NRECA board elects new slate of officers

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board of Directors has elected a new slate of officers today. Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, will serve a two-year term as board president when he receives the gavel from Curtis Nolan at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on February 25th.

Coleman has served as CEO at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NAEC) since 2001 and has represented Arkansas on the NRECA Board of Directors since 2004. Coleman started as a member services manager at the Salem, Ark.-based cooperative in 1988.

During his two-year term, Coleman plans to address strategic areas that are impacting locally-owned electric cooperatives, while providing additional strength in expanding international electrification efforts. On behalf of NRECA International, Coleman has traveled to Guatemala several times, helping bring electricity to rural regions whose mountainous topography resembles parts of Arkansas.

Also Feb. 22, Phil Carson, NRECA’s Illinois director since 2006 and a director for Mount Vernon, Ill.-based Tri-County Electric Cooperative since 1999, begins his term as vice-president of the NRECA Board. Curtis Wynn, NRECA’s North Carolina director since 2007 and CEO of Ahoskie N.C.-based Roanoke Electric Cooperative since 1997, was elected as the board’s secretary-treasurer.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.