December 2009

My job rocks

TVA employees are on the job 24/7, keeping the lights on, running the river system, managing TVA lands and supporting TVA’s operations. In this column, you’ll hear from TVA employees who can say, “My job rocks!”

Linda Tootle

Senior Management Assistant, Washington

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Linda Tootle and Justin Maierhofer are part of “Team GR” in Washington, D.C.

““We interface with a lot of different people,” she says. “We see a lot of the people on the Hill, mainly the groups that are involved with TVA — members of Congress and their staffers.”

Tootle supports the efforts of “Team GR” — Government Relations Director Justin Maierhofer, Senior Manager Annemarie Cooper and managers Emily Roberts, Nick Pearson and Ben Portis. “We answer lots of questions, especially when there are stories about TVA in the news,” says Tootle. “When there are economicdevelopment announcements and stories about environmental standards, we get calls. If there’s a question, we track down answers within 24 to 48 hours. Our doors are always open to visiting TVA executives, employees and members of the TVA delegation in the House and Senate.”

Tootle, who has 23 years of experience in administrative support, grew up in Lake Charles, La. Her father, David Gautreaux, is Cajun. Her mother, Satoko, is Japanese. They met in Tokyo after David served in the Korean War. “I grew up with two different languages in the home,” she says.

Tootle worked for many years in New Orleans, where she met her husband, Tom, who works for Boeing. Seven years ago, he was transferred from Huntsville, Ala., to the Washington area. After four years working in government relations for the Washington Group International, an engineering firm in Arlington, Va., she joined TVA.

Linda, Tom and their cat, Bennie, live in Spotsylvania, Va., just a mile from the site of the Battle of Spotsylvania, in which the Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant battled the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee in May 1864. Tootle rides to and from work in a commuting van. They love to garden and take beach vacations. Last year, they spent two weeks in the Seychelle islands northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

“I love the people I work with,” she says. “Everybody’s friendly. We take care of each other. We work hard, but it’s a lot of fun.”