Catherine WardPresidentStradley Ronon Stevens & Young - Philadelphia SponsorCathy’s practice focuses on real estate transactions involving environmental remediation, brownfield and energy-related issues. She has been a frequent speaker and author on remediation topics and has conducted training programs for lenders and presented legal education seminars on recognizing and addressing environmental risks. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Section of the New Jersey state bar association, participates on environmental committees and subcommittees through the New Jersey Builders Association, and is an appointed member of her township’s Environmental Advisory Committee and Sustainability Subcommittee. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a chemist and project manager at an environmental consulting firm.
Cheryl BarfieldPresident ElectAccount Executive, Philadelphia Gas Works (PWG)Cheryl E. Barfield is a Major Accounts Executive at Philadelphia Gas Works. Cheryl is responsible for managing over 700 accounts within the City of Philadelphia. These multi-million dollar accounts include major universities, colleges, hospitals and manufacturing facilities that utilize large volumes of energy.
Cheryl assists customers with clean energy solutions, new technologies, renewable and sustainable equipment options for new construction and rehabilitation projects. She also performs energy analyses helping customers potentially save millions in energy costs for their facility. She has networked and built strategic alliances and partnerships with local and out-of-state Developers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors.
She holds memberships to professional organizations such as Healthcare Facility Managers Association of Delaware Valley, Inc., Association of Energy Engineers, Association of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Electric, ASHRAE, American Association of Blacks in Energy, AABE, Toastmasters International – Ignited Towards Success Blue Diamond Chapter.
Cheryl holds certifications in ASHRAE – Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning, Omega Flex – Flexible Gas Pipe – Certificate #1102009 and Masters in Business Development from MBDI, Inc.
In 2013 and 2017, Cheryl was awarded the Partnership for Innovative Energy Solutions by the Energy Solutions Center.
Kara WhiteSecretaryNRG Energy - Philadelphia SponsorKara White joined NRG Energy in 2014. As a Director, Regulatory Compliance at NRG Energy, she holds organizational responsibilities including independent Compliance Oversight for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) relating to North American Electric Reliability Corporation Standards (NERC) as well as additional oversight and planning responsibilities within Regulatory Compliance.
Before joining the NRG staff, Kara worked as a Manager, Advisory, in the IT Risk department at Ernst & Young (EY), performing consulting services throughout North America. It was there that she strengthened her background in controls and IT risk evaluation frameworks. Kara’s professional experience in the Electric Sector, also included her role as Manager, NERC Compliance for Pepco Holdings, Inc. (Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power, Potomac Electric Power Company) for five years. Her prior roles in the Industrial Chemicals sector involved Industrial Controls Systems, Process Engineering as well as Quality Engineering. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.
Letitia du PreezTreasurerController, RevZilla MotorsportsI am a dedicated audit and finance professional with a strong background in both industry and a big-4 accounting firm. I started my career in 1994 at a public registered Steel and Vanadium manufacturing company in South Africa. In 2001 I joined Deloitte & Touche (South Africa) where I served various clients in different industries. Deloitte provided me the opportunity to work on an international assignment in Philadelphia, USA. Upon the completion of the project, the Philadelphia office offered me a full-time position, which I accepted. My career in the Philadelphia office stretched a period of 12 years. I served clients in the many industries, but in more recent years focused on the Energy and Resources industry, serving clients in Power & Utilities and Energy trading sectors of the Energy practice.
Shari A. WilliamsCommunity Initiatives DirectorSenior Communications Specialist, Pennsylvania Public Utility CommissionMrs. Williams is an experienced and sought after Public Relations professional with over 20 years experience working with regulatory agencies, trade associations, business leaders, energy companies and professionals in the oil & gas industry. Mrs. Williams is currently the Information Specialist in the Office of Communications for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and acts as the spokesperson on consumer education issues addressing consumers, industry leaders and business professionals across Pennsylvania with a particular focus on South Eastern Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Williams conducts public outreach events; coordinates and staffs media events and provides support to Commissioners at hearings and agency meetings. Mrs. Williams responds to consumer inquiries, coordinates commission review and approval of utility consumer education materials and prepares and contributes to commission briefing materials, employee newsletter articles and PUC press releases.
