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Julie Sloat to Become CEO on Jan. 1, 2023

Leadership Summit March 2021
Sloat will be the 11th president and 7th CEO of AEP.

AEP’s Board of Directors has appointed Julie Sloat as president and chief financial officer, effective immediately. She has also been elected chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2023. Sloat is AEP’s 11th president and will become the seventh CEO in the company’s 116-year history. She is currently executive vice president and CFO, a position she has held since Jan. 1, 2021.

Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer, is stepping down as president as part of AEP’s executive succession plan and will end his term as CEO Dec. 31. He will become executive chair of the AEP Board and will remain an officer and employee of the company. He has been president and CEO since 2011 and chairman since 2014.

“Julie is an exceptional leader who has successfully led key strategic areas for the company,” Akins said. “Her financial expertise and positive relationship with investors have been essential for the execution of our long-term strategy, enabling us to deliver strong earnings quarter after quarter while continuing to raise guidance and provide consistent dividend growth. Her deep understanding of our business and industry, including her experience leading AEP Ohio and our regulatory team, will be critical as we continue to invest in new energy resources and grid enhancements that improve service and reliability, support a clean energy future and provide value to our customers, communities and investors.

“Julie’s engaging leadership style also will continue to enhance AEP’s culture. She is committed to the success of our employees, customers and the communities we serve and is passionate about fostering positive, mutually beneficial relationships inside and outside the company,” Akins said.

“Nick has transformed AEP during the 11 years that he has led the company. His focus on innovation, technology, and modernization of the grid and AEP’s generation fleet is enabling clean, reliable and resilient energy to fuel growth in the communities that AEP serves. He also has built an open, collaborative culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, lead director of AEP’s Board.

“AEP is fortunate that Nick has focused on developing a group of strong and capable leaders to ensure the company’s continued success. Julie has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills at every stage of her career, and we are confident in her ability to lead this team. During her time as CFO, she has improved the financial performance of the company, and she also enhanced the performance and culture of AEP Ohio during the transition to competitive markets. The Board is confident that she is the right person to lead AEP during this dynamic time for the industry and the company,” Tucker said.

There will be no immediate changes to reporting structure. Sloat will continue reporting to Akins and a new CFO will be named before Jan. 1.

“This is a time of tremendous change and opportunity for our company as we invest in new energy technologies and infrastructure to provide clean and reliable energy for our 5.5 million customers,” Sloat said. “It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead this amazing team of nearly 17,000 employees. I’ve seen first-hand your commitment to innovation, to supporting the communities we serve and to ensuring that our customers can count on us every day to power their lives and businesses. It’s an exciting time to be in this industry and to build on the 116-year legacy of AEP.”

Sloat has been executive vice president – chief financial officer since Jan. 1, 2021.  She previously served as senior vice president, Treasury and Risk, and president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio.

Sloat has held several additional key leadership positions since joining the company in 1999, including senior vice president and treasurer; vice president, Regulatory Case Management; vice president, Treasurer and Investor Relations; and vice president, Investor Relations, Strategic Initiatives and Economic Forecasting.

In addition to her AEP career, Sloat was vice president of Corporate Finance and Investor relations at Tween Brands, a bank debt underwriter and buy side equity analyst at Bank One (JP Morgan). She also worked for M&T Mortgage, a subsidiary of M&T Bank Corp.

Sloat has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the Ohio State University. She completed the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sloat serves on the board of directors for Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. and as the chair of the board of directors for the James Cancer Hospital Foundation. She also serves on the board of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. and Pelotonia.

Retirements May-June 2022

Arkansas

Rebecca Hileman retired 5/4/2022 from Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, after 12 years   

Indiana

Douglas Carey retired 6/7/2022 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 36 years   

Victoria Mendez retired 6/1/2022 from Northeast Svc Center, New Haven, IN, after 42 years   

David Bayle retired 6/2/2022 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 17 years   

Stephen Schutz retired 6/2/2022 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, after 40 years   

Bruce Waggoner retired 5/3/2022 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, after 23 years   

Lisa Jackson retired 6/1/2022 from Baer Field Svc Ctr, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 34 years   

Kentucky

Charley Hebert retired 5/22/2022 from AEP River Operations -Paducah, Paducah, KY, after 26 years   

Carolyn Thacker retired 5/28/2022 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 46 years   

Everett Young retired 5/28/2022 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 44 years   

Willard King retired 5/28/2022 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 43 years   

Robert Wells retired 6/1/2022 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 41 years   

Louisiana

Robert Williams retired 5/14/2022 from Shreveport Production, Shreveport, LA, after 22 years   

Michigan

Gregory Weiser retired 5/19/2022 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 39 years   

Terrence Smith retired 5/3/2022 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 21 years   

Ohio

William Romine retired 6/1/2022 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 41 years   

Steven Poling retired 5/6/2022 from Marietta Service Center, Marietta, OH, after 21 years   

