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Obituaries

AEP Energy Services

Virgul Goudia, 71, Elmwood Cleaning and Repair Facility, died May 19.

John Lavergne, 65, Elmwood Convent Fleet & Repair, died April 16.

AEP River Transportation Division

Gerald Boggs, 70, River Transportation Division, died May 2.

John Morman, 97, retired, River Transportation Division, died May 1.

AEP Service Corporation

John Bauer, 91, retired, Rockefeller Center, died April 25.

Richard Dorman III, 54, AEP Headquarters, died May 25.

Hann Jeang, 88, retired, AEP Headquarters, died May 11.

Stanley Kennedy, 75, CSW Tulsa, died April 5.

AEP Texas

W. H. Aiken, 81, retired, Merkel Office, died April 29.

Valerie Brock, 81, retired, Abilene General Office, died May 22.

Percy Jeane, 86, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died May 7.

Ty Koch, 76, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died April 2.

Walter Moseley, 90, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died May 6.

Lee Secrest, 97, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died April 10.

Appalachian Power Company

Susan Bauer, 59, retired, Huntington Service Center, died May 4.

Donald Buckland, 88, retired, Glen Lyn Plant, died April 30.

Robert Crowder, 93, retired, Princeton Service Center, died April 23.

Darrel Sanford, 87, retired, Beckley Service Center, died May 24.

Metzel Turley, 83, retired, Central Machine Shop, died May 12.

Columbus Southern Power Company

David Daubenmire, 70, Picway Plant, died April 28.

Parks Deaton, 86, retired, 850 Tech Center, died April 27.

John McClain Jr., 86, retired, Conesville Plant, died May 12.

Jack McPeek, 71, retired, Athens Service Center, died May 17.

Ronald Nindle, 74, retired, Athens Service Center, died May 25.

Elean Tussey, 92, retired, 850 Tech Center, died May 28.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Mary Clingman, 89, retired, One Summit Square, died April 5.

Elizabeth Lull, 94, retired, St. Joseph Service Center, died May 8.

Evsey Neymotin, 75, retired, Buchanan Nuclear Office, died April 25.

Phillip Johnson, 81, retired, Avilla Service Center, died May 1.

David Russell, 75, Cook Nuclear Plant, died April 26.

Ohio Power Company

Alexandra Aquino, 28, Mitchell Plant, died May 4.

James Holland Jr., 63, Cardinal Plant, died May 21.

William Roe, 79, retired, Central Ohio Coal Company, died April 15.

John Schell Jr., 68, Cardinal Plant, died May 10.

William Smitley, 88, retired, Central Ohio Coal Company, died April 25.

Donald Stafford, 82, retired, Lancaster Service Building, died May 25.

Perry Tackett, 87, retired, Southern Ohio Coal Company, died April 8.

Eugene Watts, 90, retired, Lima Service Center, died April 9.

Bernard Weigand, 81, retired, Mitchell Plant, died May 24.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Jack Baird, 82, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 29.

Elizabeth Chalkley, 94, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 15.

Lewis Fryer, 85, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 15.

J.M. Jones, 55, Northeastern Station 1&2, died May 15.

Kenneth Kliesen, 78, retired, Mid Metro Office, died April 18.

Harold McBrayer, 88, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 24.

Andrew Phillips, 86, retired, Tulsa General Office, died May 27.

Wayne Schweikhard, 94, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 20.

Leo Smith, 85, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 25.

Loyse Whisman, 88, retired, Tulsa General Office, died May 3.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Lucille Magart, 96, retired, Shreveport General Office, died May 30.

Donna Mull, 78, retired, Shreveport General Office, died April 26.

Marlin Sipes, 69, Longview Operations, died May 6.

William Staggs, 75, retired, Shreveport General Office, died April 28.

Transmission

Dennis Anderson, 62, 700 Building-Gahanna, died May 4.

Michal Gentry, 64, Tulsa General Office, died May 18.

J.S. Gutierrez Jr., 71, La Palma Transmission Station, died May 3.

John Peterson, 72, Tulsa General Office, died April 16.

Dan Waller, 63, Tulsa General Office, died May 1.

