Board

A board of directors made up of publicly-appointed and customer-elected representatives oversees District Energy activities. We are fortunate to have so much talent on the board.

Mark Rancone, Chairperson

A Saint Paul resident, Mark Rancone is president of Roseville Properties Management Co., where he oversees the management of more than 2 million square feet of mixed-use commercial and industrial real estate. Rancone represented the interests of our district cooling customers on the District Cooling board from 1993 to 2004 before moving to the District Energy board. Rancone sat on the board of Greater St. Paul BOMA for six years, was an original member of the Rice Park Committee and served on the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce’s Light Rail, Business Development and Shepard Road Advisory committees.

Heidi Conrad

Heidi Conrad is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, with accountability for all financial areas, along with Plant Operations. She has also been serving as the Interim Vice President of Quality since October 2016. Conrad has been in her current position since June 2007 and brought 10 years of senior financial experience in health systems and hospitals. Her prior experience includes many positions with HealthPartners Medical Group including Vice President, Finance, Planning and Improvement. Along with this, she gained experience at PWC, Children’s Minnesota and Thomson Reuters. Conrad has her BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Hamline University.

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. 

Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd represents District Energy’s medium-sized customers.  Dastmozd is the president of Saint Paul College.  Prior to joining Saint Paul College, he served as vice president of instruction and workforce education at Clark College, the second largest community college in Washington State.  Dastmozd is a first-generation college graduate who emigrated from Iran in the late 70s. His secondary educational journey launched at El Reno Junior College in El Reno, OK and led him to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO where he completed his Ph.D. in 2006. He teaching career began at Indian Hills Community College in 1985 and he became a department chair in 1992.  Between 1999 and 2006, he served as an academic dean at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges District. Since 2005, Dr. Dastmozd has served as a mentor for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Mentor Link program. With an unwavering focus on student success and promoting diversity, Dr. Dastmozd believes that today’s college must “encourage a collective vision, promote collaboration and develop sustainable partnerships.”

Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton represents District Energy small customers.  He is the Director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He also is a Principal Investigator with the University of Minnesota’s National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and a Fellow of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Hamilton has been producing energy and environmental exhibits and programs for the Museum for 28 years. In recent years, these projects have included WATER, an international traveling exhibition developed in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History; the BIG BACK YARD, the museum’s outdoor environmental science park, and Science House, the  museum’s net-zero building. Hamilton’s current project is FUTURE EARTH – exhibits and programs that explore the implications of humans as the dominant agents of global change. Currently, Hamilton is working with his museum colleagues to make the institution a public case study of recent innovations in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Ken Peterson

Ken Peterson is Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. A St. Paul resident, he joined the District Energy Board in 2015 as a City of St. Paul appointee and previously served a term representing District Energy’s large customers. As Commissioner, he has successfully led efforts to increase on the job training opportunities; improve workplace safety; and reduce workers compensation medical costs while increasing injured workers benefits. Among his other government leadership roles have been stints as director of St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department and chief of staff for the mayor. In addition to government service and practicing law, he’s been a college teacher and journalist. Peterson is President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials and serves on the boards of the History Theater and the Minnesota Safety Council. He previously was President of the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation, chaired the Anishinabe Legal Services Board and was a member of the Ramsey County Charter Commission. Peterson is a graduate of Hamline University and George Washington University Law School.

Kris Taylor

Kris Taylor serves as the Vice President of Community Relations for Ecolab, with responsibility for the development and execution of the company’s community-based programs. Under her direction, Ecolab has been recognized for its commitment to the community in The Civic 50, led by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light. Taylor was named United Hospital Foundation Trustee of the Year in 2013, as well as receiving a Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2012 and a HERBIE Award by the St. Paul Area of Commerce in 2011. Taylor joined the District Energy board in 2014 as a City of Saint Paul appointee, adding to her current service on the Conference Board, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the United Hospital Foundation, and St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Southwest State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Patricia Wolf

District cooling customers elected Patricia Wolf to the District Cooling board in September 2005. Wolf has been actively involved in the commercial real estate industry in downtown St. Paul for 27 years, leasing and managing more than a dozen buildings during this time. She formed Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. in 1990 to help primarily local owners lease and manage their properties. Wolf is a past chair of Greater St. Paul BOMA and currently serves as the chair of BOMA Minnesota. She was on the St. Paul BOMA committee that reviewed and negotiated the service agreement for district cooling customers that is used today. Wolf is an active member of many real estate organizations and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

David Ybarra

David Ybarra is President of the Minnesota Pipe Trades Association, an umbrella organization representing approximately 7,500 men and women throughout Minnesota, where he serves as an advocate for the affiliated unions. Previous to his current position, Ybarra was a Business Manager of the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, which allowed him the opportunity to work on many successful construction projects including TCF Bank Stadium and Target Field. He was recently appointed to serve as the Labor Representative for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizen Board by Governor Mark Dayton. In his leisure time Ybarra is active with the Brooklyn Park Fast Pitch Association and the Edinburgh Men’s Golf Association. Ybarra joined the District Energy Board of Directors in 2013 as an appointee of the City of Saint Paul.

Ken Smith, Ex Officio

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George Latimer, Director Emeritus

George Latimer, a founder and first Chairman of District Energy St. Paul, was the Mayor of Saint Paul when District Energy St. Paul was launched as an important and innovative public-private partnership. Latimer was known for his innovative redevelopment of St. Paul’s downtown core. Latimer attended Saint Michael’s College and Columbia Law School and practiced law in Saint Paul from 1963 until he was elected mayor. Subsequently, Dean of a Law School, a HUD official and college teacher.

Susan Sands, Director Emerita

Susan Sands was declared Director Emeritus of District Energy St. Paul and its affiliate Ever-Green Energy in January 2007. The declaration recognized Sands’ 13 years of dedicated service, leadership and outstanding contributions on the boards of both companies, including five years as District Energy’s chairperson.

Barbara Lukermann, Director Emerita

Barbara Lukermann was declared Director Emeritus of District Energy St. Paul and its affiliate Ever-Green Energy in March 2009. The declaration recognized Lukermann’s 27 years of outstanding dedication and service on the boards of both organizations, including six years as board chairperson of District Energy. Her leadership, commitment and strong belief in our mission helped us achieve many successes that benefited our customers, Saint Paul and the environment, and encouraged us to strive for even higher standards. Barbara passed away March 2009.

Bernard St. Peter, Director Emeritus

Bernard St. Peter was declared Director Emeritus of District Energy St. Paul in September 2005. The declaration recognized St. Peter’s 19 years of leadership, guidance and dedication to the advancement of district energy services in and outside of St. Paul. It also recognized his lasting contributions as a board member, representing District Energy’s medium-size customers since 1986, and his service as board chair. Bernie passed away in December 2011.

Robert Lowe, Director Emeritus

Robert Lowe was declared Director Emeritus of District Energy St. Paul and its affiliate, Ever-Green Energy in February 2014.  The declaration recognizes Lowe’s important contributions as a founding member of the Developing Committee that established District Energy St.Paul in 1978 and his long-standing service to both companies. A Saint Paul native, he served on the District Energy Board for 19 years and served as Ever-Green Energy’s Vice-Chair before his passing in 2014.  He brought to the board many years of experience in the areas of labor relations, affirmative action, plant and distribution system construction and maintenance, and District Energy St Paul history. Lowe passed away on February 3, 2014.

District Energy St. Paul is operated and managed by Ever-Green Energy.