|Speaker Bios||Spring Conference- Boise 2013|
|CEO and Director U.S. Geothermal Inc.|
|Dennis Gilles became U.S. Geothermal director in September 2011 after spending 23 years growing the Calpine Corp. into the country's largest independent power producer.
He has 30 years of experience in management, operation, maintenance, engineering, construction and administration of power and petrochemical plants and related facilities. His primary activities have included the identification, evaluation and acquisition of existing renewable projects or portfolios, and developing of new green-field opportunities.
As Calpine's senior president, he managed the company's Geysers geothermal field development from production of the first megawatt to its current 750 MW. He has chaired the Geothermal Energy Association board and was an executive board officer for the Geothermal Resource Council.
Gilles holds a master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic.
|Panel 1||The power of small-scale renewables: Opportunities in the Northwest|
|Executive Director, US Green Building Council, Idaho chapter|
|Charlie Woodruff grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and moved to Boise in 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in environmental geology from Whitman College. As executive director of USGBC's Idaho chapter, he works with chapter members, volunteers and people in the development, planning, government and energy sectors to advance energy efficiency health, and sustainability in Idaho.
He has a broad range of experience working for small companies and nonprofits in online marketing and sales, small business development, community engagement, and finance and fundraising. He loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible hiking, biking, boating, skiing and fishing in Idaho's wild lands with family and friends.
|Paul Conrad||President/CEO, Site Based Energy|
|Paul Conrad is the founder of Site Based Energy and is responsible for business development, administration and finance. He has more than 20 years of construction and business development experience throughout the West. An early adopter of green building techniques, including on- and off-grid power systems, he made a natural transition into independent power production.
His stable, opportunistic team at SBE excels at bidding and building in conjunction with best-in-class subcontractors and suppliers. The team's strengths in development, project analysis, scheduling and budget control are well suited to the field of renewable energy.
|Heather Mulligan||Market Manager for Green Power, Puget Sound Energy|
|Heather Mulligan has been the Market Manager for Puget Sound Energy's Green Power Program for the past six years. She has more than 20 years of experience working on programs that support the deployment and use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Prior to joining Puget Sound Energy in 2006, she was the national and regional coordinator of U.S. Department of Energy's Million Solar Roofs Initiative. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of San Diego and a master's degree in public policy from American University.
|Thad Roth||Renewable Energy Sector Lead, Energy Trust of Oregon|
|Thad Roth leads the Energy Trust of Oregon's renewable energy programs. After four years of managing the Trust's biomass program, focusing on expanding biogas generation across the state, he now manages a public purpose fund investing in Oregon biomass, solar, hydro, geothermal and wind generation projects smaller than 20 megawatts in size.
Prior to coming to Energy Trust, he spent 17 years at Columbia River PUD in northwest Oregon managing industrial customer relationships and working in product and technology development, marketing and communications.
Roth holds a bachelor's degree in history from Willamette University and a master's in public administration from Portland State University.
|Gary Shaver||President, Silicon Energy, LLC|
|Gary Shaver is President of Silicon Energy, LLC, which manufactures solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Marysville, Wash., and Mountain Iron, Minn. Before joining Silicon Energy in 2007, he was general manager of SunEarth Inc, one of the largest U.S. solar thermal manufacturers.
Earlier in his career he was a technical energy analyst for Washington State University's energy program, analyzing of legal and business issues surrounding renewable energy development, consulting for the City of Ellensburg's community-based solar electric program and conducting the first solar PV surveys for Washington state in 2003 and 2004.
He helped research and write the renewable energy incentives bill that eventually passed the Washington State Legislature in May 2005 as Senate Bill 5101. He continues to provide testimony on behalf of Silicon Energy on solar-related Washington state legislation.
Shaver holds a bachelor's degree in biology, a juris doctor degree and a master's degree in international business. He belongs to the Washington State Bar Association, but is not practicing at present.
Boise Mayor David Bieter
|David H. Bieter was elected mayor of Boise in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. As mayor, he created Idaho's first municipal ethics commission, funded three new libraries with no tax increase and oversaw the addition of hundreds of acres of parkland and foothills open space. He led the county-wide Blueprint for Good Growth and was the first mayor in Idaho to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing Boise to reduce greenhouse emissions.
A Boise native, Bieter earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies at The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., before completing his Juris Doctorate at University of Idaho College of Law. He was a civil counsel in Bonner County, a civil prosecutor and land-use specialist in the Ada County Prosecutor's Office, and later a private attorney. He was chosen to assume his father's seat in the Idaho House of Representatives after both of his parents, Pat and Eloise Bieter, were killed in an automobile accident in 1999. Voters elected him to full terms in the House in 2000 and again in 2002
Fluent in Basque and Spanish, Bieter earned the Sabino Arana ÒBasques Throughout the WorldÓ Award in 2005 for his work on behalf of Basque peace and self-determination.
