Meet the Advisory Committee

To support the content selection process for SAP for Utilities, we brought together an amazing team of industry leaders that help us review each abstract submitted and select the most innovative stories that will form our agenda. The committee members volunteer their time to support the conference production team and help to enhance the overall conference experience of all attendees.

Thank you to our dedicated Advisory Committee for its continued support of the SAP for Utilities conference!

Retha Hunsicker

VP of Customer Connect Solutions, Duke Energy

Biography

Retha Hunsicker co-leads Duke Energy’s Customer Connect Program as VP of Customer Connect Solutions. She is responsible for consolidating and modernizing the company’s four existing customer systems into one customer engagement platform. The new platform will be foundational to transform how Duke Energy serves customers and supports their evolving needs.
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Rex Pietzyk

Director of IT Governance and Systems Implementation , Xcel Energy

Biography

Rex Pietzyk is the director of IT governance and systems implementation at Xcel Energy. With more than 29 years of IT leadership (25 years of SAP) and 10 years of utilities experience leading large-scale delivery programs and high performing organizations, Rex is responsible for planning, management, and implementation of large-scale…
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Vidya Rangachar

Senior Director for Business Solutions, CPS Energy

Biography

Vidya Rangachar is the interim senior director for business solutions at CPS Energy. She has almost 25 years of varied experience in the oil and gas and utilities industries.  ​ In this role, Vidya is responsible for application development, maintenance/support, and delivery of end-user services to the different areas of…
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Gibbons Saint Paul

SAP Solution Architect, Salt River Project

Biography

Gibbons Saint Paul is a certified project management professional (PMP) with over 18 years of experience. His engagement experience over the past 15 years has focused on project management/lead of system implementations as well as designing and implementing functional solutions with an emphasis in the utilities and state and local…
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Shachella James

VP of Technology Operations, CenterPoint Energy

Biography

Shachella James is an accomplished technology professional approaching three decades interfacing with senior business executives, technical teams, and operational end users, making sure no one strays from “due North.”  As the VP of technology operations, she provides leadership to a technology organization that enables and supports the corporate technology enterprise.…
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Dan Linder

Program Manager SAP C/4HANA, San Diego Gas & Electric

Biography

Dan Linder is the program manager for SAP® C/4HANA at San Diego Gas & Electric.

Joel Semel

Director of IT Business Relationship, National Grid

Biography

Joel Semel is the director of IT and business relationship at National Grid.

Sue Daulton

Management Analyst, Tacoma Public Utilities

Biography

Sue is an experienced senior management analyst with over 20 years of working in the utilities industry. Her skills are strongest in business processes, business analytics, business process improvement, and program management. She’s an accomplished business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts focused in political science and English from…
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Susan Oetken

IT Manager of SAP Plant Maintenance, GIS and Outage Management, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Biography

Susan Oetken has extensive experience with the utilities industry. With 29 years at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) supporting critical business process technologies, she brings a keen understanding of the business and the role of technology to each of her projects and the business partners her team supports.
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Marc Rosson

Enterprise Architect, Snohomish County PUD

Biography

Marc brings over 29 years of experience within the information technology industry. Throughout his career, he has been in many roles from programmer to CIO and has been in the enterprise architect role for Snohomish County PUD for the past nine years. ​ Prior to utilities, Marc worked as the CIO for Seattle Housing Authority,…
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Jim Ishiguro

Director of SCE IT Solution Planning and Delivery, Southern California Edison

Biography

Jim Ishiguro is the director of SCE IT solution planning and delivery at Southern California Edison.

 
 

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Meet the Advisory Committee

Retha Hunsicker co-leads Duke Energy’s Customer Connect Program as VP of Customer Connect Solutions. She is responsible for consolidating and modernizing the company’s four existing customer systems into one customer engagement platform. The new platform will be foundational to transform how Duke Energy serves customers and supports their evolving needs.

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Rex Pietzyk is the director of IT governance and systems implementation at Xcel Energy. With more than 29 years of IT leadership (25 years of SAP) and 10 years of utilities experience leading large-scale delivery programs and high performing organizations, Rex is responsible for planning, management, and implementation of large-scale enterprise systems initiatives in support of strategic business objectives. Prior to joining Xcel, he had experience ranging from consulting to leading applications departments for multinational organizations. Rex’s experience includes customer information, financial, supply chain, work and asset management, HR, and corporate systems across utilities, consumer goods, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceutical industries. Rex holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska.

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Vidya Rangachar is the interim senior director for business solutions at CPS Energy. She has almost 25 years of varied experience in the oil and gas and utilities industries.  ​ In this role, Vidya is responsible for application development, maintenance/support, and delivery of end-user services to the different areas of CPS Energy. Vidya leads the business solutions team in supporting the enterprise applications, ranging from operations (generation/transmission/distribution) and customer engagement to financial, supply chain, and legal areas. She is entrusted with leading and building the technology road map for the areas of SAP, data services (database, big data, cloud/application integration), and operations services such as smart grid, field mobility, geographic information system (GIS), and work management. ​ Vidya has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Osmania University in India and a master’s in civil/environmental engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

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Gibbons Saint Paul is a certified project management professional (PMP) with over 18 years of experience. His engagement experience over the past 15 years has focused on project management/lead of system implementations as well as designing and implementing functional solutions with an emphasis in the utilities and state and local government industries.

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Shachella James is an accomplished technology professional approaching three decades interfacing with senior business executives, technical teams, and operational end users, making sure no one strays from “due North.”  As the VP of technology operations, she provides leadership to a technology organization that enables and supports the corporate technology enterprise. She engages the enterprise to identify innovation and solutions to meet industry demands.

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Sue is an experienced senior management analyst with over 20 years of working in the utilities industry. Her skills are strongest in business processes, business analytics, business process improvement, and program management. She’s an accomplished business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts focused in political science and English from Washington State University. In addition to these efforts, she volunteers as an ASUG Utilities SIG community facilitator and member of the CS Week Board of Directors.

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Susan Oetken has extensive experience with the utilities industry. With 29 years at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) supporting critical business process technologies, she brings a keen understanding of the business and the role of technology to each of her projects and the business partners her team supports.

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Marc brings over 29 years of experience within the information technology industry. Throughout his career, he has been in many roles from programmer to CIO and has been in the enterprise architect role for Snohomish County PUD for the past nine years. ​ Prior to utilities, Marc worked as the CIO for Seattle Housing Authority, providing public housing in the city of Seattle for 10 years. His past experience also includes 10 years in oil and gas for multiple companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Tosco, and ConocoPhillips. ​ Marc has a degree in computer science and an MBA.