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Board of Directors

Boards often provide guidance and leadership to an organization. What makes NRTC’s board so effective is that it’s made up of members—leaders of electric and telephone cooperatives and their national organizations. When NRTC needs a sense of how a decision will affect the members we serve, we don’t have to look very far.

Tim Mergen
Tim Mergen
Chairman
District 6
CEO and General Manager, Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association, Litchfield, MN

Tim Mergen is the general manager of Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association, serving 9,000 accounts across six counties in south central Minnesota. Mergen currently serves on the board of STAR Energy LLC, an engineering firm, and Heartland Security Services LLC; Mergen is a former President of the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce. Previously he was President of The Minnesota State Board of Electricity, appointed to the board by Governor Ventura, reappointed by Governor Pawlenty.

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Jimmy Todd
Jimmy Todd
Vice Chairman
District 12
CEO and General Manager, Nex‐Tech, Lenora, KS

Jimmy Todd is the CEO/General Manager for Nex-Tech. Nex-Tech provides broadband service across 10,000 square miles in Kansas serving over 35,000 customers, and the company has Business IT customers across the Midwest as well as Carrier services customers across the nation and internationally. Jimmy has been appointed to and participated on committees related to NG-911, Precision Agriculture and Economic Development.  Jimmy is proud to be a 21-year military veteran.

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Lynn Hodges
Lynn Hodges
Secretary-Treasurer
District 8
CEO and General Manager, Ralls County Electric Cooperative, New London, MO

Lynn Hodges joined Ralls County Electric in 2003 as manager of Economic Development and held various other management positions before becoming manager and CEO in 2015. During his years with Ralls, he has participated in operation of satellite and fixed wireless internet services and the cooperative’s launch of a fiber-to-the-home network in 2010. Hodges is a 1998 graduate of Hannibal LaGrange College, and holds an MBA from William Woods University.

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Mike Malandro
Mike Malandro
District 1
President and CEO, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Denton, MD

Mike Malandro has worked in the electric distribution business since 1999. He has been a licensed professional engineer since 2009 and is a current director of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and the Virginia Maryland Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. Malandro is a 2002 graduate of West Virginia University. He led Prince George Electric Cooperative for several years before joining Choptank in 2019.

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David Pierce
David Pierce
District 2
Director, Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation, Jasper, GA

David Pierce has served as Director of Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation since 1991. Amicalola serves members in five counties, with over 56,000 miles of line and more than 41,000 members total. Some of Amicalola’s services include water heating and management, security lights and surge protection.

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George Kitchens
George Kitchens
District 3
General Manager, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp., Trinity, AL

George Kitchens has served as the general manager and CEO of Joe Wheeler EMC for the past 12 years. During this time, he has been very involved in state and regional associations, serving as board chairman of the Alabama Rural Electric Association and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. He has also been involved with local and regional industrial development associations and most recently, served a one-year term as a director of CoBank, ACB.

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Bob Hance
Robert L. (Bob) Hance
District 4
President and CEO, Midwest Energy Cooperative, Cassopolis, MI

Bob Hance is President/CEO of Midwest Energy Cooperative, an electric distribution cooperative serving portions of southwest and southeast Michigan, northern Indiana and Ohio. He has spent his career serving as a tireless advocate for people choosing to call rural America home. Hance was recognized by his peers in 2004 with the NRECA Regional Award for Outstanding Service and in 2010 with the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association Special Recognition Award.

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Shannon Clark
Shannon Clark
District 5
CEO and General Manager, Richland Electric Cooperative, Richland Center, WI

Shannon Clark serves as the CEO & General Manager of southwest Wisconsin’s Richland Electric Cooperative, an electric distribution cooperative servicing approximately 4000 accounts.   He is also the CEO of Genuine Telecom, a Wisconsin competitive telecommunications company owned by Richland and two neighboring telephone cooperatives. In 2017 he was awarded the NRECA Region V Outstanding Service Award and the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA) ‘Ally of Cooperative Electrification (ACE)’ award- the highest award presented by the WECA.

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Vacant
District 7
Chris Seubert
Chris Seubert
District 9
Director, Lane Electric Cooperative, Eugene, OR

Chris Seubert has served on the board of Lane Electric Cooperative for 18 years. He also served on the board of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association and was chairman of ORECA’s Technology Committee. In 2010, Seubert retired after a 33-year career with Pacific Northwest Bell/U.S. West Communications/Qwest Communications (now CenturyTel) in various operations and network technician positions.

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Bryan Lightfoot
Bryan Lightfoot
District 10
CEO, Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Bartlett, TX

Bryan Lightfoot has 15 years of experience in the rural electric industry and has spent the last seven years at the helm of Bartlett Electric Cooperative. Prior to joining Bartlett, he held several accounting and management positions for Hamilton County Electric Cooperative in Hamilton, TX. Lightfoot is active in NRECA and is the current chairman of the Rural Friends /ACRE Board and the Texas Electric Cooperatives Communications and Member Services Committee.

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 Jim Matheson
Jim Matheson
District 11
CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA

Jim Matheson is Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provides service to 42 million people in 47 states. Jim joined NRECA in July 2016 following distinguished careers in both the public and private sectors.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Harvard University, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from UCLA.

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Bob Marshall
J. Andrew Don
District 11
CEO, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), Dulles, VA

Andrew Don became CEO in May 2021 after serving in many positions at CFC since 1999, including treasurer, vice president of capital market relations, director of loan syndications and chief financial officer. Prior to joining CFC, Don worked with the Bank of Tokyo–Mitsubishi (now Mitsubishi United Financial Group), The Bank of New York and the Bank of Montreal. He has a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.

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Jason Dandridge
Jason Dandridge
District 12
CEO, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Walterboro, SC

Jason Dandridge has 23 years of professional experience with positions in engineering and executive management. He has been with PRTC since 1997, serving as staff engineer, assistant general manager, and since 2008, its CEO. PRTC serves roughly 1,000 sq. miles, over 10,000 members with 900 miles of fiber, and has 60 employees. PRTC utilizes Telispire’s wireless resale, NeoNova’s product suite, and NRTC’s video programming. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from The Citadel.

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Dustin Durden
District 12
General Manager and Executive Vice President, Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Metter, GA

Dustin Durden began at Pineland Telephone in 2009, previously serving as customer service manager, subsidiary manager, and chief operating officer. Earlier he spent seven years in the rural electric industry as a member services representative at Excelsior EMC also based in Metter.  He has a BBA in Finance and an MBA from Georgia Southern University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 18 years, Sherrie, and their three children, Daniel, Abigail and Samuel.

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Raymond Henagan
Raymond Henagan
District 12
CEO, Rock Port Telephone, Rock Port, MO

Raymond Henagan has more than 40 years of telephone industry experience. Prior to joining Rock Port, he served as vice president and general manager of Cameron Communications, Sulphur, LA. He has executive management experience in regulated telephone operations, cable television, Internet, long distance, wireless operations, and data storage and security. Henagan graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, with a BS in Accounting.

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Shirley Bloomfield
Shirley Bloomfield
District 13
CEO, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, Arlington, VA

Shirley Bloomfield leads NTCA’s efforts to raise the visibility of independent, rural telecommunications companies. Her rural telecom knowledge and ability to build alliances drive NTCA’s staff and nearly 900 member companies. Bloomfield’s background includes positions at Verizon and Qwest, as well as working as a congressional aide. In addition to her work at NTCA, she is active in organizations serving women interested in developing their careers in telecommunications.

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