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Session 3: Public Power Fueling Economic Growth in the TVC
July 30th | 1pm ET / Noon CT
Reliable and affordable power is critical to the TVC’s federal missions and the region’s overall economic growth. Learn how our public power model creates unique local, state and federal partnerships.
Convene & Welcome
Bert Robinson, Director of District, State & Local Government Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority
Betsey Kirk McCall, Executive Vice President, Market Strategy & Corporate Operations, Seven States Power Corporation
Jeff Lyash, President/CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority
Jeff Dykes, President/CEO, BrightRidge
Introduction of Panel Moderator
Betsey Kirk McCall, Executive Vice President, Market Strategy & Corporate Operations, Seven States Power Corporation
Greg Williams, Executive Vice President, Appalachian Electric Cooperative [Moderator]
Dr. Ozlem Kilic, Associate Dean, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Cindy Herron, Vice President, EnergyRight Solutions, TVA
Pete Owens, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, Dollywood
Mike Bolin, Vice President for Utility Advancement, Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB)
Seven States Power Corporation
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President/CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Jeff Lyash is president and chief executive officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Appointed by the Board of Directors in February 2019, Lyash leads the nation’s largest public utility in its mission of serving the people of the Tennessee Valley to make life better.
Before coming to TVA, Lyash served since 2015 as president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation Inc., one of the largest electric generating companies in Canada with a diverse fleet of nuclear, hydroelectric, gas, biomass and renewable generating stations.
Lyash was formerly the president of CB&I Power where he was responsible for a full range of engineering, procurement and construction of multi-billion-dollar electric generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.
Prior to joining CB&I, Lyash served as executive vice president of Energy Supply for Duke Energy where he led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company’s 42,000-megawatt generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs, and health and safety programs.
Before the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy, Lyash was executive vice president of Energy Supply for Progress Energy. In this role, he oversaw Progress Energy’s diverse 22,000-megawatt fleet of generating resources including nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric stations. In addition, Lyash was responsible for generating fleet fuel procurement and power trading operations.
Lyash joined Progress Energy in 1993. Before leading the Energy Supply division at Progress, he served as executive vice president of corporate development, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Florida, senior vice president of Energy Delivery Florida, and vice president of Transmission.
Lyash also held a wide range of management and executive roles in Progress Energy’s nuclear program, including operations manager, engineering manager, plant manager, and director of site operations.
Lyash began his career in the utility industry in 1981 and worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in senior technical and management positions throughout the Northeast and in Washington, D.C. He received the NRC Meritorious Service Award in 1987.
Lyash earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and was honored with the Drexel University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He has held a senior reactor operator license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Training Program and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.
Lyash is an avid golfer and fly fisher. He and his wife, Tracy, enjoy cooking, skiing, reading and charitable work – and spending time with their two married children and nine grandchildren. The Lyashes live in Knoxville, Tennessee
Jeff has served as President and CEO of the BrightRidge since January 2013. Jeff is a native of East Tennessee. He is a graduate of Milligan College with additional course work at the University of South Carolina.
Jeff has over 30 years in the Power industry having worked for Westinghouse Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina for thirteen years. While at Westinghouse he received qualifications in all areas of electrical generation, transmission and distribution as well as water and wastewater operations certifications. Prior to leaving Westinghouse he served as Modification Manager in the operations and engineering department of Site Utilities overseeing design, modification and construction in Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution as well as water and wastewater facilities on the site. Jeff moved to Kansas City, MO in 1997 as Operations Manager, then Director of Operations, Maintenance and Business Development before becoming Vice President and General Manager of Veolia Kansas City Energy and Veolia Missouri Energy. Jeff served in 2005 as General Manager of the Elizabethton Electric System prior to returning to Kansas City in early 2006. In 2011, prior to coming to Johnson City, Jeff served as General Manager of Newport Utilities overseeing their electric, water and wastewater facilities. He has served on various Local, State and Federal Boards and committees, as well as community organizations throughout his career. He has made presentations on subjects such as energy, leadership and other topics to professional groups, community organizations, schools, churches and conferences across the country.
Wife Ricki is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a master’s from the University of Kansas. She teaches Special Education at Lake Ridge Elementary in Johnson City. Jeff has two children; daughter Kala has a B.S. in Nursing from Milligan College and works as a Registered Nurse in Kansas City, Missouri. His son Jordan works with Aerojet holding a B.S from Rensselaer Polytech Institute and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech.
Director of District, State & Local Government Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Executive Vice President, Market Strategy & Corporate Operations, Seven States Power Corporation
As Executive Vice President of Market Strategy & Corporate Operations, Betsey Kirk McCall develops the strategy for renewable energy, distributed asset ownership and energy management services to support 154 Local Power Company (LPC) members serving 10 million people across seven states. She leads a team of subject matter experts who leverage resources and partnerships to acquire renewable energy assets for LPCs to meet market demands. McCall’s responsibilities include optimizing commercial pricing and contractual options, performing economic risk assessments and developing a diversified network of external suppliers and strategic partners. In addition, McCall oversees internal operations including human resources and financial services.
McCall joined Seven States Power Corporation and Tennessee Valley Public Power Association following 7 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Her last position with TVA was Director or Fleet Optimization in Power Operations where she led a team with governance and strategic execution of continuous improvement programs through effective change management, alignment of operations, collaboration with stakeholders, and performance gap closure across TVA’s coal, gas and hydro generation fleets. McCall led a design and deployment team through a reorganization of the Generation Services business unit where she partnered with human resources, labor relations, business planning and communications to implement the new organization and staff 300+ positions to align with TVA’s power generation fleet.
