About / Board of Commissioners

Memphis Light, Gas and Water is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Memphis. Public Board of Commissioners Meetings are held at 1:00 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), at MLGW Administration Building, 220 S. Main.
 

Steven Wishnia, Chair
As president and managing director of Highland Capital Management Corporation, Steven Wishnia directs the company's management of portfolios for pension plans, profit sharing plans, endowments, and individuals. Wishnia is Trustee of the Plough Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.

 

Carlee McCullough, Co-Chair
A native Memphian, Carlee McCullough currently serves as general counsel of McCullough Law and was previously the contract compliance officer for the City of Memphis. She has served as legal advisor for the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission as well as the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission. A former certified public accountant, she is a graduate of Howard University School of Business and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Calif., where she received her law degree. Among her many pursuits, she also writes a weekly business column for The New Tri-State Defender.


Mitch Graves
Mitch Graves is president and CEO of HealthChoice, a physician hospital organization which serves as a joint venture between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and MetroCare. Graves graduated from Christian Brothers University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He presently serves on the boards of Alliance Health Services, Precision Infusion-Memphis, The University Club, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University. He is a member of the Economic Club of Memphis and also serves on the finance committee of his church, Grace-St. Luke’s.


Leon Dickson Sr.
Leon Dickson Sr., is owner and principal broker of BenchMark at Southwind Realtors. The Tennessee Association of Realtors recently selected Dickson as the group’s first African-American president-elect for 2017. A Realtor for 27 years, he previously held the post of state secretary/treasurer for the group. He also is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and was named its Realtor of the Year in 2012. The native Memphian volunteers at HopeWorks and Germanshire Elementary.


Michael E. Pohlman
Michael E. Pohlman, a lifelong Memphian, currently serves as the CEO/President of the Pickering Firm Inc., a full-service engineering and architectural firm, where he has worked in various capacities over the last 37 years. Pholman, a 1979 graduate of Christian Brothers University, is an avid golfer, sports enthusiast and philanthropist. 
 



Ex Officio Board of Commissioners

Dwain Kicklighter
Dwain Kicklighter of Bartlett was recently named as one of two ex officio advisory members to MLGW’s Board of Commissioners. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland selected Kicklighter after input from all six Shelby County suburban mayors. He is serving a three-year term as an advisory, non-voting member. Now retired, Kicklighter has worked as Bartlett’s water administration manager for the past three and half years. He also spent 30 years at MLGW as an accounting supervisor.

 

Kevin Young 
Kevin Young of Germantown was recently named as one of two ex officio advisory members to MLGW’s Board of Commissioners. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland selected Young after input from all six Shelby County suburban mayors. Young is serving a three-year term as an advisory, non-voting member. Young is a former operations and sales manager in the freight industry. He currently serves as chairman of the Germantown Parks and Recreation Commission.