Franklin Gerlach retired 6/10/2022 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 19 years   

Christine Myers retired 5/25/2022 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 33 years   

Brenda Ankrom retired 5/14/2022 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 38 years   

Michael Johnson retired 6/1/2022 from Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, after 24 years   

Debra Urschel retired 6/5/2022 from Chillicothe Svc Ctr, Chillicothe, OH, after 14 years   

Michael Mulligan retired 5/4/2022 from Canton South Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, after 43 years   

Anne Rutz retired 5/21/2022 from Arena Building, Columbus, OH, after 38 years   

Gregory Ewbank retired 5/31/2022 from AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, after 22 years   

Richard Wohlford retired 5/11/2022 from Wooster Service Bldg, Wooster, OH, after 34 years   

Jeffrey Vandine retired 5/13/2022 from Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, after 43 years   

David Howiler retired 5/13/2022 from Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, after 42 years   

Mark Manson retired 6/9/2022 from Canton Transmission SC, Canton, OH, after 33 years   

Roger Abbott retired 5/18/2022 from Gavin 765 Yd., Cheshire, OH, after 46 years   

Oklahoma

Lila Johnson retired 5/15/2022 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 14 years   

Leonard Elrod retired 6/1/2022 from Chickasha, Chickasha, OK, after 16 years   

Don Roberts retired 5/3/2022 from Northeastern Stn 1&2, Oologah, OK, after 43 years   

Roger Shannon retired 6/1/2022 from Mid Metro, Tulsa, OK, after 27 years   

Sudhakar Chidurala retired 6/18/2022 from Tulsa Transmission Office & SC, Tulsa, OK, after 14 years   

Texas

Mary Fertsch retired 6/25/2022 from Central Div-Br-Victoria, Victoria, TX, after 52 years   

Hamie Cortez retired 5/28/2022 from Uvalde Service Center, Uvalde, TX, after 17 years   

Jerry Coker retired 6/11/2022 from Knox City, Knox City, TX, after 35 years   

Kevin Moore retired 6/26/2022 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, after 38 years   

Patrick Molloy retired 6/22/2022 from Renaissance Tower, Dallas, TX, after 36 years   

Lewis Peacock retired 5/11/2022 from Wilkes Plant, Avinger, TX, after 22 years   

Don Hall retired 5/1/2022 from Wilkes Plant, Avinger, TX, after 38 years   

Kenneth Griffin retired 5/17/2022 from Corpus Christi Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 43 years   

West Virginia

Timothy Hardman retired 5/2/2022 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 41 years   

Patrick Simpkins retired 6/1/2022 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 44 years   

Bryan Smith retired 5/24/2022 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 41 years   

Jeffrey Wamer retired 5/21/2022 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 40 years   

Alfred Curran retired 6/1/2022 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 18 years   

Timothy Kinser retired 5/21/2022 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 22 years   

Susan Vickers retired 5/7/2022 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 26 years   

Jay Brown retired 5/1/2022 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 30 years   

Candice Brewer retired 5/17/2022 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 18 years   

Obits, April-June 2022

Arkansas

William Clinton, 63, Flint Creek Plant, Gentry, AR,  died 5/12/2022

Indiana

Garfield Eldridge, 76, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN,  died 5/6/2022

Lois Henson, 86, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN,  died 4/16/2022

Alvin Eckstein, 90, Breed Plant, Fairbanks, IN,  died 5/4/2022

Martha Meissner, 88, South Bend Office, South Bend, IN,  died 5/21/2022

Peggye Creigh, 92, Avilla Svc Ctr, Avilla, IN,  died 4/13/2022

James Arman, 91, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN,  died 4/4/2022

Norman Salo, 89, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN,  died 5/21/2022

John Rowlison, 79, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN,  died 5/28/2022

Kentucky

Wallace Melton, 58, Hazard Service Center, Hazard, KY,  died 6/23/2022

Louisiana

Halley Fuller, 90, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA,  died 4/16/2022

Gene Davis, 89, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA,  died 6/4/2022

John Shaw, 80, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA,  died 5/4/2022

Michigan

Donald Dinius, 90, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI,  died 5/3/2022

Patrick Hoppe, 68, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI,  died 5/13/2022

Gregory Melnyk, 95, St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI,  died 4/12/2022

Julius Kolosowsky, 98, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI,  died 4/21/2022

New York

Gonzalo Escalante, 96, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY,  died 4/29/2022

Ohio

David Lowry, 74, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH,  died 4/20/2022

Michael Cecil, 65, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH,  died 4/26/2022

John Wolverton, 62, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH,  died 5/8/2022

Samuel Ketz, 68, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH,  died 5/11/2022

Jon Waugh, 69, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH,  died 4/5/2022

Jerry Mayle, 73, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH,  died 6/4/2022

Wayne Sams, 72, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH,  died 5/26/2022

Barbara Saddler, 68, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH,  died 5/3/2022

Frederick Huff, 74, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH,  died 4/13/2022

