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April-May 2021 Obits

Indiana

Steven Vaughn, 73, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 5/7/2021       

Ralph McCann, 86, Breed Plant, Fairbanks, IN, died 4/17/2021       

Mary Barrington, 95, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/26/2021       

Michael Parcher, 78, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 4/7/2021       

John Troeger, 85, Elkhart Ofc/Svc Bldg, Elkhart, IN, died 4/11/2021       

William Young, 90, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/25/2021       

Linda Fry, 77, Muncie Srv Ctr, Muncie, IN, died 4/21/2021       

Clara Whan, 86, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 5/11/2021       

Ronald Ronk, 86, Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#1, Marion, IN, died 4/24/2021        

Kermit Gorrell, 95, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 4/4/2021       

Audrey Miller, 91, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/18/2021       

Franklin Maddox, 85, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 3/23/2021       

Kentucky

Larry McDowell, 83, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 4/10/2021       

Louisiana

James Vincent, 85, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 5/5/2021       

Dexter Johnson, 80, Plaquemine District Ofc/Plt, Plaquemine, LA, died 3/19/2021       

Walter Williams, 66, Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA, died 3/20/2021       

Michigan

Daniel Krause, 68, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 3/24/2021       

Robert Smith, 74, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 5/1/2021       

Rosemarie Foltz, 76, Cook Info Ctr (Vstr Ctr), Bridgman, MI, died 4/16/2021       

Missouri

James Anderson, 83, AEP River Operations – Cape, Cape Girardeau, MO, died 4/1/2021       

Ohio

George Blizzard, 72, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 4/17/2021       

Philip Hill, 71, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 5/5/2021       

Robert Parr, 73, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 4/18/2021       

Kenneth Reigle, 74, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/19/2021       

Gary Kunkler, 73, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 4/23/2021       

Allen Housley, 73, Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 4/20/2021       

Duane Jones, 77, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 3/29/2021       

John Drosak, 78, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 4/3/2021       

Ronnie McCalla, 76, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 3/27/2021       

Edsel Staten, 93, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 4/16/2021       

Anthony Welsch, 89, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 4/4/2021       

Wilbur Smith, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 3/31/2021       

Gerald Stillings, 85, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 3/18/2021       

Dix Burke, 86, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 3/28/2021       

John Nugent, 84, Zanesville Office, Zanesville, OH, died 4/8/2021       

Ned Carter, 88, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 4/28/2021       

Richard Perry, 79, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 4/7/2021       

Francis Schilling, 83, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 4/25/2021       

Alex Lazar, 94, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 3/26/2021       

Oklahoma

Sidney Russell, 89, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 4/15/2021       

James Bischoff, 85, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 4/20/2021       

Texas

Roger Behrens, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/28/2021       

Robert Burley, 96, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/27/2021       

Michael Cearley, 74, Pharr North Service Center, Pharr, TX, died 4/11/2021       

Mary Niccum, 94, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/11/2021       

Frank Najera, 86, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/4/2021       

V Padilla, 89, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/16/2021       

Boniface Parma, 85, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/21/2021       

Leonard Wright, 81, Longview, Longview, TX, died 4/20/2021       

Jerry McKinney, 77, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 4/12/2021       

Mary Cagle, 83, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/10/2021       

James Duke, 84, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 5/6/2021       

E Spears, 87, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 4/27/2021       

Virginia

Richard Fortune, 67, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/18/2021       

John Altice, 74, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 4/6/2021       

Norman Fowler, 78, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/20/2021       

Thomas French, 84, Bluefield Va Srv Ctr, Bluefield, VA, died 4/13/2021       

Felix Vasser, 95, Smith Mountain Hydro, Sandy Level, VA, died 4/13/2021       

West Virginia

Steven Ward, 66, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 5/5/2021       

James Thomas, 82, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 5/10/2021        

Lewis Melchiori, 90, Kammer, Moundsville, WV, died 4/24/2021       

Robert Nelson, 80, Bluefield Office, Bluefield, WV, died 5/16/2021       

Donald Jones, 88, Central Machine Shop, South Charleston, WV, died 5/11/2021       

April-May 2021 Retirements

Indiana

Leslie King retired 4/29/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN after 37 years

Phillip Rentschler retired 4/19/2021 from Northeast Svc Center, New Haven, IN after 35 years

Glenda Shroyer retired 4/24/2021 from South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN after 13 years

Gary Barton retired 5/1/2021 from Ardmore Trans TC Serv Center, Ft Wayne, IN after 19 years

Louisiana

Timmy Stanley retired 4/20/2021 from Lieberman Power Plant, Mooringsport, LA after 37 years

Kenneth Davis retired 4/26/2021 from Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA after 35 years

