Trainer's Information
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Stephen Socoby

Stephen Socoby

Stephen is the Director of Training for the Northeast Public Power Association and is a CUSP.

He has 36 years of hands on experience in all facets of operations, of public power utilities including: Line Superintendent; supervision of crews, maintenance, new construction, reliability and associated plant & sub-station responsibilities. He is a recognized expert in safety and OSHA compliance.

In his role of Director of Training, he is responsible for development and quality of safety & technical programs. He also oversees the line-workers’ school and teaches utility management and supervision, electronic controls and power-line operation programs.

Recognized as an industry leader and expert Steve has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northeast Public Power Association and been recognized by the Maine State Legislature for his previous 30 Years of Distinguished Service. Steve attended the University of Maine at Orono.


Linda Calderiso

Linda Calderiso

Linda has been with Northeast Public Power Association for 17 years as a trainer.


In her role as trainer, she teaches American Heart Association’s First Aid/CPR/AED course, Medic First Aid Basic Plus course and Ergonomics.


Before joining NEPPA, Linda was an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer in the US Military.


Linda is also a Federal Emergency Management Agency Reservist and has responded and assessed with Hurricane Irene, Joplin Tornado and Hurricane Sandy. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Leader and teaches indoor cycling.


Pete Crowley

Peter Crowley


Pete has been a trainer for the Northeast Public Power Association since April of 2015 and travels all throughout New England.


Before joining NEPPA Pete started as a lineman in May of 1984 with Geen Mountain Power. Then he moved over to Burlington Electric in 2002 where he was working line foreman.


Pete has an Associates degree of applied science in Power Technology. He also has his Mass. Hoisting License and will soon be an OSHA instructor.


Pete currently lives in Winooski, VT and has been married to his wife, Mary Ann, for the past 30 years. They have have two children together, Nathan and Natalie. His hobbies are woodworking and rabbit hunting with beagles.


Pete goes on to say “teaching has been a big part of my career and NEPPA gives me a chance to continue teaching, which I love to do!”


Lou Gabriele

Lou Gabriele

Lou has been a trainer for the Northeast Public Power Association since April 1999 and has conducted some line schools in NY for NEPPA in the past.


Lou started his line career in May, 1968, with Central Vermont Public Service Corp., which at the time was the largest utility in Vermont. He continued to work there until July 1st 1998. During that time, Lou started as an Apprentice Groundman; moved up to First Class/Journeyman lineman, on to Crew Chief and then to Line Foreman, a position that he held for the last 12 years with the company. His experience includes---overhead construction, underground construction, substation and transmission construction as well as maintenance. During this time period, Live Line (15kv gloving) work was started by the company. Prior to this, everything was done with hot sticks or de-energized lines.


Lou was a member of the CVPS ALL Star Team-recognized for customer service, being a team player and demonstrating other outstanding qualities. He initiated one of the first Apprentice Line Schools, first in-house, and then in conjunction with the State of Vermont and the IBEW.



Robert P. Henriksen

 Robert P. Henriksen

Robert has been a trainer for the Northeast Public Power Association since 1993.

He has been in this industry for 50 years and has had an array of different job titles during that time including Lineman at Boston Edison and then Troubleman, Working Foreman, and Supervisor General Foreman at Braintree Electric Light Department, from whence he retired in 2001.

Robert currently conducts training seminars and safety meetings for municipal utilities all over New England and is also knowledgeable in all aspects of OSHA 1910.269 compliance rules and regulations.


He has been a former Chairman of NEPPA’s General Foreman’s Roundtable, a member of the Mutual Aid Committee, and NEPPA’s Mutual Aid coordinator for the 1995 St. Thomas Hurricane Relief Aid. He has also been a former member in many other organizations including the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, former board of member for The Electric Institute, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Safety Council.



William F. Hesson

 William F. Hesson

Bill has been a trainer for the Northeast Public Power Association for the past 12 years and is our only trainer that covers the state of New York.

Before joining NEPPA Bill was a Niagara Mohawk/National Grid Operating Supervisor for 33 years. Bill has achieved and maintains a Certified Utility Safety Professional Status (CUSP) and had the NEPPA Line School program approved and recognized with the State of New York.


John Jankowski

John Jankowski

John has been a Trainer for the Northeast Public Power Association for the past 16 years and covers areas in New Hampshire (Woodsville and Littleton) and Vermont (Swanton, Enosburg, Lyndonville, and Ludlow).


Before joining NEPPA he attended the U.S. Navy Electrical Schools, worked at Vermont Marble Co. as an electric lineman, and then joined the Central Vermont Public Service Company where he began his career as a groundman and worked his way up to chief lineman over 10 years. He was promoted to, and work as Safety Director, for 26 years.


While in the U.S. Navy he became an Interior Communications Electrician. While working as the Safety Director at Central Vermont Public Service Company he specialized in workers comp, accident prevention, accident investigation, and claims damage and taught various OSHA seminars. He has 41 years of experience with being a First Aid and CPR Trainer. He is currently working with Medic First Aid and was a past instructor for the Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Vermont Heart Association.