Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

IMUA Training Staff

Ed Cobau
Director - State Association Services &
Communications / Safety & Training

As Director of Safety & Training for IMUA, Ed is responsible for the planning, development, administration and communication of all association-wide safety and training programs, seminars and related activities. In addition to coordinating the activities of three professional trainers working on IMUA's behalf, Ed also is responsible for assisting member municipalities in ensuring compliance with Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulatory requirements.

Ed joined IMUA in July 2003 as Member Services Director. He served in that capacity until being named acting executive director in December of that year, a position he held until becoming manager of safety and training on November 1 of 2004.

Prior to joining IMUA, he served for more than 19 years in a variety of communications positions in the Public Relations and Public Affairs departments of the former Central Illinois Public Service Co. in Springfield , now known as AmerenCIPS.

A native of Springfield , he is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Springfield College in Illinois.

Denny Swan
Villa Grove, IL

A native of Pana, Illinois, Swan retired this past April 1 after a nearly 40-year career with the former Central Illinois Public Service Co. (CIPS), Ameren CIPS, Ameren Illinois and now Ameren, and in his most recent position as safety supervisor for Ameren’s Division IV, headquartered in Champaign. Throughout his career, he has served as a lineman, line-crew foreman, customer service representative, area operations supervisor and division electric and natural gas construction supervisor. A graduate of Southern Illinois University’s VOTECH School of Aviation and the ALBAT Lineman Apprenticeship Training Program (LATP), Swan also attended Parkland College in Champaign. He is a certified First Aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross (ARC) and conducts OSHA compliance training on such topics as fall protection, trenching and shoring, fork lift operation and certification, asbestos awareness, lead awareness, fire extinguisher operation and safety, and general OSHA CFR 1910.269 compliance requirements training. He was instrumental in the establishment of SafeStart, a new safety program for Ameren employees designed specifically to reduce that utility’s overall accident, injury and illness rate. He also served as co-architect of Ameren’s Field (Operations) Safety Manual (the most recent edition updated in October of 2014), the equivalent of the APPA’s Safety Manual, the latter which is considered by many to be the “safety bible” of the public power industry. Additionally, he formed a 28-member Safety Council comprised of various Ameren electric, natural gas and substation employees, and instituted a company-wide driver safety program for all Ameren employees called the Smith System Driver Direct Program.

Roger Stegeman
Pleasant Plains, IL

Roger L. Stegeman of Pleasant Plains recently joined the IMUA Safety & Training Program Team as a contractual trainer. He has more than 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. For the past five years, he served as Job Training & Safety Coordinator for Ozarks Electric Cooperative in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to that, he was Director of Safety, Loss Control and Environmental Compliance for Southwestern Illinois Electric Cooperatives; and, a journeyman tree-trimmer, journeyman lineman, electric line-crew foreman and safety administrator for the former Central Illinois Public Service Co. (CIPS).

A Quincy native, Stegeman holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Western Illinois University. He is a member of the National Utility Training and Safety Education Association (NUTSEA). He also has earned a number of professional certifications and designations. These include: Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA); Certified Arborist and Certified Utility Arborist; Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP); Certified Flagger and Forklift Trainer and First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor through the National Safety Council (NSC); Certified Loss Control Professional (Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri); Certified Altec Sentry Program Trainer for Digger Derricks and Aerial Lifts, and, an OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer for General Industry and Construction.

In his spare time, he enjoys golf, traveling, exercising and spending time with his family.