Saturday, October 4 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Executive Committee (JFK

Saturday, October 4
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Executive Committee (JFK Boardroom, 2nd Floor)
Sunday, October 5
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
International Board Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch for Executive Committee, International Board
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration - Lobby
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chapter Chair Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception (heavy appetizers)
8:00 p.m. – midnight
Hospitality Suite Open
Monday, October 6
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Enhanced Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration - Lobby
8:30 a.m.
Welcome to Dallas
8:40 a.m.
Safety Message - 911 info, Introduction from the Tri Chairs
8:50 a.m.
Welcome – WiNUP President Janet Rehberg
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote: Jim Greer, P.E., Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
Oncor Electric Delivery, Dallas
Topic: Advancing a Better Electric Future
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break / Door Prizes
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Mike Kania, Business Development Director, Eltek, New Jersey
Topic: Overcoming Cultural Inertia in Challenging Times
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Carolyn Lucas, Sr. Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Dallas
Topic: Developing an Empire and Empowering Women- the “Base” of Mary Kay
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Jennifer Legere, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Dallas County
Topic: Susan G. Komen Dallas County
1:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(George W. Bush Presidential Center, AT&T Stadium) or On Your Own
6:00 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Hospitality Suite Open
Tuesday, October 7
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Enhanced Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Chairman Donna Nelson, PUC of Texas, President of the Commission
Topic: TBD
(Note: Introduced by Venita McCellon-Allen, President, SWEPCO)
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break / Door Prizes
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Denise Kuehn, Director of Energy Efficiency Services, Austin Energy, Austin
Topic: TBD
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presidential Luncheon, Past Presidents coordinating, Jeopardy Game
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Door Prizes
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Robert McCall (Bob) Fleet Services - Duke Energy, North Carolina
Topic: Getting to the Next Level of Safety Performance
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break / Door Prizes
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Linda Boriskie, Health and Safety, Oncor Electric Delivery, Dallas (Wellness
Topic: Take Time to Take Care
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Sherri Wilson, Emergency Management Resources LLC, President & CEO,
Topic: Branding Your In-House Health & Safety Program
4:15 p.m.
Door Prizes / Announcements/ Banquet Instructions
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Awards Banquet: “Know Your Brand: Going back to your roots, you’ve got to
know where you have been before you know where you’re going!”
Banquet Attire: “Dress for Your Brand” or Cocktail Attire.
11:00 p.m. – Midnight
Hospitality Suite Open
Wednesday, October 8
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Enhanced Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Invitation to 2015 Conference: West Virginia
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Debbie Dennis, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs,
Oncor Electric Delivery, Dallas
Topic: What is Your Personal Development Strategy?
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break / Door Prizes
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Speaker TBD
11:30 a.m.
Conference Closing and Door Prizes
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Knowledge Transfer Meeting with 2015, 2016 conference planning committee
First Time Conference Attendee
WiNUP welcomes new members and non-members to its conferences. If you will be a first-time attendee and
need more information about WiNUP or the conference, please contact WiNUP Executive Director Claudia Powell
at [email protected]
Dress Code
Normal business or business casual attire are acceptable for the conference sessions. Casual dress and comfortable
shoes are appropriate for the tours.
Southwestern Electric
Power Company
P.O. Box 21106
Shreveport, LA 71156-0001
Venita McCellon-Allen
President and COO
Howdy, WiNUP members! Welcome to the Big D! This is such a great city, with so many wonderful things to see and do. While Southwestern Electric Power Company is headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana, SWEPCO has offices in Dallas and other Northeast Texas cities. In fact, I grew up just a few hours from here, and I’m a proud fighting Texas A&M Aggie (Gig ‘em!). In addition to a little two steppin,’ I hope this WiNUP conference brings you valuable new skills and insights, wonderful new friends and a little time to relax and enjoy your time in the Lone Star State. Events like the annual WiNUP Conference help us learn so much about our changing industry, as well as a little about ourselves as female professionals with careers in what was once a male-­‐dominated industry. The ArkLaTex, North Texas and South Texas WiNUP Chapters have been hard at work, making sure the agenda is jam-­‐packed with interesting topics and fun activities. So, sit back, relax and get ready to have a big time in Texas! 4
Welcome to the 2014 WiNUP International Conference and the Gulf
Coast! I'm thrilled that a dedicated group of women professionals like you
have gathered together to discuss ways to strengthen the energy and utility
industry while empowering women to succeed.
Women all across the world continue to play a growing and important role
in every aspect of the energy industry. I'm honored to be the first woman to
chair the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Together,
I'm confident that we can build a bold and strong energy policy that
increases domestic energy production, creates millions of jobs right here at
home and makes us more energy secure.
