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June Newsletter, Issue 2

SEC Board Names Jason Loehr as new CEO; Names Carol Myers as new CFO

Southside Electric Cooperative’s Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services Jason Loehr was announced recently as the Cooperative’s new Chief Executive Officer. His selection follows an extensive, nine-month nationwide search that drew more than 130 candidates. Carol B. Myers has taken over as Southside Electric Cooperative’s Chief Financial Officer, the first woman to hold that senior management position in SEC’s 85-year history.

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Earns National honor

Southside Electric Cooperative’s YouthTECH event that provided laptop computers to a dozen students last summer has won national recognition.


YouthTECH earned a silver award for best event in the 2022 Spotlight on Excellence Awards program sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The awards were announced in April. Winners were recognized at a national conference for communications and marketing professionals in Seattle in May.


SEC’s Member and Public Relations Department developed YouthTECH after the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. was canceled due to the pandemic. Twelve high school juniors received their choice of a Dell personal computer or Apple MacBook. The laptops were presented at a special event in Crewe last August for students and their families that also included remarks by former 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt and Cooperative leaders, an interactive social media project and lunch.


“We are ecstatic to receive a national honor for YouthTECH,” says Ron White, vice president of member and public relations. “The project was another of the several ways that SEC shows its support for students and education across the 18-county service area. We knew a new laptop would be a wonderful resource for students as they completed high school and pursued future interests.”

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Cooperative fund awards record number of scholarships


Twenty-seven graduating high school seniors across SEC's service area received Southside Opportunity Fund scholarships to help them pursue higher education.


Meeting in May, the SOF board reviewed scholarship submissions from 56 students and selected 27 recipients to receive either $2,000 or $1,000 as they head off to a college, university or trade/technical school this fall.

To View a Complete Listing of the Scholarship Recipients, Click Here.

SEC Lineworkers Win Big at

Gaff-n-Go Skills competition

Three Southside Electric Cooperative apprentice lineworkers grabbed first- and second-place honors in the Gaff-n-Go Lineworker Rodeo held May 13-14 near Richmond.


Competing against 74 other apprentices, Scott Geovannello, who works out of SEC’s Powhatan office, and Hunter Cline and Shane Baldwin, both out of the Altavista office, brought home top finishes. Geovannello placed second in the Overall Apprentice Winner category and first in CPR and AED exercises. Cline finished second in the Bell Insulator Change Out and second in the Climbing Skills Demonstration. Baldwin was the first-place winner in the Climbing Skills Demonstration.

Photographed above are Apprentice Lineworkers (L to R) Scott Geovannello, Hunter Cline and Shane Baldwin.


Participating in the Gaff-n-Grill event was the team of SEC Apparatus Technicians, Bobby Moseley, Wayne Paulett, Andy Haynes and Blake Poindexter. In addition, Director of Safety Ian Hix, Director of Technical Services Joshua Wells and Line Technician Tommy Byrd served as judges for the Gaff-n-Go competition. 

Photographed below are SEC Apparatus Technicians (L to R) Black Poindexter, Wayne Paulett, Andy Haynes and Bobby Moseley.

To Learn More about the Gaff-n-Go event click here.

A rising second grader at Kenston Forest School, Kelly Moseley is photographed with her first-place winning picture in an art contest

sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association

of Electric Cooperatives. Kelly is the daughter of SEC Apparatus

Technician Bobby Moseley and Supervisor of Accounting Katlyn

Moseley. Photograph Katlyn, Bobby, Kelly and Kerri Moseley.

Concern for Community

Southside Electric Cooperative employees are often found volunteering in the communities where they live. Photographed above volunteering for Hope Food Distribution in Crewe are (top, left to right) Chief Financial Officer Carol Myers; Serviceman Ben Simmons and Total Life Center of Southside Virginia's Executive Director Dr. Jackie August; (bottom, left to right) Energy Management Advisor Scott Wallace; and Line Technician Supervisor Brandon K. Redford.


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