Michigan

David Gagliardo retired 4/23/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 11 years

Fred Krieger retired 5/13/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI after 10 years

Debra Denney retired 5/11/2021 from Michiana SC, Niles, MI after 41 years

Benjamin Sheets retired 5/8/2021 from Michiana SC, Niles, MI after 25 years

Ohio

Thomas Schweikert retired 5/18/2021 from Muskingum River, Waterford, OH after 35 years

John Rozenek retired 4/30/2021 from Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH after 34 years

Frederick Rogers retired 5/15/2021 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH after 43 years

Donald Coffey retired 5/15/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH after 20 years

Timothy Bowman retired 4/30/2021 from Marietta Service Center, Marietta, OH after 39 years

Ronald Fannon retired 5/17/2021 from Picway Plant, Lockbourne, OH after 31 years

Joseph Hughes retired 5/5/2021 from Cambridge Transmsn Svc, Cambridge, OH after 42 years

Raymond Zitney retired 4/20/2021 from Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH after 35 years

Clifford Moritz retired 5/21/2021 from Canton Ne Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 36 years

Eric Halsey retired 5/12/2021 from Canton South Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 35 years

Charles Corregan retired 5/13/2021 from Canton South Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 41 years

Rhonda Eagon retired 5/1/2021 from Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH after 34 years

Mark Pendleton retired 4/30/2021 from AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH after 40 years

Ted Everman retired 5/8/2021 from AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH after 39 years

Terry Curtis retired 4/30/2021 from Grandview Service Center, Columbus, OH after 14 years

Allan Smith retired 5/3/2021 from AEP Transmission NewAlbany HQ2, New Albany, OH after 31 years

Donald Coffey retired 5/15/2021 from 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH after 20 years

Timothy Bowman retired 4/30/2021 from Marietta Service Center, Marietta, OH after 39 years

Oklahoma

Randy Jones retired 5/8/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK after 39 years

Douglas Standlee retired 5/21/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK after 36 years

Ronald Moyers retired 5/4/2021 from Northeastern Stn 1&2, Oologah, OK after 30 years

Texas

Dennis O’Dell retired 5/1/2021 from Meter Services, Abilene, TX after 33 years

Mark Young retired 4/26/2021 from Kingsville CDC, Kingsville, TX after 44 years

Charles Moore retired 4/30/2021 from Cisco, Cisco, TX after 41 years

James Alford retired 5/18/2021 from Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX after 36 years

John Marshall retired 5/15/2021 from Transmission Oklaunion HVDC, Vernon, TX after 19 years

Noe Garcia retired 4/21/2021 from Lon Hill Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX after 35 years

Miguel Zepeda retired 4/30/2021 from Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX after 39 years

Stephen Spann retired 4/24/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX after 11 years

Mark Young retired 4/26/2021 from Kingsville CDC, Kingsville, TX after 44 years

Charles Moore retired 4/30/2021 from Cisco, Cisco, TX after 41 years

James Alford retired 5/18/2021 from Pirkey Plant, Hallsville, TX after 36 years

John Marshall retired 5/15/2021 from Transmission Oklaunion HVDC, Vernon, TX after 19 years

Miguel Zepeda retired 4/30/2021 from Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX after 39 years

Virginia

Carol Huffman retired 5/1/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA after 34 years

Janet Holdren retired 5/1/2021 from Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA after 48 years

West Virginia

David Hammond retired 5/8/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 15 years

Gary Carter retired 5/3/2021 from Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV after 25 years

Michael Lovejoy retired 5/1/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 31 years

Timothy Pennington retired 5/2/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 37 years

Patrick Conley retired 5/7/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 33 years

Jerry Hawley retired 5/18/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV after 37 years

Lewis Bee retired 4/30/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 42 years

David Ball retired 5/1/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV after 35 years

Donna Willey retired 5/18/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV after 42 years

Richard Bailey retired 5/1/2021 from River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV after 43 years

Laura Adkins retired 5/1/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV after 44 years

David Hammond retired 5/8/2021 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV after 15 years

AEP Announces Leadership Team Changes

American Electric Power is making changes to expand the skills and experience of the company’s leadership team. These changes are effective July 31, 2021.

“Leadership development and succession planning are critically important for the ongoing success of our culture and company. These changes provide opportunities to expand the experience of this talented team of leaders and will bring new insights and creativity to strategic parts of the business. This is critical as we continue our transformation to clean energy resources and investing in smarter, more efficient infrastructure to serve customers,” said Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer of AEP.