Again, welcome and I hope the 2014 WiNUP International Conference is
successful this year and in the years to come.
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.)
George W. Bush Presidential Center | Women’s Initiative
“Women around the world serve as catalysts for change.”
Mrs. Laura W. Bush
Women play a vital role in the success and prosperity of every nation, yet in many parts of the
world women and girls are illiterate and denied basic human rights.
Improving the lives of women and girls with education and economic opportunity provides the
fastest way to growing a nation’s economy, raising living standards and promoting peace. The
Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute works within the Institute’s areas of policy engagement
to improve access to education, health care and economic opportunity for women and
children. In addition, the Initiative has its own programs and projects.
AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium is more than the home of the Dallas Cowboys; it is a world of facts and figures
about the world's largest domed structure, art museum and classroom. Our tour of the AT&T
Stadium will be filled with facts and figures about the planning, engineering, operation and
upkeep of this amazing structure. Our tour guide will cover more than 100 building and
engineering elements that make this colossal structure unique not only as stadiums go, but
unique among the great buildings and monuments in the world. Because WINUP is particularly
interested in energy use and energy savings elements, our guide will be an engineer, specially
directed to take us behind the scenes into areas the general public never sees, including
recycling, renewable resources, how the roof retracts and how electricity is used to serve the
awesome facility.
Jim Greer, P.E.
Sr. Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer
Oncor Electric Delivery
Jim Greer joined the Texas Utilities Company system in 1984 after completing his BS Electrical Engineering degree at the
University of Texas at Arlington in 1984. In 1990, he obtained his MBA from Texas Christian University. He completed the
Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2007.
Greer has held a number of management and leadership positions at Oncor and its predecessor companies, spanning such areas
as engineering, operations and governmental relations.
Greer is currently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Oncor Electric Delivery. In this role, Greer
oversees all distribution and transmission engineering construction, maintenance and operations, as well as system operations
and measurement activities.
Greer is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, and serves on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. He
is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and was the 2010 recipient of the IEEE’s national
Leadership in Power award. Greer is also a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and a past president of the
Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE.
Mike Kania
Business Development Director
Mike Kania is currently the business development director for Eltek, a provider of power electronics and energy conversion
products. He has been with Eltek and Valere (a power supply company acquired by Eltek) for ten years. In this role, Kania’s
focus has been on the introduction of state-of-the-art dc power systems technology into new applications and new market
segments. Much of his work has been associated with the introduction of high-efficiency rectifier technology and the business
cases that accompany its utilization. This has included the development of products designed for telecom applications such as
switching centers, wireless cell sites, and broadband access systems. Most recently, Kania has focused on the introduction of
switch-mode rectifier systems into traditional industrial markets such as power generation and distribution; railroads; oil and
gas; water and wastewater; mining; and industrial processing.
Jennifer Legere
Executive Director
Susan G. Komen Dallas County
Executive Director Jennifer Legere leads Susan G. Komen® Dallas County in development programs that fund
breast cancer detection and support projects in Dallas County. A results-driven leader, she has the ability to
cultivate, recruit, motivate and build cohesive teams with volunteers and staff to achieve results.
As Dallas’ leading community breast health organization, Komen Dallas County supports its neighbors in the fight
today by funding lifesaving breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support services for residents in
need. The organization also invests in national cutting-edge research to find the cures for tomorrow.
Under Legere’s leadership this year, Komen Dallas County invested $1.8 million back into the community through
grants to 11 organizations providing lifesaving breast health services to Dallas County residents.
A talented and motivational speaker, Legere has addressed a range of audiences, from large conferences of
thousands to intimate meetings with thought leaders. While her speaking engagements are focused on the breast
cancer fight, she also is available to speak about nonprofit leadership, fundraising and aligning development with
Legere served in leadership roles for several national nonprofit organizations before joining Komen Dallas County
in 2010. She was the director of development at Irving Healthcare Foundation, where she executed development
and marketing strategies resulting in $750,000 in revenue. She has served as both national director of field
fundraising and national director of special events for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Irving, Texas.
During her time there, she created and led the national field development efforts of MADD and was responsible for
managing $20 million in revenue.
Legere’s nonprofit experience also includes a position as corporate market director for the American Heart Walk at
the American Heart Association in Dallas as well as a senior event coordinator for the Care Van Program at Blue
Cross Blue Shield in Richardson, Texas. Before moving to Texas, Legere served as the community development
director for the American Cancer Society in Lansing, Mich.
Legere lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband and two children. A graduate of the University of San Antonio, she
is committed to serving her community through her nonprofit career. She also has served as Sergeant of Arms at
Irving Rotary Club as well as leadership roles in her children’s PTA.
