New Officers Are Welcomed to MEA’s Board

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Timothy J. Burke of Omaha Public Power District has been confirmed as the new chair of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Board of Directors. Stephen L. Pella of Black Hills Energy is the new first vice chair. Dennis M. Klumb, Jr of KS Energy Services joins the executive committee as treasurer. MEA thanks Anthony R. McCain of Nicor Gas for his past service as chair and welcome him to the position of past chair.

Timothy J. Burke of Omaha Public Power District has been confirmed as the new chair of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Board of Directors. Stephen L. Pella of Black Hills Energy is the new first vice chair. Dennis M. Klumb, Jr of KS Energy Services joins the executive committee as treasurer. MEA thanks Anthony R. McCain of Nicor Gas for his past service as chair and welcome him to the position of past chair.

“I am honored to serve as the Chair for the coming year. For 105 years our association has served the energy distribution industry, by creating unique programs, such as Energetic Women, and products, EnergyU and ElectricU, which help the membership deliver electricity and natural gas to American homes and business, efficiently, safely, and less expensively,” says Timothy J. Burke. “My role as Chair is to ensure a new clear and focused vision for MEA as it matures from a Midwest association to a national association, a vision which will include the continued commitment, participation and focus of the Board and members as we prepare the association for the changes our industry will undergo in the future. Our efforts will be to retain the core services that make MEA a successful association, while challenging the members to bring innovation and efficiency to our energy distribution systems”

2010-2011 Officers:
MEA Chair – Timothy J. Burke, Vice President, Employee and Customer Relations, Omaha Public Power District
MEA First Vice Chair – Stephen L. Pella, Vice President, Natural Gas Utilities, Black Hills Energy
MEA Treasurer – Dennis M. Klumb, Jr., President and CEO, KS Energy Services, Inc.
MEA Past Chair – Anthony R. McCain, Vice President, Field Operations, Nicor Gas

New Directors:
Thomas W. (Tom) Coleman III, Regional Sales Manager, Elster Perfection
James M. Conway, Director of System Operations, ComEd, an Exelon Company
Bradley O. Dixon, President, Kansas Gas Service, a Division of ONEOK, Inc.
Vincent G. Dow, Vice President, Distribution Operations, DTE Energy
Annette Gardiner, President, New Mexico Gas Company
William L. Kaphing, Jr. Vice President, Control Center, Xcel Energy
Eric (Rick) J. Schach, Vice President, Energy Delivery, Vectren Corporation
Jay Skabo, Vice President, Operations, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
Michelle K. Trapp, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, Michels Corporation
Robert C. Whitefoot, Director, Gas Asset Management, We Energies

MEA serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to American homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a training association over 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide now benefit from MEA’s industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry. Our not-for-profit fee structure delivers to members and subscribers the best possible training at the lowest possible cost in the areas of natural gas, liquids, OSHA, electric, and leadership training.

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