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.
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.
Thomas Rial Fox II, Instructor
Thomas received his certification as a training professional from Texas A & M, and holds current certification as a NERC reliability coordinator. He brings more than 13 years' experience in the utility industry to EPTC, following a 20-year career as a machinist mate in the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
His experience includes providing technical and engineering support for construction and implementation of NERC-certified operations control centers, wind farm interconnections, generation, transmission and distribution operations, DC Ties, maintenance and safety procedures. Thomas has also developed compliance process procedures for analytical study completion, assessment and audit support.
As a trainer, Thomas has conducted classes in instructor training, E-learning, learning management systems and presentation creation and maintenance. He has also presented courses on compliance, hydro units, gas and oil fired boilers, DC tie maintenance, operation and upgrades, qualified scheduling entity, transmission and distribution control and dispatch.
Prior to joining the WAPA EPTC, Thomas served as the transmission operations specialist at Cross Texas Transmission and Sharyland Utilities, operations training supervisor and senior operator at the Garland Power & Light Operations Center and Spencer Generation Station.
ROBERT LARSEN – CRAFT TRAINING COORDINATOR
Robert, known as Bob, started his 35-year career in the electrical industry as a construction electrician with the U.S. Navy Seabees. After six years in the Navy, Bob obtained electrician licenses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and worked in construction, university maintenance and industrial maintenance. Bob’s career experience includes working as a maintenance electrician at the N Reactor at Hanford Nuclear Reservation; hydroelectric electrician for the U.S. Corps of Engineers and for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Casper, Wyoming. While in Wyoming, Bob taught night classes to electrician apprentices at Casper College.
Bob became a substation electrician for WAPA in Casper before becoming a craft training coordinator. In this position, Bob oversees the apprentice programs for electricians, linemen, electronic equipment craftsmen, meter and relay craftsmen, protection and communication technicians and converter technicians.
In addition to his hobbies of rebuilding antique military vehicles, paleontology, geology and hiking, Bob has been an electrical history enthusiast for more than 30 years. He has developed an electrical history seminar displaying electrical antiques and replications. His intent is to share his appreciation of the primary electrical discoveries and the evolution of the electromagnetic field theory.
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 – training technician
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.