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Head Line CRC Board Election Results Revealed at 24th Annual Membership Meeting

Austin, Minn. – Cooperative Response Center, Inc. (CRC) announces the results of its recent Board of Directors election following its 24th annual membership meeting held Monday, June 12, in San Antonio, Texas. 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 Steve Wattnem, CEO of Cooperative Light & Power Association in Two Harbors, Minn.; Tom Harrell, CEO of Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association in Gladstone, Mich., and Neil Hesse, general manager of Cooke County Electric Cooperative Association in Muenster, Texas.

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

Chairwoman – Brenda Swartzlander, president and CEO of United Electric Cooperative in Dubois, Pa., 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 – Recently re-elected Hesse leads a 16,000-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 – Re-elected Wattnem leads a 6,000-consumer electric cooperative that operates in northeastern Minnesota. Wattnem has served as board treasurer since 2016.

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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 430 members and associate members in 46 states, representing nearly 7.6 million consumers. Visit CRC on the web at

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