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Senator Capito

​​​Shelley Moor Capito is the current Senator of West Virginia. She was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014, and re-elected in 202​​0. Shelley became the first female Senator in West Virginia's History.

For the 118th Congress, Senator Capito serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee as ranking member; and the Rules and Administration Committee.​

A lifelong West Virginian herself, Senator Capito was born in Glen Dale in the Northern Panhandle. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. 


Christine King

Christine is the GAIN Director at Idaho National Laboratory. As Director of the Gateway for Acceleration in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative, Christine King facilitates a range of public-private partnerships to help move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization, while ensuring the​ continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. In addition, GAIN works to ensure that clean energy plans value the opportunity nuclear energy provides to meet decarbonization and sustainability goals. Ms King is regularly invited to introduce advanced nuclear energy to state legislatures, utility commissioners, energy planners, and investors. Prior to GAIN, she has worked for a venture capital firm, led a nuclear division for a consulting firm, and led long-term R&D for a non-profit, and worked in the field during nuclear plant outages.

Christine earned her BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Lynchburg College. She earned a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is studying Taiko drumming.​​

Brian J. Anderson

Brian J. Anderson PhD is the Executive Director of IWG on Coal & Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization and Senior Advisor of Energy Communities with the U.S. Department of Energy . Brian  was named executive director of the Biden Administration's Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization in April 2021. In this role, Anderson strategically leverages national laboratory and other resources and expertise to help ensure the shift to a clean energy economy creates good-paying union jobs, spurs economic revitalization, remediates environmental degradation and supports energy workers in coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities. Anderson led development of the IWG's initial report that included recommendations to catalyze robust economic activity and support workers in America's energy sector; these recommendations are now driving revitalization efforts in Appalachia and across the nation.

A longtime resident of West Virginia and a descendant of coal miners, Anderson brings extensive expertise in regional innovation and technology development for the energy sector. In June 2023, he was named the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Senior Advisor on Energy Communities. As DOE's leading authority and advisor on energy asset transformation, Anderson provides technical advice and guidance to the Undersecretary for Infrastructure, Deputy Undersecretary, and program offices within that portfolio. For five years prior to this appointment, he served as Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), where he managed the complete NETL complex, including delivery and execution of the Laboratory's mission and national programs in carbon-based energy and program support to the DOE Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Electricity; and Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response. Under Anderson's leadership, NETL initiated critical technology development and deployment projects, including direct air capture technologies for decarbonization, chemical looping combustion with potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and non-variable renewable energy for future low-carbon power systems.

Anderson earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and his master's and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bhima Sastri

​​Dr. Bhima Sastri is the Director of Energy Asset Transitions in the Office of Fossil Energy with the  U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Sastri is currently leading an effort across several government agencies to repurpose and transition energy assets to meet administration goals to decarbonize the electric sector. In addition, he overlooks R&D funding for other technology areas including the Supercritical CO2 programs that manages the 10Mwe Supercritical Transformative Electric Power pilot in San Antonio, TX. He has over 30 years of experience in research and development of chemical and energy technologies. Before joining the Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Office, he was a Technology Manager at the Advanced Manufacturing Office at DOE where he managed the Advanced Chemical Separations, Desalination, and Bio-Manufacturing technology portfolios.  

He is currently on the executive board of the RAPID which is the Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing. For over 18 years prior to joining DOE, he worked in private industry as a Senior Research Engineer and has held visiting faculty positions at different universities where he taught undergraduate chemical engineering courses.  

Dr. Sastri completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from IIT Madras.   
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Erik Cothron

​​​Erik Cothron is the Senior Analyst at Nuclear Innovation Alliance. Erik helps create the conditions for advanced nuclear reactor success through research, stakeholder engagement, and policy advocacy. Erik received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in material science and engineering from Virginia Tech, along with a graduate certificate in nuclear engineering and a concentration in nuclear materials. He has over 4 years of experience working as an energy consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy on​ their energy efficiency program, where he developed federal regulations, performed engineering and market analysis, assessed compliance, and represented DOE in various stakeholder meetings. He also volunteers for the Nuclear Alternative Project, a non-profit organization aiming to bring advanced nuclear energy to the island of Puerto Rico.

