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American Public Power Association Names 2021-2022 Officers

Colin Hansen of Kansas Municipal Utilities Installed as Chair

Orlando, Florida, June 23, 2021 – Colin Hansen, executive director of Kansas Municipal Utilities in McPherson, Kansas, was installed as chair of the American Public Power Association Board of Directors during APPA’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Anthony Cannon, general manager and CEO of Greenville Utilities Commission in Greenville, North Carolina, is chair-elect for 2021-2022. David Osburn, general manager of Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority in Edmond, Oklahoma, is vice chair. Jolene Thompson, president and CEO of American Municipal Power, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, is immediate past chair. Layne Burningham, president and CEO of Utah Municipal Power Agency in Spanish Fork, Utah, is treasurer.  

Hansen chose five members of the board to serve with the officers on the APPA Executive Committee. They are: John Haarlow, CEO and general manager of Snohomish County PUD in Everett, Washington; Nicholas Lawler, general manager of Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments in Littleton, Massachusetts; Russell Olson, CEO of Heartland Consumers Power District in Madison, South Dakota; Michael Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; and Kimberly Schlichting, chief operating officer and senior vice president of power supply of Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, Inc. in Smyrna, Delaware.  

Newly elected to the APPA board this year are: Tony Pochard, electric utility director of Anderson Municipal Light and Power in Anderson, Indiana; Paul Mahlberg, general manager of Kansas Municipal Energy Agency in Overland Park, Kansas; David Geschwind, executive director and CEO of Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency in Rochester, Minnesota; James Fuller, president and CEO of MEAG Power in Atlanta, Georgia; Paul Lau, CEO and general manager of SMUD in Sacramento, California; Jonathan Hand, executive director of Electric Cities of Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama; and David Carroll, general manager of Paducah Power System in Paducah, Kentucky. 

Five board members were re-elected to new three-year terms: Laurie Mangum, energy services director of City of St. George in St. George, Utah; Edward Krieger, power system director of Piqua Power System in Piqua, Ohio; Darrel Wenzel, CEO and general manager of Waverly Utilities in Waverly, Iowa; David Osburn, general manager of Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority in Edmond, Oklahoma; and Daniel Beans, electric utility director of Redding Electric Utility in Redding, California. 

APPA board members are chosen to represent 10 regions across the country.