UPAC members

 UPAC members

Rex AdamsRex Adams, Chair
Rex Adams has 35 years of extensive business experience, principally in the natural gas sector of the energy industry. He currently heads the consulting firm of RDA Consulting, which provides commercial and regulatory affairs advice and guidance, and serves clients in the interstate and intrastate natural gas transmission arena, as well as local distribution companies.

Prior to forming RDA Consulting, Adams was employed with CIG/El Paso Corporation from 1979 until his retirement in 2010. At CIG/El Paso, he held leadership roles in the areas of gas supply, purchasing, sales and marketing and served as vice president for CIG field services. With the merger of El Paso Corporation and Coastal Corporation, Adams joined the rates department as director for El Paso’s western pipeline division.

Adams has presented testimony, both written and at hearing, in numerous proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC, and led numerous rate case settlement negotiations with FERC staff and customers.

Adams has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California at Riverside.

Scott HarveyScott Harvey, Vice Chair
Scott Harvey has been a citizen participant in electric and water resource development issues in Colorado Springs since 1995. He has been involved with various community policy and goal-settng forums including four Electric Integrated Resource Plans, Water Options Project, Watershed Access Advisory Group, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments' Regional Sustainability Plan, and the Green Cities Coalition.

Harvey is a civil and architectural engineer. He is owner and principal engineer of Art of Engineering, Inc., Colorado Springs.

Larry BarrettLarry Barrett
Larry Barrett is a 40-year veteran of energy and environmental policy as a government analyst, utility official and management consultant. As an economist and budget analyst, he served for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then in the White House for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Following his service in government, he joined the business community as the executive assistant to the chairman and president of the Potomac Electric Power Company, one of the 30 largest electric utilities in the U.S.

Since 1989, Barrett has served as an independent consultant in energy management and renewable energy. He is well regarded in strategic planning and program implementation for energy efficiency, peak load management and renewable energy, all oriented toward economic efficiency and sustainable resources.

Barrett earned his master of arts in economics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics and biology from Kalamazoo College. His educational experience also includes foreign study in Sierra Leone and a management development program at Northeastern University.

Balu BhayaniBalu Bhayani
Balu Bhayani has been a resident of Colorado Springs for 34 years. He was employed with Colorado Springs Utilities where he was involved with rates, budget and allocation of funds, main extensions, and development services. He is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on local, state and national boards.

Bhayani has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in highway design. He also has completed master’s course work in hydraulics and hydrology.

Gary BurghartGary Burghart
Gary Burghart is an executive and lawyer with 39 years of experience handling a wide variety of complex business matters. He is currently Vice President/Mergers and Acquisitions for the O’Neil Group Company in Colorado Springs. He has served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Madison Capital Management, a $650 million investment fund. Prior positions include VP-Business & Legal Affairs of Republic Financial Corporation and Partner-Holland & Hart.

Burghart has expertise in corporate finance, enterprise structuring and strategy, transactions of all sorts, development, dispute resolution, and corporate governance. He is a Colorado Springs native and graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School, The Johns Hopkins University (BA-Phi Betta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha) and The University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD-cum laude; Order of the Coif).

James ColvinJames Colvin
Dr. James T. 'Doc' Colvin, Jr. is currently professor of finance and accounting at Regis University, College for Professional Studies, Colorado Springs and Colorado Technical University, School of Business, Colorado Springs campus.

Previously, Colvin served six years in the financial services industry as financial advisor and registered representative/investment advisor at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management Group in Colorado Springs and Morgan Stanley Private Client Group in Alexandria, Virginia.

Colvin is also a military veteran. He attained more than 20 years of distinguished military service in the United States Air Force retiring in the grade of lieutenant colonel.

He serves on the board of directors of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and other community and military organizations.

Colvin earned his Doctor of Management in Organizational Development and Change (ODC) from Colorado Technical University, an MBA in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, and a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the United States Air Force Academy.

Rich KramerRich Kramer
Rich Kramer has more than 30 years of gas and electric utility company experience. He was Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of an investor owned Canadian electric utility where he led labor relations, information technology, safety and technical training, human resources, fleet operations and facilities management. He has US operating company and corporate management experience in gas and electric utility companies including strategy and policy development, acquisition and divestitures, executive recruitment, development and succession planning, public relations and regulatory compliance.

Kramer has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska.

Alternate(s)

Hilary DussingHilary Dussing
Hilary Dussing spent more than 33 years in the petroleum energy business and held numerous senior and executive level positions with several world-class, publicly-traded oil and gas companies including Royal Dutch Shell, Union Pacific Resources, Tom Brown, Inc. and Tenneco. Additionally, Dussing managed the Exploration and Production business for a private firm, Todd Energy, while living in New Zealand. She has held full operating budget and profit responsibility for major business units employing as many as 300 associates with annual sales exceeding $500 million. She has lived and worked in the US, West Africa, Europe, Russia and New Zealand.

Dussing has a B.S. in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University and attended Harvard Business School’s Executive MBA program.

Dussing is actively involved locally with the Colorado World Affairs Council, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and serves as the captain of the Patty Jewett women’s golf team.

Nicole InabinetNicole Inabinet
Nicole Inabinet has extensive experience in national and international chemical management programs as a regulatory toxicologist and environmental health specialist, project manager and Confidential Business Information (CBI) manager. She has more than 15 years of experience working with all levels of personnel in policy-oriented, time-critical and sensitive environments.

Professional affiliations and societies include: American Public Health Association (APHA), USA; British Toxicology Society (BTS), United Kingdom; Society for Toxicology (SOT), USA; Board Member, The National Resource Society for Women Veterans, Inc. (NRSWV); Volunteer, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Inabinet’s education includes: Master of Science in Public Health (Environment & Health) from the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (Environment & Health) from the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); Master of Science in Toxicology from the University of Surrey; and, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Her education experience also includes Project Management Professional (PMP) coursework at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York & Project Management Institute (PMI).