Mark Johnson, Executive Director
Mark graduated from University of Wyoming as an electrical engineer in 1990. After working for 3 years at Stone & Webster (later EDS), Mark and Steve Drazga envisioned a more connected energy/utility industry and started an aggregated information service… Which quickly transformed into Energy Central. Mark now directs the strategy, vision and focus of the Utility Analytics Institute.
Kim Gaddy, Vice President
Kim Gaddy is responsible for attaining the strategic goals of the Utility Analytics Institute (UAI), a corporate membership-based organization consisting of utility companies and leading analytics solution providers. The UAI has grown dramatically since its inception in 2011 and has become the industry’s premiere organization dedicated to accelerating the use of analytics. Kim’s efforts are guided by the UAI’s Executive Advisory Council. Her role includes UAI member advocacy, product development, program design, content development, product delivery, community engagement, market research, sales support and management of the UAI’s working groups. Kim has also authored numerous articles, white papers, and case studies and is a frequent conference and webinar speaker and moderator. She has over 25 years of experience in the utilities and telecommunications sectors. Previously, Kim held the position of senior director, client solutions, at Vertex Business Services where she was responsible for product strategy and strategic partnerships. Earlier in her career, Kim held leadership positions in AT&T’s product management, regulatory affairs and sales organizations. She holds a BBA from Texas Tech University and an MBA from St. Edward’s University.
Mike Risner, Membership development director
Mike Risner is engaged in membership development for the Utility Analytics Institute. Mike has worked with Energy Central (the Institute’s parent company) for over ten years, serving as Corporate News Manager, responsible for customer account management and business development for our flagship Energy Central Professional news and information daily. Prior to his work with Energy Central, Mike worked with AT&T Corporation as a Commercial Account Specialist, Newton & Associates as Client Account Manager, and as a Semiconductor Technician at Intel Corporation. Mike studied Electronics Engineering Technology at DeVry University.
Richard Hanson, Membership development director
Richard Hanson joined the Utility Analytics Institute in 2015 and is part of the UAI membership development team as well as Account Manager and business development of Energy Central Professional News. Prior to his work with Energy Central, Richard managed Enterprise Accounts providing complete data protection, backup and recovery solutions in the San Francisco Bay area, Analytical Spectral Devices as a Technical Sales Representative for NIR Spectrometers and Spectroradiometers in the application areas of GIS, Remote Sensing and Geology. Richard also holds a Commercial Pilot License with an Instrument Rating.
Vanessa Barbarisi, Director
Vanessa Barbarisi is a Director with Utility Analytics Institute (UAI). Vanessa will contribute her time to UAI member advocacy, product development, program design, content development, product delivery, community engagement, market research, sales support, and management of three out of the five UAI working groups. Prior to joining UAI, Vanessa worked as a consultant for utility DSM programs. She has ten years’ experience in energy engineering, research, and analysis; producing commission level reports and developing technical reference manuals (TRMs). Vanessa is also a certified instructor with Everblue Training Institute, where she has taught accredited courses on Professional Energy Manager. She holds a BA from University of Colorado at Boulder as well as certificates from Stanford University for Smart Grid and a PEM from Everblue.
Lauren Callaway, Director
Lauren Callaway is a new Director with Utility Analytics Institute (UAI). Lauren will contribute her time to UAI member advocacy, product development, program design, content development, product delivery, community engagement, market research, sales support and management of thee out of the five UAI working groups. Lauren comes from a background in market research and consulting for energy solutions providers and utilities, with a focus on utility operational systems and analytics. She has authored reports and white papers on topics such as utility enterprise analytics, DER management, and asset performance management, and participated in multiple industry panels and webcasts. She holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and an MBA from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. Currently she resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she especially likes to take advantage of the local access to skiing and rock climbing.