Johnson retiring from Safe Harbor, Hager replacing

Richard A. Johnson, P.E., is retiring as manager of engineering with Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation,

Richard A. Johnson

effective June 1. Guy Hager, Johnson’s replacement, began working for the company in January 2010.

Johnson has been with Safe Harbor since 2001. Before that, he was manager of hydro automation with Voith Hydro. Johnson joined Voith Hydro in 1995. Before joining Voith Hydro, Johnson spent 25 years with Woodward Governor Co., ending as engineering manager of hydro controls.

Guy Hager

Hager worked for Exelon Power from 2002 to 2010, spending four of those years as technical manager of the 548-MW Conowingo and 880-MW Muddy Run pumped-storage facilities, 2003 through 2006. Before joining Exelon, Hager was consulting engineer with Concord Associates Inc.

Safe Harbor Water Power operates the 417.5-MW Safe Harbor plant on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.

In his new position, Hager is responsible for setting the major equipment plan for the Safe Harbor plant and for managing design implementation and troubleshooting of technical work performed at the facility.

Safe Harbor Water Power is jointly owned by Constellation Power Source Generation Inc. and PPL Holtwood LLC.

Zaffarese-Leavitt named director of Lower Colorado office

Rick Zaffarese-Leavitt is director of the financial management office for the Lower Colorado Region of the U.S. 

Rick Zaffarese-Leavitt
Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.

In this role, Zaffarese-Leavitt will be responsible for the region’s financial management program, including financial oversight of the region’s internal controls and audit and financial statements.

Zaffarese-Leavitt began working in the Lower Colorado Region in 1993. He has served as finance officer for the region, which includes Arizona, southern California, southern Nevada, portions of western New Mexico, and portions of southern Utah.

Zaffarese-Leavitt replaces Bruce Stockinger, who retired in December 2009.

Brookshier retires from U.S. Department of Energy

Peggy Brookshier retired from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho Operations Office on April 1, 2010.

Brookshier joined the DOE in 1979 as part of its Small Hydropower Demonstration Program. During this time, she maintained DOE’s national hydro database and worked on its Hydro License Loan Program.

For a decade beginning in 1993, Brookshier organized and managed the DOE Advanced Hydropower Turbine Systems Program. The primary goal of this program was to develop environmentally friendly hydroelectric turbines (i.e., turbines in which both power production and such environmental benefits as fish passage survival and dissolved oxygen concentrations are maximized). She brought together a diverse group of engineers and biologists to accomplish research and development on turbine design and testing, computational modeling, instrumentation development, quantification of biological responses to stressors, and other engineering and environmental issues that constrained hydropower development.

More recently, Brookshier was administrator of the Work for Others Program at DOE’s Idaho Operations Office. This involves the performance of work for non-DOE entities by the DOE or the use of DOE facilities that is not directly funded by DOE appropriations.

Brookshier was a long-time member of the Hydro Review editorial advisory board and helped plan the HydroVision and Waterpower conferences.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Hamilton dies

Samuel Davis Hamilton III, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), died of a heart attack February 20, 2010.

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Hamilton to the position in July 2009, and he was sworn in on September 1, 2009. Hamilton worked for FWS, a division of the Department of the Interior, for more than 30 years. Before accepting the position of director, Hamilton was regional director for the Southeast Region in Atlanta.

Poplemon new senior VP, general manager at SNC-Lavalin

Alain Poplemon is senior vice president and general manager of SNC-Lavalin’s hydro operations in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and India.

Alain Poplemon

Poplemon joined SNC-Lavalin in 1987. He has held management positions in the company’s thermal, nuclear, and hydro divisions, as well as in its energy management systems division. In these positions, Poplemon has managed projects and business units throughout the world.

Poplemon replaced Paul Dufresne, who is now vice president of AECOM Energy.

SNC-Lavalin is an engineering, procurement, construction, and related technical services company. The company’s energy division has participated in hydro projects in more than 120 countries, representing an installed capacity of more than 250,000 MW. This division provides full services from planning and engineering to construction. It also has designed, constructed, and operated its own small hydro plants. In addition, the energy division has rehabilitated and upgraded more than 50 hydroelectric developments and performed more than 100 dam safety assessments worldwide.

Valagussa appointed president, CEO of TREVIICOS

Stefano Valagussa has been appointed president and chief executive officer of TREVIICOS Corporation.

Stefano Valagussa

Valagussa assumes the position formerly held by Ricardo Petrocelli, who has been named chairman of the  board of TREVIICOS. Before accepting this position, Valagussa was vide president, special projects for TREVIICOS.

Valagussa’s responsibilities include continuing to expand the company’s traditional foundation work and its growing geotechnical work on soil stabilization, barrier wall, and other complex underground projects.

TREVIICOS is a foundation and geotechnical contracting company based in Boston.

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