Columbus Chapter Founders


Jerry L. Johnson, Sr.,

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson is the Project Manager, Demand Side Management, at American Electric Power (AEP).   He manages demand reduction, energy conservation and energy efficiency programs in AEP's Seven Operating company territories.

Jerry was the founder and 1st President of the Columbus Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)™, a national organization from 2005 to 2006.   He is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, where has served as Chairman of the Education Commission, an officer of Sigma Phi Pi Fraternity and a member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Jerry has served as a member of the State of Connecticut Education Preparation Program Approval Review Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Council for the Advancement of Diversity, chairperson of the Northeast Utilities Diversity Council and a member of the Northeast Utilities Executive Diversity Committee.

Jerry received a Bachelor of Architecture degree form Southern University at Baton Rouge La.   He has traveled, extensively. Jerry is a native of Louisiana, but has lived in TX, CT and Ohio. He is the proud father of two sons, Jerry II and Craig.

William "Bill" G. Johnson

William Johnson

William "Bill" G. Johnson is a founder and former Vice President of the Columbus Chapter of (AABE)™.   Bill was the first Vice President since the chapters activation in 2005, and was elected to a full term in 2006.   Bill and another of the chapters founders (President Jerry Johnson) share more than the same last name. They are members of the same fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.   When Jerry arrived in Columbus after they were introduced Bill recruited Jerry to membership in the Columbus Alumni chapter of their fraternity.

When Jerry was approached to start the (AABE)™ chapter in Columbus he in turn recruited Bill to assist in its development.   These are only two of the organizations that Bill devotes his time. He has served as the corresponding secretary, and most recently on the Board of Trustees for the Columbus Kappa Foundation (the Alumni chapters philanthropic organization).   He was named Kappa Man of the year for 2005 by the Columbus Alumni chapter.

Bill works actively in the community having served as the treasurer of the Spirit of Unity and Life (Community Development Corporation), worked in gang ministry in Columbus (Imani Lions) and has been recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Central Community House.

Bill has been an advocate of youth programs throughout his life such as Big Brothers of America, Career Beginnings and Inroads.   He is currently a member of the 100 Black Men of Central Ohio working on the middle school mentoring program and membership committees.

Bill is also active in the Young Mens ministry at his church and is an ordained Deacon.   Bill is a firm believer in Servant Leadership and tries utilizing its principles whenever possible.

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