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Our Consultants

R. John Miner, P.E.

John Miner is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 40 years of experience in the utility industry.  He is President and owner of Collaboration Unlimited/Collaborative Learning, Inc. and has been providing services to clients in the electric, water and wastewater utility industries for the past 20 years. John’s experience includes appointment as an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Houston’s College of Technology.  He also served for more than 10 years in the accreditation of engineering technology programs, including service on the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) and as Chair of the IEEE national Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities.

John has conducted educational programs for utility organizations throughout the U.S. and overseas.  His management seminars and short courses have covered such topics as utility industry issues and trends, governance and executive management leadership, strategic and business planning, organizational structure and culture, performance management and benchmarking.  His technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations and maintenance.

John received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with honors and master’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo.  He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa NU honorary engineering societies, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.  John is a Senior Member in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Elizabeth L. (Betsy) Aylin

Dr. Betsy Aylin has extensive educational and training background with a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has taught at all levels from preschool to graduate level courses including many international management courses. 

Betsy has worked as an internal organization development (OD) consultant for a one of the nation’s largest municipal electric utilities and as an external OD consultant for a nationally recognized utility consulting firm. She has designed and managed multi-week programs for international utility directors brought to the U.S., and has provided management, leadership, and organizational development training for utility and energy executives and directors world-wide.  She has taught courses in leadership, management, and team development as well as in meeting facilitation, project management, and instructional design.  Her background in human resources, organization development, and creative methods are integral to her training and workshops.  In addition, Betsy has served as adjunct faculty for graduate-level programs at the University of Texas at Austin and at St. Edward’s University, Austin.

Ronald L. Bond, P.E.

Ron Bond is an accomplished manager, professional engineer, consultant, and educator with over 30 years of experience in state, federal and local governments, public water utilities and in the private sector.   His technical, managerial, and business background has been augmented with graduate studies in organizational development and real-world experience in management consulting.
As a former Naval Officer and CEO, he has extensive knowledge and experience in using and teaching leadership and management principles. In addition to a degree in civil engineering, he holds a masters degree in inter-disciplinary studies.

Ron’s education and training work with utility and related organizations has included knowledge/skill assessments, education and training specifications, curriculum design, and program development on a wide range of management, engineering/technical, and operations topics.  Representative courses that Ron has conducted include: Managerial Grid seminars, facilitation skills, total quality management techniques and tools, construction contract administration, construction inspection, and creative thinking.

Morris J. Mach

Morris Mach is an experienced practitioner and supervisor of electric power transmission and distribution construction, operation and maintenance. He has nearly 30 years of experience with high voltage transmission systems, substations, overhead and underground distribution systems, having worked as a line worker, supervisor, and general foreman. Mr. Mach also has extensive experience as a safety and health management professional conducting hazard assessments, compliance reviews and training for electric utilities and electrical contractors throughout the U.S.

Morris has designed and delivered a wide range of management and safety instruction programs for the electric utility industry including nationally-marketed and copyrighted video-based training materials.  He is a former Regional Training Director for one of the largest electric utility power line contractors in the U.S.  As part of his duties, he oversaw the skills and safety instruction for over fifteen hundred electrical power linemen who participated in the company Supervisory Skills Program and Department of Labor Apprenticeship.

Michael G. Renquist

Mike Renquist brings 25 years experience as a change agent and trainer to Collaboration Unlimited. He has a wealth of learning and organizational development skills including a unique mastery in understanding human behaviors. Programs that he has designed and implemented throughout the country include strategic planning, process re-engineering, managerial and leadership development, integration strategies, performance assessment, project management, curriculum development, coaching and programs on transitional management. Mike has served as a consultant to management in the human resource arena including position profiles, recruitment, outplacement, policy and procedure manuals, exit interviews, job descriptions, training and development programs, discipline and termination issues, team-approached problem solving, quality circles, and union-management strategies. 
Mike’s clients have included Pennzoil, Chrom-Alloy, Gulf-Chevron, He has trained in Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, TXU and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas For eleven years, he was adjunct faculty for Southern Methodist University’s Business Leadership Center of the Cox Business School working with MBAs in communication arts (presentation, writing, speaking, listening, and providing feedback).

Gary Rasp

For more than 20 years, Gary Rasp has provided high-level communications counsel and services to a variety of private corporations, not-for-profit organizations and public entities.  His experience as a journalist, political press secretary, direct mail consultant, market researcher and media liaison provides him with a unique perspective on media relations, public affairs and crisis communications.  Gary’s utility clients have included the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO), the Texas Public Utilities Commission, the Texas Municipal League, the Association of Electric Utilities of Texas, an investor-owned electric utility based in Connecticut, and a California-based company that manages large-scale energy efficiency programs for utilities and municipalities.

Mark D. Swan, P.E.

Mark Swan is an independent consultant and educator in the electric utility industry.  Before becoming a consultant, Mark was employed by the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) for more than 30 years, most recently as General Manager of Operations in the Customer Operations Division.  In that position, Mark was responsible for all major operational elements at CSU including Water Treatment Services (all Water & Waste Water treatment plants), Power Production, Field Operations, and Control Centers. 

Mark has been a technical course instructor for the American Public Power Association (APPA) since 1988 and currently instructs APPA’s Underground Distribution Course.  Mark has been a course instructor in electric utility management, engineering and operations topics for Collaborative Learning since 2003, and a course instructor in electric utility distribution topics for the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 2006.