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Elaine Dixon named as Arnie Winkler’s successor at NWPPA

VANCOUVER, WA. – As of today, Elaine Dixon has joined the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) staff as the incoming director of education and workforce development. Dixon has been hired to fill the vacancy that will be created when Arnie Winkler, the current director of education and workforce development, retires on June 30.

Dixon comes to NWPPA with over 20 years of organizational learning and development experience, and 10 years of experience in the power industry. Most recently she spent eight years with Marsh and McLennen companies (Mercer, Oliver Wyman) as the global head of client delivery and then chief operations officer for the Leadership Development business. Prior to that, she worked for PacifiCorp/Scottish Power as the director of talent management. While there, her team provided organizational development, change management, succession planning, leadership development, learning, and staffing services for Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Power, and PPM Energy. She has also worked for PacifiCare Health Systems and Nike Inc.

“Elaine was the unanimous selection of the interview panel,” said NWPPA Executive Director Anita Decker. “She has the background and experience to make sure we don’t miss a beat at delivering value to our members with our training and educational programs.”

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Benton PUD’s Steve Frost receives 2016 Career Commitment to Safety Award

VANCOUVER, WA. – Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) and its Engineering & Operations (E&O) Conference Planning Committee awarded Benton PUD Utility Safety Coordinator Steve Frost with the association’s Career Commitment to Safety Award at last week’s 2016 Engineering & Operations Conference on April 12, 2016, in Spokane, Wash. E&O Safety Committee Chair Lance Hughes presented the award to Frost before the opening general session.

Frost’s commitment to safety began during his time (1982-2000) as a lineman and instructor at Montana Power Company where he focused on safety. From there, he worked for Electrical Safety Consultants International (ESCI) as a safety coordinator. At ESCI, he was responsible for performing safety services for several utilities in Central Washington, including Benton PUD. He was later hired directly by Benton PUD to focus on utility safety for these organizations.

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Clatskanie’s Marcum and Welter receive 2016 Safety Heroism Award

VANCOUVER, WA. – Last week, Clatskanie PUD Line Working Foreman Lonnie Marcum and Journeyman Lineman Darin Welter received the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Safety Heroism Award at the association’s 2016 Engineering & Operations Conference on April 14, 2016, in Spokane, Wash. Marcum was on hand to accept the award at Thursday’s general session on behalf of himself and his co-worker.

During a flooding event on December 9, 2015, Marcum and Welter were flagged down by a local resident on Hwy 30 in Clatskanie, Ore. They were informed that someone was out in the flood waters and had been yelling for help. The linemen quickly drove up Lost Creek Road as far as possible until the water stopped them. They couldn’t see anyone or a car in the water, but they could hear Richard Forrest yelling for help and they began to talk to him.

The linemen waded out in the water and could then see Forrest clinging to a tree. They continued out into the deep water where they were up to their necks and treading water to stay afloat themselves as they tried to get closer. Using rescue techniques from their safety trainings, they made several attempts to get a rope to Forrest so that they could get him out of the water. After a few throws of the rope, they connected and were able to safely pull him to the shallow water. The linemen helped him out of the water and to the care of emergency responders from the Clatskanie Fire Department who had just arrived on the scene. Although they were able to save Mr. Forrest from the flood water, Marcum and Welter were saddened that they couldn’t reach Mrs. Forrest as she was trapped in the car under 10 to 12 feet of water at the time.

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