Team

Joris Veldhoven
Commercial and Finance Director
Joris Veldhoven
Commercial and Finance Director

About

A former global wind supply chain manager for Shell New Energies Wind, Mr. Veldhoven joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as Commercial Director in January 2019. Mr. Veldhoven held various commercial roles with Shell since 2007 in The Netherlands, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. Over more than a decade Mr. Veldhoven has built deep experience in portfolio management, planning and supply chain management in difficult external settings. As of 2016, Mr. Veldhoven’s global role has included managing Shell’s relationships with all major supply chain partners in the wind industry, including turbine manufacturers, operations contractors and more. Mr. Veldhoven has helped enable Shell New Energies to build a portfolio of wind projects leading a global team of wind supply chain specialists from early project development to operations. Those successful development projects include five existing Shell onshore wind farms in the U.S. Mr. Veldhoven holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management science from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Julia Pettit
General Counsel and Secretary
Julia Pettit
General Counsel and Secretary

About

Ms. Pettit has been engaged in the practice of law for nearly three decades and for the latter half of her career has been largely focused on the renewable energy industry.  Prior to joining Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, Ms. Pettit was part of the legal team at EDF Renewables North America. In her role at EDF Renewables, Ms. Pettit was regularly engaged in a broad range of legal matters, including project development, tax equity finance, M&A, key project agreements relating to utility scale wind and solar energy projects, offtake agreements including power purchase agreements for both corporates and utilities, hedge agreements, and general corporate matters.  Ms. Pettit holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Jennifer Daniels
Development Director
Jennifer Daniels
Development Director

About

Ms. Daniels brings over 16 years of marine infrastructure permitting experience to the role of Development Director. She has been actively supporting the development of U.S. Offshore wind projects since 2008. Prior to joining Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, Ms. Daniels was responsible for managing the environmental team that supported the successful evaluation and permitting of the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm. Her two decades of professional experience include managing multidisciplinary environmental teams that supported the siting, permitting, and evaluation of the environmental effects of large-scale onshore and offshore energy generating facilities. Ms. Daniels holds a bachelor’s degree in mariner resource development and aquatic technologies from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Rain Byars
Technical and Delivery Director
Rain Byars
Technical and Delivery Director

About

As Technical and Delivery Director, Rain brings over two decades of experience in the wind industry to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. Ms. Byars has been instrumental in the development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., U.K., Taiwan and Japan, and led the certification of the first operating offshore wind farm in the U.S. As a licensed Professional Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Rain has a deep understanding of the wind energy industry, spanning research and development of wind turbine innovation, serial manufacturing, installation and commissioning, and fleet management. Rain has dedicated her career to helping make wind a leading energy source by focusing on safety, environmental protection, and life cycle performance.

Doug Copeland
Development Manager
Doug Copeland
Development Manager

About

Mr. Copeland has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 14 years, leading development efforts in onshore and offshore wind, solar and energy storage. Currently, Mr. Copeland oversees the development and overall portfolio of the Atlantic Shores project with a focus on the pre-financial decision phase. In this role, Mr. Copeland leads the interconnection strategy, liaisons with the fishing industry, oversees real estate efforts, external affairs, government relations, and port strategy. He has served on offshore wind market advisory groups in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and as vice-chair of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Offshore Wind Steering Committee. Prior to his career in the renewable energy industry, Mr. Copeland ran a nationally recognized economic development program. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a master’s degree from Boston College.

David Hasselbeck
Lead Project Engineer
David Hasselbeck
Lead Project Engineer

About

Mr. Hasselbeck joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as Project Engineering and Value Management Lead in November 2019. Prior to Atlantic Shores, Mr. Hasselbeck held several roles with Shell since 2010 on the U.S. Gulf Coast and offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. His experiences include project management, major facility commissioning, and offshore production operations. Mr. Hasselbeck holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Mike Garrity
New Jersey Permitting and Development Lead
Mike Garrity
New Jersey Permitting and Development Lead

About

Mr. Garrity brings over 25 years of coastal and land use permitting and development experience to the role of Project Development Manager. As Principal Environmental Specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Land Use Regulation, Mr. Garrity was responsible for reviewing and rendering decisions of large-scale coastal projects in New Jersey. Immediately prior to joining Atlantic Shores, Mr. Garrity was the Manager of Environmental Services for Exelon, and was responsible for managing multidisciplinary environmental teams that supported the siting, permitting, and licensing of electrical substations and transmission facilities in the Atlantic City Electric Service territory. Mr. Garrity holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Stockton University in New Jersey.

