Chapter Leadership Bios

AABE Philadelphia Chapter’s mission is to provide energy professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and students a pathway to learn more about the energy industry through education, mentoring, community service and business networking. Membership consists of minority professionals within the states of Delaware and Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, member companies include (but not limited to) Dynamic Solutions, Exelon, Exelon Nuclear, NorthStar Consulting, PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works and Sunoco. 

Professionals in all energy and energy-related disciplines (oil, gas, electricity, nuclear, renewables, government, technology, energy services and water) are welcome to join and give our membership a broader knowledge about the industry when topics arise. College students at accredited institutions studying energy-related fields are also encouraged to participate in AABE. 

Sherri P. Pennington MBA, PMP, CL, CC
President of the Philadelphia Chapter of AABE
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Sherri P. Pennington is a Senior Project Manager in the Office of Technology at the City of Philadelphia.

Sherri is an energetic, tenacious Certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years of experience successfully managing multiple hosted/development projects and multicultural teams. Previously at the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), she served as liaison for Human Resources, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Gas Management, and Customer Affairs, facilitating all phases of the project from presenting the business case, monitoring/leading the request for proposal (RFP) through the selection process. She utilizes methodologies aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI) standards using Microsoft Project and Sharepoint tools.

Sherri also served as a Major Accounts Specialist who managed over 100 large commercial and industrial accounts, maintaining continual contact with customers and overseeing the workflow within numerous PGW departments to obtain gas services for large gas users from beginning (new construction/service enlargement) until generation of the first customer bill.

A natural leader, Sherri has successfully led many initiatives and teams including Chairperson for PGW's affinity group - Ignited Toward Success – doubling enrollment and presenting programs and speakers to assist and encourage individual personal and professional development for team members. While in this role she proposed and obtained the charter to establish the I.T.S. Blue Diamond Toastmaster International Club at PGW.

Sherri is a committed and enthused President of the Philadelphia Chapter of AABE and is an integral part of all fundraising initiatives including the FLOW Event.  Because of her fundraising activities a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in the name of Sherri P. Pennington.

She is a dedicated volunteer and contributor to the Philadelphia community at large.

As an entrepreneur, Sherri is a Managing Director at Ignite (Stream Energy), helping people save and make money through deregulation in the energy market.


MBA, Rosemont College
PMP, Project Management Institute
CL, Competent Leader, Toastmasters International
LSS, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt, StraighLine
Master Certificate in Applied Project Management, Villanova University
BS, Drexel University, Business/Computer Science


2016 - Vice President of Education of the I.T.S. Blue Diamond Toastmasters International Club
2014 - 1st VP, AABE Philadelphia Chapter
2014 - President, I.T.S. Blue Diamond Toastmasters International Club
2014 - Chair, Spring into Success clothing campaign at PGW
2014 - Congregational Care Giver, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
2013 - Chair, Ignited Towards Success affinity group at PGW
2013 - VP Public Relations, I.T.S. Blue Diamond Toastmasters International Club

Fabian P. Robinson
1st Vice President
Co-chair of the AABE Philadelphia STEM committee & the Mentorship program chair


Fabian P. Robinson is an Infrastructure Manager in the Information Technology Services Division of PJM Interconnection.

Mr. Robinson has been a member of AABE since 2008. Currently he is the co-chair of the AABE Philadelphia STEM committee and the Mentorship program chair.  As a long standing member he has served on multiple teams and committees to advance the mission of AABE.

Currently in his professional role he is leading PJM’s Business Intelligence strategy and the corporate initiative to leverage Big Data from Phasor Measurement Unit technology.

Previously, Mr. Robinson led the Statistical Analysis software team. This included application development and support for the Markets, Operations and Planning divisions in PJM, including applications such as Dispatch Operations Optimization, Congestion Analysis, Revenue Adequacy, etc. In addition, Mr. Robinson also led the team responsible for the Energy Management System User Interface applications and infrastructure.

Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Robinson was the business intelligence lead and data warehouse administrator for Cable and Wireless West Indies. He led the design and deployment of the companies first Enterprise Data Warehouse which spanned several countries including Jamaica, Cayman, Barbados and others. This initiative brought consolidation to the corporate reporting efforts and a single source of data and applications for the analytical needs.

Mr. Robinson earned a bachelor of science in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies and a master of science in Information Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Shari A Williams

Shari A. Williams has more than 20 years experience in communications, consumer outreach, engagement and education.  She serves as Information Specialist and is responsible for the PUC’s strategic external communications and public relations.

