Danielle McGrath – New Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs

July 9, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today Governor Mike Pence named four new deputy chiefs of staff in his executive office to better serve agencies and the public.

Danielle McGrath will join the Governor’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs to help coordinate and successfully pass the Governor’s Legislative Agenda, will lead coordination with agency legislative liaisons, and will manage the appointments of Boards and Commissions. McGrath currently serves as the Executive Director of External Affairs for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), where she is the chief liaison for legislative issues and oversees a staff of 13 responsible for media relations, consumer affairs, information technology, and the agency’s budget. Prior to joining the IURC, Danielle worked for a public relations and advertising agency. She graduated with honors from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. Originally from northwest Indiana, she now resides in McCordsville with her husband Kyle and is active in a number of community and professional organizations.

John Hill will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of Public Safety, overseeing all of the state’s public safety agencies. Hill is currently the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security. Hill has more than 35 years in public service at the federal and state levels. He was a member of the Indiana State Police for twenty-nine years, working in both public safety and highway safety. Hill also served as the Field Enforcement Division Commander and was later asked to start the ISP’s new Motor Carrier Division, where he also served as its leader. In 2006, President Bush nominated Hill to serve as the Chief Safety Officer at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. In this role, he was responsible for improving commercial vehicle highway safety by finalizing several key safety regulations, improved performance by FMCSA staff and state enforcement agencies and careful coordination with the United States Congress on a variety of critical initiatives. Hill is a graduate of Taylor University where he obtained a B.A. in political science. He also graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy. He and his wife Pepper reside in Greenwood.

Sean Keefer will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of Executive Branch Agencies. In this role he will oversee the large majority of state agencies and will be responsible for managing operational issues, personnel hiring and contracting across all agencies, as well as Cabinet-level communications. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office as Legislative Director last year, Sean served as the Commissioner for the Department of Labor. Previously he served as the Chief of Staff at the Indiana State Department of Health under Governor Daniels, and he holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from Purdue University.

Ryan Streeter, currently the Senior Policy Director, has been named Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy and Strategy. He will continue to develop major policy initiatives for the Governor, and in addition he will take on an increased role in developing strategy for Governor’s main policy agenda.

This new structure will be in place beginning next week.

Source: The Office of Governor Mike Pence

Citizens Announces Personnel Changes to Water Operations Department

INDIANAPOLIS- Citizens Energy Group is proud to announce the promotion of Jeff Willman to Executive Director of Water Operations. Since 2012, Willman has served as Citizens’ Director of External Affairs where he was responsible for government affairs initiatives and managing relationships with key stakeholders at the state and local level.

Willman joined Citizens in 2007 and has served in various roles including Director of Utility Systems Management and Director of Customer Relations and Government Affairs. Prior to joining Citizens, Willman worked for 18 years at Indianapolis Power & Light.

Willman has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Evansville and an MBA from Butler University. Willman currently serves on boards for the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis and the Warren Township School Building Corporation. Willman is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program.

“Jeff has served in various positions of increased responsibility while at Citizens,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO. “I have the utmost confidence his hard work and dedication to serving the trust and the community will allow him to excel in his new role.”

Willman will begin his new position on June 1.

Additional information is available online at www.CitizensEnergyGroup.com – Facebook – Twitter – YouTube

Joseph Sutherland Named Director, Government and External Affairs at Citizens

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group announced today that Joseph Sutherland has been named Director, Government and External Affairs effective July 28. Sutherland comes to Citizens from Utilitus LLC where he served as President and Managing Director.

In his new role, Sutherland will be responsible for developing effective relationships and communicating with state and local elected officials and other key stakeholders.

Sutherland has more than 19 years of experience in all aspects of state utility regulation. Prior to his work with Utilitus, Sutherland had a 17-year career at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission where he served in positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director for Governmental Affairs.

“Joe Sutherland’s extensive knowledge of utility industry regulation and his ability to build effective relationships with elected officials will be great assets in his new position at Citizens,” said Carey Lykins, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Sutherland, who has a bachelor of science in business from Indiana University, is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Government Affairs Society of Indiana, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Water Advisory Council.

Additional information is available online at www.CitizensEnergyGroup.com – Facebook – Twitter – YouTube

Bernardin Lochmueller Changes Name To Lochmueller Group

Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates has changed its name to Lochmueller Group (Lochmueller). The change is in response to confusion that stemmed from Lochmueller’s strong growth in Illinois and Missouri. In company documentation, the former name was often abbreviated, and that abbreviated form overlapped with another regional provider of similar services.

“We had several incidents of confusion from clients,” said Lochmueller’s President Michael Hinton. “We just felt it would be better to get out of the alphabet soup. At the same time, the shorter, simpler name adds a punch that we feel will aid us as we continue to expand into new geographic markets.”

Founded by Keith Lochmueller and Vince Bernardin in 1980, the firm provides infrastructure planning, engineering design, environmental services, land acquisition, and survey and through offices in Evansville, Indianapolis, and Jeffersonville, Indiana; Chicago and Troy, Illinois; and St. Louis, Missouri.  Bernardin retired from the firm in 2007, while Lochmueller remains active as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

“I’m so proud that the firm has grown and flourished over the 35 years since Keith and I founded it,” Bernardin said. “I do understand, however, that growth often necessitates change in order to adapt to new markets and opportunities.  What’s important is that the values of integrity and innovation on which we founded Lochmueller have remained steadfast even as the company has grown and evolved.”


John Mugford’s Passing

johnmugfordIt is with deepest sadness that we inform you of the death of John Mugford.  He passed away this past Saturday, April 12.

In addition to being a tremendous friend and mentor to many in the industry, John had served on Indiana Rural Water Association’s Board of Directors since 1997.  His friendship and guidance will be greatly missed.

John’s obituary reads as follows:

John G. Mugford Sr., 60, a resident of North Manchester, Indiana for 40 years passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 in IU Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen, Indiana. He was born to the late Raymond J. Mugford Jr. and Myra (Bone) Mugford in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1953.

John was employed with the town of North Manchester, Indiana for 40 years and had been the Utility Supervisor for the last 20 years. John was a member and Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 286, Indiana Section American Water Works Association where he held officer roles, Indiana Rural Water Association, and Indiana Vector Association. He proudly served his country in the United States Marines. He was also an avid outdoorsman. John was a loving husband to the love of his life, and a devoted father. His grandchildren were his life. He was a gift from God and a blessing to all that knew him. He adored his family and gave all of himself to his town.

John married Deborah King on March 30, 1974, she survives along with a son, John G. Mugford Jr. (Carrie) of North Manchester, Indiana; daughter, Mrs. Brett (JoHanna) Young of North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers, Raymond Mugford III (Mary Ann) of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and James Mugford of Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. Vince (Diane) Menendez of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Gary (Maryann) Hoch of North Manchester, Indiana; and five grandchildren, Bryce Mugford, Wyatt Young, Brendyn Mugford, Caden Young, and Jocelyn Young. He was preceded in death by two twin daughters, Shawn and Dawn and a sister.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University, entrance will be off of East Street in North Manchester, Indiana, with Pastor John B. Lowe officiating the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are directed to Water For People, c/o Indiana Section AWWA, 5265 East 82nd Street-Suite 310, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.

Calling will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday at Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcdonaldfunerals.com