Women in Energy

The women of Chesapeake bring dedication, innovation and expertise. Our employees aspire to do their best every day. And, as our industry grows, so does the talent and skill of our people, including the females who work in the office and field. We hope their stories and experience, shared below, will inspire others to explore careers in the industry, and help us put new energy in the workforce.

Women in Energy Stats

Female employment is projected to account for 185,000 of the total new job opportunities through 2030.*

There are currently over 237,000 women working as engineers, environmental scientists, accountants and technicians in the industry.*

Employment of women in the oil and gas industry rose by 60% Between 2011 and 2014**

Elaine Bittner

Senior Vice President of Strategic Development Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Elaine Bittner

Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I am motivated by the energy, passion, creativity and drive generated in a team to achieve results that others thought were “impossible”. I am motivated by being in an environment that is energetic, caring, and encourages people to reach their aspirations.

It is extremely important that we create an environment that is motivating and enjoyable, an environment that fuels the passion of our team members to make a difference and gets people excited to come to work.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Chesapeake Utilities Corporation provides a supportive environment where people care for one another. We encourage and support our employees to turn their aspirations into reality every day. We do this by offering a variety of employee programs that bring people together and provide opportunities to get involved in the industry, the community and to play an integral role in growing the Company. When you work at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, you become part of the Chesapeake family.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Empower and inspire women around you! As the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Southern Delaware Go Red for Women movement, I’ve been inspired by an amazing team of women who empower one another and have worked together to achieve record breaking results! It’s an example of that idea that one woman can make a difference but, together, a team of women can rock the world!

• Enjoy what you do! You can do anything if you put your heart and mind to it. Define success and what it looks like for you and those around you.
• Leaders often set the tone – don’t be afraid to set the tone and raise the bar - set a great example in everything you do.
• Take the time to make a strategic plan for yourself. Chart your own roadmap. Set goals for yourself and then engage others to support you in your plan.
• Take time to celebrate your successes and those of your team!

What has influenced your career in the energy field? I’ve had the opportunity to see many different aspects of the business, operations and strategy and how they all connect and work together. This holistic perspective has played a key role in how I am able to identify strategic opportunities for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. It is important to recognize the important role that each team member plays in contributing to a successful whole, and by working together as ONE company we can achieve great things!

Some time ago, it wasn’t uncommon for women to hear, women don’t make good engineers. My response was simple…”I can and I will” Don’t stop believing in yourself.

Katie Blades

Engineering Clerk Florida Public Utilities

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Katie Blades

Engineering Clerk, Florida Public Utilities

What was your role when you began with the Company? I began with Sharp Energy in 2012 as a Customer Service Representative. I was responsible for assisting walk in customers with payments and account management questions. I also had a variety of clerical duties and office related tasks. After working with a great mentor at Sharp, I was promoted to Propane Clerk in the West Palm Beach office of Florida Public Utilities which is a subsidiary company of Chesapeake Utilities.  After only a year I was promoted to a natural gas Customer Service Representative position in the Debary office within FPU. I quickly moved into my current role as Engineering Clerk. I have found that hard work and dedication will take you far within this company as they often promote within.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Of all the many things I love about Chesapeake the most important factor for me is the family like atmosphere. I have worked in 3 different offices, in 2 states (1000 miles away from each other) and had 4 different job positions and through all of that change and transition within our company, I never lost that family feel. The faces and locations may have changed, but the culture and values never wavered.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? My advice would be to remain open to learn new things as often as you can. Try to learn things that don’t necessarily pertain to your job duties, but will help you understand more of our business practices. Knowledge is power. Surround yourself with people that share your same mindset.  I have had the pleasure of meeting so many great women within this company that are very supportive, uplifting and encouraging. I was lucky enough to find a fantastic mentor and role model in Lynn Muir, who was the Customer Service Manager at Sharp Energy, and for her I will forever be grateful.

Kisha Brown

Operations Analysis Manager Chesapeake Utilities

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Kisha Brown

Operations Analysis Manager, Chesapeake Utilities

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I manage a team of analysts and provide the leadership and assistance necessary to enable them to effectively perform their daily tasks. I act as a liaison between the business unit and outside departments, such as Accounting, in order to facilitate accurate and timely analysis and reporting. I assist the Director of Business Operations within my business unit with forecasting and budgeting.

