Theresa Phillips, Lassen Municipal Utility District’s public relations manager, named 2021 Dave D’Avanzo Award winner

Theresa Phillips, the Lassen Municipal Utility District’s public relations manager, won the Dave D’Avanzo Communications Award for 2021 for her work with Ruralite magazine. Photos submitted

Editor’s note: Lassen News has partnered with Theresa Phillips, LMUD’s public relations manager, for nearly 20 years to get the word out to our readers whenever the publicly owned utility district found itself in the news. Through the good and the bad of it all, Phillips has proven herself to be a reliable and accurate source of news and information for our community. Simply put, working with her has always been an easy and great joy. We wholeheartedly congratulate her as the winner of this prestigious award, and we gladly take this opportunity to offer her a heartfelt thank you for her many years of dedicated service to LMUD’s customers and our community.


Pioneer Utility Resources announces Theresa Phillips as the winner of the Dave D’Avanzo Communications Award for 2021.

Phillips is public relations manager for Lassen Municipal Utility District, based in Susanville, California. One of her many responsibilities is managing the local page content for Ruralite magazine, the utility’s monthly publication for its consumers.

In being selected for the award, Phillips was cited for her effective use of magazine pages, guiding the utility district’s social media presence, and her exceptional execution of a clear and consistent communications plan on behalf of Lassen Municipal Utility District.

“Theresa is one of those people who you just love to work with, even in the middle of a crisis,” said Pioneer Utility Resources Editor Mike Teegarden. “She brings so much energy, expertise and a positive outlook to every project. Theresa also is a gifted networker, cultivating contacts throughout the Susanville community and the utility industry.”

Theresa has handled the communications needs for LMUD for more than 18 years.

The communications award is named in honor of longtime communicator Dave D’Avanzo, who earned top communicator honors for his exceptional work and dedication serving his cooperative in Ruralite.

Here’s the award Theresa Phillips won.

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