Upcoming Current Issues Conference

Contact. Jeanette Walter at jeawalte@nmsu.edu if you have questions, registration inquiries, or require additional information.

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Current Issues: April 5-8, 2020

Industry leaders and commissioners discuss issues facing the electric, natural gas, water, and telecommunications industries.



Updated: January 29, 2020


Eldorado Hotel • Santa Fe, NM


Jeanette Walter: jeawalte@nmsu.edu or 575.649.4812.


  • Early registration discounts if made by March 20, 2020
  • Registration is limited

Registration and Payment Options:

  • Online: Payment options are credit card, check/money order, or we can invoice your organization.
  • Fax, phone or email: Fill out the enrollment form on the last page of the program brochure. Follow the instructions on the form for a preferred payment option.

Registration instructions for Guest Speakers/Responders:

  1. Click the “Register Now” link above.
  2. Chose the registration category: Current Issues 2020 Guest Speaker/Responder ($0.00).
  3. Press “Proceed to Payment” button.
  4. Guest speakers/responders will be sent a formal confirmation from the CPU staff.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation requests received via email prior to March 15, 2020 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at any time. Send the appropriate attendee contact information to Jeanette Walter at jeawalte@nmsu.edu.

Eldorado Hotel Reservations

To reserve your room at the special conference rate of $196 per night, single or double:

  • Online: CLICK HERE
  • Call: 800.955.4455 and mention the NMSU Public Utilities conference, Group Code: 200331NMSU.
  • Deadline: Reserve by March 13, 2020 for special conference room rate.
    Should you have any problems reserving a hotel room, please call Jeanette Walter at 575-649-4812.

