Passionate People with a Vision for the Future
William H. Thesling, Ph.D.
Dr. Bill Thesling holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University, where he performed research for NASA and the Ohio Aerospace Institute. He is an experienced serial entrepreneur. In 1994, he co-founded TS Engineering, a technology company providing controls equipment. TS Engineering was sold to a private firm in 2001. In 1998 he co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of Efficient Channel Coding (ECC), a provider of advanced digital communications products. ECC was sold to Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) in 2005. Dr. Thesling continues to work for Viasat on advanced development efforts. Additionally, Dr. Thesling is currently active as a technologist and investor with a particular focus in advanced energy solutions.
Dr. Thesling holds over 20 patents in such fields as telecommunications, industrial controls and power electronics. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Donald Larson, M.S., M.B.A.
Don spent five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, serving at multiple duty stations, leaving the Navy as a Lieutenant.
Has spent over 15 years of in information technology, engineering, and sales. His experience includes serving in the roles of CIO, General Manager, VP Sales, Chief Engineer and other positions at a number of companies and clients.
Don is the CEO at My Cash Position a Software as Service provider delivering Financial Management Solutions to firms without a full time CFO office.
Previously he founded MCF Technology Solution’s, a Cleveland business focused on automating business processes with web based solutions. The clients ranged from small million dollar firms to the Fortune 100. He spent three years with a Cleveland based software firm taking it from zero to multimillion in revenue. He worked at WireWay, Inc as the General Manager, a nationally recognized manufacturer of raceway systems for industrial control components. The Cleveland based firm is a national innovator in the controls market for over thirty years.
He also has served as manufacturer’s representative for several Fortune 100 companies in the Industrial Controls and Power Electronics Industry such as UPS equipment, switch gear and variable frequency drives. Prior to an active sales role, he led an engineering department in one of the manufacturing divisions of Elf Aquitaine building capital equipment. The company served the automotive industry in both the plating and laboratory testing fields.
Mr. Larson founded a weekly radio program, Capitalist Cleveland that concentrates on entrepreneurial business development in North East Ohio.
Don holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University. He also has an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Linda J. Hansen
Fundraising Chair and Director of Strategic Alliances
Linda J. Hansen, Founder and President of Capacity Strategies, LLC, is a Strategic Consultant specializing in political and government affairs, public affairs, marketing, and communications. She is also an author, speaker, and a Certified Personal, Executive, and Leadership Coach. Linda is one of very few women to serve at the highest levels of a major presidential campaign. She was Executive Vice-President – Deputy Chief of Staff for the Friends of Herman Cain Presidential Campaign in the 2012 election and she has a rich history in politics. Her role with eGeneration has helped us to have greater influence and access to policy leaders and decision makers, and she continues to have an important role in advancing the work of the foundation.
David Amerine, M.S.
Nuclear Operations and Project Management Consultant
David Amerine has 45 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He began his career in the U.S. Navy, after graduating from the United States Naval Academy and obtained a Masters in Management Science from the Naval Post Graduate School while in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, he joined Westinghouse at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. There he worked as a shift operations manager and then as the refueling manager for the initial core load of the Fast Flux Test Facility, the nation’s prototype breeder reactor. Mr. Amerine furthered his career in the commercial nuclear power industry throughout the 1980’s, first as the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) vendor, Combustion Engineering, Site Manager at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station during startup of that three-reactor plant and then as Assistant Vice President Nuclear at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. There he led special, interdisciplinary task forces for complex problem resolutions involving engineering and operations during recovery period at that facility back in the late 1980’s.
Davis-Besse was the first of eight nuclear plants where he was part of the leadership team or the leader brought in to restore stakeholder confidence in management and/or operations. In the DOE Nuclear Complex these endeavor recoveries included the Replacement Tritium Facility, the Defense Waste Processing Facility, and the Salt Waste Processing Facility projects. In addition to Davis-Besse in the commercial nuclear industry, in 1997 he was brought in as the Vice President of Engineering and Services at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station where he was instrumental in leading recovery actions following the facility being shut down by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). His responsibilities included establishing robust Safety Conscious Work Environments (SCWE) programs.
In 2000, Mr. Amerine assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Washington Government, a $2.5 billion business unit of Washington Group International (WGI). In this role, Mr. Amerine was responsible for integrated safety management, conduct of operations, startup test programs, and synergies between the diverse operating companies and divisions that made up WGI Government. Mr. Amerine was then selected as the Executive Vice President and Deputy General Manager, CH2M Hill Nuclear Business Group, where he supported the President in managing day-to-day operation of the group, which included six major DOE sites, three site offices, and numerous individual contracts in the international nuclear industry. He was charged with improving conduct of operations and project management, expenditures and staffing oversight, goal setting, performance monitoring, and special initiatives leadership.
Mr. Amerine came to B&W in 2009 where he was subsequently selected as President of Nuclear Fuel Services in early 2010 after the NRC had shut down that facility which is vital to the security of the United States since it is the sole producer of fuel for our nuclear Navy. He led the restoration of confidence of the various stakeholders including the NRC and Naval Reactors. The plant was restored to full operation under Mr. Amerine’s leadership. He retired from NFS in 2011.
Julian Rosenman, M.D. Ph.D.