  • Toby Thomas, currently president and chief operating officer for Indiana Michigan Power, has been named senior vice president, Energy Delivery. He will report to Lisa Barton, executive vice president and chief operating officer. These individuals will report to Thomas:
    • David Ball, managing director, Energy Delivery Operations
    • David Ferguson, managing director, Energy Delivery Finance
    • Scott Moore, vice president, Energy Delivery Projects & Construction
    • Darren Shepard, vice president, Energy Delivery Engineering
    • Scott Smith, senior vice president, Transmission Field Services
  • As an element of the company’s succession planning efforts, Mark McCullough, executive vice president, Energy Delivery, is retiring.

“I want to thank Mark for his 40 years of service and leadership at AEP. He has spent his entire career working to enhance the culture and effectiveness of AEP’s generation and transmission organizations. His many contributions include developing very strong leadership teams to continue those efforts. We wish Mark and his family all the best,” Akins said.

Additional leadership and organizational changes include:

  • Steve Baker, vice president, Distribution Region Operations, PSO, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer for Indiana Michigan Power.
  • Jennifer Leber, director, Reliability & Grid Modernization, PSO, will succeed Baker as vice president, Distribution Region Operations, for PSO.
  • Raja Sundararajan, president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio, has been named to a new position – senior vice president, Regulatory and Customer Solutions, reporting to Charles Patton, executive vice president, External Affairs. Phil Dion, vice president and interim Chief Customer Officer, and Matt Satterwhite, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, will report to Sundararajan.
  • Marc Reitter, vice president, Regulatory & Finance for AEP Ohio, has been promoted to AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer.
  • Lisa Kelso, director, Regulatory Services for AEP Ohio, will succeed Reitter as vice president, Regulatory & Finance.
  • Communications & Marketing and AEP’s Washington Office will continue to report to Patton. Human Resources and Labor Relations also will report to Patton until a new chief human resources officer is selected.
  • Karen Ashley, chief diversity and inclusion officer, has decided to leave the company after five years of service.“AEP remains committed to our diversity and inclusion efforts. Building on our differences and similarities makes us stronger as a company. Karen’s leadership has helped us to continue creating a culture where everyone feels valued, respected and has a sense of belonging. She’s helped us strengthen our skills, have open, transparent conversations and learn more about each other’s perspectives. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” Akins said.
  • Janelle Coleman, vice president, Corporate Philanthropy & Community Engagement, has been named to a new, expanded role – vice president, Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion. Coleman will assume responsibility for AEP’s Diversity and Inclusion program in addition to her current oversight of AEP’s philanthropic engagement and her role as president of the AEP Foundation. Coleman’s new position will be part of the Human Resources organization. She will report to Patton until the new chief human resources officer is selected.
  • AEP’s Ohio-based External Affairs team will be realigned to report to Patton.
    • Maria Haberman has been promoted to managing director, Ohio Governmental Affairs, reporting to Patton.
    • Tom Froehle, vice president, External Affairs, is retiring from AEP after 11 years of service.

“Tom has enhanced our working relationship with Ohio lawmakers over the last decade as we managed the transition to competitive markets and other challenges. We wish Tom and his family all the best,” said David Feinberg, executive vice president and general counsel. Oversight of Corporate Sustainability and NERC Compliance will report to Feinberg.

AEP Announces Executive Leadership Changes

American Electric Power is making several executive leadership changes to better support the company’s strategic priorities. These changes will take effect July 1, 2021:

  • Therace Risch has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information & technology officer. Steve Swick, chief security officer, and the cybersecurity and physical security teams will now report to Risch.
  • Chuck Zebula has been named executive vice president, Portfolio Optimization. In his new role, he will be responsible for AEP’s corporate asset strategy and operational and performance management functions. Previously, he served as executive vice president, Energy Supply. Steve Haynes and his team will now report to Zebula.
  • Greg Hall has been promoted to executive vice president, Energy Supply. In his new role, he will oversee AEP’s competitive businesses including AEP Generation Resources, AEP Energy, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables. Previously, he was president of AEP Energy Partners.
  • In addition, the position of Brian Tierney, executive vice president, Strategy, is being eliminated and he will be leaving AEP after 23 years of service. He currently is responsible for strategic initiatives and operations and performance transformation. Previously he was chief financial officer, responsible for corporate accounting, finance, fleet services, investor relations, planning and strategy, procurement/supply chain, and risk management. He has held a variety of management positions across the company.

“I want to thank Brian for his leadership. He has helped AEP build a strong financial foundation and improve shareholder value through his strategic focus, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“These changes allow us to expand the experience of our leadership team in key areas of the business and ensure we have the right technologies, competitive solutions and strategic direction to enhance service for customers, ensure grid security and support ongoing earnings growth.”