Thomas Miller, 74, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH,  died 5/5/2022

Barry McElfresh, 74, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH,  died 4/27/2022

William Bende, 77, Arena Building, Columbus, OH,  died 5/24/2022

David Rose, 83, Columbus Region Off, Columbus, OH,  died 4/14/2022

Alvin Knable, 93, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH,  died 4/16/2022

James McMannis, 86, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH,  died 4/11/2022

Robert Ruby, 86, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH,  died 4/11/2022

Robert Henry, 91, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH,  died 4/4/2022

William Willis, 93, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH,  died 4/28/2022

William Smith, 94, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH,  died 5/4/2022

Larry Boyer, 85, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH,  died 4/17/2022

James Beck, 88, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH,  died 5/23/2022

Norma Ross, 97, Zanesville Office, Zanesville, OH,  died 5/2/2022

Max Wright, 90, Zanesville Office, Zanesville, OH,  died 4/5/2022

William Ruse, 91, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH,  died 5/22/2022

Harry Hill, 84, Canton South Svc Ctr, Canton, OH,  died 5/11/2022

Betty Simcox, 69, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH,  died 4/24/2022

Jessica Rogers, 41, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH,  died 6/23/2022

Oklahoma

Joyce Fluellen, 76, Hugo, Hugo, OK,  died 4/3/2022

Junior Lytle, 69, Atoka, Atoka, OK,  died 5/11/2022

Barbara Penix, 83, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK,  died 4/30/2022

Johnny Springer, 95, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK,  died 4/11/2022

James Wolf, 81, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK,  died 4/19/2022

Tennessee

Carl Seaver, 75, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN,  died 4/12/2022

Texas

Glen Churchill, 88, General Office, Abilene, TX,  died 4/17/2022

Michael Beach, 77, Coleto Creek Pwr Stn, Fannin, TX,  died 5/3/2022

Victor Cavazos, 80, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX,  died 4/10/2022

Ronald Flores, 62, Lon Hill Transmission Service, Corpus Christi, TX,  died 6/11/2022

Maria Tellez, 77, Pharr Csc Annex, Pharr, TX,  died 5/15/2022

Pedro Guerrero, 72, Southern Div Office, San Benito, TX,  died 4/15/2022

Elena Serow, 90, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX,  died 4/21/2022

Adolfo Reyes, 90, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX,  died 4/16/2022

Ricardo Saenz, 91, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX,  died 5/8/2022

Herbert Golightly, 81, Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX,  died 5/13/2022

E Finley, 95, General Office, Abilene, TX,  died 4/11/2022

David Pena, 62, Carrizo Springs Area Off, Carrizo Springs, TX,  died 6/11/2022

Virginia

Teresa Thomas, 72, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA,  died 4/15/2022

Roger Bradley, 76, Glen Lyn Plant, Glen Lyn, VA,  died 4/15/2022

Ronald Killen, 75, Grundy Ofc & Svc Ctr, Grundy, VA,  died 4/16/2022

Charlotte Wagner, 79, Glen Lyn Plant, Glen Lyn, VA,  died 4/29/2022

Donald Frye, 74, Glade Spring Service Center, Glade Spring, VA,  died 4/23/2022

Walter Wade, 90, Glen Lyn Plant, Glen Lyn, VA,  died 5/9/2022

Roy Maxey, 90, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA,  died 5/24/2022

Meredith Clarke, 85, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA,  died 6/6/2022

Ralph Amos, 94, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA,  died 4/18/2022

John Horn, 84, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA,  died 4/21/2022

West Virginia

Robert Shaw, 70, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV,  died 4/6/2022

Charles Justice, 75, Marmet Hydro, Marmet, WV,  died 4/7/2022

Danny Wymer, 81, St Albans Ofc & Svc Ctr, St. Albans, WV,  died 5/27/2022

Samuel Smith, 70, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV,  died 5/15/2022

William Hudson, 91, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV,  died 5/24/2022

John Huntley, 81, Kammer, Moundsville, WV,  died 5/14/2022

William Ewing, 78, Kammer, Moundsville, WV,  died 5/11/2022

Elba Samson, 93, Logan Service Center, Logan, WV,  died 4/12/2022

Paul Shiltz, 83, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV,  died 4/11/2022

Richard Davis, 79, Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV,  died 5/22/2022

Lester Lusher, 78, Amos Plant Simulator, Winfield, WV,  died 4/29/2022

Charles Branscome, 81, Princeton Ofc & Svc Ctr, Princeton, WV,  died 5/7/2022

Carl Francisco, 84, Marmet Service Center, Marmet, WV,  died 5/12/2022

Sharon Shrewsbury, 77, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV,  died 4/22/2022

Lonie Crace, 72, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV,  died 5/30/2022

The Pirkey Dozen: End of an era

In the summer of 1982, a soon-to-be constructed power plant in Hallsville, Texas, offered the promise of opportunity for 30 young men eager to make their mark in the world.

