Cris Eugster is CPS Energy’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing the generation and delivery of power for the greater San Antonio region. Eugster has played an important role in the transformation of CPS Energy into a leader in renewables, energy efficiency & demand response, and grid modernization. Cris Eugster is also the Chairman of the Board for EPIcenter. Prior experience includes serving Mayor Bill White as Houston’s first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth and a Partner at McKinsey & Company focused on high tech and energy clients.
Paula Gold-Williams was named President & Chief Executive Officer of CPS Energy in July 2016 after serving nine months in an interim role. Since 2008, she had served as Group Executive Vice President - Financial & Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Treasurer for the nation's largest gas and electric municipal utility. She also has served in other capacities such as chief administrative officer and controller.
Gold-Williams joined CPS Energy in 2004 after holding various positions in several San Antonio businesses, including regional controller for Time-Warner Cable (now Spectrum) and vice president of finance for Luby's, Inc. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant and earned a BBA from St. Mary’s University and an MBA from Regis University.
Carolyn Shellman oversees CPS Energy's Legal, Audit, and Governmental Affairs functions.
Before joining CPS Energy in 2006, Shellman served as Vice President & General Counsel for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Prior to that position, she was a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP and a partner at Bickerstaff Heath & Smiley LLP. She also has served as the Director of Hearings as well as the Secretary of the Commission at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Shellman is a graduate of Vassar College and has a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Oklahoma.
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera joined the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) as president and chief executive officer in July 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for advancing the diversification and growth of the San Antonio regional economy through domestic and international business development, partnerships and market strategies.
Before joining SAEDF, Saucedo-Herrera served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Brand Management for CPS Energy, the largest municipally-owned electric and gas provider in the nation. During her tenure, she oversaw the economic development, corporate communications, marketing and corporate responsibility functions for the organization. Saucedo-Herrera joined CPS Energy in 2008, and held leadership roles in Corporate Affairs and Human Resources. She holds a BBA from St. Mary’s University.
Don Reeves joined Itron (formerly Silver Spring Networks) in 2005 and brings over 25 years of experience in high-technology product development to his role as Chief Technology Officer. During his time at Itron, Don has led the Software Engineering team to develop the UtilityIQ™ product suite, launched the company’s hosting business, led the worldwide delivery organization, and most recently led the R&D and Managed Services teams. Don has provided technical and implementation leadership across many of the company’s key accounts including Florida Power and Light, Pacific Gas & Electric, the Exelon family of utilities, Jemena, and CitiPower and Powercor in Australia.
Before joining Silver Spring Networks, Don served as Vice President of Engineering at Black Pearl, Vice President of Engineering at Commerce One, and led the software development organizations at a pair of start-ups - MyTurn.com and GlobalPC. Don began his career at Geoworks, working on the first generation of smart phones and mobile devices. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tim Weidenbach is currently the Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr North America. In this role, Mr. Weidenbach is responsible for leading the teams that sell, deliver, implement and support the entire portfolio of solutions Landis+Gyr offers to the utility market. He is instrumental in establishing strategy and serving as a primary customer advocate within the organization.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Weidenbach served as Senior Vice President Customer Delivery. In this role he managed the team responsible for delivering successful project management and implementation of complex solution offers. This was preceded by the role of Vice President Product Management where he guided product line management and development. Mr. Weidenbach began his career at Landis+Gyr as Director of Programs for Gridstream™ deployments where he was responsible for management and execution of all contracts for utilities including projects such as AEP-Texas, Oncor, and CPS.
Mr. Weidenbach has worked in the electric utility industry for twenty five years with management roles in transmission and distribution organizations and now in the Smart Grid Infrastructure industry. His experience includes direct industry experience with fifteen years at the Southern Company in leadership positions. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Timothy Heinle joined OCI Solar Power in November 2017 as Vice President of Business Development. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he is responsible for establishing the Business Development team, creating the sales and development strategy, and new customer origination.
Timothy has more than 25 years of experience in the independent power sector, having worked in similar roles for EDF RE/ groSolar, Siemens / Pace Global, Community Energy, Magellan Resources, and Duke Energy.
Mr. Heinle holds a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University. He currently is a Co-Chair for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Committee; served as the 2020 SA-to-DC Energy Issue Team Chair; and was a member of the City of San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Technical Working Group.
Lauren E. Dean, is the Founder and CEO of CornerBishop, which she began in 2019, to provide strategic, practical and timely advice,drawing on her legal and financial experience and business judgment, to companies facing key milestones in their development or challenges in their life cycle.Ms. Dean has more than 14 years of experience in capital markets, corporate governance, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, real estate development and other matters, serving as both external and internal counsel on a variety of unique and complex transactions. These transactions include initial public offerings of both U.S. companies and foreign private issuers, debt and follow-on equity offerings, public and private mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and tender offers, real estate transactions, complex financing transactions and large corporate restructurings.