Senior Management

Kent D. Farmer
President and Chief Executive Officer

Kent FarmerKent. D. Farmer became president and chief executive officer of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) on Feb. 1, 2004. He is also president of Rappahannock Electric Communications, Inc., REC's wholly owned subsidiary. Mr. Farmer holds bachelor's degrees in business management from Radford University, and accounting and finance from the University of Mary Washington. Joining REC in 1979, Farmer held progressive management positions throughout his career including vice president and COO. Farmer serves as the vice chairman of the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, and as Vice Chairman of Regional Headquarters, Inc. Since 2014, Mr. Farmer served as District 1 director to the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) and he was recently elected to serve as the CFC secretary-treasurer. A native of Caroline County, Farmer serves the Greater Fredericksburg region by volunteering and serving on the Board of several organizations. He and his wife live in Caroline County.

Ronald W. Harris
Vice President of Engineering and Operations

Ron Harris imageRonald W. Harris became vice president of engineering and operations on July 1, 2015. Harris had been serving as manager of engineering and power supply at REC. In that role, he provided leadership and managerial oversight for system planning, engineering and technical services. With other senior managers, he shared the responsibility of defining the Cooperative's goals and objectives to ensure the successful implementation of the Cooperative's strategic plan. Harris also oversaw the development of the Cooperative's long-range construction work plan. Since beginning his career as a planning engineer in 1987, Harris has continued his professional development through education and industry training. He holds a bachelor's of science degree from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Strayer University, and in 2011, he completed his professional engineer license in Virginia. Most recently, Harris completed the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Harris is an active member in the Duncan Memorial Methodist Church and the local YMCA in Ashland, Va. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Hanover County.

John D. Hewa
Vice President

John Hewa imageJohn D. Hewa joined REC in July, 2017, and is responsible for several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Technology Services. Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and a broad knowledge of the cooperative business model. He has served as CEO of electric cooperatives in Texas and Florida, and as vice president of research, engineering, and technical services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a registered professional engineer. Hewa and his wife Laura and their three daughters reside in Gainesville, Virginia.

David F. Koogler
Vice President of Member Services & External Affairs

David KooglerAs REC's Vice President of Member Services & External Affairs, David F. Koogler is responsible for the leadership of all member support activities, including contact center, billing and collections, rates, conservation programs, government relations, and communications. Koogler has extensive utility experience, working for more than 30 years for Dominion Virginia Power where he managed Retail Access, customer billing, rates and regulatory affairs, and Key Accounts. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in physics/engineering from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., and with a master's in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. Koogler is a native of Augusta County, Va., and currently resides with his wife, Margie, in Hanover County, Va.