These men joined SWEPCO as apprentice machinists for the H.W. Pirkey Power Plant. Their job entailed repairing and maintaining plant equipment and structures, a trade they learned together as Pirkey was built.

The experience bonded them, and they came to rely on each other for advice, assistance, and encouragement. Forty years later, 12 of these original 30 apprentices will be on hand for the plant’s final operation on March 31, 2023.

“We’ve had a lot of fun and challenging times together,” said Brent Ogden, now the plant’s maintenance superintendent. “We’re one big family, and I know we’ll continue to be lifelong friends even after the plant closes.”

Ogden, who transferred to Turk Power Plant in 2010, planned to retire in March 2022 but reconsidered when he was offered the chance to return to Pirkey for its final year of operation.

“There were several reasons I chose to come back,” he said. “But a big part of it was being with the guys I started with when the plant shuts down.”

Franklin’s Follies

In the early days, the group came to be known as Franklin’s Follies, a nod to their supervisor and later VP of Generation Paul Franklin, who guided their training and first steps in the industry.

“That’s what everyone labeled us because he had to raise a bunch of kids,” Ogden said with a laugh. “I was the oldest at 22.”

Some had heard about the job through family friends while others learned about it in trade classes.

“I was in a class learning how to do industrial electrical wiring when a counselor came in and told us SWEPCO wanted to hire 30 people to send to college to be machinists,” said Wade Hicks, a station machinist. “I’d never stepped foot in a machine shop, but it sounded like something that could be a lifelong career.”

Their first two years on the job were spent in the classroom. The apprentices had on-the-job instruction at a training building on the plant site, as well as machine shop classes at Kilgore College, where they learned drafting and technical physics, among other things.

“We were required to maintain an 85 average in all our classes,” said Ben Craig, maintenance supervisor. “In the summer, we would tear apart old gas plant pumps and check clearances and learn how to do maintenance on them.”

That knowledge transferred to the plant in the fall of 1984 when they began to test the new equipment.

“It was exciting knowing that we were putting this thing online,” Ogden said. “We didn’t know what to expect. At first it was overwhelming to see all this big equipment and know we were going to have to maintain it. But the more we worked on it, the more it became a challenge we took pride in.”

Working together

One of the most memorable of those challenges was the time they repaired a low-pressure (LP) rotor on the steam turbine a few months after the plant began commercial operation.

“We immediately went into doing something that had been planned for the annual warranty inspection,” Craig said. “It was a scramble to get it done, but we were ready.”

He said the thing that made the experience so exciting was that the LP rotor – which rotates the turbine blades – had been off limits during their training days.

“Everyone was eager to tear into this thing because we couldn’t even get near it before,” he said.

Maintenance Supervisor Ricky Morris said they learned a lot from that repair, and it was an experience that helped them navigate future maintenance on LP rotors.

“We got where we could probably pull those blades off with our eyes closed,” he said.

But for Morris, the best memories occurred in the boiler.

He said a tube leak in the boiler could cause quite a bit of damage as it wasn’t detected until an operator heard it.

“Today, we’ve got acoustic monitoring systems that picks those up really quick, but back then, we relied on operators to hear them,” he said. “By the time you got in there, it was a pretty good size wreck, and we’d be in there for a week. It was hard work, but you’d carry on conversations, and we made a lot of good memories inside the boiler.”

Closing a chapter

Throughout the years, these men saw a lot of changes in not just plant maintenance but their own lives.

They started families, gained promotions, and celebrated milestones together over the years.

“Now, we’re the old dogs around the yard,” Craig said. “Not a day goes by that someone comes up with a question, and we say go ask Larry (Garrison), Keith (Bynum) or Ronnie (McBride). SWEPCO did a good a job of hiring good people. Looking back and knowing what we achieved together, it’s remarkable.”

THE PIRKEY DOZEN
Twelve apprentice machinists hired in 1982 who still work at Pirkey Power Plant
1. RICHARD ALLEE, senior operator
2. KEITH BYNUM, welder machinist
3. BEN CRAIG, maintenance supervisor
4. BRAD EPPERSON, energy production supervisor
5. LARRY GARRISON, station machinist C
6. WADE HICKS, station machinist C
7. RONNIE MCBRIDE, station machinist C
8. RICKY MORRIS, maintenance supervisor
9. BRENT OGDEN, maintenance superintendent
10. TOMY RUSHING, welder machinist
11. LANCE SCUDDAY, lignite equipment operator
12. MACK TIMMONS, energy production supervisor

Q&A with AEP Ohio’s Retiring Storm Guru, Dave Callahan

In his youth, Dave Callahan saw a future as a professional singer. At age 16 he joined a choir that toured Europe and later studied vocal music education at Heidelberg University.

With careers in the arts limited, Callahan began considering other jobs to help pay the bills. He did electrical work during the summer months and, after a stint as a full-time electrician, he started his career as a line mechanic-D at the Canton South Service Center in 1981.

