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Officers Named For APPA’s Business And Financial section, Committees

New officers for the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) business and financial section and planning committees were named at the closing session of APPA’s 2021 Business & Financial Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Mel Palmer, Manager, Human Resources, Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska will chair APPA’s Business & Financial Section in 2021-2022. Andrew Fusco, Vice President, Member Services and Corporate Planning, ElectriCities of North Carolina is vice chair.

Joe Daggett, Director of Risk Management, WPPI Energy, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin will chair the Accounting & Finance Planning Committee; Laura Gutteridge Años, Manager, Financial Accounting & Reporting, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida will serve as vice chair.

Andrea Simmons, Manager of HR & Administration, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, Edmond, Oklahoma will chair the Human Resources Planning Committee and Patricia (Trish) Waugh, Business and Customer Care Manager, Stowe Electric Department, Vermont will serve as vice chair.

Julius Aubain, Chief Information Officer, Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands will chair the Information Technology Planning Committee and Robin Britton, Chief Technology and Security Officer, New Braunfels Utilities, Texas will serve as vice chair. Tony Georgis, Managing Director, Energy Practices, NewGen Strategies & Solutions will serve as an advisory officer.

Carl Baker, Senior Electric Utility Analyst, Lakeland Electric, Florida will chair the Rates & Pricing Planning Committee; Chau Nguyen, Director of Analytical Services, Electric Cities of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia will serve as vice chair.

Toni Hoang, Enterprise Risk Manager, SMUD, Sacramento, California will chair the Risk Management & Insurance Committee; Heath Silvey, Director - Risk Management, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri will serve as vice chair.

APPA has been assessing the conference planning committees as part of a larger effort to assess how APPA can better serve its members. APPA will be adjusting some of the conference planning committees to better reflect current issues and to provide more robust programs to its members.

APPA will be combining the Customer Accounting & Services Planning Committee, which is currently part of the Business & Financial section, with the Customer Service Planning Committee, which is part of the Customer Connections section. Next year, the combined Customer Service Planning Committee will meet at the Customer Connections Conference.

For more information on the business and financial sections and committees, contact [email protected].