GRC Awards

GEA GeoExpo+


General Schedule

  • 28 September
  • 29 September
  • 30 September
  • 01 October
  • 02 October
  • 03 October
  • 04 October

Tech Sessions

  • 01 October
  • 02 October
  • 03 October
  • 04 October

Poster Session

  • 03 October

John A. McKinsey

John McKinsey is a partner at the law firm of LeClair Ryan where a significant amount of his practice is devoted to geothermal energy. But don’t hold that against him (the lawyer part).

As a zealous advocate for the values and benefits of geothermal energy, and as a former nuclear power plant operator on submarines, John brings a unique understanding and perspective to the geothermal industry regarding its challenges and potential.

His job at the opening session is to ensure it is engaging, educational, entertaining, and worth your time.

02 October

Rhonda Mills

Representative, Western States Issues
Geothermal Energy Association
Rhonda Mills is a renewable energy, environmental and policy professional. For more than twenty years, Rhonda has worked with the world's leading energy developers, utilities, cities and asset managers in the fields of geothermal, fuel cells, biomass, solar, wind, electric transmission and other alternative energy resources.

Rhonda's career in energy began in 1993 at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, a coalition of nearly 40 renewable energy and efficiency providers, and environmental groups that advocate on energy policy. She retired as the Southern California Program Director from CEERT after twenty years in 2013.

Rhonda current and past clients include, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Holdings, Inc., Doosan Fuel Cells America, Duke Energy, Duke-American Transmission Company, the City of Los Angeles-Bureau of Sanitation, SunPower, PermaCity Solar, the Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies, EDF RE, EDPR, several California cities, the University of California at Merced, and others.

02 October

Joe Moore

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
Energy & Geoscience Institute, The University of Utah
Joe Moore received his Ph.D degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975 and after graduation worked for the Anaconda Company as a uranium exploration geologist.

He holds appointments at the University of Utah as a Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Joe has worked on the geology and hydrothermal alteration of geothermal systems around the world since the mid 1970s. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on his investigations and served as the Associate Editor for the Americas of the international journal Geothermics for many years.

In 2009, Joe received GRC’s Pioneer Award for his scientific contributions. He and is currently serving his third term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Resources Council and is the General Chair of this year’s annual meeting.

Joe has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous Department of Energy funded grants over the last 40 years, including the successful Raft River Enhanced Geothermal System Demonstration project. He is currently the Managing Co-Principal Investigator of the Utah FORGE team. 

02 October

Gary Herbert

State of Utah
Governor Gary Richard Herbert has led Utah's recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.

The governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah's economy: education, jobs, energy, and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, jobs, and an unsurpassed quality of life.

As Utah's 17th governor, he took the oath of office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, Governor Herbert served as lieutenant governor for five years.

He is the past chair of the Western Governors Association and National Governors Association.

Governor Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and 16 grandchildren.

02 October

Jackie Biskupski

City of Salt Lake City
More than 25-years ago Jackie visited Utah on a ski trip and never left. Like so many people, Jackie fell in love with Salt Lake City’s natural beauty, proximity to the outdoors, the warmth of the people, and the overall quality of life. After that first trip, Jackie knew that Salt Lake City was where she wanted to build her life, raise a family and contribute to her community. Jackie and her wife Betty Iverson currently live with their two sons, Archie and Jack, in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City.

With a degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University, and a family history of entrepreneurialism, Jackie moved to Utah and began her career by forming her own private investigation firm. After four years in small business, she joined State Farm Insurance to manage their first and third party injury claims. Jackie learned, both as a small business owner and in corporate America, the value that strong and active businesses of all sizes can bring to a community. Business not only builds an economy, it brings diversity to a community and provides opportunity to residents. Salt Lake City needs to be an accommodating place for large businesses to locate and where entrepreneurs can incubate and thrive.

After making her home in Salt Lake City for more than ten years, Jackie was elected to a seat in the Utah House of Representatives in 1998, representing the Liberty Wells, Sugar House and Central City neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, and becoming the first openly gay elected official in Utah. Jackie represented the people of her district on Capitol Hill for 13-years.

Being the first, openly gay elected official in Utah—and fighting hard to get a seat at the table—instilled in Jackie a commitment to be a voice for change and diversity whenever she had the opportunity. For 13-years on Capitol Hill, Jackie fulfilled that promise by standing up for LGBT families on issues like adoption, the fight for anti-gay bullying legislation to protect students in Utah schools, the battle over Amendment 3, and by being a strong voice for minorities in every committee meeting she was in.

Whether the discussion was on sound stewardship of tax dollars, incentive programs to stimulate employment, improved efficiency by state agencies, or legislation governing low-income housing and services for the homeless, elderly, and people with special needs, Jackie was there advocating on our behalf. By earning the respect of her colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, Jackie demonstrated early and often, that though our elected representatives may come from very different backgrounds, they must find common ground and work together to make Utah a better place to live and work.

In 2007, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder asked Jackie to join his leadership team. Recognizing her ability to effectively work with diverse interests, Sheriff Winder made Jackie a senior policy advisor and manager of special projects for his office.

Over the course of her 15-year career, Jackie played an integral role in transforming the Sheriff’s office and Salt Lake County law enforcement. Jackie helped manage projects ranging from creating the Unified Police Department, streamlining 911 and other services, building programs to mentor youth cadets, and establishing community outreach projects like the revitalization of the Kearns Pony League Ball Park, and programs to assist and educate refugees.

Jackie was elected as Salt Lake City’s 35th mayor in 2015 and was sworn in on January 4th, 2016.

02 October