Forty years later, Callahan is retiring from AEP Ohio. He spent about 20 years as a dispatcher (in Canton) and a dispatching trainer (in Columbus) before being named mutual assistance coordinator in 2004. That experience helped lay the groundwork for his current job as emergency preparedness manager, which he started in 2016.

We talked with Callahan about his career and his plans after he leaves July 6.

What’s your best memory from your time with AEP Ohio?

Doing mutual assistance I got to go to a lot of neat places and meet people from all across the United States. I was able to see and learn from utilities outside AEP. Other than that I will remember all the people I have worked with over the years.

You’ve become a professional storm watcher. Any tips for the amateurs out there?

It’s all about the history and understanding what’s happened before. It’s getting the feel for how weather affects each location across Ohio. I’m studying the weather daily – you have to dig in a little bit and watch the wind charts. In my work I was able to meet with meteorologists and that helped me a lot. Here’s what you need to know: Wind drives our weather.

When a storm hit you were on 24/7. How are you going to spend that time during the next big storm?

When a storm hits I’m going to sit back and watch it and not worry about it. I’m looking forward to not being on the phone so much. My daughter likes to say that it wouldn’t be a holiday unless Dad is on a conference call.

You blossomed into a media star during your time here. What’s the secret to your on-camera gravitas?

Number one, I was knowledgeable about the questions reporters asked me. I knew what I was talking about, I knew the plan. That made it easier. Also, my past music history of performing in front of crowd, of being on stage in front of a thousand people, that’s no big deal to me.

Oh and the fact that I didn’t get a choice helped, too! I was in Grove City after the tornado hit and no one was there to do interviews so they put in front of the camera. The rest is history.

OK, so you’re a good singer – what’s your karaoke go-to?

I don’t know, maybe “Hooked on a Feeling”? Musically I’m probably more inclined to classical stuff, like church hymns or an Italian aria. My wife and I are also into Irish trad music.

Any tips for AEP Ohio’s younger workforce?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to someone at the highest or lowest level of the company – treat everyone the same. You may have your way to do something but that’s not the only way to do it. Everyone works differently. Swallow your pride a little bit and go with the flow.

What are you most looking forward to in your retirement?

I’m looking forward to spending more time with family and my grandkids. My wife and I are moving into our family’s 44-acre family farm in Navarre right next to my daughter and there’s a lot of work to be done on that house. I’ll also do some woodworking, and we have some little trips planned to see the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. So I’ll stay busy.

Sundararajan Named EVP External Affairs; Patton to Retire

AEP announced today that Raja Sundararajan, currently senior vice president, Regulatory and Customer Solutions, will become the company’s executive vice president , External Affairs when Charles Patton retires July 1. He will report to Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“Charles’ leadership and contributions have been a critical part of our success during his 27 years with the company. He led two different operating companies and held several other key leadership positions, approaching every challenge with thoughtfulness and a collaborative leadership style,” Akins said. “Charles has deftly guided his teams as they have offered new services to customers, achieved positive outcomes with regulators and policy makers, and enhanced the support we offer our customers and communities. We wish him all the best during his well-deserved retirement.”

Sundararajan will lead AEP’s communications and marketing, customer, regulatory, federal public policy, and Ohio government affairs groups. These individuals will report to him:

  • Phil Dion, vice president and interim Chief Customer Officer
  • Maria Haberman, managing director, Ohio Governmental Affairs
  • Anthony P. Kavanagh, senior vice president, Governmental Affairs
  • Melissa McHenry, senior vice president, Communications and Marketing
  • Matthew Satterwhite, vice president, Regulatory Services.

“Raja brings a wealth of experience to the executive leadership team,” Akins said. “He has demonstrated a keen understanding of the unique regulatory and policy challenges of our industry during his nearly two decades with AEP, holding key leadership roles in commercial operations, corporate finance, regulatory and transmission. He also served as president of AEP Ohio. Raja’s array of experiences and his technical expertise will provide valuable insights as we continue our transition to a clean energy future.”

Sundararajan joined AEP in 2002. His most recent prior role was as president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio. He has also served as vice president, Regulatory Services, leading AEP’s regulatory activities before state commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He was also vice president, Transmission Asset Strategy and Policy; managing director, Transmission Business Strategy; managing director of Market Risk; and has held management positions in Treasury and Corporate Finance.

Sundararajan has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and he completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia. Sundararajan serves as a board member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and United Way of Central Ohio.

WiNUP Seeks 6 Employees to Attend Little Rock Conference

The Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) Annual Conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas. Many development opportunities are offered to attendees through the annual conference, which is supported in part by AEP.

As a presenting sponsor of the conference, six AEP employees / retirees will be awarded free conference registration. Winners of the free registrations will be responsible for all other expenses, including travel and hotel.

  • Your completed application must be received by June 24, 2022. Winners will be notified by June 30, 2022.
  • Applicants must be a current AEP employee or AEP retiree.
  • You do not need to be a WiNUP member to apply.
  • Applicants must have approval to attend the conference before submitting the application if not using personal time.

