2015-2020 Customer Review Panel

A Customer Review Panel was established to provide input on the Strategic Business Plan and to also periodically review SPU’s progress in implementing the plan. Panel members were selected by the Mayor and City Council.

Suzanne M. Burke

Suzie Burke is an active participant in the Fremont business community and also serves on the board of the North Seattle Industrial Association and Fremont Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the SPU’s Creeks, Drainage and Wastewater Advisory Committee. She is particularly interested in representing the needs and interests of small businesses in keeping rates and ecological cleanups reasonable. Suzie works in the Fremont neighborhood, and resides in Ballard.



David Gault

David Gault is the Director of Engineering at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel. With his technical background and years in the hospitality industry, David brings a practical perspective to the issues facing Seattle utilities.



David F. Layton

Dave Layton is a Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, where he joined the Evans School faculty in 2001. He teaches courses in economics, econometrics, and statistics. His areas of specialization include discrete choice econometrics and environmental and natural resource economics. He has published on a wide range to topics including economics and the evolution of antibiotic resistance, discounting and climate change, costs due to electrical power outages, payments for environmental service programs, and stated preference valuation methods.



Noel F. Miller

Noel Miller, P.E. is a retired municipal public works director and licensed civil engineer. His 35 year career has been focused on stormwater, wastewater, water supply and transportation programs and projects in the Puget Sound region. In 2012, he was appointed to the SPU’s Creeks, Drainage and Wastewater Advisory Committee and currently serves as a co-chair. A Seattle resident since the late 1970‘s, Noel now resides in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood after living in the West Seattle, Matthews Beach and Madison Park neighborhoods. He is an advocate for increasing public’s understanding and appreciation of regional and local water quality issues as a means to support SPU’s water quality, environmental stewardship and asset management goals. He is also interested in finding effective solutions to the ongoing challenge of financing SPU’s programs and projects.



Carl Pierce

Carl Pierce represents Seattle Housing Authority one of the largest residential self-haulers in the City of Seattle. He served as a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) in 2005, until December 2012; as a member, former Vice Chair and Chair. Carl’s interest in Solid Waste stems from his employment with Seattle Housing Authority Solid Waste Division, as the Division Operations Manager. Carl is well versed with the Seattle Public Utilities requirements and polices and brings an extensive amount of industry perspective, as he deliberates on the 2015-2020 Strategic Business Plan and issues facing the City. Carl will contribute to the Panel’s dedication with motivation to achieve quantifiable objectives. He was a valuable part of SWAC participation in the Solid Waste issues which have benefited SWAC’s position to the Mayor, City Council and continues to be advantageous to the SPU.



Laura C. Lippman

Laura Lippman is a retired physician living in Seattle. Her first medical job, in 1980, was working in the King County Health Department. During her career, she held many organizational executive positions, including president of a medical group that grew from three to 27 doctors. In 2007, she retired after 30 years of practice in North Seattle and Edmonds. Since her retirement, she has been concentrating on her interests of biology and ecology. She has volunteered with the Nature Conservancy, both in their office and in the field; worked with King County to identify invasive weeds; became certified as a Native Plant Steward and helped reestablish native plants in Seattle’s Westcrest Park. For four years she was part of the University of Washington’s Costal Observation and Seabird Survey Team and her responsibilities included monitoring South Beach in Discovery Park for dead birds, as bird mortality is an index of marine water pollution.



Bruce C. Lorig

Mr. Lorig founded Lorig Associates in 1972 and has since guided the company's growth and evolution into a leading real estate development firm in the Pacific Northwest. The results of Bruce's vision can be seen throughout the Northwest, from the Queen Anne High School Apartments, the Market Place North near Pike Place Market to Uwajimaya Village in the International District and most recently Thornton Place at Northgate and Green Lake Village. Bruce has developed numerous mixed-use projects including condominiums, office, parking garages and retail. He has also successfully renovated seven properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most notably Queen Anne High School, Wallingford Center, and the Thurston County Courthouse. Bruce has worked in public/private partnership with agencies such as the Seattle School District, the City of Seattle, Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, the Seattle Housing Authority, the University of Washington, the State of Washington, the national Development Council, and the City of Eugene. Many of these projects involved balancing neighborhood and special interest needs with public goals and development requirements.



Tara Luckie

Tara Luckie is Executive Director of the West Seattle Helpline and one of her main roles is helping families facing emergencies pay utility bills, which include utility bills through Seattle Public Utilities. Ms. Luckie has experience in strategic planning through both her Masters Program in Nonprofit Leadership and by being a part of the strategic planning process for various organizations. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership.



Walter L. Reese

Walter Reese is a long time Seattle resident and Controller for Nucor Steele Seattle. He has more than 30 years of high-level financial management experience. Prior to his position at Nucor Steele Seattle, he served as Controller at Todd pacific Shipyards (now Vigor), finance manager for Raytheon Systems and in various financial management positions at the Boeing Company. He has a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach California.