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 HarrisRonald 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 of Corporate Services

John HewaJohn D. Hewa joined REC in July, 2017, and is responsible for several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Information 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 (NRECA) in Arlington, Virginia. At NRECA, Hewa worked to advance the adoption of beneficial technologies among the nation’s electric cooperatives and worked to address technical regulatory matters at the federal level. 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. He is a registered professional engineer.

Hewa serves as Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), an educational non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC, working to advance the integration of clean energy solutions and smart technologies into the grid. Hewa also serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), a non-profit organization in Washington, working with utilities, industry, and stakeholders to promote the adoption of beneficial energy storage technologies.

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

David KooglerDavid F. Koogler is the vice president of member services and external affairs for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, where he is responsible for the strategic leadership of all member support activities, including the contact center, billing and collections, key accounts, conservation and renewable energy programs, regulatory and government affairs, and communications. Koogler joined REC in March 2011, and has more than 37 years of experience in Virginia's electric utility business. 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. He and his wife, Margie, reside in Hanover County.

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