More conference highlights and hotel information are available at WINUP.org.

If you are interested, please complete and submit the application: C-1 2022 conf sponsorship application updated (002)

WiNUP is an association dedicated to providing professional development, networking and mentoring for women in the utility and energy industries.  Founded as the Electrical Women’s Roundtable in New York in 1923, WiNUP currently has more than 600 members.

Lies Named Chief Nuclear Officer; Gebbie to Retire

Shane Lies has been named senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Cook Nuclear Plant, effective July 1. Lies will succeed Joel Gebbie, who has announced plans to retire after 36 years with the company.   Barton added, “Joel’s extensive experience, industry knowledge and focus on the culture necessary to support operational excellence has ensured Cook’s ability to generate clean, reliable power for the customers of Indiana Michigan Power. He developed an incredibly talented leadership team that is well-prepared to continue Cook’s legacy of excellence. We thank him for his significant contributions and leadership within the industry, as well as his service to Cook and AEP. We wish Joel all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”“Shane brings a deep understanding of the industry, nuclear operations and an appreciation for the culture needed to support nuclear excellence. Since joining Cook 26 years ago, he has developed deep knowledge of Cook Plant operations and built strong relationships with Cook employees, industry stakeholders and the surrounding communities,” said Lisa Barton, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “He has demonstrated his passion for operational excellence, reliability and ensuring that safety remains the top priority. As he transitions into his new role, I know his team will ensure that Cook continues to deliver clean, reliable energy to customers in Michigan and Indiana.”

“Kelly brings strong technical expertise and a shared commitment to safety, continuous improvement and is well prepared to continue to drive excellence in Cook’s operations and develop the Cook team as site vice president,” Barton said.Lies will report to Barton. His replacement as site vice president will be Kelly Ferneau, currently Cook’s plant manager.

Scott Dailey, operations director, has been named Cook’s new plant manager.

Lies joined AEP in 1996 as a system engineer at Cook and has served in numerous roles, including engineering vice president and plant manager. Lies has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.

Ferneau joined AEP in 2013 as an operations work control manager at Cook and has served as director of operations in addition to her current role. She has held numerous roles in nuclear power generation since 1990. Ferneau holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Trine University and has held a senior reactor operator license.

Dailey joined AEP in 1999 as production supervisor for Cook’s Maintenance department and has served in numerous roles.

Retirements, February-March 2022

Arkansas

Damon Robertson retired 2/24/2022 from Flint Creek Plant, Gentry, AR, after 26 years

Kenny Evans retired 3/26/2022 from Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, after 35 years

Ricky Smith retired 2/28/2022 from Dequeen, Dequeen, AR, after 37 years

Illinois

Daniel Vinson retired 3/1/2022 from Cook Coal Terminal, Metropolis, IL, after 33 years

Indiana

Keith Onax retired 3/29/2022 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 32 years

Cheryl Olney retired 3/1/2022 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 26 years

Steven Soldano retired 3/1/2022 from Ardmore Trans TC Serv Center, Ft Wayne, IN, after 37 years

Kentucky

Debra Lemaster retired 2/26/2022 from Home Worksite-Kentucky, , KY, after 24 years

Terry Fields retired 3/19/2022 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 46 years

Dennis Massey retired 3/19/2022 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 45 years

Brenda Coldiron retired 3/18/2022 from Robert E Matthews Service Cent, Ashland, KY, after 37 years

Robert Hall retired 3/10/2022 from Pikeville Transmission SC, Pikeville, KY, after 36 years

Louisiana

Guy Meyers retired 3/9/2022 from Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, after 24 years

Malcolm Davis retired 3/11/2022 from Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA, after 42 years

Steve Anderson retired 3/9/2022 from Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA, after 46 years

Joseph Dixon retired 2/25/2022 from Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA, after 42 years

Charles Neal retired 3/1/2022 from Haughton Opns Center, Haughton, LA, after 43 years

Michigan

Mark Froehlich retired 3/16/2022 from St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, after 43 years

Steven Groendyk retired 3/8/2022 from Three Rivers Svc Ctr, Three Rivers, MI, after 41 years

Theresa Carr retired 3/22/2022 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 22 years

Michael Seidler retired 3/5/2022 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 36 years

Donald Peterson retired 2/25/2022 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 35 years

Larry Koch retired 2/24/2022 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 39 years

Michael Woodward retired 2/26/2022 from Michiana SC, Niles, MI, after 40 years

Ohio

Trent Schultz retired 3/1/2022 from Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, after 41 years

John Ross retired 3/5/2022 from Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, after 41 years

Barry Schumann retired 3/29/2022 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 31 years

Fredric Friend retired 2/23/2022 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 35 years

David Standley retired 3/1/2022 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, after 21 years

