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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

Wendell Porter 
Term: March 4, 2018 - March 3, 2022
Background: With three engineering degrees, a bachelor's and master's 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

Wes Wheeler (chair)
Term: Mar 3, 2018 – Mar 3, 2022
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 teal estate transactions, he is also involved with a number of community and professional leadership organizations. 
Email: wheeleriw@gru.com

Barry Jacobson (vice-chair)
Term: March 4, 2018 – March 3, 2022
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. An 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 Lewis
Term: September 17, 2020– March 4, 2024
Background: Lewis is a strong communicator and avid community activist with an AS Degree in Allied Health. She is currently the Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator at Alachua Habitat for Humanity, and the Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Duval Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. Ms. Lewis also serves on many community committees including the Wild Spaces Public Places oversight committee and the Community Weatherization Coalition steering committee. 
Email: lewiscs@gru.com

Tim Rockwell
Term: September 17, 2020– March 4, 2024
Background: Rockwell has worked in computer aided drafting and project coordination in Civil Engineering and Construction industries for over 20 years. He is certified in computer drafting and design technology from St. Augustine Technical Institute and received an Associates of Applied Science from Santa Fe College. His current experience includes performing site research and producing initial site designs and conceptual layouts as Production Manager at eda engineers, surveyors, planners, inc.
Email: rockwellta@gru.com

Theresa Spurling-Wood (non-voting member)
Term: Oct 18, 2018 – Mar 3, 2022
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

Don Davis (non-voting member)
Term: Feb 7, 2019 – Mar 3, 2022
Background: Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Florida and has been a resident of Alachua county since 1964. He went to work as a banker who financed solar and served on state panels regarding the financing of solar panels. He has been a member of Gainesville's Rotary Club, Quarterback Club, Gainesville Electric Vehicle Club (Founder) and City of Gainesville Parks Foundation Board, Matheson Museum advisory Board (former Pres), CareerSource of North Central Florida (Strategy Chair/former Pres) and more. 
Email: davisd1@gru.com

Jason Fults
Term: February 20th, 2020- March 3rd, 2024
Background: Mr. Fults is currently pursuing a Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, and he's been an Alachua County resident for over 10 years. Fults has a wide range of experience, including work as both an apprentice and journeyman electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and his current  position as an apprentice instructor. He has worked since 2009 with the Community Weatherization Coalition, a grassroots community coalition focused on improving home weatherization and energy efficiency for low-income households through education and volunteer work projects. He has received multiple awards and accolades, including the John A. Penrod Brigadas Award for Peace and Justice, and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference “Unsung Hero Award,” among others.

Dr. Fletcher Crowe
Term: February 20th, 2020- March 3rd, 2024
Background: Dr. Crowe received his PhD from Florida State University, and served in the State Energy Office in Tallahassee for five years, after which he  held the position of Power Plant Siting Coordinator in the Florida Dept. of Community Affairs for two years. Dr. Crowe has been a professor at Florida Atlantic University as well as Bethune-Cookman University.  He retired to Gainesville in 2013, and has served on the City Beautification Board and the Board of the Matheson History museum.