May Retirements

AEP Energy Services

Kenneth Ecoffey, Home Worksite-Ohio, retired May 12 after 15 years of service.

AEP Ohio

Ted Armstrong, Newark Service Building, retired May 1 after 32 years of service.

Barbara Beyser, Wheeling Service Building, retired May 30 after 40 years of service.

Richard Davis, Minerva Annex, retired May 1 after 44 years of service.

William Deweese Jr., Minerva Annex, retired May 31 after 40 years of service.

Kay Lorson, Canton Eastern Regional Office, retired May 1 after 27 years of service.

Jeffrey Poulton, Grandview Service Center, retired May 5 after 42 years of service.

Mark Still, Pomeroy Service Building, retired May 1 after 44 years of service.

Joseph Taylor, Wheeling Service Building, retired May 16 after 38 years of service.

AEP Service Corporation

Dennis Studer, AEP Headquarters, retired May 1 after 44 years of service.

Donald Untch, AEP Headquarters, retired May 5 after 39 years of service.

AEP Texas

Russell Dettling, El Campo Service Center, retired May 22 after 36 years of service.

Ronald Ford, Corpus Christi Office, retired May 3 after 31 years of service.

William Johnson, Lipan Service Center, retired May 26 after 26 years of service.

Henry Ladewig, El Campo Service Center, retired May 19 after 30 years of service.

Calvin Littlecreek, Quanah Office, retired May 1 after 38 years of service.

Appalachian Power Company

Gregory Arrington, Lynchburg Service Center, retired May 1 after 34 years of service.

Thomas Bondurant, Lynchburg Service Center, retired May 23 after 41 years of service.

Randolph Forrester, Glade Spring Service Center, retired May 1 after 40 years of service.

Gary McGraw, Beckley Service Center, retired May 1 after 14 years of service.

Loren Michels, Huntington Service Center, retired May 12 after 37 years of service.

David Mowbray, Roanoke Service Building, retired May 19 after 32 years of service.

William Noble, Bluefield (W.Va.) Service Center, retired May 8 after 40 years of service.

Linda Smith, Roanoke Main Office, retired May 1 after 45 years of service.

Reginald Smith, Beckley Service Center, retired May 1 after 44 years of service.

Gerald Swanson, Roanoke Service Building, retired May 1 after 33 years of service.

Generation

Charles Archey, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired May 24 after 41 years of service.

Arvella Barber, Mitchell Plant, retired May 30 after 21 years of service.

Thomas Barnhart, Mitchell Plant, retired May 1 after 38 years of service.

Mark Bowhuis, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired May 26 after 36 years of service.

Ralph Bowling, Mountaineer Plant, retired May 10 after 37 years of service.

Ronnie Callender, Amos Plant, retired May 30 after 38 years of service.

Jeffery Clark, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired May 5 after 26 years of service.

Billie Drace, Rockport Plant, retired May 1 after 34 years of service.

Robert Entrekin, Conesville Plant, retired May 1 after 40 years of service.

Lanette Gravitt, Pirkey Plant, retired May 31 after 30 years of service.

Donald Holmes, Mitchell Plant, retired May 1 after 30 years of service.

John Holmes, Mitchell Plant, retired May 1 after 38 years of service.

Roy Howell, Oklaunion Power Plant, retired May 25 after 31 years of service.

Aaron Litman, Mitchell Plant, retired May 1 after 33 years of service.

Carl Matheny, Mountaineer Plant, retired May 31 after 38 years of service.

Gregg Newman, Mitchell Plant, retired May 5 after 40 years of service.

Richard Rollison, Conesville Plant, retired May 1 after 41 years of service.

Edward Roush, Mountaineer Plant, retired May 31 after 31 years of service.

Edward Ruckman, Mitchell Plant, retired May 1 after 29 years of service.

Donald Shamblin, Amos Plant, retired May 1 after 33 years of service.

David Thomson, Conesville Plant, retired May 26 after 29 years of service.

Jay Zarnoth, Rockport Plant, retired May 5 after 29 years of service.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

James Armstrong, One Summit Square, retired May 1 after 37 years of service.

James Brandner, South Bend Service Center, retired May 1 after 42 years of service.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Richard Reynolds, Energy Control Center, retired May 23 after 36 years of service.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Janett Britt, Shreveport Office, retired May 4 after 11 years of service.

