Women in Energy

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

Steering Committee Members

Cheryl Martin

Chair, WIE Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Cheryl Martin

Chair, WIE Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? I started my career at Florida Public Utilities Company in March of 1985 in a variety of accounting and regulatory roles.  Chesapeake Utilities Corporation acquired Florida Public Utilities Company in 2009, where I continued my career in accounting and regulatory roles. I have been in my current position as Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation since March of 2019.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I am responsible, along with a great group of employees that make up our teams, for regulatory and governmental affairs for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. These teams are responsible for the regulatory and governmental affairs for our pipeline and distribution business units in Delaware, Florida, Maryland and Ohio.  As a natural gas and electricity regulated utility, we are subject to the jurisdiction and regulation of FERC and state regulatory commissions in our operating territories, as applicable. We also work closely with the business units to support public outreach for expansion, regulatory initiatives, and other governmental affairs matters.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Here at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, we encourage creativity, empowerment, teamwork and growth for all of our employees.  This is one of the biggest reasons I have enjoyed working at our Company. The opportunities to expand your knowledge and to contribute to the success of the organization are extremely fulfilling. The environment here at Chesapeake demonstrates a spirit of caring for our communities and employees and this makes you feel appreciated and proud to be part of such a great team.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? Our Company celebrates diversity and encourages development of our employees.  Women In Energy is a great initiative that helps to facilitate growth, and to encourage and develop our employees. It provides a great venue for outreach, networking and educational opportunities for our employees. It is exciting and an honor to be part of such a great team and initiative.

Devon Rudloff

1st Chair, WIE Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Devon Rudloff

1st Chair, WIE Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? 10 years this December

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? Three areas I oversee are Talent Acquisition and Retention; Compensation & Benefits; and Employee and Leadership Development.


Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? In addition to enjoying my job, I enjoy the culture of Chesapeake. The people here are a key part of that culture.  This company is so generous and caring and it’s unlike any place I’ve ever worked before.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I have a passion for helping others.  I want to see everyone develop, grow and be their best self.  We need each other, as mentors, accountability partners, friends and coaches. We all can help each other to reach our personal and professional goals.

Jennifer Clausius

2nd Chair, WIE Manager, Business Planning Chesapeake Utilities

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Jennifer Clausius

2nd Chair, WIE Manager, Business Planning, Chesapeake Utilities

How long have you been with the organization? I started with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation in February 2001. I have been involved in different roles in the 19 years since I started.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role?  As Manager, Business Planning I am responsible for the economic analysis associated with new capital investments, strategic planning for our business unit, and I also act as a liaison between our business unit and others within the company.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? What I enjoy most about working for Chesapeake Utilities is the people that I work with every day. They are all very dedicated employees who strive to do their best every day and are always thinking of creative solutions to any issues that arise.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I became involved with Women In Energy as a way to connect with other women in the company and help to develop others around me. Having been involved in a male dominated field most of my career, I’ve been inspired by the strong women that I had the opportunity to work with and hope to do the same for others.

Melissa Stamper

Committee Lead, WIE HR Experience Coordinator Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Melissa Stamper

Committee Lead, WIE HR Experience Coordinator, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? Seven years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? My role consist of various aspects of employee engagement. A few of the employee focused initiatives are employee pulse surveys, Aspiring Scholars scholarship fund, employee wellness initiative Passport to Wellness, committee lead for our Women In Energy program as well as serve as coordinator for corporate annual events. In addition, internal training coordination and HR projects.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? What I enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation are the people. Over the past seven years of working in the company in various positions and departments I have gleaned industry knowledge that I may not have otherwise. The knowledge base is expansive and people are generous in sharing that knowledge with you.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? Being a part of Women In Energy is a testament to the culture of our company. The encouragement and support of women not only in our company but within the industry. The program gives exposure to internal and external offerings within the industry. Women literally do it ALL! It serves as an avenue for networking and comradery. Our Super Power is that we are Women! Developing women in all aspects of life is something I am passionate about.

Vicki Brand

Supervisor, Gas Operations Florida Public Utilities

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Vicki Brand

Supervisor, Gas Operations, Florida Public Utilities

How long have you been with the organization? More than two years with the company and 12 years with the industry.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I proudly lead the natural gas and propane operations in Fernandina beach. I am responsible for the operation, compliance, maintenance, and the service of transmission and distribution pipelines.  I lead the installation, service, maintenance, and compliance for all propane activities to ensure the highest level of safety and customer satisfaction. I ensure that all my employees go home safe everyday and are trained and prepared to maintain our critical infrastructure safely.  

