Panel Members

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel (DCDEP) is comprised of representatives from the local community.  Each member of the DCDEP serves a three-year term (following the initial staggering of terms). Membership will be renewed or vacancies refilled through approval by a majority of the community members of the DCDEP and PG&E consistent with the DCDEP Charter.

Dr. Timothy Auran

Dr. Timothy Auran is an interventional radiologist at Radiology Associates in San Luis Obispo, with an interest in radiation therapy and the nuclear industry. He grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and interned at Westinghouse Electric working on the design of naval nuclear reactors. Dr. Auran attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and completed his training in Radiology at Harbor-UCLA and UC San Diego.  

Dr. Auran has lived on the Central Coast for 11 years and currently lives in the Squire Canyon area of Avila Beach. He has served in several medical staff positions at local hospitals, including Chief of Staff at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, and is currently CEO of Radiology Associates. Given his proximity to Diablo Canyon Power Plant and love of local hiking, he hopes to preserve the natural beauty of the area during and after the decommissioning process.

Current term concludes May, 2023

David Baldwin

David is a lifelong resident of San Luis Obispo County. Joining the Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local # 775 in 1983, he was a Cement Mason until 1995 when he became a Cement Masons Local 600 representative, a position he held for 20 years. As a labor leader, he served in various roles, including Pension Trustee and Chairman of the Board for Taft Hartley Trust Funds and President of the Southern California District Council of Plasterers, Cement Masons & Shophands. David was an elected delegate and labor representative at the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party where he was recognized as Labor Leader of the Year in 2013. In 2014, David was appointed by the governor to the 16th District Agricultural Association California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Finance and Operations Committees. David now works in Public Works Labor Compliance for the Labor Management Compliance Council and is a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 403.

Current term concludes May, 2024

Dena Bellman

Dena comes to the decommissioning panel with extensive planning and civic involvement experience. She has lived in San Luis Obispo County most of her life and works as the District Planning Chief with the Channel Coast District of California State Parks. Dena brings a strong knowledge of government and community to this decommissioning effort. She is active in many community-building efforts, having most recently served as Vice Chair of United Way of SLO County Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Board for 5Cities Homeless Coalition and Director for South County Chambers of Commerce Board. She has also engaged in economic development and tourism efforts, serving on the economic development committee for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, film commission and tourism committees with SLOCAL and as an Advisory Board member for the SLO County Business Improvement District. Dena has a passion for travel and has immersed philanthropy in travel by volunteering with ICARE International, having completed several humanitarian missions to Central and South America.

Current term concludes May, 2024

Lauren Brown

Lauren served in the American Peace Corps in India and obtained a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, when he returned.  He co-founded JBL Scientific, a specialty biochemical company and moved to San Luis Obispo in 1973. In 1999 JBL Scientific was acquired by biotech company, Promega, and Lauren served as President of renamed Promega Biosciences until 2006, and subsequently served as President of another Promega subsidiary until 2008.  In the community, Lauren has served on the YMCA Board, Chamber of Commerce Board, Chamber Economic Vision Task Force in 1992, the City of San Luis Obispo Economic Stability Task Force in 1993, as well as the Targeted Industries Task Force in 1997.  Brown was honored by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Current term concludes May, 2022

Sherri Danoff

As an 18-year Avila Beach-area resident, Sherri is a land use planner with over 30 years of experience in California jurisdictions, largely with the public sector.  She has a MA in Regional and Urban Planning from San Jose State University.  Sherri’s interest in decommissioning focuses on visitor and resident safety related to use of Avila Beach Drive, the narrow winding road providing one-way-in-and-out of the beach town and harbor.  Because Avila has very high fire hazard, plus other hazards, she considers prevention of access congestion of particular importance, both during decommissioning and future uses of Diablo Canyon lands.  Sherri has several and varied involvements in the local community.

Current term concludes May, 2022

Alex Karlin

Alex has been an environmental lawyer for more than 40 years.  He served as an Administrative Judge on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Licensing & Safety Board for 11 years, presiding over the Diablo Canyon license renewal and a portion of the Yucca Mountain adjudication.  Alex was an Environmental Protection Agency headquarters enforcement attorney and also spent seven years with a nuclear remediation and decommissioning company.  He has been a resident of the City of San Luis for three years and has owned property in Los Osos since 2003.  Alex is active in the local community, teaches environmental classes, and is a hiker, birder, and docent at Montana de Oro.

Current term concludes May, 2021

Trevor Keith (Ex Officio)

Trevor is a 21-year resident of the Central Coast and brings to the panel interests in public health and safety, the local effects of large land use changes, and economic impacts of the project.  Currently, Trevor is the Director of San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building Department. Previous roles at County have included Division Manager and environmental consultant. Trevor’s project experience has included large residential and commercial development, renewable energy generation, and Habitat Conservation Plans. He has coordinated all levels of California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act reviews and long-range planning efforts.  He teaches at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and holds a BS in Ecology and Systematic Biology and a MA in City and Regional Planning.

