Texas RE's 2024 Spring Standards, Security, and Reliability Workshop will be held on April 24 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central. This workshop will be held both in-person at our Austin MetCenter offices and virtually via Webex.

Attendees to this event are eligible to use their attendance for 4.75 hours of MCLE credit with the State Bar of Texas. The event course number is 174232615.

Rashida Caraway is the manager of risk assessment at Texas RE and has been with the company since 2007. Prior to Texas RE, she worked as a transmission engineer as well as a protection system relay engineer, and a distribution engineer for Oncor Electric. Rashida holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master of business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Tulsi Oberbeck is a director of government and regulatory affairs at the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA). She has been with TXOGA since 2018 and works on various legislative and regulatory issues with an emphasis on Railroad Commission matters. Prior to TXOGA, Tulsi was the governmental relations director at the Water Development Board. She spent the first 10 years of her career working in the Texas Senate for various committees including the Senate Finance, Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committees, and Senate Natural Resources.

Shana Joyce is a director of government and regulatory affairs at the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA), where she leads the Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition, actively contributes to environmental and electricity policy, and produces and co-hosts TXOGA Talks, the organization’s bi-monthly podcast. Previously, Joyce served five years with the Public Utility Commission of Texas as a senior policy advisor. Before her time at the Commission, Joyce served as a policy advisor to Governor Rick Perry in the Budget, Planning, and Policy (BPP) division of the Texas Governor’s Office, advising on military, veterans, and alcohol beverage policy.

At TXOGA, Ms. Joyce’s overarching mission is to effectively communicate the significant benefits of oil and natural gas in Texas and beyond.

William (Marty) Martin is a principal analyst in NERC’s Performance Analysis group.  Marty has been with NERC for two and a half years and worked with a large utility for 20 years prior.  Marty’s work includes analytics and application management related to protection system misoperations, geomagnetic disturbance event data, generating availability data (GADS), and especially GADS Wind.

Askhat Tullegen is a power systems engineer at Tesla, who is deeply passionate about advancing clean power grids. Within Tesla, he is responsible for supporting the expansion of battery energy storage systems throughout North America. Over the course of his 10-year career, Askhat has cultivated extensive industry expertise, ranging from the dynamic performance of Inverter-Based Resources to their implications on the grid and transmission planning. Prior to joining Tesla, Askhat served as a transmission planning engineer, where he analyzed the transmission grid in the Southern US. Askhat is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of AZ. He holds his masters degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University.

AJ Smullen is the enforcement manager at Texas RE. Before joining Texas RE, AJ worked for five years as a staff attorney in the legal division of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, where he represented the staff of the Commission in rulemaking and litigation proceedings involving the electric, telephone, and water utility industries. AJ holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and philosophy and a juris doctor degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Devin Kitchens is manager of CIP compliance monitoring at Texas RE and has been with the company since 2018. He has over 8 years Information Technology experience. Prior to joining Texas RE, Devin worked as an IT risk management specialist and IT business solutions analyst. Mr. Kitchens has been a member of the Texas Air National Guard since 2013, where his primary duties include monitoring, assessing, and maintaining Information Technology systems in accordance with Department of Defense and United States Air Force regulations.

Katie Smith is a senior manager of wildfire mitigation & resiliency programs at Oncor. In her previous role at Oncor, she served as the safety manager of human performance & OSHA compliance. It was in this role that she led Oncor’s human performance program and training efforts in transmission operations. As a member of the North American Transmission Forum (NATF) human performance practice group, she served for 4 years on the HP core team allowing her to take part in sharing industry best practices in human performance implementation with electric utilities across the nation. Katie has a deeply rooted passion for safety and process improvement that spans over her 10 year career at Oncor. She holds a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in biology, psychology, & aociology from the University of Texas at Arlington, is a certified Human Performance Practitioner, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Mario de la Garza joined Texas RE in March 2022 as manager of operations & planning compliance monitoring. Prior to joining Texas RE, Mario worked at ERCOT and CPS Energy for over 14 years focused on transmission modeling and planning. Mario holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Paul Hopson is the compliance team lead at Texas RE. Prior to joining Texas RE, Paul worked for 18 years as the information security officer and senior network systems engineer for the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Paul also worked at the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Rehabilitation Commission as a LAN/WAN network manager.  Paul has a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management information systems from Wayland Baptist University, and is ASIS PSP certified.