ESN STAFF MEMBERS

PAUL MITCHELL

Paul currently serves as ESN's President & CEO. Prior to joining ESN, Paul served in the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels as Policy Director for Economic Development, Workforce, & Energy. In this capacity he oversaw legislation, policy, and program development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Indiana Department of Labor, and acted as Governor's liaison to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. During his tenure with the Governor's Office, Paul also led the formation of and directed the Indiana Office of Federal Grants and Procurement.

A native of West Lafayette, Indiana he holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Indiana where he graduated as valedictorian.

 

MELISSA ROBERTS

Melissa joined Energy Systems Network as Manager of Communications and Development at the end of 2010. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology and Spanish in May 2004. She obtained a master's degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 and is a member of the Lacy Leadership Association.

Melissa's background is in the healthcare industry, having spent over six years at Community Health Network. She served in several roles including Healthcare Recruiter and HR Consultant. Her focus at ESN is on the organization's communication, marketing and messaging needs as well as event planning and the overall corporate communication strategy.

 

NATE COOPER

Nate combines his Civil Engineering background with a whole systems operation and optimization approach to create energy efficient and sustainable solutions. After completing an MSCE at Purdue University, Nate launched Cooper Consulting Services, LLC working primarily on designing sustainable wind-lithium-diesel hybrid systems for remote Alaskan villages. He then worked with the Energizing Indiana program performing energy audits on K-12 facilities. Nate is now working to bring an integrated systems approach to further the goals of ESN as a Project Manager.

 

LATOYA ALEXANDER

Latoya joined the ESN team in 2010, after serving in several roles in public accounting and auditing, including her role as Senior Auditor at Katz, Sapper & Miller. Latoya graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s of science degree in Accounting and Business, and is a licensed CPA in the state of New York and Indiana. She supports ESN in the areas of finance, human resources, compliance and contracts.

 

ELIZABETH ANDERSON

Elizabeth provides administrative and executive assistant support to Energy Systems Network since 2011. She received her degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Prior to joining ESN, Elizabeth worked as a bookkeeper at PAS Bookkeeping & Tax.

 

RAQUEL BAHAMONDE

Raquel’s expertise is in media relations and corporate communications, with experience over the last 25 years. Raquel is currently president of Bahamonde Communications and serves as director of communications for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and all its initiatives, including ESN. Before joining CICP and ESN in 2013, Raquel served as executive director of corporate affairs for AIT Laboratories, Inc. and previously was executive producer and director of online content at Inside INdiana Business. She also served as media relations director for a Carmel, Ind. PR and advertising agency and served in producer and reporter roles at WISH-TV (CBS-Indianapolis) and television stations in Illinois and Michigan. Raquel provides strategic corporate communications planning and oversees media and public relations efforts for ESN.

 

RITA GARRISON

Rita has provided support for ESN since its launch in 2009. Prior to joining the ESN team, she was a consultant/bookkeeper with The Controllership Group, Inc. She attended both IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College, earning an Associate in Accounting degree from Ivy Tech. In addition to providing office management and accounting support, Rita also assisted ESN with the start-up administration and bookkeeping for the Battery Innovation Center (BIC).

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