Soon to be Released Children’s Book Honors Women in the Energy Industry Breaking the Bias

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“Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy Careers” features thirty-four women making history leading the energy transition

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As Women’s History Month comes to an end, award-winning children’s book authors Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman, along with Katie Mehnert, seek to honor 34 energy superheroes -- women who are breaking the bias in the energy industry. These women are featured as Energy Superheroes in the upcoming children’s book, “Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy Careers.”

According to a recent report, less than 30% of U.S. clean energy workers are women and nearly 61% are white and non-Hispanic, and only 8% are African American. The women featured in the new book share their stories, career, and superpowers to help break the bias towards women in the energy industry. There were more than two hundred nominations across the renewable energy, oil and gas, climate, and utility specialties. The women featured come from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. These 34 women who are powering our planet have a diverse array of experiences, interests and education levels. This children’s book aims to help celebrate the stories of women who are making history from technicians on renewable energy farms to researchers in our national labs.

“There are so many Energy Superheroes all around us,” said Twamley. “We are featuring these Energy Superheroes because these women are role models and represent a rich and multicultural diversity in the energy industry, from their career to their backgrounds. Young girls need to see themselves in these careers that are powering our planet.” This diversity was brought to life with the full-page colorful illustrations of each Energy Superhero drawn by Adua Hernandez.

But we know that this push for breaking the bias in energy does not end with Women's History Month. The authors are committed to making energy more accessible for everyone, especially girls. That's why they have partnered with ALLY energy to take pre-orders and match them with donated books. Pre-order the book ALLY Energy website to help break the bias in energy. The book will be published by WiseInk and available on July 25, 2022.

The following women are featured in the book as energy superheroes highlighting their unique STEM superpowers:

  • Dr. Emily Reichert (Chief Executive Officer, Greentown Labs)
  • Theresa Eaton (Chief Executive Officer, WECS Renewables)
  • Gulnaaz Afzal (Quality Engineer, Rivian)
  • Paula Glover (President, Alliance to Save Energy)
  • Eduarda Zoghbi (Activist, Columbia University)
  • Dr. Noël Bakhtian (Director, Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center)

The following women are featured in the book as Energy Superheroes:

  • Tatiana Stein (Project Manager, Energy Vault, Former Orsted)
  • Becky Stebbins (Dam Safety Engineer, FirstLight Power)
  • Marie Kills Warrior (Solar Installer, 8th Fire Solar)
  • Christina Calabrese (Environmental Scientist, EDP Renewables)
  • Michelle Rodriguez-Pico (Mechanical Engineer, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp.)
  • Monica McDaniel (Meteorologist, Pattern Energy)
  • Maria Moreno (Electrical and Instrumentation Technician, Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)
  • Monica S. Krishnan (Technology Manager, Chevron)
  • Amanda Josefa Polematidis (Energy Services Engineer, TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc.)
  • Erika Anderson (Reliability Engineer, ExxonMobil)
  • Dr. Emily Shemon (Nuclear Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory)
  • La’Shree Branch (Energy Educator, The NEED Project)
  • Dr. Maggie Teliska (Battery Scientist, Enel Green Power)
  • Anelia Milbrandt (Bioenergy Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
  • Mackenzie Gillan (Powerline Technician, Hydro One)
  • Jaimey Fulford (Powerline Technician, Oakville Hydro)
  • Sarah Davis (Power Systems Engineer, Apex Clean Energy, Inc.)
  • Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao (Behavioral Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
  • Ryan Moody (Chemical Engineer, Shell Hydrogen)
  • Dr. Sherilyn Williams-Stroud (Geologist, Illinois State Geological Survey)
  • Dr. Ajami Newsha (Hydrologist, Berkeley Lab Earth and Environmental Sciences Area)
  • Jennifer Emerson (Enterprise Recovery Manager, Shell)
  • Alessia Falsarone (Finance Manager, Pine Bridge Investments)
  • Kenyatta Releford (Weatherization Manager, ClearResult)
  • Dr. Charmayne Lonergan (Materials Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Jennifer Hill (Power Plant Operator, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp.)
  • Dr. Suzanne Singer (Off-grid Solar Director, Native Renewables)

The following women are featured in the book as trailblazers:

  • Colleen Jansen (Chief Marketing Officer, ChargePoint)
  • Penny Armitage (VP of Digital & Technology, Wood)
  • Cheryl Ginyard-Jones (Head of Energy Transition, Worley)
  • Kristal Hansley (Chief Executive Officer, WeSolar)
  • Molly Laegeler (Vice President and Petroleum Engineer, Chevron)
  • Janice Tran (Chief Executive Officer, Kanin Energy)
  • Abigail Stark (High School Student, Mobile Climate Science Labs)
  • Miia Zitting (Intern, IOWN)
  • Lynn Lyon (Director of Sustainable Transportation, US Gain)
  • Sandra Begay (Engineer and Researcher, Sandia National Labs)
  • Johanna Levene (Data Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
  • Preom Sarkar (Researcher, National Energy Technology Laboratory)
  • Anna Bautista (Vice President of Construction, GRID Alternatives)
  • Chelsea Abner (Wind Facilities Manager, Pattern Energy)
  • Linette Casey (Director Power Systems Development, Siemens Energy)
  • Terra George (Geologist, EOG Resources)
  • Kristin Persson (Materials Scientist, Berkley)
  • Dr. Valentini Pappa (Assistant Director for Education, Texas A&M University)

To learn more about the women featured in the “Everyday Superheroes” book series, visit

About Everyday Superheroes:
Everyday Superheroes is an award-winning nonfiction book series for upper elementary students written by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman. It focuses on sharing the stories, careers, and superpowers of women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) with an emphasis on the multicultural representation of women in STEM. Each book features an A-to-Z format with full-page colorful illustrations of each Superhero and their unique STEM career. To learn more, visit

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