• LPEA Directors Karen Barger and Kohler McInnis earn industry credentials

    NRECA awards committed directors with Credentialed Cooperative Director status

    La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Directors Karen Barger and Kohler McInnis, representing members of District 4 and District 2, respectively, in La Plata County, have completed the required courses and earned their Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certificates from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

    “Education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance, and LPEA’s members are best served by directors who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how this industry can move forward to meet changing demands,” said Mike Dreyspring, LPEA CEO. “Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. We applaud Kohler and Karen for their commitment.”

    Both Barger and McInnis were elected to the LPEA board in May 2015, and have served in leadership capacities on the LPEA Board, as well as represented LPEA on the Colorado Rural Electric Association board, Tri-State Generation and Transmission board, the LPEA Round Up Foundation and FastTrack Communications.

    Barger is an entrepreneur and owner of Seasons Rotisserie and Grill in Durango, as well as founder of the Durango Wine Experience. McInnis, also an entrepreneur and business investment advisor, is widely known as the owner of the former Kohler’s Printing and Copying, as well as other ventures in the community.

    The NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director program requires attendance and demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in five core courses:

    NRECA is 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.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.