Eric Whitley

President and CEO, Chairman


Eric brings 30 years of industry experience leading, facilitating, and supporting critical operations and technologies in power plant operation, transmission, and large grid management systems.

Eric Whitley

Over the years Eric held leadership roles at Southern California Edison, California ISO, Midwest ISO, and WECC, serving in positions of Project and Technical Management, Plant Manager, EMS Manager, Manager of Reliability Applications, and Director of EMS/IT Services. These roles have focused on grid operations and technologies, IT leadership, project management, NERC compliance, and developing high performing teams in support of critical systems.

Lonnie Rush

Board Member, Owner


Lonnie is a former Director of Operations Business Development at the California ISO as well as a previous Power Scheduling Manager and Grid Operations Manager for CAISO.

Lonnie Rush

Lonnie is a former Director of Operations Business Development at the California ISO as well as a previous Power Scheduling Manager and Grid Operations Manager for CAISO. He possesses a broad and deep knowledge of the intricacies of operating practices and technologies as well as power market issues.

Jake Taylor

Board Member


Jake brings an MBA and broad business and finance knowledge to his Board of Directors role. He worked for 12 years in Grid Operations at CAISO, as well as taught classes at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Jake Taylor

Jake brings an MBA and broad business and finance knowledge to his Board of Directors role. He worked for 12 years in Grid Operations at CAISO, as well as taught classes at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Matt Barnes, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer


Matt is an experienced consultant and financial executive with over a decade of experience leading teams in the compliance and energy industries, where he specializes in the CAISO markets, NERC compliance, asset management, finance, risk management, and internal controls.

Matt Barnes

Matt is an experienced consultant and financial executive with over a decade of experience leading teams in the compliance and energy industries, where he specializes in the CAISO markets, NERC compliance, asset management, finance, risk management, and internal controls.
His background includes an array of project management experience with Covanta’s California renewable generation assets, as well as compliance and audit experience with Ernst and Young.

Tim Van Blaricom

Vice President - Power System Services


Tim has 27+ years of experience in the electric industry serving formerly as Manager of Operations at both the California ISO and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District.



Tim Van Blaricom

Tim has 27+ years of experience in the electric industry serving formerly as Manager of Operations at both the California ISO and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District. In addition to his intimate operations knowledge, he’s managed teams dedicated to NERC Reliability Standards compliance, Operations Training and Procedures, Smart Grid implementation, Real-Time Engineering Support and EMS. Tim responsibilities have given him an ‘insider’s’ point of view into market development and renewable integration in the WECC region.

Lee Cordner

Vice President - Workforce Management


Lee is a 20+ year veteran of the industry with varied experience in many aspects of power and natural gas operations, contracting, engineering and sales.



Lee Cordner

Lee is a 20+ year veteran of the industry with varied experience in many aspects of power and natural gas operations, contracting, engineering and sales. For the past fifteen years Lee was the President of Cordner and Associates, Inc., a consulting company specializing in recruiting, selection, training and personal development.

John McDaniel

Vice President - Grid Technology Services

John has extensive experience with EMS, DMS, and OMS systems, having worked at ABB Network Management (significant EMS system for North America and internationally) for 24 years.




John McDaniel

John has performed in lead technical and managerial positions on over 50 SCADA/EMS/GMS/DMS deliveries throughout the world, participating throughout the sales cycle, the development cycle, the testing cycle, the installation cycle, and the post-delivery support cycles. In his engineering roles Mr. McDaniel focused EMS (Energy Management Systems), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), DMS (Distribution Management Systems), and OMS (Outage Management Systems). As system architect and Director of Engineering for ABB he worked extensively on the design and delivery of the Network Manager EMS system currently in use by Commonwealth Edison.

Jason Murray, MBA

Managing Director of Canadian Operations

Jason has 25+ years of experience in the Alberta and BC electricity industry specifically in Operations, Markets, NERC Standards, Procedures, and Training as Director, Operations Services at the Alberta Electric System Operator (ISO).



