2021 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Weston Adams, III

Weston Adams, III

Partner & Co-Chair Energy Industry Group
SC Clean Energy Industries Task Force Co-Chair
Nelson Mullins

Weston Adams III practices Energy, Environmental, and Appellate Law. He served from 2004 to 2014 as Commissioner, and then Chairman, of the SC Conservation Bank, in which time that SC State Agency funded 250,000 acres of conservation easements in South Carolina. He was educated at Sewanee, Cambridge, and the USC School of Law, where he served as the Research Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. In his law practice, he has served as lead counsel on more than 100 appeals to the SC Court of Appeals, the SC Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit in Richmond.


Sara Bazemore

Sara Bazemore

Director, Energy Office
South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff

Sara Pendarvis Bazemore is Director of the South Carolina Energy Office, within the Office of Regulatory Staff.  Sara practiced environmental, regulatory law for over 15 years both in the private and public sector.  She spent much of her career in Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Office of General Counsel and gained valuable insight and experience as an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and most recently with D’Alberto Graham & Grimsley.  She prepared, negotiated, and litigated environmental matters before South Carolina’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, Administrative Law Court, Mining Council and DHEC’s Board. Additionally, Sara served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management (DHEC-OCRM).

In 1998, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, where she was awarded the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.  In 2000, she earned a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Columbia International University.  In 2005, Sara earned a dual degree, Juris Doctor from the USC School of Law and a Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the USC School of the Environment.

Sara is a native of Charleston, where she developed her passion for the environment and public policy.  She is married to Warren Bazemore of Irmo, and they have 3 children.

 


Mike Callahan

Mike Callahan

State President
South Carolina, Duke Energy

 



Wendi Fleener

Wendi Fleener

Manager
Renewable Attribute Solutions

 


Michael Frixen

Michael Frixen, AICP

Assistant to the City Manager
City of Greenville
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael earned his degree in History from Western Carolina University before obtaining his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. Michael began his professional career as a Regional Planner for the Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments, where he was ultimately promoted to Planning Director. In 2018, Michael joined the City of Greenville as a Development Planner, where he reviewed new developments and coordinated the Planning Commission. In his new role as Assistant to the City Manager, which he started in January 2020, Michael serves as the City’s sustainability coordinator, oversees the City’s annual work plan, and works on various special projects. Michael’s professional interests include community revitalization, environmental sustainability, public health, and planning law. He speaks German, enjoys cooking, and regularly annoys his wife and cat with his obnoxious guitar playing.


Kelly Grant Bertrand 

Kelly Grant Bertrand 

Associate Director of Sustainability Programs

Furman University

Diana joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as the Program Associate in January 2020. She holds a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, specializing in climate and energy policy, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sustainability from Meredith College. During her graduate career, Diana published research on electric sector decarbonization and co-authored research on climate change-induced community relocation. 

As a Program Associate, Diana leads SEWC’s programmatic work in Virginia and South Carolina and co-leads SEWC’s federal work. 

Prior to joining SEWC, Diana worked in R&D and environmental chemistry. Before that, Diana's roles ranged from research to project management in both nonprofit and academic sectors. She also holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council and is a member of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).

 


Diana Godlevskaya

Diana Godlevskaya

Program Associate
Southeastern Wind Coalition

Diana joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as the Program Associate in January 2020. She holds a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, specializing in climate and energy policy, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sustainability from Meredith College. During her graduate career, Diana published research on electric sector decarbonization and co-authored research on climate change-induced community relocation. 

As a Program Associate, Diana leads SEWC’s programmatic work in Virginia and South Carolina and co-leads SEWC’s federal work. 

Prior to joining SEWC, Diana worked in R&D and environmental chemistry. Before that, Diana's roles ranged from research to project management in both nonprofit and academic sectors. She also holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council and is a member of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).

 


Blan Holman

Blan Holman

Vice President-Regulatory Affairs
PineGate Renewables


Julie Janson

Julie Janson

Executive Vice-President & CEO
Duke Energy Carolinas


Craig Knowlton

Craig Knowlton

Vice President of Business Development
Alder Energy Systems


Maurie Lawrence

Maurie Lawrence

Sustainability Director, Associate General Counsel
Milliken & Company


Bonnie Loomis

Bonnie Loomis

South Carolina Managing Director
E4 Carolinas

A South Carolina native with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. Loomis has nearly 30 years of experience working in and around South Carolina state government and the state’s energy industry. She completed energy and leadership programs at both Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management (energy) and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (leadership), as well as the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and Leadership South Carolina. From 2013 to 2015, Loomis served as a member of the SCCEBA Board and more recently as its Executive Director.


Pamela Martin

Pamela Martin

Founder & Executive Director
United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development


Gary Melow

Gary Melow

Southeast Biomass Council


Jeff Merrifield

Jeff Merrifield

Chair, E4 Carolinas Board of Directors & Energy Section Leader & Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman LLP

Jeffrey Merrifield is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, in the firm’s Energy practice, and is located in the Washington, DC office.

Mr. Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Merrifield served as President of The Merrifield Group, LLC where he provided energy and environmental consulting, advocacy and strategic advice for companies, organizations and individuals. Specific areas of focus included management, energy market analysis, nuclear, fossil and alternative energy policy and deployment, radioactive and hazardous waste disposal strategies, safety and regulatory assessment and analysis, as well as public and government engagement.

