Mary E. Kipp
Mary E. Kipp was named president of PSE in August 2019 and CEO in January 2020. Under her direction, PSE is leading the way to a clean energy future in partnership with its customers and the communities it serves.
Mary joined PSE from El Paso Electric (EPE), where she served as chief executive officer since 2015 and president since 2014. Under her leadership, EPE—also a 100-year-plus company with a deeply-rooted community history—evolved to serve a diverse customer base spread across a mountain west region and growing border communities. With EPE since 2007, Mary held a variety of leadership roles throughout the company, including General Counsel, regulatory and rates, risk management, human resources, external affairs, customer care, environmental and safety.
Prior to EPE, Mary was a prosecuting attorney for FERC for four years, investigating and prosecuting violations of federal energy laws. Mary also worked as a lawyer at El Paso Natural Gas Company and at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Mary serves as chair of SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance). She is also past deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; past chair of the Borderplex Alliance; and past executive committee member of the Texas Business Leadership Council.
Mary received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University.
Mary lives in Seattle and has two children.
Daniel A. Doyle is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.
He joined the company in November 2011. Doyle is responsible for leading the company's financial planning and analysis activities. In his role, he oversees finance, treasury, process improvement, financial investment and accounting.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the utility and electric transmission industry. Prior to joining PSE, Doyle was CEO of Wisconsin Sports Development Corp., in Madison, Wisconsin. From 2000-2009, he served as vice president, CFO and treasurer of American Transmission Company, which owns and operates the high-voltage electric transmission system in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.
From 1992-2000, Doyle held several executive positions with Alliant Energy Corp., the Madison-based public utility holding company of electric and natural gas utilities. Earlier in his career he served as controller of Central Vermont Public Service Corp. and as a senior audit manager in the regulated industries division of Arthur Andersen in Chicago.
From 2007-2013, Doyle served on the board of trustees of MetLife Advisors and was the Audit Committee Chair from 2009-2012. He currently serves on the San Francisco Advisory Board of FM Global, which provides insurance solutions and property loss prevention.
Doyle earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a licensed certified public accountant.
He is married and has 5 children.
Booga K. Gilbertson
As the senior vice president of Operations for Puget Sound Energy, Booga Gilbertson is responsible for electric and gas operations, including emergency response, maintenance and construction, electric and gas system operations and dispatch, system planning, and engineering. She also leads project management and engineering across operations.
Since joining PSE Gilbertson has held a broad range of engineering, operations and management positions in planning, asset management, gas and electric design engineering, performance measurement, budgeting, project management, construction and maintenance, 24-hour control center operations, labor relations, technology and emergency response management. She has been vice president of Operations since 2011.
In addition to her responsibilities at PSE, Gilbertson currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute. She is past chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s National Response Executive Committee. She also serves on the Washington State University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Executive Council.
Gilbertson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from City University.
She enjoys skiing, hiking, running, kayaking and gardening.
Margaret F. Hopkins is vice president and chief information officer for Puget Sound Energy.
As vice president and CIO, Margaret spearheads PSE’s information technology efforts and identifies and enables business process improvements.
Prior to leading the company’s large-scale delivery programs, Margaret held the title of director of IT infrastructure at PSE where she was responsible for the design, delivery, support of enterprise-wide infrastructure, and technology solutions.
Margaret began her career at Philip Morris, holding down several technical and leadership positions. From there, her career grew into roles at The Chubb Corporation as AVP, infrastructure manager and at Safeco Insurance as vice president of IT operations, the latter of which she held an executive seat on the Leadership Committee.
Her involvement with Fortune 100 companies has helped support a reputation for building strong relationships with internal lines of business, a thorough understanding of information technology, constructive dialogue with external customers, and proven cost-reduction strategies. Within the company, Margaret believes developing individual career paths promotes a positive impact on the quality of the corporate culture. She has been executive mentor to the Executive Development Institute in Seattle’s Puget Sound region where she provided professional coaching and mentoring services to mid-senior level leaders. Always interested in giving back to the community, she is a founding member and officer of Saint Vincent de Paul, Woodinville chapter.
For recreation, Margaret enjoys spending time outside hiking, skiing, and playing volleyball. For more refined pursuits, she turns to the piano. She holds a degree from Penn State, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She is married with two sons.
Ken leads an organization that includes government relations, regulatory compliance and public policy. He will focus on federal, regional, state and local policies that enable us to meet our customers’ needs and grow our business in a time of rapid technological change and increasing climate concerns.
