When Jacklyn McLeland joined Carroll White REMC as the Geographic Information System (GIS) coordinator in January, she hit the ground running. She brought 10 years of experience with her, having previously worked in the engineering and operations department at Tipmont REMC in Linden, Indiana.
“I kept the electric maps updated using GIS,” McLeland said of her former job. “I helped produce and provide maps for internal and external use.” GIS, she said, provides a wide range of useful tools for the co-op as well as providing outage information for the members.
McLeland is thrilled that she’s already making a positive difference at CW REMC. “I have already been able to use the skills I have learned to help provide useful information to my co-workers,” she said. “Also, I’m enjoying talking and getting to know my coworkers better!”
A native of Memphis, Indiana, in Clark County, McLeland earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Purdue University. While working full-time, she received a master’s degree in geospatial information science and technology from North Carolina State University.
McLeland met her husband, Jared, who is from Monticello, at Purdue University. They both were part of a wildlife biology practicum in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jared currently works as an electrical project engineer supervisor at Tipmont REMC.
The McLelands have two children. Daughter Ember is four years old, and son Boone is two. Goldendoodle Birch is 10 years old. The family lives southeast of Brookston.
An outdoor recreational enthusiast, McLeland enjoys camping and boating. “I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad,” she said. She also loves watching Purdue basketball.
Recently, McLeland started taking line dancing classes … an opportunity she learned about at her daughter’s gymnastics class. Her fascination with country music began as a pre-schooler. “Since I was a four-year-old little girl, I have loved Garth Brooks.” “The Dance” by Garth Brooks is her favorite song.
McLeland is excited about her new opportunity at CW REMC and her life — good times and bad — in general. As Brooks sang in her favorite song, “Our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain but I’da had to miss the dance.” McLeland has no intention of missing the dance.