James D. Bishop, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ross D. Ain
Barbara B. Gollan
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
David V. Casale
Chief Operating Officer
Derrel A. Grant, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Development
Andrew J. Savko
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Gary S. Keevill
Senior Vice President, Business and Energy Management
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Project Management
Vice President, Wind Business Management
Vice President, Managing Director of Finance
Vice President and Controller
Director of Energy Management
Director of Environmental, Health and Safety
Director of Engineering and Project Management
Director of Operations
Director of Information Technology Projects
James D. Bishop, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, joined Caithness in 1988. Mr. Bishop holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College.
Ross D. Ain, President, joined Caithness in 2000 and was previously the Executive Vice President of Caithness Energy, and the President of Caithness Long Island, LLC. During his 19 years at Caithness, Mr. Ain successfully led the development of the Caithness Long Island project, a combined cycle natural gas plant in Yaphank, New York, and was integral in the success of the Caithness Shepherds Flat wind farm, the largest wind farm in the United States, and Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station, a green-field natural gas plant in Berwick, Pennsylvania. Mr. Ain has also been very active in the current projects Caithness is developing in Ohio, West Virginia and Montana. Before Mr. Ain joined Caithness, he was the Vice Chairman of Cogen Technologies Generating Group, the Senior Vice President of Cogen Technologies Energy Group, and was the President of East Coast Power. These companies developed, owned and operated natural gas fired generating plants throughout the United States, in particular, the Linden Cogeneration Plant, located in Linden, New Jersey. Mr. Ain began his career as a legislative counsel to the House of Representatives and then counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House during the passage of major energy legislation in the 70’s. He worked as Associate General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission directing programs establishing the independent power industry. From 1980 to 1994, he was a partner at the Washington D.C. law firm of Van Ness Feldman, advising developers of renewable, cogeneration and other power projects. Mr. Ain holds a law degree from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College.
Barbara B. Gollan, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, joined Caithness as Vice President in October 1990. Ms. Gollan was fuel manager for Caithness geothermal projects. Ms. Gollan has authored and co-authored a number of technical papers on geothermal systems, which were presented to the Geothermal Resources Council, the Geologic Society of America and the Stanford Geothermal Workshop. Ms. Gollan holds a Master of Science degree in Geology and Geochemistry from Stanford University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.
David V. Casale, Chief Operating Officer, joined Caithness in 1991 and was previously the Senior Vice President of Tax and Accounting for Caithness Energy and its affiliates. During his tenure he headed up the oversight and involvement with financing, taxation, and accounting matters. During his tenure with Caithness Mr. Casale started the tax department as the Tax Manager and quickly advanced to Controller then Vice President. During that time, he was involved with a variety of complex transactions including public debt offerings (144A transaction) and its related filings, private debt and equity financings and Production Tax Credit equity flip structures. Mr. Casale started his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick, L.L.P. in its Long Island office and subsequently moved to Arthur Anderson & Co.’s tax practice in New York City. There he specialized in complex partnership structures in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Casale graduated from Adelphi University in December of 1986 and holds a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Derrel A. Grant, Jr., Senior Vice President, Development joined the Caithness platform in 2004. Mr. Grant has worked on the redevelopment of SEGS VIII and IX plants and now works on wind and fossil development. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Grant served as Vice President of FPL Energy, the non-regulated independent power company owned by FPL Group, Inc. From August 1990 to November 2004, Mr. Grant held various senior-level positions within several affiliates of FPL Group, Inc. Mr. Grant spent the first eleven years of his career working in Jamaica, England and the Bahamas. Mr. Grant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, Professional Certificate in Power Plants from the Central Electricity Generating Board in England, Master of Science, Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West Indies.
Andrew J. Savko, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, joined Caithness in 1998. Mr. Savko works on all financing activities at Caithness. He received a Master of Business Administration degree with specializations in Corporate Financing and Investment Analysis from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Gary S. Keevill, Senior Vice President, Business and Energy Management joined Caithness platform in 2004. He is responsible for operations, asset and energy management. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Keevill was charged with managing El Paso Energy’s contractual responsibilities for its NYISO and PJM power projects. Mr. Keevill began his career with the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, where he held various positions in power generation, system operations, planning, and fuel management. Mr. Keevill received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from St. John’s University.
