Katharine Kollins, President
Katharine is the President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. Since 2015 she has managed SEWC’s programming across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based, offshore, and imported wind power.
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. Katharine currently services on the board of Advanced Energy as an appointee of North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper.
You will often find Katharine somewhere in the woods running or on her bike. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two kids.Email |
Jaime Simmons, Program Manager
Jaime joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in June 2017. She graduated from Green Mountain College with a Green MBA, completing a preliminary sustainability pathway 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 Program Manager, Jaime leads stakeholder education and engagement, campaign development, and research, primarily for North Carolina and Louisiana.
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 previously served 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 Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Hattie.Email |
Diana Godlevskaya, Legislative Consultant
Diana joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in January 2020. In March 2022, Diana accepted a position with the Federal Affairs team at American Clean Power Association, leaving her full-time role with the Coalition; however, she remains in a very limited capacity as SEWC’s Legislative Consultant to lead the organization's advocacy in South Carolina.
During her two-year tenure, Diana served as a Program Associate and later Program Manager, leading SEWC’s state work in South Carolina & Virginia, and co-leading the organization’s federal policy priorities.
Diana holds a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, specializing in climate and energy policy, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sustainability from Meredith College. Her prior work consists of extensive research in the energy and climate space including a peer-reviewed publication on electric sector decarbonization in the December 2021 issue of One Earth, collaboration on a study focused on climate change-induced community relocation, and a capstone examination of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Prior to joining SEWC, Diana worked in R&D and environmental chemistry, studying soil and water quality.Email |
Karly Lohan, Communication and Outreach Associate
Karly joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as the Communication and Outreach Associate in January 2022. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 2021 with an MS in Coastal and Ocean Policy, completing a capstone on the economic and environmental impacts of the recycling industry and plastic waste trade on developing nations in Southeast Asia. Karly is also a graduate of Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, and holds a BS in Biology.
As the Communication and Outreach Associate, Karly leads social media development and outreach efforts, member communications, and grassroots outreach in Southeastern North Carolina.
Prior to joining SEWC, Karly collaborated with environmental grassroots organizations on various issues, including natural resource conservation, water quality research, plastic pollution research and outreach, and climate justice issues. Karly lives in Wilmington, NC, and coordinates the Ocean Friendly Establishment Program in her free time, offering resources to help businesses improve their sustainability practices and earn recognition for their commitment to the environment.Email |
Hailey Deres, Program Associate
Hailey joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as Program Associate in April 2022. In this role, Hailey works closely with the full SEWC team to conduct research and create educational materials to advance wind energy in Virginia and South Carolina.
In her free time, Hailey volunteers at Climate Cabinet, a nonprofit which provides district-specific climate information to candidates. In this role, she researches utilities’ oversight structures and energy portfolios to amplify on-the-ground perspectives in resource planning. Prior to joining SEWC, Hailey worked in development for the Institute for Market Transformation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting cities and states draft, adopt, and implement building decarbonization policy.
Hailey holds a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University. While in school, she focused on oceans, atmosphere, and climate, and her thesis centered on the effects of climate change and fisheries management strategies on red abalone populations along the West Coast.Email |
Blythe Padgett, Intern
Blythe has a Bachelor of Anthropology from the University of South Carolina and is in the process of earning a Master in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems with a focus on Sustainability Management and Policy from Penn State University. Her current capstone research project involves working the Clean Energy State’s Alliance to solve logistical and regulatory interconnection issues with offshore wind expansion projects in the state of Connecticut to existing grid infrastructure. Blythe is a South Carolina native and is passionate about promoting common sense clean energy solutions for her home state.
As SEWC's newest intern, Blythe will support the organization's communication, social media, and research efforts.Email
Kyra Hurst, Supply Chain Intern
Kyra joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as an intern in May 2022. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and a minor in Business. Kyra is passionate about the expansion of renewable energy and would like to pursue a career in Corporate Sustainability.
As SEWC’s intern, Kyra will primarily be organizing and updating the supply chain map for wind farms and part manufacturing locations.Email |