Jason Murray, MBA

Jason has 25+ years of experience in the Alberta and BC electricity industry specifically in Operations, Markets, NERC Standards, Procedures, and Training as Director, Operations Services at the Alberta Electric System Operator (ISO). Jason also has expertise in Program Management, Business Process, Trading, Stakeholder Relations and Customer Service and completed NERC Reliability Coordinator Certification.

Kevin Feusi

Director of Engineering

Kevin is a registered professional electrical engineer in California with 25 years of experience in transmission planning, operations engineering, and power/control systems design.






Kevin Feusi

For the past 15 years, Kevin has been focused on power system modeling with GE’s PSLF software and is proficient in power flow, post-transient governor-power flow, voltage stability, and transient stability analysis techniques. He is knowledgeable in the regulatory standards adopted by NERC, WECC, system operators and utilities. He has performed studies for system operators, utilities, and transmission developers throughout the western USA. Studies performed range from WECC three phase rating process studies to system impact studies. Furthermore, he has helped generation developers analyze interconnection locations, develop interconnection application requests, and address various needs throughout interconnection process.



Nan Liu

Director of Market Services
Principal Engineer

Nan is a Subject Matter Expert with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Nan has had a rewarding career with relevant experience in both energy engineering and wholesale power markets.



Nan Liu

Nan is a Subject Matter Expert with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Nan has had a rewarding career with relevant experience in both energy engineering and wholesale power markets. Mr. Liu has set himself aside from others in the industry, proving that he can combine experience in highly technical engineering fields with the internal business of energy market systems, as well as operate as a successful leader of reputable professionals in the energy industry.

John Franzino

Director of GridSecurity

John is the Director of GridSecurity, GridSME’s cyber security services division. John and the cyber security team assist clients with all aspects of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), as well as general cybersecurity support outside the scope of CIP.






John Franzino

In addition to John’s management role, he has hands-on experience implementing security controls in the field, conducting vulnerability assessments in production SCADA environments, network monitoring, and incident response. John also has extensive knowledge of NERC compliance, specifically as it relates to Generator Owners and Generator Operators. John has experience assisting renewable energy entities develop and implement compliance programs—these efforts include policy and procedure writing, technical standards support and advisory, training delivery, gap assessments, and audit support. John has knack for pragmatically balancing compliance obligations with security needs by employing a risk-based approach on all of his engagements.

Nicholas Manka

Principal Security Architect

Nicholas is a subject matter expert on integrating and securing SCADA systems and the networks that service them. He has spent 10 years helping electric utilities add cybersecurity to their cultures of safety and reliability.




Nicholas Manka

Nicholas is a subject matter expert on integrating and securing SCADA systems and the networks that service them. He has spent 10 years helping electric utilities add cybersecurity to their cultures of safety and reliability. Nicholas has experience with utilities in both the WECC and ERCOT regions, supporting operations for transmission, generation, and market trading systems. He also has a background in software development, network administration, network and information security, and regulatory compliance.



Ryan Harrison

Director of NERC Compliance

Ryan is an industry veteran with a long career in power generation operations and transmission operations business applications support. He leverages this experience for our clients by providing oversight, guidance, and coordination in managing and developing sound programs and processes...

Ryan Harrison

Ryan is an industry veteran with a long career in power generation operations and transmission operations business applications support. He leverages this experience for our clients by providing oversight, guidance, and coordination in managing and developing sound programs and processes that monitor and comply with risk-based NERC requirements. By joining GridSME, Ryan is able to assist our GO and GOP clients by developing programs that mitigate potential NERC compliance violations.

Gary Brown, P.E.

Principal Consultant, Grid Interconnection

Gary is a seasoned subject matter expert in the energy industry specializing in Grid Interconnection related services. Gary has over 35 years of experience as a consulting engineer and project manager for companies requiring assistance in various interconnection related areas.

Gary Brown, P.E.

In his career, Gary has held various engineering management responsibilities in the design and implementation of plant power and automation systems, renewable energy development, SCADA, security, and energy management for utilities, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. He has extensive experience in energy management, power generation, combined heat and power applications, and generation interconnection for industrial, utility, and public sector organizations.

Thomas Watson

Principal Consultant

Thomas has an extensive background in the electric industry with 37 years’ experience across a wide range of topics, including transmission and generation operations, energy procurement, generation planning and modeling, demand forecasting, and regulatory processes.