What is a typical work day for you? A typical day for me is busy and full of spontaneity- but fun!  Each day comes with its own set of challenges, but working through them together is what builds great working relationships.  My department is like a close-knit family.  Though we are all hard working and very busy, there are times during the day that we all share a laugh about something and it helps make the day enjoyable. I enjoy coming to work!

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  What motivates me within the workforce is my desire to strive for personal excellence in all areas of my life, including my career.  My goal is to be a role model for my daughter and show her that hard work, dedication and genuine kindness pays off and that it should be reflected in both your personal and professional demeanor.

I try to be the kind of woman who balances strength and humility and who, while continually seeking to advance her career, remains respectful and considerate of others at all times.  My desire to be viewed as an asset to the company motivates me to work hard and put forth my best effort.

Tiona Campbell

Accountant Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Tiona Campbell

Accountant, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? As a member of the Financial Reporting team, my main responsibility is to assist in the preparation of Chesapeake Utilities’ quarterly and year-end regulatory SEC filings. My other responsibilities include generating timely and accurate monthly financial statements to be used company-wide, monthly closing journal entries and the preparation of monthly account reconciliations.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I like that Chesapeake challenges me with the different tasks which have helped me grow personally and professionally. I also enjoy the opportunity that I am provided to give back, whether it’s in the community or within our Chesapeake family.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? The advice I would like to share is to make sure that you always believe in yourself. It is very important to always be confident in what you do so that others may believe in you as well. I would also advise to focus on the things that you can control. One example would be your attitude: no matter the situation be sure to always stay positive and remain professional.

Nicole Carter

Assistant Vice President of Customer Care Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Nicole Carter

Assistant Vice President of Customer Care, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What are three key responsibilities within your current role?  My role consists of many responsibilities, including setting the strategic direction for the Customer Care organization, aligning to the goals and objectives of the business units we support, and executing on the strategy. I’m responsible for building and leading teams while developing people. Additionally I am responsible for aligning, communicating and collaborating. Business today moves rapidly. Employees have to be nimble and collaborate to solve new and complex business problems.

What motivates you within the workforce? The ability to make a difference in people’s lives.  I realized many years ago that leadership is about serving.  The ability to shape and influence the future of a team, a company, the community, and the lives of employees keeps me going.  I enjoy helping others achieve their goals, whether personal or professional.  I think that comes from being a mom.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Learn continually about the industry, your specific field, and leadership.  The world is changing and managing and leading techniques are always evolving. Ask questions and be curious. It’s ok to question and challenge conventional wisdom.  Keep asking why.  Be assertive, don’t wait for someone to give you the answer- seek the answer.

Look for mentors and coaches

Know yourself and your passion

Grow your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.  Some of the best advice I received was to focus on developing strengths.   A great example of this was when my daughter was growing up, she was an athlete.   She needed help practicing on evenings and weekends.  No matter how hard I tried, helping her in the different sports was futile because I am not an athlete.  Using my networking and encouragement skills, I found her support that could practice with her and offered tremendous encouragement.  I knew my strengths and weaknesses and used them to my advantage.

Don’t be afraid to try new things

Autumn Chalabala

Director, Business Operations Chesapeake Utilities

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Autumn Chalabala

Director, Business Operations, Chesapeake Utilities

What is a typical work day for you?  No day is typical or exactly like the next for me.  I attend diverse meetings, participate on several committees, advise various departments on financial and administrative manners, create policies and procedures, train team members, perform audit functions and provide leadership.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  The collaboration and brainstorming among knowledgeable peers coupled with the opportunity to demonstrate strong leadership skills to guide the organization to success.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce?  The advice I’d like to share applies to all women in any career:
• It is important to achieve a work-life balance.
• Work to build healthy, long-lasting and meaningful relationships.
• Don’t forget who you are and that while we are natural givers, we also need “me” time.
• Keep an open mind and learn as much as you can from various viewpoints, keeping you well-rounded.

Marianne Coker

Gas Control Manager Eastern Shore Natural Gas

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Marianne Coker

Gas Control Manager, Eastern Shore Natural Gas

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I manage a team of Gas Controllers and SCADA Administrators who work in a 24/7 control room.  We are responsible for safe, efficient and reliable operations of the transmission pipeline system.  We are also responsible for the administration, operations and maintenance of SCADA hardware, software, databases and communications equipment throughout the pipeline system, in the control room and at the compressor stations.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  I feel empowered here at Chesapeake.  I love the Company and I love my job. I strive to set the example for both of my kids that women can be leaders in the workforce and leaders in the home.  I want my daughter to know she can grow up and be whatever she wants to be and my son to know that his future wife can do the same.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Jump in!  Break the mold!  Seriously, it can be a very rewarding and satisfying career path that offers many opportunities across all lines of work.

