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Board of Trustees
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is governed by an eleven-member independent Board of Trustees. For information about each of the Board members see below.
 
 
 
 

 Board of Trustees Members

 
Roy Thilly - Chair

Roy Thilly was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2011 and was elected to chair in February 2017. He served as vice chair and chair-elect in 2016. Mr. Thilly serves on the Nominating Committee and as an ex officio member of all other Board committees.

Mr. Thilly served as president and chief executive officer with WPPI Energy from January 1, 1992, to January 31, 2011. WPPI Energy is a bulk power utility with 51 municipal utility member systems located in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan. He also served from 2001 through 2010 on the Board of Directors of the American Transmission Company.
 
Before joining WPPI Energy, Mr. Thilly was a partner in the Madison law firm of Boardman, Suhr, Curry, and Field, where he represented municipal utilities from several states and other clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in power supply negotiations and general litigation.
 
A native of New York, Mr. Thilly completed his bachelor's degree in English at Columbia University in 1968. For the following three years, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Mr. Thilly graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974.
 
Mr. Thilly has been active on national and state electric issues for many years. He previously served on NERC’s Board from 1991–2002. From 2011 to 2013, he chaired the Stakeholder Steering Committee of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, helping to oversee the development of an interconnection-wide transmission planning process. In 2014, the secretary of energy appointed Mr. Thilly to the Department of Energy's Electric Advisory Committee.
 
Mr. Thilly is a past president of the American Public Power Association and of  the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Reliability Organization. From 1992 through 2010, he served as chair of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), a national organization of transmission-dependent utilities that promotes equal access and competition in electricity at wholesale.
 
On the state level, he served as co-chair of the Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Global Warming in 2007 and 2008. In 2004, he served on the Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables. He is currently chair of Gathering Waters Conservancy, Wisconsin’s alliance of land trusts and a member of the finance and endowment committees of the Door County Land Trust.
Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr. - Vice
Chair

Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr. was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2016 and was elected to vice chair in February 2017. Mr. DeFontes is the chair of the Standards Oversight and Technology Committee and serves on the Enterprise-wide Risk and Nominating Committees.

Mr. DeFontes served as president and chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) from 2004 to 2014, and prior to that served in a number of different positions at BGE beginning in 1971. While at BGE, he led a major transformation effort to position BGE for a fast-changing operating environment and future opportunities, implemented major investments in energy conservation, peak demand reduction and smart grid, and served as a witness in a number of regulatory matters before the Maryland Public Service Commission, as well as testifying before the Maryland General Assembly.
 
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of BGE, Mr. DeFontes served on the Board of ReliabiltyFirst from 2006 to 2012, and on the Boards of a number of different organizations, including the Southeastern Electricity Exchange, the American Gas Association, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (where he also served as chair), the Greater Baltimore Committee, and St. Joseph Medical Center.
 
Mr. DeFontes earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a master's degree from Loyola College.
Gerry Cauley
 
Gerry W. Cauley assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in January 2010.
 
Mr. Cauley oversees NERC’s mission of assuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system. As president and CEO, Mr. Cauley directs key programs affecting more than 1,900 bulk power system owners, operators, and users, including mandatory reliability standards, compliance monitoring, enforcement, situation awareness, event and risk analysis, reliability assessments and forecasting, cyber and physical security, and government relations. Mr. Cauley also oversees the operations of eight Regional Entities who support the reliability mission across North America by implementing delegated responsibilities at the regional and local levels.
 
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Cauley served as president and CEO of the SERC Reliability Corporation, one of the reliability Regions covering 16 states in the southeastern and central United States. During this time, he established new programs for monitoring and enforcing compliance with mandatory standards, developed training and educational programs and a program to track reliability recommendations.
 
Prior to his CEO career, Mr. Cauley served as vice president and director of Standards at NERC and was instrumental in preparing NERC’s application to become the government-certified electric reliability organization. He spearheaded the development of an initial set of mandatory standards to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. Mr. Cauley was also a lead investigator of the August 2003 Northeast blackout and coordinated the NERC Y2k program, supervising the reporting and readiness of 3,100 electric organizations in the United States and Canada.
 
Over a 35-year career, Mr. Cauley has been driven by a keen interest in serving the public while performing roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of electricity reliability and nuclear safety. He served as the program manager for grid operations and planning at the Electric Power Research Institute. He was a training consultant and established comprehensive reliability and safety training programs at dozens of electric utilities for electric system operations, nuclear and fossil plant operations, substations, and distribution systems. Prior to his career in the power industry, Mr. Cauley served five years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  
Mr. Cauley earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in nuclear engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College - Baltimore. Mr. Cauley is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Cauley also serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Energy Association.