Jimmy Farmer, Longview Operations, retired May 3 after 17 years of service.

Kenneth Hawkins, Mt. Pleasant Office, retired May 19 after 36 years of service.

Venita McCellon-Allen, Shreveport General Office, retired May 2 after 34 years of service.

Transmission

Tommy Abbott, Transmission Operations Center, retired May 5 after 40 years of service.

Bruce Hess, Muncie Service Center, retired May 11 after 38 years of service.

James Lowe, John W. Vaughan Center, retired May 5 after 10 years of service.

Ronney Ortigo, Longview Operations, retired May 25 after 36 years of service.

Peter Selent, AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, retired May 12 after 29 years of service.

AEP Celebrates National Pollinator Week

AEP manages and maintains about 40,000 miles of transmission line and related right-of-way areas. To maintain reliability, utilities work in power line corridors to plant and manage vegetation, control erosion, and trim or remove trees that encroach on grid equipment.

(Story by Linda O’horo)

Across its footprint, AEP values and practices environmental stewardship to preserve our natural ecosystem. This week, AEP joins other power companies to raise awareness about the crucial role of pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds, and other creatures) in flower and plant fertilization, and about its efforts to facilitate pollinator population growth through vegetation management.

AEP manages and maintains about 40,000 miles of transmission line and related right-of-way areas. To maintain reliability, utilities work in power line corridors to plant and manage vegetation, control erosion, and trim or remove trees that encroach on grid equipment.

In addition to following vegetation management measures to comply with federal regulations, AEP has added a number of voluntary environmental projects to support pollinator populations, which are declining in some areas.

Typically, transmission right-of-way areas are dominated by non-native grasses and weedy species. These offer a poor habitat for native wildlife, and require regular mowing or herbicide treatments.

“In transmission corridors in some regions, we can plant native prairie grasses and flowers which potentially inhibit tree growth, control erosion, tolerate drought, and increase biodiversity,” says Tim Lohner, Ph.D., AEP consulting environmental specialist. “Once growth is established, minimal maintenance is needed. While native grass seed generally costs more, savings result because fertilizers are not required, and there is a reduced need for herbicides and mowing, over time.”

Through AEP Transmission’s Team Transmission 2022 projects, teams of employees investigate ways to drive down operations and maintenance costs. One of the selected projects studies the use of native seed mixes throughout the service territory.

AEP’s Voluntary Initiatives to Help Pollinators

AEP partners with a number of communities and nonprofit organizations for voluntary initiatives and projects which benefit pollinators and other wildlife. Examples of AEP right-of-way projects which support pollinators include:

AEP is partnering with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the nonprofit Dawes Arboretum (near Newark, Ohio) to create a biodiverse prairie habitat along a transmission right-of-way.
  • Creation of Biodiverse Prairie Habitat: AEP is partnering with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the nonprofit Dawes Arboretum (near Newark, Ohio) to create a biodiverse prairie habitat along a transmission right-of-way. Native prairie species were planted in six test plots in the right-of-way area, which includes forest and farmland habitat. In the first year of monitoring, researchers observed no erosion and documented rich biodiversity: nine bee species, 21 bird species, and nine butterfly species. Over the next few years, habitat quality, erosion control, and tree growth will be monitored. AEP and EPRI are also involved with other pollinator initiatives and ROW vegetation management studies.
  • Right-of-Way Restoration Using Pollinator-Friendly Plant Seed Mix: Amy Toohey, environmental specialist consultant for AEP Environmental Services’ Water & Ecological Resource Services, is managing a pilot project involving substituting a pollinator-friendly plant seed mix for restoration damaged vegetation in a right-of-way area for a 138-kV transmission line, which runs through a portion of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area (ODNR-managed).
  • ROW as Habitat Workgroup, University of Illinois-Chicago:  AEP is a member of a multi-sector partnership, coordinated by the Energy Resources Center, which is developing a voluntary Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA), a USFWS regulatory mechanism that would encourage land managers (including energy companies and transportation agencies) to voluntarily adopt measures that are beneficial to the monarch butterfly. CCAA incentives could include planting native plants, and using Integrated Vegetation Management best practices and other conservation measures to maintain plants that monarchs and other pollinators need. In the last 20 years, the population of monarch butterflies in the eastern United States has declined by 80 percent, putting the species in jeopardy. A primary cause is loss of lands containing native flowering plants that the butterflies need for food.

