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USAEE Officers

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Michael E. Canes
Distinguished Fellow
Logistics Management Institute
2000 Corporate Ridge
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-917-7201
Fax: 703-917-7511


Troy Thompson
Market Intelligence Manager
1600 Smith Street HOU160 46048A
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-754-3663
Fax: 713-754-3900

Immediate Past President

Lori Smith Schell
Empowered Energy
174 N Elk Run
Durango, CO 81303
Phone: 970-247-8181
Fax: 970-247-3761

Vice President - Membership

Kevin F. Forbes
Associate Professor
Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-4794
Fax: 202-319-4426

Vice President - Conferences

Kenneth Medlock
Fellow in Energy & Res Economics
Rice University
6100 Main Economic Dept MS22
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Phone: 713-348-3757
Fax: 713-348-2713

Vice President - Chapter Liaison

Neelesh Nerurkar
Sr. Advisor Bureau of Energy Resources
U.S. Department of State
638 Acker Place
Washington, DC 20002

Vice President - Academic Affairs

Thomas E. Drennen
Profesor of Economics
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
28 Scotland Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 585-746-7323

Vice President - Communications

Burcu Cigerli Esmerok
12 Greenway Plaza, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-904-7463

Vice President - Business Liaison

Shree Vikas
Dir., Mkt Intelligence and Strategy
600 North Dairy Ashford TN 7066
Houston, TX 77079-1175
Phone: 281-293-1727

Vice President - Government

Karen Palmer
Research Director and Senior Fellow
Resources for the Future
1616 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-328-5106
Fax: 202-797-6868


Secretary - Treasurer

Jonathan McClelland
MJ Beck Consulting
341 West 11th Apt 3C
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 646-233-3382

Student Representative

Derek Nixon
Resources Economics Graduate Student
University of California Davis
3800 Solano Park Cr., Apt. 3721
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 360-460-2868

Council Members

Sanya Carley
Professor School of Public Env. Affairs
Indiana University
1315 E 10th Street, Room 353
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-4556

Eric Hittinger
Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
71 Warrington Drive
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: 703-899-6861

Maureen Lorenzetti
Sr Communications Officer
World Bank Group
2121 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Room 7K-221
Washington, DC 20433
Phone: 202-473-8131
Fax: 202-522-7464

USAEE Dialogue Editor

Robert E. Borgstrom
Regulatory Advisor
2100 M Street, NW #170-334
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 571-970-6628
Fax: 571-970-6628

General Counsel

John W Jimison, Esq.
Managing Director
Energy Future Coalition
1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-778-3541
Fax: 202-650-5350

Executive Director

David L. Williams
USAEE Headquarters
c/o Administrative Management Services, Inc.
28790 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 350
Cleveland, OH 44122
Phone: 216-464-2785
Fax: 216-464-2768




The President
  • Is the chief executive officer of the Association
  • Sets the agenda for and chairs Council meetings
  • Serves on the Conference Executive Committees
  • Appoints ad-hoc task forces as needed
  • Represents USAEE at IAEE meetings and in any relationship with other organizations
  • Engages with the Executive Director in an annual review as described in the management contract; the review team shall also include the President-Elect and the Past-President
The President-Elect
  • Chairs the Strategic Planning Group
  • Chairs any ad-hoc task forces or committees as appointed by the President, including the committee to negotiate or renegotiate the Association's management contract(s), which committee shall include the Secretary-Treasurer
  • Serves on the Conference Executive Committees
  • Maintains the list of Officer and Committee Action Items
  • Engages with the Executive Director in an annual review
The Past-President
  • Chairs the Nominations Committee
  • Serves on the Strategic Planning Group
  • Engages with the Executive Director in an annual review
The Vice-President for Membership chairs the Membership Committee and is responsible for seeing to it that membership in USAEE is maintained at a level necessary to support the organization's activities and for striving to increase it, aiming for substantial increases in membership.

The Vice-President for Membership shall:
  • Work with the Membership Committee and the VP-Communications, hone and spread a message emphasizing USAEE as a special association where US energy economics professionals from business, academe, government, consulting, finance, the media and other professions collaborate for their professional development and for the benefit of our society
  • Review past membership drive efforts and their effectiveness
  • Identify plausible pools of new members including sustaining members (perhaps identified by professional specialty, by geography or by sector) and craft strategies for attracting them
  • Coordinate efforts with other Council members, especially VP Conferences, VP Communications and VP Academic Affairs
  • Consider ways to engage current members in attracting new members
  • Keep good records regarding which recruitment methods seem to work and which do not
  • Report regularly to Council on plans, activities, progress and needs
The Vice-President for Conferences chairs the Conference Executive Committees which are responsible for planning conferences that achieve the Association's objectives for its conferences. The Vice-President for Conferences is responsible for setting meeting agendas and distributing notes from each meeting.

