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Who We Are

Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations — Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, American Public Power Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Distribution Contractors Association. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors, and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs.

Our Mission:
Build the alliances, processes, and tools to develop tomorrow’s energy workforce

CEWD Board of Directors

John Bruckner, Chair
President, NY Jurisdiction
National Grid

Maria Korsnick
President & CEO
Nuclear Energy Institute

Melissa Anderson, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President, Administration & Chief Human Resources Officer
Duke Energy

Thomas R. Kuhn
Edison Electric Institute

Vivek Arora
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel
Mears Group, Inc., a Quanta Services Company

Rick Riley
Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations and Asset Management
Entergy Services

Deborah Caplan
EVP, Human Resources and Corporate Services
NextEra Energy, Inc.

Michele Rinn
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Donnie Colston
Director, Utility Department
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Sheila Rostiac
Senior Vice President Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Chief Diversity Officer

Rob Darden
Executive Vice President
Distribution Contractors Association

Maria Smedley
VP, Human Resources and Corporate Strategy
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp./
Arkansas Electric Cooperatives

Sloane Drake
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Georgia Power and Southern Company


Lori Traweek
American Gas Association

Peter Fojtik
Vice President, Gas Distribution


David Vosvick
Vice President of Human Resources
Pepco Holdings/Exelon

Catherine A. Hendrian
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Consumers Energy


CEWD Officers

Terri Oliva, CEWD Chief Administrative Officer
Executive Director, Human Resources and Assistant Treasurer
Edison Electric Institute

Missy Henriksen, CEWD Executive Director

Lori Brady, CEWD Deputy Director
Director, Human Resources
Nuclear Energy Institute

Victoria Calderon, CEWD Secretary
Associate General Counsel, Compliance and Corporate Affairs
Edison Electric Institute

The CEWD Team

Missy Henriksen
Executive Director

Chastity Ryce
Manager, Industry Workforce Development

Karl Christopher
Virtual Career Coach

Claire Daly
Administrative Assistant

Becky Meggesin
Consultant, West, Northwest Regions

Rosa Schmidt
Consultant, Northeast, MidAtlantic, South, Southeast Regions; Interim Consultant, Midwest Region; Troops to Energy Jobs Lead

Julie Strzempko
Education Consultant

Laura Williamson
Communications Consultant

Our Purpose

The electric power industry is in the midst of a transformation, and with that transformation comes the need for a diverse, qualified workforce with the knowledge, skills, and ability to adapt and grow along with the industry.

CEWD is at the forefront of forecasting the demand for workers, communicating the skills and knowledge for current and future workers, and partnering with educators across the country to create scalable career pathways for energy jobs. CEWD provides ready-to-use resources that allow energy companies to attract, train, and hire from a variety of demographic groups including youth, military, women, and transitioning adults.

Initially formed to identify and implement solutions to the aging workforce issue, CEWD now focuses on closing the skill gaps in mission critical jobs as the industry faces changes in technology and leads the way to a cleaner energy future. Over the past 10 years, CEWD has worked to create a strong foundation of partnership between the energy industry, education, and workforce development to implement proven and scalable workforce solutions that save time, conserve resources, and reduce costs.

CEWD Region Map

* International Organizations: Please contact Missy Henriksen at mhenriksen@eei.org to learn more about membership opportunities.

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