Employee spotlights: The new faces at EnerStar
There were several employee retirements at EnerStar in November 2018, so that means we have a few new faces at our cooperative. Rest assured, they will still give you the great member experience that you have come to expect from your cooperative employees!
A graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Kim Stewart of Paris began her employment at EnerStar in November as our Executive Administrator, replacing Vicki Ewing who recently retired. In this position, Kim will work closely with the board of directors, maintain corporate records, assist CEO Mike Clark and handle human resources functions. She was employed with Manpower, Inc. for 23 years as a market manager in Paris, Ill. and Terre Haute, Ind. Most recently, as the market delivery leader for western Indiana.
“I am looking forward to starting a new career, broadening my skills in a different type of industry,” said Kim. “I look forward to contributing to the vision of Enerstar.”
Kim was born and raised in Paris and has been married to her husband, James, for 26 years. She has two sons, Payton, a chemistry student at Eastern Illinois University and Alex, a senior at Paris High School. It just so happens that Alex is this year’s high school intern at EnerStar. He plans to attend Ivy Tech prior to transferring to lineman school in Iowa the following year.
A “new” but familiar face at EnerStar is Kayla McElheny. Kayla has been employed since Feb 2017 at the co-op as a part-time member services representative through Manpower but was promoted in November 2018 to a full-time position after the retirement of long-time employee Kelly McCrocklin.
“Not being from the area, I have really enjoyed meeting our co-op members and hearing their stories,” said Kayla. “I enjoy learning about the communities that EnerStar serves and figuring out what programs and services we have here at the co-op that will benefit our members.”
Kayla was born and raised in Parke County, Ind. where she lives with finance Dave and son Hunter. She graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in December 2010. Through her previous employment at State Farm and Simonton Windows, she has an extensive background in customer service and administrative functions.
The new smiling face at the co-op’s front counter is Britta Baker. She will mostly be assisting employees in the member services department with all billing and member service functions as well as assisting with co-op special projects. Britta graduated from Lakeland College with an associate degree in business management. She was the senior store coordinator for 14 years at Cellular One of east central Illinois in Paris, Ill. before the company was sold to AT&T in 2016.
“I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Enerstar family,” said Britta. “I look forward to using my experience in customer service to assist our members.”
Britta was born and raised in Kansas, Ill. where she lives with her husband John and their two children Brooke, 14, and Wes, 9. The family spends most of their time attending the children’s school and athletic events. In addition, Britta has served on the Kansas school board for eight years.