|Kevin Pearce is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network and previously served as a Treasurer of our Board. He is also the Business Development Manager for U.S. offshore wind grid access at Siemens. With more than 25 years of maritime and energy industry experience, Kevin spearheads the growth and positioning of Siemens solutions for connecting U.S. offshore wind energy projects to the electrical grid.|
|Lauren Burm is the Network Secretary. She is Head of Public Affairs at Ørsted, overseeing the company’s public affairs, communications, community relations, stakeholder engagement and collaborations at the national, state and local level. She leads the company’s communications efforts to bring awareness to the economic growth, innovation, jobs and renewable energy benefits of offshore wind. She also oversees the company’s outreach, engagement and media relations activities regarding the company’s utility-scale initiatives in Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Prior to joining Ørsted/DONG Energy, Lauren managed community relations, communications and served as spokesperson for Entergy Corporation’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
Earlier, Lauren served as an aide in both the legislative and executive branches of Massachusetts’ State government, including communications and legislative aide for two State legislators and a Massachusetts State Senator as well as serving as Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Lauren holds a degree in communications from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
|Jay Borkland, PG. is the Network Treasurer. An early adopter to the US Offshore Wind (OSW) marketplace, Jay is a Renewable Energy, Geoengineering, and Port & Marine Infrastructure expert with over 35 years in the marketplace. He operates as Sr. Engineering Manager in the Low Carbon Sector at Lloyd’s Register Energy Americas, and is a Research Fellow and Professor at Tufts University, conducting research and teaching courses in Offshore Wind and Sustainability. He has been a Project Director and Technical Expert for dozens of Offshore Wind assignments in the U.S. and for 100’s large scale infrastructure and environmental projects for private and public clients globally. In offshore wind he has designed and implemented offshore site characterization activities, provided strategic analysis of developer and supply chain market penetration, and worked with stakeholders on infrastructure development for offshore wind. He was the author on the OSW Port analysis studies for a number of states on the east coast of the US and was lead of the design team for the first-in-the-nation purpose-built offshore wind marshalling port in New Bedford, MA. He has acted as liaison within the US and European supply chain to the OSW industry, and was one of the chief authors of the OSW Ports & Infrastructure Assessment for MA. He has actively engaged in detailed on-the-ground research of the European OSW industry infrastructure developed in Germany, Denmark, and the U.K. and translated that experience to the developing US marketplace.|
|Katarina Ennerfelt has spent most of her life around toroidal transformers. With a background in engineering studies and economics, Katarina brings over 30 years of experience to Toroid Corporation. Before coming to Toroid Corporation in 2001, Katarina spent 2 years with our sister company in the Czech Republic. In 2006, Katarina took over as president.|
|Alexander (“Alex”) Giles is a Principal with the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in its Baltimore, Maryland office, and the primary focus of Alex’s practice is maritime law and business litigation. Alex began his career with Semmes in 1996 as a second-year law clerk, was hired as an Associate upon graduation from law school in 1997, and was elevated to Principal in December 2005. Semmes is the only law firm that he has ever worked for throughout his career.|
|Elia Golfin is Business Development Director for Aeolus Energy Systems and Aeolus Group, having been in a variety of executive posts in the wind farm industry during his career. In addition, Elia Golfin applies his expertise in transportation to foster on-time delivery of services and operational efficiencies for Aeolus Energy systems group. As an original member of the Aeolus team, he contributed to such key tasks as the raising of capital, creation of business strategies, identification of target customers, recruitment, and pricing of services. He participated in the development of branding initiatives, including website design, and met with potential clients to secure contracts to grow the business. He also guided the organization’s site-operations programs, handling the acquisition of necessary equipment and manpower. A long-time airline pilot, Elia Golfin flew routes in the United States, Australia, and Europe and completed a Bachelor of Aviation, mastering such courses as aircraft mechanics, aviation safety, aerospace dynamics, and aviation management. He also earned an Advanced Diploma of Aviation at Navair International Flying College.|
|Don Hairston,, previously served two years as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Business Network for OSW. Don has over thirty years in the Aerospace and Defense industry experience and is a proven executive in high technology businesses. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Strategy, Sales & Marketing for Meggitt focusing on Advanced Composites for aerospace applications. He brings a wealth of experience in executive management, engineering, domestic and international business development, mergers & acquisitions, international strategic alliances and business operations. Don has held other executive positions at Textron, Cobham, and Northrop Grumman.
