Western Electricity Coordinating Council


Executive Team

Melanie Frye 

Melanie Frye

President and Chief Executive Officer


Melanie Frye, President and CEO, oversees WECC’s mission to effectively and efficiently reduce risks to the reliability and security of the Western Interconnection’s Bulk Power System. Melanie achieves this work through active interactions with members and key stakeholders, by managing relationships with key regulatory and policy-setting bodies, and ensuring WECC contributes to a positive relationship with NERC and the ERO.

Melanie leads the WECC organization and works to strengthen the developing leadership culture. She created the framework for WECC’s Invented Future and shaped the transformation within the organization. She has profoundly influenced the development of the internal organizational culture to inspire alignment with the “why” of WECC.

Prior to this role, Melanie served as Vice President of Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis, overseeing WECC’s technical and analysis functions, including events analysis, situation awareness, reliability planning and assessments, performance assessments, and standards development. Melanie also served as WECC’s Vice President of Shared Services, overseeing Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Information Technology, Project Management, and Administrative Services functions and staff. She joined WECC in 2007 as Director of Human Resources.

Before joining WECC, Melanie spent several years with PacifiCorp as a Senior Human Resources Consultant where she was responsible for providing advice and counsel to the leadership team of eight thermal and three natural gas power generation facilities in Utah and Wyoming. She provided support to over 2,500 union and non-union employees located across the company’s six-state service territory.​

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and a Utility Executive Course Certificate from the University of Idaho.​

David Godfrey 

David Godfrey

Vice President of Entity Oversight


Dave Godfrey, Vice President of Entity Oversight, has executive oversight for Entity Registration, Compliance Risk Assessment, and our Compliance Monitoring efforts. Dave is jointly accountable, with Steve Goodwill, for executing WECC’s core Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program functions and implementing WECC’s Regulatory Philosophy.

Previously, Dave served as WECC’s Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Vice President of Operations and Planning, and Director of Standards Development and Planning Services. Dave joined WECC in 2010 as Risk Manager.

Throughout his 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Dave has served in engineering, project management, risk and asset management, human resources and compliance roles. Before joining WECC, Dave was PacifiCorp Energy’s Director of Asset Management and Compliance, where he created strategic asset plans to align the Integrated Resource Plan to the operating plans for the individual units.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.​

Steve Goodwill 

Steve Goodwill

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary


Steve joined the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) in July 2008 as Hearing Officer. In December 2008 he was promoted to Associate General Counsel and became WECC’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in May 2010. In this role he is responsible for strategizing, managing, directing and providing comprehensive, analytical, and responsive legal expertise to WECC. He is also responsible for the preparation and maintenance of all corporate records, as well as supporting the WECC Board of Directors and Board committees.

In 2017, Steve formally assumed executive responsibility for WECC’s Enforcement efforts, as well as its international relationships. Steve is jointly accountable, with Dave Godfrey, for executing WECC’s core Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program functions and implementing WECC’s Regulatory Philosophy. Prior to joining WECC, Steve spent four years as the administrative law judge at the Public Service Commission of Utah.

He began his legal career with the United States Air Force in 1997, holding positions of increasing responsibility while on active duty at Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization locations throughout the U.S and Europe. As a member of the Air Force Reserve for the past thirteen years, he has advised senior military and civilian leaders while assigned as legal counsel to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Headquarters, United States Air Force; and Air Force Space Command. He is currently assigned as the Senior Individual Mobilization Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate, United States Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Steve earned his JD from the University Of Utah College Of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, and holds an MA in Political Science and a BS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Jillian Lessner 

Jillian Lessner

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Jillian Lessner, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the management of the Finance and Accounting team, and provides executive oversight for Information Technology, Risk Management, Stakeholder Services and the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS).

Jillian served as WECC’s Controller from 2008 through 2010 and rejoined WECC in 2012 to serve as Director of Finance and Accounting. Prior to rejoining WECC in 2012, Jillian served as Corporate Technical Accounting Manager at Stanley Black and Decker in New Britain, Connecticut.

Jillian began her career in public accounting at a small local firm in New York City and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in 1994. Jillian has over 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Earlier in her career she held accounting management positions at Duke Energy Trading and Marketing in Salt Lake City, Utah and Forrester Research, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jillian holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.​​

Taud Olsen 

Taud Olsen

Managing Director of Organization Development and Outreach


Taud Olsen, Managing Director of Organization Development and Outreach, is responsible for management of the Communications and Training teams, as well as providing executive leadership to Human Resources and Meetings and Facilities.

Previously, Taud served as WECC’s Managing Director of External Relations and Outreach. Taud joined WECC in 2008 as Managing Director of External Relations. During his tenure at WECC, Taud has also held the position of Managing Director of Compliance.

Prior to joining WECC, Taud held the position of Corporate Vice President of Human Resources at American Skiing Company where he oversaw all human resource and customer care activities for multiple ski resorts in multiple states. Taud began his professional career at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) in human resources and has held several human resources leadership positions, including international, at several companies including ZERO Enclosures, Applied Power Worldwide and Iomega.

Taud holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he also earned a Certificate in Area Studies in Training and Development.​​


Branden Sudduth

Vice President of Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis


Branden Sudduth, Vice President of Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis, is responsible for WECC’s technical and analysis functions, including Reliability Planning and Assessments, Standards Development, Performance Analysis, Event Analysis, and Situation Awareness.

In his previous role as Director of Reliability Risk Management, Branden provided leadership and strategic direction for the Performance Analysis and Event Analysis/Situation Awareness departments and was responsible for supporting several industry stakeholder efforts through WECC’s Operating and Market Interface Committees.

Branden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, a Master of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from Weber State University.