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Volunteer Leaders


MEA has over 25 committees made up of volunteers from the energy industry. These volunteers help plan and deliver annual learning conferences and events.

If you are interested in learning more or joining a committee, please contact the staff liaison for that area.

Gas-Focused

  • Staff Liaison

    Ashleigh Esselman
    (651) 289-9600 x129

  • Gas Operations Steering

    Oversees all facets of the gas committees listed below. Works with Staff and Board to help direct the planning for MEA’s future activities.

     

  • Associate Advisory Council

    Acts as a liaison between the associate member companies and the gas-focused areas of MEA to enhance the relationship between MEA, associate members, and the LDC members.

  • Codes & Standards

    Promotes the exchange of ideas and information relating to the formulation, interpretation, and applications of regulations in the industry.

  • Distribution

    Focuses on continuous improvement for member companies and training in specific areas affecting distribution.

  • Measurement & Controls

    This group centers on information sharing, training, and problem solving involving gas measurement and controls, meter theory, and operations.

  • National Gas Rodeo

    Staff Liaison, John Gann

    Provides guidance and overall support for the organization and delivery of the rodeo competition. Their activities include defining the rodeo events, schedule, and rules; competition logistics; host site selection; onsite preparation; and event judging. Learn more.

  • Safety

    Notifies members of DOT & OSHA compliance and training needs and assists in the development of programs to meet those needs. Attends to issues in the natural gas industry such as investigations, training, and others related to operational concerns.

  • System Controllers

    This group shares best practices in regard to monitoring and controlling gas pipeline systems to maintain system integrity and contractual obligations.

  • Technical Training

    Staff Liaison, Richard Stump
    This group of industry professionals evaluates new training trends, techniques and available training products and programs to deliver cost effective resources to the industry and companies they represent. The group is also charged with keeping a watch of new regulations and their potential impact on existing OQ requirements.

Electric-Focused

  • Staff Liaison

    Ashleigh Esselman
    (651) 289-9600 x129

  • Electric Operations Steering

    Oversees all facets of the electric committees listed below. Works with Staff and Board to help direct the planning for future MEA activities.

  • Associate Advisory Council

    A liaison between the associate member companies and the electric-focused area of MEA to enhance the relationship between MEA, associate members, and the LDC members.

  • Codes & Standards

    Promotes the exchange of ideas and information relating to the formulation, interpretation, and applications of regulations in the industry.

  • Metering

    Promotes the exchange of ideas and information relating to the metering of electricity.

  • Overhead

    Focuses on continuous improvement for member companies and training in specific areas affecting overhead distribution of electricity.

  • Reliability

    Focuses on energy delivery and reliability, especially in extraordinary circumstances such as storms or power outages, etc.

  • Safety & Training

    Notifies members of DOT & OSHA compliance and training needs and assists in the development of programs to meet those needs. Attends to issues in the electric utility industry such as investigations, training and others related to operational concerns.

  • Substation

    Addresses topics and issues in substation maintenance and training for proper operation.

  • System Operator / System Dispatch

    This group shares best practices in regard to monitoring electric pipeline systems to maintains system integrity and contractual obligations.

  • Underground

    Focuses on continuous improvement for member companies and training in specific areas affecting underground distribution of electricity.

Combination Gas & Electric and Leadership-Focused

  • Staff Liaison

    Stacey Bonine
    (651) 289-9600 x114

  • Energetic Women Leadership Team

    Helps with challenges unique to women and develop solutions to fully utilize women in the utility industry by actively contributing to Energetic Women initiatives, including the annual conference, webinars, awards, and more. Learn more.

  • Environmental Management

    Provides resources and educational opportunities to the energy industry on the diverse set of environmental issues related to both the management of environmental liabilities as well as those encountered in the field.

  • Legal, Regulatory & Government Affairs

    Shares information and best practices surrounding legislative and regulatory issues at the MEA Industry Insights event, including a review of state reports on legislative and regulatory activities, ratemaking, antitrust implications, office practices, and other legal concerns.

  • Purchasing & Materials Management

    Focuses on supply chain management, warehousing and procurement procedures, performance metrics and surveys on industry trends in purchasing and materials management.

  • Talent Management

    Staff Liaison, Mark Bechtel

    Reviews and recommends programs and solutions involving talent and change management, and leadership and employee development to ensure our members’ employees are ready for the future of the energy industry.

  • Transportation & Fleet

    Professionals responsible for transportation and fleet operations within their companies meet to address key issues such as vehicle life cycle costs, fleet regulatory requirements, industry benchmarks, fleet leasing, alternative-fueled vehicles, supplier experiences and many others.

  • Technical Products Advisory

    Staff Liaisons, Marty Vita  & Kyle Gaffaney

    Brings together talented and engaged energy delivery leaders to collaborate and identify product features and functions and ensure MEA technical products advance member success and support member business goals.