The service area of Lorain-Medina Rural Electric is divided into nine districts, each with a member elected representative. Each district has one elected candidate to represent all of the members of that district for a term of three years. Board district map and district descriptions.

Members wanting to vie for the cooperative's board of trustees must submit a nominating petition bearing at least 25 signatures from their respective districts. A maximum of two candidates per district can appear on the official ballot. Should more than two district candidates submit nominating petitions, a runoff district-wide election will be conducted in May. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the district will have their names placed on the official ballot. The entire membership votes on candidates through mail/electronic ballot before the annual meeting. Results of the election will be announced at the annual meeting in July. View the trustee nomination and election schedule.

The Board of Trustees meets monthly. They are responsible for setting the cooperative's policies and rates, approving contracts and regularly review the operating performance of the cooperative and its appointed management. As representatives of the rural community, they communicate the interests of the cooperative's membership.

President: Rodney L. "John" Eaton - District 4
Vice President: Gary L. Rowland - District 1
Secretary: Brenda J. Wolfe - District 7
Treasurer: Keith E. Lowe - District 8

Gary L. Rowland - District 1

Gary Rowland

Trustee/Vice President

26175 State Route 511
Wellington, OH 44090
Phone: 440-315-2532
E-mail: growland@fesco-oh.org

Rowland has been a Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative trustee since 1978. He was the president of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees from August 1997 to August 2003 and has served as vice president since 2003. Rowland represents Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative as a trustee on the Buckeye Power Board of Trustees. Rowland received his NRECA Board Leadership Certificate in 2007 and his NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate in 1998. An interesting fact about Rowland is that he married his wife Jan Rowland and together they had three children. 

OCCUPATION: President, Harry Rowland Jr., Inc., Rochester, OH

James R. McConnell - District 2

Jim McConnell

Trustee

17567 Hallauer Road
Wellington, OH 44090
Phone: 440-775-3352
E-mail: jmcconnell@fesco-oh.org

McConnell has been a Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative trustee since 1997. He served as secretary of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees, a position he has held since August 2013- 2018. McConnell represents Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative as a trustee on the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees. He received his NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate in 2005.

OCCUPATION: Self-employed farmer, Hickory Grove Farms, Inc., Pittsfield Township; Past-President, Lorain County Rural Wastewater District (LORCO)

Kathleen E. Norton Fox - District 3

Kathy Fox

Trustee

40229 Banks Rd.
Grafton, OH  44044
Phone: 440-935-2890  
E-mail: kfox@fesco-oh.org

Fox was elected to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative board in 2016 after serving on the cooperative's People Fund Board for six years, four years as president. She holds a Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate through the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association. Fox enjoys riding horses and camping and has camped all over the U.S.

OCCUPATION: Treasurer of Fox Veterinary Hospital, Inc.

Rodney L. "John" Eaton - District 4

John Eaton

Trustee/President

48401 Bursley Road
Wellington, OH 44090
Phone: 440-213-8001
E-mail: reaton@fesco-oh.org

Eaton was re-elected to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative board in 1999 after serving on the cooperative's board from 1984 to 1996. He served as the board's secretary from 1999 to 2013 and has served as board president since 2013. He earned his NRECA Board Leadership Certificate in 2003 and his NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate in 2001. Mr. Eaton enjoys golfing and hunting.

OCCUPATION: Farmer

Judy A. Pickworth - District 5

Judy Pickworth

Trustee

14701 Whitehead Road
LaGrange, OH 44050
Phone: 440-355-6518
E-mail: jpickworth@fesco-oh.org

Pickworth was elected to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative board in July 2006. She received the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate in 2007 and later received her
NRECA Board Leadership Certificate. Pickworth has been involved in the county 4-H program for 31 years and taught school for 28 years. She enjoys sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, and spending time with her family.

OCCUPATION: Farmer and retired teacher

Joe Swinko - District 6

Joe Swinko

Trustee

9190 Crow Road
Litchfield, OH 44253
Phone: 330-772-6242
E-mail: jswinko@fesco-oh.org

Swinko filled the District 6 seat vacated by Roy Norris, in October 2018. He was elected to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative board in 2019. Swinko received the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate. In his free time, he enjoys operating his family-owned Christmas Tree farm that they started in the spring of 2021. 

OCCUPATION: Owner of Litchfield Accounting Service Inc.

Brenda J. Wolfe - District 7

Brenda Wolfe

Trustee/Secretary

381 Township Road 581
Sullivan, Ohio 44880
Phone: (440) 371-6438
E-mail: bwolfe@fesco-oh.org
 

Wolfe from Sullivan Township was appointed to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees in 2015. She currently serves as secretary of the Board, and she received the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate. In her free time, she enjoys riding the motorcycle with her husband as the passenger only. 

OCCUPATION: Administrative Services Manager for Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co.

Keith E. Lowe - District 8

Keith Lowe

Trustee/Treasurer

11195 Spencer Mills Road
Spencer, OH 44275
Phone: 330-620-0617
E-mail: klowe@fesco-oh.org

Lowe was elected to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative board in 1997. He currently serves as the board's treasurer, a position he has held since 1999. He earned his NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate in 2003.

OCCUPATION: Owner, KEL Nutrition.

Richard K. Indoe - District 9

Richard Indoe

Trustee

7833 Richmond Road
Lodi, OH 44254
Phone: 330-608-8685
E-mail: rindoe@fesco-oh.org

Indoe was elected to the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative board in 2000. He received his NRECA Board Leadership Certificate in 2012 and his NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate in 2003.

OCCUPATION: President of Richman Farms Inc., and Harrisville Township Trustee