau of Air at KDHE since 2007 and currently serves as the Monitoring and Data Unit Chief. Kathleen is also the lead contact for the VW trust funds that are allocated to Kansas. She has a B.S. in Biology from Washburn University and lives in Topeka with her husband and son.

WINLAND PhotoChris Winland

Director, Strategic Planning, ITC Holdings Corp.

Chris Winland is Director of Strategic Planning for ITC Holdings Corp., where he is responsible for facilitating ITC’s corporate business planning efforts. Prior to this role, he served as Manager of Regulatory Strategy for ITC Great Plains and was responsible for directing the company’s regulatory affairs efforts in the Southwest Power Pool region.

He joined ITC in 2013 from a business development and government affairs firm in Austin, Texas that specializes in energy industries and utility markets. As part of his work there, he served as co-director of the Texas Energy Storage Alliance and helped open markets for a variety of storage technologies.

Chris began his career at IBM, where he became a managing consultant in both the Financial Management and Enterprise Resource Planning practices of IBM Business Consulting Services. He has also served as legislative director and chief of staff for a state representative as well as the director of a university business incubator and manager of emerging markets at a management consulting company.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and political science from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.