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					Biographies of Speakers in Order of Remarks

        Meyera E. Oberndorf was sworn in on July 1, 1988 as the first directly elected mayor and the first
woman mayor in Virginia Beach’s history. Mayor Oberndorf’s initial election to City Council in 1976 began a
series of firsts for the city, as she became the first woman elected to public office. For nine years, she chaired
the Public Library Board. From 1986 to 1988, she served as Vice Mayor. Presently, Mayor Oberndorf serves
as a Trustee with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is Chair of the Standing Committee on International
Affairs, and former co-chair of the Presidential Policy Transition Team on Human Dignity and Diversity. She
serves as a member of the U.S. Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. She is a member of
the National League of Cities’ Advisory Board and is the former vice chair of the International Task Force. She
is past chair of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee for the NLC, the past
chair of the Virginia Municipal League and vice chair of the Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs, an
organization of mayors, chairs of the board of supervisors, and chief administrative officers of the 16 Hampton
Roads localities. As Mayor of Virginia Beach, Meyera E. Oberndorf has strongly emphasized the importance
of economic development. Mayor Oberndorf was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the 25 Most
Dynamic Mayors in the U.S. She has been honored as Outstanding Woman of Virginia by the American
Legion Auxiliary and Newsmaker of the Year by the Virginia Press Women. Her Alma Mater, Old Dominion
University, bestowed on her an Honorary Doctorate of Law. She has also received the Women’s Achievement
Award from the Zonta Club of Hampton Roads and the Hampton University President’s Citizenship Award.
She was honored with the International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Award for Public Service
and received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

        Joseph F. Bouchard, Ph.D., was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2007
representing the 83rd District in Virginia Beach. He serves on the Science and Technology Committee, the
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change,
and the Joint Committee on At-Risk Youth. In the private sector he is Director of Government Sales for Cox
Communications. He retired from the US Navy in 2003 as a Captain after 27 years service. On active duty he
commanded the destroyer USS Oldendorf and Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base. He was a
specialist in strategic and operational planning, including assignments as Branch Head, Strategy and Concepts
Branch, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Deputy Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control,
National Security Council, The White House; and Deputy Director, Navy Operations Group (Deep Blue), which
is responsible for planning the Navy’s role in the war on terror. At the National Security Council, he was
principal author of the National Security Strategy, 1997-1999. He received numerous personal decorations,
including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the highest non-combat award in the US military. Dr.
Bouchard is widely recognized as an expert on homeland security and emergency preparedness. He has
received several awards for his leadership in port security, including a Secretary of Defense Annual
Antiterrorism Award, Secretary of Transportation Partnering for Excellence Award, Virginia Port Authority
Medal of Excellence, and the Virginia Maritime Association Port Champion Award. Dr. Bouchard is the author
of Command in Crisis and numerous articles on defense, naval and homeland security matters, and has won
multiple awards for his naval history writings. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia
Maritime Association, Future Hampton Roads and the Civic Leadership Institute, and on Advisory Committees
for the Old Dominion University Maritime Institute and the WHRO Center for Regional Citizenship.


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        Frank W. Wagner was elected to the State Senate of the Virginia General Assembly during a special
election in December 2000, winning nearly 70% of the electoral vote. He currently represents the 7th
Senatorial District in Virginia Beach. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Frank served in the Virginia
House of Delegates for over a decade, representing the 21st District in Virginia Beach. During his tenure in the
House of Delegates, Frank served on several committees including Conservation and Natural Resources,
Corporations, Insurance, and Banking, Education, Finance, General Laws, and Militia and Police. Currently,
he serves on the Senate Commerce and Labor, General Laws, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and
Transportation Committees. He is also a member of the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change, the
Virginia Coal and Energy Commission and the Virginia Attorney General’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.
Frank also serves as the Chairman of The Joint Commission on Administrative Rules and as the Chairman of
the Virginia Manufacturing Development Commission. Frank is perhaps best known currently for his visionary
Virginia Energy Plan, legislation that passed in the 2006 Virginia General Assembly session. This legislation
directs the Commonwealth to create a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including
coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear and alternative fuels, with the goal of
fostering energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. He has spoken at a
variety of energy conferences and meetings in Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana,
Kentucky, California, Washington, Washington, D.C. and Nova Scotia, Canada and has testified before
Congress on energy matters. The American Council of Young Political Leaders selected Frank as an
“Outstanding Young Legislator”. In 2003 and 2004, he received the Virginia Manufacturers Association’s
“Industrial Strength Leadership Award” given to one Delegate and one Senator each year to recognize
outstanding leadership on key industry issues during the Virginia General Assembly session. Frank Wagner is
a 1977 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, receiving a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. He then served in the United
States Navy as a diving and engineering officer. After his service in the Navy, Frank went into business with
his father and started a ship repair firm, Earl Industries, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Today, he is the president of
Davis Boat Works, Inc., one of Virginia’s premier small boat repair firms, located in Newport News, Virginia. In
his spare time, Frank enjoys golf, diving, camping, theater and playing the piano.

