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    Customer Service Rep
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    Mountain Home, Ark.

Too many times in her 34-year career Jamie Stringfellow (above, right) has watched customers have to choose between paying the power bill and putting food on the table, making it harder to get ahead in the long run, she says: “People who live in poverty are so caught up in the moment of the crisis, they don’t have time to plan.” She helped establish the Arkansas Energy Network in 2006, which has delivered more than $3.6 million in utility payments for residents. Stringfellow is also heavily involved in a poverty-reduction committee called ACCESS, a part of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, which provides workforce training, and she led efforts to create free income tax prep sites, so residents can file for the tax credits they’re entitled to.