O&P REF Steering Committee Members

Brad Arnold
Manager, Policy & Compliance
Ameren Missouri

barnold@ameren.com

Brad Arnold has worked in Energy Management and Trading for Ameren Missouri for thirteen years. Mr. Arnold’s responsibilities have included Real-time Power Trading, Congestion Hedging Strategy and Execution, Load Forecasting, Long-term Energy Sales, Generation Offer Strategy, and Innovative Technology Implementation. In his current role, Mr. Arnold manages Ameren Missouri’s Market & Policy and NERC Compliance Programs. Mr. Arnold has held elected leadership roles in both the SERC and MISO stakeholder communities, and actively participates in NERC, SERC, MISO, and industry groups and seminars to stay current on both ongoing and developing compliance issues.

Prior to joining Ameren, Mr. Arnold worked in Financial Operations at the Boeing Company and in Regulatory Compliance at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.

Mr. Arnold has a B.S. in Finance from Missouri State University and an MBA from St. Louis University.

John Babik
Director Electric Compliance
JEA

babijj@jea.com

Mr. John Babik is JEA’s Director of Electric Compliance. He is a regulatory compliance and audit professional with over 30 years of experience in the utility industry specializing in interpreting and executing NERC and NAESB standards for four of the seven regulatory entities (SERC, NPCC, RFC, & MRO) for the past 15 years he has been a key player in the assessment of legal and regulatory issues in the evolving electricity industry as well as in the development of emerging reliability standards activities and their processes. Recent activities includes: Took the lead in developing technical comments to Standards TPL-001-5 by providing guidance for all Trade Associations in preparation to reply to the FERC proposed directives (NOPR RM19-10-000) for this standard. Also, task force member of the NERC’s High Altitude Electric Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) task force to lead in the development of drafting the HEMP Task Force Strategic Recommendations. The task force was charged to develop recommendations on developing best practices and reliability guidelines to mitigate the impacts of an HEMP incidents.

In his current position, John is responsible for JEA’s NERC compliance efforts and the coordination of reliability standards compliance activities within the SERC region and represents JEA on the SERC Technical Committees (OC). Mr. Babik has served in a number of positions in NERC and the five regional standing committees representing the Planning and/or the Compliance Committees. He also served on the NAESB WEQ Executive Committee – Generation Segment. Mr. Babik’ s major career experience has been in Transmission & Substation Engineering, Grid Operations & Planning, NERC Compliance and RTO integration projects.

Greg Davis
Regulatory Compliance Manager
Georgia Transmission Corporation

greg.davis@gatrans.com  

As the Regulatory Compliance Manager of Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), Greg Davis guides GTC in maintaining compliance with the Electric Reliability Organization Standards. He identifies and evaluates all new or modified reliability standards proposed by NERC and SERC, and assists in the evaluation and understanding of each requirement to ensure compliance readiness. Greg also maintains GTC’s program to monitor processes, procedures, guidelines and documentation to ensure compliance. 

During his time as a Compliance Manager, Greg has represented GTC in NERC and SERC conferences and has been a member of the SERC Protection and Control Sub Committee along with serving on the SERC Standard drafting team for SERC Standard PRC-006-1 Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding Requirements. Over Greg’s 20 year career, he has worked in various Electric Utility disciplines from relay maintenance, system protection, bulk planning, and ERO compliance. 

Greg is known for his ability to work cooperatively, and has the knowledge and experience to be a valuable member of the Registered Entity Forum.

Sarah Snow
Manager of Reliability Compliance
Cooperative Energy

ssnow@cooperativeenergy.com

Sarah Snow is currently the Manager of Reliability Compliance for Cooperative Energy (formerly South Mississippi Electric Power Association), headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Previously, Ms. Snow held the position of Reliability Compliance Administrator. During her tenure at the company, she has coordinated and prepared for two onsite CIP audits, two onsite Operations and Planning audits, and a NERC Balancing Authority re-certification review process.

Prior to joining South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Ms. Snow served as staff attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court and as a corporate trust manager for a large financial institution. Ms. Snow graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Bill Thigpen
Supervisor of Compliance Support
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

Bill.thigpen@powersouth.com

Bill Thigpen is currently Supervisor of Compliance Support for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. PowerSouth Energy Cooperative serves the energy needs of 16 electric Cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Mr. Thigpen has over 29 years of experience in the utility industry, having worked in PowerSouth’s Energy Control Center as a System Operator for almost 18 years, followed by 11 years as the Energy Control Center Supervisor. Mr. Thigpen began working in the Compliance Support Department in June of 2015. Compliance Support’s main role is to facilitate PowerSouth's compliance with NERC Standards and to ensure that sufficient internal controls are in place to maintain that compliance.

Mr. Thigpen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. He maintains a NERC System Operator Certification. In his previous role as Energy Control Center supervisor, Mr. Thigpen was an active member of the SERC System Operator Subcommittee (SOS). Mr. Thigpen participates in NERC, SERC, and industry seminars and conferences to maintain compliance awareness. Mr. Thigpen has also worked on several SERC Audits as an Industry Subject Matter Expert.

Ryan Ziegler
Reliability Compliance Specialist
Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

rziegler@aeci.org

Ryan Ziegler is a Reliability Compliance Specialist at Associated Eclectic Cooperative, Inc. (AECI), providing compliance guidance, risk management, training, and compliance program management and oversight for AECI and its member G&Ts. He received his Bachelor in Physics from Drury University and is currently a NERC certified Reliability Operator. He has completed NERC auditor training and participated as an ISME on a SERC audit. He is a member of the North America Transmission Forum (NATF) and participates in the Compliance Practice Group (CPG), the CPG Metrics Team, and has participated in peer review teams.

Ryan's industry background and experience includes having worked as a power plant mechanic and then as a power plant generator/ turbine operator along with being a NERC Certified System Operator which has provided a basis for understanding the fundamentals of successful utility governance, processes, procedures, and tools that are used to reliably and securely operate the BES. Ryan has a background in both O&P and CIP Reliability Standards.

Ryan's diverse set of training and experiences have led to an understanding of how to sustain compliance culture, proper training, and evidence retention/organization by using a systematic approach for managing compliance risk while implementing effective controls that ensure reliable and secure operations.