Conference, Membership and Business Development


& Workshops


& Sales


Stephen Miner
Senior VP, Conference, Membership and Business Development

    Exhibit Booth Sales for WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

    Conference Management

    Educational Workshops and Seminars

    Speaker and Presenter Services

    WINDPOWER Program Committee

    WINDPOWER Exhibitor Committee

Stephen Miner joined AWEA in November 2002. He is responsible for the WINDPOWER annual conference and exhibition along with the development of new technical and educational programs for AWEA. He also serves as the staff liaison for the WINDPOWER Program and Exhibitor Committees. Previously he served as the Manager of Education with the Environmental Industry Association (EIA). Prior to EIA, Mr. Miner had 16 years of experience as an administrator and faculty member in the higher education field at the University of Michigan-Flint in Flint, Michigan and Prince George's Community College located outside of Washington, DC. Mr. Miner graduated from Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Sociology and Economics, and received an M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Kisha James
Executive Assistant to the Sr. VP

Business Development

Jeff Anthony
Director of Business Development
Phone: (414) 967-5950

    Utility Programs and Policy Development

    Monitoring and Tracking Issues Related to Utility Interest in Wind Power

    Providing Support to Utility Members in AWEA

    Facilitates the AWEA Utility Working Group

    Maintaining Working Relationships with UWIG, EEI, NRECA, APPA, EPRI, and ACORE on Wind Issues

Jeff Anthony joined AWEA in March 2007. He is responsible for supporting utilities in their efforts to integrate and adopt wind power as a mainstream generation technology. He works with individual utilities across the U.S. as they expand their use of wind power, to aid them in their understanding of wind's benefits, and to help them address integration and other implementation issues. He is involved in a number of industry efforts related to wind integration, to accelerate bringing larger amounts of wind power onto electric utility systems. He also maintains relationships with utility trade groups and provide outreach and education to various sectors in the electric industry on the benefits and current state of wind power in the U.S. Mr. Anthony graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and received an Executive MBA from Northwestern University.

John R. Dunlop
Senior Technical Outreach Engineer
Phone: (612) 377-3270

    Technical Society Liaison

    Educational Programs

    Safety Committee

    Industry Standards

    Best Practices

John provides wind energy technical, educational and policy support to technical audiences out of his office in Minneapolis. He also manages AWEA's wind energy standards program. John has been with AWEA since 1993, and collaborated with AWEA while serving as a renewable energy program manager for the Minnesota state energy office for fifteen years. He has degrees in physics and mechanical engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Conference & Workshops

Stefanie Brown
Director, Conference & Workshops
Phone: (310) 477-5062
Fax: (310) 477-5071

    WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

    Conference Registration

    WINDPOWER Exhibitor Committee

    Educational Programs and Workshops

    Site Selection & Event Logistics

Stefanie Brown joined AWEA in 2001 and works primarily on AWEA's annual conference and exhibition as well as other educational workshops. Stefanie's role in these events is mainly related to logistics including site selection, hotel and convention center relations, vendor facilitation, creation of promotional pieces, registration, sponsorships, catering, and many other responsibilities. Prior to AWEA, Stefanie worked at ICF Consulting for 3 years on a variety of energy and environmental consulting projects. Stefanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology with double concentrations in Energy and Environment from James Madison University in 1998.

Elesha Peterson Carr
Deputy Director, Conference Planning & Event Logistics
Phone: (202) 383-2558

Elesha Peterson Carr joined AWEA in August of 2007 and works primarily on AWEA's educational workshops. Elesha's focus includes hotel relations, vendor facilitation, creation of promotional pieces, registration, sponsorships, catering, and other miscellaneous responsibilities. Prior to AWEA, Elesha worked in her home state for the South Dakota Democratic Party as Finance Director. Elesha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Dakota and graduated with honors with her Masters in Business Administration with a custom emphasis of Social Responsibility in Business from Northern Arizona University.

Marissa Bundy
Registration Coordinator
Phone: (202) 383-2512

    Conference and Exhibition Planning

    Conference Registration

    Educational and Seminar Registration

Marissa Bundy joined AWEA in August of 2004. Her responsibilities are to assist in planning the WINDPOWER conferences, its exhibitions and registration. Marissa has several years of experience working in the conference management area. Marissa graduated from the Maryland College of Art and Design and attended the Maryland Institute of Art.

