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.
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.
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.
Pauline Searles | Senior Project Manager at UL, LLC Renewables
Pauline Searles is a Senior Project Manager on the Due Diligence Team at UL, whose role includes project management and coordination, contract reviews, site visit assessments, and report composition for wind projects in the development, construction, and operational phases. Prior to UL, Pauline volunteered for WindAid Institute in Trujillo, Peru to build and install turbines for a Peruvian fishing community without access to grid power. Pauline was a recipient of the 2016 Rudd Mayer Fellowship and holds a BA in Physics from Skidmore College and a BEng in Environmental Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
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Katie Cafouros | Business Development Manager at EDF Renewables North America
Katie has over 15 years of international and domestic experience in the energy sector.
Following a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy and Sustainability from UCSD, she now lives in San Diego developing behind the meter solar and storage solutions throughout North America.
Katie is also a founding board member of Young Professional in Energy’s (YPE) San Diego chapter, with a mission to promote innovative energy solutions and sustainability initiatives through organizing educational, networking and community events with San Diego’s energy professionals. She has also joined the board of WRISE as communications chair and actively pursuing outreach events and partnerships with like minded organizations.
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Sierra Jauregui, CPA, Senior Associate at RSM US LLP
RSM specializes in being a first-choice advisor to middle market leaders globally by delivering the power to being understood each client, colleague and community. As a CPA at RSM, Sierra is given the opportunity to work with her clients and specialize the services provided based on the industry, size, and complexity of the client. Being a San Diego native, allows for Sierra to have an understanding of the market that her clients work in and the best most effective ways to assist them in achieving their goals.
Sustainability has been an important aspect of Sierra’s lifestyle and got involved with WRISE to continue to meet others that strive towards sustainability for the greater San Diego area and beyond.