Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jack A. Blossman, Jr., Chairman

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Mr. Blossman has been a practicing attorney for 25 years, primarily focusing his practice on the utility regulatory field. He is Of Counsel at the New Orleans law firm of Milling Benson Woodward LLP, which he joined in 2017. Prior to his current role, Mr. Blossman worked as a solo practitioner and general consultant. He was a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission from 1996 to 2008, and served two terms as its Chairman from 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. Mr. Blossman has extensive previous board experience, having been served on the Board of Directors for Parish National Bank before it was acquired by Whitney Holding Corp. from 1993 until 2008. Mr. Blossman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Louisiana State University in 1987 and a J.D. from Southern University School of Law in 1991.

Scott Sewell, Director, President & CEO

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Mr. Sewell joined Charah Solutions in 2008 as Operations Manager and held the positions of Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations until 2013 when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Mr. Sewell was responsible for maintaining oversight of Charah operations, safety management, business development and utility relations. Mr. Sewell was appointed President and CEO in 2019. Prior to joining Charah, he worked for Bechtel Corporation from 2002 until 2007. Mr. Sewell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt and holds professional affiliations as a member of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the International Erosion Control Association.

Robert Flexon, Director

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Mr. Flexon most recently retired from his role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynegy Inc., a position he held since 2011. Prior to joining Dynegy, Mr. Flexon served in a number of executive leadership roles, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation and separate stints as NRG Energy Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He began his career with the former Coopers & Lybrand public accounting firm in 1980. Mr. Flexon also has deep boardroom experience, and has been an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Westmoreland Coal Company since May 2016, a Director of Dynegy Inc. since June 2011, and a Director of Capstone Turbine Corporation since April 2018. Mr. Flexon also previously served as a Director at Foster Wheeler AG from May 2006 to November 2009. Mr. Flexon is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University.

Mark Spender, Director

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Mr. Spender is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Bernhard Capital Partners (BCP). Since joining BCP in October 2015, Mr. Spender has led the firm’s investments in the environmental and utility services industries. Prior to his roles at BCP, Mr. Spender was a Managing Director in the Global Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Department at Credit Suisse, where he began his career in 2000. Mr. Spender held numerous roles in the Investment Banking Department at UBS from 2004 to 2011. During his more than 15 years in investment banking, Mr. Spender focused on a variety of industrial subsectors, including engineering and construction, building products and construction materials, and industrial distribution. Mr. Spender holds a B.B.A. in finance with highest distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Mignon Clyburn, Director

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Ms. Clyburn served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2009 to 2018, including as acting chair during the last five years of her tenure. While at the FCC, she was committed to closing the digital divide and championed the modernization of the agency’s Lifeline Program, which assists low-income consumers with voice and broadband service. In addition, Ms. Clyburn promoted diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, supported inclusion in STEM opportunities, and fought for an open internet. Previously, she served 11 years on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and worked for nearly 15 years as publisher of the Coastal Times, a Charleston weekly newspaper focused on the African American community. Ms. Clyburn holds a bachelor of science degree in banking, finance and economics from the University of South Carolina.

Timothy J. Poché , Director

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Mr. Poché is the Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer at Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP (BCP). He serves as a member of the Investment Committee and Portfolio Company Review Committee at BCP, a private equity management firm. Since joining BCP in 2013, he oversees all aspects of finance, compliance, and financial reporting. Prior to joining BCP, Mr. Poché served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for The Shaw Group. Along with this role, Mr. Poché served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the largest operating segment at Shaw, Shaw Power. Before his time with Shaw, Mr. Poché spent 22 years as a Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP. During his tenure at Deloitte, Mr. Poché served as Office Managing Partner and Professional Practice Director in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to that, he was a Lead Client Service Partner in Houston, Texas where he worked with multi‐national, Fortune 500 companies operating in the utility, services, and midstream sectors of the energy industry. Mr. Poché received his B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dennis Whalen, Director

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Mr. Whalen retired as Senior Partner with KPMG in 2020 with expertise in driving innovative growth, aligning risk with strategy, and developing dynamic talent. He served as the lead audit partner on key clients, including GE Healthcare, Pfizer, The Shaw Group, Halliburton, and Koch Industries. Mr. Whalen brings more than 35 years of global experience and an exceptional record of delivering results for his broad technical, operational, and business experience to serve as a trusted advisor to senior leaders and board members across the energy, construction, industrial manufacturing, and life sciences industries in both developed and emerging markets as well as shaping governance strategy to create long-term value and unlock the power of diversity. As the founder of KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, Mr. Whalen is nationally recognized as a thought leader in governance strategy, fostering best practices that support growth, managing risk, and exceeding investor and stakeholder expectations. Mr. Whalen is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), recently attained the distinction of Directorship Certified by successfully passing NACD’s new exam and has been consistently named as one of the most influential people in governance in America by NACD’s Directorship magazine.

Timothy Alan Simon, Director

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Mr. Simon, Commissioner Emeritus, was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2007 ending his term in December 2012. During his time as commissioner, Mr. Simon served on the Board of Directors of the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley Energy Collaborative (BERC) and the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Regional Taskforce. He also served as Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Gas Committee, Chair of the LNG Partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and NARUC, founding member of the Call to Action National Gas Pipeline Safety Taskforce with the U.S. DOT, member the NARUC Board of Directors, Critical Infrastructure and Consumer Affairs Committees, the Wireless Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the Utility Marketplace Access Subcommittee and member of the National Petroleum Council.

Prior to his CPUC appointment, Mr. Simon served as Appointments Secretary in the Office of the Governor, the first African American in California history to hold this post. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law and the University of California Hastings. Prior to public service, Mr. Simon was an in-house counsel and compliance officer with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Robertson Stephens.

In 2013, Mr. Simon created TAS STRATEGIES where he remains Principal today, serving as an attorney and consultant on utility, infrastructure, financial services, and broadband projects. He is a frequent public speaker, expert witness and panelist on energy, infrastructure, diversity, and inclusion.

In 2019, Mr. Simon was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California African American Chamber of Commerce and elected to the University of San Francisco (USF) Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Advisory Council and is a member of the National Bar Association, Energy Bar Association, The Saint Thomas More Society and the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). Mr. Simon received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco (Distinguished Alumni), and a Juris Doctor from the U.C. Hastings College of the Law. He is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Kenny Young, Director

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Mr. Young is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide, where he has served as Chief Executive Officer since November 2018 and Chairman since September 2020 with more than 30 years of operational, executive and director experience primarily within the energy, communications and finance industries, on a global basis. Mr. Young currently serves as President of B. Riley Financial, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer for B. Riley Principal Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of B. Riley Financial.

Before joining B. Riley, Mr. Young held executive leadership positions with Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC), which was the largest independent telecom construction and services company in the world and a recognized leader in providing network services. Initially serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas for LCC, Mr. Young was named President and CEO in 2008, serving in that position until he led the company’s sale in 2015. Under his leadership, LCC’s revenues grew more than 200 percent and the company expanded its geographical presence into more than 50 countries.

Prior to joining LCC, Mr. Young was Chief Marketing and Operations Officer with Liberty Media’s TruePosition and held various senior executive positions with multiple corporations, including Cingular Wireless, SBC Wireless, Southwestern Bell Telephone and AT&T as part of his 16-year tenure within the now-combined AT&T Corporation. Mr. Young has previously served on seven public company boards and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Sonim Technologies NASDAQ: (SONM). Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Graceland University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Illinois.