The Nevada NSF EPSCoR 2015 Annual Meeting & External Advisory Committee Meeting
Stakeholder Panel Biographies
Lydia Ball, Moderator
Formerly Clean Energy Project
Valley Electric Association
Prior to joining VEA, Eckert began his career with natural gas utilities before spending more than 20 years at Alaska-based Homer Electric Association, Inc., where he held several positions, including departmental management positions for finance, regulatory affairs and business development. He played a key role in the financial restructure of that utility. He also led the initial development of the Nikiski Co-Generation Project and achieved regulatory approval of its contractual agreements.
Eckert served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Alaska Energy Policy Task Force and was the Kenai Peninsula mayoral appointee to the Tri Borough Energy Policy Task Force. His community service has included numerous positions for various commissions, committees and hospital boards.
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Mike is currently Field Supervisor for the Southern Nevada Field Office for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with over 25 years of experience working to find solutions to complex natural resource issues. Starting with the Service in 2012, he currently leads the conservation and recovery of imperiled species by developing effective partnerships with government, private and non-profit land owners and managers, and organizations. Mike developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural resources while hunting, fishing and exploring the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin where he grew up. Before starting a career with the Service in 2012, Mike spent over 23 years with the Arizona Game and Fish Department holding a variety of positions and working with local communities throughout Arizona. Initially starting as a game warden, he spent the last 12 years with the Department as the Assistant Director of both, the Field Operations and Wildlife Management Divisions and a member of the Department’s Executive leadership team. Mike is an avid hunter and angler, and also enjoys cycling, running and adventure motorcycle touring and has two children with his wife, Deborah, of 25 years.