Meet the Board

The Itron Utility Week Advisory Board plays an integral role in shaping programming at Itron Utility Week and is a resource for attendees to share feedback about all events. The board is comprised of representatives who serve in a variety of roles across electricity, gas and water utilities. From the entire Itron organization, we thank the board for their service and dedication to moving our industry forward and creating a more resourceful world.
Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

Spire Energy
Itron Utility Week Advisory Board Chairperson
Manager, Meter Reading Technologies
Multi-Purpose Networks


Brad Anderson is the Manager of Meter Reading Technologies for Spire Energy. He manages all AMR/AMI meter reading processes and system support. Brad has 22 years of information technology and operations support experience, including leading Alagasco's advanced AMR deployment as project manager and lead systems architect. He leverages both his business and information technology backgrounds to streamline processes and constructively apply technology. Brad enjoys serving on the IUW Board because he enjoys the challenge of helping to deliver a conference that offers a broad range of learning and networking opportunities for both first-time and veteran attendees.
David De Yagher

David De Yagher

BC Hydro
Itron Utility Week Advisory Board Co-Chairperson
Senior Manager — Field Device Operations
Multi-Purpose Networks


David De Yagher, CPA, is the Senior Operations manager for BC Hydro's Smart Metering system. The operations team oversees metering, IPv6 RF mesh and ICS networks, and meter data management. David has overall responsibility for ensuring that the design, delivery and operations of BC Hydro's smart metering solution align with the business requirements. He also oversees the developments for new applications leveraging the recently deployed networks in support of BC Hydro's Smart Grid quest. He has been involved with BC Hydro's smart metering project since its inception in October 2005. As a member of various standards and technical committees David has engaged multiple stakeholder and interest groups to present the solution and help drive the project requirements forward.
Brad Long

Brad Long

Puget Sound Energy
Application Configuration Analyst
Data Management


Brad Long is an App Configuration Analyst with Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) metering systems and data analytics (MDSA) team, which serves 1.1 million electric and more than 790,000 natural gas customers in the Puget Sound region. For the last 13 years, Brad has specialized in supporting PSE's MV-90 xi system, which includes validation of billing data for PSE's largest electric customers and AMR network daily consumption reads and daily demand. He has attended four years at the Northwest Electric Meter School where he has gained a great deal of knowledge in the utility industry. Brad has also been a key player in the Wholesale Energy Market (EIM) using the MV-90 xi system for validation of all the energy reads provided to California ISO. Serving on the board provides him with "an opportunity to be a part of an amazing group of people, committed to building the BEST conference in the industry!" Participating in board activities and responsibilities has given Brad the opportunity to network with colleagues from not only the U.S., but from all over the world exchanging similar experiences, challenges and solutions.
Derek LeBoeuf

Derek LeBoeuf

City of Ottawa
Business Consultant, Revenue Systems
Data Management


Derek LeBoeuf has worked for the City of Ottawa for the past 18 years, serving as team lead for multiple projects. As a municipal owned water utility, the City has 236,000 accounts that are read hourly through Itron's Fixed Network collection engine; information collected is then preserved in Itron's meter data management system.

Derek's current project is to roll-out a new water utility billing system that features self-serve on-line services for residents and provides a number of internal-facing improvements for staff such as the automation of processes and interfacing with many of the applications that are used on a day-to-day basis. Derek's role specifically targets real-time integration with Maximo (meter assets and work order integration), Vailtech (property taxation system) and Itron software solutions.
Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

Duke Energy
Director, Technology Solutions Support
Multi-Purpose Networks


Joe Thomas serves as the Director of Technology Solutions & Support for Duke Energy's Grid Solutions organization, overseeing AMI and meter data management (MDM) planning and operations. Joe's organization provides business expertise for AMI-related systems, processes and operations for Duke Energy's nearly 2 million AMI meters. His additional responsibilities include directing efforts related to identifying AMI deployment opportunities, developing system improvements and scaling new solutions. Prior to this role, Joe headed the Meter Data Management Project organization where he led the successful implementation of MDM programs. Joe is a graduate of Miami University and is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Joe, his wife Trena and their two young children are located in the Charlotte, NC area.
Nick Miller

Nick Miller

Southwest Gas Corporation
Analyst II, Business Technology Support
Mobile & Measurement Solutions


Nick joined Southwest Gas Corporation in 2006. During his 12 years of service with the company, he has held the positions of Mapping Specialist, Engineering Technician and now Analyst II in Business Technology Support. In his current position, Nick provides training, Help Desk support, and facilitates business-focused direction as it relates to Meter Reading technology. Routing, rerouting, daily assignment creation, process assessment and the use of related technology are primary areas of focus. He is a graduate of Nevada State College with a bachelor's of science degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate from Grand Canyon University with dual master degree, Master of Science in Leadership and MBA.
David Meszaros

