Governance - Great River Energy

A distinct definition of success

While other types of businesses must make a profit for investors and other stakeholders, our cooperative focuses on doing what’s best for the 27 member-owner cooperatives that collectively own us.

Over time, our membership and directors may change. But our structure ensures that our shared values continue guiding everything we do.

Board of Directors meeting summaries

Senior staff

  • David Saggau, president and chief executive officer
  • Jim Jones, vice president and chief information officer
  • Michelle Strobel, vice president and chief financial officer
  • Jon Brekke, vice president and chief power supply officer
  • Priti Patel, vice president and chief transmission officer
  • Louy Theeuwen, chief of staff
  • Lisa Orpen, vice president and chief corporate and member services officer
  • Eric Olsen, vice president and general counsel

Board of Directors

  • Chair Bob Bruckbauer,
    Lake County Power
  • Treasurer Lee York,
    Nobles Cooperative Electric
  • Bill Berg, Brown County Rural Electrical Association
  • Scott Veitenheimer,
    Cooperative Light & Power
  • Linda Laitala,
    East Center Energy
  • Nancy Utke, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association
  • Randy Hlavka, McLead Cooperative Power Association
  • Greg Blaine, Stearns Cooperative Electric Association
  • Dale Anderson,
    Kandiyohi Power Cooperative
  • Mike Littfin,
    Arrowhead Electric Cooperative
  • Vice Chair Margaret Schreiner,
    Dakota Electric Association
  • Lonnie Johnson,
    East Centeral Energy
  • Craig Olson,
    Lake Country Power
  • Harold Harms, Mille Lacs Electric Cooperative
  • Gary Wilson, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric
  • Secretary Audrey Hjelle,
    Runestone Electric Association
  • Gary Stenzel,
    BENCO Electric Cooperative
  • Clay Van De Bogart,
    Dakota Electric Association
  • David Hernke, Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association
  • Mike Brasel, Lake Region Electric Cooperative
  • Lloyd Kongsjord, North Itasca Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Mike Thorson, Todd-Wadena Electrical Cooperative

Annual sustainability report

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Social impact

How our community support reaches beyond providing electricity.