Marie DurrantPresidentPacifiCorpMarie Bradshaw Durrant is a senior attorney at PacifiCorp who manages legal environmental issues including compliance, litigation, procurement, and strategy. Prior to joining PacifiCorp she represented energy and natural resource clients in legal challenges to rulemakings, permitting, and enforcement actions at the local, regional and national levels.
After law school, Ms. Durrant worked as a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where she conducted policy research for the Department of Energy on the Clean Air Act, climate change legislation, unconventional fossil fuels, and carbon capture and sequestration. During law school she worked with a large energy law firm in Kazakhstan, and before becoming an attorney she served as a research fellow at Brigham Young University in the Women’s Research Institute and the Kennedy Center for International Studies, and also worked as adjunct faculty in the departments of Geography, Anthropology, and Social Work. Before undertaking law, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Chad, Africa, and maintains African connections through an annual student study abroad trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Jillian S. LessnerTreasurerChief Financial and Administrative Officer, WECCJillian is responsible for executive oversight of Finance and Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Meetings, Stakeholder Services, and the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) at WECC, a non-profit corporation that exists to assure a reliable Bulk Electric System in the geographic area known as the Western Interconnection. WECC has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Regional Entity for the Western Interconnection.
Jillian served as WECC’s Controller from 2008 through 2010 and rejoined WECC in 2012 to serve as Director of Finance and Accounting. Prior to rejoining WECC in 2012, Jillian served as Corporate Technical Accounting Manager at Stanley Black and Decker in New Britain, Connecticut.
Jillian began her career in public accounting at a small local firm in New York City and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in 1994. Jillian has over 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Earlier in her career she held accounting management positions at Duke Energy Trading and Marketing in Salt Lake City, Utah and Forrester Research, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jillian holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.
Alicia RyansMembership DirectorEnergy and Infrastructure Incentives Manager, Governor's Office of Energy DevelopmentAlicia Ryans is the Energy and Infrastructure Incentives Manager for the Governor's Office of Energy Development. She has worked in various capacities within the State of Utah, and has a demonstrated history of management in government administration. Alicia has supported a wide array of energy projects including transmission, renewable energy development projects, natural gas pipeline, tier III fuel upgrades, as well as energy projects related to the manufacturing, mining and agricultural fields. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah. Alicia is a District 2 member of the Mayor's Community Development and Capital Improvement Projects Board, and she also oversees the Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority Board. Alicia is a mother of three who enjoys all of the many sporting activities that her children participate in. Alicia is a passionate chef, and is the owner of Soul Haus Catering, based in Salt Lake City Utah.
Callee ButcherMentorship DirectorTechnical Program Director, ERMCallee Butcher is a seasoned environmental, land, and natural resources professional with over 20 years supporting various energy and mining industries. She has worked with companies, federal and local regulators, tribes and other stakeholders to achieve successful execution and operation of large and small-scale energy, mining, and related infrastructure projects. She is a respected leader proficient in building productive relationships, mentoring, and team development.
Miritt ComfortiSponsorship DirectorProcurement Manager, PacifiCorpMiritt Comforti is a Procurement Manager at PacifiCorp since 2015, and has worked in the mining, traditional energy and renewable energy fields. Originally from Ohio, she has an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Miritt enjoys dogs, reading, learning and encouraging women to reach for the stars.
Candyce LeeExecutive Director at LargeWilliamsCandyce Fly Lee, P.E., PMP
Vice President-General Manager, Rockies Gathering & Processing
Candyce Fly Lee is vice president-general manager of Rockies Gathering & Processing with Williams’ West Operating Area. In this role, she has direct responsibility for all commercial activities and the safe, reliable operations of the area’s assets. Her responsibility includes assets in Colorado’s Piceance Basin, as well as assets in Wamsutter and Southwest Wyoming.
Previously, Fly Lee served Williams as director, Northeast Engineering Services Project Development, where she oversaw development teams for operations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York. She also served as director, Pipeline Projects, responsible for the execution of natural gas and liquid pipeline projects in Williams’ Northeast Gathering & Processing Operating Area.
Since joining Williams in 2002, Fly Lee has served in various roles including project management, engineering, construction and planning, and managing teams to develop a gathering system to exceed 2 Bcf/d,and overseeing the construction of more than 2,000 miles of gathering pipeline.
Fly Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2002.
Fly Lee currently serves on the Utah Women’s Energy Network board as the Executive Director at Large. She serves on several community boards including the Parkside Elementary Community Council, the Utah 211 Steering Council, and as Financial Secretary for the Salt Lake City Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition, she served on the United Way of Pittsburgh Women’s Leadership Council Executive Team and was an active leader in Williams’ annual United Way fundraising campaigns.
Amanda Pryor O'ConnorDirector at LargeProject Manager, POWER EngineersAmanda O’Connor is a senior project manager at POWER Engineers in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more than a decade, Amanda’s professional area of focus has been on obtaining rights-of-way and other permits for use of federal lands in the western U.S. for developers and utilities. Her expertise includes managing the National Environmental Policy Act review process and federal land use management plan compliance. Through this experience, Amanda has gained extensive knowledge of complex federal and state policies and planning issues affecting electric power and natural gas transmission, development of oil and natural gas and minerals, and renewable energy development, particularly if federal lands or significant other natural resources are involved.