We are a dedicated team of professionals working to enhance collaboration and communication between the energy industry, organized labor, workforce and economic development and education in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Barbara Hins-Turner, MBA
Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy – “A Centralia College Partnership”
Barbara Hins-Turner was appointed to the Washington State Community and Technical College system as Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College in 2005. Previously, she was employed by Portland General Electric/Enron as Corporate University Director and Apprenticeship Coordinator.
Hins-Turner is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) $10 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Round 4 grant and serves on steering committees for National Science Foundation (NSF) clean energy grants awarded to Shoreline and Bellingham Technical Colleges. She was PI for the U.S. Department of Energy Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector grant ($5 million; leveraged to $12 million); PI for the U.S. Department of Commerce grant to create the Academy of Energy Entrepreneurs; and Co-PI for Shoreline and Edmonds Community Colleges NSF Energy Management grants.
Ms. Hins-Turner serves on the Board of Directors for the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) appointed by Governor Inslee, NSF Cyber Watch West Visiting Committee and chairs the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Community College Outreach Committee (2012-2014); Her past committee work includes Washington HB2227 Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team advising the Governor and Legislature on federal ARRA investments in clean energy (2010-13); past chair of the Washington State Centers of Excellence Board of Directors (2009-11); national Center for Energy Workforce Development Education Committee (2008-2012); U.S. Department of Education delegation to Germany’s Global Sustainable Education Training and U.S. Canada Clean Energy Forums (2010); National Commission on Energy Policy’s Task Force on America’s Future Energy Jobs and U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Commission Green Jobs Roundtable (2009).
Anthony Valterra, MA
WISE Lead Grant Manager, Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy – “A Centralia College Partnership”
Valterra, formerly the TAACCCT Air Washington sub-grant recipient manager and adjunct instructor at North Seattle College, brings experience of working with federal grants, specific to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, business and branding. At Air Washington, he had oversights of $1.16 million to provide education in the field of avionics/electronics. The project exceeded its intake goals by 300 percent.
Valterra is the lead grant manager for the nearly $10-million U.S. Dept. of Labor TAACCCT round four grant, called Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) . He’s responsible for strategic planning and managing the processes necessary to accomplish the grant deliverables. He will maintain collaborative partnerships with the Centers of Excellence for Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction; eight consortium community and technical colleges; related industry partners representing energy, advanced manufacturing and construction sectors; organized labor, education, workforce and economic development; and other government agencies to create sector and cluster-based strategic workforce planning initiatives.
He’ll lead the development and implementation of subcontracts, monitor contract compliance and accountability in accordance with deliverables and project timelines; provide leadership in developing new programs and curriculum development for areas of responsibility including satellite sites; provide consultation to program participants and project navigators, staff and outside entities and recommend resolutions for complex problems and issues related to the project.
Valterra earned a Master of Arts from John F. Kennedy University in California.
Scott Wagemann, MS
Data Management and Analytics Associate, WISE Grant, Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy – “A Centralia College Partnership”
After enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserves, Scott’s desire to study lasers took him to Montana State University seeking a master’s degree in Physics. To help fund his graduate work, Scott fought for pay in various mixed martial arts competitions throughout Montana. After earning his M.S., his first exposure to the laser industry involved technical analysis on infrared countermeasures for aircraft survivability (i.e., putting lasers on helicopters to shoot down missiles). The work required extensive programming, mathematics and analytical problem solving which translated nicely to data analysis and finance. Scott received another M.S. in Computational Finance from the University of Washington and later started a hedge fund consulting firm which developed automated trading algorithms.
James Hovis, MS
Program Manager, Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy – “A Centralia College Partnership”
Mr. Hovis earned a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master of Science from Sonoma State University (SSU) in California. While working on his Masters at SSU, James taught science lab sections of introductory biology. He also worked as the Naturalist Coordinator at Fairfield-Osborn Preserve at SSU. In this position, James trained naturalists and supervised them as they provided environmental education to elementary school students.
Mr. Hovis has worked as a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Planner in the California, Oregon, and Washington. He conducted protocol-level surveys for State and federally listed sensitive species. Mr. Hovis monitored construction projects for compliance with federal, State, and local permits. He also prepared environmental reports in compliance with CEQA and NEPA. Mr. Hovis has also worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to monitor Salmonids and as a Law Enforcement Park ranger for Washington State, where he was responsible for enforcing state laws, assisting guests, supervising other park employees, and park maintenance.
Mr. Hovis has previously worked for Centralia College as an adjunct geology professor.