Bryan Focht, System Protection, Avery

TJ Gleason, Western Line Crews, SLC

Bruce Harrington, West Side Hydro Project, Faraday

Eric Jones, Service Coordination, TCC

John Mahoney, Substation Communication Support, Avery

James McNeely, Customer Contact Operations, TCC

Cathy Olcott, CIS Billing, ERC/Tualatin

Josh Pattyn, Eastern Line Crews, Oregon City

Reid Pelcha, IT Service Desk, WTC

Timothy Wyss, Western Line Crews, BLC


CHARLIE ALLCOCK, director of Business


at WTC, retires after 42 years with PGE. He is most proud of helping businesses new to Oregon find a suitable business location in our service area. In retirement, he looks forward to taking a personal sabbatical, consisting mostly of domestic and international travel with his family. Following that, he wants to work on smart, connected, shared and e-mobility projects, both in the United States and overseas. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Portland.

SUE ALTIG, a customer service representative at TCC, retires after 15 years of service. In retirement, she’s excited to spend more time

with her family and pets, gardening and visiting her granddaughter. Altig currently lives in Portland.

JEANNE BATCHELOR, an assistant with the Controller department at

WTC, retires after 19 years with PGE. She is most proud of being an Employee Giving Campaigner. “I’m proud that my co-campaigners and I have been able to get 100 percent participation on our floor,” Batchelor says. In retirement, she will volunteer with SMART to help her granddaughters and other children with their reading and travel with her husband Steve around the country and abroad. Batchelor and her husband live in Portland.

TIM CUSTER, a key customer manager with the Business Customer

Group at Salem Line Center, retires after 36 years of service. “Working on the Key Customer Team for the past 20 years is like working with family members,” he says. In retirement, he wants to spend more time with his grandkids and attend wrestling matches and softball, football and basketball games. Custer and his wife, Marilyn, live in Salem.

KEVIN FAIRHAM-WHEELER, a customer service representative at TCC, retires after 18 years of service. He lives in Milwaukie.

DON SMITH, a derrick truck operator at Salem Line Center, retires after 38 years with PGE. He lives in Keizer.

LARRY STROUS, a specialist in marketing and sales with Customer Contact Operations at TCC, retires after 35 years of service. He lives in Clackamas.

STU VANWYNGARDEN, a supervisor with Southside Service and Design at Salem Line Center, retires after 42 years with PGE. In retirement, one of his first goals is to begin the journey of visiting all of the national parks in the United States with his wife. He also looks forward to community work. One of his passions is working with kids experiencing various forms of hardship. Regarding his work at PGE, he shares that his co-workers have become like his second family. VanWyngarden and his wife, Diane, live in Salem.

TERESA WELLINGTON, a Lab Tech, retires in May. Wellington started her career at PGE in 1975. She lives in Sisters.


JOHN E. GALLOWAY, a former crane operator residing in Damascus, OR, died March 9. He was 86 and is survived by his wife, Sandra Galloway; daughter, Marlene Remley and two grandchildren.

VERNON O. KEIPER, a former consultant with Service & Design residing in Portland, died March 25. He was 90 years old and is survived by his wife, Judith Keiper; son, Steven Keiper and daughter, Karen Shaw.

MIKE MEIER, a plant operations manager with Pelton Round Butte residing in Madras, died March 20. He was 55 years old and is survived by his mother, Elaine Denning and sister, Patricia Henry.

ERIN M. O'BRIEN MATNEY, a former specialist at PGE residing in Cornelius, died April 8. She was 75 and is survived by her husband, Gerald Matney.

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