Current term: Ex Officio member representing San Luis Obispo County

Scott Lathrop

As a 63-year native resident of San Luis Obispo, Scott comes to the Panel with ancestry roots in and around Diablo Canyon.  As a Chumash Native American, Scott’s interest in the decommissioning project is twofold: to communicate the value of protecting cultural resources that are important to indigenous people from the region and to represent ratepayer and taxpayer interests regarding financial impacts.  Scott has worked in county government, the private sector, and public schools, and he currently serves as Assistant Superintendent, Business Services for a public school district. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and holds BA degrees in Industrial Technology and Education. He is California public schools certified Chief Business Officer and a licensed California class B general contractor.

Current term concludes May, 2022

Patrick Lemieux

Patrick Lemieux has been in this area for nearly 14 years and is a resident of Morro Bay. Patrick currently works at Cal Poly as a Bentley Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He began his career in 1999 as an engineer at AlliedSignal Aerospace (now called Honeywell International) and at Exponent Inc (formerly Failure Analysis Associates). Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), the Sierra Club and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Patrick loves the great outdoors and spends time running, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, biking, fishing, backpacking, hiking and skiing. Patrick believes it is important to ensure good stewardship of the lands and to preserve a large portion of the DCPP lands in the most pristine condition possible for future generations.

Current term concludes May, 2023

Charlene Rosales

Charlene is a 35-year resident of San Luis Obispo and is currently the Deputy Director/COVID Manager for Mission Community Services Corporation (MCSC) Women’s Business Centers in July 2020. The service territory covers San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Monterey counties, and she is responsible for all three Centers.

Charlene attended Cal Poly State University and has held positions as Chief Operating Officer for United Way of SLO County, Director of Governmental Affairs for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo, Program Coordinator at Cal Poly in the Student Life & Leadership Department for the AmeriCorps and Student Community Services programs.

She is currently a member of the Central Coast Coalition of Chambers, Downtown SLO, Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO County, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast, REACH and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a board member with Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak, SESLOC Federal Credit Union, Woods Humane Society. A member of the Community Benefits Committee for Dignity Health.

Charlene plans to contribute her experience and ideas in a collaborative setting so that the existing assets and potential uses of the Plant and surrounding lands enhance our region’s economic and environmental future for generations to come.

Current term concludes May, 2023

Linda Seeley

Linda is a nurse-midwife and OB/GYN nurse practitioner, having worked and lived in SLO County for the past 35 years. She is an advanced facilitator of the Work that Reconnects as developed by Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Linda serves as vice-president and spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, is a member of the Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Core Team and is a founding member and officer of the local nonprofit Biodiversity First! She is particularly concerned about safer storage of the highly irradiated nuclear waste at Diablo Canyon. Linda strives to give voice to the community on issues of transparency and safe, timely decommissioning.

Current term concludes May, 2022

Kara Woodruff

Kara is a 26-year resident of San Luis Obispo and VP/Chief Compliance Officer of Blakeslee & Blakeslee. As former project director for The Nature Conservancy and Board President of American Land Conservancy, Kara has been directly involved in the conservation of over 100,000 acres and brings to the panel an impassioned interest in the conservation of the Diablo Canyon Lands, including Wild Cherry Canyon. Kara earned a BA in Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and MA and JD degrees from Duke University. She is a licensed financial principal, active member of the State Bar, and proud mother of two daughters.

Current term concludes May, 2023

Maureen Zawalick

Maureen and her family live in San Luis Obispo. Maureen has over 30 years’ experience in the utility and nuclear energy industry and is the Interim Leader of Business and Technical Services for Generation at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  She is responsible for regulatory strategies and compliance programs, enterprise and operational risk management, decommissioning, asset portfolio strategies, geosciences, used nuclear fuel management, cyber security, land and environmental stewardship, business planning, performance improvement, corrective action program, and academic partnerships.

Maureen has a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, is a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Risk-Informed Steering Committee, Regulatory Information Working Group, Women in Nuclear (WIN), American Nuclear Society (ANS), California Polytechnic State University President’s Council of Advisors and Local Economic Development Committee, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) chapters.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Representative

Chuck Anders - Facilitator

Chuck has over thirty years of experience facilitating complex issues in public and private sectors and founded Strategic Initiatives in 1996 to assist organizations in achieving their goals. He has designed and facilitated the successful outcome of numerous high-profile public engagement processes throughout California and the Southwest, including remediation strategies that protect public health and ecological resources in San Luis Obispo. He is a 20-year resident of the Central Coast and lives in Arroyo Grande. Chuck is a professional engineer, and as an active member of the community, is a past president of the San Luis Obispo County YMCA Board of Directors.

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