Katharine Kollins, President
Katharine Kollins has a wide variety of wind industry experience, as well as financial and operational leadership.
Katharine's experience in the wind industry includes working for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance. Katharine has also worked in other renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authoring an NREL paper on third-Party PPA financing of solar systems.
Katharine comes to the Southeastern Wind Coalition from RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions. In her role at RTI Katharine led the creation and start-up of a new business segment that allowed RTI to win over $30M in new work during its first year.
Katharine is a 2009 graduate of Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned her MBA and Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Energy.Email |
Jen Banks, VP of Operations
Jen Banks has a depth of experience in efforts to advance the U.S. wind industry. In her role as the VP of Operations at the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Jen works to address barriers to wind energy development in the Southeast, advance stakeholder knowledge of wind energy and increase the wind industry's engagement in the region. Jen also oversees the activities of the Department of Energy funded Southeast Wind Energy Resource Center led by SEWC, which covers 11 Southeast states.
Prior to joining the Coalition full time, Jen worked as the Wind Energy Project Manager at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and as the staff lead for offshore wind at the American Wind Energy Association. Previous experience includes preparing the regulatory portion of an offshore wind feasibility study for Santee Cooper.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Environmental Technology from North Carolina State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree, with an environmental planning focus, from Clemson University.Email |
Karsen Schottleutner, Intern
Karsen Schottleutner is currently a master’s student in the Coastal Marine and Wetlands Studies program at Coastal Carolina University. Karsen holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Lynchburg College. Karsen’s current focus is in alternative energy, specifically wind energy. She plans on combining her experience with the SEWC and other organizations such as NC Clean Energy Technology and Coastal Carolina University to further the work of the wind industry’s initiatives in the Southeastern United States.Email |