Thomas Watson

Thomas has fantastic management experience, leading successful teams for 16 years and has been directly involved with several large-scale market implementations. Tom is experienced in business resiliency matters, and is trained as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Commander. He served as an expert witness for 11 years, justifying the operation of a $4+ billion annual fuel and power purchase portfolio.

Kristen Kelley, PMP

Principal Consultant

Kristen is a certified Project Management Professional with nearly 20 years of energy industry experience with the CAISO and several leading electric industry consulting firms.




Kristen Kelley, PMP

Kristen is a certified Project Management Professional with nearly 20 years of energy industry experience with the CAISO and several leading electric industry consulting firms. Kristen has a very broad industry knowledge base and is particularly strong regarding complex project management, IT development, and energy market systems.

Enamul Haq, PhD

Principal Network Model Engineer

Enamul is an energy industry subject matter expert with over 40 years of utility, EMS software, power systems experience. He is an expert in the CAISO Market Full Network Model, State Estimator, Contingency Analysis, Voltage Stability and Transient Stability tools.


Enamul Haq, PhD

Mr. Haq has also taught various university courses on topics regarding power systems and is well-recognized in the industry for his expertise in development and use of Power System Training Simulators. Additionally, he is recognized throughout the ISOs, RTOs, WECC, EMS and market vendors, and various utilities for his work in the development and application of the Common Information Model (CIM) standards in Power Systems.

Trinh Ngo, MBA

Principal Consultant

Trinh has 18+ years working in the Electric Industry, primarily at the California ISO in IT and client solutions. Her focus is in development of business solutions in a complex environment for internal and external clients of CAISO’s IT systems.



Trinh Ngo, MBA

Trinh's experience includes business analytics, efficiencies in access controls (both cyber and physical), IT processes, business processes, application acceptance development, change management, and training. Trinh has been involved in NERC CIP compliance both as a process owner for access controls as well as assisting other internal clients in their CIP obligations. Prior to her CAISO career, Trinh helped startup several IT service companies, worked as a financial sales representative, and has been involved in problem solving of complex software solutions for her entire career.



Tim "TJ" Ferreira

Senior Process and System Architect

TJ is an industry expert in the co-optimization of energy and ancillary services in deregulated nodal energy markets, compliance processes and procedures, and practical tools for grid and market operators.



Tim "TJ" Ferreira

TJ is an industry expert in the co-optimization of energy and ancillary services in deregulated nodal energy markets, compliance processes and procedures, and practical tools for grid and market operators. He is an accomplished leader with over 16 years business process and technology integration experience in the wholesale electric industry with a specific focus in operations, market design, and training.

Gregory Van Pelt

Senior Operations, Compliance, and Regulatory Specialist

Greg is a seasoned professional with more than 40 years in the electrical industry and has held roles ranging from operations at steam power plants to the Director of Grid Operations at the California ISO.


Gregory Van Pelt

In addition to his operations history, Mr. Van Pelt has significant experience interfacing with WECC and other regulatory entities such as FERC, the CPUC, and the CEC. Greg has provided expert testimony at both federal and state public hearings and participated on many of the resulting task forces and committees. Greg’s career also includes a number of operations and management roles at Southern California Edison. He is an excellent operations process and procedure resource and grid management expert.

Vern Kissner

NERC Compliance Specialist

Vern has over 25 years of experience in aligning strategy with technology systems and processes, resulting in improved operational efficiency and effectiveness.



Vern Kissner

Vern has over 25 years of experience in aligning strategy with technology systems and processes, resulting in improved operational efficiency and effectiveness. His experience encompasses roles including: system management, replacement and upgrade oversight, system support, change management, contracts, regulatory, and compliance. Vern has been an active participant and has held numerous leadership roles in WECC and NERC technical committees and forums.

Kristin Marzec

Compliance and Training Specialist

Kristin is an experienced training developer, instructor, data analyst, and project manager.




