John Rogers and Rick Johnson have been elected to the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) board of directors by the co-op’s membership.
Also on the OCEC board ballot was Stephen Ralph, who came in third in the membership balloting. The top two vote-getters in the election, Rogers and Johnson, will assume the open board positions. They replace former board members John Kirner and Cara Godwin, who did not seeking re-election.
Voting concluded April 19 and results were announced late last week.
According to personal information provided to co-op voters, Rogers’ professional experience includes more than 30 years evaluating and supporting companies with a focus on engineering, construction and financial businesses in a variety of industries. He and his wife, Catherine, purchased Mazama-area property in 1997 and made it their permanent home in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Johnson lived in Alaska for 40 years before moving to the Methow with his wife, Tina Devine, and purchasing a home on Studhorse Mountain Road. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, and worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska for three years. After earning a master’s degree in wildlife management at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks, he worked for a consulting firm in Fairbanks for more than 30 years, retiring as program manager in avian ecology.