CFC is guided by a 23-member board of directors that represents 10 geographically defined districts, the electric cooperative network's national trade association and an at-large director. The CFC Board of Directors establishes policies in the best interest of CFC's member-owners and the electric cooperative program. CFC board members are knowledgeable about all aspects of rural electrification.
Each of the board’s directors is elected for a three-year term and can serve two consecutive terms.
Board President; District 2
Harry N. Park has been a director of Southern Rivers Energy in Barnesville, Georgia, since 1997. He also serves as a director of Georgia System Operations Corporation (G&T). Park has served as a president, CEO and director of several banks.
Board Vice President; District 1
Kent D. Farmer has been president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, since 2004 and has been employed there in various roles, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer, since 1979. He also serves as president of Rappahannock Electric Communications, Inc., REC’s wholly owned subsidiary. Farmer is a board member of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (statewide) and treasurer/secretary of the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (G&T) Board of Directors.
Board Secretary-Treasurer; District 5
Dean R. Tesch serves as board chairman of Taylor Electric Cooperative in Stetsonville, Wisconsin, and as a director for the cooperative’s wholesale power supplier, Dairyland Power Cooperative, headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A certified financial planner and a former elementary school teacher, Tesch also serves as a member of the CFP Board Item Writing Group and has served as treasurer for former Wisconsin State Representative Mary Williams.
Patrick L. Bridges has served as chief financial officer of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in Westminster, Colorado, since 2008. He was previously vice president and treasurer of Texas-New Mexico Power Company, an investor-owned utility. Bridges has more than 30 years of experience working in the electric power industry and 20 years of experience working for companies registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has chaired the Finance Subcommittee of the G&T Managers’ Association, currently serves as secretary of the G&T Accounting and Finance Committee, and is a board member of the Colorado Council for Economic Education. Bridges is a certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst.
Robert J. Brockman has served as board president of Wheatland Rural Electric Association in Wheatland, Wyoming, since first being elected in 2006. Brockman also is a member of the Wyoming State Appraiser Board of Directors, and a member and past chairman of the Diversified Services, Inc. Board of Directors. A former mayor and councilman of Hanna, Wyoming, he currently works as a broker with and president of Keyhole Land Company, a real estate brokerage firm, and has earned Accredited Rural Appraiser status.
District 11 (NRECA)
Phil Carson has been a director at Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, since 1999. He has represented Illinois on the NRECA Board of Directors since 2006, and currently serves as NRECA board president. Carson operates a 160-year-old family dairy farm and serves as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Illinois.
David Felkel has served as president and CEO of Edisto Electric Cooperative in Bamberg, South Carolina, since 1997. Previously, he had held various posts with the cooperative since 1981. He is a member of the Central Electric Power Cooperative (G&T) Board of Trustees; member and past chair of the Cooperative Electric Energy Utility Supply Board of Trustees; member and past chair of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (statewide) Board of Trustees; member and past chair of Line Equipment Sales Company, Inc. Board of Trustees; and past president of South Carolina Electric Cooperatives Managers Association.
Roman E. Gillen has been president and CEO of Consumers Power, Inc. (CPI) in Philomath, Oregon, since 2006. He served as CPI’s director of Information Systems from 1986 to 2003 and assistant manager from 2004 to 2005. His career began with Douglas Electric Cooperative in Roseburg, Oregon, where he was accounting and data processing supervisor. He then worked for Truckee-Donner Public Utility District in Truckee, California. Gillen was president of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association (statewide) Board of Directors from 2011 to 2012 and serves as secretary-treasurer of the PNGC Power (G&T) Board of Directors.
Doyle Jay Hanson has been a director for Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative in Ashton, Idaho, since 2005. Hanson previously served as a Cooperative Extension agent for the University of Idaho and University of Wyoming. He has also chaired the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association (statewide) Nominating Committee.
Thomas L. Hayes has been a director for Brown County Rural Electrical Association in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, since 1997. He chairs the Cooperative Network's Utility Committee and represents District 6 on the NRECA Standing Committee. Hayes has been a self-employed farmer since 1973 and serves as chair of Sib-Bro-Nic-Feeder Pig Corporation.
Robert M. Hill has been the board chair of First Electric Cooperative Corporation in Jacksonville, Arkansas, since 2009 and a director since 1983. He also is a director with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (G&T) and a member of its Audit Committee. A former member of the Arkansas State Banking Board and former owner of a bank and an accounting firm, Hill currently owns and chairs Hill Investments, LLC, and is a certified public accountant.
