Board of Directors Committees

Each member of the Board of Directors also serves as a member of one (or more) of six committees with preliminary oversight of the co-op's most important areas of focus and work. Projects, topics and proposed plans are first presented to committees, and then are taken as recommendations to the full Board.

* Board Chairman Ben Flencher is an ex-officio member of all committees.
** Board Vice Chairman Kenneth Mutscher is an ex-officio member of all committees to which he is not assigned.


The committees are:

Audit & Finance

Russell Jurk – Chair
Byron Balke
James Kershaw
Richard Schmidt

The Audit & Finance Committee is responsible for selecting and recommending an independent financial auditor to the Board. The committee is also responsible for reviewing the auditor’s reports, meeting with the auditor, responding to auditor recommendations and reporting the results to the Board. The committee will also periodically review and recommend changes to the cooperative’s board policies.

Employee Services

Kenneth Mutscher – Chair
Roderick Emanuel
Robert Mikeska
Milton Shaw

The Employee Services Committee is responsible for establishing and maintaining fair and competitive benefits for cooperative personnel and retirees. The committee receives reports from management on the performance and effectiveness of Bluebonnet’s employee benefits. Annually, the committee reviews Bluebonnet’s existing employee benefits, develops benefits strategies and recommends a benefits package to the Board.

Energy Services

Robert Mikeska – Chair
Russell Jurk
Richard Schmidt
Debbi Goertz

The Energy Services Committee is responsible for reviewing and reporting to the Board on the cooperative’s strategy and direction related to power supply and electric distribution. The committee maintains a comprehensive understanding of Bluebonnet’s wholesale power contracts, opportunities for generation acquisition, wholesale market conditions and alternative generation strategies. The committee also receives reports from management concerning the performance, planning and investment in Bluebonnet’s electric distribution system.

Legal & Governance

Milton Shaw – Chair
Russell Jurk
Roderick Emanuel
Debbi Goertz 

The Legal & Governance Committee oversees the cooperative’s legal functions, assists the Board’s oversight of material, business, and operational risks and exposures of the cooperative, and provides advice/counsel to the Board and other committees of actions, activities and initiatives to mitigate risks and exposures. The Committee reviews significant claims and litigation with General Counsel and receives reports from General Counsel of material legal activities and the effectiveness of the cooperative's legal and governance efforts. They recommend actions and/or improvements to the Board and oversee compliance with the cooperative’s charter, bylaws, and Board policies. If appropriate, they recommend amendments or changes to maintain legal, effective governance.

Member Experience

Roderick Emanuel – Chair
Byron Balke
Milton Shaw
Suanna Tumlinson

The Member Experience Committee is responsible for reviewing and reporting to the Board on the cooperative’s strategy and direction related to member interactions and engagement.  The committee will assist in the development and review of the cooperative’s member survey, electric rates, economic development initiatives and community involvement. The committee will receive and review operating reports, statistics and recommendations from management on ways to enhance the overall member experience.

Technology

Suanna Tumlinson – Chair
James Kershaw
Kenneth Mutscher
Debbi Goertz

The Technology Committee is responsible for reviewing and reporting to the Board on the cooperative’s overall strategy, direction and effectiveness of information and utility technologies. The committee will receive reports from management concerning technology performance, planning, investments and innovations as well as work with management on the development of Bluebonnet’s overall technology strategy.