About Us

The Utilities Service Alliance (USA), Inc., was incorporated in 1996 in the State of Kansas as a 501(c) 12 Cooperative. USA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of executives from the member utilities. Our mission is to provide a business platform for our members to collaborate in plant performance & economic benefit initiatives. By being a part of the Alliance, USA’s member utilities get the best of both worlds; fleet benefits while keeping the flexibility of their independent operator status. This gives members the ability to:

  • Retain local control at each site while benefiting from economies of scale
  • Have collective influence in the industry while still maintaining single nuclear site status
  • Selectively choose projects and initiatives
  • Share existing resources without transferring ownership
  • Share the experiences, lessons learned, and benchmarking like a large fleet

OUR VISION

Together, we will be an independent fleet of safe, cost-effective, top-quartile operators.

OUR MISSION

To achieve and maintain consistent, cost-effective, top-quartile performance within the industry.

OUR VALUES

Integrity – Innovation – Honesty – Respect – Commitment – Accountability – Diversity

Working together to drive simple, cost-effective, excellence.

OUR STATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  • Improve Operational Performance through facilitation of lessons learned, conduct of assessments, industry benchmarking, and best-practice sharing
  • Improve Economic Performance through use of our Supply Chain Agreements, personnel sharing, and other cost-saving opportunities
  • Facilitate common response to targeted and focused fleet performance gaps or issues as approved by the Board of Directors (BOD)

OUR CURRENT FOCUS

  • Maximize value through use of our Supply Chain Agreements and processes
  • Material Cost-Reduction savings opportunities
  • Plant Status Control Excellence
  • Maintenance Fundamentals Excellence
  • Cyber-Security Implementation and Readiness
  • Mid-Cycle Assessment and Nuclear Safety Culture Assessment facilitation and implementation
  • Shared personnel, tools, and equipment

Our Board

Joel Gebbie

Joel Gebbie

Sr. VP & CNO,

AEP – Cook

USA Board Chairman

Ken Peters

Ken Peters

Sr. VP & CNO,

Luminant – Comanche Peak

USA Board Vice-Chairman

Brad Berryman

Brad Berryman

Sr. VP & CNO,

Talen – Susquehanna

Tim O’Connor

Tim O’Connor

Sr. VP & CNO

Xcel Energy – Prairie Island and Monticello

Jim Connolly

Jim Connolly

Sr. VP & CNO

STPNOC – STP

Grover Hettel

Grover Hettel

Chief Nuclear Officer

Energy Northwest – Columbia

Keith Polson

Keith Polson

Site VP & CNO

DTE – Fermi

Dave Kimball

Dave Kimball

Director – Nuclear Oversight

NPPD – Cooper

Our Site Representatives

Dan Emery

Dan Emery

Training Manager

AEP – Cook

Doug Davis

Doug Davis

Manager – Organizational Design

Luminant – Comanche Peak

Meghan Thorpe-Kavanaugh

Meghan Thorpe-Kavanaugh

Technical Assistant to the CNO

Talen – Susquehanna

Michelle Kelly

Michelle Kelly

Fleet Organizational Effectiveness and Performance Improvement Manager

Xcel Energy – Prairie Island and Monticello

Alec McGalliard

Alec McGalliard

Project Manager Site Representative

STPNOC – STP

Shannon Sackett

Shannon Sackett

Assistant to Vice President Operations

Energy Northwest – Columbia

Ed Kokosky

Ed Kokosky

Director – Oversight

DTE – Fermi

Michelle Chowning

Michelle Chowning

Strategic Sourcing Specialist

NPPD- Cooper

Usa Staff

John Christensen

John Christensen

President & CEO

Tim Donovan

Tim Donovan

Director – Fleet

Improvements & Support

Jim Kitchens

Jim Kitchens

Director – Economic

Strategies

Tim Scoggins

Tim Scoggins

Manager – Valve Programs

Becky Cochran

Becky Cochran

Manager – Finance

Sarah Blaufuss

Sarah Blaufuss

Office Manager

Brad Vickery

Brad Vickery

Project Manager – Material Cost Reduction

Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith

Project Manager – Cyber Security

J.R. Trautvetter

J.R. Trautvetter

Project Manager – IER 17-9 Maintenance Excellence

John Tripoli

John Tripoli

Project Manager – Plant Status Control Excellence

Our Board

Our Site Representatives

Usa Staff