Meet the Team

Learn about the skills and expertise of our executive and senior engineers.

Principal Engineers

Rick Conant, PE

Member-Manager

MS, Engineering/Electric Power Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute BS, Electrical Engineering – Northeastern University.

As the Member-Manager and Founder of RLC Engineering, LLC, Rick offers utility providers and developers a rich background of power system studies and power delivery engineering excellence. With over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Rick provides clients with a diverse knowledge of power system operation from both a planning and operational perspective in tandem with exceptional professional engineering. Rick is integrally involved in the day-to-day management of RLC’s two offices, heads a team of more than 50 technical professionals, and works in close collaboration with RLC clients on numerous projects. Rick is a registered PE in Maine and Connecticut.

Waine Whittier, PE

Manager of Power System Studies

BS, Electrical Engineering – University of Maine

With more than 40 years of utility management, planning and engineering experience under his belt, Waine is expert at power system planning, project planning and financial analysis. As the Principal Power System Engineer at RLC, Waine manages the Power System Studies group and is responsible for power system economic analyses including congestion analysis. He has provided expert testimony before FERC and state regulatory agencies. Waine is an accomplished engineer with more than 20 years of consulting experience in the United States and Europe, including the countries of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Poland. Waine is a registered PE in the State of Maine.

Dave Estey, PE

Principal Electrical Engineer

MS, Management – Thomas College BS, Electrical Engineering – University of New Hampshire

Dave is a Principal Electrical Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry; combining superb engineering services with a solid understanding of power and control systems, Demand Side Management (DSM), generator interconnection systems, renewable energy resources, distributed generation and electric service rates and issues. He is experienced with comprehensive power flow and short circuit analysis, arc flash hazard analysis, and system impact studies for high and medium voltage electric power systems and has specified, designed and commissioned interconnection facilities along with balance of plant power and control systems for utility scale wind and photovoltaic power projects throughout the Northeast and sites in the Southwest. Dave is a registered PE in eight states including: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania & Florida).

Tedd Gifford, PE

Manager of Power Generation and Power Engineering

BS, Engineering Technology – DeVry Institute of Technology

Tedd has over 35 years of combined experience in the energy, utilities, industrial, commercial, municipal, educational, nuclear and governmental industries. As Principal Electrical Engineer for Distributed Generation Impact Studies at RLC, Tedd manages studies for various utilities to assess the impact on utility distribution circuits including back feed into substation and transmission lines for solar, wind and synchronous generators. Tedd also works together with RLC’s principals when implementing a strategic plan or developing a new business plan. Tedd is a registered PE in eight states.

Phil Nadeau, PE

Manager of Power Delivery

BS, Electrical Engineering – University of Maine PMP – Project Management Institute

Phil is a Principal Electrical Engineer at RLC, registered as an Electrical PE and a certified Project Management Professional. Throughout his 30-year career, Phil has managed projects ranging from $10k-$50MM within the utility, heavy industry, light manufacturing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, commercial and government sectors. Phil’s expertise is in the management of technical, non-technical, salaried and hourly resources; management of all project phases including safety, feasibility studies, conceptual design, detail design, bid document development, contract negotiations, construction management, testing & commissioning and training. Overseeing the Engineering & Transmission Design group at RLC, Phil works with both the client and our in-house team from a projects initial concept to final commissioning. Phil is a registered PE in Maine.

Power System Studies

Tammy Roberts, PE

Principal Power System Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering – University of Maine

Tammy has more than 24 years of experience in power system planning and operation. She has significant experience in transmission reliability and expansion studies utilizing load flow, stability, power – voltage and contingency analysis techniques. 

David Green

Principal Power System Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine

David has more than 24 years of experience working in the utility industry. He has significant experience in transmission reliability studies utilizing load flow, stability, voltage, short circuit and contingency analysis techniques as well as a background in operational studies using transmission network security analysis programs that include state estimation, load flow, optimal power flow and contingency analysis. 

Michael Poulin

Principal Power System Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine

Michael has 14 years of experience in power system studies including stability analysis, system impact studies, out of step relay settings, transmission operations studies, and transient switching studies. He manages a team of power system engineers performing System Impact, Proposed Plan Application and Operational studies.

