Name: Lynn M. Cavalier.
Hometown: North Canton, now living in New Wilmington, Pa.
Occupation: President of FirstEnergy's Eastern Region.
Education: Bachelor's degree in medical technology from Northwestern University, bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Akron; 1999 graduate of the Executive Program at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration; 1999 alumna of Leadership Mahoning Valley. She is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.
Most important professional achievement: Being named president of FirstEnergy's Eastern region, providing leadership for 690 employees and serving a half-million customers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She was FirstEnergy's first female plant superintendent and its first female regional president and before that was Penn Power's first female manager of marketing.
Describing the personal impact of her achievements: "On a daily basis I have become very comfortable with never knowing what is going to walk through my door and to be ready to just go with the flow. I have learned the value of balance in my life and encourage employees to take time to get away and recharge."
Community service: Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc., vice chairwoman of the Mahoning Valley campaign for 2000-2001; Youngstown State University Operations Improvement Task Force, vice chairwoman; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, vice chairwoman, first female executive committee member and fund-raising committee member; Youngstown-Mahoning Valley United Way, board member; Industrial Information Institute for Education, board member and treasurer; Leadership Mahoning Valley, board member and Youth Business Day co-chair; supported 29 employees in volunteering for Ohio Reads and other volunteer efforts in the community; recipient of the 2000 National Society of Fund Raising Executives Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award.
Support for professional women: panel member for the 2001 Athena Leadership Forum; working with the Casting for Recovery Project to host a healing retreat for breast cancer survivors in the Mahoning Valley in 2002; responds to requests by other business leaders to meet with female employees holding leadership roles.