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, 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, Program Associate
Diana joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as the Program Associate in January 2020. She 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. Diana's prior work includes a peer-reviewed publication on electric sector decarbonization and collaboration on a study focused on climate change-induced community relocation.
As a Program Associate, Diana leads SEWC's programs and policy in Virginia & South Carolina and co-leads the organization's federal work.
Prior to joining SEWC, Diana worked in R&D and environmental chemistry. Before that, Diana's roles ranged from research to project management in both nonprofit and academic sectors. She also holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council and is a member of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).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 |