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2020 Board Nominees

WRVEC Members interested in running for the board submitted their applications and were interviewed and vetted by the Nominating Committee in accord with the bylaws of the Cooperative. In addition to a formal packet of information on their qualifications and experience, all potential nominees were verified to be a member in good standing. Each nominee was asked to provide, to the committee and the WRVEC membership, up to 300 words about themselves and why they should be elected. All biographies are printed as received, and the nominees are listed in order of preference as recommended by the Nominating Committee. Members choosing to run by petition, instead of the going through the Nominating Committee, must obtain 15 member signatures. District C has one individual who submitted a petition meeting these requirements.

District A - Stone County

keet short

My name is Keet Short. I am a Stone County, Missouri, native and Galena High graduate. I was raised on a family farm in Ponce de Leon, Missouri, where my wife Candy and I now reside and operate a beef cattle farm on land that was originally homesteaded by my family in the late 1860’s.

I am blessed to be a father of two and grandfather of three and served our country in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1976 with an honorable discharge of which I am extremely proud.
I graduated from Missouri State University in 1972—being the first college graduate of our family.

My parents worked our homestead farm, my father milking cattle by day and working on the Table Rock Dam at night. In 1961, my father and I started Short Construction. We built custom homes, condominiums, and commercial buildings in the Table Rock Lake area. I recently retired from this business.

In my tenure on the White River board, I have been committed to keeping member rates low, and electric service and reliability high. I support and encourage the use of a diverse energy portfolio. Member equity has risen from 30% to 47% during my board service while capital credit retirement has accelerated.

I enjoy the challenge of keeping current with federal laws that impact our Cooperative. I have earned the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Gold Certificate representing many hours of training and certification. The Director Gold credential is recognized as the top commitment in education beyond the first two certificates–Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificates (both of which I have also obtained), demonstrating my commitment to advancing knowledge and performing fiduciary duties for the Cooperative and other fiduciary boards.

I would appreciate your vote and God Bless.

daniel murphy

Daniel L Murphy is principle at DLM Management Consultants, where he provides services that will assist businesses in developing projects that will lead to improved performances. Prior to DLM Management Consultants, he worked at Owens-Illinois serving in several capacities. The most recent was the V.P. of Global Engineering in that position he provided leadership for each regional engineering groups to develop the capital plans and projects for each region to improve their technology base for production of glass containers.

Throughout his career, he had the following accomplishments. Development of the Management oversight for Global Energy & Sustainability Technical Team, creation of the Technical Procurement Council, created and directed the Project Management Office for the global technical organization. Lead the integration of multiple business units regarding operational excellence, quality management and engineering into one European technical organization. Implemented a World Class ISO organizational process for the R&D group that eventually became ISO certified. Served on the succession planning team for manufacturing and engineering. Held leadership position with total management and budgetary responsibility for the Facility Engineering Organization, for the R&D Organization, and P&L responsibility for several glass manufacturing plant operations. Held the Chairmanship of the regional manufacturing Apprentice Training Program that developed a new curriculum that was manufacturing based for the regional organization. He also served as Chairman of the European glass packaging quality and technical specification organization in Paris France and served as board member for a glass recycling company “Malta” headquartered out of the Netherlands.

He has a Bachelor of Science Industrial Technology degree from Missouri State University, an Executive leadership for Business certificate from Notre Dame University, and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Spring Arbor University.

He enjoys spending time with his family, doing small woodworking projects, fishing, hunting, and traveling to see the beauty of creation.

JIM reisener

I grew up in a town of 7,000 people in southeast Iowa. I had three younger sisters, a stay-at-home mom, and a dad that was a line foreman for Iowa Southern Utilities for over 30 years. He started with ISU as a lineman in the late 50s early 60s and worked his way up to line foreman. He was very dedicated to ISU.

I attended the University of Northern Iowa and earned a B.A. in Accounting. UNI is where I met my wife of almost 44 years, Colleen, who has a B.A. degree in Social Work. We have a son in Washington, D.C., and a daughter who works in Des Moines, IA.

My first job in my accounting career was as the Business Manager for a water well drilling company. After six years there I took the Controller position at Redden-Miller Office Machines and after 8 years at Redden-Miller the company was purchased by a holding company. I was named VP of Finance for IKON Office Equipment Upper Midwest which was a $45 million operation with 12 branches. My last full-time job was as the CFO for lnfomax Office Systems. During the 12 years I was at lnfomax I implemented a new operating system, revamped our health insurance program, spun-off a new leasing company, upgraded our 401(k) plan, and started a new banking relationship.

Well, that’s me in a nutshell. I have over 25 years as a CFO in the office systems industry. I’ve hired, fired, and trained staff, handled employee concerns, maintained vendor relations, and improved customer relations. I don’t have any hands-on experience with a co-op, but I grew up around the public utilities industry, and I have tons of for-profit accounting experience.
Thank you for the consideration.

drew mcclelland

Hello, I am Drew McClelland and grew up in Orange County Southern California, 4 years ago my wife Barbara and I moved to the Ozarks as a result of a corporate relocation, at that time I was working for Volkswagen Group Of America. We have three sons, all grown and residing in different parts of the US. Moving to the Ozarks was a big decision for me, but for my wife, it placed her closer to where she had grown up in KC, now I truly call Stone County my home and am enjoying getting to know the people, places, and history of this great region.