Mitchell Garber, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Project Management, joined Caithness in 2005 and leads the company’s efforts in construction, engineering and permitting of power projects. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Garber worked as a Project Manager at Skanska, USA, a large construction company engaged in building power plants. Earlier in his career, Mr. Garber spent ten years at Cogen Technologies in increasingly responsible engineering, plant management, and project management roles. He began his career in operations and engineering at Consolidated Edison of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Vandana Gupta, Vice President, Wind Business Management, joined Caithness in 2015, bringing almost 30 years of energy experience in legal, financial and commercial roles. She currently manages the Shepherds Flat wind farm and supports Caithness’ wind development activities. Prior to joining Caithness, Ms. Gupta was a senior portfolio advisor to Leaf Clean Energy, and served as President of two biomass projects and Director of Skyfuel on behalf of Leaf. From 2007-2008, Ms. Gupta was a Managing Director in JP Morgan’s investment banking division responsible for establishing the firm’s US franchise in Alternative Energy. MS. Gupta began managing private investments in 2003 when she joined GE Energy Financial Services where she managed $1Bn in global equity investments spanning renewables and other energy assets and guided execution of more than 20 asset sales. Prior to that, Ms. Gupta spent 9 years in Morgan Stanley’s energy group having transitioned to investment banking from law. Ms. Gupta started her career as an energy lawyer at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. Ms. Gupta holds a J.D. from Columbia University and a B.S. form SUNY Albany.
Tom Cuffaro, Vice President, Managing Director of Finance, joined the Caithness platform in 1999 and has over 17 years of energy finance experience. Mr. Cuffaro has worked on transactions in excess of $5 billion. He was a key member of the debt and equity financing team for the Caithness Shepherds Flat project and has been part of the development team for the project since inception. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Cuffaro was a Staff Accountant at Salibello and Broder, LLP. Mr. Cuffaro holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College, a Bachelor of Science of Accounting from Brooklyn College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
Vincent G. Giglio, Vice President and Controller, joined Caithness in 2004. He has held various positions within the Accounting and Tax department prior to being promoted to Controller in August 2015. He is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a Master’s of Science Taxation from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University.
Asavari Alvarez, Director of Energy Management, joined Caithness in 2016. Ms. Alvarez has been in the energy industry over 25 years at PSEG, El Paso Corporation, and Con Edison, with varied experience spanning energy project development, asset management, finance/risk, major accounts, electric distribution operations, and energy trading. Ms. Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from NYU Stern.
Thomas Grace, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (E, H & S) has been with Caithness for over 12 years. In this position, he has been involved in the permitting and regulatory management required in the development, construction, and operation of numerous projects. His current responsibilities include E, H & S management for Caithness operations and he serves as part of the Caithness development team. Mr. Grace has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry, involving either development or operation of 36 power projects. This period has included working with numerous technologies, including gas/oil combined-cycle, nuclear, geothermal, wind and solar energy. Mr. Grace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environment Engineering from California State University (San Diego Campus); and a Master’s degree in Biology and Environmental Engineering from California State University (Hayward Campus) and the Pennsylvania State University (Capitol Campus).
John Wanalista, Director of Engineering and Project Management, joined Caithness in 2016. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Wanalista worked with Caithness on Projects for many years. Mr. Wanalista served as Senior Vice President of David Patillo & Associates, a construction consulting firm from June 2014 until October 2016. From March 2000 to June 2014, Mr. Wanalista held various positions with CH2M Engineers, Inc., including vice president in the Power Business Group. He started his career in 1982 with the United States Navy in the Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Wanalista holds a Juris Doctor degree from Walter F. George School of Law/ Mercer University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Thomas Copus, Director of Operations, joined Caithness in July 2017 and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Caithness natural gas fired power plants. Tom has over 30 years of experience in power plant operation and maintenance. His career started in 1986 in the United States Navy, operating propulsion plants on numerous ships. After completing his naval service, he began working for a major integrated electric utility as a power plant operator. In 2000, Tom moved into management and has held ever-increasing roles of responsibility in the management of electric generating plants. His experience spans a variety of technologies and fuels. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership. He is a licensed Stationary Steam Engineer with the State of Ohio.
