Laura is the Executive Director at WIEB. Laura was previously WIEB’s Director of State, Federal, and International Affairs supporting the WIEB Board of Directors, CREPC, and coordination with partners and stakeholders including US DOE and FERC. Prior to joining WIEB, Laura served the State of Montana for 17 years, including as the Bureau Chief of the Montana Energy Office and the Deputy Administrator for the Water Resources Division. Laura holds a Masters in Science and Engineering Management from Montana State University, B.A. in French and Environmental Studies from Carroll College, and an A.S. in Business from the University of Montana.
Gia serves as the Government Relations Specialist – Resource Adequacy at the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). Gia provides staff support and expertise to the Committee of State Representatives (COSR) for the Western Power Pool’s Western Resource Adequacy Program (WRAP) as well the Markets+ State Committee (MSC). She is also responsible for assisting the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and other WIEB Committees and for providing technical and policy analysis regarding existing and potential resource adequacy in the West. Prior to joining the team at WIEB, Gia served as a Policy and Legislative Analyst for an emergency management and crisis consulting firm on COVID-19 recovery in communities across the U.S. and as a Policy Analyst for the Public Affairs team at Salt River Project. Gia holds a M.A. in Policy Studies from the University of Washington, a B.S. in Economics from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Eric serves as the Program Manager – Electric System Reliability at the Western Interstate Energy Board. Eric manages and provides staff support to the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB). He is responsible for providing engineering and technical electric system analysis to the WIRAB, WIEB, and the Energy Imbalance Market Body of State Regulators (EIM-BOSR). He provides analysis and advice on policies relating operational performance, situational awareness, and essential reliability services. Prior to joining the team at WIEB, Eric worked in Power Supply and Engineering at Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Pennsylvania. He holds both a M.E. in Energy Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Lisa serves as Director of Finance and Administration for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). She provides advice on budgetary and financial matters to the Executive Director, WIEB Board, and the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB). This includes preparing annual budgets and audit reports for both WIEB and WIRAB. In addition to maintaining financial and accounting databases, she also manages the Human Resources Department of WIEB. Prior to joining the WIEB team, she had an extensive accounting and finance background in the Telecom Industry as Controller for a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer in California. Lisa holds an A.A. in Economics and B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from the California State University Northridge and the University of Phoenix.
Thomas A. Carr
Tom serves as Program Manager for Electric System Planning and Grid Transformation. He manages WIEB’s Reserve Expenditure Program and provides staff support to WIEB and WIRAB on electric system planning, public policy, and grid transformation matters. He represents WIEB at WECC’s Reliability Assessment Committee (RAC) with a focus on production cost modeling, resource planning, and reliability assessments. Tom received a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado in 1988 and a law degree from the University of Denver in 1998. Tom was an assistant professor at Middlebury College from 1990 to 1995.
Elaine serves as Office Manager at the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). She provides administrative assistance and project support to the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) Executive Director and staff. She is also responsible for facilitating effecting engagement and communication with WIEB’s members, WIEB’s partner organizations, and external stakeholders. Elaine has a B.A. from the University of Colorado Denver.
Bonnie Lamond serves as the Program Manager – Wholesale Electricity Markets at the Western Interstate Energy Board. Bonnie manages and provides support to the Western Energy Imbalance Market-Body of State Regulators on policy matters relating to wholesale electricity development in the West. Bonnie has over a decade of experience in energy policy and regulation. Prior to joining the team at WIEB, Bonnie worked in the long duration energy storage industry, advancing state and wholesale electricity market reform across the United States. Bonnie also has experience in the regulated utility industry as well as in upstream oil and gas exploration and production.
Melanie serves as the Nuclear Energy Policy Program Manager for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB)’s high-level radioactive waste program and Committee, which includes state representatives from up to twelve Western states. Together with the Committee, Melanie engages with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other state regional and tribal groups on the transportation component of the nation’s program for disposition of commercial spent nuclear fuel and high-level defense waste. Melanie holds a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a B.S. in chemistry, also from the University of Denver.