Kristin Marzec

Kristin is an experienced training developer, instructor, data analyst, and project manager. Her experience includes a project manager role at a large California investor-owned utility where she performs research, technical writing, data analysis, gap analysis, mock audits, personnel development, and interfaces with clients and vendors. In addition, Kristin is a subject matter expert in e-learning design, programming, and presentation.

Amy Reece

Workforce Management Expert

Amy works with business leaders to tackle significant business challenges on both organizational and individual levels.



Amy Reece

On the organizational level, Amy’s work includes designing organizations, changing corporate cultures, organizing to expand into new markets and product offerings, and other mission critical initiatives. On the individual level, Amy’s work includes recruiting and refining the leadership skills of both the teams and individuals required to meet those challenges. Amy’s clients include Cisco, Google, Motorola, NVIDIA, PG&E, Qualcomm, Southern California Edison, SDG&E, Unilever and others.

Julianne Riessen

Energy Markets Specialist

Julie is an energy industry subject matter expert on wholesale energy markets and settlements.



Julianne Riessen

Julianne has over 10 years of experience with the California ISO as a settlements analyst and more recently, as a Senior Client Trainer, developing and delivering instruction on new market initiatives. Julie has a broad foundation in financial analysis, contracts, compliance and is certified as an Instructional Designer/Developer and Project Management Professional.

David McDaniel

Principal Technology Consultant

David is a Subject Matter Expert with 30 years of experience in the software engineering field. He is proficient in several programs, such as Windows and Linux, as well as scripting in Borne, Korn Shell, and more.



David McDaniel

Mr. McDaniel has experience in System Auditing and Analysis. He has performed both security and NERC auditing. However, Mr. McDaniel’s specialty is System Design and Support. He has integrated systems like RANGER/ from ABB and various other performance tools and procedures. He has supported and configured systems for Ventyx/ABB. This includes 24/7 on call support for both EMS and DMS systems. He has also supported SCADA systems as well as performed day to day support for these systems.

Lenise Kimes

NERC Compliance Specialist

Lenise is a North American Electric Reliability (NERC) Compliance Specialist for GridSME’s Compliance services division. As part of this service offering, Lenise and the Compliance services team provide expert assistance to clients in building and/or maintaining their NERC compliance programs.

Lenise Kimes

Lenise’s focus is on ensuring compliance activities and services meet regulatory needs and client management needs. Lenise’s past experiences with NERC compliance included providing analytical, investigative, administrative, and oversight support for Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) compliance operations to a water and power utility in Northern California. She provided ongoing support of regulatory compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) mandated Electric Reliability Standards, administered by NERC and WECC.

Jazmin Pierce

Senior Power Systems Engineer

Jazmin is a Power System Engineer with expertise in transmission planning, generation interconnection, operations planning, and real-time operations. Her career history includes 9 years in operations engineering and 3 years in transmission planning and network application modeling.

Jazmin Pierce

Ms. Pierce has specific industry hands-on experience with power system analysis, including contingency analysis and transient stability analysis using different software applications such as GE PSLF and Siemens PSSE. She also carries experience with a variety of real time tools ABB EMS, including Real Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA), Siemens EMS and RTCA, and historian trending OSIsoft PI.

Marco Salazar

Senior Power Systems Engineer

Marco Salazar is an experienced Senior Power Systems Engineer subject matter expert with a diverse skill set developed over his 10 years in the electrical industry.


Marco Salazar

Marco's experience includes Transmission Planning, modeling large scale interconnected networks, performing Interconnection Reliability Assessments such as thermal, voltage and short circuit impacts, and electrical design of transmission, distribution and generation projects. Marco’s background in the US Navy and Energy Consulting makes him an excellent team resource both for our clients and the GridSME team.

Anderson McDaniel

Project Administrator, Analyst

Anderson (Andy) worked in the investment/finance arena for Merrill Lynch during most of his college years graduating with a BA in Finance before joining GridSME at the beginning of 2017.

Anderson McDaniel

Anderson has worked extensively with MS-Office and MS-Project, performing financial analysis, process redesign, and audit preparation roles. The finance industry is as regulation-oriented as the power industry and Andy has been involved in projects where he evaluated all operations processes and redesigned them to improve efficiency, improving annual audit scores as a side-benefit, and in projects where he performed as project manager support – leading a small team and tracking/reporting weekly progress.

