Chuck Gerry is the Founder of Modern Grid Partners. He is responsible for the firm’s business development and delivery of solutions and services across a portfolio of utility customers. Chuck has decades of experience with utility network communications and associated infrastructure build-outs, having overseen the design and deployment of electric and telecommunication systems for several North American utilities. It is this intimate knowledge that empowers the Modern Grid Partners’ team with both the vision and execution know-how to deliver client grid visions.
Chuck is a champion of MGP’s support for local charities. He also donates his time and expertise to various nonprofits.
Prior to Modern Grid Partners, Chuck was the Director of Grid Modernization at Woodard & Curran, an 850-person engineering firm supporting gas, water and electric utilities nation-wide. Previous to that, as the Director of Utilities at Tilson, Chuck played a key role in placing Tilson in the top 1500 of the Fastest Growing Companies by Inc., two years in a row.
Rachelle Cummings Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the day to day activities of our organization. She leads the Modern Grid Partners Project Management office team with over 15 years of experience in management and sales. She provides project coordinating and documentation to a portfolio of emerging technology projects including systems, network, and operations. Rachelle supports MGP customers with discovery, business case and value definition, and general deployment management of utility-centric infrastructure, network build to advance metering and distribution automation projects.
Tom Woods is the Vice President of Operations at Modern Grid Partners. Tom is responsible for the direct management of delivery teams and professional consultants at utility customers. He has over 30 years of expertise in implementing new technologies, managing diverse teams, and supporting utilities across North America reach success with their strategic projects. He easily communicates throughout the customer's organization, engaging the project teams and discussing high level strategy and program management with executives.
Tom has extensive management experience in all aspects of company operations with a proven track record of success resulting in bottom-line results.
Prior to Modern Grid Partners, Tom was the Program Manager for Grid Modernization at Woodard & Curran and before that the Senior Consultant of Wireless Network Deployment at Tilson. Tom’s professional demeanor and recognized track record of completing projects on-schedule and scope is attributed to his time spent with the United States Navy where he was an Electronic Warfare Technician.
Dr. Gary Fauth is a Senior Utility Consultant for Modern Grid Partners. Gary has decades of utility expertise associated with the design, refinement, and regulatory procedures of smart grid business case filings. Gary has deep financial modeling expertise that helps clients develop the business case for smart metering, business systems, renewable, and grid technology investments. He has extensive knowledge in meter-to-cash optimization and has supported utilities across the world with regulatory approvals associated with smart metering investments.
Prior to Modern Grid Partners, Gary was a Professional Executive Consultant supporting advanced metering deployments at both Iberdrola and Pacific Gas and Electric.
Jackie Lemmerhirt advises our clients in the selection and deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation technologies. She offers extensive utility industry knowledge and expertise, combined with a solid foundation of information systems. Jackie is accomplished in product strategy, product definition, strategic systems integrations, business analytics, and customer insights. She has a talent for energizing and aligning colleagues and partners across multiple disciplines, driving long-term business growth.
David Fay is our Director of Cyber and Information Security. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with extensive experience developing Critical Security Control Strategy and tactical implementations for private and government agencies. David is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command and InfraGard a partnership between the FBI and private sector. He holds decades of enterprise level and hands on technology experience. David has a broad background leading, planning, analyzing, and implementing technology projects in support of business objectives. David is also a Subject-Matter Expert (SME) in implementing and managing windows environments, database administration and development, and strategic planning. David leads all stages of information security and infrastructure design efforts for Modern Grid Partners' customers, including requirements gathering, solution architecture, implementation, and support.
David is active in his community. He served as board treasurer for the Pace Center for Girls Board in Clay County Florida working closely with state and local officials to promote this very important program. He is currently a board member on the Maine Technology Institute Technology Board supporting efforts to drive technology opportunities in his home state of Maine.
Zac Canders specializes in program management and in advanced technology implementations for smart grid and other utility applications. This includes leading design, development, configuration, implementation, and support of smart grid solutions and services. His experience encompasses onsite smart grid project management at utilities across the U.S., including many of the nations’ largest. Zac serves on the board of DistribuTECH, an annual energy convention, and recently chaired smart grid at the World Energy Engineering Congress. He contributes to the industry trade journals and initiatives. This includes leading the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Department of Energy Sponsored Outage Data Initiative, which aims to share outage data programmatically.
Raul Machin is our Principal Cyber Risk Practitioner, he holds twenty five years of information technology experience with over fourteen years directly related to information and cyber security. Raul is highly skilled in applying cyber security defense in depth strategies to industrial control systems. He holds CISSP, CISA, and TOGAF 9 certification and has been educated in protecting industrial controls through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ICS-CERT program. He has served as a team leader in numerous information technology roles.
Raul also possesses over thirty years of Department of Defense experience which include twenty years of military affiliation, with both active duty and reserve components, combined with thirteen years of Federal contracting experience. His expertise is concentrated in Information Security, cybersecurity, Incident Response, Disaster Recovery Planning, Business Continuity, Program and Project Management. He currently holds an active US Government Security Clearance.
William Bowerman is our Senior Cyber Analyst, he is a technically sophisticated, seasoned IT professional with broad-based experience in evaluating, recommending, deploying, administering, and using enterprise IT security systems. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage Cyber projects to their completion. Years of experience developing and maintaining security logging, monitoring, and reporting programs. William has conducted impactful enterprise vulnerability scanning, penetration tests, and risk assessments programs. He is experienced in writing and maintaining documentation from policy and procedures to network topologies and system configurations.
Ray is our Cyber Security and Compliance Project Manager, PMP. He is an electric and gas utility professional with over 32 years experience heavily focused in real-time systems, operations technology, utility network communications, Cybersecurity and NERC CIP compliance and is experienced with Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Raymond possesses expert level knowledge of Energy Management Controls Systems, Control Room Designs, IP Networks, Physical Security systems, Substation and Generation Control Systems, Legacy Protocols, Backup power Generators and Uninterruptible Power Supplies.
Ray also possesses expert level knowledge of Communications systems LMR, RF and Microwave networks. Raymond is a subject matter expert for NERC CIP Standards and Cyber Security relating to Energy Management Systems, Network Strategy Communications and Cyber Security Projects. He has been project manager of the Network Strategy Communications, project leader of the Energy Management System (EMS) group and Cyber Security Manager for Utility based Department of Energy Smart Grid PMU Projects.