Board of Directors

Great Lakes Energy is an electric cooperative, which is a democratic organization controlled by a board of directors. The board is made up of members who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.

Directors are elected to three-year terms by the membership according to district.  GLE members in three districts designated each year will elect one candidate from within their district to fill three positions on the board annually. Each member of Great Lakes Energy has one vote (one membership, one vote) in the election for their particular district.  The election results are announced each year at the annual business meeting held in August.

The GLE board of directors meets 10 -12 times per year. Beginning with the March 2017 meeting, minutes are available by email following a request to In the email request, please include the full name on your electric account, service address, daytime phone number, and month you are requesting minutes and a file will be emailed to you.

Learn more about the board election or request information about becoming a candidate.

Counties and directors by district are:

District 1: Emmet County. Director: Paul Schemanski.

Paul Schemanski

District 2: Charlevoix, Cheboygan counties. Director: Mark Carson, Chairman.

Mark Carson

District 3 – Antrim County. Director: Ric Evans. 

Ric Evans

District 4 – Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego counties. Director: Larry Monshor, Treasurer.

Larry Monshor

District 5 – Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford. Director: Dale Farrier, Vice Chairman.

Dale Farrier

District 6 – Mason, Lake counties. Director: Bob Kran.

Bob Kran

District 7 – Muskegon, Oceana counties. Director: Paul Byl, Secretary.

Paul Byl

District 8 – Clare, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola counties. Director: Tim Brechon.

Tim Brechon

District 9 – Allegan, Barry, Kent, Montcalm, Ottawa counties. Director: John LaForge.

John LaForge