Board of Directors
REC’s Board of Directors are the members’ neighbors, and they are elected to work on their behalf. Directors are elected by the membership at their annual membership meeting. Director qualifications are listed in REC’s Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3 and are further defined in the Board Policy below:
- Possesses an understanding of basic financial matters and fiduciary responsibilities of a board member;
- Be recognized as a leader in their industry and community because of their strong record of accomplishment;
- Be experienced in serving on a board or reporting directly to a board;
- Be committed to learning about the Cooperative and its diverse membership and willing to devote 24 to 44 days per year in order to be a meaningful contributor on behalf of all members;
- Be willing and capable of articulating points of view
that may challenge the thinking of the board and
- Place a high value on personal and corporate integrity and ethical behavior;
- Have an understanding of cooperatives;
- Be willing and able to successfully complete the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director program within five years of becoming a director;
- Be willing and able to participate in the Cooperative’s New Director Orientation program;
- Be financially secure (not motivated by director compensation).
Directors are not salaried employees of the Cooperative. They are provided a retainer fee of $2,000 per month and $500 per diem when attending official meetings and duties on behalf of REC.
In addition to attending monthly meetings for Cooperative business, the directors continuously educate themselves about the complex electricity industry so that they make the best decisions for the Cooperative and the members.
There are nine director positions, and all board members are elected by REC's members.
Michael W. Lindsay
Region I - the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah & portion of Page, Warren & Rappahannock
A director since 2010, Mike Lindsay brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, corporate governance and ethics, and audit to the REC board. He serves on the Finance Committee, the HR Committee, and the By-Laws Committee and is Chairman of the Board for RE Communications, a subsidiary of REC.
Mike also serves on the Virginia board of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, a national political action committee focused on the needs of electric cooperatives. Mike is the Controller of an environmental and engineering firm in Loudoun County.
His background includes work for the federal government and large professional service firms with a concentration on major operations/maintenance, engineering, geothermal and remediation projects. Mike's career with the government and private industry carried him to Texas, Saudi Arabia, Okinawa, and California before he was able to return to his beloved native Virginia. His numerous professional awards include a Superior Accomplishment Commendation from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) for his efforts on behalf of military members in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Mike is both a Credentialed Cooperative Director as well as a recipient of the Board Leadership Certificate. He holds a B.A degree from Emory and Henry College. Mike and his wife, Becky, reside in Frederick County, where both are involved in local activities.
Mike serves the community as Board President the Winchester Youth Development Center and also formerly served in county government as a representative on the Public Safety Committee. He is a member of the Frederick County Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association. In their spare time, Mike and Becky enjoy travel and have had the opportunity to visit 16 foreign countries.
Christopher G. Shipe
Region II - the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Stafford & portion of Warren & Rappahannock
Christopher Shipe believes very strongly in the cooperative business model for the delivery of essential services. For most of his professional career he has worked with mutual insurance companies where he has been directly involved in the leadership and governance of cooperatives. His career milestones include becoming CEO of Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company and serving in various capacities on insurance cooperative boards and industry committees, including his time as the chairman of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies' Property Casualty Conference. Since joining the REC Board of Directors he has continued his education by completing the course work to obtain the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification.
Shipe is involved in his community and his church. He is a volunteer with the John H. Enders Fire and Rescue Company in Berryville, Va., where he serves as president, and he is a lay servant and chairman of the trustees of the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.
Darlene H. Carpenter
Region III - the counties of Albemarle, Madison, Green, Rockingham and the portion of Page County
Darlene Carpenter was elected to the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board in 1984. Carpenter serves on several Committees of the Virginia, Maryland Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives and is Rappahannock's current director to the Board of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. She is a past Region 1 director of the National Rural Utilities Corporate Finance Corporation. She has completed all director certification courses of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which includes the basic, leadership and credential certificates.
Carpenter spent 37 years in banking, where she retired as vice president and area manager of the Wachovia Corporation, and currently is a Realtor for Century 21 New Millennium in Culpeper. She is a member of Culpeper Business Women, Culpeper Toastmasters and serves on the Board of the Culpeper Homeless Shelter. Carpenter was a past president of the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce.
Carpenter is a graduate of Germanna Community College, the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia and the American Institute of Banking. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from UVA. She is married to Edward D. Carpenter, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. They reside on a small farm in the Reva area of Madison County and are active members of Bethsaida United Methodist Church.
Sanford Reaves, Jr.