Megan Thompson

Senior Business Analyst

Megan brings 16 years of experience working in incident management program management, business continuity management, Operations emergency communications, policy program management, and process improvement at the California ISO.

Megan Thompson

Megan brings 16 years of experience working in incident management program management, business continuity management, Operations emergency communications, policy program management, and process improvement at the California ISO. She is experienced in NERC standards compliance, business analysis, program development and management, leading and facilitating change management, and training development.

Corey Ball, CISSP, CEH, CSIS

GridSecurity Operations Manager

Corey’s role as GridSME’s GridSecurity Operations Manager includes managing day to day operations, ensuring that deliverables have been met with regard to client needs, and supporting the long term strategic direction of GridSecurity.


Corey Ball, CISSP, CEH, CSIS

Corey comes from a diverse background of management roles, with experience as a Manager of Information Security and System Operations in the legal, financial, and healthcare industries, giving him a unique and valuable operations perspective to share with GridSME.

Tony Medeiros

Senior Network Engineer

Tony brings 20 years of network and security engineering expertise to GridSME. He has prowess in nearly every firewall platform with the most recent experience being on Cisco ASA and ZBFW platforms as well at Palo Alto Networks platforms.


Tony Medeiros

Tony has also built and maintained critical revenue generating data centers employing a wide range of network equipment and systems from many different vendors. His vast experience and broad knowledge base allows him to jump into any project or situation and make significant positive impact in a short period of time.

Robert Sukhwani

GridSecurity Technical Strategy Consultant

Rob the Technical Strategy Consultant for GridSME, managing GridSecurity’s documentation efforts, as well as coordinating incident response strategies for both internal and client events.



Robert Sukhwani

Rob brings a host of security operations experience to GridSME and it’s clients, with 12 years leading teams in the creation, rebuilding, and implementation of information security programs. His previous roles include serving as Director of Cybersecurity, Director of Incident Response, Senior Penetration Tester, and Vulnerability Assessment Lead for a number of industries.

Chad O'Connell

GridSecurity Engineer

Chad is a GridSecurity engineer with a strong background in information security and assurance. He has much experience administering and securing Windows systems in accordance with stringent DoD security requirements. He is particularly strong in Domain administration and patch management.

Chad O'Connell

At GridSME, Chad performs operational security activities on a daily-basis. His efforts include developing and monitoring baseline configurations, performing vulnerability assessments, patching critical systems, and account administration.

Will Bloom

GridSecurity Analyst

Will is a GridSecurity Engineer that focuses on developing and maintaining client compliance procedures and documentation relating to the technical operational Reliability Standards.





Will Bloom

Additionally, Will assists senior engineers in generation and transmission interconnection studies and other senior consultants in a multitude of projects and technical writing efforts. Mr. Bloom also utilizes his very well rounded computer/technology skill set to assist in many areas, such as maintaining the company website and technical support.

Casey Sword

GridSecurity Engineer, Systems

Casey has over a decade of experience in building and scaling systems in both small and enterprise level environments. With technical knowledge of systems spanning across multiple industries, Casey brings a unique and well-rounded skill set to every project.



Casey Sword

Casey has over a decade of experience in building and scaling systems in both small and enterprise level environments. With technical knowledge of systems spanning across multiple industries, Casey brings a unique and well-rounded skill set to every project.

Leo Vang

GridSecurity Analyst

Leo is an experienced Cyber Security Consultant on Defense-in-Depth fundamentals, sophisticated utility SCADA controls and systems. Mr. Vang specializes in defending and mitigating threats along with system/network testing and optimization of networking infrastructures, servers and user-end systems.

Leo Vang

Leo’s career history includes 14 years of service in over Information Technology and 7 of those years specifically in Cyber Security Defense. His experience includes Technical Project Management, design, build and implementation of projects. Leo is an expert in providing strategic development work by gathering threat-intel to implementing controls to prevent, detect and mitigate potential threats. Cyber Security Experience in design, build and deployment of security tools including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems such as Splunk, RSA NetWitness logging/Full Packet Capture Solutions, Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) such as SourceFire/SNORT, Cisco Firewalls, Host Intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS) and other endpoint detection & response systems such as Cylance. He has specific industry hands on experience within the medical industry, Cyber Security Vendors as well as having experience working with HIPAA Compliance, SOX Compliance and NIST Framework.

