All candidates have been interviewed and vetted by the Cooperative’s Nominating Committee. Each candidate was also asked to provide a biography for the membership and include why they should be elected. They are printed as received.
James (Jim) Burns
My name is James Burns. I have been a Taney County resident since 19xx. I started working as a shop hand in a body shop, and eventually opened up my own shop, Jim’s Auto Body Inc., in Forsyth, MO in 19xx, which I still manage today. Through all this time as a business owner, I have been able to grow many relationships and serve those within our community.
My wife Liz and I have lived in Taneyville, MO since 19xx where we also operate multiple beef cattle farms. We have two daughters who have both graduated from Forsyth High School and Missouri S&T, who work locally in the Ozarks.
I think through my involvement in the community and speaking with members of our cooperative often, that I would be able to communicate the goals and mission of the Cooperative as well as the ideas of members to continue to deliver safe, reliable, affordable power.
Andrew B. Lambert has had an extensive career in healthcare leadership – specifically clinical healthcare informatics and analytics. He has served in executive leadership for more than 35 years during his career and has benefited many organizations through his team-building, goal attainment and overall leadership/mentoring skills.
Throughout his career, his expertise has been in sales, business development, marketing and strategy with the following companies:
Voxx Analytics, Vice President Business Development focused on the identification of key influential clinical leaders for purposes of clinical trial targeting in the pharma space.
Previously he served as President, Agilum Healthcare Intelligence as a start-up expert to position the company for growth in a new venture.
Previous to Agilum, Andy served as Vice President, Sales/Marketing at Privacy Analytics as an experienced healthcare business leader with a strong clinical informatics and analytics background. He has over 35 years of healthcare executive leadership experience with a successful track record of growing revenue and EBIDTA across multiple venues and sizes of organizations and growing world-class teams.
Previously, Andy served as SVP Sales and Business Development with Symphony Performance Health Solutions leading a team of provider and payer sales professionals. Prior to Symphony Performance Health, Andy served as VP and General Manager for Mediware, Inc., responsible for the P & L of two business lines including analytics and services to health systems.
In addition to Press Ganey Associates, Andy held executive leadership roles across his career with such companies as Thomson Healthcare (Thomson Reuters), Eclipsys Corp., Cerner Corp. and Johnson & Johnson that included domestic and international business growth and experience.
Andy holds a BA from Bethany College, Bethany WV and an MBA from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.
Sharon Rose Werbel
I have an extensive background in nonprofit management. I have a Masters in Business Administration and am a licensed attorney in California. My license is currently inactive. I moved to Missouri in 2005 and have been a member of White River Valley Electric Cooperative since that time. I am interested in learning more about the co op and am looking for a way to serve my community.
Additional Information Submitted:
Owner of Yarn Diva, Inc. Kirbvyille 2010-Present.
Law Office of Sharon R. Werbel- Monterey Park, CA 2001-2005.
Werbel Management- 1996-1997: Worked with businesses in areas of marketing and business development. Left to attend law school.
Various positions in nonprofit management. 1977-1996 including: Regional Director; Western Regional Director; Executive Director; Director of Special Projects; and Director of Membership & Public Relations. Left the field to obtain MBA.
Janice (J.J.) Leek
My name is J.J. Leek and my husband Russ and I have lived in Christian County for over 37 years. We have a farm south of Ozark and have farmed there for 35+ years. I graduated from Neosho High School and attended the School of the Ozarks with a major in business administration. I have worked for 33 years in computer operations and management in both the healthcare and manufacturing fields. I took early retirement in 2008 to begin a berry operation on our Ozark farm, JJ’s Berry Patch. We have been WRVEC members for over 37 years.
I am honored to currently serve you as WRVEC board member representing Christian County. If I am reelected I will continue to focus on representing you the members and doing what is best for the Coop. I am proud of the achievements we have made in the last three years. Financially the Coop is doing very well. For the last five years our net margins (net income) continue to trend up. We continue to pay out capital credits to our Coop Members yearly. This year alone we returned over $5 million. Transparency with our members is improving but we need to continue to work toward that goal. Members can now see CEO/Board salaries in the SmartHub application under the member portal section. Summary minutes of our monthly board meetings are being published on the Whiteriver.org website. We are closely reviewing monthly/yearly budgets asking the CEO and Staff to find ways to reduce waste and lower costs. They are doing a GREAT job toward that goal. If I am reelected my main focus will continue to be providing reliable, affordable energy for our Coop Members and a safe work environment for our valued employees.
I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote.
Joey Glenn is the general manager at Nixa Hardware & Seed Company and has been for the past 22 years working with both agriculture and urban customers with emphasis on farm seed and turf management, pellet stoves, farm supplies, feed and fertilizer plus general hardware items. Prior to his current job he worked for MFA serving in several positions including sales manager for Springfield Milling Company, District Sales Manager for MFA, District Store Manager over 8 stores, 2 fertilizer plants and 2 feed facilities in Mt. Grove with 50 million in annual sales, ending with becoming the manager to oversee building new Agri Center operations in Ozark.
Throughout this working career, he has had experience with coops. Coops allow owner members to have input in the operations. This allows management to better understand needs of the market they serve by having communication with members. The key for this is getting the member owners to become involved. This is encouraged through the board of Directors who have the best interest of the member owners in mind. Joey believes board members must be willing to serve those people and not their own self interests.
Joey is a lifelong resident of Nixa, Missouri. His father, Freman Glenn, worked his entire life in agriculture related businesses such as Mid Am and managing a cheese factory there. His mother, Villa Ann Bilyeu Glenn, retired from education. He graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a degree in Agriculture Economics. His wife, Joan Perkins Glenn, is retired from Nixa Public Schools. He is proud to be the father of two daughters and grandfather of four. He enjoys spending time with his family, serving his church as song leader as well as chairmen of the deacons, and antique collecting. He would appreciate your vote.
My name is Neal Crum and I love these Ozark hills that God saw fit to put me in when he placed me on this Earth with you all. I graduated from Forsyth High School and studied religion through Oakland City University. For the past 20 plus years I’ve lived in Douglas County with my wife LeaAnn on the farm that her family homesteaded, we now operate the farm raising beef cattle and have served as Pastors at the Sandy General Baptist Church since 2001. Here we have raised our daughters who now have their own families and have made us Papa and Granny.
For the past three years I’ve served on the Board of Directors for White River Electric as the Douglas Co. rep and have enjoyed the opportunity learning about our wonderful Co-Op and the people that work together to make it such a great part of our communities. I’ve spent many hours in the classroom for training and education to better serve you in my position, having become a Credentialed Cooperative Director as well as completing 6 additional courses to be better equipped to help make our Co-Op the best it can be.
Our area has changed tremendously over the years, and I see the need for growth but also desire to preserve the things that make these hills our home. I would consider it an honor to get your vote to continue serving you by being a voice for you at White River Electric. I will work hard for this community as I have served on School boards, and ministry boards and would love to serve you as well.
If you would like to see more about who my family and I are feel free to visit us on Facebook @ Neal Crum.
The Nominating Committee of White River Valley Electric Cooperative met at WRVEC headquarters at 1:30 P.M. on June 24, 2021. After due consideration, the Committee made the following 2021 Board of Director nominations, in order of preference, for Cooperative member consideration, subject to each candidate’s continuing qualification to serve as Board of Director Members in accord with the Cooperative’s bylaws: