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Meet your local WPYO winners

September 2, 2021

Six South Central Power members who are making a difference in their community every day inspired someone to nominate them in the WhoPowersYouOhio contest. Two of them won $1,000 in the contest!

Nikki Lude

As a founding committee member and volunteer for the Monroe County Community Foundation, Nikki helped lead the growth of the Monroe family of funds. Nikki was instrumental in obtaining donations from local banks, cemetery funds, and the John & Lois Baker Education and Economic Development Fund, raising more than $225,000 that was matched by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Nikki, who lives in Lewisville, is a leader in many other Monroe County organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield, the Monroe 4-H Endowment, Hoops for the Heart, and the Monroe County Port Authority. Nikki plans to donate her award to the Lewisville Volunteer Fire Department.

South Central Power Company President and CEO Rick Lemonds presents a check to winner Nikki Lude, financial advisor at Commonwealth Financial Services LLC.

Susan Davis

In 2012, Susan Davis of Hillsboro helped establish Soles for Students, a nonprofit that works with school counselors to provide children with shoe vouchers, which they can use at three local stores. Soles for Students provides more than $15,000 in shoes to more than 300 students annually.

In 2020, Soles for Students worked with educators to access 3D printers at universities and schools to produce shields for health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of generous donors, they raised over $11,000 for this project, which provided shields to more than 10 hospitals and numerous other health facilities. Susan plans to donate her award to Soles for Students.

Rick Lemonds presents a check to winner Susan Davis, a lawyer with Davis Law Office, and her husband, Tim Davis.

Other nominees:

• Brad Hutchinson, Lancaster
• Aletha Mullins, Canal Winchester
• Kim Shook, Canal Winchester
• Jo Welsh, Lancaster

Congratulations to our winners and nominees. We are proud to recognize you for powering Ohio every day.

From the September 2021 issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.