PCEC Membership Election

Membership Election Voting Guide Graphic Each year, Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative consumer-members have the opportunity to vote in the co-op’s annual membership election. Voting for the 2024 PCEC Membership Election will take place online May 1-28. Members will also have the opportunity to request a mail-in ballot or vote in-person for one hour prior to the annual Business Meeting on May 30 at 5:30 p.m. Members who vote will automatically be entered into a drawing for the chance to win free energy bill credits.

Voting in PCEC’s 2024 Membership Election is an easy, secure process managed by a third-party to ensure fairness.

In order to access the ballot, you will need to know:

1) YOUR LAST NAME / BUSINESS NAME

2) YOUR MEMBER NUMBER

3) YOUR LOCATION NUMBER

The information listed above can be found on your PCEC bills or through your online billing portal. Once you have the information, use the button below to cast your ballot.

Members can cast votes for one candidate from each district. All members are eligible to vote for each district race regardless of the district you live in.

Please Note: Online voting has ended. Members can still cast ballots in person before the annual meeting May 30 from 4:30-5:30 p.m at the Kearney office.


2024 Board of Directors Candidates

Any eligible PCEC member can choose to run for the Board of Directors through a fair, open and transparent election process. This year, there are eight candidates on the ballot.

Three of the nine board seats are up for election each year — one from each of our three service districts. This year, incumbent board member Theresa Wren is running unopposed for re-election in the North District. And in the West and South Districts, we have several candidates facing incumbent directors.

Click on the candidate names to learn more about each candidate.

Board candidate Theresa Wren

NORTH DISTRICT Director candidate Theresa Wren is the customer relationship manager and VP for commercial lending for Central Bank of the Midwest. Wren lives in Turney and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and has been a member since 1998.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

With a strong background in Business Administration and Management, Accounting, Financial Analysis, Agriculture and Commercial Lending, my knowledge and skill set enables me to be effective in understanding the co-op’s financials, establishing strategies to help fulfill the co-op’s goals and mission, reviewing and asking questions from a business perspective. In addition, my diverse industry background provides insight to implementing efficiencies in processes and practices.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

To remain financially strong, especially in the challenging and uncertain economic times ahead in order to continue to provide reliable and affordable energy to our members. To retain quality employees and a strong management team. To continue to be a proactive and a leading co-op in the state of Missouri and among our peers. To continue to make Safety our number one priority. And, continue to increase my knowledge of the rural electric co-op industry by taking classes offered by professional organizations, networking with other co-op staff and board of directors, and attend industry conferences.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

Due to my years of experience in Business Management and the Financial industry, I bring good judgment and wisdom. I come prepared to the board meetings. I have received the Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) for taking courses focusing in greater depth on industry and governance issues in order to bring relevant information to the board. I am collaborative, engaged and a team player. I am a great listener and willing to share ideas. I am innovative and forward thinking, always looking for ways to be more effective as a board member. I am passionate about serving my district and the members of the co-op in an industry that is forever changing in many respects and to ensure our members are satisfied and our co-op remains strong and a leader in the industry.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate Dennis Fulk

WEST DISTRICT Director candidate Dennis Fulk lives in Platte City and is a farmer. Fulk has served on the Board of Directors since 1993 and has been a member since 1974.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

I have multiple years of experience working on a variety of electrical energy industry boards serving in leadership positions. These include the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, NW Electric Power Cooperative, and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

The main issues I see as important to the cooperative are meeting increasing demands for electricity with environmentally friendly sources, while maintaining reliability and keeping rates affordable. I think it’s also important for the cooperative to continue its focus on safety, technology and excellent customer service.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

I have experience dealing with electric cooperative issues at the local, regional, state and national levels. The contacts made through this experience have been beneficial for Platte-Clay. This, along with being a fifth generation resident of rural Platte County, I feel gives me an excellent background to serve the members of Platte-Clay on the board of directors.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate Teresa McClain

WEST DISTRICT Director candidate Teresa McClain is a director of development and consultant. McClain lives in Edgerton and has been a member since 2008.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

I have over 20 years of experience working with a Board of Directors and serving on an Advisory Board for the Missouri Housing Development Commission. I have exceptional problem-solving skills, strategy, and project management skills. I enjoy building relationships and working with a diverse group of people from City Governments to Community Agencies and donors. My experience includes onboarding, orientation, and reporting. I am also versed in budgeting and skilled in fundraising (relationship building) raising over $40MM for the betterment of the greater Kansas City community.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

My immediate priority would be to learn and absorb the culture and pace of a Cooperative Board. My role priorities would be to elevate the current strategic plan. The ultimate vision would be to promote clean and cost-effective energy growth to ensure sustained efficiency and reliable services delivered with national best practice safety protocols.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

First and foremost, I am a lifelong passionate learner and I love a challenge and new opportunities that allow me to grow and learn from other seasoned COOP Directors. I believe my experience and background in working with boards for over 20 years along with my experience in working with a large variety of stakeholders like city officials, funders, and community organizations make me uniquely qualified to serve on this board.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate John B. Meyer

WEST DISTRICT Director candidate John B. Meyer is general counsel, chief privacy officer and corporate secretary for Zeem Solutions. Meyer lives in Platte City and has been a member since 2023.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

My tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees at Wentworth Military Academy, coupled with my extensive experience in cybersecurity risk and strategy, corporate governance, and supply chain management, uniquely positions me to make a significant impact on the Board of Directors of the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative.