Radiation Oncologist and Medical Advisor
Dr. Rosenman is the Clinical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Rosenman is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Dr. Rosenman graduated with his MD in 1977 from the Southwestern Medical School, after earning a PhD in physics from the University of Texas in 1971.
Dr. Rosenman has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous book chapters, and given hundreds of scientific presentations.
His research includes extensive work on radiation treatment and therapy, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), and the use of computing and 3D technologies in cancer treatment.
Michael S. Goldstein, J.D.
DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Michael S. Goldstein, Esq. is eGeneration Foundation, an Ohio non-profit corporation based in Cleveland, dedicated to advancing research, development and attainment of safe, clean, affordable, and renewable energy employing Generation IV advanced molten salt liquid core nuclear technology and applying it to solve real-world problems.
Michael Goldstein served as a Senior Attorney with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI) for nine years and was the first CEI attorney stationed at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Northeast Ohio.
He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a linguist overseas, including nuclear submarine duty, followed by 26 years in the active Naval Reserve, serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of several Naval Security Group units. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander (Cryptology Officer) after a 30-year career as an intelligence officer. Mr. Goldstein is currently President of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), a national organization of former and active duty military and civilian intelligence officers dedicated to educating the American public on the need for a strong intelligence community in the defense of the United States. He now presents testimony to the Ohio General Assembly on Energy, National Security, and Education issues.
Mr. Goldstein has a B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and History from Michigan State University and his law degree is from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is admitted to practice before all courts and administrative tribunals of the State of Ohio, as well as the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Michael is a Life Trustee of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce and is active with many professional and civic organizations, including the USS Cod Committee and the Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association. He also volunteers as a speaker to veterans’ and civic organizations on national security, intelligence, and foreign policy issues.
Charles K. Alexander, Ph.D.
Professor and Academic Advisor
Charles K. Alexander is the Managing Director of the Wright Center for Sensor Systems (WCSSE) and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was most recently the Dean of Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University. Previously, he was the Stocker Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University. He served as Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University at Northridge, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering at Temple University and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Temple. He held the same positions at Tennessee Technological University. He was a Professor and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Youngstown State University, where he was named Distinguished Professor in recognition of his outstanding teaching and research.
Dr. Alexander received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University and his BS degree from Ohio Northern University. He has served as a consultant to numerous corporate and governmental organizations and is actively involved in research and development projects ranging from solar energy to software engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and was its 1997 President and CEO. In addition, he has served on the IEEE Board of Directors for eight years.
Alexander is married to Hannah and is the father of three daughters: Christina Ruth, Tamara Sue, and Jennifer Marie and a son: Baixi. His mother, June Alexander, is a resident of Amherst. His brother James, and family reside in Elyria.
F. Eugenio Villaseca, Ph.D.
Professor and Academic Advisor
Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, Ph.D.
Professor Schuelke-Leech’s research is focused on the connections between public policy, public and private finance, engineering, business, and technological innovation. Her work is applied to the innovation eco-systems in the energy, automotive, and manufacturing industries. Dr. Schuelke-Leech is doing research using Big Data Analytics applied to policy-based corpora through PolicyTALK. Currently, she is conducting research on policies affecting the adoption of alternative fuels for transportation, manufacturing, nanotechnology, and disruptive nuclear innovations. In addition to her research in innovation policy, Dr. Schuelke-Leech looks at the effects of R&D funding and budget cutbacks on innovation and research institutions.
Dr. Schuelke-Leech has extensive professional experience. Before undertaking doctoral studies, Schuelke-Leech worked for over a decade at General Motors of Canada and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in product development and management. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, specialized in energy systems. Her Masters of Business Administration is from York University and is focused on finance and strategic management. Dr. Schuelke-Leech earned her doctorate from the School of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia in Athens. She continues to be a licensed professional engineer and is also a Research Associate at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).
Patti Schaar, M.B.A.
Director of Industry Relations
Patti Schaar is responsible for connecting eGen with specific industries and businesses. She cultivates and promotes opportunities to partner, raising awareness and the profile of environmentally friendly, clean and economical energy solutions. Patti’s leadership positions include transformations, change management, and capability building. With over 15 years of experience in operations environments, she has earned a reputation as someone who can easily translate the technical into the approachable. She can communicate with people at all levels of an organization — and help them communicate with each other.
She has a passion for supporting individuals and organizations on their path to recognize and achieve their full potential. She has designed and facilitated dozens of training programs for her clients and colleagues. She was a founding member of the Capability for Performance practice at McKinsey & Company. Most recently she has served several non-profit organizations in crafting their mission, vision, values, and strategic plans.
Patti’s technical background, combined with her understanding of how to balance human reasoning and emotion, uniquely qualify her to bring people along in the process of change, however difficult or complicated. She has served a variety of clients in the automotive, healthcare, industrial, non-profit, and technology sectors around the world. Prior to joining McKinsey, she served the US Departments of State & Energy on international nuclear non-proliferation initiatives. She interned for GE Consumer & Industrial during graduate school focusing on operational efficiencies.
Patti holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor of science from University of Dayton where she majored in mechanical engineering. She currently lives in Cleveland, OH, but she keeps her passport handy for last minute jaunts around the globe for work or fun. Her love for the Cleveland Indians is unending.