As the largest clean energy generation portfolio in New England, FirstLight is building a strong leadership team with the experience, passion and energy to be a driving force in our evolution from large clean power independent power producer (IPP) to a company that will design, create and deliver integrated solutions to meet the clean energy needs of tomorrow. We are proud to employ over 130 employees across the country including our corporate headquarters in Burlington, MA and our operating offices in PA, Northfield, MA and New Milford, CT. Our dedicated team is working together to advance our mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid by supporting the operation and integration of FirstLight’s large-scale renewable energy and storage assets to meet the region’s growing clean energy needs by delivering an electric system that is clean, reliable, affordable and equitable.

Our Senior Leadership Team

Alicia Barton

President & Chief Executive Officer

Having dedicated her career to fighting climate change and advancing new cleantech solutions, Alicia Barton brings extensive clean energy leadership experience from both the public and private sectors to her role as CEO of FirstLight Power. She has held high-profile public service roles – most recently serving as the President and as CEO of the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and previously as CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), where she helped both New York and Massachusetts to advance and implement nation-leading clean energy strategies. Alicia’s prior private sector experience includes serving as Co-Chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag LLP, and as Chief of Operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she oversaw teams building utility-scale wind and solar projects.

Building on a career of advancing new clean energy projects and markets in areas such as offshore wind, solar, energy storage, building electrification and accelerating clean technology innovation, Alicia joined the FirstLight team to leverage the full potential the largest fleet of clean energy assets in New England and to make FirstLight a market leader in designing and delivering the next generation of integrated renewable energy and storage products to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid. She also serves on the Board of Directors of prominent climate-focused organizations including serving as Chair of the Board for Greentown Labs, the largest the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America.

As a proud mother, she’s dedicated to building a cleaner, brighter future for the next generation. In her free time, she enjoys helping her young son explore the natural world around New England through hiking, cross country skiing and paddling, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Chris Hurley

Vice President of Finance & Accounting

A senior financial executive with over 20 years of energy industry experience, Chris’ experience in energy ranges from corporate financial planning, controllership and M&A integration with high market cap companies such as Engie/GDF Suez, International Power and TransCanada. Chris is a CPA in Massachusetts, and his public accounting experience was with Deloitte.

Chris started in the energy sector with the liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, Distrigas, and has had the opportunity to progressively transition his career toward a focus on renewables and clean energy is excited to be part of FirstLight’s mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid.

Chris enjoys range of outdoor activities from walking his two dogs to climbing Mount Rainer and canoeing in Northern Maine. He feels it is important to maintain our outdoor spaces for future generations including his two grown daughters. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Chris plays ice hockey, is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and enjoys movies and travel.

Stephen Pike

Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

In his role as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Stephen is committed to leveraging his deep experience and leadership in the clean energy sector and his legal expertise to help support FirstLight’s strategic mission and vision. He joins FirstLight after leading Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) as CEO for the past six years. In addition to his deep expertise in the dynamic renewable power and clean technology sector, Stephen brings over a decade of experience serving as outside general counsel to privately held and publicly traded companies, advising on transaction, commercial and operational matters, focusing primarily on financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining MassCEC in 2013 – originally as general counsel – Stephen served as a partner at law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge where he focused on venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and other areas of corporate law. He also served in the Weld administration in the 1990s where he worked as assistant to EEA undersecretary and then as legislative director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Peter Rider

Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations

Peter is Vice President of Commercial Operations at FirstLight, responsible for commercial strategy, analytics, origination, the power desk and financial trading. Prior to joining FirstLight, Peter was the Director of Operations and Optimization for Engie North America, a competitive power generation company, where his accountabilities included optimizing the dispatch and value of Engie’s North American power generation fleet, managing the commodity and emissions requirements for Engie’s operating assets.

Prior to joining Engie, Peter worked in investment banking holding management positions with Bank of New York and Deutsche Bank Securities. Peter has over 15 years of commercial experience in both the energy and financial markets. Peter received a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Fairfield University.

Justin Trudell

Chief Operating Officer

Justin is a proven energy industry executive with nearly 15 years of operations, project management, and control room experience, including five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He has worked in the hydro, wind, solar, energy storage and nuclear power sectors.

At FirstLight, Justin oversees the day-to-day operations of the 1.4GW portfolio of pumped storage, conventional hydro, battery and solar facilities. In this capacity, he oversees a team of 100 energy professionals who safely operate, optimize, and maintain the fleet. Prior to joining FirstLight, Justin spent nine years in various roles with Brookfield Renewable Power.

