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WiNUP In the Community
Acorns to Oaks
International Executive Office
Janet Hewitt joined the WV chapter of WiNUP in 2010 where she has been involved on both the international and local levels. She has served as the WV Chapter Vice chair and chair and as the 2015 International Conference Chair. On the international level, Hewitt has served as Committee Chair for the Budget and Finance Committee (2 Years), Professional Development Committee, Power Award Committee and Ways and Means Committee; she has also served as a committee member on the Ways and Means committee and New Members committee. In 2015, she was the recipient of the prestigious Power Award.
Janet , an employee of American Electric Power functions as a project manager for the Operational and Performance Transformation group. In this position, she is responsible for continuous improvement “Lean” activities and the identification of sustainable cost savings and process improvement opportunities. Previously, she was the Administrative Superintendent at the Kammer-Mitchell Power plant. Her overall responsibilities in this role included creating the 10 year budget and long range plan, budget tracking and reporting, unit outage planning and cost control and general plant accounting duties. Other duties included aiding in the development of the plant's business plan, leading the continuous improvement process and liaison between the plant and the Regional Engineering Organization. In addition, Janet led the Generation Accounting group for 8 years in various projects.
Hewitt joined AEP in 1982 as a performance engineer at Mitchell plant and has worked for AEP for 37 years in various positions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College.
In her spare time Janet enjoys checking out new wineries near her family in north eastern Ohio. She also enjoys helping her parents at their summer business in Geneva-on-the-Lake Ohio; this is a great summer vacation spot.
Hewitt lives in Moundsville, WV and has one daughter and one son.
Immediate Past President
Holly Huffman is member relations and advertising manager at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. Holly works with the association's magazine, Electric Consumer, to produce its members’ local news pages each month along with other writing, design and editing duties. She also oversees all advertising for the publication.
Holly also helps produce the annual Indiana Electric Cooperatives Directory and the annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art as well as handling social media duties for the magazine. In addition, she is the administrator for the organization’s Youth Power and Hope Awards which recognizes community-minded students from around the state.
Prior to joining Indiana Electric Cooperatives, Holly spent nearly eight years at Wabash Valley Power Association in the marketing department of the Indianapolis-based generation and transmission cooperative. She began her career with Indiana Electric Cooperatives in 2006. In 2010, Holly earned her Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) designation from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Holly earned her master’s degree in public relations in 1999 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she also received her bachelor's degree in public relations. Keeping involved in the profession, Holly is a member of the Public Relations Society of America Hoosier Chapter where she recently served on its board as director of communications.
Holly has been a member of WINUP and the Indiana Chapter since 2010 where she has been involved on both the international and local level. She has served as international secretary, chair of the POWER Award Committee, as a member of the Awards Committee and as chair of the Social Media/Website Committee. In 2013, she received the prestigious POWER Award. She has also served the Indiana Chapter as chapter chair and secretary and was involved in helping to plan the 2011 WiNUP Conference in Indianapolis.
Vivian Andrews is the President of La Ve' Consulting in which she has been providing human resources consulting services for the past 10 years. Vivian has over 45 years of experiences in operations, finance, and 27 of those years in human resources, technical expertise in labor activities, regulatory/ethics compliance, disciplinary and employee issues, capital budgeting and forecasting, salary administration and benefits that included employee awards, incentive programs and sic pay issues. Vivian spent over 36 years with America Electric Power Company where her strengths included consulting, legal expert, planning and organizing, communicating, analyzing and problem-solving, training and interpersonal skills. Vivian has her MBA from Louisiana Tech University.
Vivian has been actively involved in WiNUP since 2007 and most recently was the Chair of the ArkLa Tex chapter. She has also been the International Board Representative and is currently the 2020 International Conference Chair.
Vivian has been married for over 35 years and has four adult children.
Kristen Thompson is the Distribution Customer Design Manager for AEP Ohio. She has worked at American Electric Power for 15 years and worked in various roles within the distribution and engineering organizations.
Kristen graduated from Ohio University where she received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and completed her Masters of Business Administration at Capital University.
Kristen is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, an Community Champion for the AEP/IBEW Operation Feed Campaign. Originally from Pittsburg, PA she now lives in Pataskala, OH with her husband and two children. As an 11 years member of WiNUP Kristen has been involved with her local chapter as well as the international level. She has held the office of Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair for the Ohio Chapter. She has chaired and been involved with several committees at the local chapter level.
Kim joined the Kentucky Chapter of WiNUP at the request of one of the charter members and the president of Kentucky Power at that time. Since joining, she has served as Vice Chair and Chair and also 5 years as the International Board representative.
Kim graduated from Wayne High School with a 3.98 GPA and attended classes at Huntington Junior College of Business. When computer knowledge became more necessary in the job market, she attended some classes at Marshall University.
Her first job was as manager of a local grocery store. She was responsible for inventory management as well as bookkeeping and general business.
After that, she worked at the local car dealership where her mother had been employed for 25 years and she grew up. Her duties at that job varied according to what needed to be done. Some of the duties included, general bookkeeping, parts inventory, mechanic’s assistant and general laborer.
Kim is currently an employee of American Electric Power where she has held various positions within the last 30 years. She began her career as a Meter Services Clerk and general girl Friday. Whatever needed to be done, she was the girl that was called on. Whether it was answering the phone, working the switchboard, sorting and carrying the mail or just general fill in when somebody was off, she was person for the job. After doing that for a couple of years, an opportunity came up for her to work in the transportation department as a clerk in the garage. Kim grew up around cars. Her Mother was a business manager for a car dealership while she was growing up and many afternoons after school and Saturday mornings, she could be found somewhere in that dealership. Either helping with the books, inventory, or changing the oil in a car. This job was a good fit for her skill set. In the 22 years she worked in the transportation department, she did the budget on many occasions, ordered new vehicles, purchased licenses and permits and just general record keeping for the vehicle fleet. Kim was also part of the team that brought the transportation department into the 20th century with a computer program to track the inventory, repairs, etc. In 2013, Kim was asked to transfer from the Transportation department into the Supply Chain department. This was totally upsetting to her, but she rose to the challenge and embraced it. Her current duties are the oversight of 18 storerooms in 2 different states. Multiple locations can create multiple headaches, but nothing that can’t be overcome.
In her spare time, Kim likes to read and work with various crafts. Her favorite is cross stitch pictures. She lives in Wayne, WV with her husband Victor, son Charley, daughter Brittany, son-in-law Willard and granddog Daisy.
Lisa Morinini has over 29 years of experience in management, communications and marketing. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, she held management positions at small, medium and large professional services companies in the water, energy and environment industries. In this capacity, she led the development and implementation of strategic plans, managed internal and external communication plans, and managed public relations and marketing initiatives.
Lisa served as the Executive Director of The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment in which she provided day-to-day oversight of all of the Association’s activities and was responsible for the Association’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Prior to being appointed the Executive Director, Lisa was one of seven women that founded the Association which was established to promote the success of women in the fields of water, energy and environment by providing members with multiple venues for learning, sharing and growth. She also held the role of Treasurer/Secretary of the Board where she was responsible for finances, budgets and fiscal oversight.
Lisa is a California native and lives in Folsom, California.
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