Beth Cooper

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Beth Cooper

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What was your role when you began with the Company? I began working for Chesapeake Utilities in 1990 as a Treasury Analyst I. I have moved through various roles in the Corporate office during my tenure.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I have responsibility for the overall financial condition of the Company, ensuring the necessary financial controls are in place to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our financial reports and securing the necessary capital to meet the Company’s growth. Simply put, my team helps in financial planning and budgeting, accounting for the results of our businesses in compliance with our many controls, reporting on those results and then cultivating and nurturing relationships with investors to ensure we can continue to grow.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I am continually motivated by my team and the desire to participate in helping this Company achieve everything that it can be. In my mind, there really are no limits.

I would also answer this question with the word “WOMEN”:

W = working with so many wonderful people, both men and women
O = opportunities that are unlimited in regards to making a difference
M = meaningful work and nonstop challenges
E = engagement with my team, the business units, my peers, the Board of Directors and our investors
N = never ending change and pursuit of new aspirations

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Chesapeake provides diversity on so many fronts. We are small cap company with all the complexities of the Fortune 500 companies (and perhaps even more complexities) coupled with an aspiring and caring culture that underlies our success. Employees have the opportunity to make an impact on day one. Working at Chesapeake I have experienced so many things that would not be possible at both larger and smaller companies – it is the best blend of all.

Mandie Granger

District Manager Sharp Energy

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Mandie Granger

District Manager, Sharp Energy

What is your professional and/or educational background? I have 21 years in the propane industry with Sharp Energy. I started as a Customer Service Representative and have worked in just about every piece of the operation in that time. I transitioned to a Dispatcher, Service Manager, Delivery Manager, District Operations Manager, Operations Analyst and I was recently promoted to a District Manager for the Company.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? My love for problem solving and bringing structure to chaotic situations.  I enjoy learning and producing new ideas, and contributing to the growth and overall success of our company.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Align yourself with other like- minded women, choose good mentors and absorb as much information as possible.  Do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort level or think outside the box.  Hold yourself accountable and be consistent in your approach to the work.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The company truly does care about their people, as well as the community.  As an employee of Chesapeake Utilities it is a given that you will have the feeling of being a part of something so much bigger than just a job.

Preya John

Propane Operations Manager Florida Public Utilities

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Preya John

Propane Operations Manager, Florida Public Utilities

What is a typical work day for you? I am currently the Manager of Propane Operations for South Florida. Safety is our top daily responsibility, but in addition I consistently ensure my team provides the best service and customer experience at all times. We work meticulously to grow our division and become one of the top suppliers within the industry.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? For me, it’s about being a fundamental part in changing the propane business flow within Florida Public Utilities as well as the energy industry as a whole.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? really enjoy how employees exemplify our organization’s culture of encouragement. We support each other and care for our colleagues. We are business oriented while still maintaining a family atmosphere.

Our culture is strong and solid and we are committed to reaching greater heights as a team.

Kira Lake

Business Services Manager Florida Public Utilities

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Kira Lake

Business Services Manager, Florida Public Utilities

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I currently work as the Business Services Manager and oversee three major departments: Energy Conservation, Energy Logistics and the Growth and Retention Administrative group. Three of my key responsibilities are to manage the Company’s Energy Conservation programs and expenses, oversee the Transportation Services functions of the Energy Logistics department and supervise the Growth and Retention Administrative group which administratively supports the Sales and Marketing teams.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? My advice would just be to get involved and to learn as much as you can. I started my professional career in an industry I knew nothing about, but I was eager to learn. Because of that, I was able to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Energy Conservation and I’m now learning more about the Transportation Services side of our business. I really believe that my willingness to take on new challenges, even when they’re outside of my comfort zone, has led to my success at the Company.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is great! The Company values its employees and their safety and consistently promotes the values of integrity, personal connection and perseverance. I always feel empowered to present my ideas to others in the company and to make decisions for the benefit of our customers.