Jimmy A. LaFoy serves as a director for Baldwin County Electric Membership Corporation in Summerdale, Alabama. A certified public accountant, he owns and operates the public accounting firm LaFoy & Associates, was a founding organizer and current member of the Southern States Bank Board, and also holds posts as a member of the Farmers National Bank of Opelika Board of Directors and the First American Bank Advisory Board of Directors. LaFoy is also a past council member and past president of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and a past council member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Curtin R. Rakestraw II has been a director of Sullivan County Rural Electric Cooperative in Forksville, Pennsylvania, since 1986. He also is a director and past chairman of Allegheny Electric Cooperative and Continental Cooperative Services, his cooperative’s wholesale power suppliers. Rakestraw has served as past board president of the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association and a founding director of Lycoming Farmland Preservation. He is the co-owner with his wife, Mary, of Rakestraw Farms and Promised Land Busing.
Debra L. Robinson has served as general manager and CEO of Wood County Electric Cooperative in Quitman, Texas, since 1996. A CPA, she holds posts as president of the East Texas Electric Cooperative (G&T) Board of Directors. She was also a member of the NRECA-CFC Capital Credits Task Force, constituted from 2003 to 2005.
Timothy Rodriguez has served as CEO of Kay Electric Cooperative in Blackwell, Oklahoma, since 2014. Before that, he worked as the cooperative’s chief operating officer for 25 years and as controller with Alfalfa Electric Cooperative (1983–89). He serves as a member of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (statewide) Board of Directors; a member on the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Legislative & Regulatory Committee; and an alternate on the Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (G&T) Board of Directors. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1998.
Bradley J. Schardin serves as general manager of Southeastern Electric Cooperative in Marion, South Dakota. He chairs the Managers Advisory Committee for his cooperative’s wholesale power supplier, East River Electric Power Cooperative, and is a member of the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Managers Advisory Committee, South Dakota Rural Electric Association Strategic Issues Committee and Rural Electric Economic Development Fund Board of Directors.
Marsha L. Thompson serves as a director of Trico Electric Cooperative (TEC) in Marana, Arizona. She also has served in governance positions, including board president, for the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (statewide). She holds the post of TEC board secretary and was a member and former chair of TEC’s Audit and Finance Committee. Thompson has achieved NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Certificate status. Additionally, she is active in leadership roles for various civic and service organizations.
Stephen C. Vail has been a director of NineStar Connect in Greenfield, Indiana, since 2011 when Central Indiana Power merged with Hancock Telecom. He began serving on the Central Indiana Power Board in 1999 and held the roles of secretary-treasurer and board chair. Vail is a member of the Indiana Electric Cooperatives (statewide) Board of Directors. He has been the owner of ETL Group since 2011 and a managing partner of J&D Vail Farms, Inc.
Bruce Vitosh serves as general manager and CEO of Norris Public Power District in Beatrice, Nebraska. He also chairs the Nebraska Rural Electric Association Legislative Committee. Prior to joining Norris PPD, Vitosh held leadership positions at Neapco and American MicroTrace Corporation. A Certified Public Accountant, he also was a senior auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He serves as co-chair of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Accountancy Advisory Board and is a former member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants Governmental Accounting and Audit Committee.
Todd P. Ware serves as president and CEO of Licking Rural Electrification–The Energy Cooperative and several subsidiary companies in Newark, Ohio. Ware has been with the cooperative since 1993. He serves on several boards, including those for Licking County United Way, Genesis Healthcare Foundation, Altheirs Oil and the cooperative’s wholesale power supplier, Buckeye Power Cooperative. He is also a member of the Buckeye Power Cooperative Reliability Committee and the American Gas Association Leadership Council.
Wattles has served as president and CEO of Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, based in Waterloo, Illinois, since 2002. He serves on several cooperative boards, including those for Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (G&T), ACES and United Utility Supply, where he is the vice chair. He previously served as chair of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives' Managers Association. Prior to joining his current cooperative, Wattles held the post of general manager and executive vice president of Clay Electric Co-operative in Illinois.
Gregory D. Williams serves a executive vice president and general manager of Appalachian Electric Cooperative in New Market, Tennessee, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He is a board member of the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency and the Northeast Tennessee Valley Industrial Development Association.
District 11 (NRECA)
Curtis Wynn has been the president and CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in Aulander, North Carolina, since 1997. Prior to that post, he held various leadership positions with West Florida Electric Cooperative for 16 years. Wynn holds the post of vice president of the NRECA Board of Directors and also is a current member and past officer of North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (G&T), as well as a board member of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (statewide).