 

Janice B. Case

Janice B. Case was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2008. Ms. Case is the chair of the Compliance Committee and serves on the Nominating, Finance and Audit, and Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committees. She previously served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees and on the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council (ESCC).
 
Mrs. Case was employed by Florida Power Corporation/Florida Progress Corporation for nearly 25 years in a series of increasingly responsible management positions. Her executive level roles included five years as senior vice president reporting to the CEO and chair of the Board, a member of the Senior Strategic Leadership Team, and the head of the Energy Solutions Strategic Business Unit. In that role, she was responsible for the company’s 1.3 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. For the six years prior to that, she was vice president of the Suncoast Florida Region with distribution operating responsibility for the two most populated counties of the FPC service territory. She served her company and industry in national and state leadership roles on EEI, EPRI, the Marketing Executive Committee, and Florida’s Conservation Steering Group Committee.

Since leaving full-time corporate employment, Mrs. Case has served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards. She served for four years as chair of the Board of Cadence Network Inc., a company formed by a joint venture between Florida Progress, Xcel Energy, and Cinergy (Duke), and then sold to Advantage IQ, Inc. From 2001 to 2007, she served on the Board of Directors of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, an investor-owned electric transmission and distribution utility that provided energy and energy-related services to customers throughout Vermont. From 2002 to 2008, Mrs. Case served as a non-affiliated director of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, one of eight regional entities with delegated authority from NERC. She served as the chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the WECC Board from its inception in 2002 and served on the 2007 Strategic Planning Committee. Mrs. Case also served for six years as a director and trustee for three mutual funds managed by Aegon/Transamerica Fund Advisors, Inc.

In addition to NERC, she currently serves as an independent director and trustee of the Thrivent Mutual Funds, the Thrivent Financial Securities Lending Trust, and the Thrivent Series Fund, Inc., where she serves as chair of Corporate Governance for all three entities, in addition to serving on the Contracts Committee, the Audit Committee, the Ethics and Compliance Committee, and the Investment Committee.

Mrs. Case earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Rhodes College and a master's degree in Finance from the University of Mississippi.
Robert G. Clarke

Robert G. Clarke was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2013. Mr. Clarke is the chair of the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee and serves on the Enterprise-wide Risk, Finance and Audit, and Nominating Committees. Mr. Clarke previously served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees.
 
From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Clarke served as chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. From 1999 to 2000, he served as interim chancellor. Prior to that, he served as president of Vermont Technical College.

Mr. Clarke served as member of the Board of Directors of Central Vermont Public Service and as chair of the Board of Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. and Vermont Electric Transmission Company, Central Vermont affiliates, from 1997 to 2012. He was chair of the Board's Audit Committee and a member of both the Executive and Corporate Governance Committees. Additionally, Mr. Clarke served on the Board of TD Banknorth Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2009. He also served as a director of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation (a charitable giving foundation).

Mr. Clarke earned a bachelor's in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University, a master's in Occupational Education from Central Washington State College, and a doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Lehigh University.
 
Frederick W. Gorbet

Frederick W. Gorbet was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2006. Mr. Gorbet is the chair of the Nominating Committee and serves on the Corporate Governance and Human Resources, Compliance, and Standards Oversight and Technology Committees. Mr. Gorbet previously served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees and served as the chair from 2013 to 2017.
 
Mr. Gorbet has extensive experience in public policy advice and formulation, particularly with regard to financial institutions and energy policy. During a 25-year career in the Canadian public service, he served as senior policy advisor to the Department of Energy, director of policy for the International Energy Agency in Paris, associate secretary to the Cabinet for Strategic Policy, and deputy minister of finance.
 
After leaving the public service, Mr. Gorbet held senior executive positions in the life insurance industry. He served as executive director of the MacKay Task Force on the future of the Financial Services Sector of Canada, as executive director of the Saucier Task Force on Corporate Governance, as senior policy advisor to Credit Union Central of Canada on the National Initiative, and as the founding chair of the Market Surveillance Panel for administered electricity markets in Ontario. He was also a faculty member at the Schulich School of Business at York University from 1999 to 2013. During this time he held the CIT chair in Financial Services (20022011) and was director of the Financial Services Program.
 
Mr. Gorbet has served on a number of Boards of Directors in the private and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as chair of the Board of Directors of Assuris and vice chair of the Government of Canada Audit Committee. He is currently a director of LAWPRO (Lawyer’s Professional Indemnity Company), where he chairs the Audit Committee.
 
