Corporate Governance - Leadership

Board of Directors | Corporate Officers | Subsidiary Officers
Biography PhotoKevin Christie
Vice President, Customer Solutions
Kevin Christie

Kevin Christie is vice president for Customer Solutions for Avista, a position he has held since 2015. In that role, he has responsibility for external communications, community outreach and philanthropy, as well as customer energy efficiency and conservation activities, and new products and services.

Christie joined Avista in 2005 as the manager of Natural Gas Planning. In 2007, he was named the director of Gas Supply. He was appointed the senior director of Finance in 2012 and na... 

Biography PhotoMarian Durkin
Senior Vice President, General Counsel,
Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Marian Durkin

Marian Durkin is senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer for Avista Corp. As the chief legal officer, she provides counsel and guidance to the Avista Corp. board of directors and officers on legal matters relevant to the company and its subsidiaries. As chief compliance officer, Marian is responsible for coordinating and overseeing Avista’s ethics and compliance programs.

Prior to joining Avista in 2005, Marian was vice president, dep... 
Biography PhotoKaren S. Feltes
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Karen S. Feltes

Karen Feltes is senior vice president and the chief human resource officer for Avista Corp. She is responsible for developing strategic plans for enterprise-wide people systems and leading employee engagement initiatives, internal communications, safety, leadership development and succession planning, as well craft training programs. As a member of the senior management team Karen effectively translates strategic initiatives into human resources practices. In addition, Karen serves as the lead... 
Biography PhotoJames M. Kensok
Vice President, Chief Information and Security Officer
James M. Kensok

James M. Kensok is vice president, chief information and security officer for Avista. He is responsible for the leadership and strategic advancement of enterprise technology strategies, and both cyber and physical security.

Kensok started his career with Avista in 1996 as an internal information systems auditor. He also held positions as manager and director of information systems for Avista. He has been the vice president and chief information officer for Avista since 2007 and chief ... 
Biography PhotoRyan Krasselt
Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer
Ryan Krasselt

Ryan L. Krasselt is vice president, controller and principal accounting officer for Avista Corporation. He was named to his current position in October 2015. In this role, he is responsible for accounting, taxes, financial reporting and internal controls for the corporation.

Krasselt joined Avista in 2001 as a financial business partner in the accounting department. His experience at Avista has also included leadership roles within treasury and risk management. Prior to joining Avist... 
Biography PhotoDavid J. Meyer
Vice President and Chief Counsel for Regulatory and
Governmental Affairs
David J. Meyer

David J. Meyer is vice president and chief counsel for regulatory and governmental affairs for Avista Corp. He joined the company in 1998.

David is a native of Glendive, Montana, and is a graduate of Valparaiso University, where he received political science and economics degrees. He is a 1978 graduate of Cornell University Law School. David joined the Spokane law firm Paine Hamblen Coffin Brooke and Miller in 1978 and was a partner in the firm for 17 years. While with Paine Hamblen,... 
Biography PhotoScott L. Morris
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott L. Morris

Scott L. Morris is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Avista Corp. He was elected president in 2006 and named chairman and chief executive officer in 2008.

Scott is an experienced utility executive who has served in a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1981. He began his career in the company’s utility marketing division and has served in leadership positions throughout the company, including in customer service, construction and... 
Biography PhotoKelly Norwood
Vice President, Avista Corp.
Vice President of State and Federal Regulation, Avista Utilities
Kelly Norwood

Kelly Norwood is vice president of state and federal regulations for Avista. Norwood was named a corporate officer in November 2000 and was appointed vice president of state and federal regulation for Avista Utilities in July 2002. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of energy resources for Avista.

Norwood joined the company in June 1981 and held positions within the finance and energy resource departments. While in energy resources, he gained experience in... 
Biography PhotoHeather  Rosentrater
Vice President, Energy Delivery
Heather  Rosentrater

Heather Rosentrater is Vice President of Energy Delivery at Avista, where she’s responsible for electric and natural gas engineering, operations, and shared services such as fleet, facilities and supply chain.

Rosentrater has led Avista’s Grid Innovation, Smart Grid and Smart City efforts. She also has broad experience on both the electric and natural gas side of Avista Utilities, having managed departments and projects in transmission, distribution, SCADA, as well as asset management ... 
Biography PhotoEd Schlect
Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Ed Schlect

As vice president and chief strategy officer for Avista, Ed Schlect is focused on driving growth for the company through service innovation, emerging technologies and new ventures in line with Avista’s core energy business.

Schlect has over 30 years in the energy industry, initially at PacifiCorp and The Washington Water Power Company, now known as Avista. Schlect rejoined Avista in 2015 after serving as a founder of Ecova, an energy information firm, where he served in executive rol... 
Biography PhotoJason Thackston
Senior Vice President, Avista Corp.
Vice President of Energy Resources, Avista Utilities
Jason Thackston

Jason Thackston is senior vice president, energy resources for Avista. He joined the company in 1996 and has held leadership positions in customer solutions, energy delivery, finance, risk management, investor relations and corporate development.

Thackston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitworth University with a major in international studies and an emphasis in business management. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University.

He... 
Biography PhotoMark Thies
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Thies

Mark Thies is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Avista Corp. He joined the company in September 2008. Thies is an accomplished leader with extensive experience in finance, risk management, accounting and administration in the utility sector. Prior to joining Avista, Thies was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy company providing regulated electric and natural gas service to areas of South Dakota, Wyoming and Mo... 
Biography PhotoDennis Vermillion
Senior Vice President, Avista Corp.
President, Avista Utilities
Dennis Vermillion

Dennis Vermillion has been senior vice president of Avista Corp. and president of Avista Utilities since 2009. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Avista Corp. subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.

Dennis joined Avista in 1985 and has held various staff and management positions. His experience covers a broad range of activities, including leadership, energy trading and marketing, risk management, scheduling, resource operations, power/transmis...