Justin received his BS in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. When not leading the effort to decarbonize the electric grid, Justin can be found hiking and skiing the mountains of New England with the goal of completing the 48 different 4,000-foot mountain hikes with his wife and son.

Tom Kaslow

Vice President of Market Policy

Tom has 30 years of industry experience in both regulated and competitive power companies. Tom served a lead role in the restructuring of the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) arrangements into the competitive wholesale electric market, including serving as NEPOOL expert witness at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Chairman of the NEPOOL Participants Committee, Chairman of the Board of the New England Power Generators Association, and Vice Chair of the NEPOOL Markets Committee. Tom continues to lead initiatives within NEPOOL.

Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to the benefits of competition. In addition to his extensive involvement in the New England wholesale electric market, Tom also served lead roles in GridFlorida, SeTrans and Southeast RTO efforts.

Tom sees competitive markets as critical to reliably and efficiently achieving a clean energy future.

Matthew Vestal

Head of Corporate Strategy

Matt has dedicated his entire career to the clean energy space, bringing nearly a decade of diverse experience to his role as FirstLight’s Head of Corporate Strategy. He has worked across the public and private sectors to enable clean power growth in the U.S. and abroad, covering the full market spectrum from public policy to asset management.

Most recently, Matt was a Senior Advisor for Large-Scale Renewables at the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), where he developed and implemented policy to drive some of the nation’s most aggressive clean energy targets. In his previous roles, Matt was an investment professional for Capital Dynamics and GE Energy Financial Services, where he worked to unlock value in solar, wind, storage and hydro projects.

Matt sees a vital role for FirstLight in the clean energy systems of tomorrow and is thrilled by the opportunity to support the region’s next steps towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. Matt balances his professional life with a rowdy house of dogs, music and books.

Len Greene

Head of External Affairs

Len has spent more than 15 years working in various capacities advocating for clean energy policy and in state government, most notably as the State Representative for Connecticut’s 105th District and on numerous boards and commissions in his home state.

Len is responsible for the development and implementation of FirstLight’s external affairs strategic plan, government affairs, community relations, stakeholder engagement, and media communications. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Political Science and History and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Norwich University. When he’s not advocating for a cleaner future, Len spends his time trying to keep up with his two daughters, coaching girls’ softball, and trying to get to Fenway any chance he gets.

Steve Ryan

Director of People and Culture

In 30 years as an Human Resource professional Steve has been committed to supporting organizations and their leaders in attracting and developing the talent necessary for success. Steve has experience in all functional areas of HR including employee & labor relations, compensation, benefits, organizational development, and is proud to have built HR teams dedicated to enabling leaders and engaging employees.

Steve graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in HR Management and received a Master of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining FirstLight and our sister company H2O Power in Canada, he held HR management roles in the technology and manufacturing industries, most recently as HR Director for Royal Building Products in Toronto, Canada. Steve is a proud father of three sons and grandfather of one boy, and enjoys music, travel, and is a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

John Howard

Vice President of Operations

John has over 40 years of experience in hydroelectric operations and maintenance, engineering, dam safety and regulatory compliance. Having managed large pumped storage, conventional hydro, and solar he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of FirstLight’s fleet of assets and the team of employees who oversee them.

Previously he supported a large multi-national energy company to achieve a successful energy transition and operational excellence of their hydro fleet, validating technical assumptions on large capital projects presented to their investment committee and providing management and technical assistance to their global business units.

John has co-authored papers on subjects ranging from maintenance of underground structures to using pumped storage for regional bulk power reliability along with several presentations at industry conferences.

He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from Western New England College.


