December 2016 News Makers
December 2016 News Makers
Bill Edwards 30 Years
Bill Edwards, Water Resources Engineering Assistant II, recently celebrated 30 years of service with GUC. He oversees new construction projects and work orders and often collaborates with the City of Greenville on projects related to water and sewer issues. "I like working with the people here at GUC," he said.
Bill is married to Cindy, who works for Pitt County Schools in Occupational Therapy. Bill and Cindy have two children; their son, Robbie, attends ECU while their daughter, Rebecca, is taking college transfer courses at Pitt Community College. Outside of work, Bill likes to spend his free time outdoors and on the water. He enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Willie Boyd 20 Years
Willie Boyd, Gas Technician IV, has celebrated 20 years with Greenville Utilities. Willie is on one of our two Gas Construction Crews. He and the crew install new natural gas mains, repair and replace old mains, and are responsible for major projects like building meter sets for larger business or industrial customers. Willie's main responsibility is to run the backhoe tractor and the directional boring machine that digs underground without damaging roads or property.
"I really enjoy operating new equipment," Willie said. "We have to get to know our equipment inside and out in order to keep it in top shape, and each one is unique." In his spare time, Willie likes to grill, work in the yard and tool around with his Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle. He also enjoys spending time his wife, Pamela, and two children Demetrius and Lekendria.
Deanna Castello 20 Years
Environmental Control Officer Deanna Castellow recently celebrated 20 years with GUC. As the Operator in Responsible Charge for GUC's Cross-Connection Control Program, she works closely with our Water Distribution crews, local plumbers and contractors, and customers to ensure backflow assemblies are installed and working properly. Backflow happens when there is a change in water pressure and water flows in the opposite direction from the way it's supposed to go. This can allow contaminants to enter the drinking water system. Deanna also works closely with our Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Program to ensure that excessive amounts of FOG are kept out of the wastewater collection system.
"I have been blessed to work at a wonderful company for the past 20 years," she said. "I am also fortunate to work with a great group of people." Deanna and her husband, Tad, and their children (McKenna and Joel) attend First Baptist church in Washington, where she teaches Sunday school. Her step-son, Tad Jr., lives in Durham with his wife.
Other Service Awards
Alton Hardee, Utility Locator I
Scott Jablonski, Permanent HR Support Clerk
Christopher Earls, WTP Operator III
Joseph Clark, WTP Operator III
Tanya Atallah, Finance Accounting Technician II
Robin Walston, Water Resources Construction Inspector
Will Hardison, WTP Operator III
Walt Gaskins, Electric Underground Lineworker III
Wade Corbitt, Water Resources Instrument Technician at the Water Treatment Plant, received his International Society of Automation (ISA) Certified Control Systems Technician I Certification (CCST). ISA's program provides an objective assessment and confirmation of a technician's skills. CCSTs are skilled in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. They understand process control loops and process control systems, including computer-based systems.
Congratulations Wade. We're happy to know we have a certified expert doing this important work for us!
Our condolences go to Commissioner Minnie Anderson on the recent death of her sister, Ms. Carrie Brimmage.
Our sympathies are extended to the family of retiree Linwood Bruce Holloman, who recently passed away. Mr. Holloman retired in 2000 and was a Utility Locator in the Gas department.
Wade Corbitt, Water Resources Instrument Technician at the Water Treatment Plant, received his International Society of Automation (ISA) Certified Control Systems Technician I Certification (CCST). ISA's program provides an objective assessment and confirmation of a technician's skills. CCSTs are skilled in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. They understand process control loops and process control systems, including computer-based systems. Congratulations Wade. We're happy to know we have a certified expert doing this important work for us!
Tonya Joseph wrote a thank you note to Billing Clerk I Kirsten Suggs for helping with a service transfer. "You did a wonderful job in helping me get my transfer completed today," she wrote. "I felt like you really cared and went above and beyond to help me."
Michelle from Wainwright Property Management wrote a thank you email to the Customer Relations Department to thank staff for all of their help recently. "Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate everything that is being done to make things easier for all of us," she wrote. "Thanks for everything."
Betsy Reid reported a possible outside smell of gas at her home, and Gas Systems Crew Leader I Bobby Green responded. Ms. Reid said Bobby was very pleasant, polite, and nice. She expressed her appreciation for all that GUC does to respond to emergencies.
Delois Barnhill called in to compliment Energy Services Officer Jim Rapin for pointing her in the right direction on how to handle an air conditioning problem. "I do thank you so very much," she said. "I didn't know who to call or turn to, so may God continue to bless you."