David Meszaros

FirstEnergy
Director - Smart Meter Programs
Analytics & Advanced Applications


David Meszaros is the FirstEnergy Program Director for the PA Smart Meter Implementation Program (SMIP). The SMIP is responsible for implementation of smart meters, network, infrastructure, systems and processes to 2 million customers across four Pennsylvania operating companies in compliance with Act 129 of the PA Public Utility Commission. Dave has been in this position since the end of 2014 after previously serving as the Program Manager for the SMIP for the previous two years. Dave has worked at FirstEnergy or its predecessors for over 30 years, with 20 years spent in IT and in various management roles either in IT, Supply Chain, or Energy Efficiency departments. Dave is a lifetime resident of the Cleveland, OH area and received a Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and MBA from Cleveland State University. He is an avid Cleveland sports fan (yes-even the Browns), and enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife Natalie in his free time.
Dennis DeMera

Dennis DeMera

Las Vegas Valley Water District
Field Services Supervisor
Mobile & Measurement Solutions


Dennis DeMera has worked for the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) for the past 11 years. The LVVWD provides water to more than one million people via approximately 386,000 water meters. Currently, LVVWD collects hourly data from their AMI network and AMR system to provide world class customer service to their customer base. He currently supervises the field units responsible for meter reading, water conservation, customer service and field services support. Dennis has overseen deployments for the Itron Fixed Network solution, Mobile Interface, Field Collection System, Field Deployment Manager, Leak Sensors and Water Analytics.
Tal Centers

Tal Centers

CenterPoint Energy
VP, Safety & Gas System Integrity
Mobile & Measurement Solutions


Tal Centers works for CenterPoint Energy, Inc. headquartered in Houston, Texas. CenterPoint Energy is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electricity transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services. He is the vice president of Safety & Gas System Integrity, with responsibilities for gas LDC engineering, system integrity, gas control, measurement, safety, technical training and environmental oversight. Tal has been with CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies for 32 years. Tal is a 1985 graduate of Texas A&M with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and in 2006 Executive MBA graduate, also from Texas A&M. He is in coming chair for the Operations Managing Committee for the American Gas Association. Tal is married with a son and daughter.
Peter Chow

Peter Chow

Southern Company/Georgia Power
MDM Operations Manager
Data Management


Peter Chow is currently the Metering Services Principal Engineer with responsibility over MDM Operations at Georgia Power. He has more than 35 years of experience in software development, metering, and managing various MDM systems across Southern Company. Southern Company (Georgia Power, Alabama Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power) processes data from 4.5 million AMI electric meter points using ItronEE and MV90xi. Peter was on the Southern Company design team that partnered with Itron on the development of ItronEE. He is currently the co-chair of the Southern Company MDM Technical Advisory Team. Peter grew up in Georgia and attended Southern Polytechnic and Georgia Tech in Atlanta obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 30 years.
Dean Martin IUW Advisory Board

Dean Martin

Consumers Energy
Smart Energy Supervisor
Analytics & Advanced Applications


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.
Shachella James IUW Advisory Board

Shachella James, MBA, PMP

CenterPoint Energy
Vice President, Technology Operations
Analytics & Advanced Applications


Shachella James is an accomplished technology professional approaching three decades interfacing with senior business executives, technical teams, and operational end-users, making sure no one strays from "due North". As the Vice President of Technology Operations, she provides leadership to a technology organization that enables and supports the corporate technology enterprise, including end user support, business applications, portfolio value and delivery, and data center operations. She engages the enterprise to identify innovation and solutions to meet the capabilities and industry demands. Shachella drives organizational development plans leading to the transformation of the organization to achieve greater efficiencies, effectiveness, security, continuity and resilience via technology and resources. Her span of control includes managing the fiduciary, strategic, and operational accountabilities commensurate to this position. Shachella is a certified technology professional, having earned her undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tracy Tinsley IUW Advisory Board

Tracy Tinsley

Duke Energy
Project Director — AMI
Analytics & Advanced Applications


Tracy Tinsley is the Duke Energy AMI Project Director responsible for the AMI Meter Deployment Programs in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. She has 33 years of experience at Duke Energy and held a variety of positions in Fossil, Nuclear, I/T and Corporate Services before joining the Smart Grid organization 10 years ago as it was formed. Tracy initially managed the implementation and growth of the AMI head-end systems as well as the initial AMI deployment projects. Tracy has helped shape Duke Energy's AMI deployment methodology with her practical operational management experiences, by living through and leveraging many lessons learned, and by managing the many variables that affect Duke's scaled deployment efforts. Tracy is a Virginia Tech graduate (Go Hokies!), married for 30 years to her Hokie husband, and has 2 amazing daughters who are also Hokie graduates.
Melanie Popovich IUW Advisory Board

