Staff

WIEB Office | 303-573-8910 

 

Maury Galbraith | 720-897-4601 | mgalbraith@westernenergyboard.org

Maury is the Executive Director of the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). He manages the efforts of WIEB to facilitate cooperation among western states and Canadian provinces to improve the efficiency of the western electric power system. He also manages the work of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) – which provides advice to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the reliability of the western grid. Maury holds a M.A. in economics from Washington State University and a B.S. in economics from the University of Oregon.

Eric Baran | 720-897-4529 | ebaran@westernenergyboard.org

Eric serves as an Engineer / Reliability Analyst at the Western Interstate Energy Board. Eric provides technical and engineering support to the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and WIEB on issues associated with the reliability of the bulk power system in the Western Interconnection. He provides analysis and advice on policies relating operational performance, situational awareness and essential reliability services. Prior to joining the team at WIEB, Eric worked in Power Supply and Engineering at Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Pennsylvania. He holds both a M.E. in Energy Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Lisa Brohaugh | 720-897-4600 | lbrohaugh@westernenergyboard.org 

Lisa serves as the Financial Manager for the Western Interstate Energy Board.  She provides advice on budgetary and financial matters to the Executive Director, WIEB Board, and WIRAB. This includes preparing annual budgets and audit reports for both WIEB and WIRAB. As well as maintaining financial and accounting databases, she also manages the Human Resources Department of WIEB including payroll and health and retirement benefits.  Prior to joining the WIEB team she had an extensive accounting and finance background which spanned 29 years in the Telecom Industry from Accounting Manager to Controller for a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer in California.  Lisa holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Phoenix and an A.A. in Economics from Los Angeles Valley College.

Thomas A. Carr | 720-897-4603 | tcarr@westernenergyboard.org

Tom serves as a staff attorney and economist for the Western Interstate Energy Board. He works on behalf of western states and provinces in a collaborative modeling effort at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s (WECC) Transmission Expansion Planning Policy Committee (TEPPC) and its successor, the Reliability Assessment Committee (RAC). He designs and manages scenarios of future renewable energy development, distributed generation, and carbon emissions for purposes of reliability assessment and transmission planning. Tom received a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado in 1988 and a law degree from the University of Denver in 1998. Tom was an assistant professor at Middlebury College where he taught economics and researched issues in environmental and natural resource economics from 1990 to 1995.

Alaine Ginocchio | 720-897-4554 | aginocchio@westernenergyboard.org

Alaine serves as an attorney/policy analyst at the Western Interstate Energy Board. She is the lead on the Idaho-WIEB project: Multi-state Western Collaboration on Energy Planning. The project is funded with a State Energy Planning grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of EE/RE. She also led the organization’s work on a natural gas and electric interdependency study and works on energy storage. She holds a B.S. in business (University of Colorado) and in physics (Florida Atlantic University) and a juris doctorate (Georgetown). She has a diverse background in both the public and private sectors including project director in Colorado Governor Roy Romer’s Policy Office, evaluator with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, project director at the Center for Energy and Environmental Security at the University of Colorado School of Law and associate at the law firm of Holme Roberts and Owen.

Holly Taylor | 720-897-4550 | htaylor@westernenergyboard.org

Holly serves as an attorney/policy analyst at the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). Her work focuses on electric grid reliability and nuclear waste transportation. Holly provides analysis and advice to the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) on matters related to improving the reliability of the western electrical grid. Holly also provides support to WIEB’s High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee, which is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a safe and acceptable system for the transportation of spent nuclear fuel and high-level defense waste. Holly holds a JD and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Melanie Snyder | 720-897-4606 | msnyder@westernenergyboard.org

Melanie manages WIEB’s high-level radioactive waste program and Committee, which includes state representatives from up to twelve Western states. Together with the Committee, Melanie engages with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other state regional and tribal groups on the transportation component of the nation’s program for disposition of commercial spent nuclear fuel and high-level defense waste. Melanie holds a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a B.S. in chemistry, also from the University of Denver.

Sharon Irwin | 720-897-4602 | sharon@westernenergyboard.org