       George Hagerman Beginning with his support work for the U.S. Department of Energy’s first Ocean
Energy Program in the early 1980s, George Hagerman has more than 25 years experience evaluating and
optimizing the design, performance, and economics of marine renewable energy systems, including offshore
wind power, wave power, tidal power, and ocean thermal energy conversion. He is a research faculty member
at the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and Research Director for the Virginia
Coastal Energy Research Consortium, a multi-university partnership exploring offshore wind power and marine
biomass derived fuels as potential future energy supply alternatives for Virginia.




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        Neil E. Rondorf is Vice President, Maritime / Marine Operations Division Manager of Science
Applications International Corporation in Virginia Beach. He holds a B.S. in Oceanography from the U.S.
Naval Academy, a Master’s Equivalent in Nuclear Engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power Program, and a
Master’s Equivalent in International Relations from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Neil Rondorf serves
as project lead for Maritime Renewable Technologies Development, Defense and Maritime Solutions Business
Unit. Mr. Rondorf also serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC), the
US ocean energy industry association. He has over 5 years of technical consulting in maritime industry on
commercial and government projects as a member of the SAIC Team. Mr. Rondorf has also been involved in
over 25 years of management and technical engineering of Navy programs, including shipboard operations
and Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) programs, three years of management in IUSS
programs including budgeting, and developing implementation of advanced technology insertions. Mr. Rondorf
has served since September 2005 as Division Manager, Maritime Engineering, Technical Advisor to US
Technical Advisory Group to the International Electrotechnical Commission on Wave and Current Converters;
Executive Committee, International Cable Protection Committee; Founding Industry Partner, Virginia Coastal
Energy Research Consortium. Mr. Rondorf’ has assumed a leading role in building public private partnerships
with Virginia universities to enhance research capability in the Commonwealth.

        Patrick G. Hatcher is the Batten Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry and
Biochemistry, and Director of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. in
Chemistry from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in Marine Chemistry from the University Miami, and a B.S. in
Chemistry from North Carolina State University. As head of the Hatcher Group, he directs and conducts
research in the area of environmental chemistry and geochemistry, emphasizing the origin and chemical
transformations of plant-derived biopolymers in natural systems such as soils, peats, marine sediments, and
oceanic waters. Other interests include (1) studies of the interaction of organic contaminants with natural
organic matter in soils, sediments, and natural waters, (2) studies of the sequestration of nitrogen in the
environment, (3) defining the origin, nature, and reactivity of black carbon (soot, charcoal, etc.) in the
environment, and (4) studies of the production of biofuels from microscopic algae. A prolific author, his recent
articles have been published in numerous scientific journals and magazines, and total more than 250.

         Shannon L. Venable Shannon L. Venable is vice president-Integrated Resource Planning in the
Regulation and Integrated Planning organization. She is responsible for the development of corporate-level
initiatives that integrate capacity plans, transmission plans, and conservation and load management in support
of Dominion’s regulatory and strategic initiatives. A graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s
degree in electrical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering, Venable joined Dominion in 1982 in
Transmission & Distribution Construction and Operations. She held various management positions in Metering
and Energy Services before being promoted to director-IT Telecommunications in 1998. From 1999 to 2007,
Venable held other director-level positions in the areas of Customer Services, Business Excellence, Electric
Transmission and IT Enterprise Services, and other strategy-based assignments. She was one of the initial
deployment champions for Six Sigma at Dominion and is a certified Master Black Belt. Her current promotion
was effective Oct. 1, 2007. In 1986, Venable was appointed as the first chairperson for Dominion’s Women
Engineers Resource Group, which was established to recruit and encourage young women to pursue careers
in engineering both externally to Dominion and within the company. In 1987, she became the founding


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president of the Richmond Section of the Society of Woman Engineers. Venable and her husband, Ed, have
two sons and reside in Glen Allen, VA.

        Michael H. Nicklas is president and co-founder of Innovative Design, Inc., founded in 1977. Since its
beginning, the firm has completed over 4750 projects—all of them incorporating renewable energy
technologies as a significant aspect of their design. Innovative Design is architect of record on 15 new, high
performance educational facilities and 41 additions/renovations that have incorporated a significant number of
green features. Our 99 green educational facilities with which Innovative Design has been involved are now
saving over $3.5 million in energy bills and 35 million gallons of water per year. The firm’s active research
program has pioneered design features such as the integration of photovoltaics into building skin design and
development of high-temperature, thermal solar systems for roof-integrated industrial and commercial roof
assemblies. Innovative Design is a national leader in providing natural daylighting design solutions for a wide
range of applications. Michael Nicklas has served on the board of directors of either the NC Solar Energy
Association, American Solar Energy Society or the International Solar Energy Society every year since 1979.
While serving as chair of NCSEA, chair of ASES (twice), and president of ISES, he has led many of these
societies’ most significant efforts—from the implementation of solar tax credits in the NC Legislature to having
language supportive of energy-efficiency and solar energy included within the United Nations Earth Summit’s
Agenda 21. In promoting solar energy, Nicklas has met with the heads-of-state of eight countries. He has
presented lectures and organized conferences around the globe to educate and encourage sustainable
energy. Nicklas holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University and was made
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2001. Nicklas is also a Fellow of the American Solar Energy
Society.




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