About Us

Meet the Leadership Team

Joel Ivy - General Manager

Joel Ivy is Lakeland Electric’s General Manager. Lakeland Electric is Florida’s third largest municipal electric utility and the 25th largest in the U.S.A. Lakeland Electric serves 120,000 customers through its transmission and distribution facilities from 1100 MWs of generation capacity fueled by coal and natural gas.

Ivy has an extensive professional career in the power industry that began more than 30 years ago when he started as a lineman in 1983. He has had a steady career path that ranges from climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor owned and publicly owned utilities.

Prior to his appointment as Lakeland Electric’s General Manager, Ivy managed the Energy Department for Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which serves 145,000 customers in southern California. Here, Ivy oversaw utility operations and 500 employees. He also assisted in planning, directing and controlling the Energy Department’s administration, regulatory policy, operations and energy infrastructure, resource planning, system and trading operations and generation. He directed the development of the integrated resource plan and transmission master plan. In addition, he worked to identify and contract for renewable energy projects to meet the IID’s renewable energy portfolio requirements. He also planned, developed and executed opportunities for native geothermal projects.

Additional past experience also includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor owned utility with almost 500,000 customers.

Ivy has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Mike Beckham - Assistant General Manager, Production

Michael (Mike) Beckham is the Assistant General Manager of Production. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Lakeland Electric’s power generating facilities.

Prior to working for Lakeland Electric, Beckham worked at First Energy in Ohio where he served as Plant Manager. He also held the position of Director of Consolidated Coal Plants for First Energy where he was responsible for the business aspects of over 2000 Megawatts of coal generation.

Beckham holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


David Kus - Assistant General Manager, Customer Service

David Kus is the Assistant General Manager over Customer Service. He is responsible for Customer Contact, Phone Center, Field Services, Products Management, and Revenue Management. Kus came to us from Chelsea, MI and has over 30 years of experience leading Customer Service Operations in both investor owned and municipal utilities. He started as a meter reader and worked his way up through leadership positions in meter reading, field services, credit and collections, call centers, billing remittance, payment offices, and project management.

Kus holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and attended the University of Detroit Law School.


Betsy Levingston - Director of Training and Workforce Development

Betsy Levingston's is the Director of Training and Workforce Development. Her major duties include concentration on the development and implementation of aging workforce solutions. Levingston directs Safety/Training and Utility Employee Programs.

Levingston began her career with the City of Lakeland in 1989 as a Secretary III in the Employee Relations Office. She was promoted to an Employee Relations Specialist in 1990 and became Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director of Lakeland Electric in 1995. She was promoted to Manager of Staff Support Services in December 2000. During her tenure with Lakeland Electric, Levingston implemented the department's new Employee Orientation, panel interviewing process and Process Improvement Teams.

Levingston’s prior work experiences also include her time as an Assistant Professor at Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio, and as an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University until she moved to Florida in 1988. Prior to that, she was a high school business teacher in North Carolina and a college instructor in Iowa.

Levingston’s is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and Public Personnel Professional. She holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, in Business Administration / Business Education from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan. She also received her Masters of Arts degree in General Studies: Leadership and Development from the Ohio State University in 1985 where she completed doctoral studies in 1995 (all but dissertation) in Organization Development.

John McMurray - Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery

John McMurray is the Assistant General Manager of Energy Delivery. McMurray is responsible for all aspects of engineering, construction, maintenance and operation of Lakeland Electric’s transmission, substation and distribution facilities. Energy Delivery encompasses the following groups: System Protection, Substation Operations, T&D Engineering, T&D Operations, Right of Way, System Control, System Planning and Smart Grid.

McMurray brings experience from investor-owned and cooperative electric utilities. He managed System Planning, Standards and Compliance, Land Rights, Field Inspections and T&D Engineering at Sumter Electric Cooperative. McMurray also spent 18 years at Florida Power and Light where he was responsible for coordinating a $140 million dollar annual expansion plan in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area.

McMurray holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Leo University.

Gina Jacobi - Assistant General Manager - Fiscal Operations

Gina Jacobi is the Assistant General Manager of Fiscal Operations. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in finance, 20 of which were in the utility and energy sectors. Prior to joining Lakeland Electric, she spent eight years at PNM Resources, an investor-owned utility with 745,000 customers, where she last served as Director of Investor Relations. Her past experience also includes her tenure as Director of Finance for TNP Enterprises, a utility holding company in Texas. She was also a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Union Pacific Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.

Jacobi holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Rice University.