Kyle Conroy - EPTC manager
Kyle has more than 35 years’ experience in the electrical utility industry, starting as a U.S. Air Force Electrical Power Lineman. He became a USAF Instructor in the Electrical Power Lineman Training program completing all phases of USAF instructor training and development curriculum and achieved recognition as a master instructor. Kyle simultaneously completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education as well as those for a Technical Training Teaching Practicum.
His post-military experience includes working with Southern Companies as a power linemen, distribution operator and engineering assistant at Gulf Power, and with Savannah Power & Light as a transmission system supervisor. Kyle moved to Colorado in 2002 and has worked as a senior system operator and power operations specialist at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. WAPA hired Kyle as a power dispatcher/trainer in its Rocky Mountain regional office in 2014 before bringing him into the EPTC three years later.
His technical, operational and training experience also include completion of Master of Education degree in Human Resource Studies with a focus on Adult Education and Training.
Jim Bonner - craft training coordinator
Jim has significant experience and education in instructional program management and coordination. He brings a systematic approach to training, informed by adult learning theory, to course facilitation and instruction, curriculum development and instructional systems design.
These skills served Jim well at the Department of Energy where he worked as a training and development specialist. In this position, he conducted training program process and data analysis and performed training evaluation functions. While at the DOE, Jim participated in the WAPA Joint Craft Training Committee as executive secretary; the Craft Leadership Development Program Steering Committee as a member, instructor and mentor; and the Craft Apprenticeship Standards Subcommittee within the Department of Labor's registered apprenticeship programs.
Jim possesses a thorough understanding of new and existing training requirements. He uses this to assess logistical, technical and cost implications of program continuity and success.
Kurt Daniel - Instructor
Kurt began his career in the U.S. Navy as an aviation fire control technician. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for three years as a marine electrician and began a degree program in electrical power and controls. He next worked for Boeing Aerospace as a computerized numerical control technician.
Puget Power in Washington state gave Kurt his first job in the utility industry. He worked as a meter technician for 12 years and as a system operator for five years. Kurt then joined the City of Tacoma municipal utility, where he worked as a system power dispatcher and senior system power dispatcher/generation and transmission for 12 years. During his first year of training at Tacoma, he worked as a switchman on 4Kv to 230Kv systems. Kurt has earned his IBEW journeyman meterman card and in 2002 his NERC certification at the reliability coordinator level.
Kurt’s experience and training took him to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council where he worked for several months as a reliability coordinator III. He joined WAPA in 2014 as a system power dispatcher instructor at the EPTC.
Tim Slater - Instructor
Tim has more than 20 years’ experience in the electrical utility and power generation industries. His professional positions include power plant operator, unit/control room operator, operations and maintenance supervisor and maintenance manager in fossil fuel- and solid waste-fired generating facilities. In addition to this experience, Tim served in the U.S. Navy as a conventional machinist mate, surface fleet, excelling as an observer for engineering casualty control exercise training. He was a main control engine room supervisor for six months, and has experience as a construction project manager in commercial real estate development.
He holds an associate degree with a focus on pre-engineering from Pasco Hernando Community College and a bachelor degree in organizational management from Ashford University. Tim is also certified as a CompTIA certified technical trainer, Occupational Safety and Health Administration outreach trainer, mobile equipment trainer, National Association of Safety Professionals-registered safety training professional and licensed water system operator in Wyoming.
Prior to moving to Denver from Wyoming in June 2018, Tim worked as an O&M supervisor for Black Hills Energy in Gillette and as director/manager of Circle J Retreat Camp in Ten Sleep.
Lisa Yuma – Management Analyst/Training Coordinator
Lisa brings decades of administrative experience to the position of training technician. Her organizational skills, attention to detail and thorough knowledge of business protocol were earned in both public service and private business.
She began her career in 1989 with U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons in Littleton, Colorado, as secretary to the captain, eventually rising to the position of correctional officer.
Taking a job with a private sector moving company in 1993 expanded Lisa's office management skills. Her duties ran the gamut from balancing the books to developing Material Safety Data Sheets. The job also included extensive staffing responsibilities, such as recruiting, training employees and managing benefits plans. This experience led to her return to federal employment as a human resources assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2010.
Lisa joined WAPA in 2013, first as an executive assistant, then moving to EPTC where she provides marketing, accounting and administrative support.
Leah Wilson – EPTC Secretary
Leah graduated from Ball State University with a journalism graphics degree in 2014. Her first job at a gymnastics facility gave her the opportunity to sharpen her design skills and gain experience in office administration and training and managing employees.
In April of 2017, Leah joined WAPA's Technical Services team as a part-time secretary, taking on a variety of duties for inventory management, records, aviation, the renewables program, property management, facilities and EPTC.
Transitioning to full-time status at EPTC in October 2017, Leah now provides administrative support for booking travel arrangements, coordinating meeting rooms, preparing for upcoming classes, routing memos, various audio/visual projects and extensive customer support.