Heather Roberts

Principal Power System Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Minor, Electrical Power Engineering – Rensselaer  Polytechnic Institute

Heather is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and has more than 12 years of experience in power system studies. Her experience includes performing system impact studies to determine generation and transmission project requirements and reliability enhancements. Here at RLC, she manages the engineering and review of System Impact Studies within New England and New York

Carol Spaulding, PE

Senior Power System Engineer

MBA, Finance and Management – Rollins College BS, Electrical Engineering – University of New Hampshire 

Carol has more than eight years of experience in power system design and protection. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine. 

Leigh Paine

Senior Power System Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine

Leigh is a Senior Power System Engineer with more than eight years of experience in Power System Studies. His professional experience and accomplishments include System Impact Studies, Operational Studies, Bulk Power Supply Studies, NERC Assessments, and CIP-014 Assessments.

Jon Gay, EI

Senior Power System Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine AS, Electrical & Mechanical Technology – Community   College of the Air Force Certificate, USAF School of Management – NCO Academy Graduate Certificate, Power Systems Engineering and Protective Relaying (continuing)

Jon is a Power System Engineer responsible for performing Feasibility and System Impact Studies, including Power Flow Analysis, Short Circuit Analysis, Contingency Analysis, and Arc Flash Analysis. He has managed over 50 Distributed Generation (DG) System Impact Studies for multiple utilities.

Engineering and Design

Justin MacDonald, PE

Senior Electrical Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine Concentration in Electrical Power Systems – University of Maine 

Justin is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine with more than six years of combined experience in substation engineering, protection & controls engineering, and power distribution electrical engineering. He is a lead substation engineer and protection & control engineer on utility-grade projects.

Greg Cuetara, SE, PE

Senior Civil/Structural Engineer

MS, Structural Engineering – Cornell University BS, Civil Engineering – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Greg has more than 16 years of experience in Structural Engineering and extensive knowledge in the design of heavy industrial and power plant projects including foundations and structural steel support.

José Donnell, PE

Senior Electrical/Mechanical Engineer

BS, Mechanical Engineering & Electrical Engineering – University of Maine

José is a Registered Professional Electrical and Mechanical Engineer with more than 25 years of engineering experience. His professional experience and accomplishments include power engineering services, estimating, design, and construction support on projects ranging from 2 million dollars to 45+ million dollars.

Curtis Merriman, EIT

Protection Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine

Curtis is an Electrical Engineer with an extensive background in Protection and Control design, procurement and estimating. He provides protection engineering support services and supervises the engineering and design group responsible for the specification, development and implementation of all protection and control systems for transmission line and substation facilities.

Craig Lakin, PE

Senior Protection Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine Concentration in Electrical Power Systems – University of Maine

Craig is a lead electrical engineer and protection & control engineer on utility-grade projects. He has more than six years combined experience in protection & controls engineering, generation electrical engineering, and substation design. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and an active member of IEEE. He received his Associates degree in Electrical and Automation Technology from Eastern Maine Community College

Ryan Wing, PE

Senior Protection Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine

Ryan is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and has more than five years of experience as an electrical engineer. He has performed power systems studies, focusing on both transient stability analysis and steady state voltage analysis and is currently working on substation automation and integration projects as well as protection and control standards development.

Susan Allarie, EIT

Senior Electrical Engineer

BS, Electrical Engineering Technology – University of Maine

Susan has more than 15 years of experience as a consulting electrical engineer, specializing in the field of substation automation and integration. She has extensive knowledge in the development of SCADA and HMI systems, PLC programming, and the design and testing of automation and integration platforms, incorporating devices from numerous manufacturers and utilizing numerous protocols. 

Project Managers

John Harvey

Senior Project Manager
John has more than 30 years of experience as a Project Manager in the Power Delivery Engineering Sector and progressive responsibility in management. He served as Sustainment Program Manager at BIW (General Dynamics), Bath, ME for LCS Class of ships and held many positions at his tenure at Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company in Wiscasset, ME including planning supervisor, mechanical supervisor, project manager, asset recovery, decommissioning supervisor, stores supervisor, and inventory reduction.

Ed Doiron

Senior Project Manager

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