The Chapter Steering Committee consists of a Chapter Director, Secretary, Finance Director, Membership Director and Program Director. These elected officers serve a one-year term commencing August 1 and can serve two consecutive terms in a single position. The Communications Chair and Scholarship Chair are non-elected positions and are not subject to term limits. Director positions may be shared.
A trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Kimberlee Centera has over 20 years as a risk management expert for the development and financing of large-scale generator energy projects. Under her leadership, TerraPro Solutions (formerly Centera Land & Title Services) has generated over 5,500 MWs in renewables, with a total financed value of over $3.5 billion, making it the top risk management practice in the renewables market. Her expertise includes identifying, managing and mitigating risk. She consistently delivers outstanding results on complex high-value projects. TerraPro Solutions provides high-level expertise in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects including wind, solar and energy storage. Comprehensive services range from site feasibility and land acquisition to due diligence for investment and financing, through construction, compliance and post-construction operations. Kimberlee has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and she is a California licensed Real Estate Broker.
AnneMarie Graves brings more than 15 years of engineering and management experience in assessing performance and reliability of wind projects. At Vestas, she leads a global team of engineers supporting sales of service contracts and after-sales products for all types of turbines including Vestas, GE, Siemens, Nordex, Suzlon and Gamesa models. AnneMarie previously held the Executive Director for Engineering at UpWind Solutions, Inc, and prior to that, a senior manager role leading the Operations Services team with DNV GL (formerly Garrad Hassan) advising on over 10 GW of operating wind projects in North America on performance, energy production, O&M costs and turbine life. AnneMarie also previously held a role at GE Wind Energy assessing the suitability of new wind project locations in North America. She has presented and chaired sessions at the AWEA WINDPOWER, WEU’s O&M Summits and co-chaired conferences with Women of Wind Energy. AnneMarie holds a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Kimberly Albert | Senior Project Administrator, Due Diligence Services, AWS Truepower, LLC
Kimberly has been in the wind industry for over nine years. Her primary focus is supporting the growth of the AWS Truepower Due Diligence Business Unit in coordinating business development efforts, defining internal processes, and assisting in managing Client and Project budgets. Prior to joining AWST, Kimberly contributed to the growth and development of the US Garrad Hassan operations by authoring and then training staff on processes for every aspect of the accounting department for accrual basis accounting. Her duties also included providing support to accounting staff in North America, Spain, and Australia for finance system administration issues and training of Project Managers and Senior Management on understanding company KPIs as well as project budgeting and profitability. Kimberly has served on the WoWE San Diego Steering Committee since 2012 as Co-Director and Membership Chair.
Keri Minnick | Tax Manager, EDF Renewable Energy
Keri is a CPA and Tax Manager at EDF Renewable Energy. Prior to joining EDF, she worked at public accounting firm, Moss Adams, specializing in corporate taxation and income tax provisions. Before beginning her career as a tax accountant, Keri prepared financial statements, budgets, and cash flow forecasts for small businesses. She currently does the accounting and regulatory compliance for her husband’s small business. Keri moved to the San Diego area from Montana when her husband was stationed at Camp Pendleton as a Marine. She attended California State University San Marcos and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Finance. She enjoys the year-round sunshine that allows her to pursue her passions – hiking and rock climbing.
Marianne San Millan has over 25 years of experience in the legal services industry ranging from complex litigation, through corporate and transactional, to her present capacity in the energy development sector emphasizing renewable and sustainable energy. Marianne herself is an energetic and innovative force, historically landing in positions that encompass project management and business development strategies. Her strong belief in shining the brightest light on the brand she is associated with, coupled with her natural ability to extract from the human element their very best merge together for remarkable team dynamics and results. Marianne has a passion for growth, challenge and empowerment. She believes that these three elements are critical for success. As a mother to three daughters, now a grandmother to a next generation of woman, she hopes to partner with the dynamic women of this remarkable industry to learn from them, share their successes and make this platform available, shining a light and paving the way to the future.
Sandra Law has worked in various roles as a project manager and mechanical engineer, for the past twenty years. Sandra is an innovative, proven leader within the industry, providing strategic direction with high quality, compliant best practice results in engineering, procurement, and construction. She has worked from conception to completion projects in geothermal, combined cycle and cogeneration for public, private power owners, and is now forging her way further into the renewable industry and sustainable energy. Sandra has a passion for renewable, sustainable energy production; efficient, clean buildings; and water conservation to move our global economy into a sustainable future for the next generation.
