About the Southeastern Wind Coalition

Board of Directors

April Montgomery, Chair

April Montgomery, Chair


April Montgomery has worked in the fields of renewable energy, historic preservation, environmental permitting and local government planning for more than fifteen years.  As a project manager, development consultant and regulatory specialist she has extensive experience navigating the boundary between the public and private sectors.  Her experience in these fields and her passion for community investment projects are what led her to establish REAP.

April is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a LEED Green Associate.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Florida State University, and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.  April lives in Sanford, North Carolina, with her husband, David, and three children.

Craig Poff, Vice Chair

Craig Poff, Vice Chair

Avangrid Renewables

Director, Business Development

Craig Poff is Director, Business Development for Avangrid Renewables. He is responsible for the development of utility scale wind energy projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.  Craig manages all aspects of the development process including site selection, real estate, permitting, engineering and public relations.  He has more than 15 years of experience developing a wide variety of projects from energy to residential and commercial.

Craig has particular experience with land use law, planning and regulation and real estate matters.  He is a member of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, American Wind Energy Association, and has served as Director of the Pennsylvania Builders Association; President of America’s Land Stewards; President of the Chester and Delaware County Homebuilders Association.  Craig was born and raised in rural northwest Missouri and now lives with his family in West Chester PA.

Brian O'Hara, Treasurer

Brian O'Hara, Treasurer

Strata Solar

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs

Brian O’Hara is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs at Strata Solar, which was ranked as one of the ten largest solar developers in the world.  In this role he leads external affairs for the company, including policy and regulatory activities, as well as internal strategic planning and other special projects.

Previously, he was President and Founder of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, where he led wind energy development, policy, and advocacy efforts in the Southeast since 2009.

Brian has extensive experience in energy, project development, project management, engineering, policy, and finance.  He began his career as an engineer with ExxonMobil on deep water, offshore oil & gas operations in West Africa.  He has also led development teams and finance efforts in the U.S. real estate industry, gaining a depth of experience in permitting and environmental studies. Brian holds an MBA and an MS in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University as well as a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech where he graduated in the top 0.25% of the university.

Steve Baxley, Director

Steve Baxley, Director

Southern Company

Renewables, Distributed Generation & Energy Storage R&D Coordinator

Steve Baxley assumed the role of Coordinator for R&D efforts related to renewable, distributed generation and energy storage technologies for Southern Company in 2014.  Prior to joining Southern Company, Steve was a Principal Engineering Manager with Applied Research Associates, Inc., where he directed research, development and demonstration efforts for energy, environmental and defense technology needs in support of the DoD.  He holds U.S. patents in both energy and water technologies.  In 2012, he received a national award from the Society of American Military Engineers for his work developing and demonstrating a novel process for the production of military specification jet fuel from renewable sources. 

Steve is a native of Panama City, Florida, holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, both from Florida State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.  Active in the community, Baxley served as Chair of the American Cancer Society Board, Chair of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Program, and as an adjunct professor in Environmental Engineering at FSU.  He is married, has 3 boys and spends his time away from work coaching youth baseball and camping with Boy Scout Troop 538.

Katharine M. Bond, Director

Katharine M. Bond, Director



Katharine M. Bond is Senior Policy Advisor for Strategy and Execution at Dominion and Executive Director of the Dominion Foundation.  In this role she is responsible for coordinating and helping to drive the external communications and outreach strategy for Dominion. She works with other senior leaders to define an overall public tone for the company and leverage internal and external assets to communicate the company’s message to customers, key stakeholders, regulators, and traditional and social media.   In addition, she works as a lobbyist before the Virginia General Assembly and is the company’s public policy lead on renewable energy. 

Katharine joined Dominion as an intern in 1999.  She spent ten years in various financial planning roles ranging from mergers and acquisition analysis to budget consolidation and forecasting for Dominion Resources, Dominion Energy, and was named director of Financial and Business Services for the Services Company in 2007.  In 2011, Katharine became a project director for corporate governance, compliance, and law.  She was named director of public policy and executive director of the Dominion Foundation in 2014.  She assumed her current role in May 2016.

