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Utility Advisory Board

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Utility Advisory Board

The city’s Utility Advisory Board serves as an advisor to the Gainesville City Commission on policy and governance decisions regarding utility services. Formed in 2016, the seven-member board meets at least once a month.  

UAB Contacts 
Phone: 352-393-1011
Fax: 352-334-2277
Mail: P.O. Box 147117, Station A140, Gainesville, Fl. 32614

Mary Alford (chair)
Term: Feb 18, 2016 - March 3, 2020
Background: Alford, a Gainesville native, began her professional engineering career as an intern in GRU's Water/Wastewater Department, and then later worked for Progress Energy in the areas of environmental compliance, safety, power plant operations and management, power plant construction and project and outage management.  For the past eight years, Alford has been a principal in The Sustainable Design Group, a Gainesville architecture and engineering firm. 
Email:  AlfordM1@gru.com

Michael Selvester (vice-chair)
Term: Feb 18, 2016 – Mar 3, 2020
Background: A UF law school graduate, Selvester is corporate counsel for Infinite Energy since 2015 and worked as a GRU legal services intern in 2014. 
Email: SelvesterM1@gru.com

Wes Wheeler
Term: Mar 3, 2018 – Mar 3, 2022
Background: A Juris Doctorate degree from FSU, Wheeler has extensive experience and knowledge on land use and environmental law. Currently running a successful law practice focused on Florida Wills, Trusts and Estates and Real Estate transactions, he is also involved with a number of community and professional leadership organizations. 
Email: wheeleriw@gru.com

Wendell Porter
Term: March 4, 2018 - March 3, 2022
Background: With three engineering degrees, a Bachelors and Masters in mechanical engineering and PhD in agricultural and biological engineering, Porter now lectures at UF on the course he produced on Global Sustainable Energy.  He also is actively engaged in the community, spending years developing training materials and performing energy audits for the CWC. 
Email: porterwa@gru.com

Barry Jacobson 
Term: March 4, 2018 – March 3, 2022
Background: Jacobson received his PhD is Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University and is the President and Senior Project Engineer for Solar Impact, Inc. A impressive history in agricultural engineering, he has also been awarded the National Professional Engineer of the Year for American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 
Email: jacobsonbm@gru.com

Carla Miles 
Term: Nov 15, 2018 – March 3, 2020
Background: Miles is a strong communicator and avid community activist with an AS Degree in Allied Health. She is currently the Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator/Critical Home Repair Specialist at Alachua Habitat for Humanity, and the Secretary for the Greater Duval Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. Ms. Miles also serves on the Wild Spaces Public Places oversight committee and the Community Weatherization Coalition advisory board. 
Email: milescs@gru.com

Tim Rockwell
Term: Feb 7, 2019 – March 3, 2020
Background: Rockwell has worked in computer aided drafting and project coordination in Civil Engineering and Construction industries for over 20 years. He is certified in computer drafting and design technology from St. Augustine Technical Institute and received an Associates of Applied Science from Santa Fe College. His current experience includes performing site research and producing initial site designs and conceptual layouts as Production Manager at eda engineers, surveyors, planners, inc.
Email: rockwellta@gru.com

Theresa Spurling-Wood (non-voting member)
Term: Oct 18, 2018 – Mar 3, 2022
Background: Theresa Spurling-Wood, CEM, CIE, GCP, LEED AP, is a Mechanical/Technical/Energy Conservation Specialist with 30+ years field experience in the building and construction industries.  She previously worked as a residential Efficiency Program Coordinator III in the Conservation Department at Gainesville Regional Utilities and currently serves as Alachua County Public Schools’ Director - Energy Systems.  
Email: woodta@gru.com

Don Davis (non-voting member)
Term: Feb 7, 2019 – Mar 3, 2022
Background: Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Florida and has been a resident of Alachua county since 1964. He went to work as a banker who financed solar and served on state panels regarding the financing of solar panels. He has been a member of Gainesville's Rotary Club, Quarterback Club, Gainesville Electric Vehicle Club (Founder) and City of Gainesville Parks Foundation Board, Matheson Museum advisory Board (former Pres), CareerSource of North Central Florida (Strategy Chair/former Pres) and more. 
Email: davisd1@gru.com