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Head Line CRC Board Election Results Announced at 23rd Annual Membership Meeting

Austin, Minn. – Cooperative Response Center, Inc. (CRC) announces the results of its recent Board of Directors election following its 23rd annual membership meeting held Monday, June 6, in Seattle, Wash. Pre-meeting elections selected the directors to serve as part of CRC’s nine-member board.

Board members re-elected to three-year terms were Randy Crenshaw, general manager of Irwin EMC in Ocilla, Ga., and Middle Georgia EMC in Vienna, Ga., and Brenda Swartzlander, president and CEO of United Electric Cooperative in DuBois, Pa. Larry Dokkestul, president and CEO of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services in Ellsworth, Wis., is new to CRC’s board and was elected as a district 1 director for a three-year term. Dokkestul replaces Tim Stewart, general manager/CEO at Clark Electric Cooperative in Greenwood, Wis., who did not seek re-election to his board seat. Stewart served on CRC’s board since 2007.

After the annual meeting, CRC’s Board of Directors met and selected the following officers to serve on its executive committee:

Chairwoman – Recently re-elected Swartzlander leads a 19,000-consumer electric cooperative that operates in parts of 10 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. Swartzlander has served as the board’s chairwoman since 2011.

Vice Chairman – Neil Hesse, general manager of Cooke County Electric Cooperative Association in Muenster, Texas, leads a 15,500-meter electric cooperative that operates in five counties in northeastern Texas. Hesse has served as board vice chair since 2014.

Secretary – Larry Fenbers, general manager/CEO of Carroll Electric Cooperative in Carrollton, Ohio, leads a 12,000-consumer electric cooperative that operates in six eastern Ohio counties. Fenbers has served as board secretary since 2014.

Treasurer – Steve Wattnem, CEO of Cooperative Light & Power Association in Two Harbors, Minn., leads a 6,000-consumer electric cooperative that operates in northeastern Minnesota. This is Wattnem’s first term as board treasurer.

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CRC is a nationwide, cooperatively owned and operated, 24/7 contact center and alarm monitoring center. Founded in 1992, CRC has steadily increased the size and scope of its operation with offices in Austin, Minn., Dunlap, Tenn., and Abilene, Texas. CRC serves over 400 members and associate members in 44 states, representing over 6.6 million consumers. Visit CRC on the web at

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