A Gainesville woman with more than a decade of economic development experience is Duke Energy’s new government and community relations manager for six Florida counties, including Sumter and Marion.
Staci Bertran, who started with Duke on Monday, will work to foster relationships with county, community and civic organizations. Its territory also includes the counties of Alachua, Citrus, Hernando and Levy.
Bertrand assumes the responsibilities of Dorothy Pernu, who is semi-retiring after seven years as Manager of Government and Community Relations. Pernu will continue to work for the company on a part-time basis in a different role.
“Dorothy’s energy, passion and unwavering commitment to the well-being of the communities where she lived, worked and served were evident in the strong relationships she built and nurtured over the years,” said Sharon Arroyo, Vice President of Duke Energy Florida Government and Community Relations.
“We are confident that Staci’s deep understanding of the communities we serve, coupled with her strategic and entrepreneurial mindset, will serve her well in this role,” Arroyo said. “We look forward to seeing continued success in these areas as the company strives to improve its service to its customers, businesses and neighbors.”
Bertrand brings with her over 10 years of economic development experience, most recently as Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. She holds an MBA from Florida International University and a Masters in Education from the University of Florida.
Bertrand is a member of the Board of CareerSource North Central Florida, Chair of the Economic Development Strategy Committee of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and President of Life Transition Skills, a nonprofit organization for young adults and adults with disabilities founded by her late husband.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is very proud to be the mother of four young men between the ages of 6 and 16.