Leadership

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Gary J. Taylor, President and CEO

Gary Taylor is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Taylor provides the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and staffing to support corporate growth and promote efficient operations.

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Napoleon Johnson, Senior Director of Program Services

Napoleon Johnson is the Senior Director of Program Services. Mr. Johnson directs SERC’s business services, business process/risk assessment and technical resources departments. Mr. Johnson has overall responsibility for all corporate services including all aspects of the finance function; the management information and IT systems; and the facilities management.

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Brian F. Thumm, Senior Director of Compliance and Reliability

Brian F. Thumm, PE, is currently the Senior Director of Compliance and Reliability.  In this role, Mr. Thumm oversees the Compliance Monitoring, Entity Assessment, and Mitigation Plan functions of the SERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Plan (CMEP). These functions include not only audits, self-certifications, and compliance investigations, but also Internal Risk Assessments (IRA) and Internal Controls Evaluations (ICE) which help inform the compliance monitoring function from an integrated risk perspective. Mr. Thumm also oversees the Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis (RAPA) program which uses data collection and analysis to identify reliability risks within the SERC footprint.

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HOLLY HAWKINS, GENERAL COUNSEL 

Holly is the General Counsel for SERC and oversees the legal team along with providing strategic advice and counsel to the President and CEO. She also interfaces with NERC legal and regional legal representatives to develop new initiatives, review and advise on incoming FERC orders, among many other duties and responsibilities consistent with the position.

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Erin Kwon, Human Resources Director

Erin Kwon is the Human Resources Director of SERC Reliability Corporation. Ms. Kwon is responsible for the smooth operation of SERC’s Human Resources department.  Ms. Kwon provides leadership on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, SERC’s budget, and employee relations.

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August M. McClaine, Corporate Secretary

August is the Corporate Secretary and is responsible for the oversight, scheduling and management of all SERC Board and Committee meetings. She serves as a liaison to the Board and Board Committees, as well as for the SERC directors and other officers. She facilitates communication between and among directors and officers, creates and provides orientation for new directors and officers, and delivers ongoing training. Additionally, she works congruently with the legal department in coordinating Bylaws changes and maintaining key corporate documents and records.

Previously, August served as Office Manager at the law firm of Stuntz, Davis & Staffier in Washington, D.C.  She was a key contributor in the start-up of that office and responsible for overseeing the firm's daily operations. In addition she served as Executive Assistant to Linda Stuntz, during the period when reliability legislation was researched, drafted, and ultimately became the Title XII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

August also has experience as a legal secretary both in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio for various law firms and working with Congressional staff.