October 2009

people, plaudits, and promotions

photoKristi Brown has been named community development project manager for economic development in the Tennessee Valley region. Brown will work with communities and economic-development partners to help create, sustain and foster job growth. Her responsibilities include developing and delivering a broad range of services and programs to prepare Tennessee Valley communities for greater economic growth opportunities. These programs include leadership development, teambuilding workshops, strategic planning, technology assessments and preparation for visits to the region by prospective businesses.

photoJeff Lawson, TVA Police Homeland Security specialist, recently passed the Physical Security Professional Examination and is now a board-certified Physical Security Professional. The certification board is from the American Society for Industrial Security-International. This ASIS Board certification is recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as internationally.

photoBrian Smith has been promoted to a Senior-Level Power Utilization Engineer. Smith is a Power-Utilization engineer A-level working in the Jackson, Tenn., Customer Service Office. Smith joined TVA in July 2004. He completed his Power Utilization Engineer progression plan requirements and was promoted June 30, 2009. Smith and his group provide engineering services to commercial and industrial customers in the Jackson service area.

photoPower Supply & Fuels Executive Vice President Van Wardlaw will serve again as chairman of the Greater Chattanooga Area Combined Federal Campaign. The 2009 Chattanooga CFC kicked off Sept. 16. This year’s theme is Ripple Effect. As chairman, Wardlaw will oversee the 21-county Greater Chattanooga CFC. Last year, the campaign raised more than $1.4 million for local and national charitable agencies. Federal employees who will work with Wardlaw include CFC Manager Mike Kealey and CFC Materials Coordinator Mitchell Standifer, both with TVA; U.S. Postal Service employee Vicki Hamby; Internal Revenue Service employees Sandra VandenBranden and Gregory Murray; and Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees Thomas Harriman and Janice Griffin. More information is available online at www.chattanoogacfc.org.


A great day of caring


From left, Power System Operations’ Caron Shelton and Autumn Harris clean windows at the Ronald McDonald House Aug. 28. They were among more than 400 area employees who volunteered for the Chattanooga Area Combined Federal Campaign’s 17th annual Day of Caring. CFC teams worked at 34 agencies, performing a variety of work from cleaning floors to cooking food to painting, landscaping, construction work and many other chores. The Chattanooga Area CFC began Sept. 16 and will run until early November. More information about the campaign is available online at www.chattanoogacfc.org/09.


New employees


Brodie Rogers, an area engineer in Power System Operations Electric System Projects in Starkville, Miss., joined the TVA family in July. Rogers’ group oversees the construction and initial testing of substations. Rogers is in a training program for the next four years to become a senior, or B-Level, engineer.