I am excited about the opportunity to gain your vote for a board position with the White River Electric Cooperative. I know my 30+ years of experience in Business Management, Negotiations, Strategic Thinking, and Outsourcing Solutions can bring value to many different parts of the Cooperative. I feel Increased education about the Cooperative, and what can it do for members other than providing electrical service. Inform members as to new and innovative projects or processes that are being looked at, or are in place to help manage overall costs and operational efficiencies.

As I have fresh new views to the Ozarks, one main goal if elected is to ensure more community member engagement and transparency whether it is in an open forum setting or presentations at local community groups and schools, as well on the State Platform. A Board Member must Represent The Voice of the Membership understanding what needs and priorities are, and help to ensure the Cooperative uses all its resources in the best possible fashion. Additionally, how can our cooperative be prepared for, and support new business and job growth in the region.

District C - Christian County

dr. jeff hyatt

My name is Dr. Jeff Hyatt and I am 52 years old, married with four children. I have been a native of Christian County most of my life and was raised on the family farm located between Sparta and Ozark. I attended public school at Sparta and graduated high school from Ozark in 1986. I have earned college degrees from College of The Ozarks, Missouri State University, and Lindenwood University. My family lives on the family farm in which my grandparents homesteaded in 1938 and have been cooperative members since the beginning.

I have proudly represented WRVEC members for over four years now, serving as both President and Vice President during that time. My background is in education and management, working with public schools for the past 29 years. Having managed multi-million-dollar budgets through school administration, I have brought a healthy understanding of finance to our cooperative board room. I will continue to be a proponent of maintaining a balanced budget and finding ways to control incremental costs while serving our membership with reliable power.

Serving as a Director has been an eye-opening experience; realizing that the many aspects of the electricity world are very complex and ever-changing. I have completed over 150 hours of training to become a gold certified co-op director. I continue to stay abreast of industry information as well as local and federal legislation which could affect us all. Being chairman and now serving on the Budget and Bylaw Committees, I encourage fiscal responsibility, member engagement, and open communication.

It has been my privilege to serve you and I would be honored to have your vote to power forward for the next three years. I will continue to help White River Valley Electric Cooperative deliver safe, reliable, and affordable power to all its members.

john s waters

Submitted his nomination by petition.

District E - Ozark County

pat funk

I have been a member of White River Valley Electric since 1974. I have spent most of both my childhood and adult life in the Ozarks.

After finishing high school, I went to college at Arkansas Tech University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1970 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971.

I began my career in finance in 1973 with a large finance company in southwestern Kansas. was offered and accepted a position with Century Bank of the Ozarks in Gainesville, Dec. of 1974. I was employed there until I retired in 2013. At the time of my retirement, I was the Sr. Exec. Vice-President and chief lending officer of both Century Bank and Legacy Bank and Trust. I remain a director at both banks.

I have been a member of the Gainesville Lion’s Club since 1974 and have served in most every capacity. My passion in volunteer work has been with the youth baseball and softball leagues. I am also serving as a director on two non- profit economic development boards. I was a director of a non- profit hospital for 14 years and have helped bring medical facilities to Ozark County.

My wife and I have raised three sons in Ozark County and have two grandchildren. We have been cattle farmers since the 1970’s and presently live on a small farm south of Gainesville.
I am presently a director of White River Valley Electric and want to thank the membership for letting me serve in this capacity. It has been both an honor and privilege.

anita scott

I live in Thornfield, MO with my husband, dog, and various poultry. We bought our property in the Ozarks in 2010 and retired in September 2014. No matter where in the world we have traveled, there is no place like home. We are glad that we live in the safest place in the world.

I believe in the Lord first in all that I do. We do our part to help share the load of electric by conserving and using solar panels which I designed the layout and helped to install.

I have been a restaurant manager, accounting assistant and a programmer/manager of a website developing company, where I assisted my boss who was the head of a political party in our county. I studied accounting at South Florida State College in Avon Park, FL and graduated the top of the class, receiving Accounting Student of the Year award. I tutored in the computer lab while in college. I had no idea how many students and teachers I had helped until my graduation where I received a standing ovation.

Since retirement, we have traveled and bow hunted in South Africa, Alaska and many states in the US. My husband is on the Thornfield VFD board and retired from the elevator trade in 2014. I was a successful Girl Scout Leader for my daughter’s troop where we raised money and went on an overseas trip, in addition to earning many awards and badges. I believe in reaching for your goals and working hard to accomplish them. As a WRVEC Board Member, I would like to listen to the people in my community and bring their needs to the board in hopes of accomplishing our goals in efficient electric service. I will fight to keep our rates low and our service great!

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee of White River Valley Electric Cooperative met at WRVEC headquarters at 10:00 a.m. on July 7, 2020. After due consideration, the Committee made the following 2020 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 bylaws.

 

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