The Vantage Team
The Vantage team consists of highly experienced,
trained consultants, covering virtually all functional
work areas within a utility company. The following
consultants from the Vantage staff have areas of
specialization through many assignments. We are
providing short biographical resumes that
summarize education and areas of proficiency.
Walter P. Drabinski, BSEE, MBA
Ten years' experience with a utility in power plant construction and operations, 25 years as a management consulting in the utility industry. Managed 100-plus audits, including assignments related to finance, operations, fuel procurement, risk management analysis, system and environmental modeling, and IRP development and analysis. During his career with Niagara Mohawk, Walt was responsible for managing a maintenance group that performed outage work at the Company's largest fossil plant, three nuclear plants and regional hydro facilities. He then became Director of training for all fossil and nuclear power plants.
Jean A. Gormley, BS, MS
Jean Gormley is the Vantage CEO and has responsibility for corporate and project
administration. Jean has over 25 years'
experience as a business owner and manager
with a broad range of technical and
administrative talents. On assignments she
performs the role of data base administrator,
analyst and project administrator. She has
extensive research, critical thinking, financial
management, coordination and scheduling
capabilities, as well as the ability to meet
deadlines in an appropriate fashion. She has
administrated all Vantage Projects since joining
Howard Axelrod, BSEE, MSEE, MBA, PhD
Over 40 years of experience as an economist, engineer, and management consultant. Almost 25 years working with Vantage as an expert in utility strategic planning, risk management, economic analysis, DSM analysis and modeling and utility organizational structure analysis. Howard has worked with Vantage on over twenty five assignments.
Prior to his consulting career, he served in senior positions for New York State's PSC, Consumer Protection Board and the Energy Research & Development Authority.
Linda Trifone BS. Acct, CPA, CFE
Linda has extensive auditing, consulting and accounting experience with BIG 4 and top "12" public accounting firms specializing. She has conducted financial and operational audits for many health care, utility, legal and not for profit entities as well as large governmental agencies. Operation audits included internal accounting control reviews, analysis of estimates, reconciliation of out of balance accounts, and analysis and evaluation of fraud.
Mark Fowler, BS, MBA
Over 30 years' experience in
utilities and energy industries. Almost 20 years working with Vantage. Expert in energy analysis, solar planning, modeling, work management and
financial planning. Previous employee of a
generation and transmission Cooperative where he
helped develop financial models and interfaced with
investment bankers for a major debt issuance to
fund a power plant and transmission project.
Chuck Buechel, MA Econ
30 years of consulting and
regulatory experience. The majority of these
assignments were with Vantage where he has
worked for over 20 years. In addition, he has 10
years of experience at the Kentucky Public Service
Commission including Deputy Executive Director
where he worked regulatory planning, rates, and
Cynthia Holste Pepper, BA,
More than thirty years of
experience in organizational development, human
resources, and working with executives and
leadership teams. Almost 20 years working with
Vantage on management audits and staffing
assignments. Her education related to this project
and her direct experience on projects of this type
includes; HR Management and Operations Audits of
the human resources, organizational design, labor
relations and safety reviews of twenty-one gas,
electric, water and telecommunications companies.
Mike Boismenu, PE NYS
Almost thirty years with large
utilities in Generation Operations, Generation and
T&D Engineering, and System Standards. Thirteen
years with Vantage. As Plant Manager of a large
coal fired power plant and Regional Director of
Operation with NRG Energy, he coordinated the coal,
oil and natural gas procurement process. Mike also
had responsibility for engineering and outage support
at Nine Mile Point 1 & 2 and Fitzpatrick Nuclear
Stations. This included assistance during fuel
R. Scott Everngam, CFA BSEE,
Mr. Everngam has 16 years of federal experience that includes the FERC
and Maryland PSC, as well as 15 years of experience as a buy-side
investment equity analyst. His energy consulting focuses on federal
policy, financial regulatory issues such as cost of capital issues
related to the return on equity (ROE), capacity markets, and energy
market financial derivatives. Mr. Everngam specialized in analyzing
the wholesale energy and capacity electric markets of PJM. He has
extensive expertise in energy regulatory issues of relevance to the
investment community such as the determination of the authorized
ROE for electric utilities and midstream natural gas & oil pipelines.
James Habberfield, BS
Jamie Habberfield is an experienced Energy Project
Developer, Consultant, and Executive with extensive
expertise in renewable energy and distributed generation,
including developing energy projects, managing energy
portfolios and trading, and leading complex regulatory
programs. He has led Business Development efforts on
distributed generation and solar and natural gas power
plants. Previously he managed regulatory filings,
compliance efforts, and designed and implemented
innovative energy programs. He has worked within
markets such as PJM, NYISO, MISO, ERCOT, ISO-NE,
NYMEX and CME, and served on industry committees for
PJM, NERC, and PA state collaboratives. Jamie has
experience with bilateral contracts, options and
forward contracts, and daily spot market trading in
regional electricity markets.
Mary Lovell, MBA
Over thirty years experienced focused in regulated
utilities. Ten years with Atmos Energy including
Senior Vice President (Gas Supply, Marketing, Rate,
Regulatory Affairs). Fifteen years as consultant with
Vantage. Mary earned her MBA from Harvard which,
along with her experience equips her with deep
understanding of strategic and operational objectives
for utility companies.
William F. Hederman, BS, MS, MPP
William F. Hederman has extensive experience
in the energy industry, including the position of
senior fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy
Policy, senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of
Energy, chief architect of the Quadrennial
Energy Review's analytic framework and lead
analyst on many international assignments. He
had responsibility for establishing the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of
Market Oversight and Investigations during the
Enron/California electricity crises and being the
first energy budget analyst at the U.S.
Congressional Budget Office. He earned an
M.S. in electrical engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a
B.S. in electrical engineering from Notre Dame.
He also holds a professional degree (M.P.P.)
from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jim Reynolds, PE, BS Civil
Jim brings extensive experience
in all aspects of water utility operations to the project.
Jim held the position of Executive Director of the Florida
Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) from 2001 through 2012
where he had responsibility for all aspects of utility
finance, operations, and construction.
Jim has been actively involved with all phases of the water
and wastewater industry. He his experience ranged from
engineering and production to that of Executive Director
of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) for almost
a decade. Before his tenure with FKAA and since leaving
that position in 2012, he has worked on a number of
major projects with small utilities throughout the US.
Susan M. Hayslip BA, JD
Susan has extensive consulting experience with
telecommunications utilities, and regulators at the
federal, state, and local level. Susan has provided
expert witness testimony in numerous jurisdictions.
Recent consulting projects included; modifying and
simplifying Performance Assurance Plan (PAP) for
Fairpoint Communications in its New England, three
state area; SBC- Central Office, repair call center &
dispatch, engineering design & planning of outside
plant facilities, personnel management of clerical &
installation forces, and design of fiber networks in
GTE territories, and Qwest/Arizona - OSS Testing of
competitors' access to Qwest's operating systems.
She is a SBC/Nevada - Subject matter expert on
requirements of the 14-point checklist and FCC
applications using an anchor state as evidence of
271 compliance. Prior to entering consulting, Susan
worked in retail sales, finance and accounting and
the telecommunications industry. Susan holds a B.A.
in Accounting and a J.D. from Texas A&M University
graduating summa cum laude, first in the class in