    2020 Current Issues Attendees

    Updated: February 13, 2020

    AlbrechtShari FeistCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionTopekaKS
    ArminioDanielRegulatory Affairs RepMississippi Power CompanyGulfportMS
    AronBenjaminDirector, State Regulatory AffairsCTIAWashingtonDC
    AugeriFrankLead Rate SpecialistConnecticut Public Utilities Regulatory AuthorityNew BritainCT
    AyotteAlysonAssistant Rate SpecialistConnecticut Public Utilities Regulatory AuthorityNew BritainCT
    BalasbasJayCommissionerWashington Utilities and Transportation CommissionLaceyWA
    BarksdaleAbbeyESG ManagerAmerican WaterCamdenNJ
    BarnesConitshaRegulatory Affairs ManagerDuke EnergyCharlotteNC
    BezecnyStephenVP - Rates/RPMCenterPoint EnergyHoustonTX
    BinswangerLewisVice President, Enternal AffairsNicor GasNapervilleIL
    BlackNoelVice President, Federal Regulatory AffairsSouthern CompanyWashingtonDC
    BonrudPamelaDirector Gov & Reg AffairsNorthWestern EnergySioux FallsSD
    BurrowMichael CEONineStar Connect GreenfieldIN
    BurrowsLori VP/General CounselArkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationLittle RockAR
    ButlerJolynnDirector, State StrategyAT&T Services, Inc.ColumbusOH
    ByrdSandraVice President, Public Affairs & Member Services Arkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationLittle RockAR
    CimernamRickVP - External & State AffairsNCTA - The Internet & Television AssociationWashingtonDC
    ConleyJeffreyVP of Engineering & OperationsNineStar ConnectGreenfieldIN
    CooperTheresaTechnical AdvisorOklahoma Corporation CommissionOklahoma CityOK
    DannerDavid ChairWashington State Utilities and Transportation CommissionOlympiaWA
    DesselleMichaelVP & CCAOSouthwest Power PoolLittle RockAR
    DionPhilipVP Customer Solutions & PolicyAmerican Electric PowerColumbusOH
    DuffySusanCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionTopekaKS
    DuskyTerryPresidentITC MidwestEarlhamIA
    DutrieuilleGladysChairmanPennsylvania Public Utility CommissionHarrisburgPA
    ElliottLeeAnalystSouthwest Power PoolLittle RockAR
    EspinozaValerieCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    FentonMarkExecutive Director Regulatory Policy \& Case ManagementPNMAlbuquerqueNM
    ForemanLindaAdministrative Law JudgeOklahoma Corporation CommissionOklahoma CityOK
    FreemanBryceAdministratorWyoming Office of Consumer AdvocateCheyenneWY
    GrahamArtCommissionerFlordia Public Service CommissionTallahasseeFL
    GregoryGaryPresidentAtmos Energy Corporation DenverCO
    HaasBillPrincipal Corporate CounselT-MobileCedar RapidsIA
    HallCynthiaCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    HancheyWilliam VP Government AffairsCenturyLinkWake ForestNC
    HansonGaryChairmanSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionPierreSD
    HardwickSusanExecutive VP & CFOAmerican WaterCamdenNJ
    HarperMarkSenior Director Public PolicyCenturyLinkMonroeLA
    HayesPhillip Director, Chairman NineStar ConnectGreenfieldIN
    HermanAlexandraCorporate CounselT-MobileParsippanyNJ
    HofmannSarahCommissioner Vermont Public Utility CommissionMontpelierVT
    HoldenMary-AnnaCommissionerNew Jersey Board of Public UtilitiesTrentonNJ
    HoltDavidPresidentConsumer Energy AllianceHoustonTX
    HowardJohnCommissionerSouth Carolina Public Service CommissionColumbiaSC
    HuserGeriChairIowa Utilities BoardDes MoinesIA
    JansonJulieEVP, External Affairs and President, Carolinas RegionDuke EnergyCharlotteNC
    JoaquimNancyAssociate Rate SpecialistConnecticut Public Utilities Regulatory AuthorityNew BritainCT
    JohnsonBradChairmanMontana Public Service CommissionHelenaMT
    KeenDwightCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionTopekaKS
    KellySuedeenPartnerJenner & Block LLPWashingtonDC
    KiernanTomCEOAmerican Wind Energy AssociationWashingtonDC
    KolbeckSteve Principal Manager -South DakotaXcel EnergySioux FallsSD
    LeFeversDanDirector, State & Consumer ProgramsGTI EnergyDes PlainesIL
    LeistRosemarySr. Numbering Policy ManagerT-MobileTampaFL
    LeopoldDianeExecutive Vice President & Co-Chief Operating OfficerDominion EnergyRichmondVA
    LeVarThadChairPublic Service Commission of UtahSalt Lake CityUT
    LipperSusanState Government Affairs DirectorT-MobileSacramentoCA
    LoudenslagerSamDirector, Regulatory PolicySouthwest Power PoolLittle RockAR
    MantheC.J.CommissionerPublic Utilities Commission of NevadaCarson CityNV
    MartinChastaVice President Regulatory Relations & Policy CenterPoint EnergyHoustonTX
    McKaigPaulRetiredOncor Electric DeliveryAustinTX
    McNamaraJosephPolicy AnalystSandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueNM
    MerrifieldJeffreyPartnerPillsbury Winthrop Shaw PittmanWashingtonDC
    MoellerClairPresident & Chief Operating OfficerMISOEaganMN
    MurphyDanaCommissionerOklahoma Corporation CommissionOklahoma CityOK
    NelsonChrisVice ChairmanSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionPierreSD
    NelsonRobert A. Consumer CounselMontana Consumer CounselHelenaMT
    NessingSandyManaging DirectorAmerican Electric PowerColumbusOH
    O'Connell-DiazErinPresidentFutureFWD, Inc.Bull ValleyIL
    O'GuinnKimberlyCommissionerArkansas Public Service CommissionLittle RockAR
    OhtaTeriDirector, Regulatory AffairsT-MobileBellevueWA
    PhillipsWillieChairmanPublic Service Commission of the District of ColumbiaWashingtonDC
    PietrzykMaryDirector, Public AffairsNuclear Energy Institute WashingtonDC
    PowellRegisSr. Policy AnalystArkansas Public Service CommissionLittle RockAR
    PresleyBrandonCommissionerMS Public Service CommissionNettletonMS
    RippieGlennPartnerJenner & Block LLPChicagoIL
    RobinsonMichaelCommissionerWyoming Public Service CommissionCheyenneWY
    RodriguezDeannaVice PresidentEntergy TexasAustinTX
    SantanaJeniSr. Government Affairs ManagerT-MobileSacramentoCA
    SherwoodPamelaAssistant General CounselCenturyLinkIndianapolisIN
    ShurdenShawnRegulatory AffairsMississippi Power CompanyGulfportMS
    SnitchlerToddPresident & CEOEPSAWashingtonDC
    SpecterRobVP for Finance & TreasurerCatholic UniversityWashingtonDC
    SteeleBill President Bill Steele and Associates LLCHighlands RanchCO
    SuskiePaulExec VP & General CouncelSouthwest Power PoolLittle RockAR
    ThomasMicheleVP, State Government AffairsT-MobilePalm Beach Gardens FL
    ThormeyerRobSenior Director, Communications \& AdovcacyUtilities Technology CouncilArlingtonVA
    TrammellBrookeRVP, Rates & Regulatory Affairs Xcel EnergyDenverCO
    TrincheroMarkPartnerDavis Wright Tremaine LLPPortlandOR
    TullohBrianExec Dir, External Affairs North RegionMISOEaganMN
    TumaJohnCommissionerMinnesota Public Utilities CommissionSt. PaulMN
    VailSteve DirectorNineStar Connect GreenfieldIN
    WagnerNickBoard MemberIowa Utilities BoardMarionIA
    WalkerDeAnnChairmanPublic Utility Commission of TexasAustinTX
    Walker-RatliffJoanDirector Regulatory AffairsPhillips 66Ponca CityOK

    Presentations will be posted after the conference subject to speaker approval.