• Debbie Kimberly, President

    Debbie Kimberly, President

    Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions and Corporate Communications Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January 2013. Customer Energy Solutions is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, customer solar and renewable subscription offerings, green building program, advanced transportation, market analytics and key accounts, which serves Austin Energy’s largest customers. Ms. Kimberly also manages Corporate Communications for Austin Energy, including Public Information and Marketing Communications. These areas promote the utility’s promise of being customer driven and community focused while bringing visibility to all the services and programs offered to customers. Ms. Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for more than 30 years and spent more than 22 years at the Salt River Project in Central Arizona. She served as Salt River’s director of customer programs and marketing, where she was responsible for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans, and services; measurement and evaluation; and market research. Previous roles included managing Salt River’s financial services and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives. Ms. Kimberly serves as Chairman of the Board for SPEER (South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource), and is on the boards of the Pecan Street Inc., the Association of Women in Energy, the Austin Science Education Foundation... Readmore

  • Steve Howard, Vice President

    Steve Howard, Vice President

    Mr. Howard is a retired public sector executive with extensive experience in intergovernmental relations, program development and management, budgeting, board relations and state and federal grant administration. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Howard served as Chief Operating Officer of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) where he directed five service and planning departments of regional council of governments serving the greater Houston region, with a combined annual budget of $250 million. Mr. Howard is a long-time community volunteer with the United Way of Greater Houston, chairing its Community Impact Committee and serving on its Board of Directors.  He also served on church finance, personnel and foundation committees.   Mr. Howard holds a BA in Political Science and Business from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. Readmore

  • Jonathan Luden, Secretary

    Jonathan Luden, Secretary

    Jonathan Luden has over a decade of experience in consulting and sales across a broad scope of industries and markets. He's currently a Senior Business Process Consultant at Austin Energy, overseeing key vendor relationships and technology implementations across the business. Prior to joining Austin Energy, Mr. Luden pursued his passion for entrepreneurship and the outdoors and founded Tri-County Outfitters, a leader in customizing outdoor gear. Before that he was a Senior Account Executive at Able Lending and held positions at GLG and the College Board. His career began 10+ years ago with an internship at Austin Energy, where he was introduced to the Regional Science Fair. He's been a regular volunteer ever since. Mr. Luden has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Texas State and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. He lives in South Austin with his wife and son and yellow lab. Readmore

  • Ronald Dittmar, Treasurer

    Ronald Dittmar, Treasurer

    Mr. Dittmar is a Certified Public Accountant, specializing in small business and individual taxation, as well as accounting services. In the 10 years since receiving his license, he has worked at Durbin Bennett Tax Advisors and previously at The Mangold Group, and now has his own firm, Ronald Dittmar CPA. Mr. Dittmar has performed Treasury and accounting duties as an officer in the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association for the last 17 years and enjoys the fulfillment that comes with volunteering his services for good causes.   Readmore

  • Paul Strange, Past President

    Paul Strange, Past President

    Mr. Strange is retired after spending 45 years in the Packaging Industry. He started his career with Reynolds Metals Company where he held a variety of positions in sales, marketing and sales management. He joined Packaging Corporation of America (a Tenneco Company) as National Sales Manager of the Aluminum and Plastics Packaging Group where he managed a diverse sales force of company and independent sales agents with responsibly for $600M in revenues. During his tenure with PCA he was involved in a number of acquisitions and was tasked with rationalizing and integrating customer bases and sales forces for future growth. In retirement Mr. Strange is a volunteer with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) a national non-profit dedicated to serving small business through mentoring and education. Awarded Austin SCORE 2015 Mentor of the Year   Mr. Strange earned a B.S. in Packaging Management from Michigan State University. Readmore

  • Cheryl Mele, Member-At-Large

    Cheryl Mele, Member-At-Large

    Cheryl Mele became ERCOT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) in January 2016. She oversees Grid Operations and Planning, Commercial Operations as well as Governance, Risk and Compliance. Prior to joining ERCOT Ms. Mele served as Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for Austin Energy, where she led its power operations and planning activities. Ms. Mele has nearly 30 years of experience in the power industry. Her management and executive roles included both power generation and energy delivery before becoming COO at Austin Energy and overseeing all operations, compliance and planning for the utility. Ms. Mele worked for General Electric as both an engineer and system programmer before joining Austin Energy in 1991.   While at Austin Energy, Ms. Mele served on the boards of the South Texas Nuclear Operating Company, the Texas Public Power Association, as well as the RMEL, an electric industry education and networking trade group. A registered professional engineer in Texas, Ms. Mele has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and completed The Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho. Readmore

  • Sue Ann DeCuir, Member-At-Large

    Sue Ann DeCuir, Member-At-Large

    Ms. DeCuir serves as the Elementary Science Coordinator for Pflugerville Independent School District. As Coordinator, she is in charge of district elementary campus science fairs and their progress to the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. During the past 18 years in Pflugerville, she has instructed students and teachers in science as a classroom lead teacher, District Instructional Coach, TAP Master Teacher, and Science Specialist. Serving for 6 years as a Science Teacher Mentor for the Texas Regional Collaboratives, Ms. DeCuir presented at the yearly meetings, and worked to develop science instructional skills with teachers throughout her district. She has been a member of the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival Advisory Committee since 2005, and currently serves as the Elementary Safety Chair. Ms. DeCuir holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Education from Texas State University.  Readmore

  • Askia Little, Member-At-Large

    Askia Little, Member-At-Large

    A native of Alabama, Mr. Little holds both a Master of Arts in Educational Technology and a Masters in Educational Leadership. He began his career teaching elementary students, in addition to serving as adjunct professor at the University of Alabama College of Education and as a trainer for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative. Mr. Little moved to Austin in 2016 and now works as the Elementary Science Coordinator for the Round Rock Independent School District.  Readmore

  • Vic Ramirez, Member-At-Large

    Vic Ramirez, Member-At-Large

    Mr. Ramirez holds a law degree from the St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio. He has served as s a briefing attorney and court coordinator for the 341st State District Court in Webb County, an Associate General Counsel at the Texas Water Development Board and for the Texas Water Commission, now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where he practiced and represented the State of Texas in the areas of water quality, solid waste, air permitting and enforcement. Mr. Ramirez currently works at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), representing the agency in environmental and open government matters. Readmore

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