Don holds an engineering degree from Virginia Tech. He also attended the General Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
|Andrew Michael is a Group Manager with the Greater Baltimore Middle Market Group of M&T Bank. He manages a team of relationship managers who oversee the banking relationships for a wide range of private, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining M&T, Andrew spent eight years as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He holds an MBA from Duke University, an M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Physics from Clemson University. He is on the board of the Village Learning Place and The Family Tree.|
|Matt Palmer is a pioneer in the offshore wind industry and a strong advocate of clean energy development.
Matthew has more than 30 years’ experience in the acquisition, development and management of power generation assets. His experience spans both renewable and conventional technologies, including wind, solar, natural gas, liquid fuel and solid fuel. Matthew’s career in offshore wind began 17 years ago with the announcement of the Cape Wind project, where he eventually became engineering project manager. He currently leads the U.S. offshore wind business for WSP, where he also serves as principal on the design of the WTG foundations for Vineyard Wind.
Matthew was a founding member and the first executive director of Clean Power Now, an organization dedicated to educating communities on renewable energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an MBA from Suffolk University. Matthew is a registered professional engineer and a licensed first-class engineer for stationary power plants.
|Cindy Plavier Truitt serves as the Chief Business Officer of Humanim, an NPO which provides workforce development and human services to over 4,000 individuals a year throughout Maryland and employs over 500 staff. Cindy has been employed by Humanim for over 25 years. In her current role, she oversees all Baltimore regional operations, marketing, public relations, fund development and business development. Cindy has overseen the recent expansion and management of a $6 M Social Enterprise Division within Humanim which includes DETAILS, a successful deconstruction and reuse company and City Seeds, a Baltimore-based kitchen incubator.|
|Nat Spencer is an experienced corporate strategist at Oceaneering International, Inc. focused on growing new markets through organic, inorganic, and partnership means. Key aim of streamlining internal and external operations through the application of new technology and innovation from other industries. Adept at creating solutions to overcome operations challenges which prevent markets from maturing or realizing economic potential. Skilled in developing interpersonal relationships to lead and negotiate teams of people ranging from entry-level to CEO to achieve specific objectives.|
|Joe Tirone’s practice focuses on energy project and infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. Joe is the co-leader of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Energy & Natural Resources Sector.
Joe’s client work comprises structuring, negotiating and drafting a range of contracts and agreements for companies in the energy sector, including complex power purchase agreements, tolling agreements, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, long-term service agreements, energy-related hedging arrangements, project financing and security documents, and energy and infrastructure sector M&A agreements. He also advises retail electricity and gas suppliers on many commercial and regulatory aspects of their businesses. He advises clients in the United States and throughout the world.
Joe has spent over 20 years in private practice and also served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to Cogentrix, an independent power producer that developed, constructed, financed and operated power generating assets.
|Dr. Lorry Wagner, an experienced energy engineer, has served as president of the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) since May of 2010.
Previous energy project experience includes nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, as well as wind. Other relevant research was performed in the fields of neural network forecasting, failure analysis, and fault tolerant control systems. He received his degrees from Purdue University and majored in heat transfer technologies for fusion reactors, leading to the development of several new non-dimensional numbers.
Dr. Wagner has developed innovative solutions to industrial sensing challenges as well as building several land-based wind projects across the U.S. He previously served as CEO of Azure Energy, Phillips Electric, Motor Guarantee Corp., Remote Sensors, Inc., as well as Director of Research for Global Asset Management.
|Joel Whitman is the founder of Whitman Consulting Group Inc. and has been involved in the offshore transmission and offshore wind industries for several years as an independent consultant and in a management capacity serving on the management team for a number of existing companies and start-ups in the sector. Most recently he was the Director for Corporate Strategy for British owned Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. as well as CEO of its US counterpart Global Marine Energy Inc. From its creation until its sale to a leading cable manufacturing company in late 2012, Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. had been built into the foremost independent installer of subsea power cable in the world.|
Updated January 3, 2019