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.
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.