Patrick Linnane, GSEC

GridSecurity Engineer

Patrick is a GridSecurity Engineer with a successful history of leading deployment, enhancement, and support of business-critical applications and equipment. He brings a strong service background with the ability and experience to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical personnel.

Patrick Linnane, GSEC

For GridSME, Mr. Linnane works as a Cyber Security Engineer, diagnosing cyber security incidents and performing root cause analysis. His efforts support GridSME clients through hardening their systems, securing data, and monitoring network traffic for malicious activity. Patrick has also provided support related to securing client’s onsite cyber assets.

Troy Osteraa

GridSecurity Engineer

Troy is a GridSecurity Engineer for GridSME, focusing on all aspects of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) design, implementation, and support, as well as general cyber security support outside the scope of CIP.



Troy Osteraa

Troy brings a blend of technical IT knowledge with SCADA and EMS related experience and can translate effectively between these two cultures. He is a recognized professional providing exemplary IT and OT management and enterprise support services. He has the proven ability to provide substantial customer service in a consultative manner, an outstanding aptitude for system security, network design and management, Domain administration, troubleshooting and project planning through a strategic-based analytical approach.

Michael Mei

GridSecurity Analyst

Michael is a GridSecurity Analyst, supporting a host of clients, as well as GridSec internal staff. Michael has a knack for identifying process gaps and inefficiencies, and possesses the organizational and documentation skills to quickly address issues.

Michael Mei

Michael's background in system administration and IT support, makes him an invaluable first line of defense for triaging and prioritizing issues as they may arise.

Collin Doughty

Technical Writer

Collin is a Technical Writer with an analytical background. His efforts include proposal development, research and analytics for both GridSME and their clients.



Collin Doughty

Collin’s previous experience comes from an 18-month internship for the California Energy Commission contributing to the annual Integrated Energy Policy Report, among other research tasks. This coupled with a B.S. in Managerial Economics and a Minor in Political Science from UC Davis has given Collin a wide range of skills and experience to grow in the Energy Sector.

Shelley Rutty

Project Coordinator

Shelley is an experienced electrical engineer and project manager. She specializes in client interface, resource management, and project scheduling.



Shelley Rutty

Shelley is an experienced electrical engineer and project manager. She specializes in client interface, resource management, and project scheduling. At GridSME, Shelley provides project and resource management assistance, designing and implementing business development and resource planning tools.

Ryan Hancock

Staff Analyst

Ryan is a Staff Analyst with an engineering background. With a wide variety of tasks, he actively provides technical assistance to both GridSME clients as well as his fellow staff members.

Ryan Hancock

Ryan is a Staff Analyst with an engineering background. With a wide variety of tasks, he actively provides technical assistance to both GridSME clients as well as his fellow staff members. With years of customer support experience and a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering, Ryan has the skills and experience to grow individually and with GridSME as a company.

Kim Rupp

Manager of Office and Client Services

Kim has over 35 years of administrative experience which has provided her with the skills to successfully and efficiently manage our office. Her role as Office and Client Services Manager includes all aspects of A/P, A/R, payroll and client management.

Kim Rupp

Kim has over 35 years of administrative experience which has provided her with the skills to successfully and efficiently manage our office. Her role as Office and Client Services Manager includes all aspects of A/P, A/R, payroll and client management. Her attention to detail and ability to communicate effectively with clients is an invaluable resource for GridSME.

Pam Aldred

Office Administrator

Pam is the Office Administrator at GridSME, coming from a successful 25-year career at Intel filling both Executive and Administrative Assistant roles across a range of departments. Pam’s efforts include client onboarding and care, as well as office administrative roles.

Pam Aldred

Pam's previous roles as Executive and Administrative Assistants allowed her to contribute to multiple departments and product lines, through tracking people, technology, and money, giving her tremendous expertise to contribute and support the GridSME team.