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, studying public environmental 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 U.S. Green Building Council, further feeding her interest of sustainable green development.
Taylor Gosk, Intern
Taylor is currently an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. This past summer, she had the opportunity to participate in a six-week Honors Carolina Global Program that focused on urban sustainability in Spain, Germany and Denmark. Over the years, Taylor has become particularly interested in renewable energy and after her time studying in Europe, she has become especially passionate about wind energy. Taylor started working with the Southeastern Wind Coalition in 2018, supporting the organization's project goals. After graduating in 2021, Taylor plans to pursue a law degree and has a long-term goal of working to reform the United States renewable energy policy.Email
Christian Rasnake, Intern
My name is Christian Rasnake and I am an Environmental Studies major with a City and Regional Planning minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am originally from New Jersey and am currently a Junior who spent my fall semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. As the environmental field has begun to grow across the world, it is my desire to contribute to sustainability efforts in order to reverse issues contributing to climate change. Through my experience with heading sustainability projects, it is my hope that I can make a change in the world through my knowledge of planning, sustainability and first-hand experience in a country that is one of the first to implement a green energy transition across all sectors.Email