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The Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts – Communications & Energy Services Awards are given each year at the MEAM-CES Annual Conference. 

Award Eligibility

  • Nominations may be submitted by any supervising Manager at a MEAM member utility or through unanimous nomination by the MEAM-CES leadership team (president, secretary, and treasurer).

  • Must currently work for or have recently retired from a MEAM member utility.

  • Nominee must be one of the following:

    • The individual responsible for the majority of public communications at a MEAM member utility.

    • The main communicator managing public relations for a major project or incident at a MEAM member utility.

    • Primary coordinator for outreach and advocacy for energy services programs offered by a MEAM member utility.

Communicator of the Year Award Criteria

The MEAM Communicator of the Year award recognizes individuals who consistently demonstrate effective public communications and are recognized public power advocates with a reputation for being highly credible with a variety of diverse audiences. 


COTY award winners use communication strategies that demonstrate creativity and innovation in a public utility environment. Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership in addition to exemplary ethics and professionalism. COTY award winners are widely recognized as role models for communicators and non-communicators alike and exemplify the best of MEAM member utility practices.

Rising Star Award Criteria

The MEAM Rising Star award recognizes exceptional communications, community outreach, or project management achievement of a public power employee who has been in a communications or energy services position fewer than 5 years at the time they were nominated.

2023 Nomination Process

  • Nominate candidates using the online form.

  • 2024 Nominations must be submitted by April 19, 2024.

  • Winners will be chosen by the MEAM-CES Leadership.

  • The awards will be given at the MEAM-CES Conference on June 6, 2024 in Bourne, MA.

Past Communicator of the Year Recipients

  • 2014 Winner

    • Sandra Richter, Middleboro Gas & Electric

  • 2016 Winners

    • Kate Sullivan, Holyoke Gas & Electric

    • Sean Fitzgerald, Westfield Gas + Electric

    • Karen Shooni, Hudson Light & Power 

  • 2017 Winner

    • Rick Maksian, SELCO

  • 2018 Winners

    • Jackie Pratt, SELCO

    • Ruth Slater, Braintree Electric Light Dept.

    • Dylan Lewellyn, Ipswich Electric Light Dept.

    • Brooke Czasnowski, Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant

  • 2019 Winners

    • Kelly Frazier, South Hadley Electric Light Dept.

    • Becca Keane, Belmont Light

  • 2020 Winner

    • Tammi Lemire, Groton Electric Light Dept.

  • 2021 Winners

    • Sonja Britland, TMLP

    • Lisa Stowe, Westfield Gas + Electric 

Past Rising Star Recipients

  • 2020 Winner

    • Joyce Mulvaney, RMLD

  • 2021 Winners

    • Patrick Collins, SELCO

    • Laura Dorman, Westfield Gas + Electric

    • Connor Reardon, LELWD

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