Director Election Updates

Director Election Updates

2017 Board of Directors Election

Districts 2 (Barry and Ionia counties) and 4 (Montcalm County except Bloomer, Crystal, and Evergreen townships) will hold elections in 2017. District 4 director Kimber Hansen has said he will seek re-election. Jim Stebbins of Clarksville, who was appointed to the District 2 board seat on February 4, 2017, to serve the remainder of the current term, said he will seek election to his district's seat. Learn more about Mr. Stebbins.

Interested in Seeking a Board Seat?

If you're interested in running for a HomeWorks board seat yourself, Article VII, Section 2 of the cooperative's bylaws states you must be an individual member of the cooperative in good standing, at least 21 years old, residing in the district which you are to represent, and a U.S. citizen.

To become or remain a director, the bylaws continue, the candidate must have the capacity to enter into legally binding contracts; comply with standards of conduct as laid out in the bylaws; and meet all reasonable conflict of interest qualifications found in Article VII, Section 3.

Also, within the 10 years immediately prior to becoming a director, a candidate shall not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor crime involving issues of moral character.

If you meet these qualifications and would like to be nominated, contact your district nominating committee, listed on this page, or call HomeWorks Tri-County Electric at 517-647-1211 for a nominating petition.

Each committee is required by the co-op's bylaws to nominate at least one candidate on or before March 15. Candidates may also be nominated with a petition signed by at least 25 members from within the district. Petitions must be turned in by April 5.

Names of all nominees will be posted at the cooperative's offices by April 10.

Information about all candidates and district meeting dates, along with an absentee ballot request form, will be published in the May issue of Country Lines.

Who Makes Up the District Nominating Committees?

Nominating committees are comprised of the district officers, elected by members at the previous year's district meeting.

District 2: Barry and Ionia counties
Wilma Bailey, Chair; 12431 Shilton Rd, Lake Odessa, MI 48849; phone: 517-316-6991; email:
William Nichols (Portland), Vice Chair; Kristine Ceasar (Portland), Secretary

District 4: Montcalm County, except for Bloomer, Crystal, and Evergreen townships 
Lisa Johnson, Chair' 12423 Cutler Rd.; Lakeview, MI 48850; phone: 989-352-7593; email:
Glenn Kebler (Six Lakes), Vice Chair; Elaine Rossman (Lakeview), Secretary

For more information, please read these board policies:

Board Policy 102 - Functions of the Board of Directors

Board Policy 106 - Director Replacement (including Appendix A - Suggested Statement of Qualifications for a Director of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative)

Meet Your New Directors - 2016 Board Election Results

District 1 - John Lord, Leslie

John Lord, now retired, sold furniture to schools and universities for over 10 years. Previously, he worked at AT&T as an account service administrator and project manager for General Motors and the State of Michigan. His family includes his wife, Ellen, three children, 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren (and two more on the way).

A member of the co-op since 1989, John’s involvement with Tri-County Electric started in 1948 when his parents, Dr. George and Caryle Lord, bought the Speedway Fruit Farm on M-50 between Charlotte and Eaton Rapids.

He and his brothers attended the one-room Perkey School through 8th grade. John graduated from Charlotte High School in 1965, then earned a BS in Psychology from MSU in 1969.

John’s community activities include membership in Mason First United Methodist Church and serving as a sixth-grade grandparent-mentor at Mason Middle School since 2000.

John has been a member of the Dimondale Lions Club for nearly 30 years, and is currently serving his third term as president. In 2007 he was honored by the club after 17 years of coordinating their blood drives. As a donor to the American Red Cross himself, he has given over 300 pints of blood and platelets.

“My involvement in industry with large customers; volunteering with Girl Scouts and the Lions, and at the middle school; as well as attending district meetings and serving as district chairman for several years, have all prepared me for the duties and responsibilities of the board. I've had a lot of experience in business and non-profits and can promise I'll do the very best job I know how.”

District 5 - Corinna Batora, Elsie

Corinna A. Batora is a policy and training analyst for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She and her husband, Tom, have been married 23 years and they have a 14 year-old-son.

A member of HomeWorks since 1998, Corinna says the Batora family has been members of the cooperative since power came to the Bannister area. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Michigan State, and is a 2012 graduate of the Michigan Department of Human Services Leadership Academy.

Corinna has been active in both the community and local schools for many years, including as a Family Farm and Home volunteer, a former board member for the Paine Gillam Scott Museum, on the St. Johns Downtown Management Board, and the school parent teacher organization.

While owning and operating The Classic Bed and Breakfast in St. Johns for eight years, she also served on the board of the Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. She was also a board member for the Michigan Family Support Council.

“This is my fourth year as the Secretary for District 5. In my current role as secretary I have participated in both board and district meetings; and encouraged Tri-County to implement texting and other electronic communications for our members. I am committed to the continued success of our cooperative, and will diligently work with the board and our great staff to meet our future challenges!” 

District 7 - Shirley Sprague, Barryton

Shirley Sprague has owned and operated the Perennial Patch nursery in Barryton for the past 31 years. She has been Sheridan Township treasurer for 14 years. Her family includes her husband, Eldon, and their four sons.

A member of HomeWorks since 1979, she is a graduate of Chippewa Hills High School, and has participated in educational courses for various township board positions, including board of review, election boards, and treasurer. 

Shirley has served Sheridan Township since 1994, on the board of review and election boards, before becoming treasurer. In addition to serving the community through her township work, her community activities include years of volunteer work for the Chippewa Hills School District. Duties at the school ranged from tutoring to managing Reading Is Fundamental and other programs. She has been a community program volunteer, done fundraising work, and income tax preparation for the AARP program.

“My life experiences have prepared me to be an effective public official. I feel a responsibility to those I serve to be informed, dependable and accountable. Throughout my career, I have worked diligently to see projects through and provide meaningful solutions.”

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