Chapter News

Announcing the 2022 Board of Directors

President – Linette Casey, Director - Power Systems Development, Siemens Energy, Inc.
President-Elect – Mary Stefanidakis, Partnership Development & Commercialization, Constellation 
Past-President – Allison Porter, Director of Sales Operations, Vicinity Energy
Treasurer -  Maggie Teliska, Innovation, Enel Green Power
Marketing Co-Director – Julie Tolek, Trademark Attorney, Caldwell Intellectual Property Law
Marketing Co-Director - Katelyn Mazuera, Residential Manager, Energy Efficiency Implementation, Eversource Energy
Secretary – Melissa Green, Senior Director, Head of Financial Reporting, Liberty Mutual Investments
Legal Director – Lindsey Sands, Associate General Counsel, Vicinity Energy
Membership Co-Director – Allison Hallock, Operations and Maintenance Lead, Mayflower Wind
Membership Co-Director – Joyce Sanchez, Senior Specialist, Business Change, National Grid
Chapter/National Relations Director – Sara Harari, Associate Director of Innovation & Strategic Advisor to the President, Connecticut Green Bank
Events Co-Director – Sue Scarcella, Lead Specialist, Stakeholder Management, National Grid
Events Co-Director- Georgia Beyersdorfer, Client Account Manager, Power, Black & Veatch
Sponsorship Director – Victoria Carette, Hydrogen Product Development Engineer, Shell
Diversity Director – Danielle Jensen, Integration Manager, Mayflower Wind
Undersecretary – Sidney Swearingen, Master Candidate for Energy Systems Engineering Degree, Northeastern University


Call for Remaining Open Board of Director Nominations

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Director
  • Sponsorship Co-Director
  • Event Co-Director
Directors serve two-year terms beginning on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2023. To be eligible for a Board position, you must be a member in good standing. The Nominations Committee will use reasonable judgment to meet diversity and service criteria for Boston Directors; however, if a suitable candidate meeting the criteria cannot be found, WEN has the discretion to slate a member who does not meet the criteria. A detailed description of each position can be found here

Please consider whether you would like to nominate someone or nominate yourself for any of the Board positions. Please send your completed nomination form to [email protected].
 

WEN Boston President Elect Named C3E Finalist

WEN Boston is thrilled to announce that the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative Ambassadors has named President-Elect Linette Casey a finalist for its annual Business Excellence Award to recognize mid-career women’s leadership and achievement in clean energy.  
 
The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Texas A&M Energy Institute working together to close the gender gap and increase participation, leadership, and success of women in clean energy fields.
 
Ms. Casey’s finalist status is confirmation of her leadership both at WEN Boston and her career at Siemens Energy where she has worked for 20 years.  Her work focuses on helping customers across the energy sector decarbonize their operations thru various renewable modalities, including storage, wind, solar, and hydrogen.  She oversees a nationwide team that is introducing new technologies to help decarbonize multiple complex energy systems.  Linette also has a keen focus on various ESG topics such as Sustainability and Diversity and how these topics impact the renewable landscape, specifically in the U.S.  She is pursuing a graduate course at Harvard University focused on Corporate Sustainability & Innovation.  
 
As a member of the board of directors of WEN Boston, she brings her lifelong passion for providing opportunities for women in energy to network and gain valuable career-advancing skills.  Most recently, she is co-chairing a committee mentoring college-aged women pursuing careers in energy in the Boston area.
 
Please join us in congratulating Linette on this prestigious acknowledgment of her work in the energy industry.

Member Spotlight: Sidney Swearingen

Sidney Swearingen, Master Candidate - Energy Systems Degree - Northeastern University



What brought you to the energy field?
At my core, I am a problem solver, and climate change feels like humanity’s ultimate problem. Since high school, I have been especially intrigued by the energy industry because of the innovation that goes on within it. I see enormous opportunities for growth in decarbonization and want to apply my skills within this field. 

 
What has been your proudest moment or greatest achievement in your career in energy, to date?
I am currently a graduate student, so my career is just starting. But my proudest moment so far has been landing my internship this summer with Viage LLC. I will be working as an Energy Analyst, hoping to utilize my knowledge in Energy Systems and Environmental Science along with my skills in Computer Science. The position is especially exciting because I will be researching different types of energy systems and their role in the energy transition. 
 

How did you find out about WEN, and why did you join? What are you hoping to gain from your membership? What prompted you to renew?
I found out about WEN through a networking event held by Northeastern’s Energy Systems Society in the fall. I had a very productive conversation with a few of the members, including Maggie Teliska, who I reached out to afterwards. A few months later, she told me about the Undersecretary board position, and I gladly applied! 

In a field that is heavily male-dominated, I find that having a space with other women is incredibly valuable. Not only does it make me feel more welcome, but it provides a sense of camaraderie. From my membership, I hope to connect with other women in the industry and to learn about their incredible accomplishments. Their stories have been inspirational to me, so I hope to continue staying involved with WEN!

What advice has resonated with you for your career/do you have any advice for others?
Talk to people! I was hesitant at first to reach out to others in the industry when I felt like I was starting from nothing. The reality is that when people are passionate about what they do, they are happy to talk to others about it. The other valuable piece of advice I have gotten is that if you find yourself wanting to complain about something, use that energy to figure out a way to improve the situation. Whether it be automating a dull task or communicating better with a coworker, remember that you are an agent with free will who can change the situation.