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I love the challenges that my position brings. Watching new developments being built, watching the pipe go in the ground, and getting the meters set and gas flowing. The challenges that we face with the tanks going in the ground, getting the gas hooked up, the gas delivered, and just knowing that a family is safe with our services is what I enjoy. I really appreciate the feeling of family that is in every office, division, business unit, and everyone that I interact with throughout the company. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has a culture like no other company that I have worked for or even come across. It is just simply... warming and amazing.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? As a mother of a daughter I feel that it is very important to demonstrate and speak on the importance and the empowerment of women's roles in our world and energy industry. I am proud of being one of the few women in my role in my industry. I enjoy being a part of something big and impactful that will pave the way for many young women coming into our industry. Anything that I can do to bring women to the forefront is what I want and desire to be a part of.

Shelly Burrowes

Administrative Support Specialist Eastern Shore Natural Gas

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Shelly Burrowes

Administrative Support Specialist, Eastern Shore Natural Gas

How long have you been with the organization? I love this question and am proud to often say, I have two anniversaries with the organization, started as a temp October 1, 2007 and officially December 3, 2007.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I provide a high level of administrative support to my Business Unit Executive Leader and team.  I work closely with my team and provide operational support on Transmission/Pipeline projects. Other key responsibilities include organization, communication, resourcefulness, strategic planning, dependability and reliability.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Having the opportunity to interface with many Business Units within the company, planning and developing projects with my fellow peers which results with a positive and outstanding outcome. The Camaraderie!

I am most grateful for the dedication Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has shown their employees by their caring, protection and safety of all.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? Our Mission “to support the women of Chesapeake in engaging with one another and to encourage the open exchange of ideas and experience for the betterment of all.” Having this special role with Women In Energy, networking and being able to give back and have the ability to impact, innovate and inspire young girls and young women into furthering their education with the STEM program.

When I think about Women In Energy, I think about my granddaughter, nieces and all the young girls’ future, having all the opportunities afforded to them in becoming great leaders and role models where their skills and talent will triumph and impact society.

Crystal Campbell

Communications and Marketing Manager Florida Public Utilities Company

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Crystal Campbell

Communications and Marketing Manager, Florida Public Utilities Company

How long have you been with the organization? I am the Supervisor, Integrated Communications and I have been with the organization for seven years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? In my role, I oversee the conception, design, and execution of all assets used in the Company’s digital and traditional marketing, and social media efforts for the Florida business unit. I am responsible for developing strategic marketing campaigns for increasing and retaining natural gas and electric customers. In addition, I ensure the Company’s public pipeline awareness and demand-side management programs are communicated effectively to key stakeholders and are in compliance with the Public Service Commission requirements.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? What I enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is the caring culture. Chesapeake Utilities truly cares about the employees and the communities we serve. I take pride in working for an organization that provides a strong foundation for growth and encourages us to reach new heights.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I agreed to be a part of Women In Energy because it is an excellent platform for women within our organization to connect, share knowledge and experiences with each other and foster career and leadership development.

Jamie Como

Inspector DE Chesapeake Utilities

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Jamie Como

Inspector DE, Chesapeake Utilities

How long have you been with the organization? I have been with Chesapeake Utilities for four years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? My key responsibilities are to maintain the integrity of the construction being done on the natural gas pipeline system. Second, to ensure the credentials are valid for any individuals working on our pipeline, and that all parties present on the jobsite are safe and wearing proper protective gear.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I enjoy the teamwork and family atmosphere at Chesapeake Utilities.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I agreed to be part of Women In Energy because I feel that this group of women highlight why women are important in the industry, and because this group brings a lot of value and great ideas to the company.

Fran Scott-Diehl

Director, Corporate Safety Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Fran Scott-Diehl

Director, Corporate Safety, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? Five years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? Safety, Compliance and Training functions.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? Being able to have “caring and concern for people’s safety and wellbeing” as a part of my job description is what drives me. I get pleasure in knowing that my efforts lead to a healthier and safer workforce.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? To inspire other women and to be inspired by other Women In Energy.

Kim Gantz

Marketing Representative Aspire Energy

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Kim Gantz

Marketing Representative, Aspire Energy

How long have you been with the organization? 5 years in August.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? To market and close deals for new natural gas installation projects. Work with multiple departments to process projects from start to finish. Process upgrades on existing customers.



Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  Providing new customers who are excited about natural gas is rewarding and I enjoy the team I work with at Aspire Energy.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I decided to be a part of something that had a substantial women presence. When I started in the business there were very few women. It’s nice to see a group who push for women to have a voice and I love that we come together with one common goal.

Teresa Gretencord

Director, Administration Sharp Energy

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Teresa Gretencord

Director, Administration, Sharp Energy

How long have you been with the organization? Four years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I lead the back office administration team to support our business strategic plan. We work closely with our districts to remove obstacles, provide operational support and support the vision for growth.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation?  Every day brings new opportunities to grow our business, improve our customer experience and work with an amazing team.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? Women In Energy provides an opportunity for all women at Chesapeake Utilities to empower each other with encouragement to find their voices, showcase their talents and contribute to elevating Chesapeake Utilities Corporation performance. I’m honored to be a part of such a great group of women.

