The Heat and Warmth Fund Hires Program Director

Former DTE Energy Director Brings Right Blend of Talent and Experience To Spearhead THAW Energy Assistance Programs

Jan 04, 2010, 09:40 ET from The Heat and Warmth Fund of Michigan

DETROIT, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- THAW - The Heat and Warmth Fund of Michigan today announced the hiring of Karen Bitner as Program Director, effective next Monday, January 11th. In her new role, Bitner will oversee the implementation of all THAW energy education, assistance and community outreach programs across the state. The announcement was made by THAW Board Chair, Dianne Bostic Robinson.

"We're fortunate to have someone of Karen's caliber directing our statewide services," said Robinson. "She brings impeccable credentials and an extensive background of over 30 years in energy utility service management. Given the unprecedented need for assistance during this winter season, Karen is the ideal person for this position and we're thrilled to have her."

Prior to joining THAW, Bitner enjoyed a wide-ranging 30-year career with MichCon Gas Company/DTE Energy, holding various directorship and managerial positions in customer satisfaction, operational support, and field operations. Most recently, she served as Director, Energy Assistance for DTE Energy, where she developed and implemented short and long term energy assistance strategies, including state and federal funding sources, community outreach and internal customer contact resources. In this role, Bitner worked extensively with THAW and led efforts to secure over $100 million in low income funding assistance for DTE Energy in 2009.

Bitner currently serves on the DTE Women's Leadership and Alex Dow Award committees; is a four-time recipient of the DTE Energy's Sarah Sheridan Award and a three-time recipient of the MichCon's Quality Service Award. She received her BS in Marketing from Wayne State University in 1986, and her MBA from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1990.

SOURCE The Heat and Warmth Fund of Michigan