Editor’s note: “Behind the mask” is a series to help you get to know some of the Southern Nuclear team.
How long have you been with the company and/or in this current role? I have been with the company eight years and in my current position for six years.
Give us a brief description of your job duties. I research and plan scheduled outage work for the mechanical maintenance team.
What is your favorite part about your job? I need to connect with various people to get input for many work orders. This is a chance to hear their stories.
What do you want to do next (job, role, team, department, special assignment, etc.)? I am looking at retirement on October 22, 2022. Therefore, this is probably the last job I will be in.
Why do you like working in the nuclear industry? It has always provided a challenging yet exciting atmosphere. People from all areas and walks of life are combined into one team.
What misconception about nuclear power do you most want people to understand? Nuclear power is safe and reliable. I have worked in many facets of the energy sector including coal and waste-to-energy. Nuclear power, with its regulations and oversight, is by far one of the safest and cleanest energy sources!
What have you learned as a result of or gained from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting safety precautions? Plagues are nothing new, it is only new in the last 100 years or so. What I have gained is a reminder that I don’t need to fear anything, just learn to adjust where needed.
What has been the hardest part for you about it? The hardest part is the fact that we didn’t know anything about it upon arrival. There were lives lost in the process due to lack of knowledge and inexperience. However, we have learned how to cope, and the future looks bright from here.
What are your hobbies or favorite past times? Anything outdoors – hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing.
Do you collect anything? I collect memories.
What is your favorite book? The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson.
Do you have a motto, theme or favorite quote that you try to live by? I just heard a quote that I have adopted as a reminder to me: “There isn't anyone you couldn't love once you've heard their story,” Mary Lou Kownacki.