Leadership

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Jason Blake, President and CEO

Mr. Blake is passionate about SERC’s mission, which is to reduce risks and ensure a reliable, resilient, and secure electric grid across 16 southeastern and central states. 

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Tim Ponseti, Vice President, Operations

Mr. Ponseti directs the day-to-day operations of SERC’s reliability assessment, reliability services, compliance monitoring, and analytics activities.

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HOLLY HAWKINS, VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL & CORPORATE SECRETARY

Ms. Hawkins oversees the legal team along with providing strategic advice and counsel to the President and CEO. She also interfaces with NERC and Regional legal representatives to develop new initiatives and review and advise on incoming FERC orders.

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George Krogstie, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Mr. Krogstie is responsible for SERC’s financial, human resources and administrative functions, providing strategic financial oversight and ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures.

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Brian F. Thumm, Vice President of Performance Improvement and Risk Management

Mr. Thumm leads the Risk Assessment & Mitigation, Training & Outreach, and Strategic Initiatives & Continuous Improvement departments. Mr. Thumm oversees the strategic planning for the organization. He is also responsible for several internal oversight functions, including quality assurance, internal controls, program readiness, operational excellence, continuous improvement, and the Project Management Office (PMO).

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Melinda Montgomery, Senior Director, Engineering & Advanced Analytics

Ms. Montgomery provides leadership to the Advanced Analytics department, as well as the Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis and the Technical Services departments which support the SERC Technical Committees and subgroups.

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Andrew Williamson, Director, Reliability Assurance

Andrew Williamson serves as the SERC Director of Reliability Assurance. He is responsible for all aspects of SERC’s Compliance Monitoring, Registration, and Certification activities.

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Stephen Brown, Director, Cyber and Physical Security

Mr. Brown is responsible for ensuring that SERC maintains a strong internal security posture to safeguard its assets and is effectively engaged externally with its stakeholders to help address security challenges across SERC’s 16-state footprint.  

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Jennifer Golynsky, Director, Human Resources

Ms. Golynsky oversees the human resource and facilities team along with providing strategic human capital policy and practices guidance to SERC employees.  

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