MUWG MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM MANAGER / PRESIDENT
Clay Cook

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Clay has over 30 years of experience with fossil power plants in the areas of program development, quality assurance, maintenance and inventory management. This includes over twenty years of experience with enterprise asset management applications and fourteen years of experience with Maximo upgrades, integrations, training, reporting, inventory and financial management.

FINANCIAL OFFICER / TREASURER
Mary Lou Furtek

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Mary Lou has been with MUWG on the business side of the organization as the Administrator since 2007 and as the Financial Officer since 2012. She has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix.

Mary Lou maintains all member and vendor records from past conferences and is responsible for processing all registrations, payments, receipts, and vendor sponsorships during an active conference. Her responsibilities also include contracting with hotels for future conferences, payroll, filing tax payments and tax forms, meeting with MUWG’s CPA during tax season and working with the Webmaster to keep the MUWG Website current.

SR. MANAGER
Rick Ulrich
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Rick has over 33 years in power generation, water management, and T&D experience in various areas of reliability maintenance, asset and inventory management. Including 20 years of continuous process improvement, Predictive Maintenance, Lock Out/Tag Out, and mobile. He has experience with Maximo upgrades, integrations, training, reporting and business systems analysis.

IBM Maximo Representative
Terry Saunders
IBM Worldwide Utilities Industry Leader,
IBM Watson loT: Asset Management

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Terry is responsible for world-wide market share growth of asset and work management solutions in Utilities: Generation, Transmission and Distribution for Electric, Gas, and Water. He works with design architects, development, support and our customers and business partners to manage strategy of the Maximo for Utilities Industry solutions. Terry began work with Maximo in 1997 and had previously worked in Generation, Substation, Transmission and Distribution as well as Chemicals, Petroleum, Refining, Mining, Food Processing, and Manufacturing. He has held senior roles in Product Development, Business Development and Industry Marketing for MRO Software and PSDI. Terry Saunders has a Masters of Science Degree in Innovation & Technology from Boston University, 2010 and an undergraduate Degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota, USA.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

COMMITTEE CHAIR
Bobby Shewmake
Southern Company

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Bobby has worked in the Nuclear Industry for the last 32 years at 3 Locations: Farley Nuclear Plant (Southern Company), V.C. Summer (SCANA), and the Southern Company Corporate Offices in Birmingham, where he currently resides. His work history includes assignments in various roles in Health Physics, Chemistry/Radiochemistry, Design Engineering, and Enterprise Solutions Support (ESS) for Maximo/Primavera.


Currently, he works as a Technology Manager for Southern Company, with primary responsibility for Maximo and Primavera Technology Support for the Enterprise. Maximo is used in Nuclear and Fossil Generation, Engineering and Construction Services, and Transmission and Distribution; and, serves as one of 4 core applications in a mix of about 30 systems that are integrated across the Southern Company footprint and supported by the Technology Organization. He also represents Southern on the IBM Nuclear Partners group.


Bobby has a B.S. in Physical Sciences (Auburn University) and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering (South Carolina) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.

COMMITTEE VICE-CHAIR
Mel Bennett
Mount Pleasant Waterworks

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Mel has worked for Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW), a water and wastewater utility near Charleston, S.C., for over 35 years. He helped to implement and then administered MPW’s first CMMS in 1990 while he was Supervisor of the four Water Treatment Plants. He went on to manage the entire Water Department, which included the Water Treatment Plants and the Water Distribution System. Eventually Mel moved out of the Water Department and became Director of Safety and Environmental Compliance. Gradually that position also evolved into managing a very diverse department of multiple functions.

Until January, 2017, Mel was MPW’s Productivity, Quality, and Safety Department Manager. Regarding Maximo, he and his staff were responsible for all user training and ongoing user support, all of the “front end” configurations and administration of the system, and Quality Assurance reviews of the data contained within Maximo. In addition to Maximo and Asset Management, other functional responsibilities within Mel’s department included Safety, Security, Emergency Management, Laboratory Services, Facility Services, and our Dispatch Center.

In January, 2017, Mel stepped out of the department manager role and into a newly created position entitled Asset and Emergency Management Specialist. The goal of this new position was to narrow Mel’s scope of responsibilities, allowing him to focus the majority of his time specifically on Maximo and its impact on asset management / maintenance management activities throughout the organization.

COMMITTEE MEMBER & MSCUG MEMBER
Cristy Bennett
Oglethorpe Power Corporation

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Cristy Bennett has been associated with the Electric Utility Industry for 38 years. After graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree, she spent 10 years working in Georgia Power Company’s Substation Control Design group.

That was followed by 11 years in the Supply Chain organization of Georgia Power & Southern Company, working in all areas of Supply Chain (purchasing, volume procurement, contract management, asset disposition & warehousing). After leaving the Southern Company, she spent the next 10 years as an independent contractor and full-time employee with Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) in their Procurement Services department. For the last 7 years, she has been Director of Supply Chain Services for Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC) which uses Maximo as its enterprise asset management & supply chain tool.  She also serves as the lead of the OPC Maximo Governance Team, steering committee lead of the Maximo Supply Chain User Group, and Board member of the Utility Supplier Alliance Association.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Sebastien Cournoyer
DTE Energy

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I started my career in maintenance and reliability as a Naval Electronics Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994. Since then, I completed many professional development courses in leadership, predictive maintenance technologies and work management. I successfully completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification program and I graduated with Honors from Northwood University with a BBA majoring in Management in May 2009.


I have been a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) with the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professional (SMRP) since 2003. I have worked for Cargill Salt as a Maintenance Planner, a Business Unit Maintenance and Reliability Project Manager and have been with DTE Energy since November 2005 as a Work Management Specialist and Project Lead - Continuous Improvement.