Katharine serves on the Board of Visitors of Longwood University, College Building Authority of Virginia, and the Solar Energy Development Authority of Virginia.  She represents Dominion on the Energy Committee of the Virginia Manufacturers Association and as vice-chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition. 

Katharine has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Longwood University and a master’s degree in finance from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a member of 2016 class of Lead Virginia.  Katharine resides in Hanover, Virginia with her husband Mark and their four children.

Henry Campen, Director

Henry Campen, Director

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein


Henry Campen is a partner in the Raleigh office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. He has been a successful advocate for companies regulated by state utility commissions for more than 25 years. Mr. Campen provides project development and permitting advice for renewable energy developers and market participants across a broad spectrum of technologies.

He helps developers of wind, solar, biomass and fuel cell projects successfully navigate complex federal, state and local regulations for electric generating plants. Mr. Campen has permitted over 3000 megawatts of renewable energy fueled electrical generation, including 400 megawatts of wind energy.

Mr. Campen leads Parker Poe’s multidisciplinary Energy practice which includes attorneys from all seven of the firm’s offices. Henry also represents the American Wind Energy Association in North Carolina as well as other wind companies pursuing development in the state.

Leveraging three decades’ experience in utility law, Campen was instrumental in launching the first commercial scale wind energy project in his home state of North Carolina in 2015. The 300-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, powered by Iberdrola Renewables at Desert Wind in the northeastern part of the state broke ground in July and is slated for commercial operation by the end of 2016. Bringing the wind farm to fruition required six years of navigation through a maze of federal, state and local regulations and approvals. A long-time proponent of clean energy, Campen’s commitment to this project validated wind energy development in the Southeastern U.S.

Henry is a board member of the Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability In addition, he serves on the N.C. State University Poole College of Management Board of Advisors, recently completing  two years as the board’s chair. Henry is also a member of the Board of Visitors of North Carolina State University.  He served as Managing Partner of the 60-lawyer Raleigh office of Parker Poe for 10 years and on the firm’s Board of Directors for 9 years.

Jennifer Diggins, Director

Jennifer Diggins, Director

Nucor Corporation

Director, Public Affairs

Jennifer Diggins serves as Director, Public Affairs for Nucor Corporation, the nation’s largest steel company and North America’s largest recycler.  In this role, she is responsible for promoting the company’s energy and environmental policy in addition to overseeing the state government relations program covering 25 states.

Jennifer currently serves as Chair of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a nationwide organization that serves as the voice of the energy consumer on domestic and global energy issues and provides consumers and policy makers with sound, unbiased information. CEA’s members comprise a range of sectors from the energy industry, academia, small businesses, conservation groups to travel-related industries.  Jennifer also serves on the board of Vital for Colorado, a progressive coalition of business, civic and economic development leaders who seek to promote and support responsible energy production in Colorado.

Prior to her current position, Jennifer led Nucor’s state government affairs work at the law firm of Moore and Van Allen, and before that was the head of government affairs for the American Iron and Steel Institute in Washington, D.C.  In that role, Jennifer implemented all public policy for the organization with a focus on energy issues on behalf of the North American steel industry.  Jennifer has also worked as an energy advisor on Capitol Hill and handled the nuclear issues portfolio for a utility company.

Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut University and received her Master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University

Don Giecek, Director

Don Giecek, Director

Apex Clean Energy

Senior Development Manager

Since 2003, Don has actively facilitated collaboration between wind developers, utilities, scientists, environmentalists, permitting agencies, landowners, planners, and local government officials.  His experience in the wind energy field includes employment in the academic, non-profit, and for-profit development arenas, including a faculty appointment as the Director of the Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative at James Madison University (JMU).  

As Business Development Manager with Chicago based Invenergy, Don focused on developing utility scale wind assets in the Mid-Atlantic region. With Richmond based Timmons Group, Mr. Giecek performed siting, fatal flaw analyses, and due diligence studies on multiple offshore wind turbine sites for Virginia’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project (VADTP), a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and overseen by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.     