Life After Conesville: Dave Gray and Les Davis

Before joining AEP in 2010, Dave Gray was a regional manager at a concrete company. Gray lost his job when the business went under. He bounced back by landing a maintenance apprentice position at the Conesville power plant and envisioned a stable job there for the rest of his career.

“Driving into work very my first day at AEP I remember talking to my father,” Gray said. “He said I’d never have to worry about that again. Everybody needs electricity. That plant will be there forever. And then ten years later it happened again.”

Dave Gray joined AEP in 2010 as a maintenance apprentice. He later went on to become a maintenance supervisor at Conesville Plant, leading a team of as many as 30 employees.

Gray and Les Davis were among the employees affected when the facility closed in May 2020. Gray – a maintenance supervisor with a team of as many as 30 – and Davis – an electrical team leader who joined AEP in 2006 as a control technician and worked his way up to frontline supervisor – were two of the last to walk to out of the plant.

Ryan Forbes, who was plant manager at Conesville before joining AEP Ohio, had worked alongside Gray and Davis for more than a decade. The plant reduced its workforce from over 230 in recent years to as low as 80 when operations ceased, and Forbes said it took resilience to be a leader during those times. He saw the value and impact Gray and Davis could bring to any group fortunate enough to have them.

Les Davis was an electrical team leader at Conesville Plant. He joined AEP in 2006 as a control technician and worked his way up to frontline supervisor.

“Dave and Les were meaningful to the plant and our culture as we neared closure. They kept their teams focused and managed morale,” Forbes said. “They were some of the last leaders remaining. They hung in there until the job was done and I respected that very much.”

A new home eventually came in our Project Management Office (PMO). Though Forbes says Gray and Davis are quick studies as project managers, the transition has not been easy. At Conesville they grew accustomed to a controlled environment where every single variable was located inside the perimeter fence. They were self-sufficient and were able to orchestrate most planning on their own. Now they are dealing with many different entities across the state and establishing new relationships from the ground floor.

“Distribution is a totally different business than generation. There are very few similarities,” Forbes said. “It’s almost like working for a totally different company. That’s how big the learning curve is.”

The change has been especially tough during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gray and Davis have yet to step foot inside an AEP Ohio facility; they haven’t met anyone they work with in person (including their supervisors); they’ve only experienced their co-workers buttoned-up online personas. According to Davis, it’s hindered his ability to learn and fully understand the culture and personality of AEP Ohio.

“It’s definitely been difficult. Sometimes I’ve been a nervous wreck,” Davis said. “I used to be only a five-minute walk from everyone I worked with. You start to realize how much you take human contact for granted.

“Whenever ninety-five percent of meetings happen on Webex, everyone is very professional all the time. You start to wonder, ‘Does anyone ever have any fun around here?’ I can’t wait for that to happen in real life.”

As COVID restrictions ease and a sense of normalcy returns, it’s only a matter of time before Gray and Davis hit their stride. They knew it wouldn’t be a simple transition but placed faith in Forbes’ confidence in them.

“Dave and Les are highly engaged employees and will do what it takes to make any of our business units successful,” Forbes said. “They didn’t have to stay. But when the chips were down they did. Their loyalty and inner strength were qualities we wanted to keep at our company.”

Building a Clean Energy Future Together

North Central Wind is being developed in Oklahoma as part of AEP's renewable energy investments.

American Electric Power is proud to issue our 2021 Corporate Accountability Report, an annual assessment of our performance as a public company and a community partner. This Report marks AEP’s 15th year of sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure, demonstrating our commitment to reporting on the company’s progress towards a sustainable energy future.

The report’s theme, “Building a Clean Energy Future Together,” highlights our work in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy to our customers and empowering change in the communities we serve.

“More than ever, we are committed to delivering a sustainable energy future that is inclusive, reliable and clean,” said Nick Akins, chairman, president and chief executive officer of AEP, in the report’s introduction. “We are amplifying our advocacy for social justice in our communities and supporting change and equity through visible actions. No matter the challenge, our plan puts people first. Together, we will achieve environmental sustainability, and work to actualize economic empowerment and social justice. Together, we will transition to a clean energy future.”

“I am proud of AEP’s longstanding commitment to sustainability and ESG disclosure,” said Sandy Nessing, managing director, corporate sustainability. “I’ve witnessed the evolution of our sustainability journey since its inception in 2006. We have made tremendous progress through the years to empower customers to use energy more efficiently while reducing our carbon footprint and building stronger communities. AEP’s transformation to a clean energy future comes down to our people, the choices we make, and our commitment to engaging stakeholders for the best outcomes. There is still work to be done but we have a lot to be proud of.”

