Jeff Smyth, President and Chief Executive
For the last 25 years, Jeff Smyth has provided leadership for teams that add value some of industry’s most dynamic private-sector businesses and the Federal Government. And, since 2003, we at Sapere have been lucky to call Jeff our President and CEO. Jeff is a strategic thinker with a proven track record for devising creative action plans and implementing solutions efficiently at a variety of scales. Specifically, Jeff’s best work has come from crafting innovative organizational and technical solutions that help his clients improve delivery of their services and projects. Jeff’s projects have had profound impacts on their respective companies, often resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings, revenue increases or risk mitigation.
Not only does Jeff assist at the strategic level, but he also has practical experience providing a wide range of management consulting services directly. From business and strategic services, asset investment decisions, systems analysis and technical facilitation to risk management, policy analysis and engineering, Jeff has the expertise to help massive organizations enact positive change.
Jeff holds his Master of Science in Water Engineer and Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Engineering from Oregon State University and is a Professional Engineer licensed in Civil Engineering in Washington.
Kevin Miedema, Chief Financial Officer
As Sapere’s Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Miedema manages the finance and administration behind our major projects, including banking, property and contractual activities. His expertise goes both deep and wide, enabling him to create opportunities to improve operations and reduce costs. As a result, Kevin’s work improves financial performance, heightens productivity, enhances internal controls and, above all, maximizes profits.
Kevin’s well-tuned organizational, analytical and problem solving skills are essential to making sure Sapere remains compliant with federal and state regulations wherever we do business. Plus, he serves as the primary point of contact with external governmental, financial and contractual departments, which includes negotiating service contracts. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University.
Kirsten Gable, Senior Consultant
As a senior consultant Kirsten Gable provides thoughtful insight for her clients, backed by extensive experience in project management, technical facilitation, policy and regulatory analysis, strategic planning and decision analysis. Not only does Kirsten provide deep technical contribution to her clients, but she does the same here at Sapere, managing our staff, contracts and projects.
While Kirsten has offered project planning, business process analysis and regulatory support to clients in a number of both public and private organizations, a majority of her work involves helping large energy companies navigate environmental risks and improve capital planning. Kirsten holds a Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Whitman College.
Steven Lewis, Senior Consultant
Steven Lewis joins our team after spending the last 15 years as owner and president of Lands Energy Consulting. During that time, he developed a deep understanding of the energy industry, identifying key factors for success in every aspect of power management and utility operations, from big-picture management, to day-to-day operations and regulatory compliance. Now, he brings that expertise to our team at Sapere, spearheading our efforts across the energy sector.
Some of Steven’s largest projects have included facilitating multi-million dollar sales of hydroelectric output, managing the development of new hydroelectric water routing and optimization software and guiding new risk management and trading strategies for some of the Northwest’s largest energy providers. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Gonzaga University.
Carol Loughlin, Senior Consultant
Carol Loughlin offers Sapere an extensive and valuable background in renewable power and resource development. With an emphasis on the wide variety of financial components related to renewable development throughout her career, she’s familiar with the many processes and workflows required. Carol’s most recent role prior to joining the team at Sapere was as Vice President of Project Finance at Summit Power Group. There, she was closely involved in all stages of project development to ensure marketability and financeability and she led negotiations on debt and equity financing terms and asset purchase and sale agreements for large-scale energy generation assets.
Decades of experience in both the financial sector and many environmentally focused positions mean Carol’s body of work is extensive yet focused. Her interest in environmental responsibility and the development of renewable power and resource projects is backed by the financial know-how and experience to negotiate deals and keep projects moving forward. Carol’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Japanese language from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration with concentration in environmental management from the University of Washington.
Marissa Steketee, Senior Consultant
Throughout her career, Marissa Steketee has helped private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies alike execute difficult projects in complex environments. Her 15 years of experience as a project analyst, manager and process improvement consultant give Marissa the perspective to proactively identify technical and regulatory hurdles before they strike, allowing her clients to complete projects on time and within budget.
As her proficiency across multiple sectors suggests, Marissa excels in collaborative work environments where she can help diverse teams better understand one another. Marissa has proven especially effective in bridging the gaps between regulatory agencies and technical staff as she assists organizations struggling to implement compliance processes. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Marissa offers her clients the flexibility to communicate in either language.
Marissa is a certified Project Management Professional. She holds a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan.
Dana Zentz, Senior Consultant
Dana brings decades of experience within the energy sector to his role at Sapere. He has held multiple executive roles at energy companies and has most recently worked as the President/CEO of Fish Bay resources. Dana's expertise spans multiple disciplines with focuses on renewable resource development, and energy (natural gas and electricity) resource planning and procurement, as well as within negotiating and pricing purchases and sales of energy assets.
