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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Matt Peak

Managing Director
Matt currently leads ESN’s mobility efforts to advance clean, safe, and affordable transportation technologies by collaborating with corporate and strategic partners, including Cummins, Duke Energy, and Purdue University, among others.  These efforts include: developing and deploying a turnkey service- (rather than asset-) oriented, multimodal, battery electric public transit operational model; establishing a framework for integrated, multi-modal mobility that enables first/last mile connections by using automated shuttles and other technologies; helping solve automated vehicle (AV) “edge cases” by employing tools that foster competition; building a venture finance model to invest in promising clean energy and advanced transportation companies in underserved areas. Previously, Matt provided strategic consulting services to C-level executives in the fields of connected and automated vehicles and infrastructure, shared mobility, smart cities, big data, advanced mobility, and clean energy technologies.  While at CAVita and his own firm, Peak Strategy Partners LLC, Matt worked with the nation’s largest transportation research agency as its autonomous vehicle specialist, the world’s largest aggregator of solar fuels partners and knowledge to commercialize innovative technologies, and has also assisted numerous laboratories and startups 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 NRG COSIA 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 CALSTART and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 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 currently leads ESN’s mobility efforts to advance clean, safe, and affordable transportation technologies by collaborating with corporate and strategic partners, including Cummins, Duke Energy, and Purdue University, among others. These efforts include: developing and deploying a turnkey service- (rather than asset-) oriented, multimodal, battery electric public transit operational model; establishing a framework for integrated, …
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Tim O’Hara

Managing Director
Tim leads ESN's grid and infrastructure activities and efforts. He 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.
Tim leads ESN’s grid and infrastructure activities and efforts. He 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, …
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Sierra Latham

Director of Moving Forward Program
Sierra Latham joined Energy Systems Network as the director of Moving Forward in February 2020. Her 10 years of professional experience have focused primarily on housing, community development, and energy efficiency policy research. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Sierra served as the demographer for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where she provided analytic support based on demographic and economic statistics to residents and other City departments. She has also worked as a researcher for the Urban Institute in the Metropolitan Housing and Community Development policy center, where she supported quantitative and qualitative research projects in communities throughout the United States. She holds an MPP from the University of Chicago, an MA in applied economics from Georgetown University, and a BS in economics from the University of Mary Washington.
Sierra Latham joined Energy Systems Network as the director of Moving Forward in February 2020. Her 10 years of professional experience have focused primarily on housing, community development, and energy efficiency policy research. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Sierra served as the demographer for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where she provided analytic support …
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Paige Geer

Manager of Operations
Paige Geer serves as the Manager of Operations 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, external communications and PR, social media management, event coordination, internal communications, grant management and compliance, human resources, and operations support. She also serves as executive assistant to ESN's CEO.
Paige Geer serves as the Manager of Operations 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 …
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Drew Tharp

Manager of Communications
Drew Tharp joined the ESN team as Manager of Communications in March. Tharp has several years of experience in marketing and communications. He previously served as an account executive at Indianapolis agencies Element Three and Caldwell VanRiper, where he managed marketing communications for national brands such as Allison Transmission, Republic Airways, and ConvergeOne, among others. Tharp’s responsibilities at ESN include overseeing internal and external communications, public relations, digital strategy, and social media management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Drew Tharp joined the ESN team as Manager of Communications in March. Tharp has several years of experience in marketing and communications. He previously served as an account executive at Indianapolis agencies Element Three and Caldwell VanRiper, where he managed marketing communications for national brands such as Allison Transmission, Republic Airways, and ConvergeOne, among others. …
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Mina Moussa

AmeriCorps VISTA, Moving Forward Project Coordinator
Mina Moussa serves as a project coordinator for Energy Systems Network(ESN) through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, joining the team in November 2019. Prior to joining ESN, Mina spent time teaching English in South Korea. He graduated from Ball State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Mina Moussa serves as a project coordinator for Energy Systems Network(ESN) through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, joining the team in November 2019. Prior to joining ESN, Mina spent time teaching English in South Korea. He graduated from Ball State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in Teaching English to …
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Penelope Smith

AmeriCorps VISTA, Moving Forward Project Coordinator
Penelope Smith is an AmeriCorps VISTA with Energy Systems Network (ESN) serving as a Moving Froward Project Coordinator. She joined ESN in June of 2019. Penelope graduated from Chatham University with dual Master of Sustainability and Master of Business Administration degrees in 2018.
Penelope Smith is an AmeriCorps VISTA with Energy Systems Network (ESN) serving as a Moving Froward Project Coordinator. She joined ESN in June of 2019. Penelope graduated from Chatham University with dual Master of Sustainability and Master of Business Administration degrees in 2018.
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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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Theresa Tetrault

Director of Finance - CICP
Theresa Tetrault serves as the director of finance for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Prior to joining CICP, she served as an accountant for Clifton Larson Allen LLP and as a staff accountant for Katz, Sapper & Miller, both in Indianapolis. Tetrault also held roles as vice president and director of development for WFYI Public Broadcasting. Tetrault earned a B.A. in Political Science from Anderson University and a Master of Science, Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Theresa Tetrault serves as the director of finance for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). Prior to joining CICP, she served as an accountant for Clifton Larson Allen LLP and as a staff accountant for Katz, Sapper & Miller, both in Indianapolis. Tetrault also held roles as vice president and director of development for WFYI …
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Cinthya La Rosa

Director of Administration - CICP
Cinthya La Rosa serves as director of administration for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). La Rosa 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 La Rosa serves as director of administration for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). La Rosa 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 …
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