The Vice-President for Conferences is also responsible for:
  • Timely action on the conference countdown checklist items and any updating of that checklist
  • Incorporation into future conference planning of ideas and suggestions noted as part of conference evaluation and post-mortem review
The Vice-President for Academic Affairs is responsible for:
  • Providing leadership and oversight of new or proposed USAEE programs and activities that serve the interests of the academic members of USAEE
  • Working with the Student Member of USAEE Council to promote and increase student membership of USAEE
  • Coordinating the USAEE student awards and scholarship programs
  • Coordinating the nomination of a student member to serve on the USAEE Council
  • Providing oversight of the USAEE Working Paper Series and fostering its growth and visibility within the research community
  • Maintaining and updating the standing list of academic departments, research programs, and learning centers that may be interested in the activities and services provided by the USAEE
  • Encouraging and supervising educational outreach by USAEE to secondary school teachers as opportunities for this arise
The Vice-President for Communications is responsible for:
  • Chairing the Communications Committee.
  • The Communications Committee consists of one additional Council member plus the Editor of Dialogue and the Facebook coordinator
  • Participating in all new initiatives for communicating with members
  • Press relations, particularly at conferences, and for implementing the USAEE's policy on press relations
  • Appointing member to the Subcommittee on Press Relations and chairing that subcommittee
  • Overseeing new initiatives involving the USAEE website and recommending changes where appropriate
  • Working with the Facebook coordinator to oversee the USAEE's presence on Facebook
  • Implementing a media plan to increase the visibility of USAEE in the energy policy arena
The Vice-President for Chapter Liaison is responsible for:
  • Seeing to it that all members of USAEE are encouraged to join local chapters
  • Seeking opportunities to open new chapters or revitalize older ones through focused USAEE attention
  • Encouraging chapters to maintain up-to-date information at their USAEE website locations
  • Sponsoring a chapter head meeting at the annual USAEE meetings
  • Providing appropriate USAEE assistance to chapters who wish to coordinate programs with one another
The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for:
  • Drafting minutes of Council meetings (with the assistance of the Executive Director)
  • Certifying all votes of Council and of general membership
  • Chairing the Finance Committee and serving as a member of the Conference Executive Committees
  • Budgeting:
    • Coordinate the work of the Finance and Sponsorship Committees and the Executive Director to
      • Establish Conference budget(s) and recommend to Council
      • Establish a balanced Association budget and recommend to Council
    • In consultation with all Vice Presidents and the Executive Director establish an Association Advancement Fund budget and present for Council approval
    • Comment as requested on the budgeting implications of proposals considered by Council and the Conference Executive Committee(s)
    • Authorize budget amendments that leave the Association budget balanced; notify Council of such amendments
  • Financial Oversight:
    • Ensure that the Association's management firm employs current, efficient budgeting and financial management software and practices
    • Review frequent reports from the Executive Director on the Association's financial condition
    • Promptly advise Council of deviations from approved budgets
  • Directing the investments of the Association
  • Resolving any financial questions raised by the Executive Director
The Student Representative is responsible for:
  • Providing leadership and oversight of new or proposed USAEE programs and activities that serve the interests of the student members of USAEE
  • Working with the Vice President - Academic Affairs of USAEE Council to promote and increase student membership in USAEE
  • Overseeing student programs that take place at the North American Conference (e.g., Student Happy Hour, networking opportunities between students and prospective employers, student breakfast meeting, etc.)
  • Coordinating and participating in all aspects of USAEE social media (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).

Council members serve at the pleasure of Council and are expected to participate and contribute to the general deliberations of Council. They are also expected to assist in special projects of the Council. For example, recent special projects involving Council members include development of a salary survey, development of special sessions for the North American Conference; cross marketing efforts with other associations and development of marketing efforts to expand membership. Council members will also sit on the committees of Council and participate in their deliberations. Recently Council members have sat on the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee and other Committees as deemed appropriate.