Plenary Speakers

John McDonald, Honorary Chair of Resilience Week, General Electric
John McDonald

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader – North America, Global Smart Grid Strategy Group, for GE Energy Connection’s Grid Solutions business. John has 43 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA. John was elected to Chair the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Board from 2010-2014. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published eighty papers and articles and has co-authored four books.

Richard Mroz, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Richard Mroz

Richard S. Mroz, Esquire, was named by Governor Christopher J. Christie as President to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in October 2014. As such, he serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. President Mroz is Chairman of the NARUC Critical Infrastructure Committee and serves on the Electricity Committee and Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues—Waste Disposal. He is President of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. and is also a member of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council. Before joining the NJBPU, he worked in private practice as a lawyer and lobbyist as Managing Director of Archer Public Affairs and Of Counsel to Archer & Greiner P.C. Former New Jersey Governor Whitman appointed him to several senior positions in her administration. He served as Director of Authorities and Governor’s Counsel for the State’s largest independent agencies. He was then appointed Special Counsel to undertake responsibility for a series of special projects. And in 1999, Governor Whitman appointed Mr. Mroz to be Chief Counsel.

Jonathan Monken, Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination for PJM Interconnection
Jonathan Monken

Jonathon Monken is the Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination for PJM Interconnection, working in the areas of business continuity, physical and cyber security, risk management and resilience planning for the world’s largest wholesale energy market. Most recently, Mr. Monken served as VP, U.S. Operations for the EIS Council, developing best practices to improve the resilience of life support infrastructure systems to “Black Sky” events. Mr. Monken served as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) where he oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs. Monken also served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police and possesses a distinguished military career as an armor officer for one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat. Monken graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Mikhail Falkovich, Director, Information Systems, Con Edison
Mikhail Falkovich

Mikhail Falkovich is the Director of Information Security for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, providing electric, gas and steam service for New York City and Westchester County, New York. Falkovich is a utility industry professional with expertise in information technology, reliability, and cybersecurity efforts. Mikhail creates secure network infrastructures for control centers and corporate environments, and supports the development of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards for the utility industry. Falkovich previously chaired the regional ReliabilityFirst CIP Committee and lead the Control Systems Security Working Group within the NERC CIP Committee. He is a graduate of Cornell University where he received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and built a world champion team of soccer playing robots.

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