Family News

Spring 2022

Hello, Baby!

Family Vacations

Mike and Kristy McWaters enjoyed a few days at The Look Out in Mentone, AL to celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary.
Maria Suarez celebrated her grandson Carter’s first birthday with family at Walt Disney World.

Employee Recognitions

Leslie Grinnell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University.
Evan Fuller completed the first set of testing requirements in the Energy Control Center Operator program and has been promoted to dispatcher.

High School Graduates

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2022! We wish you all a happy and successful future.


Cody Blackburn, Calvin Palmer, and Kolby Pickles joined the co-op as apprentice lineworkers April 18. Calvin and Kolby were SVEC’s two lineworker scholarship recipients and completed their schooling through Northwest Lineman College in early April. Cody Blackburn is also a Northwest Lineman College alumnus and is joining us after working for Musgrove Construction.


Megan Hollis joined the co-op April 20 as apprentice dispatcher.
Kolby Bispham joined the co-op as a right of way crew member April 25.

Happy Retirement

Spring marked the end of a long career for three co-op employees. Kirk Head retired April 29 after serving as a staking engineer for 39 years. At his request, the co-op celebrated his last day with breakfast biscuits from Chick-fil-A. Russell Summers and Cecil Cheshire retired May 9 after 42 and 30 years of service as lineworkers. A retirement luncheon for both men was held in the Ops warehouse. We are thankful to them, and to their families, for their many years of commitment.

Cecil Cheshire – 30 years of service

Kirk Head – 39 years of service

Russell Summers – 42 years of service

Board Changes

Bill Hart, trustee for district 9, stepped down in May after serving on the board for 33 years. A luncheon was held to celebrate his service. We appreciate Mr. Hart’s many years as trustee. Francene Folsom, Bill Hart’s daughter, was elected to be the new trustee for District 9. Ms. Folsom retired from the Lafayette County School System in 2020 after teaching various grade levels for 32 years and has served on SVEC’s Operation Round Up Board.

Bill Hart family photo
Francene Folsom