Currently, Mr. Giecek is Senior Development Manager with Apex Clean Energy in Charlottesville, VA. He manages all aspects of wind development, including site selection, landowner relations, transmission interconnection, permitting, legislative and regulatory initiatives, local government relations, and public relations. 

Don is a Virginia native and a graduate of James Madison University.

Jimmy Glotfelty, Director

Jimmy Glotfelty, Director

Clean Line Energy

Executive Vice President

Jimmy Glotfelty is a founder of Clean Line Energy and serves as Executive Vice President, primarily focusing on commercial activities and regulatory and public affairs.

Jimmy brings to Clean Line more than twenty five years of electric sector and transmission knowledge, in both the public and private sectors.  He is a well-known expert in electric transmission, generation, energy policy, and energy security fields and speaks frequently at industry conferences.  Prior to Clean Line, Jimmy was Vice President, Energy Markets, for ICF International and developed their NERC Compliance practice. 

Jimmy worked for George W. Bush, for almost eight years, at both the gubernatorial and presidential levels. He led the Bush Administration’s efforts on electricity issues with Congress and the electric utility industry.  In this capacity, he founded Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability at the Department of Energy (DOE) and served as its first Director.  This program is responsible for applied transmission and distribution (T&D) research and led to the creation of the nationally recognized GridWise Alliance. While at DOE Jimmy led the U.S. efforts to investigate the northeast blackout of August 2003 which called for the adoption of many technologies that have greatly improved the reliability of U.S. transmission system today.  In addition to serving on the board of the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, Jimmy serves on the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council and recently rolled off of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Board of Directors.  Jimmy is a deacon at his church and spends his free time hunting, fishing or watching his kids’ sports.   Jimmy and his wife, Molly, have 3 teenage boys.

Michael Goggin, Director

Michael Goggin, Director

American Wind Energy Association

Senior Director of Research

Michael Goggin is the Senior Director of Research at the American Wind Energy Association, the trade association for the U.S. wind industry. Michael oversees analysis that supports the organization’s advocacy work and the collection of data that is provided as a service to AWEA’s member companies. He has testified before a number of state legislatures and regulatory commissions, and has published articles on how wind energy is integrated into the power system and electricity markets. Michael joined AWEA in 2008, and prior to that worked at a consulting firm supporting the U.S. Department of Energy and two environmental groups. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University.

Mary Hallisey Hunt, Director

Mary Hallisey Hunt, Director

Strategic Energy Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology

Senior Research Associate & Director of Research and Business Operations

Mary Hallisey Hunt is a Senior Research Associate and Director of Research and Business Operations for Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute. Her current projects investigate energy policy applications as they apply to technology development and deployment. This work includes feasibility studies for offshore wind development focused on stakeholder issues, coastal & marine spatial planning applications, and wind energy policy development & implementation. Her research and outreach activities include engagement with multiple state and federal agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholder groups. Ms. Hunt was part of the team that developed Georgia’s model wind ordinance for state and local planners. She has engaged in planning and peer review workshops for the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Program and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). In 2015, she was honored with the DOE WINDExchange Outstanding Leadership Award for her service in the field. She has co-authored several reports, conference papers and posters on topics associated with offshore wind. Some of these include “Southern Winds: A Study of Wind Power Generation Potential Off the Georgia Coast”, “Innovative Partnerships for Offshore Wind Development” and “Georgia’s Offshore Renewable Energy Potential: Spatial Mapping and Planning.”

John Sibley, Director

John Sibley, Director


Senior Policy Fellow

Atlanta native John Sibley graduated from Westminster Schools, Wesleyan University and Yale Law School.  He served for four years in the Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

John practiced as a lawyer and registered mediator in Atlanta for 12 years before joining the staff of Governor Joe Frank Harris to direct the Governor’s Growth Strategies Commission in 1987.  He led that effort and the Governor’s Development Council until 1991 and helped write the Georgia Planning Act of 1989, Georgia’s first guidelines for managing growth.