Before working with the Merrifield Group, Mr. Merrifield was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales, including the first competitive, EPC combined cycle gas unit in over six years.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group’s executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group’s external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Merrifield also served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Ecology Corporation, which is one of the largest U.S. operators of both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. He served as the Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, and was a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.


Jeff Merrifield

Todd Miller

Vice President Business Development
W International SC, LLC

Todd Miller has been a leader in business development, sales and marketing for over 25 years, His expertise encompasses all phases of product, marketing and sales cycles from startup companies to internationally recognized organizations. In his current role as the Vice President Business Development for W International, Miller is tasked with all sales and marketing strategies including new customer development and managing current customers.

Miller was previously employed as a Senior Account Manager by Ibis Tek LLC which is a defense contractor located in Pittsburgh, PA. Miller’s responsibilities included managing current contracts as well as developing new business. His efforts increased revenue from current customers by over 30% and added over $20M in new customer business during his employment at Ibis Tek.

Throughout his career, Todd Miller has made a name for himself as a strategic thinker and motivational leader. He has been consistently delivering industry-leading results by driving company growth through new product roll outs, strategic market planning and customer acquisition.
Miller is a graduate of Duquesne University. Miller is also a veteran who spent 6 years in the United States Air Force.


 Eddy Moore

Eddy Moore

Energy & Climate Program Director
Coastal Conservation League


Jay Oliver

Jay W. Oliver

Managing Director, Grid Systems Integration
Duke Energy

Jay Oliver is Managing Director, Grid Systems Integration at Duke Energy. In this role he leads battery storage development, transportation electrification, grid connectivity strategy, demand-side management, and clean energy customer programs. Mr. Oliver has over 25 years of experience in electric Distribution, Transmission, and related technology applications.

Mr. Oliver received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.


David Owens

David Owens

Regional Environment, Safety & Health Manager
Spirax-Sarco

David Owens serves as the Regional Environment, Health, & Safety Manager for Spirax Sarco, Inc. located in Blythewood, SC.

A Certified Safety Professional with an undergrad in Occupational Safety, David has managed EHS functions for 15+ years in diverse industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, and general industry.


Nelson Peeler

Nelson Peeler

Senior Vice-President, Transmission and Fuels Strategy and Policy
Duke Energy


Kelly Perkins

Kelly Perkins

Program Director
E4 Carolinas


Dr. Ken Peterson

Dr. Ken Peterson

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Furman University

Kenneth D. Peterson is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and a Professor of Economics. He joined the Furman economics faculty in 1990 and chaired the department for twelve years. Peterson served as Dean of Faculty for three years until his promotion to Provost in August, 2019. As Dean, Ken focused on improving the processes and policies related to tenure and promotion, and faculty hiring. As Provost, he is responsible for all academic programs and will focus especially on centers, institutes, graduate and certificate programs, and on The Furman Advantage. His teaching interests include microeconomic theory, urban economics, population economics, environmental economics, and research methods in economics. He is particularly fond of introducing students to economic ideas in the introduction to economics course.

An outstanding teacher and mentor, Professor Peterson was the recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching.  His recent research interests have been in the areas of hedonic house pricing, parking policies and environmental impacts, social capital, the economics of collegiate athletics, and the economics of higher education. Professor Peterson has also supervised numerous undergraduate research projects through the Economics Department’s summer research program.

As Economics Department Chair, Peterson oversaw changes in advising for majors that emphasized career preparation, alumni networking and outreach, and an expansion of engaged learning opportunities for economics students.

Peterson was born and raised in Iowa and received his B.S. in economics from Iowa State University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXI, he resides in Greenville with his wife, Chirinjev.


Cole Price

Cole Price

Vice President, Member Services
Central Electric Power Cooperative

Cole Price is the Vice President of Member Services at Central Electric Power Cooperative. In this role, he works directly with South Carolina’s 20 distribution cooperatives to support the development of renewable and distributed energy resources and related programs. He is also responsible for wholesale billing, contract and rate development, and economic development. With almost 30 years of electric utility experience, Cole has held various roles at both public and private utilities in the Midwest and Southeast. Coles holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA. He has been married for over 25 years and has two grown children.


Courtney Quinn

Courtney Quinn

Program Director
Sustainability Leadership Institute


Taylor Speer

Taylor Speer

Shareholder
Turner Padget Graham & Laney


Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone

President
SC Clean Energy Industries Task Force Co-Chair
Lockhart Power

Since 2006, Bryan has led several transformative initiatives including increasing the number of generation stations nine-fold and creating a diversified portfolio generating 100% renewable energy, while reducing customer costs.  These generation projects required the addition of significant new capabilities and resources across all departments, positioning the company for an even wider variety of future growth opportunities.  In 2015, Stone stepped up to assume a dual role as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest private wastewater utility in South Carolina. Before Lockhart Power, Bryan held a variety of engineering and maintenance management roles at two Fortune 500 chemical manufacturing companies. He earned a BSEE and MSEE and an MBA from the University of Florida.


Pamela Williams

Pamela Williams

Chief Public Affairs Officer and General Counsel
Santee Cooper


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