Danielle Manuel

Supervisor, Gas Operations Compliance Florida Public Utilities

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Danielle Manuel

Supervisor, Gas Operations Compliance, Florida Public Utilities

What is a typical work day for you? A brief summary of my typical day is working with the natural gas operations personnel on how to make our internal processes more efficient and standard throughout our company. Monitoring and working with Operations toward the migration of our compliance activities into our IFS software system.

What is your professional and/or educational background? Before coming to Florida Public Utilities, I was a stay at home mom and worked part time at The Home Depot for 8 years. Since I have been employed with FPU I have worked as a Customer Care Rep, Senior Propane Clerk, Field Coordinator, GRIP Coordinator and I am currently the Supervisor of Natural Gas Operations Compliance. I am also attending college working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in business.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The positive, caring and innovative atmosphere is what motivates me here at Florida Public Utilities. I feel that Senior Management has real passion for success and they encourage all employees to be the best we can be.

As a woman working in the energy field, what challenges do you face? In my experience working in the construction field and now as a supervisor in operations I have been faced with needing to earn respect and credibility by having to prove my industry knowledge through my performance.

Cheryl Martin

Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Business Planning Florida Public Utilities

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Cheryl Martin

Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Business Planning, Florida Public Utilities

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I am responsible for the Florida Regulatory Department which includes responsibilities for utility rate proceedings and other filings before the Florida Public Service Commission.  I am also responsible for the Florida Business Analysis Department which includes work on Budgets, Strategic Plans, Financial Analysis and Modeling.   Assisting the Business Unit with Strategic analysis, planning, and development are probably the biggest responsibilities in my current role.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Since the Energy Industry requires skills in a wide variety of areas, the best advice is to continue to develop your skills, and look outside of one area within the organization to develop your skills.  Don’t be afraid to try new things in the organization, always embrace change, and display dependability and a great attitude on the job.

As a woman working in the energy field, what challenges do you face? Early in my career there were very few women in the Energy industry, especially in managerial and professional roles.  This has changed, and in the last decade or two, I believe that women have equal opportunities in the energy field.   As a matter of fact, a career in the energy industry affords everyone the opportunity to learn, advance, and develop in a wide variety of roles.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The culture here at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation includes great team work, caring of others, creativity and hard work.  Everyone is valued and part of the success of the organization.

Krystal McGill

Financial Administration Manager Sharp Energy

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Krystal McGill

Financial Administration Manager, Sharp Energy

What was your role when you began with the Company? I began my career at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation immediately after college, with a role in the Internal Audit department.  From there, I transitioned to accounting where I was promoted several times before moving to Sharp Energy, a Chesapeake Utilities Corporation subsidiary, where I currently serve as the Manager of Financial Administration.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? What I enjoy most about working at Chesapeake is our culture.  To me, it feels like a family; somewhere I know I am supported, encouraged and that I can always count on those around me.  There isn’t a day that I dread coming to work.  I also highly value our community outreach and the connections we make within our communities.  It sets the family-like and caring culture both internally and externally.

As a woman working in the energy field, what challenges do you face? Within the energy field, leaders have historically been men.  It is incredibly empowering that now more and more women are taking on leadership roles and it allows women to realize they can aspire for the same.  Especially when you have examples, such as Elaine Bittner, who demonstrates that you can be a woman starting out in the business units and that the opportunity is there to rise through the ranks and eventually receive Female Executive of the Year - what better example is there for a woman than that!

Jennifer Meyer

Operations Dispatcher Aspire Energy

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Jennifer Meyer

Operations Dispatcher, Aspire Energy

What is a typical work day for you?  Most of my day is spent processing and dispatching OUPS tickets, we receive 100+ daily. Mixed in with that daily is reviewing charts while handling requests from producers and field technicians.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I believe it is important to always give 100 percent to a job and make sure what needs to be done is done.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  Chesapeake is a great place to work; the Company truly cares and supports all of its employees and encourages personal and professional advancement!

Liz Miller

Director, Financial Planning and Analysis Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Liz Miller

Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? Oversee the consolidated company’s budget and forecast process and reporting, support the financial consolidation of the strategic plan, financial modeling.

What motivates you within the workforce? I enjoy driving change. I am currently one week away from launching a new budget software. It’s fun and exciting to see how this will change the company.

What has influenced your career in the energy field? I value working in a stable business. I also am very interested in pursuing new acquisitions and am often involved in modeling these potential opportunities.

