CLACKAMAS, Ore. 2/29/12 (PennWell) -- Four new officers were elected to serve on the Northwest Hydroelectric Association's board of directors at NWHA's recent conference in Portland.
Replacing Patti Kroen as NWHA president is John Esler of Portland General Electric. Esler previously served a two-year stint as NWHA vice president and was named to NWHA's board of directors in 2008.
Replacing Esler as vice president is Steve Padula. Padula currently works on project development with hydropower clients through Long View Associates.
Michele Drake replaces Rick Dieker as treasurer. Drake is a compliance coordinator with the Avista Corporation.
Last, Allison Murray replaces Wayne Dyok as secretary. Murray is a hydropower consultant with Kleinschmidt Associates.
Matt Love of Van Ness Feldman will continue serving as legal counsel.
The NWHA is an organization that represents all segments of the hydropower industry. Since its founding in 1981, it has grown to include members in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, California and British Columbia.