Lucille Olszewski | Senior Meteorologist, Founding Partner, Ensemble Wind
Lucille Olszewski has been a renewable energy professional for more than 25 years in the wind and solar industries. She has provided wind assessment and turbine evaluation support for over 13,500 megawatts of planned capacity and has sited more than 16,400 wind turbines for projects across 29 states in the US plus Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Curacao and China. Prior to founding Ensemble Wind, Lucille held the positions of Director of Meteorology at Edison Mission Energy, Senior Meteorologist/Principal Technologist at CH2M Hill and VP of Business Development at Blackwater Environmental Services. Recognition: 2014 Wind Industry Influencer, WindPower and Engineering Development Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, June, 2014; Women of Wind Energy, National 2013 Woman of the Year Award; 2012 Edison International, Above and Beyond Award.
Maria Dlagnekova | Vice President, Technical Support, American Wire Group
Maria joined American Wire Group in February 2016. She has 35 years engineering management experience in power generation, power systems design and grid integration. Prior to AWG Maria was Director, Engineering with EDF Renewable Energy. She was managing a multi-discipline engineering team responsible for design and implementation of more than 4500 MW wind and solar projects. Maria has expertise in leading substation and t&d engineering as well as in procurement of power equipment and materials. She has extended experience in Operation and Maintenance for large industrial facilities in Bulgaria and Plant Engineering for Nissan, South Africa. Maria is an active member of IEEE Power and Energy Society, and past member of the Board of Directors for AEE. She is a big supporter of renewable energy and utility-efficiency programs. Maria earned her Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in Technical University – Sofia, Bulgaria and Social Management in University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria.
Lisa Carp has been in the wind energy industry since 1998. As a human resources professional, she has recruited for all aspects of renewable-energy project development, generation and O&M. She has helped build the organization from an O&M organization of just over 100 employees, to an organization that is a leader in development, generation and O&M with more than 1,000 employees throughout North America. Her prior experience includes human resources management within the medical industry, medical device manufacturing industry, and the insurance and financial products industry. She currently serves as the Board President for the Independent Energy Human Resources Association; and as a Co-Chair to the AWEA Workforce Development, Education and Training Committee. In addition to her MBA from University of Phoenix, Lisa is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Laura Curley | Senior Vice President, National Energy and Commercial Services Division, Ticor Title
Laura began her journey in real estate in 1992. After working in residential and commercial title for 17 years, she has now specialized in energy transactional work for the last eight years. Since joining Ticor Title’s energy division, Laura has participated in researching and insuring energy-related transactions throughout the U.S. Together with her teams, they have helped developers close on construction, tax and debt equity financing. The technologies served include wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, gas storage, natural gas, combined cycle power plants, biomass and biofuel. In her role, Laura interacts with developers, lenders and their counsel translating client requirements into insurance solutions. Laura majored in Business Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies at Bentley College, She is fluent in Spanish and is a Certified ABA-approved Paralegal.
Meg Varma, CPA | Accounting Supervisor, Corporate Finance, EDF Renewable Energy
Meg works for EDF Renewable Energy as an Accounting Supervisor in their Corporate Finance group. She is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Toronto (UFT) in Business Administration. She is deeply passionate about the wellbeing of the planet and hopes sustainable energy continues to expand its scale around the world. Prior to EDF, she worked for KPMG at their Toronto and San Diego offices, providing auditing services to clients in the technology, bio-tech, consumer markets, and property management sectors. Born in India, raised in Dubai, and through her travels around the world, she has seen women through many walks of life, and has gained a deeper perspective on the challenges faced by women as they balance their career aspirations and family. Through her involvement with WRISE, she hopes to continue with her commitment to promoting women’s role in the corporate sector by providing opportunity and inspiration. As a wife and mother of three – two boys and the beloved family pet – she lives a busy life juggling family, work and her passion, while trying to keep her cup full and finding humor and happiness in everyday life.
Jennifer Peterson, P.E., CFM, CPESC | Engineering Manager, NV5
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience working in the civil and environmental engineering fields. She has been working at NV5 (previously Nolte Associates) since 2003 and currently manages the Water Resources group in the San Diego office. Her main areas of expertise include working with stormwater permits such as Phase I and Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits, and the State’s General Construction Permit for Stormwater Discharges, in addition to performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and scour analysis for both public and private projects. Jennifer is licensed civil engineer in the State of California, certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD). She also is an active member of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) and currently serves as Co-Chair on the Training And CASQA Event committees.