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Meet the Directors

DISTRICT 1 - TOWNSHIPS OF HILL, RIB LAKE, SPIRIT & TOMAHAWK

Michael Meier

Michael Meier has served as Price Electric Cooperative's Director for District 1 since 2007. 

Michael remembers well when “the lights came on” at their farm in the fall of 1946, when he was five years old. Michael’s dad, Carl, was a director on the Price Electric Board for many years after power was brought to their farm. Following in his late father’s footsteps, Michael was elected to PEC’s board after his retirement in 2007 and subsequent move back to the Town of Spirit.

Michael grew up in the Town of Spirit, Price County, attended Liberty School and Rib Lake High School. He received his B.A. from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, his M. Div. from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Illinois and his Ed. M. from Oregon State University. He was ordained as a clergy person in the Lutheran church in 1967. He served twelve years as Lutheran Campus Pastor at Oregon State University, two years as Program Director for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Oregon, ten years as parish pastor in Sitka, Alaska, seven years in Seattle as the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Specialist for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and nine years at the ELCA church wide headquarters in Chicago supervising stewardship staff throughout the country and developing mission support for the denomination. He has a long history of working with boards and committees made up of diverse people. He has helped develop and manage groups as they have developed mission statements and vision goals.

He and his wife, Toni, live in the grade school he attended as a child—Liberty School—now remodeled as their home. He continues to provide consultant services for congregations throughout the United States who are engaged in capital fund development and/or debt reduction programs.

Michael and Toni have eight children, 23 grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. They are active in church and community affairs and have developed, with many community and family members, a historical society in Spirit called “German Settlement History, Inc.” They live at N894 S German Settlement Road, Ogema, WI  54459 (Spirit Township) and have been members of Price Electric Cooperative for 22 years.

Michael believes in the mission and accomplishments of Price Electric Cooperative, and says that PEC has an excellent safety, reliability, and economic record. He is a Certified Credentialed Cooperative Director and holds the Board Leadership Certification, both of which are NRECA director certifications. He is committed to supporting his fellow directors and the management team of the Co-op in providing reliable and economical electric power to the homeowners, farmers, industries and seasonal residents who are the members of this Cooperative. He believes that prudent and frugal management must be combined with visionary planning for the future.

 


DISTRICT 2 - TOWNSHIPS OF CATAWBA, GEORGETOWN, HAWKINS,
KENNAN, OGEMA & WESTBORO

Currently Vacant

 


DISTRICT 3 - TOWNSHIPS OF EMERY, HACKETT, KNOX, LYNNE, PRENTICE, SOMO, & WILSON

Edward Hainy

Edward Hainy and his wife, Peggy, live at N7153 Emery Hackett Road in Phillips, Wisconsin.  They have two children, Jason and Jennifer.  They have been members of the cooperative for 34 years and Ed has served as District 3 Director since 2004.

Ed currently works as a dairy farmer.  In his spare time Ed enjoys hunting, woodworking, metal working, mechanic work, logging, and baking.

Ed is currently the Chairman for the Town of Hackett.  Besides being active with the Town of Hackett, Ed is a Price County Town Mutual Insurance Board Member, a Price County Equity Cooperative Board Member and Price County Equity Board Member. 

Ed’s experience includes operating his own business for over 30 years, being a chairman for the Town of Hackett, and serving on the other boards.

Ed serves as a Price Electric Cooperative Director because he is interested in keeping the Cooperative running efficiently and cost effectively.


DISTRICT 4 - TOWNSHIP OF WORCESTER

Randy Kunsch

Randy and his wife, Pam, live at N11010 Highway 13 in Phillips, Wisconsin. Randy and Pam have three daughters and one son and are proud grandparents to three grandchildren. Randy and Pam have been members of the cooperative for 25 years. Randy has served as District 4 Director since 2012.

Randy is retired after being employed for 39 years as a public school teacher in the state of Wisconsin with the last 28 of those years in Phillips. He is a parish member of Our Lady of the North, a former Knight of Columbus, and a retired Wisconsin Education Association member.

