Visions of Our Energy Future

Regina Mayor

Global Energy & U.S. Sector Leader, KPMG

Regina Mayor serves as KPMG’s Global and U.S. Sector Leader for Energy and Natural Resources. In both capacities, she helps determine the Firm’s strategy to better serve the industry as well as optimize the delivery of KPMG’s services nationally and globally. She is a recognized thought leader on the disruptive trends facing the various segments of the energy value chain – from the effect of millennials and baby boomers on gasoline consumption to the rapidly changing demands in the power generation and consumption segment.

Regina has over 25 years of experience delivering large-scale business and technology changes to major energy companies around the world and serves as the lead partner for several of KPMG’s key energy clients. Her expertise in providing advisory services spans across the entire energy value chain from wellhead to retail and from power plant to burner tip. Additionally, Regina is a strong voice supporting women’s leadership and networking programs for women in energy and serves as co-chair of the Houston Women Corporate Directors Chapter.

Regina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University. She was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and interned at the Pentagon as part of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) liaison office. Regina was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii.

Jim Ajello joined Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) in January 2009. His responsibilities at HEI included management of strategic planning, accounting, tax, investor relations, financial reporting, corporate finance, treasury and capital allocation, pension, corporate development and enterprise risk management across the Hawaiian Electric companies of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., and American Savings Bank.  Post his CFO retirement, he was elected to the Board of Directors of American Savings Bank and performs additional board duties for HEI.

Prior to joining HEI, Jim was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Reliant Energy, Inc. (Reliant, NYSE, the predecessor of NRG, also a NYSE company). He joined Reliant in 2000 as president of Reliant Energy Solutions LLC and was named Reliant’s senior vice president and general manager of commercial & industrial marketing in 2004.

Jim holds a BA from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, and an MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.

Jim Ajello

Former CFO, Hawaiian Electric Industries

Karine Boissy-Rousseau

President, Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy U.S. LLC

Karine Boissy-Rousseau is President of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy U.S. LLC. In this role, she leads the development and expansion of Air Liquide’s position in hydrogen for transport in the United States. Karine is focused on the continued growth in commercial and business development along with improving the hydrogen market infrastructure. Karine joined Air Liquide in an engineering capacity more than 20 years ago and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Air Liquide Group including strategy, marketing, energy, and operations management in the Engineering & Construction, Large Industries and Healthcare businesses. Before joining Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy U.S. LLC, she served as Managing Director for Air Liquide Benelux Industries in Belgium, managing the Large Industries and Industrial Merchant activities in Benelux.

Karine holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Marketing & Management.

Mary Anne Brelinsky is President of EDF Energy Services, EDF Group’s customer platform for Retail Supply and Generation Optimization Services in North America.  She has held positions in trading and origination and currently serves as an Executive Committee Member for EDF Trading Limited. 

She started her career with Exxon where she held several engineering and operations positions.  Mary Anne later worked at Dynegy where she managed power plants, developed bidding strategies and traded spark spread positions for Dynegy’s generation assets. 

Mary Anne serves on the Board of Directors for Anahau Energy, Atlas Scholars, DK Energy, the Gulf Coast Power Association, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Council for Women’s Energy Network and the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School. 

Mary Anne holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Mary Anne Brelinsky

CEO, EDF Energy Services


Scott Prochazka is President and CEO of CenterPoint Energy, a recognized leader in delivering natural gas and electricity within the continental United States. CenterPoint Energy is a fortune 500 company with more than $20 billion in assets, 5.5 million customers across six states and owns the majority of Enable Midstream Partners. Scott has been with CenterPoint Energy since October 2001. 

Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all business units and other key functions, Division President of Houston Electric and as Senior Division Vice President of Gas Operations. In these positions, he had broad responsibility for operating and financial performance of each respective group.  

Scott is active today as chairman of Gridwise Alliance and Central Houston, Inc. and an executive committee board member of Junior Achievement of South East Texas and the Greater Houston Partnership. He is a board member of The Texas Economic Development Corporation, United Way of Houston, Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute and the American Gas Association.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. 

Scott M. Prochazka  

CEO, CenterPoint Energy

Charlene Russell is Vice President Low Carbon Strategies at Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum.

She has over 30 years of commercial and project development experience in the chemicals and oil and gas business. In her current role, Charlene’s responsibilities include leading Occidental’s efforts with external stakeholders in strategic policy development and implementation to connect Occidental’s commercial and carbon mitigation strategy.

Previously, she was Vice President Commercial Development responsible for leading Occidental’s Permian Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Strategic Sourcing and Carbon Capture CO2 teams in developing and implementing CO2 sourcing strategy for the world’s largest portfolio of EOR floods.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Charlene Olivia Russell

VP Low Carbon Strategies, Occidental Petroleum

Cindy Yeilding’s previous roles include VP Gulf   of   Mexico   Exploration   &   Appraisal and   Global   Geoscience   Research   and   Technology Manager for BP. Cindy’s specialties include exploration and technology, and she is currently leading the working team for the U.S. National Petroleum Council study on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS).

Cindy is currently Chair of the Offshore Technology Conference and serves on the Board of Directors of BPX&P and the Greater  Houston  Partnership.   She is BP’s Executive Sponsor for Princeton University and serves on the Advisory Board for the Jackson School, University of Texas and the Executive Board of Dedman College, Southern Methodist University.  Cindy has served as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and was named a “Legend in Exploration” by AAPG. Cindy is active in promoting STEM education and created the OTC High School Energy Challenge.  She has been recognized as one of Houston’s Top 15 Business Women by the National Diversity Council, received a “Women in Energy Leadership” award from the Houston Business Journal and was named one of Houston’s “50 Most Influential Women” by Houston Woman magazine. 

Cindy earned her Masters of Science degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina after receiving a BS in Geology from SMU.

Cindy Yeilding

Senior Vice President, BP America