Williams is an expert in designing and executing high-level community and government outreach events. She travels statewide to conduct public events and provide critical support to PUC’s commissioners. Williams  serves as a spokesperson to carry out the Commission’s strategy to inform consumers about critical utility issues and promote the Commission’s regulatory role within the energy/utilities industry. This entails implementing a robust outreach campaign to educate consumers,  civic leaders, academia, key interest groups, and other industry stakeholders on the economic, environmental, and energy security benefits of all regulated utilities in Pennsylvania. 

She is currently working on several initiatives to enhance public knowledge of the utility industry and the PUC’s role within that industry, increase consumer protection awareness, and promote employment opportunities in state government and the utility fields.

Williams helps to develop educational materials and coordinates Commission review of those materials.  She responds to consumer inquiries and prepares Commission briefing materials, newsletter articles and press releases.

Williams is a longtime member of AABE Philadelphia Chapter and National and has held many roles.  She has  served as Vice President, BEAM Committee member, and is currently the  Chair for the Legislative & Policy Committee, the Membership Committee and is the interim 2ndVice President for the remainder of 2017.

In May 2014, Williams facilitated a partnership with the Marcellus Shale Coalition and AABE’s CEO, Paula Glover, to recruit African-American women to participate on a panel to address participants of the group’s PA Jobs PA Energy rally.  The rally was the largest of its kind and was attended by 5,000 people, including business leaders, legislators, stakeholders, civic leaders, unions, and consumers. 

Williams was also an integral part of AABE’s Energize Community Conversations and helped spearhead the Philadelphia Conversation. Williams worked on the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT) host committee a part of the CEO Council for Growth with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce during her 3 1/2 years at the Marcellus Shale Coalition and contributed to the Pipeline for Growth booklet, (Fueling the Economic Revitalization with the Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas), a strategy for regional energy hub prepared by the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team, and served on the Environmental Mitigation Analysis and Best Practice recommendations committee. Williams was also appointed by Governor Tom Wolf's transition team to serve on the Environmental Protection committee.

Williams is the founder of WomanUP! Philadelphia, an organization dedicated and determined to provide a voice for women who are often overlooked and we will recognize those who continue to make a positive impact in many of the forgotten neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding region. 

 She currently works on the Economic Committee with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, serves as an advisory member of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), and is a proud supporter of The iPraxisScience Program, Black Women’s Leadership Council, and  Million Women In Stem initiative, as well as other mentoring programs and initiatives in Pennsylvania.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University and has a host of professional development workshops and energy education trainings.  Williams is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in West Philadelphia with her husband, State Senator Anthony H. Williams, and their two adult daughters and one grandson.  In her spare time, Williams works as a PR consultant, fundraiser, mentor,  special events and  social party planner, unmanned drone pilot safety training facilitator, commercial/lifestyle print model, spokesperson, host, brand ambassador, and sales consultant under her own woman owned company Shari Williams Enterprises, LLC. 

Willa J. Hightower 
Co-Chair of the BEAM Committee

Willa J Hightower is the Manager of the  Utility Integration of  Exelon Utilities in support of the BGE Integration.

Boasting 15+ years of experience in finance and the utility industry, Willa Hightower is a proven leader across multiple lines of business.

Willa has supported the integration of BGE into the Exelon family of Utilities as part of the Utility Integration team. In this role, She was a significant contributor to the development of Exelon Utility’s Integration Playbook to be leveraged as part of future acquisitions.

Willa was the Manager of Revenue and Load Forecasting for PECO for 6 years. Prior to joining PECO, Ms. Hightower work in Finance for Exelon Generation/Power Team. She began her career as part of Georgia Power in Marketing and then with Mirant in Market Analytics.

With extensive expertise in business, Hightower is able to synthesize data and articulate the strategic implications, while also being knowledgeable and well-versed in forecasting and variance analysis. Her greatest strength is the ability to look at situational facts, quickly decide what should be done, and execute effectively and in a timely manner.

Willa makes an equally positive impact in her community as a Board member for various professional and non-profit organizations, including Family Services of Chester County, for which she is the Immediate President; and the Legacy of Love Foundation, Inc, for which she is the recently appointed Vice President, former President. She was recently elected to the Marian Anderson Awards Board. In each role, Willa has assisted in overall Board governance, organizational growth and strategic development, and ensuring financial responsibility.

Additionally, Willa is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, the National Black MBA Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Willa earned a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.

Willa was recognized as Legacy in the Making 2007 by Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as 80th Anniversary Celebration.


Jeanmarie Lee
Co-Chair of the BEAM Committee

Jeanmarie Lee is a Principal Analyst in the Energy Acquisition Department at PECO, an Exelon Company.

Jeanmarie is responsible for overseeing all aspects of multiple Energy Acquisition projects, and partners with business subject matter experts and Information Technology to manage the prioritization and execution of the projects.  She manages department business processes and systems, and identifies and implements improvements required for PECO to purchase power in the PJM marketplace and administer its electric and gas choice responsibilities.

