Board of Directors

Officers

Colin Hansen​​Colin Hansen, Chair
Executive Director, Kansas Municipal Utilities, McPherson, Kansas
Colin has worked in the public power industry for over 26 years. Since 2000, he has served as Executive Director for Kansas Municipal Utilities, the statewide trade association representing and serving 185 communities across Kansas on electric, natural gas, water, wastewater & telecommunications issues. Under his guidance, KMU has grown nearly tenfold and recently opened the KMU Training Center to provide hands-on training to the next generation of municipal utility workers. Prior to joining KMU, Colin worked for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities in a number of capacities including Assistant Executive Director. Colin is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Drake University with a Masters in Business Administration.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-West Electric Consumers Association.

Anthony CannonAnthony Cannon, Chair-Elect
General Manager/CEO, Greenville Utilities Commission, Greenville, North Carolina
Tony was appointed to the position of general manager/CEO of the Greenville Utilities Commission in 2012, after serving as Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer since 2006. He has more than 30 years of experience in public utilities, joining Greenville Utilities from Greer Commission of Public Works in South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Southern Wesleyan University. His experience includes management of electric, water, sewer and natural gas operations. Tony currently serves on the Executive Committee for the East Carolina University Educational Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is a past Chair of the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce and is past chair for the Pitt County Committee of 100. He is involved with numerous other professional and civic organizations.

David OsburnDavid Osburn, Vice Chair
General Manager, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, Edmond, Oklahoma
David has served as the General Manager of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) since 2013. David started his employment at OMPA in 2007 as the Director of Operations. Before coming to OMPA, he served nine years as the General Manager and CEO of Richmond Power & Light in Richmond, Indiana. David currently serves on the Members Committee of the Southwest Power Pool, the Boards of the American Public Power Association, and the Transmission Access Policy Study Group. Since joining OMPA, the Authority has seen several changes and advancements, such as adding new member cities, implementation of complex energy markets, and generating plant additions. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Layne BurninghamLayne Burningham, Treasurer
President and CEO, Utah Municipal Power Agency, Utah
Layne has been with UMPA for 24 years, with 21 years in management positions.  Prior to his current position, Layne served as UMPA’s Chief Financial Officer & Power Resource Manager. His experience includes power plant operations, contract negotiation and administration, power marketing, open access transmission tariff proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, power plant operations, issuance of bonds and other obligations of UMPA, and administration of all UMPA financial and accounting functions. He is a member of the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association’s Board of Directors.

Jolene ThompsonJolene Thompson, Immediate Past-Chair
President and CEO, American Municipal Power, Ohio
Jolene has worked with municipal electric systems for nearly 30 years and is the first woman to lead AMP, the multi-state nonprofit corporation, which owns and operates electric facilities that provide generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power and energy to 135 members in nine states. Before becoming president and CEO, Jolene oversaw government relations, environmental affairs, energy policy, compliance, public/media relations, energy efficiency/business development services, and human resources and served as the principal legislative contact for both AMP and the Ohio Municipal Electric Association, where she was executive director. Jolene has served as a member of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. At the state level, she is a member of the Ohio Lobbying Association and was recognized in a survey of the Ohio lobbying community as one of the most effective female lobbyists. Before joining AMP, she worked at Columbus Monthly magazine and Business First newspaper.

Additional Executive Committee Members

John Haarlow
Snohomish County PUD, Everett, Washington
Nicholas Lawler
Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments, Littleton, Massachusetts

Russell Olson
Heartland Consumers Power District, Madison, South Dakota

Michael Peters
WPPI Energy, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Kimberly Schlichting
Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, Smyrna, Delaware

Ex Officio

Nicki Fuller, Chair, Advisory Committee
Executive Director, Southwestern Power Resources Association, Oklahoma 
Robert Luke, Chair, Policy Makers Council
Mayor, City of Burlington, Kansas 

 

Directors

Region 1: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Laurie Mangum
City of St. George, Utah

 

Region 2: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Edward Krieger
Piqua Power System, Ohio

Michael Peters
WPPI Energy, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Tony Pochard
Anderson Municipal Light and Power, Indiana 

David Walters
Grand Haven Board of Light and Power, Michigan

 

Region 3: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Chuck Bryant
Carthage Water and Electric Plant, Missouri

David Geschwind 
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Minnesota 

Paul Mahlberg
Kansas Municipal Energy Agency, Kansas 

Russell Olson
Heartland Consumers Power District, South Dakota

Darrel Wenzel
Waverly Utilities Waverly, Iowa

 

Region 4: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Bret Carroll
Conway Corporation, Arkansas

Gary Miller
Bryan Texas Utilities, Texas

 

Region 5: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

James Fuller
MEAG Power, Georgia 

Hugh Grunden
Easton Utilities, Maryland

Joel Ledbetter
Easley Combined Utilities, South Carolina

Kimberly Schlichting
Delaware Municipal Electric Corp.

Lynne Tejeda
Keys Energy Services, Florida

 

Region 6: Arizona, California, Nevada

Dan Beans
Redding Electric Utility, California

Edward Gerak
Arizona Power Authority

Paul Lau
SMUD, California 
 

 

Region 7: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee

David Carroll
Paducah Power System, Kentucky 

Jim Ferrell
Jackson Energy Authority, Tennessee

Jonathan Hand
Electric Cities of Alabama

 

Region 8: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Ellen Burt
Stowe Electric Department, Vermont

Nick Lawler
Littleton Electric Light & Water Department, Massachusetts

David Leathers
Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, New York

 

Region 9: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

John Haarlow
Snohomish County PUD, Washington

Steve Wright
Chelan PUD, Washington

 

Region 10: American Samoa, Guam, Marianas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

John Benavente
Guam Power Authority