 

Coming Soon – Right-of-Way Vegetation Plot Demonstration for the Public: Adjacent to the existing New Albany Transmission Headquarters building and the second headquarters building now under construction, a designated 10-acre area will be landscaped and planted this fall to create demonstration plots featuring AEP’s vegetation management plants. AEP’s environmental specialists are involved, along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), a number of nonprofit organizations, and a horticulturalist from a seed company.

A sampling of current AEP environmental initiatives and projects includes:

Each year, Conesville Plant hosts a number of environmental and community organizations which present on various topics during Earth Day activities.
  • SWEPCO Region – Flint Creek Eagle Watch Area: Terry Stanfill, a retired Flint Creek Power Plant employee, manages this project and partners with the City of Gentry (Arkansas) and five area organizations. Supported by Southwestern Power Company (SWEPCO) and the Flint Creek Plant, it promotes environmental education and supports local wildlife, including pollinators. This 65-acre area includes a trail and a pavilion to view eagles that visit a nearby cooling lake. Stanfill coordinates field trips and activities for local schools, Audubon clubs, 4-H and scouting groups. He works with the Gentry Fire Department to conduct annual burns of the on-site prairie, and has maintained the site’s Wildlife Habitat Council Certification. The plant has received numerous awards from local business and environmental organizations.
  • SWEPCO – Flint Creek Plant Landfill: After a typical seed mix did not grow well on a portion of the landfill, there were concerns about erosion. Working with the University of Arkansas and a horticulturalist from a seed company, Flint Creek and AEP Environmental staff developed a seed mix with native species, which became well-established – providing drought and erosion tolerance and wildlife benefits.
  • Earth Day Events Supported in Various Communities: AEP owns and operates the Conesville Plant in Conesville, Ohio. Each year, the plant hosts a number of environmental and community organizations which present on various topics. This year, three groups from AEP Environmental Services talked about the environment to groups of fifth and sixth graders from local area schools. They also collected insects and learned about pollinators.
  • Ohio Region: Power Plant Ash Pond Closure Management: AEP Environmental Services is helping manage the closure of a fly ash pond at the Gavin Plant (a coal-powered plant in Cheshire, Ohio formerly owned by AEP), and installing native vegetation to support pollinators, deer, and turkey. This project is guided by an ODNR administrator, wildlife biologists from the USFWS and Pheasants Forever (nonprofit conservation organization for wildlife and habitat improvements).
  • Ohio Region – Rain Garden at Georgian Heights Alternative Elementary School, designed and sponsored by AEP.

 

Learn more about AEP’s environmental stewardship efforts on AEP’s Stewardship in Action page or in AEP’s Corporate Accountability Report.  If you have other examples of pollinator work across the AEP system, or wish to become more involved, contact Tim Lohner at twlohner@aep.com or 614-716-1255.

ADAPT Hosts Visit from Special Olympics Ohio

Tara Williams (left) talks about her Special Olympics experiences as Kate Burdett of Special Olympics Ohio looks on.

AEP’s ADAPT Employee Resource Group sponsored a visit from Special Olympics Ohio representatives May 24 at AEP Headquarters. The lunch and learn meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about the non-profit organization and volunteer opportunities with the group.

Kate Burdett, director of marketing, Tara Williams, athlete leader, and Katelyn Beno, special events manager, attended the ADAPT event.

Jim Brosnahan, ADAPT chair, spoke about the organization’s value to him and his son, Jimmy, who is involved in Special Olympics track, basketball and bowling. “Special Olympics is not just about the activities and sports. Over the years, you develop connections with the people involved that really makes them like an extended family,” he said.

The annual State Summer Games are held on the campus of The Ohio State University, Burdett said. That event will draw 2,500 athletes from across the state competing in 11 track and field events on June 22-24. But it’s just one part of a year-long cycle of athletic events organized by Special Olympics.

