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Advisory Board

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Board Chairs

Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas Advisory Board Chair, Duke Energy
Managing Director | Solutions Development
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Joe Thomas serves as the Director, Clean Energy Solutions for Duke Energy’s Integrated Grid Strategy and Solutions organization. In this role, he is responsible for delivering new products and services to provide clean energy options to customers. This includes community solar offerings, roof top solar initiatives, as well as a number of REC Solutions across Duke Energy’s jurisdictions. Prior to this Joe has led Duke Energy’s Solutions Development organization as well as AMI strategy and implementation functions.
Dean Martin
Dean Martin Advisory Board Co-Chairperson, Consumers Energy
Smart Energy Operations Supervisor
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University, Dean Martin began his career at ANCO Engineers, performing a commercial and industrial rebate program for Consumers Energy. He held a variety of roles before beginning his career at Consumers Energy in Smart Energy. Dean is currently the Smart Energy Operations supervisor, with a team who performs device management of various smart electric meters and gas communication modules deployed across the state of Michigan. Consumers Energy has deployed cellular-based smart electric meters to 1.8 million electric customers, has over 660,000 gas communication modules communicating through the AMI technology and is currently deploying an AMR solution to 1.2 million gas-only customers.

Board Members

Dennis DeMera
Dennis DeMera Las Vegas Water District
Customer Care & Field Services Manager
Track: Mobile & Measurement Solutions

Dennis DeMera has worked for the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) for the past 13 years. The LVVWD provides water to more than one million people via approximately 400,000 water meters. Currently, LVVWD collects hourly data from their AMI network and AMR system to provide world class customer service to their customer base. Dennis currently oversees the technology for the Customer Care and Field Services department which encompasses data collection, water conservation, customer service and customer engagement. He has overseen deployments for the Itron Fixed Network solution, Mobile Interface, Field Collection System, Field Deployment Manager, Field Tools, Leak Sensors and Water Analytics.
Jay Hoffman American Electric Power
Director Customer Support Services
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

Jay is the Customer Services Support Director for American Electric Power. He is accountable for the strategy and maintenance of key customer operations, including business support of related systems. Oversight responsibilities include daily business operations of meter-to-cash systems supporting AEP’s seven distribution operating companies, including customer information system management, large power and complex billing, deregulation support, and meter revenue systems support.

Previously, Jay led AEP’s Customer Experience Program, directing the fulfillment of CX strategy across the enterprise, including responsibility for implementing programs and executing projects that are aligned with customer satisfaction and brand reputation goals. He also held a leadership role in AEP’s Audit Services Department. Before joining AEP, Jay served in risk assurance and consulting capacities with EY. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University.
Robert Kang Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Manager, Revenue Operations
Track: Applications, Outcomes and Services

Robert Kang is the Billing Operations Manager for Sacramento Municipal Utility District that monitor and maintain the meter to cash systems. He has been with SMUD for 11 years holding positions in SMUD’s Grid Assets, Workforce and Enterprise Services and Customer & Community Services. His background includes systems engineering and IT consulting at Electronic Data Systems. Robert was one of the core members that implemented the Smart Meter initiative at SMUD that installed over 600,000+ smart meters in the greater Sacramento area. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Science and a MBA from California State University, Sacramento.
Justin Logsdon
Justin Logsdon FirstEnergy
Manager of Smart Meter Operations
Track: Data Management

Justin Logsdon is the Manager of Smart Meter Operations for FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy operates in five states (Ohio, Pa., N.J., Md., and W. Va.) and has approximately 6 million electric customers. Justin and his team are responsible for the daily operations of FirstEnergy’s smart meter solution, utilizing OWCE, IEE & MV90 to process data daily for the 2.4 million and growing population of smart meters & legacy interval meters. He has worked at FirstEnergy for over 17 years and has spent his career in various metering roles through both corporate metering support and regional operations. Justin earned a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University and an MBA from Kent State University. He and his wife Amy have four children and reside in the Canton, Ohio area. When not shuttling his kids to various school & sporting activities, Justin enjoys running, golf and woodworking.