Mike Durr

Mike Durr is the Director of Advanced Nuclear Engineering at TVA. Mike has spent 36 years in commercial nuclear power. He has been with TVA for the last 14 years, prior to that Mike was with Entergy and the New York Power Authority. 

Mike is the current Director of Advanced Nuclear Engineering with TVA. He has been in this role for ~18 months; Responsible for engineering oversight of the Clinch River Project engineering work, New Nuclear Program Digital Strategy and monitoring the status and evaluating other advanced nuclear technologies like Gen IV technologies.

His previous position  was Director of Design and Computer Engineering; this was for the TVA operating fleet and he was in that role for 10 years. He acted as the Design Engineering CFAM for the fleet.

Mike has his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and is a Registered PE in New York. He also has PWR SRO Certification.

Chris Nolan

Chris Nolan is vice president of new nuclear generation strategy and regulatory engagement for Duke Energy. In this role, he has responsibility for planning for new nuclear generation to support the company's energy transition to net-zero carbon emissions. He assumed this role in 2022.

Prior to 2022, Nolan served as vice president of regulatory affairs, policy, and emergency preparedness where he was responsible for these programs for nuclear generation. Before that, Nolan served as licensing manager in nuclear plant development, where he was responsible for managing licensing, site characterization and project development activities for new nuclear interests in Duke Energy's Carolinas and Midwest service territories.

Nolan joined Duke Energy in 2006 after working at the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for nine years. During this period, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, and the Office of Enforcement. Nolan was chief of the New Reactors Environmental Projects Branch in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation when he accepted a position with Duke Energy. Prior to his service with the NRC, Nolan was a senior design engineer at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant for nine years.

Additionally, Nolan was a qualified operator in the U. S. Navy's nuclear power program while employed at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory for General Electric Co. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School.

Nolan graduated from the University of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management.  He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Jeremy Browing


Kathleen Munroe
Kathleen Munroe is with Salt River Project. ​With a robust 25 years in the electric utility industry, Kathleen Munroe is a seasoned professional with experience in generating resource development, community engagement, transmission siting and interconnection.  Demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainable practices she played a pivotal role in negotiating agreements supporting key customers renewable energy goals. 

This same commitment was evident as she led SRP's Coronado Generating Station (CGS) Repurposing Studies.  The studies evaluated options for repurposing the CGS site with low to no-carbon generating resources. 

Kathleen enjoys fly fishing and spending time with her family.

Jon-Michael Murry

Jon-Michael is CATF’s Nuclear Policy Manager. He is responsible for developing and advocating for policies that promote the development and deployment of advanced nuclear energy technologies in the United States and globally.

Jon-Michael joined the Task Force from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office (DOE) of International Affairs where he was a Policy Fellow working on international climate and clean energy engagement, including in such fora as the Clean Energy Ministerial and UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties. Prior to his time at the DOE, Jon-Michael worked to promote U.S. trade and export competitiveness at the International Trade Administration (ITA), primarily working on ITA’s civil nuclear energy portfolio.

Before all of this, Jon-Michael served as a nuclear operator in the U.S. Navy, stationed on an aircraft carrier out of Japan, after which he explored entrepreneurship and worked in the private sector in Thailand. He received a Master’s in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State University.

Stephanie Weir

Stephanie Weir serves as the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Stakeholder and Regulatory Strategy Manager.  In this role, she engages with a wide range of stakeholders, including communities, states, and regions where advanced reactor technologies are being considered; industry; regulators; and national laboratories.  Stephanie also supports the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) on projects related to regulatory risk reduction and advanced reactor siting.

Prior to joining GAIN and NRIC, Stephanie served as an attorney advising both public and private clients in a wide range of federal and state environmental, health & safety, real estate, and land use matters in both litigation and transactional settings.