“We have Special Olympics events happening every day of the year, from practices to events, and volunteers are needed at all levels,” Burdett said.

The organization is run almost entirely by volunteers, with more than 12,000 individuals donating their time to help. Volunteering can involve coaching and sports training, officiating, helping with fundraising, chaperoning, organizational and administrative work, or just cheering on and encouraging the athletes, she said. No special training is required, although volunteers must submit an application form.

Williams has been involved in Special Olympics for 27 years. She will be competing in golf at the National Special Olympics Games in Seattle in July. Over the years, the Hilliard, Ohio, resident has been involved in many sports and now focuses on golf and tennis.

Special Olympics Ohio has approximately 200 local member organizations. It supports more than 23,000 adults, youth and children with cognitive, developmental or learning disabilities who are in training and competition.

PSO hosts Oklahoma State Games event

Public Service Company of Oklahoma employees, along with family members, friends and retirees, have been involved in the Special Olympics Oklahoma State Summer Games for 33 years. PSO annually stages the softball throw event in the summer games. This year, 103 volunteers from AEP and PSO helped at the games held May 17-18 at the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. The state games hosted more than 5,000 athletes. Tracy Weldon coordinated the volunteer effort this year.

 

 

Obituaries

AEP River Transportation Division

Robert Carter, 89, retired, River Transportation Division, died April 22.

AEP Service Corporation

Richard Crumley, 78, retired, AEP Headquarters, died April 13.

Jane Kilgore, 70, United Science Testing, Inc., died April 8.

Appalachian Power Company

Bobby Adkins, 78, retired, North Charleston Service Center, died March 26.

Mona Charlton, 83, retired, Charleston Office, died April 14.

Albert Herald Jr., 84, retired, Princeton Service Center, died March 26.

Clifford Lagrow, 89, retired, Roanoke Main Office, died March 27.

Marion Roush, 85, retired, Sporn Plant, died April 14.

Hazel Sampson, 92, retired, Charleston Office, died April 17.

Warren Smythers, 93, retired, Abingdon Service Center, died March 10.

Columbus Southern Power Company

Victor Hixson, 74, Columbus Southwest Service Center, died April 13.

Robert Murdock, 72, retired, Mound Street Service Center, died April 15.

Alice Sprague, 80, retired, 850 Tech Center, died March 24.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Elmer Briggs, 87, retired, Marion Office, died March 31.

Louis Ebert, 84, retired, Marion Service Center, died March 9.

Rosella Ertel, 95, retired, One Summit Square, died March 23.

John Inskeep, 92, retired, St. Joseph Service Center, died March 23.

Ira Sherman, 89, retired, Elwood Service Center, died February 22.

Kentucky Power Company

Miriam Shope, 93, retired, Ashland Office, died April 10.

Ohio Power Company

Bobby Campbell, 85, retired, Gavin Plant, died March 17.

Charlotte Grinnen, 96, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died April 15.

Harold Hanna Jr., 77, retired, Wooster Service Building, died March 11.

Floyd Hughes, 96, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died April 20.

Gaines May, 73, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died April 6.

Timothy Seyfang, 59, Athens Service Center, died April 24.

William Verheyen, 95, retired, Lima Service Center, died April 25.

Robert Walton Jr., 95, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died April 26.

Kenneth Wheeler, 93, retired, Gavin Plant, died March 16.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Everett Tippin, 86, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 8.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Kenneth Hastey, 77, Mena Service Center, died March 24.

Three Falcon Chicks Banded at I&M Headquarters

John Winebrenner, left, assists biologist John Castrale in banding the falcon chicks.

(Story by Tracy Warner)

FORT WAYNE — Three falcon chicks nesting on the roof of Indiana Michigan Power Center received identification bands and were named May 22 during an event hosted by I&M.

Teens for Nature, whose members volunteer at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, named the male chicks Glenn, in honor of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, and Ranger. They named the female Phoebe.

John Glenn, who passed away in December 2017 at the age of 95, was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. In 1998, at the age of 77, he returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to go into space.

More than 30 members of the group were in attendance along with volunteers from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation, a Fort Wayne-based organization that has assisted with the falcons at IMPC  for more than two decades.