His time within the field is a testament to his commitment to all things energy, as he's spent decades refining his understanding of the industry. Dana has defined himself as a "player-coach," being able to lead but also get his hands dirty and work toward getting the job done right.
Dana has put a lot of work into improving his knowledgebase. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and holds a deep understanding of the technology required in this field. He has specific training in media relations, public speaking, sales and marketing as well as a host of other skill sets. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho as well as a Master of Science in Engineering from Washington State University.
Andrew Bulmer, Senior Consultant
An eight-year veteran of our consulting team, Andrew Bulmer’s ability to apply sound project management skills and creative solutions to any work environment have made him an invaluable asset to his clients. With a strong background in information technology and corporate telecommunications, Andrew excels at finding technical solutions for pressing business problems, then guiding clients through the integration and implementation processes. To be effective, translations like these require Andrew to truly understand his clients’ needs and limitations, which he achieves with deftness and precision.
Andrew also serves as the chair of Sapere’s Recruiting Committee, where is responsible for bringing in new talent to the firm. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Scott Smyth, Senior Consultant
Scott Smyth is our in-house expert in software and technology development. For more than a decade, Scott has held leadership roles in teams defining long-term system architecture needs for their clients. From risk analysis and development team management to product management and redesign, Scott has both the hard and soft skills to lead technical projects from vision to execution. Specifically, Scott is a talented Open Source developer with a strong knowledge of storage and network configuration, system security and efficient design.
Scott’s project experience includes research and development on a number of private-sector products, from enterprise technology prototypes to consumer mobile solutions. Scott holds his Ph.D. from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from Stanford University.
Scott Talbert, Consultant
With more than 14 years of experience as both an individual software engineer and as a team leader, Scott Talbert has become an expert in software and system design, development, integration and testing. His varied background give Scott the ability to lead projects from their inception, through the design phase all the way to the final rollout. In addition to software, Scott also serves as our in-house network guru. From design and implementation to debugging, Scott has handled mission critical network concerns in myriad environments. Together, his multifaceted background gives Scott the perspective to quickly break down complex systems and advise client and project teams on technical alternatives, integration approaches and the elusive solutions to their most challenging problems.
Before coming to work with us here at Sapere, Scott spent a decade sharpening his skills as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Computer Science from the University of Virginia.
Johnnie Guelker, Senior Consultant
During his career, Johnnie Guelker has led a number of major projects for federal government agencies like the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. Most recently, he worked with Sapere at the DOE’s Waste Isolation Project, where he drove the agency’s Interim Ventilation System to an on-time completion. He also worked on developing businesses process for construction management and other critical tactical issue resolution.
Some of Johnnie’s previous projects involved navigating energy regulations, performing resource management and leading multimillion dollar project management efforts. A licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional, Johnnie holds his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Kevin Kytola, Senior Consultant
Kevin Kytola has spent more than two decades helping multi-million dollar private and government projects and programs succeed. Kevin’s career has taken him through every phase of the project planning and implementation life-cycle, helping him develop skills in risk management, decision analysis and technical facilitation. With such a diverse skillset, Kevin thrives in environments where success hinges on collaboration between decision-makers, stakeholders and the implementing workforce.
While Kevin has worked in sectors as diverse as nuclear solutions, data storage and fish tagging, he is especially well-versed in energy, environmental restoration and natural resource projects pursuant to state and federal regulations. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Washington State University.
Emily MacDonald, Senior Consultant
For over a decade, Emily Macdonald has put her expertise in technical facilitation, project risk management and strategic planning to work when our clients needed it most. To date, much of Emily's work has been with federal agencies, such as NASA and the Department of Energy, and their state and federal regulators. From her work in these highly regulated environments, Emily developed a sharp ability to back each decision she makes with technical justifications, then bring others to consensus through education. A diligent researcher and tactical decision-maker, Emily's work reflects the thought and energy she puts into each project.
Before joining the team at Sapere, Emily worked as an Associate with Project Performance Corporation. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.
Erich R.v.O. Wolf, Senior Consultant
During his time as a management consultant, Erich has undertaken a number of roles, from individual technical contributor to client manager. Adding to this diverse practical experience, Erich has also worked in a range of professional environments, from the Federal Government and public utilities to private contractors. No matter what role he’s taking on, Erich consistently provides effective project planning, risk management and decision analysis for his clients.
Erich is certified in a number of relevant areas, including project management, risk management and cost estimating. Erich holds his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Whitman College, and was a participant in Dartmouth College’s Business Bridge Program.