Tanya Paslawski was promoted to Executive Director of the Organization of MISO States effective June 1, 2015, after serving as Deputy Executive Director since May 2014. Prior to OMS, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives at ITC Holdings Corporation in Novi, Michigan. She has held prior roles in regulatory affairs at ITC and Direct Energy Services and served five years with the Michigan Public Service Commission. Paslawski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oakland University and a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. She also served in the United States Navy. Tanya is married with two children.
Director of Member Services & Advocacy
Talina Mathews joines the Organization of MISO States in October, 2015 as the Director of Member Services & Advocacy. She was most recently the Director of the Division of Energy Generation, Transmission and Distribution in the Department of Energy Development and Independence, house in the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment. Previously, she has been a policy advisor to three Chairmen of the Kentucky Public Service Commission and was a former advisor to the Commonwealth's Governor on energy issues. She has more than 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental arena in a variety of roles, including being the staff member tasked to RTO duties at the Kentucky PSC during MISO's and OMS' formative years. She was an active participant in the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council. Mathews has a BA from Berea College in Math and Economics, as well as an MA and a PhD from the University of Kentucky in economics with areas of concentration in Environmental Economics and Public Economics. She is the proud mother of two children.
William H. Smith, Jr., transitioned to Director Emeritus of the Organization of MISO States on June 1, 2015 after completing a tenure as Executive Director that began in January, 2004. OMS is the regional state committee for states served by the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator. Previously, he was Government Relations Manager for the Iowa Utilities Board, and coordinated the Board’s legislative positions and its representation before federal agencies. He earlier directed the Board’s rate and safety staff. Before 1986, Smith served as a legal advisor to commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and practiced energy law in a Washington, D.C. firm. He writes the state regulatory column for Natural Gas & Electricity, a monthly industry journal. He is a member of the Energy Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Cornell University.
Colleen Dougherty began work with the Organization of MISO States in February, 2014. Previously she worked as the Co-owner/Publisher of West Willow Publishing Group in Lynchburg, VA. There they published two quarterly, regional, home and garden resource magazines and worked on other small marketing projects. At the same time, she co-founded Girls on the Run of Central Virginia, a non-profit organization focused on the spiritual, emotional and physical health of young girls. Colleen also has experience in project management, sales and legal research. She received a B.A. in English from George Mason University. She is married and has three children.
Amy Schmelzer began work with the Organization of MISO States in March, 2007. In addition to her part-time work at OMS, Amy is the senior newscast director at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, with over 15 years of experience in live television news and sports production. She has directed the 6 and 10pm newscasts at KCCI since 2003 and is a five-time recipient of the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for Newscast Directing. Amy is a two-time graduate of Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, having earned her undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Production and her masters in Communication Leadership. She is single with two cats.
Julie Mitchell began work with the Organization of MISO States in January, 2004, and retired in March, 2015. A founding staff member of OMS, she was vital to the organization's growth and success in the 11 years she dedicated to the organization. Julie is married with four grown sons and many grandchildren with whom she looks forward to spending her retirement.