Highlights of the 2021 Report include:

  • Future Forward Strategy – Our new Future Forward strategy to transform our generating capacity portfolio from a majority coal-fueled resource base to a majority renewable portfolio by 2030. We are proposing to add nearly 16,600 megawatts of new, clean wind and solar generation, growing our renewable generating portfolio to 51% of our total capacity.
  • Zero Harm – 2020 ranks among our best years for safety performance. Our five-year safety and health transformation achieved a 34% reduction in our DART rate (Days Away, Restricted or Job Transfer). We celebrate these achievements – zero employee fatalities and improved safety performance – as we continue our relentless pursuit of Zero Harm. 
  • Response, Support & Resilience to COVID-19 – The strength, resilience and agility of our employees and company met and exceeded the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Our workforce remained committed to keeping our economies and communities connected as efficiently and safely as possible, while remaining dedicated to continued operational excellence, zero harm and financial discipline. 
  • Addressing Racism & Bias – We launched “Seize the Moment” in 2020 to accelerate the achievement of our diversity, equity and inclusion goals. This included frank conversations about racism, organized town hall webcasts and safe space conversations, among other efforts.
  • Social & Racial Justice Grant – Announced the launch of a $5 million Delivering on the Dream: Social and Racial Justice grant program through the AEP Foundation. The program funds organizations that are doing meaningful work to advance equity and racial justice in our communities. 
  • ESG Data Center – AEP’s ESG Data Center includes 250+ of the most relevant metrics we are commonly asked to disclose. In addition to the Data Center, we developed an ESG Strategy & Performance Report that features how we manage our ESG performance, disclosure and governance. In addition, it’s a collation of our Data Center, SASB report, GRI report and access to our Climate Impact Analysis Report – a TCFD report.

View the 2021 Corporate Accountability Report and learn more about AEP’s sustainable development strategy.

 

Female Falcon Chick Now Has a Name

Amid loud and angry squawking from proud falcon parents, the peregrine falcon chick was briefly removed from the nest atop Indiana Michigan Power Center (IMPC) to receive its identification band and named BeeGee.

For the ninth consecutive year, falcon father Jamie and mother Moxie, watched protectively this morning during the banding ceremony hosted at IMPC in partnership with the Indiana Audubon Society, Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation (based in Fort Wayne) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Brad Bumgardner, executive director of the Indiana Audubon Society, banded the chick, bringing to 64 the number of chicks hatched and banded atop IMPC since 1996.

“The banding requires us to remove the chicks from their nest for a brief time, which is unexpected for the parents. They acted like any parent would trying to protect their young and expressed their displeasure until the chick was returned,” said Bumgardner. “The numbered band will help us track the movement of the Midwestern peregrine falcons, which after maturity can settle up to 200 miles from where they were raised.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and still practicing physical distancing concerns, I&M was unable to invite student groups to watch the banding, hear an educational presentation from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation and name the chick like in previous years. That’s where the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and our customers worked together to name the chick, BeeGee.

“Indiana Michigan Power is dedicated to enriching the lives of our youngest customers and the falcon chicks always spark their imagination and put a smile on their face,” said Kim Sabrosky, director of External Affairs for I&M. “We partnered with the kindergartners and first graders at the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne to come up with four female names and four males names. Then we posted those names on our social media platforms for our customers to select their favorite.”

After more than 1,000 votes on I&M’s social media channels, BeeGee is now the name of the newest female falcon chick.

The current pair of falcons, Moxie and Jamie, have been nesting atop the Indiana Michigan Power Center since 2012. Moxie, the mother, is from Canton, Ohio, and the father, Jamie, migrated to Fort Wayne from Port Sheldon, Michigan.

You can watch Moxie, Jamie and BeeGee in their nest high above Fort Wayne on the FalconCam 24/7 at www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/FalconCam

Did You Hear? AEP Launches New Employee Podcast

“I remember the boom. I remember the light and I just remember falling to the ground,” said Michele Ross, distribution dispatching manager at AEP Ohio, as she tells the story of being in an underground vault with a co-worker when an arc flash occurred. “I could see him, his face, and it just wasn’t good.”

Ross’s story is in one of the premier episodes of a new podcast series for AEP employees. Four episodes are included in the initial launch of The AEP Employee Podcast. You will hear your co-workers explain issues or tell stories in their own voices.

In the first episode, CEO Nick Akins discusses leading a major corporation through unpredictable and tumultuous times.

“I think everyone was pushed out of their comfort zone. If they weren’t, they really weren’t human,” Akins said of the past year. “I think one of the central issues that a CEO needs to understand and exhibit is what they don’t know.”

The new podcast will focus on a range of topics, from massive changes in our industry, to individual stories of interest, to confronting difficult truths that will illuminate our work and our co-workers.