Throughout his career, John has worked on public policy for the state of Georgia.  He has served as law clerk for the Georgia Supreme Court and as counsel to committees of the state Senate.  Through appointments from four governors, he has served as chairman of the State Health Planning Review Board and of the Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service, as well as on the board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.

John’s public and private experience has been grounded in building coalitions and achieving consensus in diverse constituencies.  He has served as President of the Georgia Conservancy for 7 years and was recently the Utility Program Director at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

John serves on the boards of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Livable Communities Coalition, as well as on the IDEA Board of the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and State Bar of Georgia.

Hawley Truax, Director

Hawley Truax, Director

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Program Officer

Hawley Truax served as senior policy advisor to North Carolina Governor Michael Easley from 2000 to 2008, focusing on energy, environment, transportation, economic and workforce development issues.  He joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in December 2008, where he is responsible for environmental grantmaking with a particular focus on energy and climate issues.  Hawley has also served on the North Carolina Building Code Council and the Raleigh-based Advanced Energy Corporation, which is a planning, technical and engineering services firm that provides market-based solutions. Hawley was also selected as a 2009 Eisenhower Fellow.

Prior to joining the governor’s office, Hawley served as Grants Manager and Senior Planner for City of Cambridge, Massachusetts; consultant to the Boston Foundation's Persistent Poverty Project; and deputy director of Environmental Action Foundation, a national environmental organization.

Hawley graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College and received his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He serves as a Trustee of the Carolina Friends School and an Overseer at Hancock Shaker Village.

Chris Vlahoplus, Director

Chris Vlahoplus, Director


Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Lead

Chris Vlahoplus has been a management consultant to the energy and utility industry for 25 years. He leads ScottMadden’s clean tech & sustainability practice area including a role as co-leader of the firm's nuclear consulting practice. He has assisted more than 45 companies focusing on electric generation business management, merger integration, strategic and business planning, organizational restructuring, and management models.

Chris earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining ScottMadden, Chris worked in nuclear safety at Duke Power Company.

Carl Wilkins, Director

Carl Wilkins, Director

Quanta Technology

Vice President, Distribution & Asset Operations

Carl L. Wilkins, PE, Director, has extensive experience in the electric utility industry serving in a variety of managerial, research and consultative roles working with electric & gas utiltiy companies.  His team performs renewable energy grid integration studies for wind and solar PV projects. Combining experience in engineering, sales, marketing and project management with applied technical skills, he brings a wide array of talents to his consulting engagements.  Carl managed several projects related to transmission and distribution storm hardening assessments and emergency preparedness plans for large electric utilities.  Carl has led benchmarking studies on transmission maintenance and construction practices.

Prior to joining Quanta Technology, Carl served at Advanced Energy as the Director of Utility Services where he managed the senior management relationships and the delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy services to electric utilities.  He has worked with utilities in areas of smart grid, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, policies to address climate change and environmental sustainability.

Carl was the chief architect in the design, coordination and development of North Carolina's green power program, NC GreenPower, the first statewide green power program where all electric utilities in the state agreed to collaborate and use one marketing campaign. 

Melisa Johns, Director

Melisa Johns, Director

Duke Energy

Melisa Johns is vice president of Business and Product Development for Duke Energy’s Distributed Technology team.  She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of customer offers and investment opportunities related to distributed assets for the regulated companies. 

Previously, Melisa was responsible for developing strategy for the Emerging Technology team and directing Duke Energy’s technology demonstration projects which provide lessons learned regarding the technology application, operational implications, and technology transfer within the business.

During her tenure with Duke Energy,  she also served as director of wholesale origination and was responsible for leading the wholesale origination team in the execution of long-term sales contracts from the regulated generation portfolios of Duke Energy Carolinas and Indiana and for the procurement of supply side resources for the company. In addition, she has operational experience in system, planning and operating, and power delivery, as well as experience in regulatory affairs and business planning.

Melisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree, in Electrical Engineering, from Clemson University. She has also completed the Strategic Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.