• Paul Strange, President

    Paul Strange, 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, Secretary

    Cheryl Mele, Secretary

    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

  • 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

  • Dr. Barbara ten Brink, Member-At-Large

    Dr. Barbara ten Brink, Member-At-Large

    Dr. ten Brink is a Science Specialist for the Austin Independent School District. Dr. ten Brink finds joy in promoting science to learners of all ages.  She is a science educator of 44 years, 34 years as a science administrator.  She has coordinated science in grades kindergarten through 12 for Texas Education Agency (TEA), Round Rock Independent School District, and Austin Independent School District.  She holds three degrees in science and an additional master’s degree in school administration.  Dr. ten Brink has served as president of the international science teachers, Texas science administrators, and Texas elementary science teachers, a group which she founded.  She was director of and now teacher advisor to the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival.    While at TEA, Dr. ten Brink administered $40 million for science statewide textbook adoption, $250 million for Title II science professional development, and $350 million for Title IV safe and drug-free schools.  In 2000, she was awarded a $2.95 million Technology in Education (TIE) federal grant to study water quality with 150 teachers and their students throughout Texas.   Dr. ten Brink has received the Conservator of the Colorado River Award which she shared in 2008 with Lady Bird Johnson.  The City of Austin presented Dr. ten Brink the distinguished service award in 2004.  Dr. ten Brink has received Texas’s Technology Educator award (2000) and a statewide Time Warner STEM Award in 2011.   Readmore

  • Michele Mann, Member-At-Large

    Michele Mann, Member-At-Large

    Ms. Mann is currently a teaching assistant, graduate research assistant and assistant instructor at the University of Texas at Austin while pursuing her Ph.D. in STEM Education. Previously, Ms. Mann was the Science Endowed Chair of the Kerrville Independent School District where she coordinated science education for K-12th grade; prior to that, she was the Science Department Chair and Science Fair Coordinator at Vista Ridge High School in Leander. Ms. Mann has published extensively and given presentations about science education. She was a participant in the 1985 International Science and Engineering Fair and placed second in her category.   Ms. Mann holds a BS in Biology from Furman University in South Carolina and an MA in Science Education from the University of South Florida. Readmore

  • Steve Howard, Member-At-Large

    Steve Howard, Member-At-Large

    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

  • 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

  • Eric Davis, Member-At-Large

    Eric Davis, Member-At-Large

    Mr. Davis is the Quality Assurance Officer for the Austin Water Utility Laboratories. He has worked for the Austin Water Laboratories for 10 years, rising from the position of chemist to supervisor, then QAO. He began his career teaching high school Chemistry and Physics for 4 years. Throughout his career he has contributed to science education through judging science fairs and teaching coop science classes to homeschooled students. He has been a judge for the Austin Regional Fair for 10 years; judging in the Junior and Senior Divisions, including the Best of Fair competition. Mr. Davis holds a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Engineering from Tarleton State University. He also has graduate education in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the Colorado School of Mines. Readmore

  • Debbie Kimberly, Member-At-Large

    Debbie Kimberly, Member-At-Large

    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

  • Jonathan Luden, Member-At-Large

    Jonathan Luden, Member-At-Large

    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

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