About the Southeastern Wind Coalition

Our Management

Katharine Kollins, President

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.

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Jenny Netherton, Program Manager

Jenny Netherton, Program Manager

Jenny joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in July 2022. She graduated from Tulane University Law School with a Certificate in Environmental Law in 2013. Jenny is originally from Shreveport, LA and received a BA in English from Centenary College of Louisiana. Prior to joining SEWC, Jenny practiced environmental law focused on public water contamination. 

As Louisiana Program Manager, Jenny spearheads the SEWC's role in Louisiana. Jenny's work includes engaging and educating stakeholders, tracking legislation and policy initiatives, and convening with other NGOs to advance the wind industry in the state. 

Jenny is a Board Member of The Green Project in New Orleans, dedicated to diverting waste from landfills and recycling salvaged materials. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Glass Half Full NOLA. Jenny lives in New Orleans, LA. 
 

Karly Lohan, Communication and Outreach Associate

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. 

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Hailey Deres, Program Associate

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.

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Ethan Beaulieu, North Carolina Program Associate

Ethan Beaulieu, North Carolina Program Associate

Ethan joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in August 2022 as a North Carolina Program Associate. He conducts wind power research and assists education efforts in North Carolina as well as building coalition support and general outreach.

Ethan is from the East coast, having lived in many different states along it, and has called North Carolin home since 2013. In 2022 he completed his BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration at North Carolina State University. He joined the team with a background in grassroots organization and advocacy.

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Kyra Hurst, Supply Chain Intern

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.  

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Sarah Barnes, Intern

Sarah Barnes, Intern

Sarah Barnes joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as an intern in August 2022. She is currently attending Duke University where she is pursuing her Master of Environmental Management with a focus in Environmental Policy and Community-Based Environmental Management. Sarah is also a graduate from Appalachian State University and holds a BS in Sustainable Development. 

Sarah has experience working in both North Carolina state government and in the environmental nonprofit sector. She is interested in the role that policy plays in shaping environmental change and would like to pursue a career in environmental policy or community outreach and engagement when she graduates.