2018 NAYGN Ballot
This year we are voting for the NAYGN officer positions of Vice President, Professional Development Chair, Treasurer, and Canadian Affairs Chair. In addition to the officer positions, some revisions to the NAYGN Bylaws have been proposed which require a vote of the membership to approve. Information on each candidate and proposed Bylaw change are described below. If you have any questions or issues during the voting process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve worked in the nuclear industry for nine years, with time split between North Carolina’s Shearon Harris and McGuire plants. Although I am a licensed mechanical engineer and serve Duke Energy as a procurement engineer, my favorite titles are husband (Carrie), father (Julie and Claire), and musician (tone-deaf, but my daughters still sing along).
I’ve been an NAYGN member since 2010, serving as Duke Energy’s site programs chair, fleet programs chair, and chapter lead. I served as a key player in Duke’s SMEs of the Future program, chapter conferences, and KT&R efforts that contributed to Duke’s Best Chapter in Region (2013, 2016), Best Chapter in KT&R (2014, 2015, 2016), and PI Award (2013, 2015). I currently serve NAYGN’s board as the Communications Chair, where I redesigned our membership newsletter, maintain NAYGN’s website, write our Go Nuke articles, and support our social media teams.
Serving on the Board last year opened my eyes even wider to all the things NAYGN does, and helped me shape some ways I want to give back. Over this term I have three goals: (1) Open the Core to a more personal engagement with the chapters, where’s NAYGN’s accomplishments get done; (2) Improve partnerships with outside organizations that align with NAYGN’s goals; and (3) help improve our cross-chapter networks so members can see more of our industry.
Professional Development Chair
Umar has worked as a mechanical engineer for Framatome Inc. (formerly known as AREVA Inc.) since 2013. He started his career as a stress analyst for reactor components. During his career he has served NSSS, Business Strategy, Fuel Fabrication, and Fuel’s Sales & Projects. He is currently serving as the Business Development Manager for Products & Engineering. Umar holds a B.S & M.S in Mechanical Engineering from UNC Charlotte & NC State University.
Umar currently serves as the NAYGN Webinar Chair on the Professional Development Committee. He is responsible for holding Professional Development Seminars for all NAYGN members. Most recently he has hosted David Schumacher, director of the movie “The New Fire;” Umar and David discussed the importance of Nuclear Power and the role it plays in tackling global climate change. Umar has also served as the facilitator at the NAYGN annual conferences. He has served as the Chair & Vice Chair of Framatome’s NAYGN Lynchburg and Richland Chapters. In these roles, Umar focused on growing involvement within the Atlantic Region, knowledge transfer, and advocacy. Umar also supported industry seminars reflecting on the nuclear industry.
As the Professional Development Chair my vision is to continue to provide innovative opportunities to develop the future leaders of NAYGN and our industry. It is important that we bring growth opportunities to our members. If elected I intend to advance PD programs to foster the skills necessary to advance our growth and careers in this industry. Harnessing relationships within NAYGN and with other professional organizations, NAYGN can pave the path in professional learning opportunities to advance our growth. I am passionate about what the nuclear industry means to our nation’s grid, climate, and our nuclear workforce. I will continue to promote NAYGN’s purpose and the organization’s mission in the role as your new Professional Development Chair.
Cayla Thompson joined the nuclear industry in 2010 working in the Training and Plant Support departments at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. Currently, Cayla is a Training instructor working primarily with Watts Bar’s Nuclear Supervisor Training Program. Cayla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University and Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia Southern University.
While at Watts Bar, Cayla has served as the NAYGN chapter vice lead and is currently serving as the chapter’s lead. During this time the Watts Bar NAYGN chapter has increased its membership by 30% and won the NAYGN 2015 Best Chapter in the Southeast award. She has also been nominated and received two NAYGN Excellence awards during her time with NAYGN. Cayla has also spent the last two years helping with the NAYGN Professional Development Conference Planning Committee and is serving as the NAYGN Professional Development Conference Planning Committee lead for the upcoming 2018 conference in Atlanta.