Melanie Popovich

Utility Business Consultant at Peoples Gas
Project Manager — IT
Mobile & Measurement Solutions


Melanie Popovich has been an independent consultant since 2003, providing project management and evaluation services to gas and electric utility distribution companies. Melanie's clients include Peoples Gas (Pittsburgh), Columbia Gas of PA, Equitable Gas, Dominion- Peoples Gas, National Fuel Gas, UGI, and the Indiana State Gas and Electric Association. She is currently Project Manager of Peoples' 438,000 Customer AMR Smart Meter initiative in partnership with Itron. Prior to consulting, Melanie spent most of her 30 year career in the natural gas industry holding various executive management positions including Corporate Vice President Customer Service, NiSource, Inc.; Vice President Customer Relations and Marketing, Columbia Gas of PA and MD.; and Director Customer Relations, Columbia Gas of PA. In 2015, Melanie was awarded the Conservation Luminary Award in recognition of her professional efforts in making a significant impact on residential energy and water conservation in low income communities across western Pennsylvania. The award is sponsored by Conservation Consultants, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting responsible residential energy use. Melanie holds a BS in Applied Science degree from Youngstown State University and is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon's John H. Heinz Graduate School of Public Policy.
George Hughes

George Hughes

Union Gas Limited
Manager, Meter Reading Logistics
Mobile & Measurement Solutions


George Hughes provides business unit leadership and support for Itron's Field Collection System application, FC300 Handheld, MC3 and MC Lite AMR data collection and related processes. Since assuming his current role in 2004, George has become an organizational resource for meter reading technologies and has field accountability for 475,000 of Union Gas' 1.5 million customers. George joined Union Gas in 1978 and has held technical, supervisory and managerial roles in customer service, planning and dispatch, marketing, and utility services. Projects under his management have involved the delivery of technical and soft skills training, support for in-truck data terminal deployment, and implementation and upgrade of Itron suite products. In addition to business management, George has completed continuing education studies in human resources, finance and project planning. He holds certificates of qualification related to the gas industry and HVAC. By joining the Itron Utility Week Advisory Board, George will help others learn, network and problem solve while developing lifelong business relationships and friendships. Outside of work, he enjoys furniture building, renovation projects and playing golf. His most rewarding role, along with his wife, is as father and mother to their children and as Nana and Papa to two granddaughters.
Julie Matteson

Julie Matteson

Western Area Power Administration
Supervisory Public Utilities Specialist | Power Billing
Data Management


Julie Matteson is a Supervisory Public Utilities Specialist with Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in the Power Billing Division. 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 our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 56 hydropower plants. For the past 27 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. After 10 years in IT, she moved back to the Power Billing Division as a supervisor. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has three children and resides in Watertown, S.D.
Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson

Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas
Director of Meter to Bill
Multi-Purpose Networks


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.
Jim Harris

Jim Harris

Charlotte Water
Senior Asset and Commercial & Industrial Group Manager
Multi-Purpose Networks


A utilities professional for over 28 years, Jim Harris is currently the Asset/Commercial Industrial Group manager for the Customer Service Division of Charlotte Water. Charlotte Water is publicly owned and operated water utility that serves more than 850,000 customers through approximately 293,000 meters. Since April 1989, his career has encompassed the many facets of meter management operations, including positions as a meter reader, crew chief, metering services supervisor, AMR project manager, operations manager and budget/asset/commercial industrial group manager. Jimmy leverages his knowledge and experience with business systems, information technology, and operations management to assist the organization with strategies and tactics that enable the organization to streamline processes, implement new technologies, meet ISO and AWWA standards, and promote operational excellence. Jimmy was instrumental as a core team member in implementing and optimizing key initiatives for the City of Charlotte including AMR and enhanced work-flow management. He continues to partner with industry professionals in the success of the City of Charlotte AMR-AMI technologies.
Brian Moccia

Brian Moccia

DTE Energy
Manager - AMI Engineering, Distribution Operations - Operational Technology
Multi-Purpose Networks


Brian Moccia joined DTE Energy in 1982 and is presently Manager of Advanced Meter Infrastructure Engineering as part of the Electric Distribution Operations organization where he has had oversight for one of the largest multi-purpose hybrid AMI and SCADA network infrastructure's in the U.S. He has served in this capacity since January 2009. Prior to this position, he served as Manager of Information Technology supporting various critical systems including mass market and industrial billing systems, call center customer management systems, electrical grid energy management systems and fossil generation energy pricing and energy market optimization systems. Responsibilities included application development, application maintenance, production support and portfolio total cost of ownership. Also, in this capacity, Brian was responsible for NERC Cyber Security compliance for fossil generation and electrical distribution systems. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Wayne State University.