At Welty, we know that ultimately the best way to build a culture of teamwork, where each member feels valued, is by getting to know one another. Getting to know team members and creating a safe environment to speak-up leads to greater innovation. By building relationships, we feel more connected to each other. This is why we believe that prioritizing personal relationships, with each other and our clients, is the secret sauce to a successful team.  We also can never create the high-performing teams that we crave if we don’t take the time to look beyond our work connections. Asking about each other’s lives and interests can help a team have a better understanding of the talents and gifts of each member. That recognition can build greater “flow” if teammates play to their strengths. When team members value each other’s strengths, they more effectively relate to one another, avoid potential conflicts, boost group cohesion, and create positive dialogue. 

We grow our team values through:

  • Listening actively to one another.
  • Asking meaningful questions to make sure teammates are really ok.
  • Responding to different perspectives with respect.
  • Understanding each other’s learning and thinking styles.

As a part of the Welty Engagement Committee, team-building project we conducted a Q&A to help everyone get to know some of the Welty Energy team a little better! All eight Welty Energy Project Teams that support the First Energy Distribution Programs (Grid Mod & LTIIP) will be highlighted.

Program Support (Grid Mod & LTIIP):

Michael Taylor
Project Coordinator

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) On December 17th, 2015 I left home to check myself into rehab. I am proud to say that today is Monday, February 21st, 2022, and I have not used drugs or alcohol since. 6 years 2 months, a few days…. and counting.

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Playing golf in all 50 states. 12/50 done. I have a lot of work left.

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) One day at a time.


Omar Abed

Project Analyst

Q) If you were a professional athlete, what would your walkout song be?

A) Super Gremlin – Kodak Black

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) Sandy Alomar was my next-door neighbor when he played for Cleveland Indians.

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) “Pain is temporary, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. But if you quit it will last forever.”


Grid Mod: Cleveland Illuminating Company (CEI)


Tyler Fairchild

Project Analyst

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Learning how to woodwork.

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) I own a Wedding Photography Business.

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) You’ll never get anywhere in life if you don’t live outside of your comfort zone.


Eugene R Glover

Energy Planner

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Bowling a 300 game

Q) If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

A) auto repair for new vehicles

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) “Always keep yourself above reproach.”


Jacob Sindelar

Sr. Project Coordinator

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) I prefer dogs over people.

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Build a house on several acres of land.

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) Listen more, talk less.


LTIIP: MET-ED (ME) 

Khushbu Patel

Project Analyst 

Q) You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?

A) Happiness & Sunlight

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Become a Data Scientist

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) Everyone goes through failure in life but only those who push through those failures will eventually become successful in life.


Steven John

 Project Analyst

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) I was born in the US but raised by my uncle and aunt in India until I was 4. Then moved back to the US to live with my parents.

Q) What current fact about your life would most impress your five-year-old self?

A) I have visited 48 states so far and the only ones I have left to go to are Alaska and Hawaii.

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) Don’t be afraid to fail.


Grid Mod: Toledo Edison (TE)

John Wodarski

 Project Analyst

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Becoming a season ticket holder for the Green Bay Packers, currently number 130,949 in line.

Q) What is the last TV Show or Music Album you binged?

A) Currently binging Ozark

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.


Jon Henkler

Project Coordinator

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) I love the LitRPG genre. (Literary Role-Playing Game)

Q) If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

A) Computer Vision, specifically generation of images

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) Life is all about perspective


LTIIP: West Penn Power (WP) 

John Storella-Mullin

Project Coordinator

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) Growing up, I played 6 sports during middle-school (Hockey, Baseball, Track, Cross Country, Lacrosse, and Football).

Q) You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?

A) Time with my daughter.

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) One day at a time.


Connor Szczepankowski

 Project Analyst

Q) What is a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?

A) I am a high school soccer coach for my former high school.

Q) If you were a professional athlete, what would your walkout song be?

A) Forever by Drake

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) Never be afraid to ask for help


LTIIP:  Penn Power (PP) 

Ryan Mershimer

 Project Analyst

Q) If you were a professional athlete, what would your walkout song be?

A) Get Down On It

Q) What is one item on your bucket list that you are actively trying to achieve?

A) Retire early and travel

Q) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A) Love yours – J.Cole

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