Meghan Mathon Named General Manager of EnSave

first_imgMeghan Mathon Named General Manager of EnSaveEnSave Energy Performance, Inc. announces the appointment of Meghan Mathon as its new General Manager. Ms. Mathon assumed the responsibilities of retired EnSave co-founder and General Manager, Paul Ohlson.EnSave is an energy services company that works exclusively in the agricultural sector helping farmers save energy. EnSave works with public benefits corporations, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and state and federal organizations to design and implement energy conservation programs for farmers across the United States.Ms. Mathon will lead EnSaves growth according to a 5-year Master Plan developed with EnSaves Board of Directors. She will build and maintain budgets and cash flow projections, oversee program development and implementation, and supervise all staff.Ms. Mathon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and taught middle school for five years before joining the EnSave team in the fall of 2000. During her tenure at EnSave, Ms. Mathon has mastered the accountabilities of every position held with the company including Project Administrator and Director of Special Projects.Ms. Mathon lives with her husband, Jake, and two daughters in Williston, Vermont.last_img read more

Building a digital strategy for post-COVID debt recovery

first_img continue reading » As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some credit union relief and government support programs are due to expire – and many Americans are still struggling financially. While these short-term programs have helped, the drastic disruptions in employment and member behaviors over the last several months are creating major, lasting changes for credit unions. As members look for financial solutions and alternatives while staying safe, two of the biggest shifts are increasing call volume and website traffic, prompting credit unions to evaluate and improve their digital capabilities to meet future collections and recovery needs.Credit unions are no strangers to helping members through difficult times. However, the impacts of the pandemic are widespread. The sheer volume of members faced with short- and long-term unemployment is daunting, and collection leaders must realistically re-forecast delinquencies and potential losses in a world with many unknowns. How many jobs will come back after temporary layoffs? How many will be affected indefinitely due to employers’ inability to survive? As these questions go unanswered, credit unions will need to focus on being agile to respond to economic uncertainties.TransUnion predicts increases in collections and delinquency volumes through September. As current financial relief programs sunset, “lenders are going to have to see who can resume payments, who needs refinancing or modifications, and who can’t pay,” said Liz Pagel, senior vice president and Consumer Lending business leader at TransUnion, in a recent article on Digital Capabilities for Better Collection EfficienciesTo effectively address and plan for collection and recovery challenges, credit unions will need to strike a balance between using human interaction and artificial technologies to carry out member services – understanding and adapting to what members want and are willing to do remotely. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Common goal: No. 1 Syracuse employs rotation of Costantino, Richardson in net as team looks to return to national championship

