Mark Stege is the Vice President of Customer Service for Black Hills Corporation. Mark has over 20… more
Mark Stege is the Vice President of Customer Service for Black Hills Corporation. Mark has over 20 years of experience with Black Hills Corporation and has held various positions including, most recently, Vice President of Operations for Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power, General Manager of Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power, BHC Director of Accounting, Generation Assets, Manager of BHC Internal Audit and Manager of Accounting for Wyodak Resources Development Corp (mine mouth coal mine in NE Wyoming). Before joining Black Hills Corporation, Mark had several years of public accounting experience. Mark attended the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado. Mark is currently a licensed CPA in the states of Wyoming and Kansas. Mark is married, and he and his wife, Patsy, have 2 children and one granddaughter.
David Sparks- Vice-Chairman
Dave Sparks, is a senior research scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute,… more
Dave Sparks, is a senior research scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, helping lead activities involving connected and automated vehicles and related transportation infrastructure technology. He has extensive leadership experience in the transportation industry, most notably as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TransCore where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide intelligent transportation systems business. Dave also served as a Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the leading advocate for the $48 billion US market for deployment of technology solutions to improve the nation’s surface transportation network.
Previously he was a co-founder and managing director of a predecessor to TransCore and has worked for private investors involved in energy, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and technology services businesses.
In 2008, Dave and his wife, Liz, founded a 501c3 private operating foundation to assist disadvantaged communities in rural Guatemala. Their foundation partners with government schools, teachers and parent groups, to improve opportunities for local children through education. Currently the Foundation is partnering with 4 school communities in Santiago, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Dave earned his MBA and BBA degrees at Texas A&M University. He and Liz have two grown children, one grandchild, and live in Jackson, Wyoming.
Expiration Date 03/01/2017more
Don Collins- Secretary/Treasurer
Don Collins, is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Research Institute located in Laramie,… more
Don Collins, is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Research Institute located in Laramie, Wyoming. He and his team focus on transitioning scientific and applied research into technologies for clean zero-emission energy, environmental emissions capture, in-situ environmental remediation, water conservation and reuse, and lower cost methods for building highways. He has 29-years of experience in engineering and management of research, design, and deployment of new technologies.Prior to arriving at WRI, Don managed groups of scientific and engineering project managers in pursuit of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Coal Technology RDD&D goals. For about 6.5-years he managed DOE RDD&D programs focused on fuel cells and energy storage technology for distributed and central power applications, including smart grid technologies. In this role, he was responsible for hydrogen turbines and high efficient CO2 compressor development under the DOE’s FutureGen and Carbon Sequestration programs. Don’s first 17-years were dedicated to submarine technologies and integration of complex systems for SEAWOLF and VIRGINIA Class submarines, for the U.S. Navy, including CO2 scrubber technology.
Expiration Date 03/01/2018more
Mike Easley, is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where… more
Mike Easley, is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to Powder River Energy he was employed by Wolverine Power Supply Generation and Transmission Cooperative in Cadillac, Michigan as Vice President of System Operations.
Prior to that, he worked at Copper Valley Electric Association in Valdez, Alaska for 10 years where he was the Chief Operating Officer.
Mike’s first job at an electric cooperative was as an electrical engineer with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative in Oklahoma. He started off as a Transmission Design Engineer and eventually moved into a supervisory position responsible for Western’s Transmission and Substation construction.
As CEO of Powder River Energy, Mike is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the electric cooperative. He answers directly to the board of directors, which is made up of 10 Powder River Energy members.
Expiration Date 03/01/2016more
Ken Miller, is a native of Tulare, South Dakota, and a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines… more
Ken Miller, is a native of Tulare, South Dakota, and a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Ken was the President & CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview, LLC in Longview, Washington; an operating port which has submitted permits to construct a coal export terminal. These permits are now in an EIS review by Federal, State and Local governments.
Prior to Millennium, he worked at Arch Coal’s, Thunder Basin Coal Company in Wright, Wyoming for 23 years as a Department Manager, moving from Engineering to Operations, Maintenance, Project Development and Process Improvement. Before coming to Wyoming, Ken worked in both the Denver and Brisbane, Australia offices of Arco Coal Company, at the Climax Molybdenum Mine in Leadville, Colorado and the Glenharold (Lignite) Mine in Hazen, North Dakota.
Ken now works part-time as a consultant to the mining and maritime industries. He and his wife Kathy have two grown daughters and live in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Ken Miller (Member): President & CEO (Retired), Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview, LLC in Longview WA
Expiration Date 03/01/2019more