Four TVEC board members recently obtained the highest level of credentials possible through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Board President Howard Tillison, Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Minor, Board Secretary Jo Ann Hanstrom and Board Member Ed Reeve all earned Director Gold status.
“It speaks volumes of their commitment to the co-op and to its members.” said TVEC General Manager/CEO Jerry Boze. “All of our board members take very seriously the duties they have been entrusted with.”
To earn Director Gold status, individuals must first earn their Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate. This curriculum emphasizes foundational governance knowledge and skills required of electric cooperative directors.
After earning the CCD, board members then obtain the Board Leadership Certificate (BLC). This certificate extends the core CCD curriculum by providing courses with greater depth in industry, governance, risk management, communication, rate-making, and policy development.
The Director Gold certificate recognizes directors who have earned their CCD and BLC and are committed to continuing their education throughout their service on the board.
According to NRECA, education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance and cooperative members are best served by directors—the cooperative’s elected leaders—who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how it can move forward to meet changing demands.