first_img Published on February 14, 2013 at 3:08 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Related Stories Where the light is: With more experience, Syracuse searches for way to reclaim past gloryLong way home: Maltz living boyhood dream after years on lacrosse outskirtsBall hawk: After decorated high school football career, Mullins thrives as defender on lacrosse fieldNet natural: Wardwell becomes force in cage after years of preparing for Division-I spotlightLighting it up: Syracuse’s new-look attack anchors offense, scoring responsibilities The two-goaltender system isn’t popular with many other teams. But Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell wouldn’t have any other system in the cage behind her.“I like it this way,” Glanell said. “Having two goalies is an advantage. If one of them is having an off day, switch them out. Or you know, both of them might be on fire, saving goals left and right. We look at it positively, not negatively.”A year removed from posting the best save percentage (.489) in the Big East, the No. 1 Orange (1-0) is set to begin the 2013 season with junior Alyssa Costantino and sophomore Kelsey Richardson splitting time at goalie – just as they did last season. Costantino managed to log nearly 933 minutes in 2012, and her .494 save percentage ranked best in the Big East. But the platoon system fluctuated enough for Richardson to accumulate almost 470 minutes of playing time.Although most other teams across the country stick to one goalie, Syracuse’s team save percentage ranked in the top 10 nationally.And the two-goalie platoon didn’t stop the Orange from reaching the NCAA championship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re just lucky we’re in a position where we have two very strong goalies,” said SU head coach Gary Gait, who never used a two-goalie system before last season. “And they were both fighting for the starting position last year and we didn’t get clear separation between them. When we have one clear starting goalie, it’ll be a one-goalie system.Out of the 16 teams that reached last year’s NCAA Tournament, only one other team had two goalies that each racked up 400 minutes in the cage – Navy used a number of goalies throughout the season, but switched to Michelle Verbeeck as the primary starter for the last seven games, including all but three minutes of the Midshipmen’s four postseason contests.Costantino started each of the Orange’s 23 games and Richardson appeared in all but six of them. Syracuse was the only contending program that truly utilized two goalies all season.“We played a lot of the top goalies in the country,” Gait said. “And we blow them out of the water and they don’t have an opportunity to switch it up when there’s a three, four, five-goal run. That’s something we can always do.”With the knowledge that they’ll be sharing the goal for most of this season, Costantino and Richardson aren’t bothered by the instability of being pulled at any moment. Costantino instead takes solace in the consistency of taking assignments one half at a time.Costantino and Richardson both said they knew going into the Orange’s season-opener at Jacksonville on Jan. 13 that they would split the first and second halves. Costantino started and Richardson took over after halftime.But that won’t be the case every game. The coaches make substitutions not entirely because of performances, but also based on matchups and their “gut,” Gait said. SU wants both goalies to have their opportunities in the cage.Gait believes both of his goalies are solid at handling any shot levels, but said Costantino is slightly better with the high shots and Richardson slightly better at defending the low shots.That’s when Gait likes to take advantage of his two-goalie system.“What I like is they both have a little different strengths,” Gait said. “And you can kind of use that and the shooters have to change up the way they shoot. It definitely allows us some flexibility in there and create momentum changes in games. And I think that’s key.”Even though both goalies see the field often, the rotation doesn’t throw off the defense’s communication.The Orange learns defense as a unit, Glanell said, not as individuals, so the interaction doesn’t waver when a new goalie takes over the cage. Gait said both goalies receive plenty of time in practice to develop rapports with the defense, so the risk of a miscommunication is a “non-issue.”“I trust our defensive goalie coaches,” Glanell said. “And I trust both Kelsey and A-Cos, so no matter who’s behind us, we know they got our backs and we got their backs.”In this two-goalie scheme, Costantino said, it’s difficult to prepare for games since she doesn’t know exactly how long she’ll be protecting SU’s goal.It’s just as hard for Richardson coming in from the sideline.“Every game I just mentally prepared myself like I was playing and then when you did get in you just had to be ready to play,” Richardson said. “You had to come every game, ready to play.”While the system has its unknowns, it keeps the goalies on their toes and forces them to play their best. When Costantino is on the field, she said, her intensity and focus are always up in hopes of staying on as long as she can.Syracuse is confident its rare two-goalie strategy will work for the second consecutive season, as the goalies have improved from last year. Costantino and Richardson are carrying themselves with more confidence, SU assistant coach Brett Queener said, and they’ve taken leadership roles now that another year is under their belts.But Queener is especially thrilled with the progress the goalies are making in the cage, particularly in their understanding of the position and their tighter footwork.“That was something, when I came in last spring, we had to immediately work on because they had never really worked on that kind of stuff,” Queener said. “So it’s now become second nature … They’re seeing better shots every day, so I think in all context or all facets of their game, they’ve accelerated.”Costantino said she and Richardson work off of each other’s energy well. One goalie’s improvement motivates the other one to work harder, she said, and vice versa.Syracuse hopes Costantino and Richardson maintain their development as the Orange continues to run a two-goalie system that few other teams across the nation use.“So, people like ‘Oh, we don’t have a goalie’ or whatever it is – it’s the best system, I think, in the country last year. So we’re going to continue with it,” Queener said. “It’s a good problem to have, having two goalies who are the best in the country.“Want to use them both, right?” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trustee Gin Wong remembered for la architecture

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC NewsGin Wong, trustee and architect of many Southern California buildings, died Sept. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 94. Wong designed buildings such as a 33-story skyscraper and the Automobile Club of Southern California headquarters in Orange County and a roadway at the Los Angeles International Airport. Wong was born in Guangzhou, China, and received a degree from the USC School of Architecture. “Gin Wong was a visionary architect who left an indelible mark on our beloved alma mater and our vibrant southern California landscape,” President C. L. Max Nikias told USC News. “He was also an exemplary Trojan who was always looking forward to his next endeavor.”Wong helped design the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the USC City Center in downtown Los Angeles.Wong’s company Gin Wong Associates helped restore USC’s original building, which became the Widney Alumni House after Wong completed the restoration in 1977.Gin Wong is survived by his wife, Louise Wong; children, Terrina, Janna and Kimberlee; and four grandchildren, three of whom attended USC. Memorial services for Wong will be private, but Wong’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, funds be donated to the Gin Wong Scholarship at the USC School of Architecture.last_img read more