Moderators and Panelists

Sharon Fain • Event Emcee

Sr. Vice President, WYBrand Strategies

Sharon is a trusted national communications expert with a successful track record of delivering complex information, creating positive media outcomes and developing/executing crisis management plans. Her previous leadership roles with Fox News Channel in New York, NBC News and the utility industry allow her to provide a variety of valuable services to current and future WyBrand Strategy clients. Sharon’s strengths include a national reputation for excellence, brand protection and strategic planning as well as extensive national, regional and local media contacts.


Walter F. Eggers, III  Moderator

Partner, Holland & Hart

Walter Eggers appears regularly before state and federal agencies advising mineral producers on complex and routine legal issues, including permitting, tax, royalty, and other regulatory issues. He also represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before state legislative committees, primarily addressing regulatory and administrative law issues. Walter currently leads the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice, one of the largest in the country at over 100 lawyers. He served as the Administrative Partner for the firm’s Cheyenne office from 2010-2015.



Britta Beckstead  Moderator

Energy and Air Policy Advisor, Western Governors Association

At the Western Governors’ Association, Britta Beckstead advises Governors’ staff on energy, natural resources, and environmental policy issues and communicates the Governors’ policy positions to federal agencies and Congress. She also facilitates discussions on bipartisan policy actions on issues of critical importance to the West, including recent updates to the Governors’ energy policy resolution.

Prior to joining WGA in 2017, Britta was an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Department of Law and represented the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, where she had served as an enforcement and hearings officer. Britta has a degree in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Scripps College and a law degree from University of Colorado Law School. She recently attended the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region and University of Idaho’s Legislative Energy Horizons Institute.


Nate Hardy  Panelist

Director of Resource Strategy and Environmental Policy, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)

Nate started with UAMPS as a power marketer and energy trader but has transitioned into energy project development and project management. He oversees the feasibility analysis and development of various energy projects that fit within UAMPS member’s project criteria. He was responsible for developing the 57 MW Horse Butte Wind Project near Idaho Falls, Idaho in 2012. More recently he developed the Veyo Heat Recovery Project, an 8 MW facility near Veyo, Utah that captures industrial waste heat from the exhaust stream of a pipeline compressor station and converts it into clean, carbon-free power. Nate is currently working additional heat recovery project. Additionally, he works on UAMPS Carbon-Free Power Project which aims to reduce UAMPS customers reliance on coal by developing renewable and carbon-free energy resources such as solar and nuclear power. Nate is heavily involved in the early development of small modular nuclear reactor technology (SMR) which is promising to bring safe, reliable and cost-effective carbon-free energy to UAMPS member cities.

Krista Mann  Panelist

Senior Business Development Manager, Invenergy

Krista is a Director of Renewable Development for Invenergy LLC. She leads a team developing renewable energy projects in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Kansas, and Nebraska. Krista has been with Invenergy since 2015 but has been in the renewable energy industry since 2003. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver. Krista lives in Broomfield, Colorado with her husband and four-year old son, who wants to make wind turbines someday, like Mommy.


Joe Milczewski  Panelist

Government Relations Manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Rick Curtsinger  Panelist

Director of Public Affairs, Cloud Peak Energy

Kevin P. Meenan  Panelist

General Counsel, Wold Companies