Lisa Leatherman has been named the new Duke Energy Nantahala Area district manager for government and community relations on Jan. 1. This area includes more than 75,000 customers in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.
Leatherman was the lake services representative for the 10 hydroelectric projects in the legacy Duke and Progress areas in Western North Carolina.
With a biology degree from Elon College, she has a varied 25-year utility career beginning as a meter reader in 1987. She was a hydroelectric plant operator, both with Nantahala Power & Light and Duke centralized hydro operations in Charlotte. She also worked in power delivery engineering, vegetation management, and hydro relicensing.
Prior to joining a utility, she worked at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, a federal research station in Macon County.
She is treasurer of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee River, a director of Macon County Care Network, a member of the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club, and a former director of Franklin Habitat for Humanity.
The retiring district manager, Fred Alexander, will assist with job transition through Feb. 28.