OUR TEAM

Stephanie Clarkson

President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie has 20 years of experience and serves as the company’s chief executive officer, leading the strategic planning and oversight of over more than 5 GW of new and existing power generation investments. She previously served as the company’s chief financial officer and was responsible for the capitalization of over 2 GW of greenfield development and 1 GW of assets in operation that are among the most efficient generation facilities in the Americas. Prior to this role, Stephanie led project management and financing activities for large-scale municipal infrastructure projects throughout North America. Stephanie holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting from University of Florida.

Kristi Miller

Vice President, Development

As vice president of development, Kristi brings nearly 20 years of energy industry experience to NTE. Her background includes development of renewable and conventional generation assets, commercial origination, and management of major power projects. Kristi held leadership positions at Duke Energy, where she managed complex interconnection projects and oversaw the solar and distributed generation queue.  Prior to that, she developed renewable waste-to-energy projects throughout the United States. She holds a BS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Colorado Technical University.

Mike Trobaugh

Vice President, Commercial

Mike Trobaugh provides leadership for Vitis Energy’s commercial and commodity market activities. Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, with a background in deal origination, risk management and commodity trading. Prior to Vitis Energy, Mike spent 10 years at The Energy Authority, where he served in a similar role, managing market risk for municipal utility customers across the U.S. Prior to that role, he held positions with Entegra Power Group as a Senior Asset Trader, TECO Energy Services as a Structure Analyst and at Bank of America as an Analyst. He holds a BS in Economics and an MBA with a concentration in Finance.

Kyle Wilbur

Vice President, Commercial – Clean Energy

Kyle provides leadership for new business development and origination. He specializes in full lifecycle renewable energy development, energy market dynamics and intelligence, transaction structuring, acquisitions and finance in power generation (renewable/non-renewable). Kyle has extensive renewable energy and cleantech start-up experience, recently completing a similar leadership role at Atlantic Power Corporation and Engie North America. A former naval aviator and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Kyle holds a BS in Aquaculture and Marine Technology from the University of Rhode Island.

Maribel Zambrana

Vice President, Legal

Maribel oversees all legal activities related to VITIS’ construction, development and asset management activities, including contract preparation, negotiation, execution and compliance; regulatory issues; litigation; general legal advice; and business transaction support. She brings more than 15 years of legal experience to VITIS Energy, including significant experience within the energy industry. As executive advisor to the general counsel of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Maribel provided legal and policy advice on term negotiations related to design, engineering, procurement, construction, equipment purchase, fuel supply, power sales, service agreements and other issues. A licensed attorney, she holds both a BA and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico.

Mike Green

Southeast Development

Mike’s responsibilities include providing leadership of project development and commercial efforts with municipal customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, including opportunity identification, customer identification and acquisition, permitting, public outreach, legislative and regulatory communications, and engineering & design coordination. Mike brings over 45 years of experience to the team, having served in several management positions at Duke Energy, including vice president for IPP development in Florida and the Southeast. Mike was loaned for two years to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) as a senior evaluator to evaluate construction practices of U.S. nuclear facilities. He also was requested by the U.S. State Department to assist U.S. AID team evaluation of the Egyptian Energy Association’s transmission upgrade efforts in Cairo.

Ted Sullivan

Senior Director, Engineering & Construction

Ted is responsible for leading development engineering efforts, including preliminary facility design and preparing and running RFPs for the selection of OEM suppliers, EPC contractors and O&M contractors for a range of power generation projects. Ted has 25 years of experience in the energy industry, including the development of over 500 MW of solar energy projects as owner’s and independent engineer with Leidos/R.W. Beck Engineering.

Jim Medford

Development/Construction

Jim brings nearly 40 years of energy industry experience and has been with the team since 2015. Jim played a critical role in the success of the 475-megawatt CCGT Kings Mountain Energy Center, supporting the permitting, construction, start-up and public outreach. Prior to joining, Jim held leadership, engineering and business development roles at Duke Energy, AREVA and Perma-Fix. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina, respectively.

Jason Taylor

Senior Director, Accounting & Treasury

Jason leads the Accounting and Treasury Management functions at Vitis Energy. He is responsible for designing controls, processes, and efficiencies within the accounting infrastructure.  Jason earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of North Florida and an MBA with an Accounting Concentration from LSU Shreveport.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.  He has over 20 years of private accounting experience in the real estate development industry as well as medical device.  His previous role before joining Vitis, was at a medical device start-up where he supported the company to going from commercialization to a successful IPO on NASDAQ.

Jennifer Logue

Director of Communications

Jennifer oversees all marketing and communications activities for Vitis Energy, including media relations, internal communications and community relations. She brings to the team more than 25 years of experience that includes writing for a daily newspaper, serving as managing editor of a magazine and managing communications for such organizations as public broadcasting leader WGBH Boston and JEA, one of the largest public utilities in the nation. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from American University.

Kevin Engmann

Engineering Manager

Kevin provides technical support for the development engineering, procurement, construction, and O&M departments. With a focus on renewable energy, Kevin evaluates potential project sites and technologies to produce the most effective solutions for our customers. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Kevin has 10 years of experience in the energy industry, with a background in thermal design of combined cycle power plants and application engineering for power augmentation solutions.

Rudy Michaud

Director, Finance

Rudy supports activities across development, financing, and asset management. He managed a total of 950 MW of combined-cycle natural gas-fired electric generation for the Middletown Energy Center and Kings Mountain Energy Center. Prior to his work at Vitis, Rudy led operations financial analysis across a 1 GW fleet of dual-fuel mobile gas turbines for APR Energy, including emergency projects in Puerto Rico at the Palo Seco and Yabucoa power plants. He holds a degree in Statistics from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the University of North Florida.

Chris Grant

Director, Development

Chris is responsible for leading development efforts for Vitis Energy’s renewable pipeline in the East Region.  Chris has 15 years of experience in the energy and utility industry, including renewable development, interconnection, project management, and engineering design.  Chris manages all development activities, including land acquisition, permitting, interconnection, stakeholder engagement, and contract management.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MBA from Queens University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Brian Romero

Director, Development

Brian joined Vitis in 2018 to support the company’s growing renewable activities and assists on thermal project development in the Northeast. Brian leads daily development activities for the Killingly Energy Center and is heavily involved in all aspects of renewable development for Vitis, including site viability, analysis of energy yield simulations, environmental risk assessments and community engagement. Prior to Vitis, Brian led solar development for CRK Solar, a renewable development start-up based in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in Finance and Mathematics from the University of Central Florida.

Will Conoly

Director, Development – Clean Energy

Will overseas acquisition and development activities for near term NTP renewable projects across the US including solar, wind, battery, and RNG.  He specializes in identifying and acquiring pre-NTP development opportunities and bringing resources and expertise to the project in order to ensure successful COD with attractive return structures and mitigated risk. Will has extensive experience in the energy industry with a background in leading acquisitions, large scale field development, and operations.  Will holds a BS in Engineering as well as a BA in Finance, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

Bryan Sapp

Project Development Associate

As a Project Development Associate, Bryan supports Vitis’ siting, permitting, land acquisition, and proposal management efforts for development projects.  He manages mapping and site evaluation for NTE’s solar and battery projects, primarily in the Southeast. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Natural Resource and Environmental Science program with concentrations in Policy and Energy.