He and his wife, Julia, have been married since 1998 and have one daughter, Josie, born in 2005.
|Panel 2||From urban to rural: Harvesting more energy efficiency|
|Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance|
|As NEEA's Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Melinda Eden works with small utilities and with utilities whose service territories encompass rural areas. Before joining NEEA in June 2011, she spent eight years as one of Oregon's representative to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, serving as chair of the Council's Power Committee during development of the Sixth Northwest Power and Conservation Plan.
In her spare time, she raises 400 sheep, which are supervised by two livestock guardian dogs and several border collies. She likes to read, ski, play bridge and travel.
|Josh Warner||Planning and Evaluation Manager for Energy Efficiency, Bonneville Power Administration|
|Josh Warner manages energy efficiency planning and evaluation for the Bonneville Power Administration. In his role he leads a skilled team of planners, evaluators and both data and policy analysts that helps guide BPA's energy efficiency efforts. He led the multi-year public process to shape BPA's post-2011 energy efficiency framework.|
|John Francisco||IT & Energy Services Manager, Inland Power & Light|
|John Francisco has served in many capacities during his 18 years with Inland Power & Light. A formally trained accountant and licensed CPA, he spent five years in the finance department before moving to IT and building a one-person department into a highly functioning business unit whose four staff members manage the utility's critical technical infrastructure.
From 2007 to 2010, he led the construction of Inland's new headquarters campus comprising more than 50,000 square feet of office, warehouse and fleet maintenance facilities. He then took charge of changing Inland's conservation program from a BPA funding conduit to an integrated resource for the utility.
A devoted family man, he and his wife have a daughter who soon will graduate high school. He coaches an 18-and-under select softball team and is an avid snowmobiler and water skier.
|Ken J. Robinette||Executive Director, South Central Community Action Partnership|
|Ken Robinette has been with the Twin Falls, Idaho-based South Central Community Action Partnership (SCCAP) for 33 years, the past 13 as its CEO/executive director. He began in 1979 as the weatherization crew foreman, responsible for overseeing a federal carpentry and home weatherization job-training program for 16- to 18-year-olds. He became SCCAP's weatherization/housing rehab director program in 1981.
In 2006 he created the for-profit, SCCAP-owned Home Energy Management company that provides weatherization services for middle- to upper-income homeowners. The profits support SCCAP's low-income weatherization program.
Robinette is currently vice president of Energy Outwest, an organization of western U.S. energy conservation professionals that works to advance the technical capacity of the region's environmental and energy services network.
|Panel 3||A bend in the river: A stakeholder process for Columbia-Snake salmon recovery and the Army Corps sediment dilemma|
|Executive Director, Save Our wild Salmon Coalition|
|Salmon have been the center of Pat Ford's work for 18 years because the creatures and their connections to nature and culture teach him so much. As Henri Fabre said a century ago about bees, salmon are a magic well: the more you know, the more there is to know.
An Idaho resident from age 2, it was his four college years in New York City that made him an Idahoan. He has been a full-time conservationist since 1977, save for six years in the 1980s when he wrote about conservation, mostly for High Country News. He has worked for the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition since helping to found it in 1992.
He has served on the boards of seven conservation organizations in Idaho, the Northern Rockies, and Northwest, but recently reduced those memberships to two. He lives in Boise, near his daughters Leigh and Annie, grandson Max and granddaughter Danica, and the named and unnamed mountains of central Idaho.
|Bill Sedivy||Executive Director, Idaho Rivers United|
|A canoer and river rafter throughout North America since 1978 and a river activist since the early '90s, Bill Sedivy joined the Idaho Rivers United staff in May 1999 after working with IRU on the Bear River relicensing. He has been a volunteer regional coordinator for American Whitewater and served on American Whitewater's board of directors.
Formerly a journalist, Sedivy was the top editor at award-winning newspapers in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia, and taught journalism for two years at Utah State University.
In 1995 he published a book on river-running called River's End: A collection of bedtime stories for paddlers. He and his wife, Maryl, live in Boise and enjoy bird watching, camping and skiing when they're not paddling Idaho's fabulous rivers.
|Rebecca Miles||Executive Director, Nez Perce Tribe|
|Rebecca Miles has been the Nez Perce Tribe executive director, responsible for day-to-day management of the Lapwai, Idaho-based tribal government, since August 2009. Prior to becoming executive director she was elected five times as Nez Perce Tribe general council chair. She was elected to the Tribes' executive committee in 2004 and in May 2005 became the Tribe's youngest and first female executive committee chair.
A 1997 graduate of Washington State University, where she advocated for tribal rights on campus and chaired or belonged to a host of Native American and women's organizations, Miles also earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in 2002 while working for the Nez Perce Tribe's environmental restoration and waste management program.
WSU's alumni association chose her as Woman of the Year in 2006. She won the National River Hero Award in 2007 for her work on ESA-listed species in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Her leadership Indian Country issues has been featured by many national news organizations including The New York Times.
She shares her life with sons Tre and Ivory Miles Williams and her father, David J. Miles, Jr. She loves coaching basketball and assists with Lapwai High School's Lady Cats basketball team.