What did you do before joining Boone Electric? I worked for the Red Cross as a Disaster and Communications Manager for 21 counties in mid-Missouri.

Why did you want to work for them? I grew up on Boone Electric’s lines, and my parents were members for 49 years. This was an opportunity to be a part of a company that has a great reputation and a long history with my family.

What do you like most about working at the co-op? Representing Boone Electric in the community and educating members about our services. I also get to do a variety of things, and my co-workers are some of the best people I have ever met.

What makes your team special? We have a wide-range of backgrounds and specialties and our experience spans three generations.

What is your greatest accomplishment since you’ve been at Boone Electric? I helped create an item for an auction benefitting cancer patients, which won a Spotlight on Excellence gold award. I was also honored with one of Boone Electric’s Highline awards for community service.

Hobby: I raise turkeys, quail, ducks, and chickens and sell their eggs for hatching and eating.

How long have you been raising birds? I started the farm seven years ago with five chickens because I wanted my own fresh eggs. It kind of just took off from there.

How many birds do you have now? I have about 200. In addition to selling eggs, I raise several show-quality birds, mentor 4H kids who are interested in birds, give tours of the farm, and supply duck eggs to local allergists. I get a phone call at least once a day from someone looking for duck eggs.

Education: I have a degree in geography with an emphasis in geographic information system (GIS) and cartographic science, another in strategic communications and one in business with an emphasis in marketing and communications.

Something most people may not know about you: I am a fifth-generation Boone County resident. I’m the only female county planning and zoning commissioner, and I serve on the county’s board of adjustments. I’m also on the county’s bicentennial planning committee and writing a book for the 200th celebration in 2020.

Do you have a colleague we should get to know better? There are only three requirements to share their story:

  • They have been at your co-op one year or less

  • They have never worked at an electric co-op before
  • They have an interesting hobby (i.e., fly fishing, bee keeping, small business owner, fitness/outdoor enthusiast, singing or playing in a band – the sky's the limit!)

If you or one of your colleagues meet these requirements, we'd love to hear from you. Please send nominations to megan.mcatee@nreca.coop.

Interested in joining the co-op family? Visit NRECA's Cooperative Career Center to search co-op careers.