Meet The Team
Wanda is President and CEO of Grid-X Partners, LLC and has over thirty years’ experience in the energy sector including past roles as Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of Power System Solutions at S&C Electric Company, Vice President of Asset Management at Commonwealth Edison, Vice President of Energy Consulting at Davies Consulting and various roles of increasing responsibility at Northern States Power company.
A transformative leader, Wanda has a proven track record of providing strategic direction and successfully executing large-scale change initiatives, resulting in turnarounds and sustainable growth. Wanda brings with her significant achievements in utilities and related technical professional associations, service providers, suppliers and regulatory groups. Her expertise includes leading large domestic and international organizations, start-up ventures and mergers & acquisitions, and implementing leading-edge solutions. She is a creative thinker and influential collaborator with proven skills for leading, networking, fundraising, building partnerships, investing capital and delivering multimillion-dollar, bottom-line growth.
Wanda has been an influential leader and member of several important organizations, including the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES – the first female President in its 125-year history) and IEEE Foundation. She currently serves as a trustee for South Dakota State University, is a Board Member for Technical Diagnostic Services and was appointed to the Finance Committee and Election Committee for the NAE.
John is Executive Vice President of Grid-X Partners. He has been consulting since 2016 and was formerly Executive Vice President, Service Delivery for Utilligent and Senior Executive Advisor at Navigant Consulting Inc. Consulting responsibilities have included business development, leading transmission and distribution business transformation projects, and major reorganization and process improvement programs. He also advises public and investor-owned utilities on metric-driven stabilization and growth initiatives and works to optimize their financial results.
Prior to joining Navigant, he was Vice President of transmission construction for CIANBRO Corporation. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Operations at National Grid PLC from November, 2012 to January 2016. Mr. Donleavy served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Electric Power Company Inc. until April 10, 2010. Prior to joining VELCO, John held a number of executive positions at both Exelon Corporation, Commonwealth Edison and Public Service Electric & Gas. His leadership in change management and strategic planning initiatives have resulted in the turnaround and stabilization of multiple large organizations. He has over 30 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industry with demonstrated accomplishments in all technical and operational aspects of generation, transmission and distribution. He served as Chairman of the North American Transmission Forum and on the board of Edison Electric Institute leading the Committee that reengineered the process for National Response Event (NREC) after Super Storm Sandy. John served on the Center for Energy Workforce Development board and as a Director of Vermont Electric Power Co Inc. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Lafayette College and graduated from the Presidents’ Program at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Prior to Grid-X Partners, Jessica was the Engineering Manager at FERC and prior to that, the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Jessica is a visionary leader and architect. Under her leadership, 18 industry-wide reliability indicators and three composite indices were established first time to determine the reliability of the North American bulk power system. She spearheaded the industry’s reliability metrics and risk assessment programs which served as benchmarks for standards development cited by CIGRE, the North American Transmission Forum, and the US Department of Energy and more. Jessica’s efforts advanced continent-wide data collection and reporting consistency, which is essential for assessing trends and efforts to maintain or improve reliability. She launched a public, interactive, dynamic reliability indicators dashboard which enhanced the visibility of system trends, including new frequency response, protection system misoperations, and system voltage performances. This tool marked a major step forward in benchmarking the North American grid reliability Before joining NERC, Jessica was with PJM Interconnection and ERCOT, responsible for real-time operations support. She started her career at Westinghouse Electric; was involved in generator design and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) applications. She holds two patents, published over 70 articles, and received the 2014 PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award for her technical accomplishments. She is running for IEEE Power & Energy Society President this year.
Bob has served the utilities’ industry throughout his career. Bob has extensive experience in managing a variety of divisions within one of the nation’s largest distribution utility corporation, providing senior consulting services, and managing large transmission, substation, and fiber optic, and energy projects.
Bob has a proven track record in selecting, managing and training staff; developing and managing corporate and departmental budgets; establishing, monitoring, driving schedule performance and productivity goals, and leading cross-functional teams on key projects. Bob’s career path over the last 35 years can truly be described as starting from the ground up. He began his career as a meter reader, and transitioned into management, ultimately reaching the executive level, after serving as a journeyman lineman. Throughout his career, Bob has focused on creating a culture of high morale, continuous improvement, and safety. Due to Bob’s diverse background, he has been able to gain the trust and respect of physical, leadership, and executive level personnel.
Ernie has over thirty-five years of electrical management and consulting experience providing expertise in all levels of electrical operations. He is a dedicated, well established professional with senior level experience in leadership, customer service, asset management. He has the ability to assist in system expansion planning and reliability solutions.
Ernie provided oversight for extensive transmission development while at VELCO. At S&C Electric Company he provided leadership for S&C services: consulting, engineering, field services, and project management. In 2003 – 2004 he worked at Exelon Corporation as the Director – Asset Management where he provided oversight for designing and implementing asset management for Exelon and had functional responsibilities for budgeting, prioritizing projects, performance, reliability, system planning, and reporting. While at Davies Consulting, Inc., Ernie provided oversight for the Energy Practice and was a senior consultant working with management of various utilities to increase focus on reliability and improve performance while reducing costs. From 1974 – 1999 Ernie worked for Northern States Power Company (NSP) in various roles of increasing responsibility, supervising a variety of operational functions, managing at various times — asset management, reliability, supply chain, real time information technology, customer service, electric design, planning, engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance. Ernie’s career started in 1970 with the Public Service Company of Colorado, Alamosa, CO, as a Field Engineer having responsibilities for system engineering, system design, planning, engineering, budgeting, electric metering and operations.
Lindsey owns and manages Kieh Co. in Oak Park, Il. Prior to this, she was the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Janeiro Digital. Janeiro Digital is a digital business consultancy solving mission-critical business objectives with innovative technology solutions. Through their unique transformative approach, Janeiro Digital provides sustainable and diverse service offerings that drive the products, processes, and performance of their clients to meet their needs and better serve their customers. Lindsey is also an owner, strategy and technology consultant with Milestone Business Consulting which she founded in 2005.
Timothy brings with him broad energy industry experience having worked in the electric utility, business development, non-profit and government energy roles and brings with him a combination of strategic experience, commercial acumen and technical domain knowledge. He graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with first class honors and Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Western Australia. a well-established institution belonging to the Australian Group of Eight (Go8) universities. His postgraduate Certificate of Finance was completed at Curtin University.
He began his career at AECOM, a global engineering consultancy as a graduate electrical engineer before moving onto work in the Sustainable Energy Solutions and Power Systems Planning groups at Horizon Power, a regional power utility serving approximately 42,000 customers across a 0.8 million square mile service area. At ATCO, a $21bn infrastructure owner and operator, Timothy worked in the Business Development team and pursued new build, own and operate opportunities and potential acquisitions of power and gas infrastructure assets. He also worked as a Consultant and Technical lead at Moreland Energy Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable energy practices and technologies to the household and business community. Before moving to the USA, Timothy worked in the Clean Energy projects team at the New South Wales Government.