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LCEC Appoints Two Directors to Leadership Team

August 9, 2023LCEC is pleased to announce that Amanda Smelker and Allan Ruth have been named as Directors on the LCEC leadership team.

Amanda Smelker accepted the position of Director of Administrative Services. Amanda has been with LCEC for 15 years with increasing roles and responsibilities throughout her tenure including, Sr. IT Business Analyst, Sr. Project Manager, Supervisor of Business Analysts/Process Practitioner, Head of Project Management Office, System Transformation Program Manager, and Manager of Business Alignment & Governance before stepping into the role of Interim Director Administrative Services. Amanda has both a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from FGCU. Additionally, Amanda is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Change Management Practitioner through Prosci, a Certified Manager of Quality and Excellence through ASQ, and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Allan Ruth accepted the position of Director of the newly formed division of Business Continuity. Allan brings 38 years of LCEC experience to this role, the majority of which has been in progressively responsible leadership positions including Manager of Operations Business Support, Manager of Construction & Maintenance, Senior Supervisor of Contract Management, Supervisor of Contract Construction, Supervisor of Vegetation Management, Supervisor of Maintenance & Construction, and will bring a variety of perspectives to the role. Allan began his career with LCEC in the warehouse as a Storekeeper, then completed the Apprentice Program to become a journeyman lineman, prior to taking on leadership roles. Most recently, Allan has laid the groundwork for a formal LCEC Business Continuity Program through his accomplishments as Incident Commander for the LCEC Hurricane Ian Emergency Restoration effort. Allan has established relationships and represented LCEC at the FL Senate and House of Representatives, the FL Department of Emergency Management (FDEM), the FL Public Service Commission (FPSC), the FL Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA), and various local municipalities/counties/civic associations to name a few.

LCEC is extremely proud of Smelker and Ruth whose expertise and leadership will help LCEC continue to successfully deliver the power that energizes our community!

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