Vinita McCellon-Allen
President & Chief Operating Officer
Venita McCellon-Allen is president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Electric Power Company
(SWEPCO), serving approximately 520,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, East Texas and in the Panhandle
area of North Texas. She has authority for distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory
relationships. In addition, the position of president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas reports to her.
Previously, she was executive vice president – AEP Utilities East, responsible for the distribution, customer service
and financial performance of AEP’s utility operating companies in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan,
Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
From 2008 to 2009, she was executive vice president – AEP Utilities West, responsible for distribution and
customer service operations in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. From 2006 to 2008, she
was president and chief operating officer of SWEPCO.
From 2004 to 2006, McCellon-Allen was senior vice president - Shared Services, responsible for human resources,
information technology and telecommunications, procurement and supply chain services, corporate services and
enterprise security.
Prior to that, she was senior vice president for human resources for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. A
17-year veteran of Central and South West Corp., McCellon-Allen held leadership roles at CSW in operations,
customer service, strategic planning and human resources. Her last position there was senior vice president for
corporate development and customer service.
McCellon-Allen was a leader on the Transition Management Team for the AEP-CSW merger, helping to drive the
process of seeking savings, cultural change, staff selection and functional realignment.
In 1983, she joined SWEPCO, then a CSW subsidiary, as a communications representative, and by 1994-95 she
was SWEPCO’s Central Division manager in Texarkana, Texas. McCellon-Allen moved to Dallas in 1995 to
become vice president-corporate services. She became senior vice president-corporate development in 1996 and
senior vice president for both customer relations and corporate development in 1998.
Joining Baylor Health Care System in September 2000, McCellon-Allen worked within the BHCS integrated
health care delivery network that included 14,000 employees and about $3 billion in annual revenues.
McCellon-Allen earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. She is also a graduate of the University
of Chicago’s Executive Development Program and the Young Managers Program at the University of Virginia’s
Darden School of Business.
Donna L. Nelson
Public Utility Commission
Donna L. Nelson was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Public Utility Commission on August 15, 2008 and named
chairman on July 26, 2011. Prior to her appointment, Nelson served as a special assistant and advisor to Governor Perry on
energy and telecommunication issues. She also assisted the Governor’s Competitiveness Council with the preparation of the
Texas 2008 State Energy Plan. She previously served as director of the PUC’s telecommunications section and as legal advisor
to the PUC chairman.
Chairman Nelson sits on the Board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and is a member of the Southwest Power Pool
Regional State Committee. She is active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where she is a
member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and
Generation. Nelson is a member of the Texas Bioenergy Policy Council and the Texas Broadband Task Force. She is also on
the Advisory Board of the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS).
Additionally, Nelson is a former assistant attorney general of Texas, where she specialized in antitrust law. She also worked as
a Legislative Assistant to a United States Senator. Nelson is a licensed attorney and a past member of the Texas Council on
Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delays.
Nelson received a bachelor's degree from Black Hills State College and a law degree from Texas Tech University. She resides
in Austin with her son, John.
Denise Kuehn
Director of Energy Efficiency Services
Austin Energy
Denise Kuehn is the Director of Energy Efficiency Services at Austin Energy in Austin, Texas. Under nominal direction of the
Deputy General Manager, she manages, oversees and directs the implementation of Austin Energy’s demand side management
programs for the residential, commercial, multifamily and industrial sectors. Utilizing an approximately $25 million budget
and 60 full-time, contract and temporary employees, Kuehn plans, directs and coordinates the accomplishing of the 800 MW
demand reduction goal by 2020 aligning with the City of Austin’s Climate Protection Plan and integrating the Energy
Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance into the community for all four business sectors.
Kuehn received her M.B.A. from Bellevue University and her degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska.
Over her twenty five-year career in the utility and demand side management area, she has worked for three utility companies,
an engineering consulting firm and Johnson Controls. She has led numerous strategic planning, process improvement and
change management efforts. Kuehn was a founding member of three groups all focused on sustainability at the City level with
the Green Omaha Coalition; state-wide with the Nebraska Energy Efficiency Partners; and nationally with the Large Public
Power Council Energy Efficiency Working Group. Kuehn was chairperson of the Energy Assistance Program, a board
member of several groups including Keep Omaha Beautiful, the Nebraska Stakeholder Code Advisory Board and the
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers where she was awarded the Best Chapter
President and Outstanding Chapter Award for Region IX.
Robert (Bob) McCall
General Manager of
Fleet Services
Duke Energy
Bob McCall is the General Manager of Fleet Services for Duke Energy where he is responsible for managing all
aspects of the fleet of over 12,000 vehicles and mobile equipment. The Duke
Energy fleet, valued at over $600 million, operates in 6 states. He is responsible for 58 maintenance locations with
over 350 employees and an annual overall fleet budget of over $150 million.