David Lukcic Tampa Electric
Director AMI Strategic Solutions
Track: Applications, Outcomes & Services

David Lukcic is the Director of AMI Strategic Solutions for Tampa Electric Company. This includes AMI, Network Operations, Smart Street Lighting and Lighting operations. He is currently overseeing an almost $500M investment in numerous smart initiatives. His current duties include AMI and Smart Streetlighting deployment integration and operations, and network operations. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), an MBA from USF and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. Lukcic was responsible for meter operations, permitting major capital projects, such as power plants, transmission lines and major infrastructure. Mr. Lukcic’s experience includes over 20 years in industrial and power plant operations, transmission and distribution and environmental capacities.
Julie Matteson
Julie Matteson Western Area Power Administration
Supervisory Public Utilities Specialist | Power Billing
Track: Data Management

Julie Matteson is the Settlements and Power Billing Manager at Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), Upper Great Plains Region (UGPR). WAPA is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. WAPA's service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where WAPA’s more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 56 hydropower plants. For the 30 years, Julie has specialized in supporting WAPA's MV-90 xi system. She worked in the Power Billing Division for 14 years as a Public Utilities Specialist before transferring to the Information Technology (IT) Division as System Administrator. She continued to support the Itron products from an IT perspective for 10 years. She then moved back to the Power Billing Division as a Supervisor for three years and is currently the Settlements & Power Billing Manager. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has three children and resides in Watertown, South Dakota.
Nick Miller
Nick Miller Southwest Gas
Systems Analyst | Operations — Field
Track: Mobile & Measurement Solutions

Nick Miller joined Southwest Gas Corporation in 2006. During his 15 years of service with the company, he has held the positions of Mapping Specialist, Engineering Technician, Business Technology Support Analyst, and now Systems Analyst. In his current position, Nick provides training, Help Desk support, System Upgrades and Implementation, and facilitates business-focused direction as it relates to meter reading technology. Routing, rerouting, assignment creation, process assessment, FCS system components and related technology are primary areas of focus. He is a graduate of Nevada State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and currently completing coursework in Information Systems. He is also a graduate from Grand Canyon University with two master’s degrees: Master of Science in Leadership and an MBA.

Southwest Gas use Itron products for over 2 million customers in NV, CA, and AZ. Supported Itron products include: FCS, ISM, Itron Mobile, Mobile Interface, FDM, IFT, MC3, FC300, iPhone w/ IMR2, 40G/GB ERT, 100G ERT, 500G ERT and Intelis Gas Meter testing.
Steve Miller
Steve Miller Charlotte Water
Chief of Customer Services
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Steve Miller has over 27 years of outstanding water utility experience and is currently the Chief of Customer Service at Charlotte Water, serving over one million customers through 300,000 meters. Prior to his time at Charlotte Water, Steve served as an engineer for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities. Over the last 22 years at Charlotte Water, Steve has worn many hats. He began with the utility in the Engineering department before moving on to lead Customer Service for the past 12 years. Steve and his team are responsible for Charlotte Water’s metering system, account services, new service connections, field services, revenue recovery, and backflow program. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Arts in strategic leadership. In addition to his work at Charlotte Water, Steve serves on the North Carolina AWWA Utility Management Committee and the AWWA Customer Service Committee where he dedicates time to improve utility functions nationwide. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, mountain biking, and music. Steve is married, and he and his loving wife have three beautiful children, a dog, and a turtle.
Lisa Reilly Peoples Gas
Director of Continuous Improvement and Meter Reading
Track: Mobile and Measurement Solutions

