Salmon remembered as valued contributor to advancing dam safety in Canada, globally

Dam safety professional Gary Salmon died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 17, 2007.

Gary Salmon

Salmon’s career included 32 years at BC Hydro, where he retired as director of dam safety. Following retirement, Salmon worked as an international consultant on dam safety.

In addition to contributions to traditional practices, Salmon pioneered development and application of risk-based dam safety evaluation processes.

Salmon represented Canada on the Dam Safety Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams. He served as president of the Canadian Dam Safety Association (CDSA) and helped establish the association’s dam safety guidelines.

Salmon, a recipient of CDSA’s Inge Anderson Award for helping advance dam safety, was a co-founder of the CEA Technologies (CEATI) Dam Safety Interest Group (DSIG) in the early 1990s. He led the DSIG as its technology coordinator for more than ten years. He also was a member of the Hydro Review Advisory Board.

Bureau of Reclamation names Gray, Walkoviak regional directors

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation named new directors for its Lower Colorado and Upper Colorado regions. Lorri Gray will direct the Lower Colorado Region in Boulder City, Nev. Larry Walkoviak will direct the Upper Colorado Region in Salt Lake City, Utah. Commissioner Robert Johnson announced both appointments in September.

Lorri Gray

Gray has more than more than 24 years of federal service, all with the Lower Colorado Region. She has held several management positions, most recently as manager of the Lower Colorado River-Multi-Species Conservation Program. Gray is the first permanent director of the region named since Johnson left the job to become commissioner.

Larry Walkoviak

Since 2005, Walkoviak has served as deputy regional director of the Lower Colorado Region. He has more than 32 years of federal service, also all with Reclamation. Prior to his new appointment, Walkoviak held positions in the Great Plains and Upper Colorado regions. He assumed his new job in September, upon the retirement of Regional Director Rick Gold.

Reclamation names Collins Eastern Colorado Area Manager

Mike Collins is the new manager of Reclamation’s Eastern Colorado Area. In that job, at the area office in Loveland, Colo., Collins is responsible for the management of 20 water storage dams and seven hydropower plants in the 216.3-MW Colorado-Big Thompson and 200-MW Frying Pan-Arkansas projects.

Collins has held a number of jobs since joining Reclamation in 1978. Most recently, he served as manager of the Resource Services Group in the Great Plains Regional Office in Billings, Mont. He also served as deputy area manager of the Yuma Area Office in Yuma, Ariz.

Collins replaces Fred Ore, who was named Special Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Administration and Budget. Ore is assigned to Reclamation’s Washington, D.C., office but is stationed in Grand Island, Neb.

TVA appoints new chief financial officer

Kimberly Scheibe Greene has joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president of financial services. She previously served as treasurer and senior vice president of finance for Southern Company.

Kimberly Scheibe Greene

Greene is responsible for all aspects of TVA’s financial operations, including treasury, accounting, risk management, financial planning. She is based in TVA’s Knoxville headquarters.

Greene joined Southern Company in 1991 as mechanical engineer. In 1994, she moved to Southern Energy Inc., now Mirant, where she was responsible for asset management and coordination of transmission system loads with adjoining utilities. In 2002, Greene joined Southern Company Generation and Energy Marketing as director of portfolio management, and she was named treasurer of Southern Company Services in 2003.

John M. Hoskins, who served as TVA’s interim CFO and executive vice president since November 2006, will continue in the role of senior vice president of finance.

Engineer Foss remembered

Doug Foss, a project manager with GEI Consultants Inc., died while on a work assignment in Pennsylvania. He was 45.

Doug Foss

At GEI, Foss and his colleagues helped PPL Montana develop an automated thermal decision support system to mitigate thermal effects on the Lower Madison River in Montana. Foss authored a paper on that work, which was presented at the Waterpower XV conference in July by a colleague after his death.

Foss earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University in 1993. He received his professional engineering license in 2005. At the time of his death, he was leading more than a dozen projects, GEI said.

A scholarship fund has been established for his two young daughters: The Emily & Ashley Foss Benefit Fund, Attention: Tellers, First Security Bank, P.O. Box 209, Belgrade, MT 59714.

Crisson named to lead American Public Power Association

Tacoma Public Utilities Director Mark Crisson is the incoming president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association (APPA), a national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities. Crisson starts his new job upon the December 2007 retirement of APPA President and CEO Alan Richardson.

Mark Crisson

Crisson has been director of Tacoma Public Utilities, Tacoma, Wash., since 1993, when he was promoted from the job of Tacoma Power superintendent to oversee the city’s water and rail services, in addition to electricity.

In 2003, Crisson chaired APPA’s board of directors, completing an eight-year term on the organization’s board. In 2005, he received APPA’s Alex Radin distinguished service award for exceptional dedication and leadership.

Richardson served APPA for 30 years, the last 12 as its president and CEO.

Eppley, Hostler join HCMS

John Eppley and Ken Hostler joined Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Services, Inc. (HCMS) as vice presidents.

John Eppley

Eppley is vice president of the company’s newly formed western division. He is based in HCMS’ Spokane, Wash., office. Eppley has more than 36 years of experience in the hydro industry. His work history includes Voith Siemens (and prior to that, Voith predecessor Allis Chalmers Corp.), Precision Machine & Supply, Inc., and VA Tech Hydro.


Ken Hostler

Hostler is vice president of HCMS’ eastern division. He heads the company office in Woodsboro, Md. Hostler has been in the hydro industry for more than 20 years, and has worked for companies including Voith Siemens and Mavel.

HCMS services include construction and project management, governor maintenance, field advice, and engineering.

Stevens Water announces addition

Stevens Water Monitoring Systems hired Greg Spansel as technical sales and applications engineer. He provides technical and customer support.

Greg Spansel

Spansel previously worked for Sutron, Inc. as northeast regional sales manager, and he has also worked as a customer service technician and an information technology administrator. He has background in electronics and computer hardware, including hydrological and meteorological monitoring systems.

Stevens Water Monitoring Systems designs and manufactures equipment and systems for water monitoring, collection, analysis, and control.

Climax Portable Machine Tools elects new board chairman

Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc. elected Thomas R. Liebermann chairman of its board. In this role, he will provide counsel to Climax’s management team and provide corporate governance.

Liebermann has more than 20 years of experience in business development and management. He also serves as managing director of Philips Screw Company and as chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Systems International, a holding company for industrial technology acquisitions.

Climax Portable Machine Tools provides on-site machining for the hydropower industry.

SonTek/YSI announces appointments

SonTek/YSI announces four changes in leadership positions.

Daryl Slocum, previously SonTek’s director of operations, is now director of business development and strategic projects for YSI. Slocum joined the company in 1997.

Daryl Slocum

Taking the position of director of operations is Hakan Erdem. Erdem has extensive experience in acoustic Doppler operations, most recently serving as head of operations for Teledyne RD Instruments.

Hakan Erdem

SonTek founder Ramon Cabrera, who previously served as director of research and development, now serves as technical advisor for YSI.

John Romeo

John Romeo, who joined SonTek in 2006, took over as director of research and development. Romeo, who has more than 19 years of experience with acoustic Doppler engineering, marketing, and manufacturing, previously worked for Teledyne RD Instruments.

SonTek/YSI manufactures acoustic Doppler instrumentation for water velocity measurement.

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