Casey Hollins Elected to National Communications Board

Casey Hollins, REC communications specialist, was elected to serve on the Certified Cooperative Communicators (CCC) Board of Directors.

Hollins earned her CCC certification in 2010, and is one of approximately 214 certified cooperative communicators nationwide; seven work for electric cooperatives in Virginia.

"Casey brings her trademark enthusiasm to the board, and we are pleased to have her join us as we look for ways to strengthen cooperative communication skills nationally," said Jean Barber, CCC program administrator with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Hollins is a multiple Spotlight on Excellence award recipient, and was a key part of the REC team that was awarded the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award in 2013 for their crisis communications program. An employee of REC for six years, Hollins is a graduate of Hollins University and will begin her board term in June.

The board governs the national CCC program and is comprised of 10 members elected by their peers in the electric cooperative industry. Board members, serving two-year terms, set policy and program guidelines. The CCC Program, created by the NRECA's Council of Rural Electric Communicators, was established to improve the practice of communication and marketing in the electric cooperative industry. The program sets professional development goals, provides a body of knowledge and skills necessary to the practice of cooperative communication, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a professional level of excellence in cooperative communications.

NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 rural electric utilities that provide electricity to approximately 42 million consumers in 47 states and sell approximately twelve percent of all electric energy sold in the United States. Most NRECA members are consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative manages more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.