Leadership Team

Benjamin Beberness

Chief Information Officer • Information Technology Services | Email

Benjamin joined the PUD in February 2011 to lead the Information Technology division. He is responsible for the utility's customer database, customer and service software applications, program management, networking, corporate computer software/hardware, data management and business intelligence.

Benjamin worked for Lockheed at NASA Johnson Space Center and developed software for the NASA Space Station and developed real-time data acquisition systems for NASA medical researchers. He also worked for Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group / DRT Systems. He later became the Director of Applications for PacifiCorp in Portland. Benjamin attended Portland State University where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

Craig Collar

Assistant General Manager • Power, Rates & Transmission Management | Email

Craig joined the utility in 2006 as a senior manager for Energy Resource Development. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager of Power, Rates and Transmission Management in November 2012. His areas of responsibility include power scheduling, short-term and long-term resource planning, resource development, power and transmission contracts, rates, energy risk management, load forecasting, and NERC compliance coordination activities.

Prior to joining the PUD, Craig was employed at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 16 years, serving in several positions that included energy and environmental manager, operations manager, operations leader, technical manager and mechanical engineer. He earned his MBA at Colorado State University and holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State University. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer.

Chris Heimgartner

Assistant General Manager • Distribution & Engineering Services | Email

Chris joined the PUD in May 2009 with over 28 years of experience in the electric utility industry and has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout his career.  He oversees planning engineering technical services, safety, regional design & construction services, smart grid, shared services, distribution construction, substations, metering and telecommunications.

Chris worked with Seattle City Light as its Customer Service & Energy Delivery Officer from 2006 to 2009. Prior to 2006, he worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (“PG&E”) in California for 25 years. During those years at PG&E, Chris served as the Fresno division construction superintendent and managed an electrical distribution system with more than 13,000 miles of distribution wire, 285 feeders and a combined annual capital and operating budget of $46 million. Chris holds a bachelor of science degree in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a masters of business administration from St. Mary’s College.

Glenn McPherson

Treasurer & Assistant General Manager • Finance | Email

Glenn has served the PUD for 20 years and was appointed Assistant General Manager, Finance and Treasurer in 1997. He joined the PUD in 1991 as controller and later became senior manager of budget and financial planning. His responsibilities at the PUD include accounting and financial reporting, cash and debt management, risk management, budget and financial planning and procurement and materials management.

Before joining the PUD, Glenn served as controller for Scandia Down Corporation. Prior to that time, he spent nearly eight years serving public and private companies as a senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick. Glenn holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University at Long Beach. He is a certified public accountant.

Anne Spangler

General Counsel • Legal Services | Email

Anne has served as General Counsel since May 2008. She advises the Board of Commissioners, General Manager and staff, and manages the Legal and Records and Information Management Departments.

Anne has a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Reed College, a juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a utility management program certificate from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Anne’s background includes practice with the Office of the Attorney General, representing the State Department of Transportation, with the City of Seattle as a land-use litigation attorney, and with the City of Tacoma, first as advisor to the City’s wastewater, surface water and solid waste utilities, and later as chief counsel to the City of Tacoma’s power, water and railroad utilities. She has also been active in the Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental and Land Use Section.

Jim West

Assistant General Manager • Customer & Energy Services | Email

Jim joined the PUD in February 2009 and is responsible for customer service, energy-efficiency efforts and business services.

Prior to joining the PUD, Jim was Director of Product Management at CURRENT Group, LLC, a smart grid solutions provider based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he spent 29 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, serving in a variety of roles relating to multiple aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Jim also held management positions in human resources and in research and development, where he managed the Tennessee Valley Authority’s technology planning process. Jim holds an MBA and a bachelor of science degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee.

Jim Little

Employee Resources Director | Email

Jim joined the PUD in 1981 and has been in a human resources senior management position since 1994. He has over 30 years human resources/management experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Advanced Human Resource Executive Program and Human Resources Strategic Planning Program.

Jessica Matlock

Government Relations Director | Email

Jessica joined Snohomish County PUD in August 2006. Now Government Relations Director, Jessica previously worked as an energy and natural resources fellow for U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig (Idaho). Prior to that, she held a number of government relations positions with the Bonneville Power Administration, including that of power marketing specialist (in Washington, DC), constituent account executive for the State of Idaho, and fish and wildlife project manager. She also previously served as a city planner for the City of Portland, Oregon. Jessica serves in various leadership roles at the National Hydropower Association and Large Public Power Council and is an Advisory Board Member of the Bipartisan Policy Council's Cyber Security Initiative.

Jessica holds an MPA from Portland State University and a bachelor's of science degree in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington. She also served in the United States Coast Guard.

Michael Owens

Executive Liaison | Email

Michael joined the PUD in 2005 with an extensive background in business development and analysis, financial planning and management for diverse industries and markets. Consulting to more than 25 multi-national companies, he developed, among other things, business plans and strategies to strengthen market position, increase profitability and customer loyalty. A certified financial planner, he provided individuals and businesses financial plans, investment advice and analysis in many areas including the utility industry and related energy commodity markets.

Michael has a degree in Business Administration and has completed the Western Electric Coordinating Council's Power Schedulers Training Course.

Julee Cunningham

Corporate Communications Officer | Email

Julee has worked at the PUD since 1988. Prior to joining the utility, Julee worked as a regional advertising director for Longs Drugs. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada-Reno and a master's degree in organizational psychology from Antioch University.

Garth Williams

Enterprise Resource Planning Program Executive | Email

In November 2012, Garth Williams was selected to lead the Enterprise Resource Planning and Implementation initiative, which involves integrating the many varied business lines into one corporate-wide system with common processes.

Garth is a veteran at the PUD, having joined the company in 1979 as an Associate Engineer in Distribution Engineering. He has worked in various departments, including Distribution & Transmission Engineering, Facilities, Energy Efficiency and Executive Accounts. His most recent position was Senior Manager of Business Services, where he was responsible for enhancing relationships with key business customers by leveraging the relationships with internal business leaders.