Staff

Steph Grasmick

Program Associate

Steph joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in May 2023. Currently enrolled in the Honors College at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she is dual-majoring in Environmental Science and Business Administration, reflecting her commitment to blending environmental sustainability with business strategy.

As a North Carolina Program Associate, Steph leads outreach and education efforts, establishes relationships with stakeholders, and supports member communications to advance wind energy in the Southeast.

Steph is a Pennsylvania native, where she picked up hobbies such as skiing, hiking, and paddle boarding. Now residing in coastal North Carolina, she can be found relaxing at the beach or practicing film photography.

Steph Grasmick

Program Associate

Katharine Kollins

President

Katharine is the President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. Since 2015 she has managed SEWC’s programming across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based, offshore, and imported wind power.

Katharine’s experience in the wind industry includes working in finance for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance. Katharine has also worked in other renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authoring an NREL paper on third-Party PPA financing of solar systems.

Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Katharine worked for RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions. In her role at RTI Katharine led the creation and start-up of a new business segment that allowed RTI to win over $30M in new work during its first year.

Katharine is a 2009 graduate of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned her MBA and Master of Environmental Management. Katharine currently services on the board of Advanced Energy as an appointee of North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper..

You will often find Katharine somewhere in the woods running or on her bike. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two kids.

Katharine Kollins

President

Karly Lohan

North Carolina Program and Outreach Manager

Karly joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in January 2022. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2021 with an MS in Coastal and Ocean Policy, completing a capstone on the economic and environmental impacts of hazardous waste trade on developing nations. Karly is also a graduate of Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, and holds a BS in Biology.

In her role, Karly leads SEWC’s work to reduce barriers for offshore and land based wind development in North Carolina through grassroots and grasstop outreach. Through this work, Karly coordinates coalition building efforts for Offshore Wind for North Carolina (OSW4NC), which provides a platform for stakeholder groups to get involved in offshore wind policy and regulatory issues.

Karly also coordinates the communications strategy for SEWC’s 11-state footprint, which includes message development, advocacy, and social media management to provide credible resources, educate stakeholders, and garner support for wind.

Prior to joining SEWC, Karly collaborated with environmental grassroots organizations on various issues including water quality, plastic pollution, and coastal restoration, and more.

Karly lives in Jacksonville, NC, and volunteers on the board of directors for a local natural food co-op that works to foster and nourish the health of the individual, community and planet by offering natural, sustainable, and local products. In her free time, Karly is at the beach or in the garden with her yellow lab, Dudley.

Karly Lohan

North Carolina Program and Outreach Manager

Jenny Netherton

Louisiana Program Manager

Jenny joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition in July 2022. She graduated from Tulane University Law School with a Certificate in Environmental Law in 2013. Jenny is originally from Shreveport, LA and received a BA in English from Centenary College of Louisiana. Prior to joining SEWC, Jenny practiced environmental law focused on public water contamination.

As Louisiana Program Manager, Jenny spearheads the SEWC’s role in Louisiana. Jenny’s work includes engaging and educating stakeholders, tracking legislation and policy initiatives, and convening with other NGOs to advance the wind industry in the state.

Jenny is a Board Member of The Green Project in New Orleans, dedicated to diverting waste from landfills and recycling salvaged materials. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Glass Half Full NOLA. Jenny lives in New Orleans, LA.

Jenny Netherton

Louisiana Program Manager

Julia Pendleton

Managing Director

Julia joined SEWC in March 2023 as the organization’s Program Director. With more than a decade of experience in energy consulting, Julia brings deep knowledge of clean energy, community engagement, and organizational leadership to the SEWC team. 

As a renewable energy program manager at global sustainability firm 3Degrees, Julia built her career consulting with utilities across the United States on program strategy, renewable development, and customer engagement. Julia has extensive experience with utilities and the communities they serve in the Southeast, having established and led partnerships with Dominion Energy, Southern Company, Duke Energy, and TVA. In her most recent role, she led a team of consultants designing custom decarbonization programs for gas and electric utilities. 

As the Program Director, Julia is responsible for implementing SEWC’s strategic plan, engaging stakeholders, and managing team members. In this role she applies her expertise in crafting strategic development plans to achieve organizational goals and address stakeholder interests. An experienced personnel manager, Julia brings valuable leadership best practices that optimize and expand the work and expertise of the SEWC team.

Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability from the University of Denver. Originally from New Zealand, Julia lives in Richmond with her husband and two children. When she’s not chasing a toddler around, Julia can be found enjoying one of the city’s hiking trails or world-class restaurants. 

 

Julia Pendleton

Managing Director

Jaxon Tolbert

Program Associate

Jaxon joined the Southeastern Wind Coalition as a Program Associate in July 2023. He earned a BA in Political Science and Earth Ecosystems from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2023. Before joining SEWC, Jaxon supported clean energy policy research and education efforts at Energy Alabama and spent the previous two summers with E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. 

As a Program Associate, Jaxon’s work includes developing relationships with stakeholders in Alabama, assisting with wind strategies in Alabama and other central states, and researching and analyzing barriers and opportunities for wind energy in the Southeast.

Jaxon is an Alabama native who has lived in four different Southeastern states and currently resides in Huntsville. In his spare time, he leads grassroots environmental organizing in Huntsville and enjoys podcasting, hiking with friends, sci-fi movies, reading, and sipping oat milk lattes at local coffee shops.

Jaxon Tolbert

Program Associate