Piper Wilder

Piper Foster Wilder came to Alaska with a background in renewable energy. She served most recently as Deputy Director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. Prior to moving to Alaska, Piper was Vice President of Amatis Controls, an Internet of Things manufacturing start-up based in Aspen, Colorado. There, she also served as Board Chair of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. She is a German Chancellor fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Foster Wilder is past Executive Director of the Aspen-based Sopris Foundation. She is proud to call Alaska her home.


Whitney Gantt
Strategic Advisor

Whitney Gantt has a decade of experience specializing in the use of mobile technology for economic development. She’s spent extensive time innovating and executing digital initiatives for remote agents in isolated, off-grid communities in 12 countries in East and West Africa, Latin America, and SE Asia. Whitney worked as Global Director, Agriculture at Grameen Foundation and as a Technical Advisor with the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development; Beyonic, a digital payments company; and aWhere, a geospatial company.  Whitney’s prior experience also includes non-profit and public sector positions in natural resource management, civic engagement, and workforce development.


Tonya James
VP of Business Development

Tonya is a Calista Shareholder with ancestral roots tied to Alakanuk. Tonya also represents the 17th generation to serve in the United States military, is the first female in her family to serve, and is a combat veteran. For the last 5 years Tonya has focused her efforts on reducing the cost of energy crippling those that live in rural Alaska. Through her efforts she’s developed a wealth of experience and networking within the renewable energy market space, particularly with emerging storage strategies and technologies. Her passion lies in serving Alaska Native peoples and supporting their energy sovereignty. Tonya believes that rural economies are poised to grow once there is affordable energy and access to trade.


Laura Wilcox
Technical Project Manager

Laura Wilcox has spent a 10-year career in the maritime industries, serving as Chief Engineer aboard various merchant vessels.  Her experience in operating shipboard powerplants translates well to the challenges faced by remote, islanded power generation in rural Alaska.  Laura's specialties include diesel engine and auxiliary machinery operation, preventative maintenance, and repair.  Her insight, along with a deep understanding of rural Alaska's unique challenges, is informing the design of 60Hertz's Power Plant Management App.  In addition to holding a Merchant Mariner's credential as Chief Engineer, Unlimited; Laura has earned both a BS and MS in Engineering.


Jesse Eschenroeder
Technical Product Manager

Jesse Eschenroeder brings 10 years of application development and management for digital teams ranging from startups in the Bay Area to the Seattle-based retailer, Recreational Equipment, Inc. His knowledge and experience in the technology industry, paired with a focus on user-centered design is leading the continued development of 60Hertz's Power Plant Management App. Specifically, Jesse is focused on extending the software architecture to meet the growing modes of power production in rural Alaska.