John Castrale, a non-game bird biologist retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, banded the three chicks, as he has since the first chicks were born atop the building in 1996. By putting leg bands on the young birds, biologists are able to track the movements and survival of Midwestern peregrine falcons. When mature, most young birds will settle from 50 to 200 miles from where they were raised.

Soarin’ Hawk volunteers presented an educational overview and answered questions about the birds. Volunteers also held the chicks to give attendees a close-up look.

The three chicks bring to 55 the number of young falcons that have hatched on the building and were banded by the DNR. This is the sixth consecutive year that Moxie, the female, and Jamie, the male, have produced chicks.

The event received local media coverage from The Journal GazetteWANE TV and WPTA 21.

 

MVERG Members Help with Honor Flight Columbus

MVERG members Michael Knorps (left) and Robert Murphy assemble kits for veterans on trips sponsored by Honor Flight Columbus to Washington, D.C. war memorials.

AEP employees who are members of the [Military Veterans Employee Resource Group] (MVERG) volunteered recently with Honor Flight Columbus by assisting with flight preparations.

Employees Michael Knorps, security technical specialist senior; Robert Murphy, security technical specialist senior; John Anderson, IT project manager principal; John Woods, IT support technician principal, and Rebecca Naugle, coordinator, East Transmission Planning, helped recently to prepare for an Honor Flight taking place May 19. (Anderson, Naugle and Woods are shown left to right in the photo with this story on the AEP Now home page.)

MVERG members acted as operations volunteers, going to the Honor Flight office in Grandview Heights and helping with flight preparations for veterans and the volunteers who accompanied them on the flight.

The work involves assembling and preparing about 20 bags containing snacks, water, weather gear, informational materials, notes of appreciation from family members and friends, badges, t-shirts, flags and other items for each individual taking the trip. The task usually takes several days to one week prior to each trip.

“It was exciting to be able to volunteer in this capacity, it was a great opportunity to contribute,” Knorps said. “We really enjoyed doing a small part to show our appreciation to these veterans.”

“Honor Flight really appreciated our help,” Anderson said. “It was fun and we accomplished quite a bit.”

The non-profit organization Honor Flight Columbus flies World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C. at no charge to the veterans. This allows veterans to visit the various war memorials at the National Mall, and to have appreciation shown to them on the visit and upon their return.

Since its founding in 2007, the group has flown 5,300 veterans to Washington. Honor Flight Columbus is the first Hub in the Honor Flight Network, which now has more than 131 Hubs in 45 states.

April Retirements

AEP Service Corporation

Danny Boston, AEP Headquarters, retired April 3 after 43 years of service.

David Conover, John E. Dolan Lab, retired April 28 after 38 years of service.

David DiGeronimo, AEP Headquarters, retired April 21 after 36 years of service.

Mary Dishon, AEP Headquarters, retired April 3 after 38 years of service.

Jerry Durst, AEP Headquarters, retired April 5 after 39 years of service.

Michael Giardina, Arena Building, retired April 28 after 15 years of service.

Timothy Held, AEP Headquarters, retired April 21 after 15 years of service.

John Hendricks, AEP Headquarters, retired April 28 after 38 years of service.

AEP Ohio

Steven Deskins, 700 Building-Gahanna, retired April 20 after 41 years of service.

Irene Hamilton, Canton South Service Center, retired April 7 after 41 years of service.

Daniel Kirkendall, Canton Eastern Regional Office, retired April 1 after 10 years of service.

Leonard Lammlein, Fostoria Service Center, retired April 28 after 38 years of service.

Charles Sturgill, Grandview Service Center, retired April 28 after 19 years of service.

AEP Texas

David Cullins, Southwest Distribution System-San Angelo, retired April 28 after 35 years of service.

Robert Dunning, Electric System Operations, retired April 18 after 34 years of service.

Kenneth Koenig, Kenedy Service Center, retired April 7 after 32 years of service.

J.D. Martinez, Uvalde Service Center, retired April 21 after 36 years of service.

Mario Mendiola, Pharr North Service Center, retired April 7 after 25 years of service.

Oscar Salinas, Pharr North Service Center, retired April 7 after 35 years of service.