Randy enjoys watching sports (especially the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers) and is an avid reader. He has a Master's Degree and beyond and continues his education by being part of a fellowship at UW-Eau Claire. As a public school teacher Randy gained experience working with the public and cooperating with others, listening to all ideas expressed, building consensus, and cooperating with others.

As the Director for District 4, Randy's goals are to give members easy access to communicate with him and to work with the other directors to make sure the cooperative effectively serves its members today and for future generations.

 


DISTRICT 5 - TOWNSHIPS OF ELK, HARMONY & WINTER

Michael Zierer

Michael and his wife, Lottie, live at N8145 Woodstock Lane in Phillips, Wisconsin. They have two children and six grandchildren. They have been members of the cooperative for 51 years and are lifetime residents of Price County. Mike has served as District 5 Director since 2006.

Mike is a retired employee of Price Electric Cooperative, having worked as a lineman, crew foreman, and Line Superintendent. He worked over 40 years at Price Electric Cooperative. Mike is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Mike's hobbies include hunting, woodworking and spending time with his family. He especially enjoys sharing time with his grandchildren.

Mike has the time to dedicate to the cooperative. Mike feels with his experience and knowledge he has acquired through the years working as a Lineman in the field and as Line Superintendent in the office, he will be able to effectively serve as the Director for District 5.

 


DISTRICT 6 - TOWNSHIPS OF CHIPPEWA, FLAMBEAU, LAKE & SHANAGOLDEN

Karen Newbury

Karen and her husband, Keith, reside at W9794 Highway 70 in Park Falls (Town of Lake). Karen and Keith have two children. They have been members of the cooperative for 27 years and Karen has served as District 6 Director since 2015.

Karen and her sister have owned and operated Kountry Kafe & Katering in Fifield since 1995. She is active in the community, having served on the Education Committee and organizing fundraisers for St. Anthony’s School for seven years, as well as acting as the current treasurer for the Price County ATV Association and Butternut Trail Midgets ATV Club. She is also a certified ATV safety instructor and teaches a safety class each spring.

 


DISTRICT 7 - TOWNSHIPS OF EISENSTEIN & FIFIELD

Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson lives at W6908 Dam Rd in Fifield, Wisconsin. He has three children and six grandchildren. He has been a member of the Cooperative for 16 years and has served as District 7 Director since 2012.

Michael is retired from Johnson Controls, but does work part-time at Kountry Kafe in Fifield. He is a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. Michael's hobbies include power lifting, cooking, gardening, fishing, and model railroading.

 


DISTRICT 8 - TOWNSHIPS OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU, MINOCQUA & SHERMAN

Gerald Luke

Gerald lives at 2695W Hwy 182 in Park Falls, Wisconsin. He has been a member of the Cooperative for 47 years and has served as District 8 Director since 2014.

Gerald is a retired municipal judge and has held offices in Town of Sherman and Iron County government. His interests include historical preservation, art, gardening, and staying engaged on current events.

 


DISTRICT 9 - TOWNSHIPS OF AGENDA, GORDON, JACOBS, MERCER, MORSE & PEEKSVILLE

Francis Gwinn

Francis Gwinn and his wife, Lois, live at 80689 Peeksville Road in Butternut, Wisconsin.   They have two children and five grandchildren.

Francis is retired after a 33 year career as an Industrial Education instructor in the Oshkosh public school system.  He currently runs his own business, CPA Forest Products.  They have been members of Price Electric Cooperative for 17 years.

In his spare time Francis enjoys fishing, hunting, and boating. 

Francis is a member of the National Education Association, the Wisconsin Education Association and is the town chairman for the Town of Peeksville.  He has earned a masters degree in Industrial Education. 

Francis has served as Price Electric Cooperative Board Director for district 9 for the past nine years.  He is a Certified Credentialed Cooperative Director, and has completed five additional courses designed for Cooperative directors and/or public officials. 

Francis believes his past educational and work experiences will enable him to contribute in a positive way as a Cooperative director.  He believes that District 9 will be actively represented at board meetings since he is self-employed and will be able to attend all meetings.  He has a sincere interest in the continued growth of Price Electric Cooperative.

 


 

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