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Powerful Careers: Mike Malandro

Powerful Careers: Mike Malandro

For Mike Malandro, president and CEO of Choptank Electric Cooperative, it's all about having a plan. After high school, Malandro joined the Army. His rapid-deployment unit was one of the first units in Bosnia, where he spent a year. “I learned a lot about...

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Powerful Careers: Andrew Cotter

Powerful Careers: Andrew Cotter

Despite the misconception that he needed to be an engineer, Andrew Cotter pursued his passion for the power industry and serves as a power portfolio specialist for Central Virginia Electric Cooperative in Arrington, Va. When he talks with others outside of...

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Powerful Careers: Brenda Mansfield

Powerful Careers: Brenda Mansfield

Things have changed since Brenda Mansfield joined her Community Electric Cooperative family in 1979, including more women in leadership roles. She followed the lead of her mother, who previously worked for the co-op. Her mother’s dedication and love for the...

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Powerful Careers: Kenny McMichael

Powerful Careers: Kenny McMichael

Like many high school students overwhelmed by the options from which to choose, Kenny McMichael was undecided on which career path to take. Like the flip of a switch, that all changed during a four-hour presentation during a school field trip to Community...

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Powerful Careers: Mitch DeJarnette

Powerful Careers: Mitch DeJarnette

Mitch DeJarnette remembers as a boy riding along with his dad, who worked as a contractor clearing rights-of-way for electric cooperatives along the East Coast. That impressed the young man enough to pursue his own career in line work — most importantly, at...

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Powerful Careers: Justice Powell

Powerful Careers: Justice Powell

While serving in mass communications with the U.S. Navy, Justice Powell saw a need for graphic design. She decided to fulfill that need and navigated herself through basic training of the Adobe design software. That self-motivation and drive landed her a...

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Powerful Careers: Sheila Switzer

Powerful Careers: Sheila Switzer

You never know where a Powerful Career might take you. Or for how long. After graduating from Craig County High School in New Castle, Va., Sheila Switzer started working at a furniture company when an acquaintance told her that she might be a good fit for an...

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Powerful Careers: Heather Dalton

Powerful Careers: Heather Dalton

In her 23 years at Southside Electric Cooperative, Heather Dalton has experienced the inside and outside of the power line industry. Dalton, a staking technician in SEC’s Altavista office, came to the cooperative as a cashier/clerk, equivalent to today’s...

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