Virginia Nail

Senior Meter Reader Florida Public Utilities

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Virginia Nail

Senior Meter Reader, Florida Public Utilities

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I enjoy getting out into the community which the company supports through volunteer programs. Last year, I had the opportunity to be a chairperson on our local Jackson County Back the Badge program. This group gathers donations and hosts a large luncheon and provides giveaways for local Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Enjoy the job and be safe doing it.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Great company to work for. Be positive and be willing to learn something different. Always have the attitude that you will give that extra effort to get the job done.

Sheri Richard

Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Sheri Richard

Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I enjoy the challenging situations and providing value to the Company. I’m motivated by getting to see and participate in our Company-wide strategy.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I love the type of work I do. I enjoy the opportunity to move the business forward and bring value to the Company.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  Look for companies like Chesapeake that have women in positions of power.  This is a good indication that all voices are heard and women are given equal opportunities to advance in their career.  When I interviewed with Chesapeake, two things struck me as very positive:  almost all of the executives had experience in and understood how regulation worked. Additionally, there were women in high positions of power.

Robin Rigby

Info Systems Business Analyst Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Robin Rigby

Info Systems Business Analyst, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? As an Information Systems Business Analyst, I serve as a liaison between the Chesapeake Utilities Corporations transportation company, Eastern Shore Natural Gas (ESNG), and the technology teams in order to maintain strong connections and build a better understanding of ESNG’s business requirements. I analyze complex business processes to determine opportunities to streamline and automate processes and functions to support future business unit growth.

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? As a team oriented and results oriented individual, I enjoy working with various teams and applying my business knowledge and technical skills to resolve complex business problems. I am fortunate that I work with extremely talented business and technical teams at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, with a collective vision to prosper and succeed.

Motivation and enthusiasm seem to be an indivisible part of our daily workplace which drives all team members to raise the bar and strive to collectively and effectively conquering the most complex challenges.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a truly aspiring and caring. From the minute employees and customers walk into a Chesapeake office, they sense this is a different workplace with a unique culture where the corporate values are displayed, the positive atmosphere and the professionalism is evident and employees are a pleasure to work with.

Outside the workplace, the corporation encourages employees to share our aspiring and caring practices and participate in numerous community outreach programs, such as Connecting Generations, a youth mentoring program at our local schools, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Woman and supporting the Food Bank of Delaware to feed hundreds of families over the holiday seasons.

Our employees are motivated by the caring and aspiring culture driven by the leadership team and the company mission. I am proud to be a part of the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation family and living the values every day!

Marcy Robbins

Energy Distribution Manager Sharp Energy

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Marcy Robbins

Energy Distribution Manager, Sharp Energy

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? In my current role I am responsible for the distribution of propane supply as well as maintaining relationships with suppliers and wholesale customers for both Sharp and Florida Public Utilities, a Chesapeake subsidiary.  Our group also completes all of the administrative duties that go along with the purchase of supply and wholesale sales in addition to providing support services for retail.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Be a sponge.  Absorb all of the knowledge and information that you have access to and use it to your benefit to become strong and confident in your current position and for your future.

As a woman working in the energy field, what challenges do you face? Let’s face it, in this industry and more specifically the wholesale and supply segment, women are greatly outnumbered.  I think with every first encounter there is an unspoken challenge to make an impression in order to be taken seriously in the future.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The culture at Chesapeake is one of opportunity.  You are in control of your own destiny because Chesapeake is willing to invest in its employees through education and a true effort to promote from within.

Stacie Roberts

Director of Corporate Governance Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Stacie Roberts

Director of Corporate Governance, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? Assist our SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with governance related matters

Collaborate with members of our team across the organization on information security related matters

Support our business units on various initiatives that enhance operations, gain efficiencies and grow the business

What motivates you within the workforce, especially at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Each day, professionals here at Chesapeake make a difference in their workplace and the communities we serve. Being part of a caring, dedicated and focused team leads us on a journey that motivates us to achieve greater things.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Women in any industry should be limitless in their opportunities. Enjoy the challenges that come with new opportunities and be dedicated in your approach to developing solutions.

As a woman working in the energy field, what challenges do you face? The energy industry, as with other industries, is consistently evolving as the external environment becomes increasingly dynamic in terms of customer experience, regulatory environment, and business economics. As leaders in our fields, it is important to remain abreast of these factors and their application to organizations.