As the NAYGN Professional Development Chair, my vision would be to ensure that all members and organizations within NAYGN benefit from interactive and engaging professional development sessions. By offering professional development sessions, webinars, conference sessions that contribute to membership career development, we can continue to grow the NAYGN organization, promote our industry, and improve our professional capabilities.
I am a native of “The Scenic City” of Chattanooga, TN, where I currently reside with my wife , Arielle Hayes, and son Michael Hayes III. A graduate of The Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, I am currently severing as a program engineer for the TVA Sequoyah (SQN) station where I have been for nearly five years. Prior to my time at SQN I was a design/startup engineer at Watts Bar unit 2 and Bellefonte.
I have been an active NAYGN member for almost 8 years serving as NAYGN Chapter Vice President at TVA’s Bellefonte and Watts Bar stations and NAYGN Chapter President at the TVA Sequoyah station. I served as the Chair for the Southeast Regional Conference hosted by TVA in 2013 and has served on the HUB steering committee for NAYGN. I have also led professional development days for TVA’s nuclear fleet through NAYGN. additionally, I served on the planning committee as well as presented at the 2017 National Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Theresa Widger and I lead the Educating America’s Future session in which we presented different ways to teach todays youth about nuclear power.
Improve networking and sharing of chapter successes. We can make this happen through use of social media and live-streaming technologies to see projects, conferences and network live. It is important to get our HUB up and running as a vital resource to strengthening our NAYGN connections across the regions.
Amber Von Ruden
My name is Amber Von Ruden and I am currently a Senior Project Manager at Exelon Generation LaSalle Station in IL. I have worked for Exelon for 7.5 years and have held various positions in Chemistry, Engineering, and Project Management. I have a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Illinois State University, a Project Management Professional Certification, and a BWR ANSI Senior Reactor Operator Certification. I am also a published organic chemistry research author.
I have held several leadership roles in the NAYGN organization. I was a site director at my station and then I was elected to Vice Chair, Chair, and Past chair of the Exelon West Chapter which won Best Chapter in the Midwest during that time. I am on the National Awards committee and recently helped generate the materials for this year’s national drawing contest. In 2017, I was awarded a Future Award at the National Conference for my continued work with a Nuke 101 teachers workshop which educates local teachers on how to teach nuclear power concepts in their classrooms.
I am very passionate about the NAYGN organization and hope to have a bigger impact on the organization outside my local and regional chapters through leadership in the Core. I want to help NAYGN achieve continued success, bring more enthusiasm, and increase membership engagement. If elected, I will help NAYGN obtain strong fundraising through the Treasurer position which will better allow the organization to positively influence the nuclear industry through its organizational pillars. I will continue to help the organization grow and maintain its strong membership support.
Canadian Affairs Chair
I, Alim Baytekin, graduated from Carleton University Faculty of Engineering, currently I am employed in Ontario Power Generation as a Resident Engineer at Darlington Nuclear Generation Station(DNGS), dedicated to Refurbishment Project. I am qualified design engineer and the single point of engineering contact for 10 new buildings in DNGS campus for refurbishment.
I have been with NAYGN Durham Chapter since 2014. After first year of training and active involvement as a member at large, I continued torch as a president of NAYGN Durham chapter from 2015 to 2017. As Durham chapter I with help of team successfully executed many events, including but not limited to professional development sessions, lunch and learns, visit to nuclear facilities, regulatory hearings, hands on workshops, and monthly meetings.
My vision as a chair for Canadian affairs, I would like to bridge nuclear organizations such as Canadian nuclear society and Canadian nuclear association and other Canadian NAYGN chapters to ensure that individual will engrave their success with our innovative professional development and networking sessions. This will help young generations within nuclear industry to enhance their skills and create life learning experiences, while enjoying the journey to future.
