Utility Pioneers

Meet the members leading Pioneer Utility Resources


Pioneer Utility Resources is a communications co-op delivering innovative solutions to publicly-owned utilities since 1954.

We partner with 230 community-owned utilities and state associations in 33 states. Our consumer magazine brands reach more than 700,000 U.S. utility households, and our team of experienced communicators, web experts and designers offer industry content and support. Co-op membership isn’t required to work with us, but it has great benefits.  Our name changed, but our vision remains clear: we were created to serve you.

In true cooperative fashion, our members lead us through our Board of Directors and Communications Committee.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors come from the membership. There are seven districts; eligible representatives include any member utility CEO/general manager or board member.

Marc Farmer – Chairman

General Manager, Clatskanie PUD, Oregon, representing District 3, Western Oregon

John Bartley

CEO, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Florida, representing District 7, Eastern U.S.

Libby Calnon

CEO, Hood River Electric Cooperative, Oregon, representing District 4, Eastern Oregon

Meera Kohler

CEO, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Alaska, representing District 1, Alaska and Hawaii

Scott Peters

CEO, Columbia REA, Washington, representing District 2, Washington

Robert Callison

Director, Clearwater Power, Idaho, representing District 5, Idaho and Nevada

Lisa Johnson

CEO and General Manager, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., Florida, representing District 6, At-Large

  • Marc Farmer – Chairman
  • John Bartley
  • Libby Calnon
  • Meera Kohler
  • Scott Peters
  • Robert Callison
  • Lisa Johnson

Communications Committee

Magazine content and marketing support ideas are generated under the leadership of Pioneer Utility Resources' Communications Committee. Ten utility communicators meet twice a year to share ideas and identify communication needs. Want to volunteer on the committee? Let us know!

Beth Schroder – Chairwoman

Klickitat PUD, Washington

Thomas Elzinga – Vice Chairman

Consumers Power, Oregon

Corby Erwin

Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, California

Elissa Glassman

Northern Lights Electric Cooperative, Idaho

Garrett Hylton

Wells Rural Electric Cooperative, Nevada

Sarah Johnson

Clatskanie PUD, Oregon

Geoff Oldfather

Cooperative Communications & Public Relations Manager, Arizona G&T Cooperatives

Sharon Scheidt

Copper Valley Electric, Alaska

Mark Sellers

Peace River Electric Cooperative, Florida

Pam Spettel

Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op, Oregon

  • Beth Schroder – Chairwoman
  • Thomas Elzinga – Vice Chairman
  • Corby Erwin
  • Elissa Glassman
  • Garrett Hylton
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Geoff Oldfather
  • Sharon Scheidt
  • Mark Sellers
  • Pam Spettel