For more than 30 years, Ken has worked in senior leadership roles in regulatory, legislative and public affairs. He joined PSE in 2006 and today serves as the company’s liaison with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC).
During his tenure, the regulatory affairs team has worked with Commissioners and WUTC staff, as well as customer, low-income and environmental advocates to set fair and just rates for electric and natural gas service, enabling PSE to provide customers with safe and reliable service.
The PSE regulatory team continues to partner with our customers, our regulators and our peers across the company to develop innovative solutions to meet our customers' evolving and expanding needs while maintaining the company’s strong financial health.
Prior to joining Puget Sound Energy, Ken worked for Bank of America as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. His responsibilities included strategic policy and relationship development and coordination of legislative advocacy in 11 western states.
Ken moved to Washington in 1998 after more than 20 years in Alaska. After completing The Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1983, he tried his hand at commercial salmon fishing near Kachemak Bay, then helped build natural gas utility infrastructure on the North Slope above the Arctic Circle. Ken studied business and economics in college, worked as senior policy staff for the Alaska State Legislature, refurbished a mansion into a thriving bed and breakfast, and led government affairs efforts for multiple organizations.
Marla D. Mellies is senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Puget Sound Energy.
Mellies leads a corporate shared services organization that includes human resources, facilities, safety, security, business continuity, and fleet services.
Her area of responsibility also delivers all components of supply chain management at PSE, including purchasing, materials and contractor management.
Mellies serves as secretary to the PSE board of directors' compensation and leadership development committee and as vice chair of the qualified plans committee.
Prior to joining PSE in 2005, Mellies was general manager of Human Resources for Microsoft Corporation's Server and Tools Business in Redmond, Washington. She also held human resources vice president positions with Lante Corporation in Chicago and 3Com Corporation. Mellies started her career at Central Illinois Light Company in Peoria, Illinois.
Mellies serves on the board of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Mellies earned her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University in Peoria; and a Master of Arts degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
David Mills is senior vice president of Policy and Energy Supply for Puget Sound Energy.
Mills leads a team that is responsible for managing PSE's generation and natural gas resources, energy trading and transmission services, product development and growth, regulatory and government affairs, and strategic initiatives.
Mills served as senior vice president of energy operations from 2015 to 2018; prior to that, he was vice president of Energy Supply Operations. Mills joined PSE in 2002 as the director of Energy Supply & Planning, responsible for power and natural gas trading, generating plant dispatch, merchant transmission issues, and the company's long-term integrated resource planning. His team also managed integrating renewable resources in to PSE's generation portfolio.
Before joining PSE, Mills was the trading floor manager for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Ore. He has more than 30 years of experience in energy operations, transmission and energy trading.
Mills is currently the vice chair of the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee and serves on the executive committee of Columbia Grid, the executive committee of the Western Systems Power Pool, and the board of directors for Hire America's Heroes.
Mills earned a degree in economics from Portland State University. He also served in the U.S. Navy. Mills is married and resides in Bellevue.
Steve Secrist, Senior Vice President
Steve R. Secrist is senior vice president, general counsel, and chief ethics & compliance officer for Puget Sound Energy and its Washington based parent company, Puget Energy.
With more than two decades of utility experience, Secrist is responsible for the corporate legal, enterprise risk & compliance, claims, rates & regulatory, and environmental services departments.
He is an advisor to the board of directors and senior management on areas including corporate and securities law, business transactions, litigation, environmental compliance, labor and employment, real estate, and general commercial law.
Secrist began his PSE career in 1989 when he joined PSE predecessor Washington Natural Gas as staff attorney. He was named General Counsel in January 2011. Prior to that, Secrist served as deputy general counsel and led several company departments, including rates and regulations and environmental services. Prior to joining PSE, he worked for Olson and Althauser, a Wash.-based law firm. Secrist has a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a juris doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now a part of Seattle University. He is married with three sons.
Andy Wappler is vice president, Customer Operations & Communications.
Wappler leads the company's customer service, customer engagement, communications, community engagement, and strategic business intelligence teams.
His groups are charged with coordinating customer/community outreach, enhancing our data capability, developing our customer service platform, and generating internal customer communications.
Wappler is also the chairman and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, dedicated to promoting safety and emergency preparedness within PSE's service territory.
Wappler has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in English from the University of Washington. He is married and has two children.