Katharine Kollins, President
Katharine has been with the Southeastern Wind Coalition as its President since October 2015. She manages SEWC’s programming and operations across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based and offshore wind, wind imports, and the regions’ supply chain assets.
Katharine's experience in the wind industry includes working in finance 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.
Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Katharine worked for 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. She holds a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.Email |
Jaime Simmons, Manager of Operations
Jaime joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in June 2017. She graduated from Green Mountain College with a Green MBA, completing a sustainability plan for a power systems manufacturer as her capstone project. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a BA in Political Science.
As the Manager of Operations, Jaime is responsible for social media strategy, member engagement, event planning, and assists with outreach and engagement across the Coalition's footprint.
Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Jaime worked in the healthcare and residential mortgage industries, where she focused on the development and implementation of process improvement strategies and tools, operational efficiency, and customer support.
Jaime is a member of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) and serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Toxic Free North Carolina. She holds a Lean Management certificate, focused on continual operational improvement. Jaime lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Hattie.Email |
Diana Godlevskaya, Program Associate
Diana joined the Southeatern Wind Coalition as the Program Associate in January 2020. She is also a Master of Public Administration candidate at North Carolina State University, and conducts research for the School of Public and International Affairs in energy & climate policy.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sustainability from Meredith College. During her undergraduate studies, she led research in campus energy efficiency and carbon reduction, as well as on-campus environmental quality.
Prior to joining SEWC, Diana worked in academic, nonprofit, and private sectors, with roles ranging from research to project management. She also holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, further feeding her interest of sustainable green development.Email |
Julianna Schroeger, Intern
Juli is pursuing a Master's of Environmental Management at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and a certificate in Natural Hazards Resilience from UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from UNC Wilmington.
Prior to Duke, Juli worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors in New York City, developing programs to engage residents around issues of coastal resilience and environmental quality in neighborhoods on the frontlines of climate change. There, she became interested in the potential for offshore wind to mitigate carbon emissions and create economic opportunity for coastal communities.
She joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in 2020 to research the equitable implementation of the offshore wind industry in North Carolina. She is passionate about centering environmental justice communities in climate solutions and excited about leveraging opportunities in the green and blue economies to build a more resilient and equitable future.Email
Meredith Karle, Intern
Meredith is a Carolina Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a double major in Business and Environmental Studies. Meredith became interested in energy after studying abroad during Summer 2019 in Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong to learn how renewable energy and clean technology affect the Asian economy.
Meredith joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in May 2020. She is passionate about the intersection of business, policy, and the environment and how they can contribute to a clean energy future.
In her free time, Meredith enjoys playing water polo and is Captain of the Women’s Water Polo team at UNC.
Isabel Gutierrez, Intern
Isabel is a Senior Chancellors Scholar at North Carolina Central University, pursuing a major in Environmental and Geographic Sciences with a Concentration in Geoscience. Isabel became interested in renewable energy during Summer 2020 while she was taking courses to get her Environment North Carolina Climate Advocacy Certificate.
Isabel joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in October 2020. She is passionate about intersectional environmentalism and creating a cleaner energy future. In her free time, Isabel enjoys playing and watching soccer, watching movies and being outdoors.Email |
Victoria is a Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a double major in Business and Environmental Studies and a Chinese minor. Victoria is a part of UNC student government’s Environmental Affairs Committee and has collaborated with UNC Three Zeros and UNC Greenlabs. At Carolina, Victoria led a project that funded four new electric vehicles to replace six outdated combustion vehicles in the UNC faculty fleet.
Victoria joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in January 2021. She is interested in learning about renewable energy through the lens of business and policy and working in clean technology. When not at work, Victoria enjoys reading, petting cats, and hiking.Email |
Sam is an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems. He is also a Park Scholar and in the University Scholars program at NC State. Additionally, Sam is a member of Engineers Without Borders and is a member of a project team focused on providing solar energy to schools in Sierra Leone. He also plans on studying abroad in Iceland with The GREEN Program focusing on renewable energy innovation and sustainability in either May 2021 or May 2022.
Sam joined the South Eastern Wind Coalition in 2020 as a supply chain intern. He works to help better connect the Southeast into the offshore wind industry in order to fully tap the potential of the region.