Steve Engle retired 3/1/2022 from Minerva Annex, Columbus, OH, after 46 years

Mike Russolillo retired 3/5/2022 from AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH, after 41 years

Bryan Dearinger retired 3/2/2022 from East Transmission RDC, Pataskala, OH, after 13 years

Linda Carruth retired 3/26/2022 from AEP Transmission NewAlbany HQ2, New Albany, OH, after 15 years

Jay Larrison retired 3/11/2022 from Columbus Ne Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, after 42 years

Barry Schumann retired 3/29/2022 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 31 years

Oklahoma

Vera Harjo retired 3/12/2022 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 11 years

Richard Abbott retired 3/1/2022 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 33 years

Lee Gibson retired 3/25/2022 from Lawton Office, Lawton, OK, after 27 years

Baaron Hagood retired 3/29/2022 from Mid Metro, Tulsa, OK, after 24 years

Texas

Tommy Gray retired 3/4/2022 from Longview Operations, Longview, TX, after 24 years

Elizabeth Moore-Nichter retired 3/5/2022 from Home Worksite-Texas, , TX, after 50 years

Perry Thomson retired 3/15/2022 from Anson, Anson, TX, after 42 years

Billy Reynolds retired 3/5/2022 from Hamlin, Hamlin, TX, after 37 years

Kenny Turner retired 3/19/2022 from Henderson, Henderson, TX, after 28 years

David Taylor retired 2/26/2022 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, after 42 years

Raymond Villezcas retired 3/1/2022 from San Benito Service Center, San Benito, TX, after 15 years

Bryan Thetford retired 3/5/2022 from Abilene T&D Operations, Abilene, TX, after 27 years

Javier Rodriguez retired 2/28/2022 from Aransas Pass Svc Center, Aransas Pass, TX, after 43 years

Terry Jones retired 3/29/2022 from Corpus Christi Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 20 years

Ramiro Garza retired 3/16/2022 from Corpus Christi Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 39 years

Edward Reyes retired 3/9/2022 from Corpus Christi Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 40 years

Virginia

Teddy Blansett retired 3/1/2022 from Clintwood Service Ctr, Clintwood, VA, after 29 years

Michael Williams retired 3/5/2022 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, after 33 years

Mark Clark retired 2/26/2022 from John W. Vaughan Ctr Mtr/Str, Roanoke, VA, after 44 years

West Virginia

Mark Gibson retired 2/25/2022 from Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, after 41 years

John Taylor retired 3/5/2022 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 45 years

Kelly Hawk retired 2/28/2022 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 42 years

Matthew Johnson retired 2/25/2022 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, after 41 years

Charles Petry retired 3/2/2022 from Hurricane Call Ctr, Hurricane, WV, after 17 years

Charles Shamblin retired 3/1/2022 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 36 years

Obits, February-March 2022

Arkansas

Kathleen Iles, 64, Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, died 3/21/2022

Illinois

Willie Wagers, 75, Cook Coal Terminal, Metropolis, IL, died 2/9/2022

Indiana

David Cline, 67, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 3/6/2022

Ella Henderson, 78, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 2/2/2022

Dean Stoy, 91, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 2/19/2022

Donna Schultz, 93, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 3/9/2022

Robert Bremer, 95, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 2/4/2022

Bobby Keith, 81, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 3/14/2022

David Hite, 80, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 2/16/2022

Kentucky

Bret Stapleton, 63, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 2/14/2022

John Griffith, 95, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 2/3/2022

Everett Davis, 89, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 2/6/2022

Donald Clark, 80, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 2/8/2022

Michael Madison, 73, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 3/31/2022

Michigan

Edward Crampton, 62, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 3/11/2022

Sherry Nimtz, 63, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 1/25/2022

Earl Morse, 83, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 3/8/2022

Ohio

David Critchfield, 70, Conesville Prep Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/30/2022

Dana Lewis, 74, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 2/27/2022

Harold Dilley, 75, Arena Building, Columbus, OH, died 3/27/2022

Ralph Mitchell, 79, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 3/31/2022

William Waite, 68, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/14/2022

Robert Kyle, 69, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 1/29/2022

Kim Haney, 69, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 2/17/2022

Spencer Barton, 72, Minerva Annex, Columbus, OH, died 3/21/2022

David Shepler, 68, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/29/2022

Jack Walker, 69, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 2/12/2022

Allan Marty, 74, Transmission Ops Center, New Albany, OH, died 2/7/2022

Ronald Ash, 74, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 2/28/2022

Jerry Tope, 73, Van Wert Service Ctr, Van Wert, OH, died 3/13/2022

Michael Price, 74, Ohio President’s Office, Columbus, OH, died 3/6/2022

Allan Lumannick, 75, Ohio President’s Office, Columbus, OH, died 1/26/2022

Henry Herring, 79, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 1/27/2022

David Porter, 76, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 3/8/2022

Darrell Mincks, 79, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/8/2022

Richard Kowalewski, 75, Conesville Prep Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/15/2022

