The Edison Electric Institute has promoted five long-time employees in recognition of their outstanding contributions to EEI and the industry across many fronts, from governmental affairs and environmental policy to internal accounting. The promotions were approved recently by EEI’s Board of Directors.
“Given the policy challenges we face and the high expectations of our member companies, EEI must excel on all fronts,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Each of these individuals is responsible for a significant portfolio of critical issues and is a major contributor to EEI’s success.”
EEI’s Board approved the promotions of Jim Fama, Richard McMahon, Quin Shea and Kathy Steckelberg to Vice President, and John Schlenker to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Jim Fama joined EEI in April 2002 as executive director, energy delivery, responsible for supporting the Institute’s members on all business, regulatory, operational, reliability, and public policy matters related to electricity transmission and distribution, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining EEI, Fama was senior counsel with the Washington, DC office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and McRae, where he represented energy companies in mergers and other transactions before FERC and the Florida Public Service Commission. He also has served as vice president and general counsel to Tampa-based computer company, ECWerks, Inc., and as deputy general counsel for Florida Power Corporation. Prior to this, Fama was assistant general counsel for the Bonneville Power Administration. He began his career in 1988 as a trial attorney for FERC. Fama holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia.
Richard McMahon began his tenure at EEI in 1992 as manager, financial analysis. Now vice president of finance and energy supply, he is responsible for advancing the public policy and commercial interests of member companies in several areas, including fossil generation and renewables, distributed generation, risk management, rail issues, and tax and finance issues. Prior to this, McMahon was director of competitive strategies and policy in EEI’s Energy Services group, heading up state legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts to counter restrictive utility codes of conduct. Earlier, he managed a major industry marketing campaign to facilitate the delivery of energy services to the federal government and privatization of DOD utility infrastructure. McMahon also was the founder of the EnviroTech Venture Capital Fund. Prior to joining EEI, he held management positions with the National Association of Securities Dealers in the NASDAQ Stock Market and in the NASD’s Surveillance Division. McMahon completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Leadership in 2007. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from the George Washington University and a B.A. from Duquesne University.
Quin Shea joined EEI in 1999 as senior director, environment. Now vice president, environment, he is responsible for managing the full range of utility environmental issues, from climate change policy to air quality regulation and utility water use. His career began with more than four years of public service at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he served both in the legislative counsel’s office and enforcement program. Following his service at EPA, Shea spent nine years in the mining industry, culminating in the position of vice president, environmental policy, at the National Mining Association. His interest in the environmental field began while still in law school, with clerkships at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Lands and Natural Resources Division. Shea holds a law degree from Washington and Lee University and a B.A. in history and political science from Western Maryland College.
Kathy Steckelberg first joined EEI’s governmental affairs department in 1988 and became a major player in the area of electric utility restructuring, leading industry efforts on Capitol Hill to advance sound policies on behalf of EEI’s members and their customers. As vice president, government relations, she is responsible for managing all of the Institute’s outreach efforts on Capitol Hill to educate congressional staff about the power sector and the legislative challenges utilities face. Before joining EEI, Steckelberg served as legislative assistant and then legislative director to the late U.S. Representative Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), from 1983 to 1988. From 1980 to 1983, she worked as a legislative analyst for the House Republican Conference. She holds a B.A. in government and history from the College of William and Mary.
John Schlenker, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, joined EEI in 1993 as director, budget and financial control, and assumed the position of controller in 2004. He has been honored by the American Society of Association Executives with the Gold Circle Award for excellence and innovation in association financial management. Prior to his service at EEI, Schlenker served as manager of financial reporting at TRT Communications, and as senior auditor at the international CPA firm Pannell Kerr Forster. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Association Executives. He served on the Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Board for 10 years and has worked with numerous other organizations supporting children with disabilities. Schlenker holds a B.S. in Business Administration from American University.