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Judy Pensabene has joined the Republican staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as deputy chief counsel. She is returning to the committee, where she worked from 1990 to 1995, after serving as vice president of federal affairs at Constellation Energy Group.
Entergy announced that Peter P. Schneider has been hired as vice president of Nuclear Human Resources, a new position within the company. Schneider's prior experience includes stints at Human Resources Strategies and Solutions, Inc., Exelon, and PECO Energy.
Malyn K. Malquist has joined Avista Corp. as senior vice president. He will be succeeding Jon E. Eliassen , the current senior vice president and CFO, who plans to retire in April 2003. Malquist is expected to be named CFO at the November 2002 meeting of the company's board of directors. He previously has held positions at San Diego Gas & Electric and Sierra Pacific Resources.
James Connelly has been named by the Secretary of Energy to serve on the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Board. Connelly is a commissioner with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy. The Energy Advisory Board was established last year to give the secretary independent advice on electricity policy issues.
Samuel L. Miller has been named executive vice president and COO of NiSource. Miller was formerly a partner at Accenture, with experience in redesigning, implementing, and managing business operations.
Connie O. Hughes has been appointed chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Critical Infrastructure, by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Hughes is a commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
Barry Galt has been elected to the Dynegy board of directors. Galt is the former chairman and CEO of Seagull Energy Corp (now Ocean Energy). He will be named to both the audit committee and the compensation committee. Galt replaces Michael Capellas , who recently resigned from the board.
Roland H. Kidder has been elected to the board of directors of National Fuel Gas Co. He is chairman and president of Kidder Exploration. Kidder served as Trustee of the New York Power Authority from 1975 to 1982.
Gary C. Youngblood , president and COO of Algasco, announced his retirement from the company effective at the end of the year. He has been with the company for 34 years, serving the last six as president.
Siemens Corp. has named David Pacyna as president and CEO of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution. He succeeds Jan van Dokkum . Pacyna previously served as the vice president in charge of global business strategy for Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp.
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland has been named vice president of Energy Delivery Services for CP&L, effective Nov. 1. She succeeds Jim Massengill , who is retiring from the company after 39 years. Pinnix-Ragland is a 22-year veteran of the company.
The Utility Economic Development Association recently elected several people to two-year terms on the board of directors: Marc Benner , vice president, delegation aux implantations industrielles, Electricité de France; Walt Elish , director of economic development, Maine Public Service Co.; Doug Fisher , system manager, economic and community