Thomas Painter, 79, Columbus Ne Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 2/25/2022

Deanne Sibley, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/7/2022

George Hripp, 84, Columbus Nw Svc Ctr, Dublin, OH, died 2/13/2022

Anastacio Yang, 89, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 1/22/2022

Kurt Nestel, 81, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 3/19/2022

Kenneth Shearer, 94, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/25/2022

Roy Graley, 85, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 2/1/2022

June Deal, 94, John E. Dolan Lab, Groveport, OH, died 4/7/2022

Marian McLoughlin, 84, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 3/2/2022

Roger Mullenix, 79, Chlicthe Trans/Telecom, Chillicothe, OH, died 3/8/2022

Graydon Gibeaut, 80, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/6/2022

Daniel Dalrymple, 82, Wooster Office Bldg, Wooster, OH, died 2/16/2022

William Delashmutt, 82, Grandview Service Center, Columbus, OH, died 2/11/2022

Sherman Dixon, 88, Chillicothe Office, Chillicothe, OH, died 3/4/2022

Paul Wayne, 99, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 3/15/2022

Donna Kowalenko, 77, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 3/30/2022

James Miller, 91, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 2/13/2022

Kenneth Moore, 90, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 1/28/2022

Harold Bean, 90, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 3/29/2022

Betty Liber, 95, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 1/29/2022

George Dixon, 95, Chillicothe Office, Chillicothe, OH, died 2/28/2022

Ronald Blend, 89, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 3/5/2022

Kenneth Perry, 88, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 1/26/2022

Gerald McMillen, 93, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 1/27/2022

Oklahoma

Ted Smith, 67, Riverside Station, Jenks, OK, died 2/26/2022

Jeanette O’Connor, 82, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/8/2022

Frank Brown, 78, Lawton Sub Station, Lawton, OK, died 3/2/2022

Dwain Kamphaus, 82, Clinton Operations, Clinton, OK, died 2/5/2022

Don Lockwood, 93, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/9/2022

Lawrence Munro, 78, Tulsa Power Station, Tulsa, OK, died 2/17/2022

Georgia Patterson, 90, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/7/2022

Julian Zientek, 95, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/22/2022

Tennessee

Billy Dishner, 88, Kingsport Service Ctr, Kingsport, TN, died 2/20/2022

Texas

Taylor Brown, 81, Southern Div Br-La Palma, San Benito, TX, died 2/9/2022

Alvin Carmazzi, 77, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/15/2022

Ray Coleman, 88, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/4/2022

Charles Irwin, 92, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/6/2022

Marvin Koopmann, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/9/2022

Bettye Lucas, 94, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/23/2022

Joyce Barnes, 96, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/28/2022

Thomas Moon, 86, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/4/2022

David Solis, 63, Aransas Pass Svc Center, Aransas Pass, TX, died 2/20/2022

Raymond Weischwill, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/2/2022

Roy Dupree, 81, Texarkana Operations, Texarkana, TX, died 3/4/2022

Lawrence Echterhoff, 77, Hpl Metro Building, Houston, TX, died 3/9/2022

Francis Schuette, 75, Corpus Field Team Office, Robstown, TX, died 2/5/2022

Oscar Sanchez, 68, McCamey SC, McCamey, TX, died 3/22/2022

Raul Garza, 71, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, died 3/4/2022

John Hudson, 67, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 2/19/2022

Moises Guerrero, 51, Western Div Office, Laredo, TX, died 3/16/2022

Virginia

Michael Price, 66, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA, died 2/7/2022

Emma Clark, 77, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 3/4/2022

James Graham, 82, Tazewell Service Center, Tazewell, VA, died 3/11/2022

James White, 83, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 2/12/2022

James Barnette, 86, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 2/13/2022

Nancy Payne, 78, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 3/1/2022

Ronald Looney, 82, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 3/3/2022

Robert Fielden, 84, Glen Lyn Plant, Glen Lyn, VA, died 2/25/2022

Benny Johnson, 86, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 1/27/2022

W.Va.

Ronald Carpenter, 68, Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, died 2/6/2022

Larry Beavers, 70, Welch Service Center, Welch, WV, died 2/4/2022

Danny Sheppard, 74, Milton Ofc & Svc Ctr, Milton, WV, died 2/24/2022

Thomas Hill, 77, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 2/2/2022

Willard Huffman, 82, Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, died 3/29/2022

Leo Nazarewycz, 72, Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/25/2022

Gilbert Smith, 91, Charleston Office, Charleston, WV, died 2/14/2022

Franklin Scholl, 91, St Albans Ofc & Svc Ctr, St. Albans, WV, died 2/16/2022

Shirley Honaker, 85, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 1/30/2022

John Taylor, 84, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/29/2022

Edith Smith, 81, Hico WV Service Center, Hico, WV, died 2/13/2022

Edgar Huggins, 83, Windsor Coal Mine, West Liberty, WV, died 3/5/2022

Jack Farley, 95, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 2/17/2022