Board of Trustees

A Cooperative is democracy in action. The member/owners run the cooperative through their elected representatives on the Board of Trustees. Flathead Electric includes nine districts, each with a representative on the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the cooperative. State and federal law, the articles of incorporation or conversion, and the bylaws of the cooperative govern the actions of the board.

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District # 1 Columbia Falls to Essex Stacey Schnebel
Term end 2019
212-4326
 
District # 2 Lower Valley, Cooke City, Elk Basin Emery Smith
Term end 2018
752-8443
 
District # 3 Whitefish, Big Mountain, Olney Jay Downen
Term end 2018
862-9009
 
District # 4 Helena Flats, Columbia Falls Stage Doug Grob
Term end 2019
257-6200
 
District # 5 Kalispell, North of Highway 2 Alan Ruby
Term end 2018
261-1203
 
District # 6 West Valley, Marion Duane Braaten
Term end 2017
755-5326
 
District # 7 Kalispell, South of Highway 2 Gary Boe
Term end 2019
(406) 370-5104
 
District # 8 Bigfork, Rollins Paul Holland
Term end 2017
837-5583
 
District # 9 Libby Earl M. Messick
Term end 2017
(406) 293-5625
 

Flathead Electric is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees elected
by the membership to represent the various districts in which they live.
Emery Smith
Emery Smith

Flathead Electric rates continue to be among the lowest in the state and country.  Our Rate Stabilization Plan has allowed us to keep rate hikes to a fraction of those imposed on FEC by Bonneville Power Administration, by spreading the increase out incrementally over several years.

We’ve come a long way in the last 15 years, and we will continue our drive to provide safe, reliable, affordable power, protect members’ interests and keep members fully informed.

Jay Downen
Jay Downen

         Jay Downen, now serving on the Board from Whitefish, has spent his professional career advocating for Electric Cooperatives and their consumers.

He served as CEO and General Manager of Montana’s State Association of Electric and Telephone utilities, working to assure electric rates were free of unwarranted costs.

At FEC he advocates for fiscal conservatism, supporting renewable energy sources - wind, solar, landfill gas, biomass, hydro - that keep our jobs, and power, at “home.”  He has strongly supported FEC’s new savings or “rainy day” fund to protect against future rate spikes.  Active in community affairs, he owns Last Mile Technologies.

Alan Ruby
Alan Ruby

Alan Ruby has lived in Kalispell for 36 years with his wife, Mary and has three children.

Owner of  3 local businesses in the Flathead Valley: Alan’s Wallcovering; Hungry Horse Liquor Store and  Hungry Horse Mini-Storage, Alan  has diverse small business experience that he has applied in numerous community service organizations.  Served for 13 yrs on FEC, including 4 years as an officer;  church council, Glacier Association board,  currently on Flathead County Solid Waste Board, Daybreak Rotary and past President of the Montana Electric Cooperatives Association.

This broad based experience proves beneficial in analyzing opportunities and challenges facing FEC and arriving at the best course of action in the best interests of all the members.

Duane Braaten
Duane Braaten
Vice President

As owner and operator of Farm-To-Market Pork, Duane has 35 years of agriculture and retail business experience. He and his wife, Janette, have raised 4 children. Duane has served on numerous boards, including the Montana Board of Livestock, the West Valley School Board and the Rates Review Committee for FEC in 2006.

Doug Grob
Doug Grob
President

         FEC Trustee since 2002, Doug is a third-generation Flathead Valley resident.  Graduating from Flathead High and the University of Montana, Doug taught high school in Australia and spent several years abroad in New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Doug’s focus has been on BPA and power supply issues.  His considerable experience includes serving on the Montana Electric Cooperative Association and as past President of the Western Montana G&T.

Regionally, he serves on the Northwest Requirements Utilities Board and as alternate on the Public Power Council Executive Committee in Portland.  Doug has received award recognition from his peers both statewide and regionally.

Paul Holland
Paul Holland

Is a self-employed plumbing and heating contractor for Bigfork Plumbing and Heating. He formerly served on the board of Copper Valley Electric Cooperative in Glennallen, Alaska, where he owned a plumbing and heating contracting business and two guest lodges in South-central Alaska.

Stacey Schnebel
Stacey Schnebel

Stacey resides in Coram, where she co-owns and operates UnderCurrent Web and Stonefly Lounge.  Stacey’s board experience includes positions as President of the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and President of the non-profit Trapline Association.  She served on Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana project in Helena and locally on the CFAC community liaison panel.

Through her leadership positions, Stacey has consistently demonstrated her commitment to delivering quality services for reasonable fees and increasing returns.  For FEC, Stacey will employ her business and organizational acumen to balance members’ energy needs today with strategies for the future in the Flathead

Earl Messick
Earl Messick
Secretary/Treasurer

Retired after 30 years with GTE in Libby. He grew up in Maryland and came to Northwest Montana in 1956, serving at a U.S. Air Force radar site in the Yaak.

Gary Boe
Gary Boe

Gary resides in Kalispell, but was raised on a ranch in Big Timber, where his family served their local cooperative. His understanding of the co-op business model served him well as Director of the Missoula Federal Credit Union for 24 years.

With degrees in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Montana, Gary has managed numerous businesses and real estate companies. His extensive resume also includes Director of Operations for Missoula County and service on a number of boards. Gary was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1972. He feels his broad experience lends itself to the Board.

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Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2016