Henry Brown, director of grid modernization at SWEPCO, speaks out about the stark prejudice he experienced as a black employee in 1975, and the things that still need to change at AEP.

“I began to learn very quickly that minorities didn’t go very high at SWEPCO,” Brown said. “I didn’t have a problem speaking up and voicing my opinion about that. And sometimes that wasn’t very well received. Well, often it wouldn’t be well received.”

In another episode, we learn what AEP’s cyber security employees are up against as they protect the company and its critical infrastructure from a cast of real threats.

“Ukraine was cyber compromised two years in a row,” said Steve Swick, vice president and chief security and privacy officer for AEP, “and threat actors, Russia, turned off the power each time. One year they shut it off twice.”

Future episodes will also take us outside of AEP to stories in the communities we serve and care about. New episodes are released every two weeks. To subscribe to the podcast, point your phone or other podcast listening device at AEP.com/EmployeePodcast. You’ll find links there to the Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher podcast services.

New to podcasting? Here’s information on getting started with podcasts.

Or if you just want to listen to the current episodes, you can do that at [http://corpcomm/podcast] or externally at https://theaepemployeepodcast.buzzsprout.com.

The series is hosted by Bailey Cultice, communications consultant principal. Cultice has led communication efforts for Safety and Health since she joined the company in 2017. This work has taken her to every part of AEP’s territory to film videos for the Safety and Health Channel. She’s also been heavily involved in AEP’s efforts to make driving safer through projects like The Driving Summit. Cultice is a second generation AEP employee. Her parents met while working at the Tanners Creek Plant in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and her father, Jim, worked in Generation for more than 40 years.

You can also play a part in the AEP podcast. Do you have an interesting story related to your time with the company? Is there a topic you’d like to know more about? If so, send us an email at podcast@aep.com.

March-April 2021 Obits

Indiana

Michael Perdue, 73, Tanners Creek Plant, Lawrenceburg, IN, died 3/12/2021   

Mary Barrington, 95, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/27/2021   

Michael Parcher, 78, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 4/8/2021   

Morris Mathews, 94, South Bend Svc Ctr, South Bend, IN, died 2/21/2021   

William Young, 90, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/26/2021   

Audrey Miller, 91, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 3/19/2021   

Max Cunningham, 87, Spy Run Bldg. #3, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 2/22/2021   

Franklin Maddox, 85, Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, died 3/24/2021   

Loren Shaleen, 98, Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, died 2/28/2021   

Kentucky

Larry McDowell, 83, Big Sandy Plant, Louisa, KY, died 4/11/2021   

Louisiana

J Taylor, 86, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 2/25/2021    

Dexter Johnson, 80, Plaquemine District Ofc/Plt, Plaquemine, LA, died 3/20/2021   

Walter Williams, 66, Dolet Hills Lignite, Mansfield, LA, died 3/21/2021   

Michigan

Daniel Krause, 68, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 3/25/2021   

Larry Eber, 84, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 2/16/2021   

Missouri

James Anderson, 83, AEP River Operations – Cape, Cape Girardeau, MO, died 4/2/2021   

Ohio

Jon Merrifield, 76, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 2/18/2021   

Larry Foust, 64, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/17/2021   

Steve Hall, 70, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 2/28/2021   

Kenneth Reigle, 74, Conesville Plant, Conesville, OH, died 3/20/2021   

Todd Knutsen, 59, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 4/9/2021   

David Thurston, 74, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 3/4/2021   

Duane Jones, 77, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 3/30/2021   

John Drosak, 78, Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, died 4/4/2021   

James Hemphill, 76, AEPOH 700 Bldg Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 3/7/2021   

Ronnie McCalla, 76, Mound St Svc Ctr, Columbus, OH, died 3/28/2021   

Margaret Sparks, 79, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 3/3/2021    

Richard Hering, 87, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/23/2021   

Wilbur Smith, 82, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 4/1/2021   

Wilbur Witham, 92, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 2/1/2021   

Gerald Stillings, 85, Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, died 3/19/2021   

Donald Mowery, 92, Findlay Service Center, Findlay, OH, died 3/18/2021   

Joe Bryan, 94, Belmont Ofc & Svc Bldg, St. Clairsville, OH, died 2/15/2021   

Charles Conner, 81, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 3/11/2021   

James Rice, 83, Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, died 3/7/2021   

Fred Pildner, 79, Canton South Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, died 2/26/2021   

Dix Burke, 86, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 3/29/2021   

John Nugent, 84, Zanesville Office, Zanesville, OH, died 4/9/2021   

Richard Perry, 79, Athens Ofc & Svc Center, Athens, OH, died 4/8/2021   

Blaine Weinstock, 83, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/19/2021   