Jeanmarie has served 29 years with Exelon and PECO holding various positions in Engineering, Project Management, New Business and Information Technology.

Jeanmarie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management both from Drexel University.  She was a member of the 27th class of the Exelon Supervisory Development Institute.  She is a recent graduate of the Urban League’s Urban Leadership Forum – Class of 2014.

Jeanmarie is the President of Exelon’s African American Resource Alliance (EAARA) in Philadelphia.  She is also a member of the Network of Exelon Women (NEW) and the Organization of Latinos at Exelon (¡OLE!).  She is an active member of the PECO Voices of Diversity and Inclusion team.  She is also an advisor for the PECO Explorers and a coach for the Philadelphia READS program.

Jeanmarie has been a member of AABE for 17 years and has been actively involved in supporting and/or planning the Black Energy Awareness Month (BEAM) activities for the last 6 years.



Risa Holland
Communications Chairperson

Risa Holland, a member of the PJM Knowledge Management Center, has nine years of experience at PJM.   She participates on a team which supports PJM’s stakeholder/member facing staff by providing knowledge, expertise and skills that facilitate member issue resolution.  The Knowledge Management Center is focused on implementing and leading initiatives that make it easier for PJM’s members to do business. Risa is the primary point of contact for communications for members and externally facing PJM staff to stay apprised of updates and changes in Markets, Settlements, Operations and Planning.

She has knowledge in PJM operations, new generation Interconnection Planning, Capacity and Energy Markets, Customer Account Management and is responsible for improving and developing a broad range of strategies, processes, and techniques to increase PJM member’s customer satisfaction.

She has an additional twelve years of utility distribution experience.  

Risa is a graduate of Temple University and Eastern University.





Shari A. Williams
Chairman of Membership

Shari Williams has held many role is the Community Outreach Manager for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, covering the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania region.

This entails implementing a robust outreach campaign to educate civic leaders, academia, key interest groups, and other industry stakeholders on the economic, environmental, and energy security benefits of clean-burning natural gas.

Williams’ many roles in the field of energy include staff lead for the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Natural Gas Use Committee; Regional Chair of the Coalition’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force and member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Philadelphia and National chapters, for more than 15 years.

Williams is immediate past Vice President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy’s Philadelphia chapter and now serves as the chair of the Philadelphia chapter’s Legislative Committee. She is a member of BEAM’s (Black Energy Awareness Month) event planning committee and workforce working group. 

Williams recently facilitated a partnership with the Marcellus Shale Coalition and AABE’s CEO, Paula Jackson, to recruit African-American women to participate on a panel that addressed rally participants at the group’s PA Jobs PA Energy rally held in May 2014. 

She is also an integral part of AABE’s Energize Community Conversations and helped spearhead the recent Philadelphia conversation, attended by operators, business leaders and workforce development groups and agencies. 

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is part of the host committee for the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT), a part of the CEO Council for Growth with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an alternate representing the MSC as she serves on its Workforce Committee.

Williams is working on several initiatives for Southeastern Pennsylvania, including efforts to help develop the next energy-sector workforce, and working on the Coalition’s Supply Chain Workgroup with the Department of General Services Pennsylvania. The workgroup will focus on legislation regarding inclusion for women and minorities, and will work to develop a stronger working relationship with the state and our industry operators. As part of her goal to educate and support women in energy, Williams includes women in key roles in panel discussions and energy-sector, educational events done through the MSC, AABE, and other organizations and partners.

Williams, brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous employer, The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), to her current role. 

She sharpened her public relations and communications skills over 17 years’ of work with the PUC in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, in the positions of Information Specialist, Community Outreach Specialist and Senior Communications Specialist.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University and has a host of professional development credits, workshops and energy education trainings. She is an expert in designing and executing high-level community and government outreach events, seminars, forums, workshops, conferences, summits, and tours.

Williams serves on the Board of Trustees for Special Olympics Philadelphia and serves on the board of the Marian Anderson Awards, one of the premier cultural and entertainment events in Philadelphia, which acknowledges the legendary opera singer and one current-day humanitarian. 

A key committee member of Woman for Change and a member of Women in Energy, Williams also serves as a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Philadelphia Chapter, participating on its economic and legislative committee.

Williams spends her personal time working with various organizations to raise money for projects that help to sustain lives. She mentors young women in energy and shares her experience and resources with people that she can help.

She is also a proud member of the Haute Wives, a group of dedicated women supporting their husbands, families and their communities by giving back to the next generation of young married women by encouraging them to work hard in the communities they live in, and to promote marriage and family in a positive manner. 

Williams is married and has two grown daughters and a grandson.


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