Preya John

Manager, Propane Operations Florida Public Utilities

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Preya John

Manager, Propane Operations, Florida Public Utilities

How long have you been with the organization? Over four years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? Manage aspect of the division’s operational performance, financial performance, and personnel safety/security for the South Florida Region.


Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? By far, I enjoy our leaders and the guidance they provide. The leaders within our organization value each employee and their contributions to the success of the company. The core values of Aspiring and Caring is reflected on a daily basis to all employees as well as through the company’s involvement with giving back to the communities we work in. Continuing to maintain a positive work environment is a balance and needless to say, Chesapeake has successfully achieved this day-by-day and it reflects within the local divisions within the organization.

Jacqueline Mayan

Business Development Manager Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Jackie Mayan

Business Development Manager, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? Four years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I was selected to join the inaugural Business Development team to expand and grow Chesapeake’s geography and services across the Energy Value Chain. My initial areas of focus are the growth and expansion of Marlin Gas Services promoting CNG (compressed natural gas) and RNG (renewable natural gas) services to utilities, pipelines, power plants and industrial facilities.

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a methane waste captured from sources like poultry farms, dairy farms and landfills, which is then processed into pipeline-quality gas. The methane would otherwise escape into the atmosphere, so making use of it has a significant climate benefit. I was the catalyst for enabling RNG for the Company. I developed an RNG Committee to study options, review research and make recommendations to allow for the development of new processes and procedures to enable the construction of an interconnection hub for the injection of RNG production from multiple producers, the purchase and sale of the pipeline-quality gas, and a Virtual Pipeline solution.

Establish and work with strategic partners to identify mutually beneficial projects that align with the Company’s expansion and growth plans.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? It’s difficult to choose just one thing I enjoy most about working at Chesapeake. We have so many things that makes this Company great. If I had to choose one, I would choose the people. The Company is a forward-looking, progressive and caring one and it would not be possible without strong leadership and the employees.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I agreed to be a part of Women In Energy (WIE) because I feel passionate about helping other women. WIE provides a platform for women to come together, share successes and failures, and ultimately empower one another. WIE provides resources from industry knowledge, mentorship opportunities, professional development to initiatives support, to name a few. But most importantly, I enjoy the interaction and relationships that develop amongst the women in the industry.

Jacqueline Mildren

Senior Operations Analyst Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Jacqueline Mildren

Senior Operations Analyst, Chesapeake Utilities

How long have you been with the organization? I have been with the company since August, 2016.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? Forecasting workload and resource needs for DNG and FPU Front Office. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) reporting for DNG and FPU Front Office. Conducting analysis of performance drivers to make efficiency recommendations.


Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I enjoy working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation because the company is dedicated to making employees feel valued and is focused on continued education so that employees can continue to develop the skills to be successful.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I agreed to be a part of Women In Energy to learn more about the industry in addition to having the opportunity to network with other professional women and build relationships within and outside of Chesapeake Utilities.

Liz Miller

Senior Director, Financial Analysis Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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Liz Miller

Senior Director, Financial Analysis, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? Six years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I am responsible for our company-wide budget, forecast and strategic plan financial consolidation and board reporting, our internal financial management reporting and our corporate cost allocations.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? I enjoy working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation because the company is growing at a fast pace with exciting projects and challenges.  I like to continuously learn new things and be challenged and I’m never bored here.

Why did you agree to be a part of Women In Energy? I had attended a meeting in our Florida business unit for their Women In Energy program a few years ago and it was such a great experience meeting a number of female co-workers I normally wouldn’t get to know in my normal job duties and sharing ideas on work life balance. I was thrilled to be invited to be a part of the company-wide Women In Energy program. I want to encourage women networking with other women and facilitate knowledge sharing across the company. A lot of us are facing career challenges that our co-workers have already taken on and their advice or mentoring is so valuable.

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Melissa Stamper

HR Experience Coordinator
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Melissa Stamper

HR Experience Coordinator, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

How long have you been with the organization? I have been with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation since April 2013 -- seven years.

What are three key responsibilities within your current role? I work in the Corporate – Human Resource Department as an HR Experience Coordinator. Three key responsibilities within my current role would be Employee Engagement which encompass employee focused programs and initiatives, training coordination and coordination of HR projects and initiatives.

Please describe what you enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation? What I enjoy most about working at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation would be the people. During my tenure here at Chesapeake, I have met people across the company in various states that I would not have otherwise come in contact with. No matter the demographics or the brand, the culture and the family-oriented atmosphere remains the same. Cohorts are always willing to lend a hand, brainstorm, collaborate and aspire with a common goal of successfully completing a task. Engaging with co-workers, lending a hand when needed, and being a support to others are a key part of why I enjoy working with the company.

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.*

32% employees at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation are women.

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