Our Executive Team

 

Mary Schlaefer
Mary Schlaefer
President and CEO

As President and CEO of WECC, Mary oversees the organization’s overall strategy and direction. She is committed to solving environmental challenges in cost-effective and creative ways and increasing WECC’s impact—leading us down a continued path of program innovation and expansion. She understands the goals of our clients and partners and the challenges they face—positioning WECC to develop programs and solutions that meet (and often surpass) financial and energy savings goals. 

Mary has played a key role in the conceptualization of innovative energy saving programs, including the formation of WECC’s overall strategic product development plan which emphasizes an integrated, holistic approach to efficiency and conservation. She has increased the integration of technology and financing solutions. She has also driven the development of programs to reach underserved markets such as manufactured homes and rural communities, and has led the development of community-based approaches that strengthen communities through increasing community engagement, leveraging private investment, and promoting workforce development.

Prior to joining WECC, Mary spent nearly two decades in top legal and state government positions, serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Wisconsin Department of Justice as well as the first Tobacco Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation and enforcement of the Multistate Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement. Mary also served as Executive Assistant and Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she was a lead advisor to the Governor on energy policy and renewable energy technology deployment. 

Mary holds a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (honors) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a dedicated protector and enthusiast of our natural resources, serving on the Board of Directors for the River Alliance of Wisconsin, the Dane County Parks Commission, and Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Advisors. In her spare time, she adores her two rescue dogs and enjoys reading poetry.

Monica Curtis
Monica Curtis
Executive Vice President - Energy Operations

Monica is WECC’s Executive Vice President of Energy Operations, charged with managing our extensive energy efficiency portfolio of residential, commercial, and community-based programs, financing options, and building science training. She champions strategies that increase cost-effectiveness, maximize savings, and foster innovation while improving productivity, client satisfaction, and product reliability.

During her time at WECC, Monica has spearheaded the launch of cutting-edge programs including midstream commercial lighting, on-bill recovery for energy efficiency financing, the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) as an employee benefit, energy advocate services, community solar, and other community programs delivered via sports teams and parks associations. She has also pioneered numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and behavior patterns, such as utility demand response through smart thermostats and retail MarketLift℠.

Monica boasts more than 20 years of experience in the utility industry, with expertise in the design, delivery, measurement, and evaluation of energy saving and demand-side management initiatives. Prior to WECC, she spent more than a decade at Canada’s SaskPower where she led the development of 100 megawatts of energy savings. She also played a key role in securing funding for a $230 million investment in utility customer service process improvement and technology updates.

Monica holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University in Alberta and a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. She prides herself on “raising two great kids” with her husband and, in her spare time, raises puppies for Occupaws, an organization that trains service dogs for visually impaired individuals.

Doug Bremicker
Doug Bremicker
Executive Vice President - Client Services

As Executive Vice President of Client Services, Doug ensures the quality of WECC’s service delivery while maintaining a superior level of satisfaction amongst our clients. In addition to providing leadership to our team of account managers and directors, Doug is instrumental in building relationships with other organizations throughout the energy industry to discover how WECC can exceed the expectations of past, present, and future partners. He is a results-driven self-starter with a stellar history of increasing sales and leading marketing teams to remarkable success. 

Since joining WECC, Doug has played a key role in retaining some of our largest clients and contracts in a very competitive market, expanded business to include programs in California and Connecticut, and has engaged a diverse set of clients and partners. 

Doug has more than 25 years of experience leading domestic and global sales and business development initiatives. Prior to joining WECC, he spent 20 years with Motorola in their Mobile Devices and Enterprise Mobility divisions—launching new technologies, exceeding sales and revenue goals, and reducing operating costs by improving operational efficiencies. He was also highly successful in executive-level positions at Weather Central, Jentro Technologies, and Spectrum Technologies.

Doug earned a Master of Business Administration (high honors, Hotchkiss Scholar) from Lake Forest Graduate School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. In his free time, Doug enjoys biking, running, swimming, boating, and spending time with family.