The West Oregon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors meet the 4th Tuesday of each month @ 7 pm in the WOEC boardroom at 652 Rose Ave, Vernonia, OR, 97064.
To ensure safety for our Board of Directors and Staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, WOEC monthly board meetings will be held remotely. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact our office at 503-429-3021 for conference call information.
Patricia Jordan, District 1 – Serving Elsie, Jewell, & Necanicum
Pat Jordan joined her husband, Jerry, in Seaside after she retired from Oklahoma State University in 2015. They have a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren living in Portland.
Living in Oregon has made her realize that she wants to become active in protecting this beautiful country. Pat believes that leaving the smallest carbon footprint we can leave for our children and grandchildren depends on our ability to provide electricity to the community by utilizing wind, water, solar, and other sustainable natural resources while containing costs.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Pat would bring the ability to insightfully weigh pros and cons of the long-term effects of changes in upgrades in our service to address wildfires, storm damage, and the cost of providing electricity throughout the region within a balanced, consumer-supported budget.
Vacant, District 2, Serving Apiary, Mist, & Birkenfeld
Jim Buxton, Board Vice President, District 3 – Serving Vernonia & Keasey
Jim Buxton brings a wide variety of experience that benefits the West Oregon Broad of Directors. He is currently the WOEC Board Vice President. Jim served in the Oregon National Guard and worked in electronics at Tektronix, Inc. for 13 years before resigning to own and operate a sawmill. Later, Jim was the Mechanic at Vernonia Auto Parts Saw Shop, wrote software for and operated computer numeric control machines, was a Purchaser and a Bookkeeper for a steel fabrication company and the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council, as well as Computer Technician for the Vernonia School District.
Jim believes in and supports the cooperative enterprise. He wants lower rates in the future in part by retiring debt now. “Rates are only a part of the equation, service is another.” Since moving to the Vernonia area in 1966, Jim has considered himself a WOEC watcher, attending monthly board meetings, discussing issues with managers and board members and keeping co-op members informed by writing letters to the Editor and articles in the local newspapers. Jim was instrumental in opening board meetings to members and adding bylaws requiring WOEC to create a budget and a savings fund for storm damage.
Jim is currently retired and has four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He and his wife Cici live on Keasey Road.
Brett Costley, District 4 – Serving Vernonia
Brett currently serves as the WOEC Board President. Brett was born and raised in Covington, Georgia and graduated with a BBE and MSEE from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked as an engineer for Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston, Texas where he met his wife, Penny. Brett and Penny moved to Oregon in 1997 where Brett worked for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon for fifteen years. Shortly after moving to Vernonia in 1998, he became involved in community work including serving on the Vernonia City Council for almost ten years and the Vernonia School District board for five. He is currently a teacher in the Vernonia Middle School and Vernonia High School as well as President of the Vernonia Health Center. Brett and Penny are proud parents of two native Vernonians, Grace and Nicholas.
Erika Paleck, Board President, District 5 – Serving Buxton & Timber
Erika moved to the Upper Nehalem Valley near Vernonia in 2004 with her husband Bob. Before moving to the area, along with being a proud Navy wife, she was a small business owner and worked as administrative support for different businesses an schools.
Education: UCSD 1973-1976: Visual Arts, BA; General Literature, BA; post graduate studies in education and psychology.
Erika’s time spent as a Navy wife was full of volunteer work. After moving to the area she continued to volunteer. Her volunteer experience since 2004 includes: serving as Vice Chair for the Vernonia Health Center Board, currently Chair of the Vernonia Planning Commission, current member of Hands On Art since 2006; original coordinator of the Jr. Salmon Auction now in its 11th year and current auctioneer. In the past she organized First Friday for five years, as well as various art shows for many years, as well as a member and certified instructor of C.E.R.T.
Erika is presently the WOEC Board Secretary / Treasurer.
Erika’s Goals as a WOEC board director are to improve communications between members and directors; expand flow of information to members; continued responsible stewardship of WOEC to benefit, as much as possible, all members of the cooperative, not just now but for the future of our children and grandchildren, ensure continuing service quality upgrades, and maintenance; continue to explore low cost alternatives for providing electrical service to the membership, monitor the budget to prioritize costs for a reasonable balance of budget, service, and sustainability.
Rosemary Lohrke, District 6 – Serving Scappoose & Chapman
Rosemary brings generations of perspective to the WOEC as Rosemary and her husband, Frank, have been members of West Oregon Electric Cooperative for 35 years, her grandparents were among the original Chapman members, and her parents became members in the early 1950s.
My family has a long history with West Oregon Electric. “From childhood, I’ve understood that the electric cooperative plays a big role in the livability of our little community and others like it. In the early years, after much of the nation had power, homes in Chapman were wired and waiting, but no power came until WOEC included us in their territory. The area was then, and still is, too rural and too rough to be profitable. We need to protect what we have, while being aware of new developments that can be advantageous to the co-op and its members. As a member of the West Oregon Board of Directors, I will work to represent my neighbors and to advocate for all members of WOEC.”
Rosemary presently serves on several committees including the Columbia County Traffic Safety Commission, the Transportation and Road Advisory Committee, the Area Commission on Transportation, and the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee. Although Rosemary is now retired, she continues to volunteer her time at local schools.
Mark Ludeman, Secretary/Treasurer, District 7 – Serving Manning, Hagg Lake, & Yamhill Co.
Mark brings over 30 years of experience owning and operating his own business. Currently, Mark is the owner of a healing center on 40 acres in Buxton, OR.
I am the current owner of A Oasis in Nature Retreat and Healing Center” with rooms and campsites on forty acres up above Buxton Oregon. I have live here with my wife for fifteen years, over time I have become familiar with the area and West Oregon Electric Cooperative. I have been married for 47 years and have four grown children and 1 grandchild who live in the Portland Oregon area. I have over 30 years of business experience, I ran Ludeman’s Fireplace and Patio store in Beaverton Oregon, I started it with A Retailer and built it to a four million a year retail business with 25 employees. I now do physical and emotional healing work and farming. In addition to my retreat center and campsites, I am a third-generation Oregonian and have lived in Oregon all my life.