Our Board Members
Read about our talented board members and how they’re shaping the future changes and advances of ETT.

Lisa M. Barton
Board Manager

John A. Cupparo
Board Manager

Scott N. Smith
Board Manager

Patrick Reiten
Board Manager

Lisa M. Barton
Executive Vice President - AEP Transmission, President & Chief Operating Officer - AEP Transmission Holding Company (AEPTHCO)

Lisa M. Barton is responsible for the company's Transmission operations owned by AEPTHCO and AEP's seven operating companies. AEP's Transmission network has approximately 40,000 miles of lines and is developing projects in 15 states. AEP's transmission network is the largest in North America with assets in four Regional Transmission Organizations. Responsibilities include oversight of the company's field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations, as well as its transmission joint ventures. She is also responsible for overseeing AEP's corporate Safety & Health program. Barton is a board member of Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, which is the competitive transmission development arm of both companies. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission Texas (ETT), a transmission utility jointly owned by subsidiaries of AEP and Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

Barton is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She served as a contributing member of the MIT Energy Initiative, "Future of the Electric Grid," and the Bipartisan Committee initiative on "Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology." Prior to joining the company in 2006, Barton worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, N.H., and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Barton earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT, and was a 2010 International Women's Foundation Fellow, a member of G100 next generation leadership and is a member of the Committee of 200, an organization of the world's most successful women entrepreneurs and innovators.

Barton is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state bar associations and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She is a member of the boards of directors for the National Urban League, ReliabilityFirst (vice chairman), Wires Group, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (board chairman). At AEP, she is proud to serve as an executive sponsor of the Pride Partnership Employee Resource Group.

She resides in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, Christopher.

John A. Cupparo
President and CEO, BHE U.S. Transmission

John Cupparo, 54, is president and CEO of BHE U.S. Transmission, LLC. He is responsible for developing independent transmission opportunities and oversight of Berkshire Hathaway Energy transmission joint ventures with American Electric Power in Texas, Westar Energy in the Midwest, Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California and Pinnacle West Capital Corporation in the Desert Southwest.

Cupparo joined PacifiCorp in 2000 to assume responsibility for information management systems for PacifiCorp's regulated and unregulated businesses. Since then, he has served in various positions supporting transmission for PacifiCorp and related industry forums before joining BHE U.S. Transmission, LLC in 2012.

Prior to PacifiCorp, Cupparo worked for Texaco and Koch Industries, supporting their natural gas, power and pipeline businesses. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Colorado State University.

Scott N. Smith
Senior Vice President - Controls and Field Services, AEP Transmission, American Electric Power

Scott N. Smith is senior vice president -- Controls and Field Services for AEP Transmission. In his role, Smith will ensure that the Transmission organization has the requisite focus on safety, financial controls and continuous improvement. He also will provide direct support to AEP's operating company presidents, strengthening the relationship between Transmission and the operating companies.

Previously, Smith was senior vice president of AEP Transmission Grid Development and Portfolio Services. His responsibilities included transmission planning, dispatching and real time operations, technology, financial reporting and business operations. The business operations included developing and coordinating AEP Transmission's internal and external growth strategies. Smith also led a process improvement and program management team responsible for ensuring all Transmission business units are able to run smoothly and stay focused on delivering results.

From 2010 to 2011, he was vice president and assistant to the president of the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC). He directed all aspects of OVEC activities including operation of 2,386 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity at Clifty Creek Station, Madison, Ind., and Kyger Creek Station, Cheshire, Ohio; 776 circuit miles of 345 kilovolt transmission lines; the corporation's environmental and financial activities; and the 800-member staff.

From 2005 to 2010, Smith was vice president of Generation Business Services for AEP, responsible for the Generation organization's business functions, including accounting and finance, business planning and contract administration.

He was chief risk officer for AEP from 2001 to 2005, responsible for enterprise-wide risk and insurance management, including oversight of commodity, operational, credit, interest rate and currency risk across all business units and functional areas, and enterprise-wide security.

Prior to joining AEP, Smith was vice president of risk management for Global Consumer Bank, a division of Citigroup. Before joining Citigroup in 1995, Smith was vice president of risk management for First Fidelity/First Union. Earlier, he was a national bank examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army and worked as an engineer during his military service.

Smith is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and is a board member of BalletMet. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers, FutureGen Alliance, and the Finance Advisory Council for Ohio University.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Drexel University and also received an associate degree in business administration from Valley Forge Military College.

R. Patrick Reiten
Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Patrick Reiten, 56, is senior vice president of government relations at Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Reiten is responsible for leading the national policy and legislative work of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a $91 billion portfolio of locally managed businesses that share a vision for a secure and sustainable energy future.

Reiten has extensive experience in executive leadership in the energy business. Prior to his current role, he was president and chief executive officer of PacifiCorp Transmission at PacifiCorp, a position he has held since March 2015, managing the West’s largest single owned-and-operated transmission system. Prior to that role, Reiten was President and CEO of Pacific Power, an electric energy company serving about 750,000 customers in California, Oregon and Washington. He was appointed to that role in September 2006.

Before joining PacifiCorp, Reiten was president and chief executive officer of PNGC Power, an energy cooperative located in Portland, Oregon. He was appointed to that position in May 2002 and was responsible for the overall operations of two corporate entities (PNGC Power and Power Resources Cooperative).

Prior to PNGC Power, Reiten served as an aide to U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, responsible for many issues, particularly those associated with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also served as an official in several different capacities at the U.S. Department of Interior, including deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Reiten has served in many director or board leadership roles in community and industry groups. He is the immediate past chair of Associated Oregon Industries and is co-chair of The Freshwater Trust; he also serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy, Legacy Health System and Electric Transmission Texas LLC.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in economics from the University of Washington and completed executive training at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.