Having served on the Board of Trustees of a non-profit for a decade in the early 2000s, I possess a deep understanding of the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities inherent in board governance. This experience has honed my ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders, develop strategic plans, and make informed decisions that align with the organization’s mission and values.
Furthermore, I have an extensive knowledge and background in cybersecurity risk and strategy that equips me to address the evolving challenges facing modern utilities, particularly in safeguarding critical infrastructure from cyber threats. In today’s digital landscape, ensuring the resilience and security of our electrical systems is paramount.

Furthermore, my role as a general counsel for three different organizations throughout my career has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of corporate governance principles and legal compliance frameworks. I am well-versed in navigating regulatory requirements, managing risk, and ensuring ethical conduct across all organizational activities. This perspective will be invaluable in guiding the Cooperative through complex regulatory landscapes, promoting transparency and accountability in governance practices and facilitating effective decision-making processes that prioritize the interests of all stakeholders.

Additionally, my experience in supply chain management gained from my prior employment as head of the Infrastructure, Services and Procurement legal team at a Fortune 500 communications infrastructure company brings a unique perspective to the table. I understand the challenges and opportunities associated with sourcing, procurement, and logistics, which are crucial aspects of ensuring reliable and cost-effective operations for any organization, including a rural electric cooperative.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

I would prioritize enhancing cybersecurity resilience and protecting critical infrastructure from evolving threats. Leveraging my expertise in cybersecurity risk management, I would work closely with the Cooperative’s leadership to assess vulnerabilities, implement robust security measures, and educate stakeholders on best practices to mitigate cyber risks. By fortifying our defenses and staying ahead of emerging threats, we can safeguard the Cooperative’s operations and member data, ensuring uninterrupted service delivery and maintaining trust and confidence in the Cooperative’s reliability. I would also address supply chain challenges to optimize operational efficiency and resilience, collaborating with the Cooperative’s leadership to identify opportunities for streamlining procurement processes, diversifying suppliers, and improving inventory management practices. By optimizing our supply chain operations, we can reduce costs, minimize disruptions, and ensure the timely delivery of essential resources and equipment needed to maintain reliable electric service for our members.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

My blend of prior board experience, cybersecurity expertise, corporate governance knowledge, and supply chain management skills uniquely qualify me to contribute meaningfully to the Board of Directors of the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative. I am dedicated to leveraging my talents and experiences to advance the Cooperative’s mission, foster innovation, and drive positive change for the benefit of its members and the communities it serves.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate Kendall Davis

SOUTH DISTRICT Director candidate Kendall Davis is a Welding Instructor at Metropolitan Community College. Davis lives in Excelsior Springs and has served on the Board of Directors since 1991 and has been a member since 1983.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

I feel that my experience on the Board has been very educational and valuable. The completion of the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership programs has given me a valuable understanding of how a cooperative works and how the electric power industry is always evolving.  By working with other board members, staff and the co-op community, I have realized the rising cost of power, equipment, and capital resources. I feel my years of experience on the Board enables me to know what works and what doesn’t work to fend off possible issues and make proactive decisions to help our cooperative and our consumer-members.  The education programs and my experience have given me an understanding of how decisions impact consumer-members.

What would a few of your priorities be as a member of the Board of Directors?

A few priorities that I would like to enhance and maintain in our co-op is recruiting and retaining highly qualified employees and continue being a leader with technology, cybersecurity and energy resources. Maintaining the co-op electrical grid to ensure reliability of service and managing the supply, demand and delivery of energy as safely and affordable as possible in an ever-changing industry is my top priority.

I would also like to maintain our safety culture at Platte-Clay. PCEC is ranked atop the state with no hours lost due to an accident. The safety of our employees is very important to me.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

By owning and operating my welding business and now teaching at a community college, this has given me the opportunity to work within our community for many years. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve on the Board of Directors to put my experience to use on behalf of the consumer-members.