Our Team

Bryan Diaz

Director of Quantitative Services

Michael Dineen

Controller

Kishan Fatnani

Director of Corporate Development

Ross Fessenden

Trader

Mark French

Trader

Patty Goclowski

HS&E Manager

Ed Hathaway

Chief Dam Safety Engineer

Nick Hollister

Director of Operations

Eric Imbornone

Staff Accountant

Matt Jones

Trader

Sally Manning

Manager of Settlements & Reporting

Lisa Murphy

HR Generalist & Payroll Admin

Tuan Pham

IT Lead and Senior Network Engineer

Tyler Tomlin

Senior Manager of Financial Planning

Alex Raisch

Commercial Analyst

Sue Rolli

AP Accountant

Nicholas Garcia

Trader

Mark Sotiropoulos

Director of IT

Don Nguyen

Senior Director of Origination

Tracy Fergione

Procurement Manager

Kevin Marr

Accounting Manager

Dan Timlake

Senior Operations Manager, SOUTH

Kara Tuohy

Executive Assistant

Gilles Noumsi

Trader

Dilpazeer Ahmed

Senior Accountant

Sandra Brown

Senior Manager of Project Development

Aaron Moser

Manager of M&A

Ashley Gove

Senior Paralegal

Brett Young

Senior Manager of Recreation

Brian Wood

Senior Land Manager

Kendall Ardoin

Trader

David Schmidt

Director of Asset Management

Alan Douglas

Regulatory Compliance Manager

Cliff Esmiol

Maintenance Manager

Dana Andrews

Operations Manager

Tina Critelli

Site Administrator

Laurie Brazeau

Site Administrator

Daniel Deane

Maintenance Manager

Neal Slocombe

Operations Manager

Rebecca Stebbins

Civil Engineer

Adil Shaikh

Engineering Supervisor

Luke Detwiler

Engineer

Yves Georges

Engineering Supervisor

Rong Zhou

I&C Engineer

Thomas Holt

Real Time, I&C

Eric LaFleche

Electrical Test Specialist

Steven Leach

Senior Environmental Compliance Analyst

Michelle Lalumiere

NERC CIP Advisor / Engineer

Anne Harding

Senior Regulatory & Compliance Administrator

Jeffrey Wright

Operations Manager

Jacob Febinger

Operator

Patrick Febinger

Operator

Todd Henderson

Operator

David Vorpe

Operator

Mason Battye

Station Mechanic

Daniel Parker

Station Electrician

Peter Nowak

Station Electrician

John Woltanski

Engineering Specialist

Robert Knipe

Station Mechanic

John St. Paul

Chief Station Mechanic

Timothy O'Donnell

Station Electrician

John Pine

Station Mechanic

Greg Manley

Station Mechanic

Dan Kearns

Station Electrician

Ronald Steeves

O&M Supervisor

Justin Haire

Planner

Edwin Cortes

Station Mechanic

Dwayne Acton

Lead Mechanic

Jeffrey Collette

Station Mechanic

Roland Plain

Station Mechanic

Dan Kearns Jr.

O&M Supervisor

Justin Kelemencky

Station Electrician

Sean Briggeman

Operations Coordinator

Shawn Moody

O&M Supervisor

Christopher Graff

Station Operator

William Grosse

Assistant Station Operator

Mark McGuill

Station Operator

Nancy Lucio

Station Operator

Justin Manchester

Station Operator

Ryan Sullivan

Operations Coordinator

Jason Tyler

Station Operator

Matthew Goguen

Station Operator

Timothy Lovett

Station Operator

John Morel

Shift Supervisor

Paul Beauchemin

Station Operator

Francis McKinnon

Station Operator

Michael Bromberg

Shift Supervisor

Douglas Linnell

Shift Supervisor

Jayson Desmond

Shift Supervisor

Peter Booth

Station Operator

Matthew Kersavage

Assistant Station Operator

Zachary Little

Hydro Station Maintenance Operator

Jared Smith

Hydro Station Maintenance Operator

Jeffrey Serrell

Station Electrician

Luke Inman

Hydro Station Maintenance Operator

James Holloway

Hydro Station Maintenance Operator

Ivan Vassar

Hydro Station Maintenance Operator

Shane Kosterman

Hydro Station Maintenance Operator

James Growhoski

Station Electrician

Martin Powers

Maintenance Supervisor

Jackson Gale

Station Mechanic

Colby Lavin

Station Mechanic

James Labrecque

Station Electrician

Jason Liimatainen

Planner

Jeffrey Page

Station Mechanic

Michael Keresey

Station Mechanic

Ernest Trombly

Station Mechanic

Adam Goglin

Station Electrician

Alan Levreault

Station Mechanic

Austin Snape

Station Electrician

Brian Keir

O&M Supervisor

Richard Wilder

Station Mechanic

Andrew Brydges

Director of Community Relations

Claire Belanger

Manager of Communications

Randi Rhymut

Associate General Counsel

Dwight Harrison

Recreation Coordinator

Beth Pelton

Recreation Specialist

Lauren Richardson

Senior Land & Compliance Specialist

Elizabeth Bazler

Senior Land & Compliance Specialist