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Theresa Phillips

Hillsboro, Oregon — Pioneer Utility Resources is pleased to announce Theresa Phillips as the winner of the Dave D’Avanzo Communications Award for 2021.

Theresa is public relations manager for Lassen Municipal Utility District, based in Susanville, California. One of her many responsibilities is managing the local page content for Ruralite magazine, the utility’s monthly publication for its consumers.

In being selected for the award, Theresa was cited for her effective use of magazine pages, guiding the utility district’s social media presence, and her exceptional execution of a clear and consistent communications plan on behalf of Lassen Municipal Utility District.

“Theresa is one of those people who you just love to work with, even in the middle of a crisis,” said Pioneer Utility Resources Editor Mike Teegarden. “She brings so much energy, expertise and a positive outlook to every project. Theresa also is a gifted networker, cultivating contacts throughout the Susanville community and the utility industry.”

Theresa has handled the communications needs for LMUD for more than 18 years.

The communications award is named in honor of longtime communicator Dave D’Avanzo, who earned top communicator honors for his exceptional work and dedication serving his cooperative in Ruralite.

About Pioneer

As a communications cooperative created in 1956 by electric cooperatives in the Pacific Northwest, Pioneer serves the needs of consumer-owned utilities across the country. In addition to magazine and strategic communications services, Pioneer and its service partner companies, ARC media, Efficiency Services Group, NewsData and WordSouth partner with more than 244 consumer-owned utilities in 33 states to assist with full-service social media, content marketing, broadband marketing and website services along with energy efficiency, electric supplies and focused, independent coverage of Western energy markets. To learn more, visit

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