Interim General Manager
Kevin Frizzell, PE, was named interim General Manager on February 12, 2018. Frizzell, OMU’s Director of Power Production, joined Owensboro Municipal Utilities in 1990 at the company’s coal-fired generating station, the Elmer Smith Station, as the Technical Services Manager.
In this role, he was primarily charged with environmental compliance and had a key leadership role in the $150 million dollar scrubber project completed in 1995. He has managed all of the plant’s environmental projects since then, including the installation of NOx controls in the early 2000’s. He has been Director of Power Production since January 2008.
Kevin was named Director of Power Production in 2008, charged with the management of OMU’s largest asset, the Elmer Smith Station (ESS) and its 100-plus employees.
Frizzell, a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky, is an Ohio County native and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical engineering in 1985. Frizzell worked as a permit reviewer for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and a process engineer for MPD, Inc. prior to joining the OMU team.
Director Of Customer And Shared Services
Michael Moore was named to his current position as Director of Customer and Shared Service in August 2014. Prior to his appointment to this position, Michael was the Human Resource Manager at Owensboro Municipal Utilities, starting that role and his career with our utility in 2008.
The Director of Customer and Shared Services role directs the internal and external service delivery for all utility support functions, including customer service, communications and public relations, procurement, information technology, human resources and safety.
Michael is an Owensboro native and moved back to his hometown in 2007. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and MBA degree from Indiana University. Michael has over 15 years of experience in the energy and utility industries, beginning his career with General Electric in 1999 as part of their Human Resources Leadership Program.
Active civically he has targeted his efforts to give back to his community in the areas of education and the United Way organization. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Owensboro Independent Schools Foundation for Excellence.
Director Of Delivery
Mr. Lyons was named to his current position as Director of Delivery in October 2013. Prior to this position he was the Director of Engineering & Operations. He joined Owensboro Municipal Utilities as Transmission and Distribution Engineering Manager in 2007.
Mr. Lyons is responsible for directing the construction, operations, maintenance, and engineering of the Electric and Water OMU transmission and distribution system to provide safe, reliable services to retail customers.
He has over 20 years of experience in the electric utility business, beginning his career with Kentucky Utilities Company in 1993, as an Electrical Engineer. In 2000, he was promoted to the position of Team Leader of Line Construction and Maintenance where he managed KU line crews within western Kentucky.
Mr. Lyons received his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville. In addition, he graduated from the LGE-Leadership class in 2002. He currently serves as Chairman of the LGE/KU Transmission Stakeholder Planning Committee, serves on the Southeastern Reliability Corporation (SERC) Board of Directors, and is a graduate of Emerge Owensboro.
Director Of Power Marketing
Rob Leesman joined Owensboro Municipal Utilities as Director of Power Marketing in 2012. Rob has 15 years of experience in wholesale marketing and trading, serving most recently as Vice President of Power Trading at BNP Paribas/Fortis Bank and as a power trader for Duke Energy/Cinergy.
Leesman oversees the selling and risk mitigation of excess generation from the Elmer Smith Generating Station into the wholesale power market, establishes agreements with counterparties and aligns OMU’s interests with other Kentucky municipal utilities.
Leesman graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
J. Lynn Holland, C.P.A., M.B.A.
Director Of Finance And Accounting
J. Lynn Holland joined Owensboro Municipal Utilities in April 2013, after serving since December 2008 as a member and secretary of the Utility Commission. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and has earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Mrs. Holland is also a Certified School Financial Officer and has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, an Associate of Science degree in Computer Programming and an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Brescia University. She has most recently served as Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs with the Owensboro Public School System since 2002.
Mrs. Holland worked with Alexander and Co. CPAs from 1987 until 1989 before working with Kenergy from January 1989 through January 1997. In 1997, she began working for the Kentucky Department of Education as a Financial Liaison for 23 Western Kentucky school districts. She is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, KASBO (Kentucky Association of School Business Officials) and ASBO (Association of School Business Officials International) and is a member of the City of Owensboro Pension Board.
Superintendent Of Telecommunications
Christopher Poynter joined Owensboro Municipal Utilities in October 2013 as Superintendent of Telecommunications. In this role, he leads OMU’s efforts to provide extremely reliable, fiber optic based, internet, voice, and data services to area businesses. He also leads the company’s Fiber To The Home initiative, working to provide area residences with affordable, ultrahigh speed internet access.
Poynter has an extensive background in the cable & telecommunications industry with more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience including General Manager, Vice President of Customer Care, and Director of Technical Operations with organizations including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Frontier Communications, Lightyear Communications, and Global Crossing Ltd. His leadership experience also includes military service as an enlisted soldier, non-commissioned officer, cadet, and commissioned officer in The United States Army National Guard.
Poynter has an MBA in Telecommunications & Information Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Monroe Community College.
Poynter is very active in the telecommunications industry and in our community. He is currently a Rotary Assistant Governor, Kentucky Colonel, Board member of The Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club, and a Board member of The Owensboro Rotary Foundation. He has served on numerous Boards in the past including The Midwest Chapter of The Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Owensboro Parks Department Advisory Board.