Darel Stokes, Director of Information Technology Projects, joined Caithness in 2019. Darel leads the design, implementation and support of Caithness’ power plant computing environments for existing and new power plants. Darel previously directed the Information Technology department of Panda Power Funds where he oversaw the implementation and support of Panda’s overall computing infrastructure including the corporate data center, headquarters building and seven power plants. Darel has over 37 years of Information Technology experience that spans the energy, medical, security and aerospace industries where he has earned three US patents. Darel holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Maurice Meagher, Director of Construction, joined the Caithness platform in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the construction of power projects. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Meagher worked as a Project Manager and Senior Construction Manager at Amec Foster Wheeler, a firm specializing in engineering, project management, operations and construction services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Meagher spent seven years at CH2M Hill Engineers Inc. as a Construction Manager, where he was responsible for managing the on-site activities related to power plant construction projects. He began his career in Construction Services at Destec Energy Kingston Cogen Project in Kingston Ontario, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Adam T. Heath, Director of Finance, joined Caithness in 2012 and has over 13 years of energy infrastructure finance experience. Most recently at Caithness Mr. Heath helped lead the $1.7 billion financing of the Guernsey Power Station and the $950 million financing of the Caithness Moxie Freedom power plant. Prior to Caithness, Mr. Heath held investment banking positions at RBC Capital Markets and WestLB AG where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and project finance in the infrastructure, power and utilities sectors. Mr. Heath graduated with a BS in Business Administration (magna cum laude) from Northeastern University.
Juan Alvarez, Electrical Engineering Manager, joined the Caithness platform in 2010 and is based at Caithness Shepherds Flat. Mr. Alvarez is responsible for the electrical engineering aspects of the interconnection design, construction and maintenance of Caithness’ generator fleet and tie stations. Mr. Alvarez also serves as an active member on various NERC compliance teams. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Alvarez worked as a consultant at JCA Electrical Consulting which provides support for interconnection design, maintenance and construction of generators and substations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Alvarez spent 25 years at NextEra as a Superintendent, where he was responsible for maintenance, construction, and operations of 35 substations including one at a nuclear plant and 2 fossil plants. He began his career an Electrical Engineer at Bendix Field Engineering in Piney Point, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Hamp Thornton, Engineering Manager, joined Caithness in 2019. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Thornton spent six years at Panda Power Funds as Engineering Manager. There he supported the permitting, development and execution of power projects as well as plant improvements for existing assets. From 2009-2013, Mr. Thornton worked at AREVA Renewables developing biomass projects and designing concentrated solar power plants. From 2000–2009, Mr. Thornton held various engineering and project roles with CH2M Hill. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in Mechanical Engineering.
Dale Ellis, Operations Manager, joined Caithness in 2011. As Operations Manager of the Caithness Shepherds Flat project, Mr. Ellis has over 25 years of wind experience and has been involved in all aspects of wind energy including development, operations, and construction since 1990. Mr. Ellis performed due diligence activities at various wind projects during FPL Energy’s acquisition phase as well as operating wind plant support. At Garrad Hassan he performed due diligence inspections for wind projects under construction, for operational wind plants, and development guidance for new asset evaluation programs.
Ken Talovich, Project Manager, joined Caithness in 2009. Prior to joining Caithness, Mr. Talovich served as Construction Project Manager for FPL Energy (now NextEra Energy Inc.) from 1998 to 2009. During that time, Mr. Talovich managed and completed 6 wind generating facilities totaling over 2000 MW of capacity. Mr. Talovich has been involved in all aspects of wind energy including development, operations and construction since 1988. Mr. Talovich holds an Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Idaho State University.
Maryelizabeth Duffy, Human Resource Manager, joined Caithness in 1986. Currently, she is responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function. Throughout the course of her career with Caithness, she’s provided administrative support to numerous executives and partners, managed the accounts payable department and maintained office services by organizing office operations and procedures. Ms. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Science in Math from SUNY Geneseo.