PMLP's Leadership Team

PMLP's 125th Anniversary Award Presentation in June 2016

PMLP Manager, Charles Orphanos receiving IMPACT award from Brian Sewell of the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company. Also pictured are Energy Services Engineer, Bryan Howcroft (l), and HR and Community Relations Manager, John Maihos (r).

Your Light Plant Leaders

Peabody's Municipal Light Plant's personnel and management team is over 70 strong. Meet our leaders.


PMLP's Manager, Charles Orphanos, has full responsibility for the operation and management of the Peabody Municipal Light Plant under the direction of the Peabody Municipal Lighting Commission.

Our Manager is required to be on call 24/7 to address and respond to regular light plant business and emergency situations.

Among many other things, our Manager provides leadership, motivation, and direction to Staff. He determines work priorities and assignments, coordinates Staff activities, and establishes operating policies and procedures.  He also performs all hiring, terminating and promoting of employees.


PMLP’s Assistant Manager, Bryan Howcroft, assists the Manager in the supervision, direction, operation and management of all divisions of the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.

Our Assistant Manager serves on call 24/7, to address and respond to emergency situations involving generation, substation, distribution, and transmission facilities.

Among many other things, our Assistant Manager supports the Manager in coordinating communications, presentations, and other necessary interfacing with various community groups, government officials in the City of Peabody and Town of Lynnfield, and elected State and Federal officers.


PMLP's Business Manager, Karen Repucci, is responsible for the overall financial management of our utility. She oversees everything from our strategic financial planning to continuous internal auditing of all funds and much more.

Karen plans, designs, organizes, coordinates, schedules, supervises and directs the operations of PMLP's Business Division. Her primary areas of responsibility are Accounting and Finance, Customer Service, Data Processing, Inventory Control and Buildings and Grounds.


PMLP's Supervising Electrical Engineer, Roy Simoes is responsible for planning, organizing and providing direction, control, and supervision of the Engineering Division. Our Supervising Electrical Engineer is under general supervision of the Manager or Assistant Manager.

Our Supervising Electrical Engineer is also responsible for advanced planning of our entire electric system to meet changing electrical needs of PMLP customers. He distributes project assignments and delegation of responsibility among the Engineering Division personnel.

He serves on-call 24 hours a day to address emergency situations or serious malfunctions of substations, distribution, and transmission systems.


PMLP's Supervisor of Electrical Distribution, Dennis Ahlin, is under the general supervision of the Manager or Assistant Manager. He is responsible for planning, designing, coordinating, scheduling and supervising the construction, maintenance and operation of the transmission, distribution and metering systems of our utility.

Our Supervisor of Electrical Distribution is also responsible for the efficient operation of PMLP's Distribution Division. He prepares and administers the Distribution Division's budget and action plans, among many other related duties and maintains and enforces a complete and comprehensive safety program, including working policies and procedures.

He serves on-call 24 hours a day to address emergency situations involving all distribution, transmission, and metering facilities. Many times during unusual conditions, he performs emergency repair work.


PMLP's Information Technology Manager, Joseph Anastasi, plans, directs and manages our IT Department in order to ensure the development and implementation of cost-effective systems and efficient computer operations that meet current and future decision-making requirements.

Our Information Technology Manager also provides company-wide vision and direction as to the application of technology systems within the PMLP, while helping to lead and define the corporate IT Strategy to align with business and operational objectives of the company, as well as the corporate mission statement to provide safe, reliable electricity and high quality service at the lowest possible rates.


PMLP's Environmental Coordinator, Dan Guitard, is under the direction of the General Manager and Assistant Manager. He is responsible to ensure that the organization is in complete compliance with all environmental regulatory requirements in all of its activities at all facilities.

The Environmental Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing environmental policies and programs that minimize PMLP's environmental-related risk and liability and ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental regulations and requirements.

He serves on-call 24 hours a day to address emergency situations involving any chemical spills or environmental issues.


PMLP'S Director of Human Resources and Community Relations communicates and administers the plant’s policies and benefits to the team. He is also one of the first people that new employees meet when they begin a career at PMLP.

On the Community Relations side, he helps get the word out to ratepayers when planned work will affect the electric service to their home or business. He also coordinates all social media announcements and represents the plant at community organizations.

As part of the executive management team, he works closely with Administration and the other divisions on strategic planning and special projects that are aligned with the mission of PMLP.

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