I’m Matthew Mairinger and I live in the Durham region (east of Toronto) in Ontario, Canada. I graduated from University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2014. Since graduating I’ve worked full time for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) at the Darlington nuclear plant and I’m currently an Environmental Qualification Single Point of Contact and the Steam/Flood Barriers system engineer.
I was elected as NAYGN Durham vice-president from 2015-2017 and was elected NAYGN Durham president in 2017. Currently I’m a member on the NAYGN Benchmarking committee and I will be assisting with post card push day in 2018. During my role with the NAYGN Durham chapter the chapter metrics have drastically increased and our chapter has become a stronger political advocate for nuclear power at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. I am working with CANDU Owners Group (COG) on a memorandum of understanding and I have been the sole Canadian NAYGN representative at various seminars, teleconferences and conferences.
I want to bring the north back into North American Young Generation in Nuclear. I will hold teleconferences and meetings between Canadian chapters to allow easier sharing of information and promote joint-events. I will organize a Canadian regional event and I will work with the NAYGN government outreach team to design a Canadian version for post card push day. I will continue to work with Canadian Nuclear Association, CANDU Owners Group, Canadian Nuclear Society and other groups to increase the Canadian NAYGN presence. Lastly, I will continue to advocate for nuclear power and organize events of interest for members across Canada.
National Chairs (B6), (B7)
Utilizing a generic title of National Chairs for the current listed board positions of US Affairs, Canadian Affairs, and Mexican Affairs to allow any country within North America to have a board position if there is a minim of 30 members and 3 chapters. This change will also remove the defined number of positions on the board as 10 to allow the board size to change based on the number of eligible countries.
B6 (1)(a) – The affairs of the Corporation shall be administered by the Officers under these Bylaws and Rules. The elected Officers of the Corporation shall include President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Past President, Communications Chair, Public Information (PI) Chair, Professional Development (PD) Chair, Mexican Affairs Chair, Canadian Affairs Chair, and US Affairs Chair.
B7 (2)(a) The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected corporate officers and the President most recently retired from office. The total number of Directors shall be ten (10).
B6 (1)(a) – The affairs of the Corporation shall be administered by the Officers under these Bylaws and Rules. The elected Officers of the Corporation shall include President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Past President, Communications Chair, Public Information (PI) Chair, Professional Development (PD) Chair, and National Chairs.
B7 (2)(a) The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected corporate officers and the President most recently retired from office.
Unused Processes (B7), (B12)
Description of Change
Removal of the Finance Committee and requirement to mail ballots to membership. The bylaws define a Finance Committee which is not currently used by the organization and whose responsibilities are encompassed by the existing duties of the Treasurer. In order to amend the bylaws, the requirement to mail a letter to each member will be removed and replaced with a statement to distribute bylaw changes to each member without specifying the means of distribution.
B7 (3)(c )The Board of Directors may authorize the Treasurer and the President to pay certain specified routine expenses in advance of approval by the Finance Committee.
B12 (1)(a) Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors, in session or by mail, or by petition to the Board and signed by not fewer than ten (10) percent of the voting members of the Corporation. Amendments may also be initiated by the Board of Directors. Such proposed amendments shall be referred to the Bylaws and Rules Committee, which shall submit recommendations thereon to the Board of Directors, including consultation with legal counsel, if deemed necessary. If the Board finds the amendment(s) in accord with the objectives of the Corporation and of the laws under which the Corporation is organized, the amendment(s) shall be mailed with a letter to each voting member.
B7 (3)(c )The Board of Directors may authorize the creation of an annual budget.
B12 (1)(a) Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors, in session or by mail, or by petition to the Board and signed by not fewer than ten (10) percent of the voting members of the Corporation. Amendments may also be initiated by the Board of Directors. Such proposed amendments shall be referred to the Bylaws and Rules Committee, which shall submit recommendations thereon to the Board of Directors, including consultation with legal counsel, if deemed necessary. If the Board finds the amendment(s) in accord with the objectives of the Corporation and of the laws under which the Corporation is organized, the amendment(s) shall be distributed with a ballot to each voting member.