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Speakers and Bios
Andrew Dodge, Director, Office of Electric Reliability, FERC
Andy Dodge is the Director of the Office of Electric Reliability (OER). Previously, Andy served as an Electrical Engineer in the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS).
Andy has over 30 years of industry and regulatory experience as a proven executive leader and electrical power engineer in all aspects of electric transmission and distribution utilities. Prior to joining the Commission, he served as the Chief Engineer (Director, Engineering Division) for the Maryland Public Service Commission. In addition, he served as Vice President for Technical Services, Vice President for Electric System Operations and Planning, Vice President for Transmission Operations and Planning, and Vice President for Distribution Operations and Planning for Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE). Andy has extensive experience in transmission & distribution system planning and operations, emergency preparedness and storm restoration activities, NERC Reliability Standards Compliance (the Order No. 693 and CIP Standards), regulatory compliance activities, project management, and program management.
Andy earned a bachelor's degree with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. He is also a registered professional engineer in Maryland.
Andy lives in Westminster, Maryland with his wife and family.
Bill Edwards, Assistant General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance, Exelon Corporation
Bill Edwards currently serves as an Assistant General Counsel at Exelon in Compliance & Ethics. Bill represents Exelon Corporation and its operating companies (Atlantic City Electric, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Delmarva Power and Light, Exelon Generation, Commonwealth Edison, PECO Energy, and Potomac Electric Power Company) in NERC reliability and cyber security matters. Prior to joining Exelon, Bill served as Senior Counsel at NERC and as an Attorney-Advisor within the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Jonathan First, Special Reliability Counsel, Office of General Counsel, FERC
Dan Frank, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Dan Frank has 25 years’ experience guiding electric industry clients in compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and state public service commissions. He also advises clients on cybersecurity and data protection matters. Dan’s clients include electric cooperatives and other electric utilities, transmission companies, energy trading companies, generators, and end-users.
Before FERC, Dan regularly counsels clients on market access requirements, filing and reporting obligations, transmission rate and regulatory matters, transaction approvals, and implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).
In NERC compliance matters, Dan helps clients respond to audits, prepares delegation agreements, and advises on compliance with NERC’s cybersecurity (critical infrastructure protection) and other Reliability Standards.
Dan counsels transmission owners and other market participants on transmission access, pricing, and cost allocation issues. He drafts and negotiates power sales, interconnection, and transmission service agreements, and he advises clients in disputes over power transactions and transmission matters. Dan also assists clients in preparing for and responding to data breaches and other cyber incidents.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and The University of Chicago Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Louisville, KY. He resides in Arlington, VA with his wife and two sons.
James Hanson, Senior Engineer, Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)
James Hanson is a Senior Engineer at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, leading the Event Analysis work. He is also leads all efforts dealing with Protection Systems on the RAPA side of the company. Prior to his time at WECC, James spent eight years in the electric utility industry as a field engineer for PacifiCorp. James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from Utah Valley University. A true Salt Lake Valley native, James enjoys exploring the Utah outdoors with his family
Adina Kruppa, Managing Consultant - Risk, Compliance, and Security, Guidehouse
Adina Kruppa is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience in auditing and regulatory oversight of public utilities and natural gas companies. She possesses risk management expertise associated with reliability requirements for planning and operating the North American bulk power system, including cyber security and physical security impacts. As a managing consultant with Guidehouse, she assists clients in the performance of risk and compliance assessments, identification of process improvements, organization and strengthening of internal controls that support compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards. Prior to Guidehouse, Adina worked at NERC, where she led the development and implementation of risk-based approach to compliance monitoring and oversaw Regional Entities. Adina also worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where she conducted audits and assessed entity compliance with Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Sonia Mendonca, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NERC
Sônia Mendonça, who joined NERC in 2011, is senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. In this role, Mendonca will serve as chief legal advisor to the president and chief executive officer, the NERC Board of Trustees, staff, and stakeholders on all legal and regulatory matters affecting NERC.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Mendonca served as vice president, deputy general counsel, and director of Enforcement. As deputy general counsel, Ms. Mendonça assisted the general counsel in matters of corporate governance, legal compliance, regulatory activities, and litigation. As director of Enforcement, she oversees the implementation of the enforcement programs by NERC and the Regional Entities as well as the resolution of noncompliance with NERC Reliability Standards across the ERO Enterprise.
She also served as NERC’s acting general counsel from November 2017 to April 2018 and as interim general counsel and corporate secretary from September 2019 to November 2019.
Before joining NERC, Ms. Mendonça was in private practice, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters, including electric transmission rate cases, mergers, and corporate reorganizations. She also advised clients with regard to the design of compliance plans and procedures.
Ms. Mendonça represented clients in administrative law judge hearings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other types of dispute resolution proceedings. In addition to these activities, she worked with governments in developing countries on matters of energy policy.
She is a graduate of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Law School and of the American University Washington College of Law. She has been admitted to practice law in Rio de Janeiro, New York, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Heather Polzin, Attorney Advisor, FERC
Matt Vlissides, Supervisory Attorney - Advisor (Reliability), Officer of General Counsel, FERC
Matt Vlissides is a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Over the last 10 years, Matt has been part of the reliability practice group in FERC OGC; and he has served as the managing attorney for that group since 2016. Prior to FERC, Matt was a patent litigator in private practice in Washington, DC. Matt is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree, and the George Washington University School of Law. Matt is a registered patent attorney.