McCall is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Tuskegee University and majored in Building
Technology/Construction. He worked ten years with Bechtel Power Corporations in construction, maintenance and
operations of nuclear power plants, and worked eight years for Alliant Entergy in Iowa at the Duane Arnold
Energy Center. McCall worked with
Progress Energy as Plant Manager for the Lee Plant in Goldsboro, making him the first African-American plant
manager. He was promoted to General Manager for the Eastern Region Fossil
Generation Department.
McCall's outside activities include: Public speaking to youth and men’s groups, volunteer for the Special
Olympics, Habitat for Humanity houses, United Way Campaign, Chamber Board of Directors, Wilmington
Business Development Board of Directors, and LNC Board. McCall's motto is “Make a difference everywhere you
Linda Boriskie
Safety Specialist
Oncor Electric Delivery
Linda Boriskie has been employed by Oncor Electric Delivery for 23 years in the Safety, Health and Mutual Assistance
Department as a Safety Specialist.
She is a Registered Nurse with B.S.N. from St. Thomas University, M.S.N. from Texas Women’s University, and PostGraduate studies in Medical Anthropology at Southern Methodist University.
In addition to occupational health, her nursing experiences include public health, maternal/child, school health and hospice.
Fitness Certifications which support living a longer, healthier life were received from the Cooper Institute of Aerobic
Research; Dallas, Texas. These certifications include:
Modifying Health Behaviors
Personal Fitness Specialist
Nutrition Specialist
Biomechanics of Strength Training
Sherrie Wilson
President & CEO
Emergency Management Resources, LLC
Sherrie Wilson is an author, speaker and motivator who inspires and serves through leadership. She was the first
female firefighter-paramedic in the Dallas Fire Rescue Department. She is a 35 year veteran Firefighter and Paramedic who
was hired in 1977 and retired in 2011. Wilson currently serves as the Founder, President and CEO of Emergency Management
Resources LLC, (EMR) and FireHouseCommunications.Com. EMR specializes in emergency healthcare training and
providing business and industry with AED programs. AED programs include: equipment, web-based tracking of equipment,
medical direction, third party inspections and training. EMR provides all levels of American Heart Association Basic Life
Support and Advance Life Support (Adult & Pediatric) training, a wide variety of OSHA safety and health training and
leadership courses. provides publishing and marketing services.
Wilson has served on editorial and advisory boards for Industrial Fire World magazine, Emergency Medical Services
magazine, Texas EMS magazine, and as a reviewer of EMS text for both Mosby Lifeline and Brady Publishing. She has more
than fifty published Fire, EMS and Emergency incident related articles, publications and conference presentations. She has
authored two manuals, Rescue Team Training, published by Emergency Management Resources and Medical Terminology,
published by Fun Ed Inc. Wilson is currently working on her third book about her life and career as the first female firefighter,
paramedic in Dallas. Faith On Fire is scheduled for publication summer 2015.
Wilson has also served in a number of leadership roles within the American Heart Association including ECC
Committee member, International Volunteer Trainer in Russia, India and Mexico. She currently serves as a Basic Life
Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support Regional Faculty.
Wilson received a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Hawthorne University and completed
Paramedic training at the University Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Landmark Education
Leadership and Communication Programs.
Wilson has experience in the Medical, Healthcare, Education, Entrepreneurism and Success arena’s. She performs
one hour, half day or full day workshops.
Debbie Dennis
Senior Vice President
Human Resources & Corporate Affairs
Oncor Electric Delivery
Debbie Dennis is Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Oncor. In her current role, she has
responsibility for all human resource planning, policy, performance management, rewards strategies, sourcing, talent
management and employee and labor relations. She is also responsible for the strategic direction of Oncor’s community
involvement and volunteer initiatives and their alignment with the Company’s philanthropic and business goals. This includes
serving as the executive sponsor of Oncor’s employee volunteer programs and directing Oncor’s signature volunteer program,
Oncor Texas Trails. Dennis also serves as the Loaned Executive Director for the Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative,
which is a public private partnership with the City of Dallas with a vision to make Dallas kids the healthiest kids in the nation.
In her 35 years with the company, Dennis has worked in a number of corporate and customer service functions. She has
management experience in human resources, customer service, supply chain, outsourcing management and corporate
Dennis currently serves on a number of non-profit boards including the American Foundation for the Blind, YWCA,
Leadership Dallas and The Dallas Assembly. She is also the loaned executive director of the Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness
Initiative, a community and corporate partnership.
Dennis graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and is a member of the Society of
Human Resource Management. She is also a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Texas, Leadership Dallas and a
member of the Dallas Assembly and International Women’s Forum.