AABE Indiana Chapter Executive Officers and Committee Chairs (2017 - 2019)
Keely Hughes began her career at MISO as a member of the Learning & Development Team where she managed the New Employee Onboarding Program. Since 2015, Keely’s role has evolved from managing the company’s primary training and employee development system to her most current role as Business Process Partner. She is responsible for supporting MISO’s corporate process improvement activities throughout the organization. Additionally, Ms. Hughes serves as the Women’s Resource Group Membership Chair. Keely has been an active supporter, volunteer and member of both the national and local Indiana AABE chapters since 2014. She was recently elected President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Indiana Chapter. She is committed to uphold the AABE mission which includes ensuring minorities are included in the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues in Indiana which makes her a great candidate for the role.
Ms. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She started her career in manufacturing Renewable Energy, battery & mobile storage systems. During her career in the Renewable Energy Industry, Keely worked with local businesses on organizing the largest state ride and drive event that previewed the new THINK City plug-in electric vehicle powered by EnerDel batteries. She helped to coordinate federal and state government official manufacturing tours and events that highlighted the production of lithium-ion battery. She also worked on the project to supply back-up power for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sochi. Ms. Hughes has also served as board member at Community Outreach Efforts, Inc., where she co-led implementation of the organization’s vision to train, prepare and inspire adults and children to positively impact the community through meaningful engagement while creating a pay-it-forward atmosphere.
Carmen Clark is an energy professional, with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. Currently, she serves as the Regional Manager of Customer Affairs for MidContinent Independent System Operator (MISO), Central Region which includes the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Missouri. In this role, Ms. Clark is to understand the needs and issues of stakeholders, while communicating MISO’s position on strategic MISO matters. Ms. Clark’s overall goal is to ensure sufficient two-way communications, to provide exceptional customer service and add more value to consumers.
Prior to joining the External Affairs department at MISO, Ms. Clark worked in the Resource Adequacy department where she was responsible for assisting with the development of the Resource Adequacy annual construct which included Tariff and policy changes, proposals, and technical requirements. She also served as Project Manager of the Load Modifying Resource (LMR) automation which provides MISO availability information on all LMRs being used to meet capacity obligations. Before MISO, she worked in various planning and accounting positions in the energy sector. Ms. Clark holds a BS in Accounting from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Kenneth J. Thomas joined MISO back in 2012 as a Seams Administration Engineer with MISO Forward Operations Planning division. In his role, he focuses on maintaining efficient operations and working MISO’s Seams partners to ensure the delivery of low cost energy through efficient and safe reliable operations. Mr. Thomas also founded the community service resource group at MISO where employees come together to find ways to serve MISO communities through leadership and participation by volunteering.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree of Electrical Engineering & Masters of Engineering Management. Prior to joining MISO, Mr. Thomas was an Electrical Project facilities engineer with Honda Manufacturing of Indiana for five years. He also was Junior Engineer for Alcoa Reynolds Food Packaging.
Community Outreach Director – Karyn Williams (Duke)
Karyn Williams is a Project Manager for Critical Infrastructure Operations supporting the Distribution & Transmission Control Centers across Duke Energy’s enterprise. She is responsible for managing projects to deliver Information Technology solutions necessary to control and operate the electrical power grid. She has 25+ years of progressive technical experience at Duke Energy and prior to her current position, Karyn served as System Administrator for www.duke-energy.com, Technology Analyst and Information Engineer for Cinergy/PSI Energy, an Analyst for the State of Indiana, a Consultant for IU Medical Center, and an adjunct Instructor at ITT Technical Institute.
She acts as an employee ambassador and a diversity advocate for Duke Energy throughout the Central Indiana community. She is currently serving as Community Outreach Director of the American Association of Blacks in Energy-Indiana Chapter, the Community Outreach Chair for Duke Energy’s Advocates for African-Americans Employee Resource Group and a board member organizing the first state-wide conference for Women IN Energy this fall. She has previously served as a United Way Ambassador and been a volunteer tutor for 2nd-3rd grade Wayne Township students in their Helping One Student To Succeed reading program for the last 9 years.
Karyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Butler University and a Master of Arts in Project Management from ITT Graduate Division and is a Certified Training Consultant from Ball State University. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.