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Hartwell, Atchison and Haines lead AMEC
Gascosage Electric manager continues to break molds

Above: New officers for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives are, from left: Secretary/Treasurer Loren Haines,
North Central Missouri Electric, President Carmen Hartwell, Gascosage Electric and Vice President Darrell Atchison, Ozark
Border Electric. Below: The new president is a big fan of Willie Wiredhand, the "spokesplug" for America's electric cooperatives
since his creation in 1950.

C

armen Hartwell is used to breaking molds.
She was the first female manager at Gascosage Electric Cooperative and just the
third woman to manage one of Missouri's
electric co-ops. She was the first
woman to serve on the board of
directors at Sho-Me Power. Now
she can add the distinction of
being the first female to serve as
president of the Association of
Missouri Electric Cooperatives.
Joining Carmen as officers for
the association are Vice President
Darrell Atchison, a director for
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative
and Secretary/Treasurer Loren
Haines, manager of North Central
Missouri Electric Cooperative.
Carmen has been CEO of the
Dixon-based Gascosage Electric
since 2013. A Drury University
graduate, she joined the cooperative in 1987 as a billing clerk. She
also represents the association on
the board of MECIP, the workman's compensation
pool for Missouri's electric cooperatives.
She replaces Jack Baker, a director from Osage
Valley Electric who was AMEC president from 2017
to 2019.

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Typically the association's officers serve two
years and then move up the chain. This year there
were two new officers with the resignation of John
Bledsoe, who left the board after being named to
the board of Associated Electric
Cooperative.
He was replaced by Darrell, a
financial advisor who lives in Williamsville and has been a member
of his cooperative's board since
2009 and its president since 2015.
A graduate of Poplar Bluff High
School, Three Rivers Community College and Tarkio College, he
retired as a major in the Missouri
Army National Guard. He volunteers in a number of community
activities, including the Lions Club,
Black River Volunteer Fire Department Board and Greenville School
Foundation.
Loren has been manager of
Milan-based North Central Missouri
Electric since 2016. He has been
with the North Central Electric Co-op team since
Feb. 16, 1999, when he began his co-op career as a
member services representative. He then served as
staff assistant from 2006-2013 and was the assistant manager from 2013 until being named CEO.



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