Bobbi L. Schroeppel of NorthWestern Energy is Named Chair of the 2018 MEA Board of Directors

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MEA presents the 2018-2019 slate of Board of Directors and Bobbi L. Schroeppel of NorthWestern Energy is named chair.

Bobbi Schroeppel

Bobbi Schroeppel

MEA Energy Association (MEA) announces the appointment of Bobbi L. Schroeppel as chair and welcomes the full slate of officers and directors for the 2018 MEA Board of Directors.

Bobbi is the vice president of customer care, communications, and human resources of NorthWestern Energy. Bobbi’s responsibilities include strategic and day-to-day leadership of NorthWestern’s customer facing, corporate communication, and human resources processes; including customer interaction, revenue collection, customer education, customer programs and services, market research, customer care systems and infrastructure, branding and advertising, media relations and the human resource generalists processes. Since joining NorthWestern in May of 1998, Bobbi has also held positions in market research, support services and strategy.

“MEA's contributions to the energy industry are immeasurable and I am proud to serve as chair,” said Bobbi L. Schroeppel. “I have great respect for my fellow board members and the over 300 individuals who serve on MEA committees and look forward to working with them and the MEA team to empower the energy industry through education and leadership development."

The slate of board members for 2018-2019 follows.

Chair, Bobbi L. Schroeppel, vice president of customer care, communications, and human resources of NorthWestern Energy
1st Chair , Barry J. Bentley, senior vice president, customer operations of Indianapolis Power & Light
2nd Vice Chair , Vernon J. Peterson, vice president, electric distribution asset management of WEC Energy Group
Treasurer, Tom J. Henkels, chief operating officer of PLH Group, Inc.
Secretary , Patrick D. Van Beek, president of MEA Energy Association
Past Chair, Gary L. Gibson, associate general manager, economic development of City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri
Executive Committee Delegate, Charles C. Crews, vice president gas operations of Consumers Energy
Executive Committee Delegate, Jon K. Luttrell    , senior vice president, utility ops and president VUHI of Vectren

Joe Awad, general manager construction and maintenance of Colorado Springs Utilities
Tamara A. Bewley, market manager, natural gas and PVF of Border States
W. Noble Billingsley, ll, director, gas operations, GRMI of DTE Energy
James M. Conway, vice president field operations of ComEd, an Exelon Company
Patrick C. Darras, vice president of operations of Montana-Dakota Utilities Company
James W. Dougherty, vice president, electric delivery of MidAmerican Energy Company
Benjamin F. Felton, vice president power delivery of NiSource
Dean A. Headlee, manager, pipeline safety and compliance of CenterPoint Energy
Steven A. Karolewski, vice president of operations of GROEBNER
Jamie Kiely, senior director, operations of Kansas City Power & Light
Eric Kozak, senior director, gas operations of Ameren Illinois
Scott Kranstuber, vice president, sales and marketing of SENSIT Technologies
Kevin P. Joyce, director, gas emergency response of Xcel Energy
James Lorenz, director-electric construction and operations of Madison Gas and Electric
Anthony R. McCain, vice president resource management of Nicor Gas, Southern Gas Company
James J. Miller, director, business development of 3 Phase/MasTec
Joe Purington, vice president of electric operations (NH) of Eversource
Ivan Vancas, group vice president natural gas utilities of Black Hills Corporation
Mark Van Dyne, vice president environmental services of Burns & McDonnell
John C. Webster, director natural gas division of Hutchinson Utilities Commission

MEA thanks all outgoing board members for their service. For more information about MEA visit

About MEA:
MEA Energy Association (MEA) serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, energy delivery companies and their contractors 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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