Willard Preston, 93, Lancaster Office Bldg, Lancaster, OH, died 2/24/2021   

Alex Lazar, 94, 850 Tech Center Bldg, Gahanna, OH, died 3/27/2021   

Delores Adams, 62, Chillicothe Svc Ctr, Chillicothe, OH, died 2/28/2021    

Tyler Blaker, 38, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 4/8/2021   

Oklahoma

Manley Clements, 101, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/22/2021   

Wilbert Hunsicker, 90, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/21/2021   

Orvalette Rentie, 86, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/16/2021   

Billy Weathers, 88, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 3/8/2021   

Roy Rogers, 82, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 3/4/2021   

Texas

Robert Burley, 96, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/28/2021   

Douglas Curry, 71, West.Div Br.-Uvalde, Uvalde, TX, died 2/17/2021   

Ja Fuller, 98, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 3/1/2021   

Juan Molina, 57, Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX, died 3/18/2021   

Frank Najera, 86, Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, died 4/5/2021   

James Smith, 80, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 2/15/2021   

Anthony Rash, 58, Longview Operations, Longview, TX, died 4/3/2021   

Willie Guerra, 77, Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, died 2/20/2021   

Billy Glover, 84, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 3/18/2021   

Ruth Tipton, 90, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 3/11/2021    

Virginia

Richard Fortune, 67, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/19/2021   

Robert Williams, 69, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/4/2021   

John Altice, 74, John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, died 4/7/2021   

Winfred Anderson, 75, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA, died 3/12/2021   

Norman Fowler, 78, Lynchburg Svc Ctr, Lynchburg, VA, died 3/21/2021   

Raymond Witt, 96, Lynchburg Office, Lynchburg, VA, died 2/23/2021   

Claymus Harlowe, 79, Roanoke Main Office, Roanoke, VA, died 2/15/2021   

Robert Parks, 88, Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, died 3/18/2021   

West Virginia

James Longwell, 64, Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, died 3/6/2021   

Denver Jeffers, 59, River Trans Division, West Columbia, WV, died 4/13/2021   

Robert Hughes, 85, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 2/27/2021   

Charles Hoffman, 75, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 3/1/2021   

John Hurt, 86, Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV, died 3/18/2021   

Oscar Goodnight, 78, Windsor Coal Mine, West Liberty, WV, died 2/18/2021   

Charles Martin, 84, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 3/14/2021   

George Wright, 92, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 3/8/2021    

March-April 2021 Retirements

Arkansas

Stephen Moore retired 3/21/2021 from Flint Creek Plant, Gentry, AR, after 28 years  

Robert Cheatham retired 4/14/2021 from Fayetteville Operations, Fayetteville, AR, after 41 years  

Alice Reese retired 3/31/2021 from Nashville, Nashville, AR, after 31 years  

Indiana

Ricky Roos retired 4/9/2021 from Rockport Plant, Rockport, IN, after 13 years  

Salaam Muhammad retired 4/9/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 42 years  

David Hille retired 4/15/2021 from Ft Wayne One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 36 years  

James Sprunger retired 4/10/2021 from Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#2, Marion, IN, after 31 years  

James Sprunger retired 4/10/2021 from Marion Svc Ctr-Bldg#2, Marion, IN, after 31 years  

Kentucky

Jerry Stanley retired 3/26/2021 from Paintsville Office, Paintsville, KY, after 34 years  

Stephen Clevinger retired 3/27/2021 from Pikeville Service Ctr, Pikeville, KY, after 23 years  

Louisiana

Mark Rath retired 4/3/2021 from Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA, after 38 years  

Timmy Stanley retired 4/20/2021 from Lieberman Power Plant, Mooringsport, LA, after 37 years  

Michigan

William Davis retired 4/1/2021 from St Joe Ofc & Svc Ctr, Benton Harbor, MI, after 46 years   

Duane Cobb retired 4/7/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 37 years  

Robbie Bates retired 4/17/2021 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 25 years  

Keith Foote retired 4/2/2021 from Buchanan Nuclear Ofc, Buchanan, MI, after 22 years  

Ohio

Greg Filipkowski retired 4/3/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 15 years  

Joseph Stimpfl retired 4/6/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 22 years  

Paul Parsons retired 4/3/2021 from Central Operations Center, Groveport, OH, after 33 years  

Glenn Smith retired 4/6/2021 from Newark Service Bldg, Newark, OH, after 36 years  

Paul Tevis retired 3/26/2021 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, after 35 years  

Raymond Zitney retired 4/20/2021 from Canton Estrn Reg Ofc, Canton, OH, after 35 years  

John Oharrow retired 3/20/2021 from Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, after 30 years  