Region IV - the counties of Culpeper and Orange
Sanford Reaves Jr. is a life-long native of Culpeper and a 26-year member of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Reaves is a 1974 graduate of Culpeper County High School and a 1976 graduate of Smithdeal-Massey Business College of Richmond. In 2005, Reaves graduated from the Virginia Union University School of Theology (Master of Divinity). He is a member of the Antioch Baptist Church of Culpeper, and has been Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for 10 years.
Since 1995, Reaves has been the owner and president of Sanford and Sons Construction and Janitorial Services. He has also worked as operations manager for Federal Express for 7 1/2 years and general manager for Omni Services Inc., Sanis Division of Culpeper for 8 1/2 years. Reaves is also a local realtor, has served on the Culpeper County Planning Commission for 25 years, and holds the position of Chairman.
Reaves serves on the Board of Directors for the Prison Re-Entry, Chamber of Commerce and Salem Educational Foundation as well as Culpeper Jaycees and NAACP (past president) and Wayland Blue Ridge Union (past moderator).
Reaves lives in the Salem District of Culpeper with his wife of 40 years, Lorraine. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Jesse R. "Randy" Thomas
Region V - Spotsylvania County
A resident of Spotsylvania County for 25 years, Jesse R. "Randy" Thomas has served his community for many years. His contributions include being a charter member and board member of the Stafford Rotary Club as well as serving on the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association board. Additionally, Thomas served on the board of the Fredericksburg Country Club (past president) and its finance committee. Currently, Thomas volunteers as a member of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative's C.A.R.E. Charity, Inc. Board and is a member of the Lake Anna Civic Association.
Thomas graduated from Stafford High School and attended Radford University. He was a partner and vice president of Washington Chichester and Clarke Insurance in Fredericksburg, and has over 25 years' experience in finance, budgeting, planning and acquisitions. His career experience includes working as an insurance agent for REC from 1993-1999, providing liability, worker's compensation, auto and property lines. Currently, Thomas is vice president of Danaher-Skewes and Associates, employed since 2007.
Thomas participates in community activities such as manager and coach in the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball Association, coach in the parks and recreation league youth football, and volunteers with the athletic programs at Fredericksburg Christian School. He resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife and two children.
Linda R. Gray
Region VI - Caroline County
Linda R. Gray has served on REC's Board of Directors since 1998. She has received her Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certifications. She represents REC as Board Director on the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation. In 2004, she retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., and federal government service. Ms. Gray has a B.A. in sociology from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University).
She serves the Bowling Green district as board director of Caroline's Promise, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the youth in Caroline County. She also served as the county's first mentoring coordinator for Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been a Big Sister to two young girls in Fredericksburg and Bowling Green. Ms. Gray lives in the Sparta community of Caroline. She is an active member of St. James Baptist Church in Milford, where she serves as trustee and sings on several choirs.
J. Mark Wood
Region VII - Louisa County
J. Mark Wood has resided in Louisa County for over 45 years and is Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) area land use engineer for Fluvanna and Louisa counties. After graduating from high school, Wood worked full time in the surveying and engineering fields while attending college. He earned an associate of applied science in civil engineering technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology from Old Dominion University.
Wood is licensed as both a professional engineer and a land surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wood oversees land development and permitting activities for VDOT and serves on the Fluvanna County Technical Review Committee and the Louisa County Development Review Committee. In November, Wood will be graduating from VDOT's leadership development program.
Wood worked for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 23 years and received national recognition from the States Organization for Boating Access for his professionalism in boat access design. He has worked extensively on environmental permitting for construction projects from the Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wood is a lifetime member of the Louisa County Historical Society. He has served as a coach and manager for Louisa Little League Baseball, a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, an AWANA worker, a deacon and chairman of the deacons. He and his wife, Becky, have two sons and reside in the Cuckoo area of Louisa County.
William C. Frazier
Region VIII - the counties of Hanover and Goochland
William Frazier has served on the REC Board of Directors since 1981. He also served on the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Board of Directors and on its Power Supply Committee and Executive Committee. He has earned both the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership Certificates.
Frazier served 16 years on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and was chair of that board three times. He also served as chair of Hanover County Social Services, the Richmond Regional Economic Development Council, and both the Pamunkey and James River Regional Water Study committees. He served four years as moderator on the Board of Trustees of Humana Hospital.
Frazier is a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church, where he has chaired nearly every committee in the church and has taught Sunday school. He has served as a certified lay speaker on the Ashland District of the United Methodist Church, speaking at Methodist, Baptist and Christian churches. He is the owner of Associates Insurance Agency in Ashland. Frazier has one daughter and lives in the Montpelier area of Hanover County.
Region IX - the counties of Essex, King and Queen, and King William