Lisa Reilly is the Director of Continuous Improvement and Meter Reading at Peoples Gas, a natural gas distribution company serving southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Lisa has enjoyed a 30 year career with Peoples Gas working in many areas of the company. In Lisa’s spare time she and her husband have fostered over 100 retired racing greyhounds, has 7 grandchildren, 1 dog, 4 cats and 2 parrots. Lisa and her husband enjoy taking Caribbean Cruises.
Jim Robinson
Jim Robinson Peoples Gas / North Shore Gas
Director | Meter to Bill
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Jim Robinson is the Director of Meter to Bill for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in Illinois, both WEC Energy Group subsidiaries. As an engineer and MBA graduate, located in Chicago, he also brings 35 years of experience in the gas utility industry to the Itron Utility Board. Over his career, Jim has been responsible for construction, fleet and materials management, strategic sourcing, gas supply planning, credit and collections, meter testing and repair, meter reading and billing. Recently, a key focus for Jim has been managing AMR and AMI teams and strategy for approximately 1 million gas meters across WEC Energy Group's Illinois companies. This includes managing the deployment of OpenWay® Riva gas modules and integrating OpenWay with existing systems. Jim's wealth of experience, knowledge and relationships across the utility industry make him an outstanding addition to the IUW Board.
Lynette Sealy IUW
Lynette Sealy CenterPoint Energy
District Director | Gas Operations - NW Region Houston TX
Track: Applications, Outcomes and Services

Lynette Sealy is the District Director of Gas Operations in Houston, TX for CenterPoint Energy. She began her 30-year career with CenterPoint Energy in the Call Center. She has held various management positions, including Gas Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) Lead, Area Manager, Business Technology Support Manager in Technology Operations and Work Order Management, Data Quality Management, and Meter Reading. Lynette currently serves as a Board member of the United Energy Credit Union and Aldine Education Foundation. She also serves on the SGA Operations, Maintenance, And Emergency Management committee. Lynette also participates in a variety of non-profit organizations such as the United Way Community Investment program. Lynette graduated from the CNP Leadership Academy, Leadership Women — Texas and earned a bachelor of science in business administration from DeVry University.
Mike Smith Maritime Electric
Supervisor | IT Development
Track: Mobile and Measurement Solutions

Mike Smith, originally from Saskatchewan, started his career as a Programmer Analyst for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture in 1992; he joined Maritime Electric in 1997.  Specializing in project management and process optimization, Mike has implemented many systems including ESRI’s GIS, Itron’ s FCS, outage management, vegetation management, service order system and billing.  Mike has worked with the T&D Operations group to optimize the departments workflows including dispatching work to crews and asset management.  Mike has also worked as the metering supervisor for two years.  In 2012 Mike worked on a 5 year IOT load control demonstration project that created a virtual power plant that allowed real time energy control operator access to control load. In 2017 Mike joined IT again as the supervisor of the IT & GIS development teams.

Mike holds an IT Application Programmer Diploma, HR Certificate and a Business Degree with a major in Organization Behavior as well as a GISP (GIS Professional) designation.

Rick Teigland
Rick Teigland Florida Power & Light
Power Delivery Reliability Grid Automation Strategy
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Rick Teigland is the manager of the reliability grid automation team at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy and deployment of grid automation devices across FPL’s 35 county service territory. Rick previously served as a technical manager for the distribution portion of the Energy Smart Florida program overseeing the installation and integration of over 8,000 devices, sensors, and monitors in Miami-Dade County. He was also responsible for the distribution Storm Secure Program during the program’s early years. Prior to that, Rick was a distribution planning supervisor where his group was responsible for analyzing the distribution grid, developing capacity and system improvement projects, and ensuring protective coordination between feeder relays and distribution devices. Rick is a registered Professional Engineer, received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida.
Bill Westrick
Bill Westrick Exelon
Manager | IT Field Area Network Operations
Track: Multi-Purpose Network Solutions

Bill Westrick has worked in the technology field for almost 35 years. He joined Exelon in 2012 where he initially worked on ComEd’s distribution automation deployment project, and soon moved into an operations role where he managed ComEd’s Itron (SSN) AMI and DA networks. He is now in Exelon’s Utility Communications group as IT Manager, Field Area Network Operations, where he’s responsible for the Itron AMI and DA networks at five Exelon utilities. Bill is also responsible for the Land Mobile Radio systems across all six Exelon utilities. Prior to joining Exelon, Bill was IT Director at Pennant Foods Company where he was responsible for technology deployed across its 12 manufacturing facilities in North America. His background also includes systems engineering at IBM and consulting experience at McKinsey & Company and Accenture. Bill resides in the Chicago area with his wife Liz and has 4 children (two in college and two in high school). In his spare time, he plays the piano, works as a volunteer at a social service agency on Chicago’s west side, and enjoys spending time with his children.