I am a Maximo SME and integration specialist specializing in process improvement using technology to support complex data and process issue.

COMMITTEE MEMBER & MSCUG MEMBER
Chet Johnson
Duke Energy

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My career at Duke (33 years) has spanned from Distribution Engineering to Resource Management to Supply Chain Management and now as the Lead Technology Consultant for the Maximo product suite. My most recent project was as the Supply Chain lead for the mobile design team. Prior to that (2007-2011), I was as the lead for the Supply Chain implementation of Maximo for Generation, Transmission and Distribution business units, along with a mobile warehousing solution across a five-state deployment. Prior to that, I managed 21 Field Operation warehouses and a Distribution Center warehouse in the Carolinas. My current consultant role provides guidance and direction to the Fleet, Finance and Supply Chain business units at Duke Energy to enhance the use of the EAM Maximo Product Suite.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Kris Kumarasinghe
ENMAX Corporation

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Over 18 years of experience with in the Utility, Oil & Gas and Banking sectors. With over 10 years of experience in Work and Asset Management.

Leading the Work and Asset Management MAXIMO Practice for ENMAX. Providing leadership for highly complex technology program across all areas of ENMAX Corporation and for strategic initiatives crossing business areas and operations teams to manage and ensure timely completion of programs.

Leading the Program Delivery organization and empowering teams to implement change. Driving innovation and generation of new ideas with a passion for technology and business process improvements to gain efficiencies.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Andrea O'Donnell

APS

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I have worked for Arizona Public Service for the last 16 years in numerous positions from Engineering, Corporate Environmental & Health, Routine and Overhaul Planning and Scheduling. 15 years has been in Generation supporting Gas & Oil and Coal Power plants and the last year has been in the Transmission and Distribution. I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering and am currently working at attaining a PMP. I am currently a Corporate Functional Area Leader in Work Management for Transmission and Distribution. My role is to provide oversight and support in work management and to help implement and standardize work management processes and work management tools (Maximo) within the business. I work closely with leadership and conduct assessments identifying gaps and providing recommended solution. I have been involved in our Enterprise Work Management project upgrade taking 3 Maximo platforms used by each business within APS to one Enterprise Maximo. I was part of the implementation and support of Maximo for the past two years. I have participated in MUGW since 2010 as an attendee

COMMITTEE MEMBER
George Perry
New York Power Authority

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George has worked in the Electric Utility Industry for 30 years. George started his career with Orange and Rockland Utilities at the Lovett Generating Station. After several years in various positions in fuel handling and plant maintenance, he made the move to operations at the company’s hydro-electric facilities. Now with Southern Energy (later Mirant) George was promoted to Senior Hydro Plant Operator, where he was responsible for development of and training on the lockout / tagout, station and substation switching, and plant operations programs. After a twenty-one-year career, he joined New York Power Authority in 2009 as a Technical Training Instructor responsible for Operations, Safety, and now Maximo and related systems training.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Wayde Prejean
Kinder Morgan Inc.

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I have worked for Kinder Morgan and predecessor companies for 39 years in various Accounting areas, on process / re-engineering projects and as the Maximo Coordinator / Administrator from the business side. I am currently Manager IC over Maximo Operations in the Engineering / Compliance department for Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas segment.


I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also hold the Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) designation.


I have been involved in numerous Maximo implementations and have supported Maximo since 1996. I have been a frequent attendee and presenter at PULSE/Maximo World/InterConnect and at MUWG and other conferences.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Steven Reasor
TVA

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Steve is a Senior Program Manager in Power Operations with the Tennessee Valley Authority-TVA. Currently, manages TVA’s Enterprise Asset Management Governance program. He has a combined total of 33 years’ experience in numerous positions including Information Technology, Engineering, support roles in Operations, and Maintenance business units. Steve serves as TVA’s Asset Management product suite owner.

Steve began participating in the MUWG in 2011 and has been in various roles, including presenter, attendee, and member of the management committee.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Shane Turner
Vistra Energy

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I have worked in power generation for the past 30 years in numerous positions from Operations, Maintenance and Corporate. I am currently the Maximo Business Owner with Vistra Energy, involved in Maximo implementations and support since 2006.  Under ownership initially by Sithe Energies, then Exelon, then Dynegy, and finally Vistra Energy, I have been actively involved in conversion/integration to Maximo of over 50 acquired facilities over that same period of time and have been managing various Computerized Maintenance Management Systems since 1989.

Originally trained as a Nuclear Reactor Operator with the US Navy, most of my power experience is with combined cycle, natural gas facilities.

My MUWG participation began in 2006 and has been in the various roles of a presenter, attendee, and member of the management committee.

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Annie Wooten
LCRA

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Annie has 13 years’ experience at the Lower Colorado River Authority in Dam & Hydroelectric Operations. This includes a background in writing procedures and asset maintenance plans for generation, flood operations, water and waste water utilities, and environmental, and safety. Her current role is to provide oversight and support in work and asset management, and to standardize work management processes across Water Services ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. In addition to departmental planning and scheduling, and Annie is the Cyber Security Coordinator for Dam & Hydro. She has been a member and active participant of MUWG since 2014, and is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

Interested in becoming a Committee Member?

MUWG depends on dedicated Committee Members from member utilities to guide and support the organization. Committee members are expected to promote MUWG in their organization and in the utility sector.  

 

Additional responsibilities include participating on a monthly management committee conference call, attending at least one conference per year, and supporting our conferences by giving presentations or leading breakout sessions. 

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