Brookfield, WI (PRWEB) March 05, 2014
Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) is pleased to announce the addition of Kriss Salgado, former Compliance Analyst with Chelan County PUD, to the PCS team. PCS is a leader in the field of NERC Regulatory Compliance providing consulting services to registered entities of all sizes.
Prior to joining PCS, Kriss’ experience includes ten years in the electric power industry. In 2004 she joined Chelan County PUD where she worked in the physical security department implementing security measures for the organization. Her work in the NERC Electric Reliability Standards arena began in 2008. As a Compliance Program Manager, Kriss was heavily involved with both Operations and Planning (FERC Order No. 693) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (FERC Order No. 706) compliance that included coordination and collaboration with Subject Matter Experts to develop operational reliability procedures.
During CIP implementation, she was involved with security plan development, instituted security system management practices, and implemented a robust CIP employee training program. She also facilitated internal audit processes, provided gap analyses, and managed the internal compliance program and the collection and retention of evidence documentation. In addition, she facilitated two NERC/WECC audits and managed the system operator training program in preparation for the implementation of PER-005.
Kriss’ earlier experience includes post-9/11 work where she embarked on an extensive program of security upgrades to create comprehensive security plans and physical measures to protect two hydropower dams and transmission. That work earned Chelan a 2008 National Hydropower Association award and recognition of Chelan’s “best practices” with both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FERC. She is an active member of various industry forums including the Western Interconnection Compliance Forum (WICF), as well as a former member of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) monitoring standards development, impacts, and NERC interpretations. Kriss has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Trans-Disciplinary Emergency Management from Casa Loma College.
As a new member to the PCS team, Kriss will be monitoring and tracking the constantly changing regulatory requirements, including NERC and Regional reliability standards under development, as well as NERC and Regional compliance activities and communications. Kriss will also assist with procedure development, marketing, and coordination of proposals and office functions.
PCS was formed in 2010 by a team of seasoned compliance professionals who continue to make a qualitative difference in the electric utility industry. Collectively, the PCS team has well over 200 years of industry experience in literally all aspects of the power system including generator and transmission system operations, technical writing, marketing, and regulatory compliance, all from an industry standpoint. PCS has served the compliance needs of nearly 50 industry clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, providing a full range of compliance support and program management. Services include audit support and preparations, compliance assessments, mock audits, staff training, authoring and implementation of Internal Compliance Programs (ICPs), development and implementation of reliability compliance documentation, proper document management methods, and advising clients on reliability compliance issues. PCS works with entities to develop and implement sound operational procedures that support all aspects of regulatory compliance. The PCS team is unique in that it has extensive expertise from both sides of the audit table, as well as in the implementation and management of NERC compliance programs. This unique team includes two NERC trained auditors, four former compliance program managers, and a track record of excellence in Regional audits that sets PCS apart from other consulting firms.
PCS’ executive team includes Crystal Musselman, President and CEO (WECC Standards Committee member, Western Interconnection Compliance Forum founder and former chair), Mitchell Needham, PE, Treasurer (former NERC Reliability Readiness and Compliance Auditor with over 35 years of experience), Francis Esselman, Vice President (36 years industry experience in fossil plant operations and system operations management), and Ryan Carlson, Corporate Secretary (20+ year cyber security industry expert). For more information about PCS, please visit our website at http://www.provencompliance.com.