Contact NWPPA’s Training & Education Staff

NWPPA’s Training & Education Staff at Your Service

NWPPA’s Education Services staff work with the NWPPA Board of Trustees, a Workforce Development Committee, program specific committees, individual utilities, state and national associations, and individual participants to develop learning opportunities to meet specific needs.

Before you pick up the phone or click the link to contact one of our training managers, please review the areas of utility practice or utility departments for which each Training Manager develops and offers training. This will help you get to the person you need to talk without being transferred to someone else!


Arnie Winkler, Director of Education & Workforce Development

Arnie provides overall coordination of the education and training programs at NWPPA. You can contact Arnie with any general questions you have about education and training programs and services. In addition, talk with Arnie about training in the following areas: board and management training; workforce expansion; foreman leadership; and power supply workshops. In addition, the director of education provides support to the NWPPA Annual Conference and the Northwest Communication & Energy Innovations Conference, as well as works with NWPPA’s Power Supply, Rates, and Economics Committee. - (360) 816-1445

Scott Lowry, Training Manager

Scott is responsible for the Engineering & Operations Conference, Alaska Utility Conference, NWPPA/WEI Utility Pole Conference, Materials Management Workshop, Operations Boot Camp, safety training and environmental and regulatory curricula. He provides on-site logistical support for various NWPPA classes, workshops, and conferences as well as the planning of these activities. - (360) 816-1448

Bonnie McCombs, Training Manager

Bonnie concentrates on all things IT, Customer Service, Human Resources, NW Wage & Hour Services and e-Learning. She works with the IT Committee and Workshop, Customer Service Committee, and 3 C’s Workshop. Bonnie looks forward to hearing from you if you work in these functional areas or have ideas about what you would like to see online as training or if have a need to become a better leader in your organization. - (360) 816-1446

Jenny Keesey, Training Manager

Jenny is responsible for Front Line Leadership Series training, Finance & Accounting Certificate curricula, Staking Technician Series, Energy Efficiency curricula, and marketing & communication curricula. She also supports the Engineering & Operations Trade Show. - (360) 816-1458

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Gail Patterson, Registration/Database Administrator

Gail is responsible for registration and invoicing for classes and conferences. She also produces certificates, name badges, and other course materials, and administers the CEU process and records. - (360) 816-1450

Janet Lucas, Meeting Manager

Janet is responsible for reserving meeting and hotel space for all NWPPA training events and conferences. In addition, Janet handles all coordination of speaker materials and conference sponsorships. - (360) 816-1443