Board of Directors

Kevin Pearce is the Business Development Manager, Energy Management Division, at Siemens Energy. He currently serves at Network Chairman of the Board and previously served as a Treasurer of our Board.

With more than 25 years of maritime industry experience, Kevin currently spearheads the growth and positioning of Siemens solutions for connecting U.S. offshore wind energy projects to the electrical grid.

Prior to Siemens, Kevin was the President and Principal Engineer of Green Sail Energy, an offshore wind energy developer. He served as the Director of Engineering for Bluewater Wind, playing a key role in several notable accomplishments including the first offshore wind Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in the United States. Kevin also has experience in private marine consulting firms, where he led the engineering, financing, and construction of ships and offshore structures.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and a Masters of Engineering in Ocean Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he has also served as an instructor.

 

Lauren Burm is Head of Public Affairs at DONG Energy. She currently serves as the Network Secretary.

At DONG, Lauren responsibilities include overseeing the company’s public affairs, communications, community relations, stakeholder engagement and collaborations at the national, state and local level. She leads the company’s communications efforts to bring awareness to the economic growth, innovation, jobs and renewable energy benefits of offshore wind. She also oversees the company’s outreach, engagement and media relations activities regarding DONG Energy Wind Power’s utility-scale initiatives in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Prior to joining DONG Energy, Lauren managed community relations, communications and served as spokesperson for Entergy Corporation’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Earlier, Lauren served as an aide in both the legislative and executive branches of Massachusetts’ State government, including communications and legislative aide for two State legislators and a Massachusetts State Senator as well as serving as Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Lauren holds a degree in communications from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Derek Stilwell is the Commercial Leader, North America for GE Renewable Energy – Offshore Wind. He currently serves as the Network Treasurer.

As the former Director of Sales and Tendering North America for Alstom Wind, Derek was responsible for all commercial activity including equipment and service sales and marketing for On and Offshore Wind in Canada, the US and Mexico. In his 5 years at Alstom, he led the sales efforts that successfully introduced Alstom’s 3MW Onshore Platform in Mexico and the Haliade 6MW Offshore Turbine in the US, and signed other contracts totaling over 750M USD. Prior to Alstom, Derek’s 25 years in energy include sales and development management roles at Vestas and Calpine in the US and Mexico.

Derek holds and MD degree from México’s UNAM University and an MBA from University of Colorado School of Business in Denver.

 

Katarina Ennerfelt is President of Toroid Corporation of Maryland. Katarina has spent most of her life around toroidal transformers. With a background in engineering studies and economics, Katarina brings over 30 years of experience to Toroid Corporation. Before coming to Toroid Corporation in 2001, Katarina spent 2 years with our sister company in the Czech Republic. In 2006, Katarina took over as President.

 

Alex Giles Alexander (“Alex”) Giles is a Principal with the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in its Baltimore, Maryland office, and the primary focus of Alex’s practice is maritime law and business litigation. Alex began his career with Semmes in 1996 as a second-year law clerk, was hired as an Associate upon graduation from law school in 1997, and was elevated to Principal in December 2005.

 

Golfin_Elia Elia Golfin is Business Development Director for Aeolus Energy Group, having been in a variety of executive posts in the wind farm industry during his career. In addition, Elia Golfin applies his expertise in transportation to foster on-time delivery of services and operational efficiencies for Aeolus Energy systems group. As an original member of the Aeolus team, he contributed to such key tasks as the raising of capital, creation of business strategies, identification of target customers, recruitment, and pricing of services. He participated in the development of branding initiatives, including website design, and met with potential clients to secure contracts to grow the business. He also guided the organization’s site-operations programs, handling the acquisition of necessary equipment and manpower. A long-time airline pilot, Elia Golfin flew routes in the United States, Australia, and Europe and completed a Bachelor of Aviation, mastering such courses as aircraft mechanics, aviation safety, aerospace dynamics, and aviation management. He also earned an Advanced Diploma of Aviation at Navair International Flying College.

