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From the November 4, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 4, 2013

Front row, from left: Richard Hutchison (10 years), Hugh Grunden (30 years), Nancy Stuart (40 years), Michele Bradley, (10 years), Tom Murphy (20 years) and Vicki Petro (20 years). Back row, from left: Denny Clough (40 years), William Russell (30 years), Mark Cecil (20 years), Geoffrey Oxnam (10 years), Keith Gullion (10 years) and Robby Elben (10 years). Not pictured: Leah Copper and Barry Sabo (10 years). Photo courtesy of Easton Utilities

Easton Utilities celebrated 10-,20-, 30- and 40-year employment anniversary milestones for 14 of its staff members:

  • Denny Clough, superintendent of electrical maintenance, and Nancy Stuart, administrative support, reached their 40-year anniversaries during the past year with the utility;
  • Hugh Grunden, president and CEO, and William Russell, cable and communications department manager, reached their 30-year anniversaries;
  • Vicki Petro, director of human resources, Tom Murphy, journeyman lineman, and Mark Cecil, tree trimmer, reached their 20-year anniversaries;
  • Geoffrey Oxnam, vice president of operations, Richard Hutchison, diesel mechanic, Keith Gullion, installer technician, Robby Elben, Internet tech support, Michele Bradley, accounts payable clerk, Leah Copper, credit and billing assistant and Barry Sabo, Internet tech support, reached their 10-year anniversaries.

James B. Robb, senior vice president of strategic planning and environmental affairs with Northeast Utilities in Hartford, Conn., has been appointed CEO-designate of the Western Electricity Coordination Council in Salt Lake City, Utah, effective Nov. 4. Robb is assuming the position from Mark Maher, who is retiring Dec. 31. Prior to joining Northeast Utilities, Robb was senior vice president of performance management and later senior vice president of retail marketing at Reliant Energy in Houston, Texas.

Michael N. Bundy, chief operating officer of the BVU Authority in Bristol, Va., has been promoted to interim chief executive officer, following the resignation of the former president and CEO, Wes Rosenbalm.

The Key West, Fla., utility board on Oct. 30 approved a resolution honoring Chairman Lou Hernandez (center) for his 16 years of service to Keys Energy Services. Photo courtesy of Keys Energy Services

Lou Hernandez, chairman of the utility board of the city of Key West, Fla., retired. He had been a member of the board since 1997 and chairman since 2007. He is the former executive director of Helpline, a 24-hour social service referral nonprofit agency in Key West. An election to fill his seat will take place in November.

In memoriam ... Rosemary M. Skrupa, 83, died at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Oct. 23 after a long illness, her family said. She served on the board of the Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska as its first elected female member and president, beginning in 1974. She was also the first woman elected to APPA’s board of directors, and was on the board from 1977 to 1980. Skrupa graduated from the now-closed Duchesne College and the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha. She began her law career as deputy county attorney for Hall County in her hometown of Grand Island, Neb., before being named acting judge on the Omaha Municipal Court in 1979. She served on the University of Nebraska’s board of regents from 1988 to 2000. She also owned and operated a credit counseling company, Credit Advisors, with her husband of 55 years, Frank C. Skrupa. She is survived by her husband, their sons Frank and Carlo Skrupa; a daughter Eleanor Hohman; and four grandchildren. An obituary in the Omaha World-Herald can be read online.



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