McCall also served as Senior Manager of Coal & Transportation Origination for 5 years leading a team of originators to manage TVA’s portfolio of fuel sources to purchase coal, transportation, reagents and terminal services, closely monitoring market conditions, assessing and mitigating industry risks, developing robust contracts to serve the transitional needs of TVA’s coal fleet and enhancing employee development through the alignment of team talent to maximize performance. In addition, McCall also served in Regulatory Compliance/Policy Governance, and managed renewable power purchases in Power Origination.
Prior to joining TVA, McCall was a practicing attorney in Chattanooga, TN, representing clients in commercial transactions, mergers and real estate. Additionally, she served as Law Clerk for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in Washington,D.C.
McCall earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Finance and her law degree at the University of Tennessee. McCall lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, Michael, and their son, Will.
Executive Vice President, Appalachian Electric Cooperative
A graduate of Carson Newman University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Greg Williams began his career at Appalachian Electric Cooperative in 1982, when he joined the Co-op as an Electrical Engineer. Since 2010, he has held the position of Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Cooperative, which serves more than 46,000 members in rural East Tennessee. He is responsible for all aspects of AEC’s administration and operations, supervising 100 employees and reporting to a member-elected Board of Directors.
Williams is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and is a member of IEEE, NSPE, and TSPE. He serves on the board of directors for the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). He is actively involved in a variety of leadership roles with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. He currently serves on the TVPPA Board of Directors, and previously chaired the TVPPA Energy Services committee; he also serves on the Rates and Contracts committee, the Research and Development committee, and the Technology Innovations committee. He also participates on the Tennessee Valley Renewable Information Exchange and the Distributed Generation Information Exchange initiative.
He has been married to wife Lisa since 1981. The couple has two sons and six grandchildren.
Associate Dean, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Ozlem Kilic is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering. Before this, she was a Professor and served as the Associate Dean of Engineering at the Catholic University of America.
Prior to that, she was an Electronics Engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi MD where she managed Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Programs for the development of hybrid numerical electromagnetic tools to analyze and design electrically large structures, such as the Rotman lens. She has also designed, fabricated and tested various prototypes of Rotman lenses to achieve the broadband scanning capabilities needed for military antennas.
Kilic has over five years of industry experience at COMSAT Laboratories as a Senior Engineer and Program Manager with specialization in satellite communications, link modeling and analysis, and modeling, design and test of phased arrays and reflector antennas for satellite communications system.
Kilic’s research interests include antennas, wave propagation, satellite communications systems, microwave remote sensing, computational electromagnetics, high performance computing for electromagnetics and large problems, hardware acceleration, human vital sign detection with rf, wave propagation, radiation and scattering in random media, detection and tracking, compressive sensing implementation of em problems.
Vice President, EnergyRight Solutions, TVA
Cindy Herron has over 30 years of TVA service, with broad experience in accounting, marketing, customer service, pricing, contracts, regulatory, and load management. Cindy is currently the Vice-President of EnergyRight® Solutions where she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of TVA’s demand-side resource programs, including energy efficiency, demand response, interruptible products, and electrification offerings. Her responsibilities include establishing the strategic direction, developing policy, setting program goals, and defining objectives to maximize TVA’s demand-side management programs in partnership with local power companies and direct served customers. She also has responsibilities for the EnergyRight Solutions brand, including branding and marketing strategies. Prior to her current role, Cindy was Vice President of EnergyRight and Renewable Solutions where she was responsible for leading TVA’s mission to manage the design and execution of TVA’s load management and renewable programs. Her responsibilities included program design, implementation, marketing, and measurement and verification of program impacts in order to maximize TVA’s energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable resources.
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, Dollywood
Pete Owens is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the Dollywood branded parks and attractions. Dollywood is a theme park nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Owned by Dolly Parton and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment, the park focuses on world class entertainment, unique family rides and attractions; and preserving the heritage of the Smoky Mountain region through music, traditional food and Master Craftsmen. I also provide Marketing and PR direction for our Dollywood theme park, Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Pirates Voyage brands.
Raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Pete now lives with his wife and two daughters outside of Knoxville in Seymour, Tennessee. He majored in Radio, Television and Film at the University of Kansas and spent 15-years in affiliate television working in every aspect of News. Owens participated at the prestigious Poynter Institute focusing on Journalism Ethics and Management. Immediately before joining the Dollywood Company, he was the Assistant News Director and Executive Producer of WATE-TV the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is an active speaker in the amusement industry and sits on the National Roller Coaster Museum Board of Directors and a member of the International Amusement Parks and Attractions Association’s Communications committee.
Vice President for Utility Advancement, Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB)
Mike Bolin is the Vice President for Utility Advancement at Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB). In this role he is helping KUB adapt to a cleaner, more sustainable utility that embraces new technologies KUB and its customers may deploy in the future. Prior to his current position, Mike served as VP of Construction; VP of Operations; VP of Customer Service; VP of Business Services; and VP of Energy Supply. In addition, Mike has served as a Board member and President of the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association; Board member of the Tennessee Gas Association; Board member of Seven States Power Corporation; and the local Habitat for Humanity Organization. Mike has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee.
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America’s New National Security Challenges
Thursday, August 6th | 1pm ET / Noon CT
Many TVC federal partners provide leadership in addressing our nation’s national security challenges. Hear discussions about the scope of these threats and how our region’s expertise and technology address them, featuring a keynote address from Admiral Charles Richard, Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command.