Executive Officers

Michael German

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael I. German has served as our chief executive officer, president and director of the Corning Energy Corporation since 2013 and has been the chief executive officer, president and a director on the board of Corning Natural Gas since December 2006. Mr. German also serves as president and director of our subsidiaries Pike County Light & Power Company, Leatherstocking Gas Company, and Leatherstocking Pipeline Company. Prior to joining the company, he was senior vice president, utility operations for Southern Union Company where he was responsible for gas utility operations in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. German held several senior positions at Energy East Corporation, a publicly-held energy services and delivery company, including president of several utilities. From 1978 to 1994, Mr. German worked at the American Gas Association, finishing as senior vice president. From 1976 to 1978, Mr. German worked for US Energy Research and Development Administration. Mr. German is a board member of the Northeast Gas Association, Ampco Pittsburgh Corporation, and several non-profit organizations. Mr. German's role as president and chief executive officer and responsibility for the day-to-day operations and significant strategic initiatives has made him a valuable asset to our companies. His extensive experience in utility and public company operations continues to position our suite of utilities well both now and in the future.

Chuck Lenns

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Chuck Lenns joined Corning as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July of 2020. Chuck began his professional career in the tax practice of Ernst & Young (EY) and he served clients in the firm's power and utilities tax and M&A practice. He was a partner with EY from 1989 until his retirement from EY in 2012. Chuck then served as Vice President - Tax for Consolidated Edison Inc. from 2012 until his retirement in 2018. Chuck is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he currently teaches in the business school. He holds a law degree from Duquesne University Law School, and he is a certified public accountant. Chuck and his wife Peggy reside near Pittsburgh, and their four children and are scattered around the world.

Julie Lewis

Vice President of Energy Supply & Corporate Secretary

Julie Lewis joined Corning Natural Gas as a business analyst in August of 2016, was appointed corporate secretary in October of 2021, and became vice-president of energy supply on January 2, 2024. Ms. Lewis manages energy supply for Leatherstocking Gas, Pike County Light & Power, and Corning Natural Gas, the public awareness team, business development and marketing, some regulatory reporting, handles all board of directors governance and administrative activities for Corning Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries, and formerly handled the annual shareholder meeting and investor relations for Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation when it was a publicly traded corporation. From 2000-2015, she was a substitute teacher for the Johnson City School District. Ms. Lewis was a Broome County Legislator from 2011-2012, and a candidate for state assembly in 2012. From 1998 through today, she has had her own photography business. She also serves on the boards of Pike County Light & Power and Leatherstocking Gas Company. Julie has held multiple volunteer leadership roles throughout her life and enjoys learning as a lifelong hobby, photography, clay shoots, horseback riding, traveling, bicycling, and gardening. Julie and her husband Mark reside in New York and had six children, five of whom are still living.

Jeffery Spear

Chief Operations Officer

Charlene Faulk

Vice President of I.T. & Customer Service

Kevin Fink

Vice President of Operations & Engineering