Stephanie holds a JD (admitted in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) as well as BS degrees in Geology and Physical Science.

Caleb Tomlin

Mr. Caleb Tomlin is a Senior Technical Leader at EPRI. He is leading work in the Advanced Nuclear Technology program where he and the team focus on the design, fabrication, construction, and application of advanced reactors. Caleb is the lead for the Nuclear Beyond Electricity technical focus area where non-electric applications of nuclear are investigated. Mr. Tomlin's focus lies in the production and use of hydrogen by the existing fleet of light water reactors, as well as the coming advanced reactors. He also leads the Nuclear Beyond Electricity efforts related to the use of advanced reactors for industrial applications, low carbon fuels, and flexible grid support. The efforts of Nuclear Beyond Electricity and the Low Carbon Resources Initiative are synergistic and Mr. Tomlin's work supports both efforts.

Additionally, his research focuses on the efficient and equitable deployment of advanced reactors in communities with operating or retired coal assets.

Prior to coming to EPRI, Caleb worked for Framatome with a focus on advanced reactors, hydrogen production, and flexible operations. He is a graduate from the University of Virginia with a background in material science and mechanical engineering.

Craig Stover

Andy Chrusciel
Andy Chrusciel, PE is the Principal Project Manager for Terra Power.

Andy has been involved with power plants for over 35 years including design Engineering/Management, Start-up/Commissioning, Construction Management, Project Management/Director, and Business Development.  He has worked at many jobsites in the US and worldwide and with many technologies including Nuclear, Combined Cycle, Coal, and Renewables (Wind, Solar, Biomass, Energy Storage).  He is looking forward to delivering the new generation of Nuclear Power to the grid.

Mark Romano

Hunter Moore

Paul Ramsey

Spence Udall

Will Jensen
​Will is a nuclear energy economist for Idaho National Laboratory. He specializes in nuclear industry labor markets and economic impact modeling for nuclear projects. His recent research project topics included coal to nuclear transitions, closed fuel cycles, hydrogen markets, interim storage for used nuclear fuel, and comparing economic impacts for electricity generating technologies.

Will has a certificate in business strategy from Cornell University. Will holds a master's degree from Utah State University in Applied Economics with a specialization in community and regional economic development. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from Utah State University's Huntsman School of Business. Will taught economics in a full and part-time capacity at Brigham Young University-Idaho and Idaho State University for over 10 years. He was the director of business research for a non-profit research center. Will was also an Economist for the Idaho Department of Labor.  

Doug Hardtmayer
Mr. Hardtmayer is a nuclear engineer by degree, who now is a leading team member in MPR associate’s New Energy Deployment group, which focuses on developing implementation strategies for potential new nuclear owners. Mr. Hardtmayer has supported multiple utility and non-utility clients in developing key implementation strategies, such as site selection, technology monitoring and selection plans, licensing strategies, and multiple other pillars of new nuclear deployment

Kati Austgen
Kati Austgen is a Senior Project Manager for New Reactors at the Nuclear Energy Institute.  She specializes in advocacy for all new reactor technologies, including large light-water reactors, small modular reactors, non-light-water reactors, and micro-reactors.

Kati leads the NEI New Reactor Regulatory Working Group which is focused on providing industry coordination and strategic guidance on key generic licensing and regulatory issues for new reactors.  Their efforts to resolve regulatory issues and implement recommendations for ensuring a modern and efficient regulatory framework are aimed at ensuring viability of multiple Advanced Reactor deployments by 2030.  Prior to coming to NEI, Kati was a licensing engineer at Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center. 

Kati holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University and the University of Missouri, respectively.​

Everett Redmond
Everett Redmond is Senior Director Fuel Affairs at Oklo. Everett is responsible for Oklo's government affairs and policy activities. He is also supporting Oklo's efforts related to fuel fabrication, fuel disposition, and other fuel related issues including enrichment and deconversion. Everett has been with Oklo since September 2022.