Nathalie Jouanneau
Project Services Manager
Nathalie Jouanneau
Project Services Manager

About

Ms. Jouanneau came to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind from EDF Renewables North America, where she worked as a project developer for onshore wind and solar since 2009. Ms. Jouanneau was responsible for developing the 225 MW Nicolas-Riou onshore wind farm in Quebec and several solar projects in Ontario. As a portfolio manager, she led the submission of more than 4.5 GW of onshore wind proposals throughout Canada and the northeast U.S. between 2014 and 2018, and supported development strategy and compliance for the 720 MW that was awarded. She joined the Atlantic Shores team in 2018 to manage the submission of OREC bids in New Jersey and New York, and is now managing cost control, risk, cost engineering, schedule, daily JV operations, as well as supporting bid readiness for upcoming procurements. Ms. Jouanneau holds a master’s degree from the ESSCA French Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University.

Paul Phifer
Permitting Manager
Paul Phifer
Permitting Manager

About

Mr. Phifer joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as Permitting Manager in November 2019, following a 20-year career in environmental conservation and permitting for the U.S. government. At the federal level, Mr. Phifer worked on a diverse portfolio of issues including international environmental treaties for the U.S. Department of State and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, endangered species conservation, natural resource damage assessment and restoration, and permitting associated with energy development. For the last decade, Mr. Phifer managed thirteen offices from Maine to Virginia, overseeing permitting projects related to onshore and offshore wind energy, natural gas pipelines and hyrdroelectric power. In this role he ensured coordination and cooperation between multiple state and federal agencies including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Phifer holds a PhD in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College.

Lexi Reynolds
Project Developer
Lexi Reynolds
Project Developer

About

Lexi joins Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind from Exelon, where she worked as a project manager for several substation and high-voltage transmission line rebuilds. Lexi was responsible for the oversight of the scope, schedule, budget and safety of a vast project portfolio in Exelon’s Atlantic City Electric and Philadelphia Electric Company territories. She managed the rebuild of a high-profile substation located in Atlantic City, NJ as well as a 3-mile underground transmission line rebuild throughout downtown Philadelphia, PA. Lexi also started Pride Employee Resource Groups at 2 out of the 6 operating companies within Exelon, providing employees with educational and community engagement opportunities while championing for equality, inclusion and compassion for the LGBTQ+ community. She joined the Atlantic Shores team to work on many aspects of development, including leading outreach and development efforts in Atlantic County, interconnection implementation, land acquisition and supporting external affairs initiatives. Lexi holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey.

David Zhao
Business Administrator
David Zhao
Business Administrator

About

Born and raised in central New Jersey, David joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as Business Administrator in April 2020. During his undergraduate career, David was an outreach coordinator for Fossil Free Penn, a fundraising canvasser at the New York Public Interest Research Group, and an electoral organizing fellow with NextGen America. Prior to joining Atlantic Shores, David was an outbound Sales Development Representative at a Barcelona-based brand intelligence start-up. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wes Jacobs
Business Development Manager
Wes Jacobs
Business Development Manager

About

Mr. Jacobs is an energy professional with nearly 20 years of experience in capital project development, supply chain management, economic analysis, and new business development. He joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind in October 2020 after a career in the oil and gas industry.

At Atlantic Shores Mr. Jacobs will focus his efforts on development and localization of the offshore wind supply chain, to enable safe and efficient build-out of offshore wind infrastructure and eventual operation of wind farm assets with a skilled local workforce.