Deborah King
Registration and Logistics Associate

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Education Program Development

Sakura Emerine
Director of Education Program Development
Phone: (202) 383-2500

    Program for WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

    Educational Programs for Workshops

    WINDPOWER Program Committee Speakers

Sakura Emerine joined AWEA in November, 2003. She is responsible for developing and executing educational programs for AWEA's conferences and workshops. One of her primary responsibilities is to manage the conference program planning for the WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, including the abstract submission, review process, and speaker coordination. Prior to AWEA, Sakura worked at the Environmental Industry Associations for 4 years on their conferences and meetings as well as public relations. Sakura earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communications and Studio Art from Denison University, Granville, Ohio.

Annie Sznajder
Educational Program Manager

Satsuki Sokol
Educational Program Coordinator

Veronica Bemis
Educational Program Coordinator

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Marketing & Sales

Lori Rugh
Director, Marketing & Sales
Phone: (661) 821-2149

    Strategic planner for Outreach and Growth

    Exhibit Booth Sales for WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition & Workshops

    Exhibition Management

    Sponsorship Sales Opportunities - All events

    Marketing, Promotion and Advertising

Lori Rugh joined the AWEA team in August of 2005. Main responsibilities include strategically planning for industry alliances & growth of supply chain on a National and International level. Responsible for growth of WINDPOWER conferences and all of the AWEA Workshops and other AWEA hosted events. This is inclusive of Sales, Sponsorships, Show Management as well as other responsibilities within the AWEA organization, working jointly with the Education staff and Membership staff. Lori comes to AWEA from a long background in the wind industry, working both for Enron Wind then GE Energy in a Marketing/Communications capacity and a history in Marketing prior to the wind years. Graduating from the Penn State University in Man/Environment Relations, she finds strong connections to her major through this industry.

Mike Swinburne
Exhibition Sales & Services Coordinator
Phone: (202) 383-2502

    Exhibitor Customer Service

    Exhibit Sales for the WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition

Mike joined AWEA in April of 2007. His previous work experience includes recruiting and managing large numbers of volunteers and organizing and leading small workshops in model building. Most recently, Mike worked at a large outdoor concert venue as a chauffeur and security for visiting musicians and VIPs. Mike graduated in December 2006 with a degree in psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Edward du Moulin
Exhibition Sales and Services Coordinator

Brandon Kopp
Educational Program Coordinator

Tonney Insley
Manager, Marketing and Business Services

Renee Flowers
Marketing Coordinator
Phone: (202) 580-6456

Amy Gaddis
Membership and Sales Marketing Associate
Phone: (202) 383-2547

Amy joined AWEA in March of 2007. Prior to coming to AWEA Amy worked as a marketing assistant and conference coordinator for a small DC publishing firm, an intern for Senator Craig Thomas (WY), and a graphic designer for an outdoor advertising firm in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Georgetown University in May 2005 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Fine Art.

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Marsha Funk
Senior Director of Conference, Membership and Business Development

Amna Khan
Deputy Director, Core Member Services
Phone: (202) 383-2523

    Plans and coordinates fundraising needs of the Strategic Committees (Leg/Trans)

    Builds and Sustains relationships with current, new and potential contributors

    Collaborates with other staff for the coordination of Board and Committee functions

    Leadership Council

    Provides ongoing communication with Core Members* (C6 - C7)

    Communicates member company priorities and needs with association staff

    With Collaboration of the Membership Director, develops and directs association premium membership program

Amna Khan joined AWEA in October 2007. Prior to joining AWEA, Amna came to us with a background in the energy industry and in the association world. Most recently she was with the American Public Gas Association (APGA), as the Manager of Government Relations and Marketing. Amna also worked in finance and administration with APGA when she first started.

Prior to that, she was a Project Manager with Radiant Communications, working with both the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the After-School Alliance Project.

She graduated from George Mason University in December 1998, with a degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Economic and Political Development

Ajay Jain
Membership Services Associate
Phone: (202) 383-2500 ext 556

Amanda Fortner
Administrative Associate
Phone: (202) 383-2500 ext 555

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