AABE Atlanta Announces 2012-2013 Board of Directors

February 7, 2012

AABE Atlanta Chapter Announces 2012-13 Officers

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, January 19, 2012

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy® (AABE®) organization today announced its 2012-13 officers and executive board. Each board member will serve a two-year term, starting this month and culminating on December 31, 2013.

President: Cherryl M. Harris

In addition to her new role as President, Cherryl also is a Senior Budget Analyst in the Diversity and Inclusion organization at Georgia Power, where she is responsible for managing the departmental budget and serving as project manager for Georgia Power’s employee diversity training programs. She has been a member of AABE Atlanta for nine years and previously served as vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Vice President: Rodney J. Russell

Rodney has been an active member of AABE since 1993 and was instrumental in organizing and chairing the Chapter’s first scholarship golf tournament and creating the Black Energy Awareness (BEAM) program, which is observed each October. He also is a Key Account Manager for Residential at Georgia Power in Metro Atlanta.

Treasurer: Willie L. Palmer

Willie is Region External Affairs Manager at Georgia Power, where he is responsible for establishing strong, productive relationships with city, community, and civic leaders. He is a certified public accountant and recently served as Chair of the AABE organization’s annual golf tournament.

Assistant Treasurer: Randall Thedford

Randall has been an active supporter of AABE Atlanta, serving recently on the Black Energy Awareness Month (BEAM) committee. He also is currently the Comptroller for the Middle Georgia Transmission Area at Georgia Power.

Secretary: Jo Holliman

Jo is a Sales and Service Supervisor at Georgia Power’s Customer Care Center, working to deliver and ensure dependable and exceptional customer service. She is a past vice president of the Savannah Chapter and received the AABE Image Award for Customer Service in 2006. She previously served as the Atlanta Chapter’s Parliamentarian.

Assistant Secretary: Alisha Hargett

Alisha is Senior Regulatory Analyst with SCANA Energy Marketing, Inc., where she is responsible for maintaining the administrative activities of the Regulatory and Legislative Department and working closely with the regulatory and legislative communities in Georgia. She holds professional certifications in time management and communications.

Parliamentarian: Maurice “Mo” Baker

In his role as manager, Community Relations, at Georgia Natural Gas, Mo has executed many of the company’s award-winning external community outreach programs. He also has responsibility for internal and external communications. Moe has served on multiple fundraising and communications committees for AABE Atlanta.

With more than 130 members from 30 utilities, distributors, infrastructure providers, and other energy-related companies, the Atlanta Chapter is one of 10 AABE chapters in the Southeast region. AABE is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, research and development technologies, and environmental issues. For more information, please visit the national website at www.aabe.org.




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