Carter Beasley retired 3/19/2021 from AEP Transmission NewAlbany HQ2, New Albany, OH, after 18 years  

Joseph Emberger retired 4/1/2021 from AEP Transmission NewAlbany HQ2, New Albany, OH, after 39 years  

Greg Filipkowski retired 4/3/2021 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 15 years  

John Oharrow retired 3/20/2021 from Canton General Svc Ctr, Canton, OH, after 30 years  

Ann Beasley retired 3/19/2021 from AEP Transmission NewAlbany HQ2, New Albany, OH, after 18 years  

Oklahoma

Jerome Dawson retired 4/3/2021 from Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, after 38 years   

H Gering retired 4/3/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK, after 40 years  

Charles Montgomery retired 4/5/2021 from Northeastern Stn 3&4, Oologah, OK, after 42 years  

Steven Peck retired 4/11/2021 from Northeastern Stn 1&2, Oologah, OK, after 32 years  

Billy Gray retired 4/3/2021 from Tulsa Transmission Office & SC, Tulsa, OK, after 38 years  

Salome Duran retired 4/3/2021 from Philcade Transmission, Tulsa, OK, after 25 years  

Edward Buchanan retired 3/31/2021 from Southwestern Station, Anadarko, OK, after 42 years  

Salome Duran retired 4/3/2021 from Philcade Transmission, Tulsa, OK, after 25 years  

Texas

Dwane Tervooren retired 4/17/2021 from Meter Services, Abilene, TX, after 41 years  

Darcey Woolridge retired 4/1/2021 from Longview Operations, Longview, TX, after 43 years  

Raul Gonzalez retired 4/1/2021 from Abilene Distribution, Abilene, TX, after 36 years  

Bryan Parker retired 4/1/2021 from Renaissance Tower, Dallas, TX, after 22 years  

Jr. Zamarripa retired 4/3/2021 from Western Div Office, Laredo, TX, after 43 years  

J Guevara retired 4/1/2021 from Marfa SC, Marfa, TX, after 40 years  

Marino Rodriguez retired 4/17/2021 from Childress, Childress, TX, after 37 years  

Robert Munoz retired 4/3/2021 from Hebbronville Area Off, Hebbronville, TX, after 20 years  

Ruben Lopez retired 4/17/2021 from Laredo Service Center, Laredo, TX, after 40 years   

Tommy Robinson retired 4/17/2021 from Vernon, Vernon, TX, after 38 years  

Thomas Pilkinton retired 3/20/2021 from Gilmer, Gilmer, TX, after 37 years  

Debra Hille retired 4/17/2021 from Home Office-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, after 38 years  

Stephen Wood retired 3/20/2021 from Welsh Plant, Pittsburg, TX, after 46 years  

Juan Gaona retired 4/1/2021 from San Benito Service Center, San Benito, TX, after 35 years  

Ramiro Ramos retired 4/10/2021 from Corpus Christi Service Center, Corpus Christi, TX, after 40 years  

Dwane Tervooren retired 4/17/2021 from Meter Services, Abilene, TX, after 41 years  

Fausto Zamarripa retired 4/3/2021 from Western Div Office, Laredo, TX, after 43 years  

Marino Rodriguez retired 4/17/2021 from Childress, Childress, TX, after 37 years  

Robert Munoz retired 4/3/2021 from Hebbronville Area Off, Hebbronville, TX, after 20 years  

Tommy Robinson retired 4/17/2021 from Vernon, Vernon, TX, after 38 years  

Virginia

David Jackson retired 4/1/2021 from Wytheville Svc Ctr, Wytheville, VA, after 40 years  

James Mills retired 4/3/2021 from John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, after 32 years  

Robert McComas retired 3/20/2021 from Clinch River Plant, Cleveland, VA, after 37 years  

James Mills retired 4/3/2021 from John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, after 32 years  

West Virginia

Jeffrey Rogers retired 4/17/2021 from Beckley Service Center, Beckley, WV, after 40 years   

Dwane Foster retired 4/1/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 42 years  

James Parsons retired 4/2/2021 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 37 years  

Dewey Hill retired 4/1/2021 from Bluefield Wv Srv Ctr, Bluefield, WV, after 40 years  

William Hitchcock retired 4/15/2021 from N Charleston Trs Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 43 years  

Martin Hewitt retired 4/3/2021 from Wheeling Service Bldg, Wheeling, WV, after 42 years  

Robert Crush retired 4/17/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 33 years  

Raymond Willford retired 4/3/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 36 years  

Mickel Parsons retired 4/17/2021 from N Charleston Svc Ctr, Charleston, WV, after 35 years  

Robert Crush retired 4/17/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 33 years  

Raymond Willford retired 4/3/2021 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 36 years