Chris Colbert

Chris Colbert is currently an Advisor to Elementl Power, an advanced nuclear power project development company established by Breakwater North.

Previously, Mr. Colbert served as Chief Financial Officer of NuScale Power, LLC from February 2021 to August 2023, served as the company's Chief Strategy Officer from 2014 to 2022 and as NuScale's Chief Operating Officer from 2011 to 2014. 

Mr. Colbert joined NuScale from UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC, where he was Senior Vice President for Projects and Services from 2007 to 2011. While at UniStar, Mr. Colbert was responsible for the deployment of the United States evolutionary power reactors (EPR) at UniStar's existing nuclear power plant sites and the provision of licensing and other project development services to other United States EPR projects.

Before joining UniStar, Mr. Colbert worked for a number of companies over nearly 15 years developing and financing over 6500 MW of fossil-fueled power projects, including the Longview Power Project in West Virginia and the Millmerran Power Project in Australia. Mr. Colbert began his career at GE Aircraft Engines as an engineer and later transferred to the General Electric Company Corporate Audit Staff.

Mr. Colbert holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Walter A. Haas School of Business in Berkeley, CA. He is also a chartered financial analyst.

Daniel van Hoogstraten

Julie Kozeracki
Julie Kozeracki is a Senior Advisor in the US Department of Energy Loan Programs Office, which has over $300B in loan authority for clean energy deployment. She leads the cross-DOE effort on Advanced Nuclear Pathways to Commercial Liftoff, a collaboration between LPO, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, the Office of Technology Transitions, and the Office of Nuclear Energy.

Prior to DOE, she was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group, where she was a leader in the firm's federal and operations practices, advising private and public sector clients on topics ranging from uranium enrichment to regional economic development to negotiations with defense contractors.

Julie holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sean Lawrie

Sean Lawrie with ScottMadden is an energy consultant with significant practical experience assisting our industry to assist to improve how we run our business and train our workforce of the future. During his time at ScottMadden, Sean has been fortunate to assist the US, Canadian, French, UK, and UAE nuclear plants and our domestic research organizations on topics such as plant modernization, training modernization, process improvement, and modernization implementation.

Prior to joining ScottMadden, Sean worked at GE Energy as a technical assistant to the Station VP at Bruce Power. ​Sean has also worked in the transmission, distribution, and fossil energy sectors on what it will take to meet both company and regulatory goals as we push toward a zero-carbon electricity and industrial sector.

Feel free to reach out to Sean on LinkedIn to keep the conversation about our clean-energy transition going

Matthew Dalbey

​Matthew Dalbey is with the policy office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he has been serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Sustainable Communities. He is a proven thought leader in developing community-driven economic revitalization strategies at the local, state, and federal level. These strategies focus on identifying economic drivers, build on existing assets, and support economic growth that improves environmental and human health outcomes. In the Biden-Harris Administration he has been the senior career leader supporting EPA's participation on the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Powerplant Communities and Economic Revitalization. He joined EPA in 2004, focusing on working with private sector developers interested in meeting growing market demand for compact, mixed-use development patterns, and providing technical assistance to help cities and towns, particularly rural ones, identify economic drivers that help communities grow in ways that support better health, clean air, and clean water outcomes.  In 2010, he joined the leadership team in what was then the Office of Sustainable Communities, where he led a series of partnership efforts with other federal agencies and states to support a cleaner environment, more efficient public investments in communities going through economic transition. In 2012 and 2013, as the deputy director of the Obama Administration's White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, he oversaw much of the day-to-day work supporting multi-agency, coordinated technical assistance in several metropolitan areas, including Fresno, Detroit, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Memphis. Between 2014 and 2021 he led the office that is now called the Office of Community Revitalization. He is also an adjunct professor with George Washington University's Sustainable Urban Planning program where he teaches courses on sustainable communities and regional economic development. Prior to joining EPA, Matthew was an assistant professor at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.  He has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Columbia University, master's degrees in City Planning and Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary. He has three 20-something year old kids and lives in Silver Spring, MD.