Previously in his career, he held leadership roles on capital project management teams in several locations globally, including Europe, West Africa, and Russia. He additionally supported growth of the LNG business, championing novel concepts to improve efficiency and reduce emissions in the LNG value chain. More recently, he supported the oil and gas exploration business, where his roles focused on economic analysis, decision making, and business development, including negotiations of key agreements with governments and competitors. From 2015 until his recent transition to Atlantic Shores, he also supported corporate strategic studies in offshore wind.

Mr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the C. T. Bauer College of Business, Global Energy Executive MBA program, at the University of Houston.

Antoine Cognard
Delivery Manager
Antoine Cognard
Delivery Manager

About

Mr. Cognard has worked in the renewable energy industry for 12 years, building a significant expertise in delivering large-scale solar and onshore wind projects in North America. Mr. Cognard spearheaded the planning, construction and commissioning of EDF Renewables’ 1.3 GW Canadian and Northeast US portfolio, including the Blackspring Ridge (300 MW) wind farm in Alberta, built in a 12-month record time with zero incident. His experience in delivering multiple large-scale energy projects on time, on schedule and without safety incident is of considerable value to Atlantic Shores. Specifically, Mr. Cognard is experienced in managing all aspects of project controls, cost estimations and pricing, conducting technological due diligence as well as procurement negotiations for largescale renewable projects, and leading the execution phase, testing and commissioning and transition to the operations phase. As Delivery Manager, supporting Atlantic Shores for the past 2 years, Mr. Cognard seconds the Technical and Delivery Director in planning and designing the Atlantic Shores portfolio, to ensure safe and cost-efficient delivery. Mr. Cognard holds a Master’s Degree in energy systems engineering from IMT Atlantique (France).

Joyce Chen
Commercial Manager
Joyce Chen
Commercial Manager

About

Ms. Chen joined Atlantic Shores in July 2020 from Shell New Energies, where she was a venture investor with an investment focus on renewable power and mobility. She held various commercial and finance positions with Shell in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and China over the past 12 years. Ms. Chen shifted her focus from traditional energy projects to renewable power and solutions in 2016 during her assignment in the Netherlands. She led the valuation for major renewable company acquisitions and built her knowledge base for understanding new energy projects within Shell. She also spent couple years investing in start-ups with a focus on mobility, storage, hydrogen, renewable power in Asia. With her extensive finance experience, Ms. Chen also leads the finance department within Atlantic Shores. Ms. Chen holds a master's degree in International Business from Queen’s University (Canada).

Pierre-Emmanuel Gouelleu
Procurement and Contract Manager
Pierre-Emmanuel Gouelleu
Procurement and Contract Manager

About

Mr. Gouelleu brings over 14 years of procurement experience including 9 years in offshore wind projects. He joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as Procurement Manager in April 2019. Prior to joining Atlantic Shores, Mr. Gouelleu held various procurement roles with EDF Renewables since 2012 in France and the United Kingdom. He negotiated major EPCI contracts for 4 static offshore wind projects and 1 floating offshore wind project. During his 9 years focused on offshore wind, Mr. Gouelleu had the opportunity to develop his knowledge base while negotiating contracts covering main areas of the development and the construction phases, including geoscience surveys, oceanographic instruments, offshore services, permitting, grid packages and foundation packages. Mr. Gouelleu holds a master’s degree in International Business Management from the IAE Bordeaux, the business school of the University of Bordeaux, France.

Charmaine Lehi
Senior Accountant
Charmaine Lehi
Senior Accountant

About

Ms. Lehi has over 15 years of Accounting experience, taking on progressive leadership roles in various industries, including media and fitness. She has extensive experience with Fixed Asset Management and Tax compliance. In one of her prior roles, Ms. Lehi built a company’s entire accounting department by recruiting and training team members. She joined Atlantic Shores in 2020 and is responsible for all aspects of accounting. Ms. Lehi is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master's degree in Accounting and Professional Consultancy from Villanova University.

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