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Leadership Team

Darren Springer

Darren Springer was appointed and confirmed as General Manager in October 2018. Formerly, Darren served as Burlington Electric’s Chief Operating Officer and led the Center for Innovation team which includes the Policy & Planning, Finance, Information Technology and Energy Services divisions.

Prior to joining BED, Darren served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Peter Shumlin. Before working in the Governor’s Office, Darren was appointed as Deputy Commissioner at the Vermont Public Service Department, leading the advancement of the 2014 net metering law and 2015 renewable energy standard.

Previously, Darren worked for 4 years in the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S.. Senator Bernard Sanders as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Environment, and later as Chief Counsel. He has also worked for the National Governors Association as Program Director for Energy and Transportation. Darren has a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and earned a J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. While at Vermont Law School, he was selected as Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review, and clerked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a member of the Vermont Bar, Virginia Bar, and Florida Bar. Darren has also served as a Policy Fellow on Climate Change and Renewable Energy at the University of Vermont Center for Research on Vermont, and in that capacity published a law journal article on the future of utility regulation in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Munir Kasti

Munir Kasti, P.E., serves as Chief Operating Officer and leads the Center for Safety and Reliability as Manager of Utility Services and Engineering. Munir is responsible for the overall strategic management and leadership of BED’s engineering, operations, grid services, and generating facilities areas. His responsibilities include supervision of transmission and distribution planning, preparation of the distribution system for energy industry changes, and coordination of all functions to ensure the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and reliability of our system.  Munir plays a key labor relations role in regularly working with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 300 leadership, including his recent service that helped lead to a new, four-year union contract, effective July 1, 2018. Munir joined the BED team in 1993 and has held supervisory and managerial positions within BED’s engineering, grid services, and resource planning areas. Prior to BED, Munir worked at Commonwealth Electric Company in transmission and distribution systems planning.

Munir serves on the City of Burlington Retirement Board and on the University of Vermont’s Board of Advisors for the School of Engineering. Munir earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont.

Mike Flora

Mike Flora, CUSP, serves as Director of Safety and Environmental. Mike is responsible for and ensures compliance with safety and health regulations at the local, state, and federal levels.

Prior to joining BED in 2012, Mike worked for eight years at Burlington Telecom as Division Manager of Engineering and Construction. Prior to his work for the City, Mike worked as Director of Operations for Primelink, an Internet and telephone start-up company in upstate New York, and as an Operations Manager for Bell Atlantic.

He is a member of the National Utility Safety and Operational Leadership Network. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Siena College and is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP).

Mike Kanarick

Mike Kanarick leads the Center for Customer Care and serves as Manager of Customer Care and Communications.  Mike is responsible for the customer service, call center, education, marketing, community relations, communications, and government affairs areas of BED.

Prior to joining BED in July 2015, Mike enjoyed 20+ years of work as a public servant in both city and state government, as a nonprofit executive director, as a political campaign staffer, and as a federal prosecutor. Immediately before BED, Mike served for more than three years as Chief of Staff to Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, helping the mayor lead the 650-person City team by serving as the direct liaison to the City's 18 department directors and working as communications director for the Mayor's Office and the City. Prior to his work with the City, Mike worked as president of Jvillage, a Burlington-based technology start-up that designs and builds websites for synagogues and other Jewish nonprofits to help them better engage their members. Mike also worked as an executive director at synagogues in Birmingham, Alabama and Burlington, Vermont.

Further, he worked on political campaigns in Vermont, in his home state of New Jersey, and in Alabama, where he also served as press secretary to the governor of Alabama. He serves on the Board of Directors of RunVermont.  Mike graduated from Dartmouth College and Fordham Law School.

Paul Alexander

Paul G. Alexander, CPCU, ARM-PE serves as Manager of Safety & Risk Management in the Center for Safety at the Burlington Electric Department (B.E.D.).  In this role, he oversees the areas of Risk Management, Safety, Environmental, General Services and Purchasing & Inventory.  Additionally, he acts as the Primary Compliance Contact (PCC) for the FERC/NERC/NPCC Reliability standards.  Prior to joining B.E.D., he worked in the Actuarial Areas at Vermont Mutual and at the Aetna Life & Casualty (in Hartford, CT).  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from UVM and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Statistics also from UVM.  Since joining B.E.D., he has earned the professional designations of CPCU as well as the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P), the Associate in Risk Management for Enterprise Risk Management (ARM-E) and OSHA’s Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals for General Industry.  Paul is a Deputy Member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) as well as the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) and has served as President of the Vermont CPCU Society.

Destenie Vital

Destenie Vital, serves as BED's Director of Marketing and Workforce Vitality. Destenie is responsible for ensuring BED's programs, products, and services are meeting customers' needs and expectations, with a focus on traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups in Burlington, as well as managing all social media accounts. She is also responsible for BED's workforce vitality efforts by designing employee training that will help elevate BED to become a utility of the future.

In 2017, under her guidance, Burlington Electric received an Award of Merit from the American Public Power Association in the category of Social Media and Web, and in 2018, BED made the international shortlist in the category of Best Green Brand  for the Charge Awards in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Prior to joining BED in 2015, Destenie worked as a Communications Manager for the Community Health Centers of Burlington managing strategic marketing, advertising, and communication plans that focused on inclusion and diversity. Additionally, Destenie served as a Community Executive for Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society of Norwalk, CT, implementing strategic volunteer recruitment and direct marketing plans throughout Fairfield County for programs such as Road to Recovery and Look Good Feel Better.

A native of Louisiana, she has served as an Outreach Coordinator for LaCHIP (Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program), managing regional rebranding efforts in seven parishes. Destenie, a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, also has a MS and a Certification in Strategic Communications from Purdue University, and she has been recently accepted into the 2019 IE Brown Executive MBA cohort, a joint degree program forged between the IE Business School of Madrid, Spain and Brown University.