Mr. Gorbet’s most recent public policy assignment was to chair the Automobile Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force, which was appointed in July 2011 by the minister of finance for Ontario and reported in November of 2012.
 
Mr. Gorbet has a bachelor's degree from York University and a doctorate in Economics from Duke University. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and an Honorary Governor of York University.
 
He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000.
 
 
David Goulding

David Goulding was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2010. Mr. Goulding is the chair of the Enterprise-wide Risk Committee and serves on the Nominating, Compliance, Standards Oversight and Technology, and Finance and Audit Committees.  
Most recently, Mr. Goulding was the chair of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council and a regional representative on the NERC Member Representatives Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Rouge Valley Health System, which operates hospitals and mental health facilities in the Toronto and Durham (Ontario) region.
 
A graduate of the University of Bradford UK, his early years in the industry included progressive positions in transmission and generation construction, operations, and maintenance with the Central Electricity Generating Board. During this time, he also worked on shift in a power system grid control center and was section head for computer support and operations planning. After joining Ontario Hydro in 1977, he held several senior positions including director of Grid System Management; general manager of Electricity Exchange; vice president of Central Market Operations; and senior vice president of Central Market Operations. Duties included directing the operation of generation and transmission facilities, fuel requirements and utilization, transactions with other utilities, and regulation of 313 municipal electric utilities. As senior vice president, he was responsible for preparations for a competitive wholesale electricity market, compliance with market rules, and the establishment of what is now the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
 
Mr. Goulding was appointed president and CEO of the IESO in early 1999, a position he held until retiring in late 2006. A past member of the NERC (Council) Stakeholder Board and NERC Stakeholder Committee, he was also the Canadian member on the CIGRE Study Committee on Electricity Markets and Regulation and a member of the Ministers’ Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force. He has post graduate qualifications in Advanced Power System Protection and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management.
 
 
 
 
 
 
George S. Hawkins

George S. Hawkins was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2015. Mr. Hawkins serves on the Standards Oversight and Technology and Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committees. Mr. Hawkins is also an Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council (ESCC) observer.
 
Mr. Hawkins is the chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water).

In his role, Mr. Hawkins launched an ambitious agenda to transform DC Water into a customer-oriented enterprise driving innovation and delivering improved value to its ratepayers. The core goal is to improve aging infrastructure while complying with stringent regulatory requirements. DC Water is implementing the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project to nearly eliminate overflows of sewage and storm water to the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek. DC Water is also nearing completion of a $470 million waste-to-energy program to help manage solids being removed from reclaimed water while generating 13 megawatts of green power. Finally, Mr. Hawkins tripled the rate of DC Water's program to replace water and sewer infrastructure.
 
Prior to joining DC Water, Mr. Hawkins served as director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). Previously, he was the executive director of several non-profit organizations in New Jersey, including New Jersey Future, the Stony Brook Watershed Association, and the New Jersey Council of Watershed Associations. Mr. Hawkins held senior positions with the United States EPA and served then-Vice President Al Gore on the National Performance Review, playing an integral role in strengthening environmental protection programs at EPA and OSHA.
 
Mr. Hawkins began his career by practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray. He is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. Since 1999, Mr. Hawkins has taught Environmental Law and Policy for the Princeton Environment Institute at Princeton University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan Schori

Jan Schori was elected to the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in February 2009. Ms. Schori is the chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and serves on the Compliance and Enterprise-wide Risk Committees.

Ms. Schori is the former general manager and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the nation’s sixth largest publicly owned electric utility. During her 14 ½-year tenure as CEO, the utility earned a strong reputation for its renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, as well as being rated number one nationally in commercial customer satisfaction by JD Power & Associates her last two years there.
 
Ms. Schori is past chair of the American Public Power Association, the Large Public Power Council, and the California Municipal Utilities Association. She is also a past chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and served on the Board of the Alliance to Save Energy as well as the board of CalCEF (California Clean Energy Fund), a not-for-profit clean energy technologies investment fund, and the CalCEF Innovations Board.
 
She presently serves on the Climate Action Reserve's Board of Directors and executive committee (as audit committee chair), a nonprofit entity which develops greenhouse gas (GHG) emission protocols as well as tracks and registers GHG offset/reduction projects. She is also a member of the UC Davis School of Law's Environmental Policy Center Advisory Council.
 
She was recognized by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce with its 2008 Businesswoman of the Year award and by the Climate Action Reserve with its 2012 Climate Action Champion award. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her juris doctorate from the University of California, Davis. Prior to serving as general manager and CEO at SMUD, she spent 15 years on the legal staff there, including five as general counsel. She is a member of the California Bar Association.

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