Paul Mitchell

President and CEO
Paul currently serves as ESN's President & CEO. Prior to joining ESN, Paul served in the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels as Policy Director for Economic Development, Workforce, & Energy. In this capacity he oversaw legislation, policy, and program development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Indiana Department of Labor, and acted as Governor's liaison to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. During his tenure with the Governor's Office, Paul also led the formation of and directed the Indiana Office of Federal Grants and Procurement. A native of West Lafayette, Indiana he holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Indiana where he graduated as valedictorian.
Paul currently serves as ESN’s President & CEO. Prior to joining ESN, Paul served in the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels as Policy Director for Economic Development, Workforce, & Energy. In this capacity he oversaw legislation, policy, and program development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Indiana Department of …
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Ben Wrightsman

Executive Vice President
Ben Wrightsman is a strategic industry executive with over 19 years of experience in high-tech manufacturing, electronics, advance battery, and product development companies. Ben has a passion for finding and utilizing untapped resources and capabilities within a company to open new opportunities for growth and revenue generation. Ben’s diverse background in executive leadership, engineering, business development, operations, and supply chain gives him abroad range of understating to tackle problems at all levels of the organization. Ben has held key positions with one of industry’s leading electronics contract manufacturers, large format lithium battery manufacturer, along with owning and advising several small business ventures/startups. Ben attended Purdue University at Indianapolis majoring in Electrical Engineering where he was co-captain of the Electric JAG (Indy) Car Team. He is APICS-CPIM accredited, received Lushin (Sandler) President’s Sales Training, and is a dedicated Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt. He also serves on the advisory board for Indiana IoT Lab and Eclipse Energy.
Ben Wrightsman is a strategic industry executive with over 19 years of experience in high-tech manufacturing, electronics, advance battery, and product development companies. Ben has a passion for finding and utilizing untapped resources and capabilities within a company to open new opportunities for growth and revenue generation. Ben’s diverse background in executive leadership, engineering, business …
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John E. Waters

Chief Technology Officer
Founder and President of Leave It Better Than We Found It, LLC and Waters & Associates, LLC, John E. Waters has been committed to developing sustainable solutions since his early work in developing the world’s first (mass-produced) electric car, GM’s EV1. Designed to solve major environmental issues in California, John realized that whole-system engineering and electric energy solutions could not only improve the lives of individuals but entire communities. And, these sustainable solutions could return significant and sustaining profits to the companies providing them. John is currently utilizing his systems thinking approach to solving issues in energy, food, water, transportation, and economic development in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and throughout the U.S. Since the early days of developing the EV1 battery pack, John’s interests led him to develop sustainable energy storage solutions in large format lithium-ion batteries for Delphi, forming the EnerDel joint venture, and launching Bright Automotive as the founding CEO. John also created and led Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) practice in sustainable transportation and consulted with multiple Fortune 1-to-100 companies in sustainable transportation solutions. At RMI (and inspired by Amory Lovins), John launched his passion for whole-system design in energy, economics, quality of life, the built environment, and transportation – all to improve the quality of life for people groups and social systems. John is also a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, previously a member of Duke Energy’s “Thought Leaders Council”, and advises multiple “plug-in” start-up companies. Prior to RMI and being the VP of Business Development for EnerDel, Inc., John was responsible for the design, testing, and production of multiple lithium battery products, including certified solutions for the iBot® and Segway®. Mr. Waters holds nine U.S. and international patents, two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards.
Founder and President of Leave It Better Than We Found It, LLC and Waters & Associates, LLC, John E. Waters has been committed to developing sustainable solutions since his early work in developing the world’s first (mass-produced) electric car, GM’s EV1. Designed to solve major environmental issues in California, John realized that whole-system engineering and …
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Melissa Roberts

Chief of Staff
Melissa serves as Chief of Staff for Energy Systems Network. She joined ESN as Director of Communications and Development at the end of 2010. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology and Spanish in May 2004. She obtained a master's degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 and is a member of the Lacy Leadership Association. Melissa's background is in the healthcare industry, having spent over six years at Community Health Network. She served in several roles including Healthcare Recruiter and HR Consultant. As a member of the senior leadership team, her focus at ESN is to oversee the communications, marketing, operations and human resources functions across the organization.
Melissa serves as Chief of Staff for Energy Systems Network. She joined ESN as Director of Communications and Development at the end of 2010. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology and Spanish in May 2004. She obtained a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 and is a …
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Matt Peak

Director of Mobility
Matt Peak joined ESN as Director of Mobility in July 2018. He has nearly two decades experience catalyzing promising transportation, automotive, and clean energy enterprises and organizations. Most recently, Matt served as Associate Principal at CAVita LLC, where he provided strategic consulting services to C-level executives in the fields of connected and automated vehicles and infrastructure, shared mobility, smart cities, big data, and advanced mobility technologies. Before that, Matt started Peak Strategy Partners LLC, a firm that enables companies and communities to solve core challenges and benefit from automotive, transportation, and clean energy technologies and policies. In this capacity, Matt competitively bid and secured agency contracts to support the Texas A&M TransportationInstitute’s participation in a public-private collaboration operated in conjunction with the TexasDepartment of Transportation. He co-founded a stakeholder-based organization focused on deploying and integrating multi-modal automated vehicles to improve safety and increase commerce in North Dakota. Matt also worked with the world’s largest aggregator of solar fuels partners to commercialize innovative technologies, and he assisted numerous laboratories and startups to commercialize their automotive and energy technologies. Matt previously launched and led Prize Capital’s and Tri-State G&T’s efforts to discover, invest in, and commercialize advanced energy technologies, and created what became the NRGCOSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20 million (USD) competition to spur technological innovation at power plants. He was also the first employee of a venture-funded battery technology startup focused on commercializing a new type of lithium battery for electric vehicles and other markets,and led public policy, renewable fuel, and other collaborative efforts to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in SanFrancisco and CALSTART in Pasadena. Matt has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.S. in environmental policy from The London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Matt Peak joined ESN as Director of Mobility in July 2018. He has nearly two decades experience catalyzing promising transportation, automotive, and clean energy enterprises and organizations. Most recently, Matt served as Associate Principal at CAVita LLC, where he provided strategic consulting services to C-level executives in the fields of connected and automated vehicles and …
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Tim O’Hara

Director of Grid & Infrastructure
O’Hara has over 25 years of experience in building/optimizing organizational processes and infrastructure to maximize business results within diverse, complex, matrix-style, energy operations. Most recently, he was the co-head of Global Power and Natural Gas at Bloomberg, where he was responsible for overall global strategy, vision, and product across power, natural gas, coal, emissions and weather, with a constant eye toward maintaining and driving various top line revenue streams and cost management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Florida. At ESN, he organizes and administers various projects, programs and services for ESN activities, specifically related to electrical grid and infrastructure.
O’Hara has over 25 years of experience in building/optimizing organizational processes and infrastructure to maximize business results within diverse, complex, matrix-style, energy operations. Most recently, he was the co-head of Global Power and Natural Gas at Bloomberg, where he was responsible for overall global strategy, vision, and product across power, natural gas, coal, emissions and …
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Rachel Budreau

Manager of Operations
Rachel serves as the Manager of Operations for Energy Systems Network, joining the team in early 2018. She was previously Office Manager for the Battery Innovation Center, a collaborative project launched by ESN in 2013. She graduated from Anderson University in May 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Business Management and a minor in Non-Profit Leadership.
Rachel serves as the Manager of Operations for Energy Systems Network, joining the team in early 2018. She was previously Office Manager for the Battery Innovation Center, a collaborative project launched by ESN in 2013. She graduated from Anderson University in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Business …
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Paige Geer

Communications Specialist
Paige Geer serves as a communications specialist for Energy Systems Network, joining the team in May 2018. She graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Business through the IU Kelley School of Business. Prior to ESN, Paige held a position as an account manager and digital marketing strategist for Indy Displays. Her past roles have included working as an outreach coordinator and social media manager for Autolist.com and as a territory sales manager for Fortune 100 company, Altria Group Distribution Company. She also currently serves as the volunteer executive director for a local scholarship program. Paige’s responsibilities at ESN include digital strategy, communications and PR, social media management, event coordination, and support of corporate marketing initiatives.
Paige Geer serves as a communications specialist for Energy Systems Network, joining the team in May 2018. She graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Business through the IU Kelley School of Business. Prior to ESN, Paige held a position as an account manager and digital …
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Latoya Botteron

Chief Financial Officer - CICP
Latoya joined the ESN team in 2010, after serving in several roles in public accounting and auditing, including her role as Senior Auditor at Katz, Sapper & Miller. Latoya graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s of science degree in Accounting and Business, and is a licensed CPA in the state of New York and Indiana. She supports ESN in the areas of finance, human resources, compliance and contracts.
Latoya joined the ESN team in 2010, after serving in several roles in public accounting and auditing, including her role as Senior Auditor at Katz, Sapper & Miller. Latoya graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s of science degree in Accounting and Business, and is a licensed CPA in the state of New York and …
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Raquel Bahamonde

Director of Communications - CICP
Raquel’s expertise is in media relations and corporate communications, with experience over the last 25 years. Raquel is currently president of Bahamonde Communications and serves as director of communications for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and all its initiatives, including ESN. Before joining CICP and ESN in 2013, Raquel served as executive director of corporate affairs for AIT Laboratories, Inc. and previously was executive producer and director of online content at Inside INdiana Business. She also served as media relations director for a Carmel, Ind. PR and advertising agency and served in producer and reporter roles at WISH-TV (CBS-Indianapolis) and television stations in Illinois and Michigan. Raquel provides strategic corporate communications planning and oversees media and public relations efforts for ESN.
Raquel’s expertise is in media relations and corporate communications, with experience over the last 25 years. Raquel is currently president of Bahamonde Communications and serves as director of communications for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and all its initiatives, including ESN. Before joining CICP and ESN in 2013, Raquel served as executive director of …
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Brittani Maletta

Director of Finance - CICP
Brittani Maletta serves as director of finance for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Prior to joining CICP, Maletta spent five years in public accounting, specializing in non-profit audits and federal grant compliance as the audit manager for the accounting firm of Katz, Sapper & Miller. She has also served as a CFO Services student analyst for the Butler Business Accelerator. She earned a B.S. in Accounting and a Master‘s of Professional Accounting from Butler University.
Brittani Maletta serves as director of finance for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Prior to joining CICP, Maletta spent five years in public accounting, specializing in non-profit audits and federal grant compliance as the audit manager for the accounting firm of Katz, Sapper & Miller. She has also served as a CFO Services student analyst …
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Cinthya Sanghera

Director of Administration - CICP
Cinthya Sanghera serves as director of administration for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Sanghera administers the human resources functions and grants awarded to CICP and its initiatives. Prior to joining CICP, Cinthya served as grants manager and office manager for Charter Schools USA-TC Howe High School. In addition, she has served as a bilingual assistant for the Indianapolis Public Schools and Carl Wilde Elementary and as a lead client associate for JPMorgan Chase. Cinthya earned a B.S. in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where she majored in Management and Human Resources Management. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Cinthya Sanghera serves as director of administration for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Sanghera administers the human resources functions and grants awarded to CICP and its initiatives. Prior to joining CICP, Cinthya served as grants manager and office manager for Charter Schools USA-TC Howe High School. In addition, she has served as a bilingual …
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