 

Joe Greco is a Marine executive with a diverse background of operating and commercial roles. He was formerly Vice President Marine/Commercial at Tradepoint Atlantic. Joe is a graduate from the University of Scranton, PA. He started his maritime carrier with Columbia Coastal Transport, a container feeder barge company serving the US East Coat. There he held several positions including Port Captain, Operations Manager, Port Manager and Regional Manager. At Columbia, Joe was ultimately responsible for both the Baltimore and Norfolk offices, handling operations and sales functions. During this time, Columbia Coastal moved over 100,000 TEUs per year. Joe served on the Board of Directors for the Steamship Trade association, and was a trustee on the STA/ILA benefits and pension funds. Read more.

 

Don Hairston, who served as Past President and a Director of the Network, is the General Manager at Meggitt. Prior to his work at Cobham, Don was the Vice President, Business Development, at Experimental Machine, Inc. in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

 

Andrew Michael is a Group Manager with the Greater Baltimore Middle Market Group of M&T Bank. He manages a team of relationship managers who oversee the banking relationships for a wide range of private, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining M&T, Andrew spent eight years as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He holds an MBA from Duke University, an M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Physics from Clemson University. He is on the board of the Village Learning Place and The Family Tree.

 

Johnny O Bio John Olszewski, Jr. is a Senior Account Executive with SAS where he partners with state and local agencies to prevent fraud, enhance public safety, improve program performance and enable a higher degree of transparency.

Prior to that, John was Special Senior Manager for Legislative Affairs for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. In this role, he oversees local, state, and federal relationships on all things transportation in Baltimore. Prior to his work with the City, he was a recognized leader in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for nearly nine years. While in office, he was elected to serve as Chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation – the youngest person ever elected to that position. Read more.

 

Cindy Plavier Truitt serves as the Chief Business Officer of Humanim, an NPO which provides workforce development and human services to over 4,000 individuals a year throughout Maryland and employs over 500 staff. Cindy has been employed by Humanim for over 25 years. In her current role, she oversees all Baltimore regional operations, marketing, public relations, fund development and business development. Cindy has overseen the recent expansion and management of a $6 M Social Enterprise Division within Humanim which includes DETAILS, a successful deconstruction and reuse company and City Seeds, a Baltimore-based kitchen incubator. Read more.

 

Peter Sanborn Peter Sandborn is a Professor in the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center at the University of Maryland.  He is also the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Sandborn’s group develops life-cycle cost models and business case support for long field life systems, including wind turbines and wind farms.  This work includes: obsolescence forecasting algorithms, strategic design refresh planning, lifetime buy quantity optimization, and return on investment models for maintenance planning (including the application of PHM to systems). Read more.

 

Dr. Lorry Wagner, an experienced energy engineer, has served as president of the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) since May of 2010.

Previous energy project experience includes nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, as well as wind.  Other relevant research was performed in the fields of neural network forecasting, failure analysis, and fault tolerant control systems.  He received his degrees from Purdue University and majored in heat transfer technologies for fusion reactors, leading to the development of several new non-dimensional numbers.

Dr. Wagner has developed innovative solutions to industrial sensing challenges as well as building several land-based wind projects across the U.S.  He previously served as CEO of Azure Energy, Phillips Electric, Motor Guarantee Corp., Remote Sensors, Inc., as well as Director of Research for Global Asset Management.

 

Whitman_Joel Joel Whitman is the founder of Whitman Consulting Group Inc. and has been involved in the offshore transmission and offshore wind industries for several years as an independent consultant and in a management capacity serving on the management team for a number of existing companies and start-ups in the sector. Most recently he was the Director for Corporate Strategy for British owned Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. as well as CEO of its US counterpart Global Marine Energy Inc. From its creation until its sale to a leading cable manufacturing company in late 2012, Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. had been built into the foremost independent installer of subsea power cable in the world.
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