Director of Blue Health Initiatives – BlueCross BlueShield
Virginia joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in October of 2015 as director of Blue Health Initiatives. Blue Health Initiatives is a new program for Blue Cross, formalizing the company's long-time efforts to improve the health and quality of life of all Kansans. As director, Barnes is responsible for creating, inspiring and sustaining healthy environments to support healthy lifestyles for all Kansans through community engagement and collaboration. Barnes brings to her role at Blue Cross a strong background in public health, having spent more than eight years at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in a variety of roles. She earned a bachelor's in biology from Washburn University and a master's in public health from the University of Kansas.
Supervisor of Market Forensics - Southwest Power Pool
Yasser Bahbaz holds 11 years of experience in Energy Markets and Grid Operations. He has worked within the Eastern Interconnect on Outage Coordination, Congestion Management, and currently holds the chair position in one of the primary Eastern Interconnection congestion management committees. Yasser has extensive knowledge in the operation of an Energy Imbalance Market and played an important role in the design, testing, and implementation of SPP’s Integrated Marketplace. He is a subject matter expert on various market functions and GE market products, including the Market Clearing Engine, Ancillary Services management, and Market Database operations. Yasser is currently the Supervisor of Market Forensics where he continues to support SPP’s Market and Operations functions.
Gas Analyst & Meteorologist - Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Cloud County Community College
Andrew Clark began his college career at DeVry in Kansas City for Electrical Engineering Technology and attended for 3 semesters before transferring to Cloud County Community College for Wind Energy Technology. He completed his first year of courses including an internship with Sunflower Wind. Andrew finished his Associates Degree in Wind Energy in the summer of 2017 and started as a Renewable Energy Instructor at CCCC in August of 2017. In his time as a Wind Tech, he traveled to the West Coast a lot and experienced the green culture they have there. In 2015, Andrew installed 6kw of solar panels at his home in Beloit, Ks and has since installed 8 other projects across Kansas. He is also took the lead in creating the Solar Energy Technology Program in Summer of 2018 and helped secure funding for Cloud’s 200kW SunPower Project, which he is the Construction Manager of. Andrew hopes to bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the Renewable Energy Technology Program at CCCC.
Senior Manager, Energy Solution – Evergy, Westar
As Senior Manager of Non-Regulated Products & Services, Mark’s role at Evergy includes the management and expansion of Evergy’s Clean Charge Network, which features over 2,000 electric vehicle charging ports in Kansas City and surrounding areas. Mark joined the electric services industry in 2014 as a member of the Westar Energy team, focused on new business development activities.
Mark’s senior management experience includes roles with Avaya, Nortel, Sprint, Editure SaaS and Lucent Technologies. Mark earned an MBA from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Owner, Sunflower Shrimp
Bob’s career began on his family’s grain production farm in 1985 and by 2014 he was the co-owner and operator for Sunflower Shrimp LLC. He is active in the Kansas Soybean Association Board and served on the Presidential Small Farms Commission during the Clinton Administration.
Corey Linville, P.E.
Vice President – Power Supply & Delivery
Linville graduated from Kansas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in December 1992. Linville became a licensed professional engineer in July 1997.
Linville’s work experience with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation began in January 1993 as a generation engineer. Since that time, Linville has worked as supervisor generation engineer; manager generation engineer; senior manager, generation expansion; and senior manager of power supply. In 2013, Linville was promoted to vice president of power supply & delivery. As vice president, Linville oversees system and market operations, power contracts, and resource planning.
City Manager – Eudora
Barack has been with the City of Eudora since 2012. He started working in the City Manager's Office as an unpaid intern. In 2013, he was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager then Assistant City Manager. In 2016, Matite was appointed as the City Manager by the Eudora City Commission. Since his appointment, Mr. Matite has worked with the City Commission and his staff to tackle a host of issues including: economic development, neighborhood revitalization, employee development, infrastructure improvements among others. He continues to work with his team to make Eudora the best place to live. Matite has a bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration degree from The University of Kansas.
Renewable Energy Business Development Manager – Burns & McDonnell
As Renewable Energy Business Development Manager at Burns & McDonnell, Ms. Parsons manages the strategic direction of the Energy divisions renewable energy business. Ms. Parsons is responsible for supporting utilities, IPPs, cooperatives, municipalities, and industrial customers across North America with development and execution of solar, wind, and energy storage projects. Prior to her current role, Megan managed the development engineering department at Burns & McDonnell. Megan specializes in the conceptual design and development of generation projects including execution strategy development, technology evaluation and optimization, and economic analysis. Ms. Parsons began her career at Burns & McDonnell as a mechanical engineer. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri.
Clean Energy Development Manager – Westar Energy
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Brandon has been in the energy industry over 20 years. He started his career at Jeffrey and Lawrence Energy Centers in Kansas before a transition to the Power Marketing team at Westar Energy. He has used and studied different economic modeling techniques and technologies for both short-term and long-term demand and generation forecasting studies. He held various energy trading roles where he was active in SPP, MISO, PJM, ERCOT and SERC focused on the physical and financial markets as well as structured short-term tolling agreements and other deal structures. After five years in the Lead Trading role, he moved into the renewable space. He was instrumental in creating the Community Solar and Renewables Direct Tariff’s for Westar’s customers and is currently leading the charge to provide new and innovative ways to help Westar’s customers gain access to clean energy. Brandon is also very active in his community with his kids’ activities and various local nonprofit organizations.
Director of Engineering Services – City of Dodge City
Ray Slattery has been with the City of Dodge City for 24 years and for the past 7 years he has been the Director of Engineering Services. Ray and his wife Brandi have one grown, married daughter, another daughter who is a Junior at Kansas State University, and a son who is a Freshman at DCHS along with one grandson. Ray and his brother are also run the family farm that has been in the family since 1898.
Development Director, Energy Storage – Tradewind Energy
Currently leading energy storage development at Tradewind Energy, Matt has over two decades of multidisciplinary experience as a project developer, energy consultant, policy advisor, and project manager. In his most recent roles, Matt has directed the development of utility-scale energy storage projects in multiple US Markets, with extensive energy storage technical and market analysis, strategy, and procurement experience. Prior roles include directing the development of domestic and international renewable energy and conventional power generation projects and advising some of the nation's top firms on energy policy and market strategy.
Matt received his Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago with concentration in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Policy; and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Matt is also an active member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and is committed to promoting policies and technologies that are good for the environment and the economy.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - US Department of Energy
Environmental Program Administrator – KS Dept of Health and Environment - Bureau of Air
Kathleen Waters has been on staff in the Bureau of Air at KDHE since 2007 and currently serves as the Monitoring and Data Unit Chief. Kathleen is also the lead contact for the VW trust funds that are allocated to Kansas. She has a B.S. in Biology from Washburn University and lives in Topeka with her husband and son.