Key Staff

Sonja M. Cox


Sonja M. Cox

President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Sr. Vice President and CFO of SMECO. 2006 - 2020.
    Energy Procurement Director, SMECO, 2004 - 2006.
    Accounting and Budgeting Director, SMECO, 1999 - 2004.
  • Cost Control Specialist, Carolina Power & Light Company, Robinson Nuclear Project
  • MBA, Finance, Johns Hopkins University.
    BS, Accounting, University of Maryland University College.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of Audit Committee, College of Southern Maryland
  • Member of Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee, ACES Power Marketing
  • Graduate of Leadership Maryland Class of 2010
  • Daily Record’s 2016 Top 100 Women of Maryland
  • Past positions: Chair, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Board member, Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, Treasurer, Southern Maryland Community Resources Board

Campbell Hawkins


Campbell Hawkins

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Information Officer

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer since 2020.
  • Senior Director, Innovation and Transformation Office, Xcel Energy
  • Vice President of Customer Service, Duquesne Light
  • Director of Customer Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • BBA, University of North Georgia
    MBA, Webster University School of Business and Technology
  • Veteran, U.S. Army

Mark A. MacDougall


Mark A. MacDougall

Senior Vice President, External Affairs, and General Counsel

  • Senior VP and General Counsel of SMECO since 1998.
  • Juris Doctor, University of Maryland School of Law.
  • MBA, University of Maryland, College Park.
    BS, Accounting, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Board Member, Maryland-District of Columbia Utilities Association.
  • Past positions: Board of Governors, Calvert Marine Museum and Calvert Marine Museum Society; Board Member, Leadership Maryland.

Roger E. Schneider


Roger E. Schneider

Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations, and Chief Operating Officer

  • Senior Vice President and COO since 2021.
    Managing Director of Asset Management, 2019-2021.
    System Operations and Automation Director, 2012-2019.
    Logistics and System Operations Manager, 2009-2012.
    Project Manager, 2006-2009.
    Systems Operations Manager, 2003-2006.
    Engineering Operations Director, 2001-2003.
    Distribution Engineer, 1999-2001.
    Transmission System Operator, 1997-1999.
  • Application Engineer and Project Manager, Siemens Energy and Automation.
  • Substation Engineer, Pepco.
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.

Joseph Trentacosta


Joseph Trentacosta

Senior Vice President, Customer and Enterprise Services, and Chief Information Officer

  • Senior VP and CIO of SMECO since 2003.
  • Executive Director (Mid-Atlantic Area), Verizon Wireless.
    Director – IT (Washington/Baltimore Region), Verizon Wireless.
  • MBA, finance, New York University.
    BS, Fordham University.
  • Board Member, ReliabilityFirst Corporation; Executive Advisory Panel, CS Week Executive Summit; IT Program Advisory Council, College of Southern Maryland.
  • Past Positions: Board President, Center for Children; Marcey House Advisory Board; St. Mary’s County Human Services Council; Chairman, Father Andrew White School Advisory Board; CS Week Planning Committee; Calvert Career Center Local Advisory Council.
  • Leadership Maryland Class of 2011.

Beth A. Kennedy

Beth A. Kennedy

Beth A. Kennedy

Vice President, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer

  • Vice President, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer since 2020.
    Controller, 2014 - 2020.
    Energy Procurement Manager, 2007 - 2014.
    Energy Accounting and Credit Director, 2005 - 2007.
    Chief Accounting Clerk, 2001 - 2005.
  • BS, Accounting, University of Maryland University College.
    MS, International Management, University of Maryland University College.
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer, Center for Children.
  • Former Board member, National Renewables Cooperative Organization.
  • Leadership Maryland Class of 2013.
  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in Maryland.

Cindy M. Rauner

Cindy M. Rauner

Cindy M. Rauner

Vice President, Human Resources

  • Vice President, Human Resources since 2020.
    Human Resources Director, 2009 - 2020.
    Employment Manager, 2008 - 2009.
  • Assistant Director of Employment and Employee Relations, College of Southern Maryland.
    Human Resources Director, Southern Maryland Community Network.
    Account Manager, Jon S Frank & Associates.
  • BS, Economics, Frostburg State University.
    MS, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College.
  • Member of Workforce Development Board and Youth and Young Adults Committee, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.
    Board Member, Southern Maryland Community Network.

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