Georgia’s Oglethorpe Power names new execs

TUCKER, Ga., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Oglethorpe Power Corporation today announced the following officer promotions and appointments:

Annalisa M.  Bloodworth was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel. She succeeds Chuck Whitney, who is retiring at the end of the year.  

Her responsibilities will include oversight and management of the corporation’s legal services and strategy. She will also serve as a member of the corporation’s executive leadership team. Ms. Bloodworth previously served as Deputy General Counsel at Oglethorpe Power and, before that, was in private practice with the Sutherland law firm in Atlanta.  She holds a BA degree in economics, with honors, from Trinity University, and a JD degree from Emory University, where she was named to Order of the Coif. 

Lori K. Holt was promoted to Senior Vice President, Fuels & Co-owned Assets. She previously served as Vice President, Fuels & Energy, at Oglethorpe Power. 

In her new role, she will provide overall management of the fuel procurement business functions for the corporation’s diverse power supply resources, as well as fuel and energy optimization functions.  She is also assuming the responsibility of managing the contracts associated with the co-owned coal and nuclear assets. That function was among those previously managed by Clarence D. Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Contract Operations, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Prior to joining Oglethorpe Power, Ms. Holt was Managing Director of Business Development for ACES Power Marketing in Carmel, Indiana.  She graduated with honors from the University of Louisville, where she earned a BS degree in business administration.

Toni M. Presnell was appointed as Vice President, Environmental Affairs, succeeding Doug Fulle, who is retiring at the end of the year. 

Her responsibilities will include leading a highly skilled group of environmental professionals responsible for environmental compliance at Oglethorpe Power’s generating facilities. She will also be responsible for corporate strategy to ensure continued compliance with all existing and future state and federal regulations.

Ms. Presnell joined Oglethorpe Power from Hoosier Energy in Bloomington, Indiana where she served as Manager of the Environmental Services Department.  She holds a BS degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and is currently pursuing an MBA and a master’s degree in strategic management from Indiana University.

Heather H. Teilhet will be joining Oglethorpe Power on January 1, 2017 as Vice President, Governmental Affairs.  She will be working closely with W. Clay Robbins, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs, and will assume his responsibilities upon his retirement at the end of the first quarter of 2017. 

Ms. Teilhet will manage government relations for Oglethorpe Power, representing the company before the executive, legislative and regulatory bodies of state and federal government.  She will educate and advocate on behalf of Oglethorpe Power to lawmakers and public servants in the Georgia General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, the Georgia Public Service Commission and other state and federal agencies to ensure public policies that benefit Georgia energy consumers.

Ms. Teilhet currently serves as Vice President, Government Affairs, at Georgia EMC, the statewide trade association for Georgia’s 41 Electric Membership Corporations.  Before joining Georgia EMC, she served on the staff of former Governor Sonny Perdue as Press Secretary and Director of Communications.  She also served on the staff of former Governor Roy Barnes.

Ms. Teilhet earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University. 

“We congratulate this outstanding group as they take on new responsibilities even as we say goodbye to several of our very talented officers as they retire in the coming weeks,” said Mike Smith, President & CEO.

About Oglethorpe Power

Oglethorpe Power is one of the nation’s largest power supply cooperatives with more than $10 billion in assets serving 38 Electric Membership Corporations which, collectively, provide electricity to more than 4.2 million Georgia residents. A proponent of conscientious energy development and use, Oglethorpe Power balances reliable and affordable energy with environmental responsibility and has an outstanding record of regulatory compliance. Its diverse energy portfolio includes natural gas, hydroelectric, coal and nuclear generating plants with a combined capacity of approximately 7,800 megawatts. Oglethorpe Power was established in 1974 and is owned by its 38 Member Systems. Its headquarters are in Tucker, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb.