Gold Shovel Association Appoints Campbell As Executive Director

The Gold Shovel Association (GSA) announced May 6 that its board of directors has appointed Cheryl Campbell as executive director of its Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) program. The GSS program works to eliminate damages to underground infrastructure through adoption of damage prevention safety management systems and use of metrics to improve performance.

Ms. Campbell is well-known within the energy and utility industries as a high-caliber visionary and champion for public and employee safety. She has broad experience in the energy industry, with her most recent role as Senior Vice President at Xcel Energy. Ms. Campbell also has served on the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee for the Department of Transportation, as well as a number of non-profit and industry boards of directors, including the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) and the University of Colorado Engineering Advisory Council.

“Damage to underground infrastructure continues to be a threat to public safety and service reliability for everyone who provides services with this infrastructure.” said Ms. Campbell. “I look forward to helping reduce this impact, in order to ensure the safety of the public as well as improved service to customers.”

Ms. Campbell will be replacing Rick Galyean, who has been providing the essential leadership and technical support needed to launch the GSS program since its inception in 2016. He has served a dual role as both a GSA-contracted executive director of the (GSS) program and as CEO of the management services company, Oropala, which administered the program at the direction of the Association’s Board of Directors. Oropala has been essential in supporting the technology that is forging change in data collection around underground damage prevention.

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