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FirstEnergy Names Amanda Mertens Campbell Vice President, External Affairs

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AKRON, Ohio, June 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced that Amanda Mertens Campbell has been named vice president, External Affairs, effective July 10. Campbell will lead and oversee local, state and federal external affairs for FirstEnergy. In this role, she will drive engagement on issues that significantly impact the company’s customers, employees and operations aligned with FirstEnergy’s core values and business strategies. She will report to Mark Mroczynski, acting vice president, Operations.

“Amanda’s knowledge of the energy industry, along with her experience leading policy development and strategy and driving industry and trade association collaboration around key issues, make her a strong addition to the FirstEnergy leadership team,” Mroczynski said. “As we renew our leadership on policies and regulations that advance our ability to serve customers, she will play a key role in ensuring our activities remain grounded in our core values and enhanced political engagement policies and procedures.”

Since 2018, Mertens Campbell served as vice president of Government Affairs and Community and Project Outreach for The Williams Companies. In this role, she was instrumental in building teams engaged in government and regulatory affairs, guiding the development of strategic policy and regulatory agendas that integrated business priorities and sustainability goals. Under her leadership, The Williams Companies established itself as an industry leader on clean energy and climate change issues. In addition, she led efforts to partner with customers to create and execute community outreach campaigns that support energy infrastructure development and operations.

Prior to The Williams Companies, Mertens Campbell was executive counsel, Global Government Affairs and Policy for GE Power, a subsidiary of The General Electric Company. She has also served as manager of Global Affairs and Policy for GE Hitachi Nuclear.

Before joining GE, Mertens Campbell was minority counsel from 2008-2009 and general counsel from 2009-2010 for The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She has also held an associate attorney role with Stinson LLP in its Washington, D.C., energy regulatory practice.

Mertens Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in American Studies and English from Lake Forest College and received a Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law. Campbell is a member of the bar associations in Maryland, District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court.

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Gov. Justice Appoints Jeffrey Stephens to fill Sixth District seat in House of Delegates

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CHARLESTON, WV — Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday he has appointed Jeffrey R. Stephens to the West Virginia House of Delegates Sixth District, which serves Marshall County. Stephens replaces Charlie Reynolds, who resigned earlier this month.

A John Marshall High School and West Liberty University graduate, Stephens is an educator with the Marshall County Schools system, teaching West Virginia Studies and serving as the athletic director at Sherrard Middle School.

Stephens also has coaching experience, having been the assistant girls’ basketball coach at John Marshall from 2010 to 2014, Sherrard girls basketball coach from 2014 to 2022, and Sherrard football coach from 2010 to 2022.

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Huntington Mayor Williams Files Pre-Candidacy for Governor

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams took another step Thursday in his announced plan to run for governor by filing his pre-candidacy papers with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.

Williams is the only Democrat in that race so far. Cecil Silva of the Lincoln County community of Spurlockville filed pre-candidacy papers in April, but the secretary of state’s office lists his candidacy as terminated. The secretary of state’s website lists eight Republican candidates for governor; one each from the Libertarian, Mountain and Constitution parties; and one with no affiliation.

In his filing announcement, Williams pointed to his “diverse background spanning finance, service in the West Virginia Legislature, and three successful terms as Huntington’s Mayor.”

“I’m running for Governor because I believe the best of West Virginia is yet to come,” he said. “From revitalizing Huntington’s economy to combating the opioid crisis with innovative solutions, my track record speaks for itself.”

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Coalfield Development Selects Jacob Hannah as New CEO

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Last week, Coalfield Development Corporation’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Jacob Hannah, current Chief Conservation Officer, to be the next Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia-based nonprofit. Hannah will assume the position effective January 1, 2024.

The October 17th vote occurred after a month’s long search process involving more than 40 applicants for the position.

“I am incredibly honored and excited for this opportunity to continue to serve Appalachia in this dynamic and transformative role. And through the innovative succession model that Brandon Dennison has thoughtfully established for this role transition, I heartily believe that our organization is stepping into a new phase that will empower the momentum for a truly just transition,” Hannah said.

Hannah replaces Coalfield’s founder and current CEO, Brandon Dennison, who was named Vice President of Economic Development at Marshall University in July of this year. Dennison will continue supporting Coalfield Development as Executive President. In this new role, Dennison will help shape strategy, partnerships, and fundraising. Coalfield’s new leadership model resembles the CEO/Executive Chair model more prominent in for-profits.

“This is an important milestone for Coalfield Development. I am genuinely excited for the organization, and I have complete confidence in Jacob as the new CEO. He is going to lead this organization to achieve greater impact than ever before, but he’ll do it with integrity, compassion, and creativity,” Dennison said.

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Dennison added, “Jacob is the right leader at the right time for our region. He has lived the mission of Coalfield Development, growing up in a coal mining family. Since joining us in 2018 Jacob has served multiple leadership roles within the organization, standing up entirely new programs and supervising more than 25 employees. And Jacob has been instrumental in the ACT Now Coalition, which recently brought $100 million of new investment to southern West Virginia.”

Coalfield Development Board of Directors President Kenzie New Walker applauded the diligent efforts of the board’s search committee.

“I want to commend our search committee for shepherding such a strong hiring process. This committee was diligent and persistent in running a thorough search which connected our organization with high caliber candidates. Jacob rose to the top of this competitive group, and we’re we appreciate all the applicants who applied,” she said.  

Hannah has been an employee of Coalfield Development for five years. He previously held the role of Chief Conservation Officer.

“I come from three generations of coal mining in my family, and I am a 5th generation West Virginian. My leadership style is to integrate an empathetic and grounded approach to the strategy of triple-bottom line sustainability; balancing People, Planet, and Prosperity in harmony with each other with a lens towards a fair and just transition.

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Hannah’s work intersects the throughline of environmental considerations with social wellbeing and economic development.

“This is truly an exciting time to be at Coalfield Development and the work we are doing to better the lives of our Appalachian communities,” he said.

About Coalfield Development: Coalfield Development is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Huntington, West Virginia focusing on rebuilding the Appalachian economy through social enterprise creation, job training, and community-based real-estate development.

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