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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John Waters

Chief Technology Officer
John E. Waters has been developing sustainable “engineered” solutions since his early work on the first electric car, GM’s EV1. John was the inventor for the battery pack for the EV1, Electric S-10, and multiple electric drive platforms spanning from commercial buses to race cars to golf carts. Along with his “plug-in” colleagues in industry, John discovered how the electron can be utilized for superior performance, reduced costs and lower (system) emissions to both the transportation and built environment sectors, improving the lives of individuals, communities, and nations. John is also active in bringing sustainable energy, housing and transportation solutions to “off-grid” communities around the world. 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 eight U.S. and international patents, two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards.
John E. Waters has been developing sustainable “engineered” solutions since his early work on the first electric car, GM’s EV1. John was the inventor for the battery pack for the EV1, Electric S-10, and multiple electric drive platforms spanning from commercial buses to race cars to golf carts. Along with his “plug-in” colleagues in industry, …
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Melissa Roberts

Director, Communications and Development
Melissa joined Energy Systems Network 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. Her focus at ESN is on the organization's communication, marketing, and messaging needs as well as event planning and the overall corporate communication strategy.
Melissa joined Energy Systems Network 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 …
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Nate Cooper

Project Director
Nate combines his Civil Engineering background with a whole systems operation and optimization approach to create energy efficient and sustainable solutions. After completing an MSCE at Purdue University, Nate launched Cooper Consulting Services, LLC working primarily on designing sustainable wind-lithium-diesel hybrid systems for remote Alaskan villages. He then worked with the Energizing Indiana program performing energy audits on K-12 facilities. Nate is now working to bring an integrated systems approach to further the goals of ESN as a Project Director.
Nate combines his Civil Engineering background with a whole systems operation and optimization approach to create energy efficient and sustainable solutions. After completing an MSCE at Purdue University, Nate launched Cooper Consulting Services, LLC working primarily on designing sustainable wind-lithium-diesel hybrid systems for remote Alaskan villages. He then worked with the Energizing Indiana program performing …
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Latoya Botteron

Chief Financial Officer
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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Whitney Lafever

Executive Assistant
Whitney Lafever serves as executive assistant to Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell. Lafever was previously a financial advisor for Healthsource in Indianapolis. She has also served as a swim lessons coordinator and head lifeguard at Ransburg YMCA. Whitney is seeking a mechanical engineering technology degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Whitney Lafever serves as executive assistant to Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell. Lafever was previously a financial advisor for Healthsource in Indianapolis. She has also served as a swim lessons coordinator and head lifeguard at Ransburg YMCA. Whitney is seeking a mechanical engineering technology degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
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Cinthya Sanghera

Grants Accountant and Compliance Manager
Cinthya Sanghera serves as grants accountant and compliance manager for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Sanghera administers some human resources functions and grants awarded to CICP and several of 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 grants accountant and compliance manager for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Sanghera administers some human resources functions and grants awarded to CICP and several of 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 …
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Michael Murphy

Director of Finance
Michael Murphy serves as director of finance for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Prior to joining CICP, Michael served as an Oracle Hyperion consultant for Vertical Edge Consulting Group and as a finance lead with Allegion. Michael also held roles in Finance and Sales with Ingram Micro Mobility (formerly BrightPoint) and served as a project coordinator for CICP’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus Indiana. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from DePauw University, a Master of Science in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and he holds a Master of Business Administration from Butler University.
Michael Murphy serves as director of finance for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Prior to joining CICP, Michael served as an Oracle Hyperion consultant for Vertical Edge Consulting Group and as a finance lead with Allegion. Michael also held roles in Finance and Sales with Ingram Micro Mobility (formerly BrightPoint) and served as a …
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