I have always had a strong interest in the electric power industry. I remain committed to the cooperative’s principles and helping guide the co-op in the best interest of our consumer-members.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate Fred Ellermeier

SOUTH DISTRICT Director candidate Fred Ellermeier is self-employed. Ellermeier lives in Smithville and has been a member since 2020.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

I bring the experience that comes from a 33 year career at a large engineering and construction company. I served in roles that included electrical engineer, VP of operations, and account executive. My background provides me with a deep understanding of utility operations along with extensive experience in customer relations and personnel management. I bring a deep understanding of what it takes to work collaboratively as a decision making body that seeks best possible outcomes for the organization. I seek to bring this experience in support of the PCEC Board.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

As an engineering and construction industry executive, I have a deeply ingrained safety mindset. Families, employees, partners, and customers are best served when safety is the first objective. I would bring this as a priority in all Board interactions. I would also prioritize business outcomes that build on PCEC’s strong track record of success. My focus would be on balance sheet strength and asset management priorities. I believe in an approach that considers combined opex and capex impact of each decision. In addition, I understand the need for sound technology decisions and will help evaluate the cost-benefit and timing of proposed improvements.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

The majority of my 33 year professional career as an engineer and construction executive has been focused on power, telecommunications, and water utilities. I’ve worked collaboratively across the landscape of suppliers, service providers, and utility organizations and bring a deep understanding of what it takes to run a healthy utility. My background and passion to serve will help ensure organizational strength for the long haul. PCEC is known for its strong leadership and outstanding operations and I seek to bring experience and do my part to ensure this reputation remains intact for many decades to come.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate J. Easel Roberts

SOUTH DISTRICT Director candidate J. Easel Roberts is a retired professional engineer. Roberts lives in Kearney and has been a member since 2020.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

Retired in 2017 from the Energy / Power division of General Electric. I spent 17 years at GE dealing with among other things:

  • Refurbishing the Air Pollution Control Equipment of Coal Fired Powerplants world-wide.
  • Improving the efficiency of Gas Turbines by improving both the inlet filtration and reducing air flow turbulence entering the combustion zone.
  • Performed energy efficiency comparisons for various energy delivery systems: Solar, Wind, Hydro & Gas Turbine.
  • Prior to GE, most of my career was in Process Improvement INSIDE the plant to effect better environmental performance outside the plant wall. I have performed work in plants that ranged from Chicken Processing to Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

Good or bad, I look at all issues with an engineer’s eye. As such, my priorities concern Balance & Sustainability for the Longer-term. Others need to run the business today; my focus is in the 5-to-30-year window.

  • Balance – How well is Platte-Clay EC positioned relating to long-term growth in Load (Peak and Average).
  • Can we spread out Peak Load? What incentives might we deploy to move industrial peak demands?
  • Are we responsibly adding Renewable Energy capabilities where appropriate?
  • How do we continue to educate the people we serve as to the realities of power production, supply, and usage.

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

  1. I understand electric supply systems, demand, and operation.
  2. My focus is on a secure energy future that is sustainable and environmentally responsible.
  3. I bring an evidence-based focus to the technical issues that PCEC faces. Others will bring business and operational expertise. A balance of the three will lead to lively discussions but also well-reasoned decisions.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No

Board candidate Rick Yoder

SOUTH DISTRICT Director candidate Rick Yoder is a retired professional engineer (M.E.) and consultant. Yoder lives in Excelsior Springs and has been a member since 2020.

How would your skills, talents or experience help shape your service on the Board of Directors?

I retired in 2020 as a professional engineer; I focused my career of working with small businesses on finding savings through increasing resource efficiencies through the adoption of new technologies and practices. This included both energy and material resources.

I’ve served on boards for three decades – at the local, regional, and national levels. The board structures varied: they ranged from a taxpayer funded school board to non-profit local and national organizations funded by grants and fees to a fee funded public power utility. These organizations ranged in size from annual budgets of $200,000 to $1.5 billion and from 2 to 2,000 employees.  I worked with my fellow board members/fiduciaries to improve long term planning, governing policies and to oversee annual budgets in order to deliver optimum benefits to the communities we served. Public service was the common theme to all of these board positions.

The experience of my career and previous board service will provide an informed lens to service on the PCEC board. The energy industry is undergoing a dramatic change; the skills and talents I honed over the years will provide a fresh viewpoint to more fully inform board decisions on long term goals and investments.

What would be a few of your priorities as a member of the Board of Directors?

My priority as a new board member will be to first understand the sense of the current board, then to be understood. I respect the tradition of electric utilities to provide reliable, safe, and affordable service. At the same time, I encourage reasonable and reasoned transition to a new energy economy. I was born here in the Show Me state; I think having good outcome based measures over activity based measurement is an effective way to identify opportunities and achieve progress. 

What makes you a good candidate for the Board of Directors?

My strengths as a candidate include my experience, candor, and commitment to public service.

Were you asked by a third-party to run for the Platte-Clay Electric Board of Directors? No