Dominion East Ohio to Honor Three in 10th Annual Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership Series

Feb 11, 2011, 09:18 ET from Dominion East Ohio

CLEVELAND, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion East Ohio today celebrates its 10th annual Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership educational series by honoring three prominent African Americans at a luncheon at the Cleveland Marriot Hotel in downtown Cleveland. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

"Strong Men & Women" highlights the accomplishments of selected African-American role models and tells their stories in an educational series that is distributed during Black History Month to schools across Dominion's retail electric and natural gas service areas in Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  More than 200 African-American leaders have been honored in the program's 21-year history, which originated at the company's headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.

"The life stories and interests of these exceptional men and women are incredibly rich and diverse," said Anne Bomar, senior vice president and general manager, Dominion East Ohio.  "They uplift and serve as shining examples of commitment, vision and what it means to push through hardship and succeed.  These are the kind of role models our youth deserve."

The 2011 local honorees are:

  • Leon D. Bibbfirst African-American prime-time broadcast news anchor, Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Gary G. Thomasfirst African-American artist with work on display in three national sports museums, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

  • The Honorable Jay Williamsfirst African-American and youngest mayor of Youngstown, Ohio

Three other honorees recognized at an earlier celebration in Richmond, Virginia were:

  • Lillian Lincoln Lambertfirst African-American woman to earn a Harvard MBA, Mechanicsville, Va.

  • The Honorable Cleo E. Powell, J.D. – first African-American woman judge, Virginia Court of Appeals, Richmond, Va.

  • Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D.first woman president (Emerita) of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.

Also to be honored are three Ohio student essay-writing contest winners.  High school juniors and seniors each year are invited to participate in the Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership program by writing essays about any of the past honorees.  Winners receive a laptop computer and their schools each receive a $1,000 cash award.  

The local student essay winners are:

  • Amber Wrentmore, Cardinal High School, Middlefield, Ohio;
  • Alexis Rutland, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, OH;
  • Nathaniel Sutton, Howland High School, Warren, OH.

More information about Strong Men & Women is available on Dominion's website at:; a drawing of the individuals being honored is available at  

Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,600 megawatts of generation.  Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 13 states.  For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

SOURCE Dominion East Ohio