Board of Directors

kendal bowmanKendal Bowman, utility member: Duke Energy

Ms. Bowman serves as Duke Energy’s North Carolina State President, responsible for the performance of Duke Energy’s regulated utilities in North Carolina, along with leading state and local regulatory and government relations, and community affairs. She also manages continued efforts to engage and work with customers and stakeholders across many topics, including North Carolina’s clean energy transition. She previously served as Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Policy in North Carolina for Duke Energy, managing Duke Energy’s presence in regulatory matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). Ms. Bowman has served on the board of directors for Advanced Energy Corporation since 2014. Ms. Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to the state bars of North Carolina and Florida.

Dionne Delli-Gatti, public member: Environmental Defense Fund

Ms. Delli-Gatti is the Associate Vice President – Community Engagement for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She previously served at EDF as the Director of Southeast Climate and Energy. Prior to her return to EDF, Dionne worked alongside Governor Roy Cooper to lead the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and serve as the North Carolina State Clean Energy Director. In addition, Dionne spent six years at the Environmental Protection Agency Southwest Regional office as a Congressional and Government Liaison. She also served as a site coordinator for the Ohio EPA and an environmental specialist for the City of Dallas, and she is an Air Force veteran.

Chris Edge, utility member: Duke Energy

Mr. Edge is the Vice President – Large Business Customers for Duke Energy. In this role, Chris provides the vision and leadership for the team that is responsible for developing relationships with the company’s largest industrial, commercial, military, and governmental customers with a focus on customer satisfaction, financial growth, and operational excellence. His responsibilities span across Duke Energy’s entire franchise gas and electric footprint including Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Advanced Energy Board Member Hayes Finley

Hayes Jernigan Finley, public member: Womble Bond Dickinson

Ms. Finley is an attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) practicing energy and environmental law. She represents private businesses in environmental and utility regulatory matters, conducts environmental due diligence and legal opinions for project financing transactions in the renewable energy arena, and advises clients on environmental remediation and clean-up activities. A North Carolina native, she graduated summa cum laude from NCCU School of Law. Prior to law school, she served in the US Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa for two years.

Adam Foodman, public member: Solar Operations Solutions

Mr. Foodman is a North Carolina licensed attorney who is the Chief Executive Officer of Solar Operations Solutions, a technology, operations and maintenance provider to the solar energy industry. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of O2 EMC, LLC a utility scale solar energy developer, and is the 2021 Chair of The Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association. Mr. Foodman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of North Carolina.

Katharine Kollins, public member: Southeastern Wind Coalition

Ms. Kollins 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. Ms. Kollins’ 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. Ms. Kollins 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, Ms. Kollins worked for RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions.

Paul Spruill, utility member: North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

Mr. Spruill is the General Manager and CEO at Tideland Electric Membership Corporation, located in Pantego, NC. Mr. Spruill spent 13 years in various positions among North Carolina municipal and county governments as a Town Administrator and County Manager before joining Tideland EMC in July 2011. He completed a two-year term as President of the Board of Directors for North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation in April 2021. He is actively serving a four-year term on the North Carolina Rural Electrification Authority, and he currently serves in the role of Vice President for NCREA. Mr. Spruill received a B.A. in English at Wake Forest University and a Master of Public Administration from UNC Chapel Hill.

Peter Ledford, public member: Office of Governor Roy Cooper

Mr. Ledford currently serves as Clean Energy Director for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, where he works to further the state’s goals laid out in Executive Order 246, including achieving carbon neutrality, pursuing environmental justice for communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and creating economic opportunities in the clean energy sector. Mr. Ledford formerly served as General Counsel and Director of Policy at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association from 2014 to 2022. Prior to his work at NCSEA, Mr. Ledford worked in the Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly as a staff attorney and legislative analyst. He is a certified specialist in Utilities Law by the North Carolina State Bar and a recipient of Energy News Network’s 40 Under 40 list.

Robert Powell, public member: NC A&T State University

Mr. Powell is an associate professor in the Architectural Engineering Program at NC A&T State University. He teaches aspects of architectural design and building construction based on many years of professional practice. This has included building design and construction administration as a practicing architect, building contractor, affordable housing developer and energy consultant. He is also a long term advocate and practitioner of sustainable development consulting with neighborhoods using open participatory design methods to identify effective use of green technologies. Mr. Powell received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Architectural Engineering and his Masters in Architecture from M.I.T.

Jo Anne Sanford, public member: Sanford Law Office

Ms. Sanford practices law in Sanford Law Office and is a partner in Blount Street Advisors, a governmental consulting firm. Ms. Sanford led the North Carolina Utilities Commission as Chair for ten of her eleven and a half year term (1995-2006), serving under appointments to the Commission and as Chair from both Governors Hunt and Easley. She earned national recognition as an expert in regulatory law and policy, participated vigorously on numerous state and national boards, and is regularly requested to speak and advise on regulatory issues. Her current professional focus is on regulatory and governmental policies that support sustainability in a low-carbon environment, infrastructure investment, water law and broadband deployment. Her clients have included Fortune 500 corporations, mid-size regulated companies and major non-profit organizations. A graduate of North Carolina State University and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Ms. Sanford handled progressively responsible positions in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office over a 20 year period. She represented the public in environmental, insurance, energy, and utilities matters, while also providing service to various state agencies including the State Auditor, the Secretary of State and the Department of Commerce. In January, 2007, after a successful 31 year career with the Attorney General’s Office and the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Sanford launched complementary professional practices (legal and consulting) in downtown Raleigh.

Carl Wilkins, P.E., public member: Quanta Technology

Mr. Wilkins has extensive experience in the electric utility industry serving in a variety of managerial, research and consultative roles working with electric and gas utility companies. Combining experience in engineering, sales, marketing and project management with applied technical skills, he brings a wide array of talents to Quanta Technology. Mr. Wilkins managed several projects related to transmission and distribution storm hardening assessments and emergency preparedness plans for large electric utilities. He has also led benchmarking studies on transmission maintenance and construction practices. His team currently performs renewable energy grid integration studies for wind and solar PV projects. Prior to joining Quanta Technology, Mr. Wilkins served at Advanced Energy as the Director of Utility Services where he managed the senior management relationships and the delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy services to electric utilities. Mr. Wilkins was also the chief architect in the development of North Carolina’s green power program, NC GreenPower, the first statewide green power program where all electric utilities in the state agreed to collaborate and use one marketing campaign.