More on the Speakers for CU Public Policy Forum V: 

Alternative Energy: Promoting and Realizing the New Energy Frontier Today

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Douglas Catterall

Dr. Douglas Catterall is Associate Professor of History at Cameron University and a scholar of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world.  His research interests include comparative history and the ways in which societies adapt to institutional challenges.  Beyond his work on the early modern era, he is interested in fostering public discourse across a range of contemporary issues.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1998) and has been a member of the Department of History and Government at Cameron University since 2000. 

Dr. Brian Frehner

Dr. Brian Frehner is Assistant Professor of History at Oklahoma State University and a historian of the environment and the American Southwest with particular interests and expertise in the role of oil in the history of Oklahoma’s development.  He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oklahoma (2004) with a dissertation on the emergence of the oil industry in the Southern Plains.  Since 2006 he has been a member of  the Department of History at OSU.

Dr. John Scott Greene

Dr. John Scott Greene is Professor of Geography, Director and Principal Investigator of the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative as well as Research Scientist and Director of the Environmental Verification and Analysis Center at OU, and an internationally active expert in the area of wind generation.  He earned his doctorate in 1994 from the University of Delaware.  He is a member of the Department of Geography in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

 Brian Hobbs

Brian Hobbs is Vice President of Legal and Corporate Services for Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), where he has worked for some 32 years.  He has been actively involved in the exploration as well as the development or contract negotiations associated with renewable generation resources, including wind energy, run of the river hydro power, and land-fill gas projects.  He holds the B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University.

 Jamie Maddy

Jamie Maddy is the Director of Political and Environmental Relations at Chesapeake Energy and works with elected officials and policymakers statewide as well as the environmental community on developing energy and environmental policy for the utilization of natural gas in the electricity and industrial sectors in ecologically sound ways.  She is also active in a variety of professional organizations including the American Natural Gas Alliance and holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

 Travis Narum

Travis Narum is a development director for ACCIONA Energy and has considerable experience in renewable energy development in the U.S.  He currently oversees a 1000+ MW pipeline of development, managing projects from inception through construction, giving him a strategic sense of wind power's role in the region. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and an M.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Chris Benge

Chris Benge   is currently serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as the Speaker of the House. First elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1998, he served as chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee prior to being elected House Speaker in 2008. During his tenure as Speaker, Benge has championed energy security by focusing on domestic resources. Benge graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in business.

Paul Renfrow

Paul Renfrow is Vice President of Public Affairs for OG&E Energy Corporation and OG&E Electric Services, giving him a unique perspective on the role that various forms of energy will play in Oklahoma’s economic future. Paul Renfrow has also been active in professional and community organizations such as the MidContinent Oil and Gas Association.  He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma (1979) and is a graduate of the OSBI Agent’s Academy.
 Dr. Tony Wohlers Dr. Tony Wohlers is Associate Professor of Political Science and Academic Research Director at Cameron University. His work has focused on aspects of public policy, including e-government, biotechnology's role in society, and economic development policy.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University (2004), where he studied the role of neighborhood groups in local agenda-setting.  Since 2005 he has taught at Cameron University in the Department of History and Government.