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Utility Advisory Board

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Utility Advisory Board

The city’s Utility Advisory Board serves as an advisor to the Gainesville City Commission on policy and governance decisions regarding utility services. Formed in 2016, the seven-member board meets at least once a month.  

UAB Contacts 
Phone: 352-393-1011
Fax: 352-334-2277
Mail: P.O. Box 147117, Station A140, Gainesville, Fl. 32614

Mary Alford (chair)
Term: Four years
Background: Alford, a Gainesville native, began her professional engineering career as an intern in GRU's Water/Wastewater Department, and then later worked for Progress Energy in the areas of environmental compliance, safety, power plant operations and management, power plant construction and project and outage management.  For the past eight years, Alford has been a principal in The Sustainable Design Group, a Gainesville architecture and engineering firm. 
Email:  AlfordM1@gru.com

Michael Selvester (vice-chair)
Term: Four years 
Background: A UF law school graduate, Selvester is corporate counsel for Infinite Energy since 2015 and worked as a GRU legal services intern in 2014. 
Email: SelvesterM1@gru.com

Wes Wheeler
Term: Four years
Background: A Juris Doctorate degree from FSU, Wheeler has extensive experience and knowledge on land use and environmental law. Currently running a successful law practice focused on Florida Wills, Trusts and Estates and Real Estate transactions, he is also involved with a number of community and professional leadership organizations. 
Email: wheeleriw@gru.com

Wendell Porter
Term: Four years
Background: With three engineering degrees, a Bachelors and Masters in mechanical engineering and PhD in agricultural and biological engineering, Porter now lectures at UF on the course he produced on Global Sustainable Energy.  He also is actively engaged in the community, spending years developing training materials and performing energy audits for the CWC. 
Email: porterwa@gru.com

Barry Jacobson 
Term: Four years
Background: Jacobson received his PhD is Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University and is the President and Senior Project Engineer for Solar Impact, Inc. A impressive history in agricultural engineering, he has also been awarded the National Professional Engineer of the Year for American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 
Email: jacobsonbm@gru.com

Carla Miles 
Term: A year and a half
Background: Miles is a strong communicator and avid community activist with an AS Degree in Allied Health. She is currently the Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator/Critical Home Repair Specialist at Alachua Habitat for Humanity, and the Secretary for the Greater Duval Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. Ms. Miles also serves on the Wild Spaces Public Places oversight committee and the Community Weatherization Coalition advisory board. 
Email: milescs@gru.com

Theresa Spurling-Wood
Term: Four years
Background: Theresa Spurling-Wood, CEM, CIE, GCP, LEED AP, is a Mechanical/Technical/Energy Conservation Specialist with 30+ years field experience in the building and construction industries.  She previously worked as a residential Efficiency Program Coordinator III in the Conservation Department at Gainesville Regional Utilities and currently serves as Alachua County Public Schools’ Director - Energy Systems.  
Email: woodta@gru.com