Devon Rudloff

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Devon Rudloff

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

What is a typical work day for you? A typical work day for me includes providing oversight and direction to the HR team; ensuring we are following company policies and procedures; working on strategic projects; meeting with vendors and/or internal business unit partners.

What motivates you within the workforce? I am motivated by an internal drive to do my best every day. I aspire to make positive changes for the company, the department and for our employees. I have a passion for people and want to help them reach their goals and be their best self.

What has influenced your career in the energy field? There have been many influences in my career in the energy workforce. The most rewarding ones have been informal mentors and role models that I looked up to. They believed in me and stretched me and provided opportunities that I might not have sought on my own.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? My advice to women in the energy workforce would be: "You don't have to work twice as hard as others to prove yourself." I think that's innate in women. We need to make sure we don't burn out or let our strengths become our weaknesses. Take time for yourself. (Easier said than done, I realize).

Amy Snyder

Manager Origination Peninsula Energy Services Company (PESCO)

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Amy Snyder

Manager Origination, Peninsula Energy Services Company (PESCO)

What motivates you within the workforce? I am motivated every day to come to work with an amazing group of individuals.  Everyone is working hard and putting forth the effort to not only grow our business unit but to do it in the most efficient, ethical and sustainable way possible.  I am motivated every day to exceed expectations!

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? It’s by far the people and the culture here.  We work hard toward a common goal and have a great time while doing it.

As a woman working in the energy field, what challenges do you face? As a woman in the energy field it can be a fine line between being assertive without being perceived as pushy, smart without being perceived as condescending. At home it’s a balance between my kids, myself, my husband, the chores etc. And then there is the ultimate balance between being at work and being at home….it can certainly be overwhelming at times. Take those challenges in stride and remember that we all face them in one aspect or another. It really helps to find a network of people you can go to for guidance and or advice whether at work or in your personal life.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? People here are very hard working, they are committed not only to the company but each other and the community as well.  There are so many opportunities here at Chesapeake and you have the ability to take advantage of any number of them.  Not only that, but we have some of the best people in the industry who are always willing to lend a hand. We work hard and we have a lot of fun while doing it.

Aleida Socarras

Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Energy Logistics Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU)

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Aleida Socarras

Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Energy Logistics, Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU)

What are three key responsibilities within your current role?
I’m responsible for promoting and achieving the business unit’s growth through sales and marketing; assisting operations with their technology and processes needs; managing the energy logistics department and overseeing FPU’s energy conservation programs.

What has influenced your career in the energy field?
I’m passionate about the environment and finding ways to reuse, reduce and recycle in my personal life.  It feels good to be working to promote a cleaner energy solution that has so many benefits for consumers.

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce?
GROW:
G - Gain as much knowledge as you can; never stop learning; don’t be afraid to ask questions;
R – Raise your hand; don’t be afraid to take on additional responsibility and to volunteer for work outside your own area;
O – Own the outcome; if you make a mistake, learn from it.  If you hit a home run, don’t shy away from the recognition you deserve;
W – What if? Always ask “what if…..?” when approaching any new situation, problem, or task.  That’s how innovation grows and what makes life fun.

Marissa Stipa

Director, Optimization PESCO

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Marissa Stipa

Director, Optimization, PESCO

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I am charged with maximizing the portfolio of assets in the southeast region for PESCO. In this role I am looking for additional opportunities in the market to bring value from our current book of business. Additionally, I am leading our operations team who is responsible for scheduling and monitoring the physical flow of natural gas to our customers

Do you have any advice for women working in the energy workforce? Women entering the energy industry have many opportunities and challenges ahead of them. My advice is to remain focused but flexible. Focus on the diligence of learning the technical pieces of the energy industry and becoming proficient in the details. However, you should remain flexible and aware of the constantly changing environment. There are times now that the way we used to do something is completely obsolete and we must find new ways to complete the same tasks.

For those who are seeking employment in the energy field, what may you share about the culture at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? The culture in Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is one that will allow you to connect across the organization and allow you to grow with your career. The most profound part of the culture is the true living of the values of Aspiring and Caring. The aspiring to deliver reliable services to our customers while developing our employees and remaining focused on the results of the company. The caring is the continued support of the environment, our community and the employees.

* API.org - Women and Minorities in the Natural Gas Industry (2015) **Rigzone

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