New Officers Are Welcomed to MEA’s Board

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Timothy A. Dehring, senior vice president of transmission and engineering for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) - a NiSource Company - has been elected as the new chair of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Board of Directors.

Timothy A. Dehring, senior vice president of transmission and engineering for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) - a NiSource Company - has been elected as the new chair of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Board of Directors. Dehring is responsible for NIPSCO's electric transmission business, as well as gas and electric engineering for the Merrillville, Ind. based company's transmission and distribution functions.

“I am honored to lead the association and I look forward to working closely with the board and membership to better serve our industry," said Dehring. "MEA focuses on providing education, training and information resources from successful business practices for the benefit of the entire energy delivery industry."

The Board has identified the areas of employee safety, leadership development, workforce development through community college partnerships, regulatory compliance, and streamlining the exchange of operating information and knowledge among regionally located member companies as strategic opportunities to invest resources for increased member value. These five areas align with many of challenges energy delivery companies face and are connected with the mission of MEA to be partners in operational excellence.

2012-2013 Officers:
MEA Chair – Timothy A. Dehring, Senior Vice President, Transmission & Engineering, NIPSCO, a NiSource Company
MEA First Vice Chair – Rick W. Legleitner, Manager, Employee Development & Skilling, Consumers Energy
MEA Second Vice Chair – John M. Yogerst, Assistant Vice President, Gas Operations, Madison Gas & Electric Company
MEA Treasurer – Dennis M. Klumb, Jr., President and CEO, KS Energy Services, LLC
MEA Secretary – Patrick Van Beek, President, MEA
MEA Past Chair – Stephen L. Pella, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Black Hills Corporation
MEA Executive Committee Delegate – Stephen R. Colyer, Director, Gas Operations and Services, Ameren Illinois Company
MEA Executive Committee Delegate – Vincent G. Dow, Vice President, Distribution Operations, DTE Energy

2012-2013 MEA Board of Directors:
Barry (Joe) J. Bentley, Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Thomas (Tom) W. Coleman, III, Elster Perfection
James M. Conway, ComEd, an Exelon Company
Bradley O. Dixon, Kansas Gas Service, a division of ONEOK, Inc.
Mohamad (Mo) I. Doghman, Omaha Public Power District
Janet R. Fox, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York
Annette Gardiner, P.E., New Mexico Gas Company
Gary L. Gibson, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri
William P. Herdegen, III, Kansas City Power & Light
William L. Kaphing, Jr., Xcel Energy
J. Scott Kleppe, Sensit Technologies
Luke A. Litteken, CenterPoint Energy
Anthony R. McCain, Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company
Thomas S. Menken, GE Energy/Dresser Inc.
Vernon J. Peterson, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Eric (Rick) J. Schach, Vectren Corporation
Bobbi L. Schroeppel, NorthWestern Energy
Jay W. Skabo, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
Michelle K. Trapp, Michels Corporation
Robert C. Whitefoot, We Energies
Michael W. Winterfeld, SourceGasLLC
Thomas C. Ziegenfuss, EN Engineering

About MEA:
MEA serves the people that delivery electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, utility companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities.

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