Reclamation names new managers for two regions

Jennifer McCloskey
Jennifer McCloskey

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has named Jennifer McCloskey assistant regional director and Rob Skordas area manager for the Lower Colorado Region.

McCloskey served in the Yuma Area Office for eight years, beginning in 2005 as deputy area manager and since 2008 as area manager. Before joining Reclamation, McCloskey served as deputy director of tax audit with the Department of the Treasury. Prior to public service, she led projects for private sector technology and business services companies in Texas and Florida.

Maria Ramirez was selected as the area manager for the Bureau’s Yuma office. Previously, Ramirez has served as assistant area manager and deputy area manager in the Yuma office and also worked as property and acquisitions group manager, administrative officer and program management office chief for Reclamation.

Skordas, now area manager of the Lower Colorado Dams Office, was a doctor of chiropractic for 15 years before changing directions in 1999 and taking a position as an apprentice powerplant operator at Reclamation’s 6,809-MW Grand Coulee facility.

Regional Director Terry Fulp was previously the acting area manager for the office. Fulp was named regional director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado region in 2012.

CH2M HILL announces Hinman is new CEO

CH2M HILL announced in September that Lee McIntire will step down as chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2014, but continue to serve as chairman of the board. The board has appointed Jacqueline Hinman to serve as CEO, also effective Jan. 1. She recently served as president of CH2M HILL International and is a member of the board of directors.

Hinman joined the firm in 1988. She has held numerous management positions during her tenure and has been involved as a key executive in many of CH2M HILL’s highest-profile projects. She also served as chairman and CEO of Halcrow Companies after CH2M HILL’s 2011 acquisition of the 6,000-person British firm.

CH2M HILL is an employee-owned consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management firm based near Denver, Colo.

Wazlaw joins Kleinschmidt as senior regulatory advisor

Jim Wazlaw joined Kleinschmidt in August as a senior regulatory advisor in the firm’s Gresham, Ore., office.

Wazlaw has more than 35 years of experience in the electric power industry with owners and operators of hydropower plants. During this time, he led companies’ efforts for siting, licensing and compliance activities throughout the U.S.

Most recently, Wazlaw served as manager of compliance on the PacifiCorp Energy hydro resources’ management team, where he led compliance activities for hydroelectric facilities in the western U.S. He is experienced in hydro operations, program management and environmental management programs for the energy industry.

Kleinschmidt is a consulting firm located across 10 offices in the U.S. and Canada, specializing in engineering and ecological services for the hydroelectric, wind and marine renewable industries.

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