Mrs. Williams proactively promotes the Commission’s educational shopping websites to consumers, utilities, suppliers and other stakeholders all while educating consumers on low-income programs and services. Mrs. Williams previously worked as the Community Outreach Manager for the Marcellus Shale Coalition where she headed up the Natural Gas Committee and worked closely with the legislative/regulatory committees.
Mrs. Williams is a natural connector and works hard to maintain statewide relationships and partnerships with industry professionals, agencies and organizations that help sustain the lives of consumers.
Stacy TorpeyMarketing DirectorCommunications Director, Braskem - Philadelphia SponsorStacy Torpey is the Director of Communications at Braskem America, Inc. Her responsibilities include marketing communications, external communications, internal communications, reputation management, crisis communications and community engagement.
Braskem started operations in the U.S. after the acquisition of Sunoco Chemicals in April 2010. Stacy joined the organization shortly after in September 2010. During her time with the organization, she has moved into various roles and facilitated development of the company’s internal communications channels, internal and external communications strategies, crisis communications program, community engagement partnerships and the sponsorships and donations process. Prior to joining Braskem, she held various roles in the marketing and sales industry and executive search industry.
Stacy received her BS degree in Marketing with a minor in Small Business Management from Chowan University and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in strategic crisis communications and cross cultural leadership and her master’s in communications management both from Temple University. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators, Women’s Energy Network Greater Philadelphia Chapter (WENGP), United Way’s Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council, International Association of Plastic Distribution (IAPD) Women in Plastics Committee, and is the director of marketing on the WENGP Board and vice chair of IAPD’s marketing committee.
Denise WaiteEducational Programming DirectorSnr Geologist, Woodard & CurranDenise Waite is a Senior Geologist and Client Manager at Woodard & Curran with over 20 years of experience in the environmental industry. She has managed national and North American accounts, providing a broad range of investigation, remediation, public relations and EHS compliance services and serving as a strong client advocate to the Manufacturing and Oil & Gas Industries. With Woodard & Curran, Denise has provided environmental, health and safety solutions to the area’s utility companies and oil and gas producers and refiners. Denise was active in compiling the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team’s “A Pipeline for Growth: Fueling Economic Revitalization with Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas”, is an active member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and has been an adjunct geosciences professor at Drexel University.
Lydia WorkImmediate Past PresidentAssociate Principal Chemist/LRS, Environmental Standards, Inc.Ms. Work has over 25 years of analytical quality assurance experience as well as extensive applied geoscience experience in the area of remediation. Previously, Ms. Work was a Regional Manager of a large environmental and engineering consulting firm, where she was responsible for the direction of technical and managerial aspects of office operations. Ms. Work has provided a full scope of environmental quality assurance project management services to both private industry as well as state and federal regulators across various programs including Voluntary Remediation and Brownfields, ASTM Environmental Site Assessments, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and Superfund.
As Senior Chemist, Ms. Work performs analytical data verification and validation of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and, Voluntary Remediation and Brownfield Sites. She has also performs commercial laboratory compliance audits to ascertain a laboratory’s ability to meet client and project requirements and audit their quality management systems. Ms. Work was invited to present Data Validation and Environmental Due Diligence as a training topic at the 2010 and 2013 West Virginia annual Brownfields Conference.
As a Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS), Ms. Work has been successful in achieving Certificates of Completion for her clients across a diverse segment of properties from former industrial sites, rail lines, mining/quarrying properties, and fueling stations to orchard land. Ms. Work was invited to present her LRS experience as a training topic at the 2015 West Virginia annual Brownfields Conference.
Ms. Work received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Chemistry, with honors, from West Virginia Wesleyan College (West Virginia, 1989).