Lauren Govoni is Director for Utility and Railroad Safety at Virginia's State Corporation Commission. Chris De Lisle is Deputy Director in the Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at Virginia's State Corporation Commission. Carl Dale is Damage Prevention Program Manager at Virginia's State Corporation Commission. Scott Marshall is Pipeline Safety Program Manager at Virginia's State Corporation Commission.
PUF was delighted at the opportunity to travel to Richmond virtually to visit the home of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The Commission is a unique regulatory body with authority over utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising, railroads, and well, a long laundry list. No wonder the Commission employs over six-hundred Staff.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: Talk about your backgrounds and how you four came to be at the Commission.
Lauren Govoni: I'm an engineer and a lawyer. I've worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and I had a brief stop working at a natural gas company — public utility in Virginia. Then I came to the Commission. I got hired here about four years ago.
Chris De Lisle: I was in the U.S Army from 2006 to 2011. When I transitioned from the Army to civilian life, I worked for Dominion Energy in a different capacity. In 2014, I started at the Commission in damage prevention as an investigator. I was there about a year and a half. I transitioned to the pipeline safety group as an inspector and eventually as a pipeline safety manager, I have maintained my role as a pipeline safety inspector while transitioning into my current role.