Joe Smith, Childress Office, retired April 28 after 31 years of service.

Appalachian Power Company

Carl Anderson, North Charleston Service Center, retired April 7 after 40 years of service.

James Atkins III, Glade Spring Service Center, retired April 1 after 40 years of service.

Barry Hainer, Logan Service Center, retired April 1 after 29 years of service.

Toni Henson, Roanoke Main Office, retired April 1 after 39 years of service.

Generation

Randy Bordenet, Mountaineer Plant, retired April 18 after 40 years of service.

Santiago Buitron, Welsh Plant, retired April 4 after 36 years of service.

Andrew Castilow, Mitchell Plant, retired April 24 after 34 years of service.

James Chambers Jr., Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 3 after 28 years of service.

Mark Clegg, Mitchell Plant, retired April 3 after 39 years of service.

Robert Darwish, Mitchell Plant, retired April 17 after 37 years of service.

Kim Gioannini, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 10 after 25 years of service.

Brent Haynes, Conesville Plant, retired April 1 after 32 years of service.

David Honaker, Amos Plant, retired April 1 after 31 years of service.

James Jones, Amos Plant, retired April 14 after 40 years of service.

J.M. Jones, Northeastern Station 1&2, retired April 13 after 36 years of service.

Andrew Kivela, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 26 after 32 years of service.

William Martin, Amos Plant, retired April 7 after 38 years of service.

William McAllister, Mitchell Plant, retired April 13 after 33 years of service.

Daniel Moyer, Amos Plant, retired April 1 after 37 years of service.

Andrew Newsad Jr., Conesville Plant, retired April 21 after 10 years of service.

Robert Patt, Mitchell Plant, retired April 1 after 43 years of service.

David Rodriguez, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 6 after 37 years of service.

Ronald Ruckman, Mitchell Plant, retired April 28 after 11 years of service.

Ricky Whitlatch, Mitchell Plant, retired April 1 after 39 years of service.

Bryan Wiley, Dresden Plant, retired April 1 after 21 years of service.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Ricky Christie, Muncie Service Center, retired April 14 after 39 years of service.

Robert Craig, Marion Service Center, retired April 28 after 40 years of service.

Terri Larsen, Cook Material Center, retired April 8 after 38 years of service.

Sandra Schlemmer, One Summit Square, retired April 28 after 28 years of service.

Kentucky Power Company

Christopher Deskins, Pikeville Service Center, retired April 1 after 31 years of service.

Danny Traugott, Robert E. Matthews Service Center, retired April 19 after 40 years of service.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Daniel Blackwell, Energy Control Center, retired April 3 after 43 years of service.

Gregory Ebisch, Lawton Operations Center, retired April 1 after 41 years of service.

James McDonald, Duncan Office, retired April 1 after 33 years of service.

Randy Price, Okmulgee Operations, retired April 7 after 40 years of service.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Mary Davis, Environmental Lab, retired April 13 after 39 years of service.

David Dukes, McNeil Street Center, retired April 11 after 38 years of service.

Robert Ford, Longview Operations, retired April 4 after 35 years of service.

Lou Moore, Shreveport General Office, retired April 19 after 44 years of service.

Jeffry Strange, Longview Operations, retired April 14 after 37 years of service.

George Youngblood, Dolet Hills Lignite Mine, retired April 9 after 27 years of service.

Transmission

Bruce Braswell, Tulsa General Office, retired April 1 after 26 years of service.

Mark Caudle, South Bend Service Center, retired April 25 after 30 years of service.

Tamara Dull, One Summit Square, retired April 7 after 10 years of service.

Kevin Ervin, Minerva Annex, retired April 21 after 40 years of service.

David Kilbane, John W. Vaughan Center, retired April 3 after 38 years of service.

Linda Peoples, Roanoke Main Office, retired April 3 after 25 years of service.

Lee Sloffer, One Summit Square, retired April 6 after 36 years of service.

Greg Sparano, 700 Building-Gahanna, retired April 21 after 45 years of service.

Gerald Steele, Tulsa Transmission Office, retired April 28 after 40 years of service.

 

AEP Employees Help With Traveling World War II Memorial

A number of AEP employees have been involved with a non-profit group, Freedom’s Never Free, that organizes appreciation celebrations for military veterans.

