Member Bios

Tom Lienesch

Senior Economist for the King County Wastewater Treatment Division

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During his 12 years as the senior economist for King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Tom has focused on rate setting, analyzing and creating alternative rate structures, financial policies and capital financing. Previously, he was the chief of the regional analysis branch at the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Washington.

Julie Ryan

Financial Analyst
Managing Partner, Aether Advisors LLC

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Julie is an energy industry executive with expertise in risk management and strategic planning. Ms. Ryan provides advisory services to energy industry executives in the areas of risk management and hedging, strategic planning, energy supply, wholesale trading and marketing, M&A due diligence, and business integration planning. Ms. Ryan has over 27 years of direct experience in the energy industry. Prior to her providing energy consulting, she was Vice-President, Risk Management and Strategic Planning at Puget Sound Energy. Ms. Ryan also held officer positions at Merchant Energy Group of the Americas and Louis Dreyfus Energy Corp. Ms. Ryan is a volunteer member of the Seattle City Light Review Panel, which oversees its strategic planning process, financial activities and rate reviews. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on the topics of hedging and risk management, and has been a guest instructor at Willamette University's Atkinson School of Management since 2006. Ms. Ryan graduated Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College in Massachusetts.

Sara Patton

Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Advocate
Former Executive Director of NW Energy Coalition

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Sara is the former Executive Director of NW Energy Coalition, an influential regional alliance of conservation, low-income, and consumer advocate organizations, utilities, businesses, communities of faith and citizen activists. Prior to her 21 year tenure at the NW Energy Coalition, Ms. Patton worked for energy efficiency at Seattle City Light for nearly 16 years. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and holds degrees from Antioch School of Law and Reed College. Her community service and honors include the Board of Save Our wild Salmon, the Board of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Seattle City Light Advisory Board, the Energy Trust of Oregon's Energy Conservation Council, the Sierra Club's Cascade Chapter Executive Committee, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce, the Regional Technical Forum Policy Advisory Committee, the Pike Place Market Historical Commission, and 2006 Helen H. Jackson Woman of Valor Award.

Thomas Buchanan

Residential Customer Representative

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Thomas Buchanan obtained a Master Degree at U of O and Indiana University in Political Science and Urban Economics.  He worked in two steel industry companies in Buffalo, New York, before entering aircraft electronics training and work at the Buffalo International Airport. He became active in an ongoing radioactive waste project in New York in which nuclear waste from the early Manhattan Project began leaking into West Valley, New York, near Buffalo.   In 1982, Thomas began work at Bendix Aircraft Avionics.  He returned to the Northwest in 1982 where Thomas began a career in flightline avionics/electronics at Boeing.  His career there continued until 2006 when he retired.   

Thomas has been active in energy solutions, renewable energy options, battery technology and the dangers of both fossil fuel and nuclear power production. Thomas also worked with Greenpeace as a Hanford radioactive weapons and waste campaigner and more recently with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility on drafting resolutions in Oregon and Seattle on the dangers and options to the only operating nuclear power plant in the Northwest-- the Columbia Generating Station.

David Allen

Commercial Customer
Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for McKinstry

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David is responsible for brand development at McKinstry, a Seattle based construction, engineering and facility services firm. McKinstry, with sales in the $200 million range, is the market leader in the Pacific Northwest for design/build mechanical construction and facility operation and management. Allen manages the company's marketing, business development and client service activities. David is widely respected for his contributions to creating McKinstry's positioning strategy that has resulted in the firm's national reputation as a leader in integrated, facility services delivery.

Patrick Jablonski, P.E.

Industrial Customer
Environmental Manager for Nurcor Steel Seattle, Inc.

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Patrick Jablonski has been a part of the steel industry since 1999.  In 2005, he joined Nucor at its Seattle facility, the state's largest recycler since 1904 and Seattle City Light's largest customer.  Since 2014, he has held the position of Environmental Manager and is responsible for the oversight of the Safety and Environmental functions of the Nucor plant in West Seattle.  He is a licensed mechanical engineer and has a passion for energy conservation and working with the Nucor team in Seattle to continuously improve and lead the industry in safety and environmental performance.  He is also involved in volunteer work in and around West Seattle and currently is part of the board of directors for Southwest Youth and Family Services.

Leon Garnett

Low-Income Customer Representative
Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone

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In his 11 years with Centerstone, Leon has provided oversight and guidance for Centerstone's Energy Assistance Program which serve more than 10,000 households annually. Leon has worked with elected officials, local government offices, and community-based organizations to advocate for equity and accessibility for low-income energy customers. Originally from Georgia, Leon holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He brings a team-oriented approach and develops data-driven strategies to ensure Centerstone programs fulfill the mission of the agency and address the needs of the community.

John Putz

John Putz

At-Large Customer
Research Scientist for The Energy Authority

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Dr. John Putz is a fifteen -year veteran of the energy, energy software and trading industries. John has experience in a wide variety of areas including strategic consulting, risk management, trading, energy software, asset and portfolio optimization, trade and asset valuation, and hydro-generation optimization. John received his PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Washington.

Gail Labanara

Suburban Franchise Representative
Public Works Analyst for the City of Tukwila

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Gail has over 14 years experience with utility rate modeling for Tukwila Public Works and 23 years at the City of Tukwila that include significant financial experience. Ms. Labanara has a BA degree from Pennsylvania State University and has specialized in accounting through her career.