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. Chapter Director and Program Director positions may be shared.
Molly Zohn is an attorney in Klinedinst’s San Diego office, and advises clients with respect to energy, environmental, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. She is the chair of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group (ENRG), and her experience includes the representation of clients in significant commercial transactions, including a $1 billion dollar sale of overseas power generation and utility companies, divestiture of non-U.S. flagged fleet of oil and natural gas transport vessels, and bridge financings and syndications up to $700 million. She has also litigated on behalf of utility companies and others engaged in power production before courts and regulatory agencies. Molly joined Klinedinst from the legal department of San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Sempra Energy. She previously handled mergers and acquisitions and financings in the Washington, D.C. office of a well-known global law firm.
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.
Belinda Lucero has been in the renewable energy industry for 10+ years, interacting with development teams and legal departments regarding land documentation for leasing, acquisitions and financings. Her prior experience includes 20+ years in real estate and corporate transactional law with some of San Diego’s largest law firms. Currently a member of the National Notary Association, Balinda has been a member of WoWE since 2007 and has served on the WoWE San Diego Steering Committee since 2014 as Webmaster and Secretary.
Director At Large – Programs
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.
Carrie moved to San Diego from Washington, DC in May, 2014. She has 9 years of energy experience. Before joining UpWind, she was a Mathematical Statistician at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) which is the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy. Carrie attended the University of Maryland while working at EIA and attained an M.S. in Statistics and Survey Methodology. Before entering the energy industry, she attended Carnegie Mellon University and attained a B.S. in Statistics. Carrie spends her free time at the gym and outside at the beautiful beaches of San Diego, LA and Mexico. She travels frequently to New York City and Ann Arbor, Michigan to spend time with her family.
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.
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.
AnneMarie Graves brings more than 10 years of engineering and management experience in assessing performance and reliability of wind projects. At Vestas, she supports the analysis of 3 GW of operating wind projects with GE, Siemens, Nordex, Acciona and Clipper turbines in order to reduce cost, increase production, and improve reliability over the asset life. 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.
Michelle Sinning | Principal, Sinning Communications
Michelle Sinning has practiced strategic communications for more than 20 years and focuses on energy, water/wastewater and the commercial construction and real estate industries. She worked with Iberdrola Renewables for five years – overseeing community outreach and support-building for the Tule Wind Power Project – as well as hot issues communications for such issues as wildlife, noise/health, sensitive business transactions and litigation. Prior to forming Sinning Communications, she oversaw integrated communications campaigns at top public relations and advertising firms in Southern California and the Midwest and continues to serve as a director at LA-based land use PR firm Consensus Inc. and its sister agency PUSH PR. Michelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.