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About the Foundation

Foundation History

Leadership Team

Foundation Board of Directors

The PSE Foundation Board of Directors set the direction of the Foundation's giving. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations.

Foundation Leadership

Andy Wappler

Andy Wappler

Chairman & President, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Biography

Andy Wappler is vice president, Customer Operations & Communications for Puget Sound Energy.

Wappler leads the PSE’s customer service, customer engagement, communications, community engagement, and strategic business intelligence teams. He also is the chairman and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

Since joining PSE in 2008, Wappler has led communications and engaged community and customer dialogue on a variety of company initiatives, including energy efficiency, renewable energy development and energy policy.

A frequent speaker and master of ceremonies for local community events and charitable organizations, Wappler has been connecting with communities throughout Washington state for more than two decades. His background includes communications roles with the Washington Roundtable, The Boeing Company and The Fearey Group, as well as being a meteorologist and journalist for some of the region’s top television, newspaper and radio outlets. Wappler serves on the boards of the Cascade Land Conservancy, Bellevue Police Foundation and Woodland Park Zoo.

Certified by the American Meteorological Society, 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.

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Marla Mellies

Marla D. Mellies

Vice President, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Biography

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 director's 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.[Hide bio]



Margaret Hopkins

Margaret F. Hopkins

Secretary, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Biography

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.[Hide bio]



Brandon Lohse

Brandon Lohse

Treasurer, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Biography

Brandon Lohse is Treasurer for Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, a subsidiary of Puget Energy.

He joined the company in 2009. Mr. Lohse is responsible for ongoing liquidity management, cash forecasting, capital markets activities, banking relationship management, and oversees Insurance and Risk Control.

He has more than 16 years of diverse finance and accounting experience in the transportation, banking and energy sectors. Prior to joining PSE, Lohse was VP, Mortgage Valuations and Derivative Accounting at WaMu. He has also held various management positions with Navigant Consulting, Freddie Mac and Freightliner Corporation earlier in his career.

He is actively involved with coaching local youth soccer, basketball and baseball. He has coached soccer for 14 years, ages ranging from U7 to U19, including 4 years as a head varsity high school coach.

Lohse earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Seattle Pacific University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

He is married with 4 children.
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Kendall Cammermeyer

Kendall Cammermeyer

Board Member, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Biography

Kendall Cammermeyer is Director, Assistant General Counsel for Puget Sound Energy.

She provides strategic guidance through all layers of the company, managing a wide range of legal matters including litigation, claims, corporate ethics, privacy, and labor and employment. She also is the legal advisor for the PSE Foundation.

She joined PSE in 2003 after practicing law at Stoel Rives in Seattle and Nutter McClennen & Fish in Boston. Kendall is a graduate of Wellesley College and Cornell Law School.

She enjoys skiing with her family, being active in the community, gourmet cooking, and travelling.
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Robert W Stolarski

Robert W Stolarski

Board Member, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Biography

Bob Stolarski is the Director of Customer Energy Efficiency for Puget Sound Energy. He is responsible for meeting all the State-mandated energy savings targets and has an annual budget of over $100 million.

He is responsible for all aspects of PSE’s Energy Efficiency and Customer Renewable programs, including program design and development, delivery to customers and results verification.

He has over 3 decades of efficiency industry experience and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical engineering.

He previously led the Company’s major accounts team and a wholly-owned energy services company responsible for providing services to federal government facilities.
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Sandi Carson

Sandra M. Carson

Executive Director, Puget Sound Energy Foundation

psefoundation@pse.com