A number of AEP employees have been involved with a non-profit group, Freedom’s Never Free, that organizes appreciation celebrations for military veterans.

The Freedom’s Never Free group, based in central Ohio, has also helped build a number of traveling memorials to service members who died in World War II, the Korean War, and Small Wars and Conflicts from the 1950s to now.

“From participating in the monthly planning meetings to volunteering their time and manual labor helping build the traveling memorials, we’ve been blessed with a small handful of AEP employees who have donated their help,” said Jeannie Phillips-Ball, president of the organization.

Employees Aaron Baker, designer principal; Kyle Edwards, designer principal; and Susan Acton, project coordinator senior, all of whom work for AEP Transmission in New Albany, have provided their time and talent to help create the memorials over the past few years.

Baker and Edwards drew up plans for various segments of the World War II memorial, and Acton helped paint and attach stars, and brought her father, a Korean War veteran, to help as well.

Phillips-Ball, IT support technician principal, IT Depot, Groveport, worked on the memorial from start to finish, helping drill holes, paint, cut wood, attach stars and put together panels.

The Freedom’s Never Free group organizes and carries out an annual military veterans recognition event each November, held in Lancaster, Ohio.

The Traveling World War II Memorial, modeled after the permanent National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., was built in 2015. It is now taken around the country to events that honor veterans and the military. The memorial consists of a Wall of Stars, Atlantic and Pacific Pavilions; 56 pillars reprsenting the states, districts and territories in existence during the World War II era, with oak and wheat wreaths, and granite slabs with quotes from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gen. Douglas McArthur. The World War II memorial will be in southeast Missouri July 3-8.

This year, the organization will display five traveling memorials to honor the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country at the annual Freedom’s Never Free appreciation celebration: the Traveling WWII Memorial, the Traveling Korean Memorial, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Traveling Lima Company’s Eyes of Freedom, and the Traveling Small Wars and Conflicts Memorial. These memorials have never appeared together before.

The National World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., includes 56 pillars representing the unity of all U.S. states and territories at the time of the war; the Freedom Wall including 4,048 stars each representing 100 U.S. soldiers who died in the war; and pavilion-like arches commemorating victory in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of the war.

AEP Announces National Merit Scholar Award Winners

Ben Hawkins was one of four students to receive a National Merit AEP Scholarship for 2018.

(Story by Barry Schumann)

AEP has partnered with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. to provide four Merit Scholar® awards this year to children of AEP employees. Recipients of the National Merit AEP Scholarships for 2018 are:

  • Ben Hawkins, son of Renee and Peter Hawkins. Renee is Managing Director, Corporate Finance, in Columbus, Ohio. Ben is a graduate of Wellington School in Columbus and will be studying electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
  • Isaac Hopwood, son of Todd and Theresa Hopwood. Todd is a SWEPCO Manager of Distribution System in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Isaac is a graduate of Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville and will be studying chemistry at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
  • Rohith Paidikondala, son of Murali Paidikondala and Lakshmi Kosuri. Murali is an IT Senior Project Manager in Gahanna, Ohio. Rohith is a graduate of New Albany (Ohio) High School and will be studying chemical engineering at The Ohio State University.
  • Danielle Veigel, daughter of Stephen and Gina Veigel. Stephen is an AEP Ohio Line Crew Supervisor in Canton, Ohio. Danielle is a graduate of Jackson High School in Massillon and will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

 

Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 college undergraduate stipend payable annually for up to four years. Up to five graduating high school students are awarded scholarships each year.

To be eligible for the scholarships, a high school senior must attain Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program and be a child of an employee of AEP or one of its subsidiaries. To enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, high school juniors (11th grade/third year students) must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Some 16,000 students annually are designated National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the highest scores in every state.

Winners of 2019 National Merit AEP Scholarships will be selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. beginning in the spring of 2019 and announced publicly in April of that year. Awardees are chosen by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. based on its criteria. See additional information about the National Merit AEP Scholarship Program or the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit AEP scholarship program is separate from the AEP Educational Trust Scholarship Program that annually provides scholarships to 44 children of AEP employees on a competitive basis.