Board of Trustees
Representing members in the cooperative’s nine districts are trustees
Jim Brackett, District 1
Jack Bogart, District 2
Vernon Lewis, District 3
John Hibdon, District 4
Jimmy Lambert, District 5
Dennis Lenox, District 6
Chuck Huerter, District 7
Ken Howard, District 8
Buddy McCarty, Distict 9
Jim Brackett -
Jim Brackett, who represents members in District 1, was appointed in March 2010 to fill the vacancy created by the death of trustee Carl Long. He has been a VVEC member since 1973.
He and his wife Pam live near South Coffeyville where they run a cattle operation. They moved their home there after Brackett’s retirement from VVEC in 2006 after a 33-year career. They have 4 children and are also grandparents.
"Having worked at the Co-op, I feel I have an insight that will help me with the members up here,” he says. “There are good board members on the board and I hope to learn from them. I’m excited about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to serving,” says Brackett.
Jack Bogart -
Jack and his wife Patti have been members of VVEC since 1980, and live in Oologah. They have two sons and one daughter and are grandparents.
He was elected to the board in 1997, and has since received certification as a cooperative director from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association which he earned after completing the required number of continuing education classes offered to board trustees, and has also earned his ‘Board Leadership’ certification.
“Serving on the board of trustees is a privilege,” says Bogart. “I have enjoyed learning about the electric utility business and the cooperative method of doing business. I am amazed at how much joint effort and coordination it takes just to turn on a light switch.”
Vernon Lewis -
Vernon Lewis has been a member of VVEC since 1968 and was elected to the board of trustees in 1984.
He represents VVEC on the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors.
Lewis completed certification as a cooperative director from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in 1998 which he earned after completing the required number of continuing education classes offered to board trustees, and has also earned his ‘Board Leadership’ certification.
Vernon and his wife Sara live in the rural Claremore area. He has one son and two granddaughters. Vernon teaches sunday school at Owasso First Asembly.
“I enjoy being on the VVEC Board of Trustees with the other board members and representing the members in District 3.
John Hibdon -
John and Cecilia Hibdon live in Barnsdall and have been VVEC members since 1982. They have two grown children who have blessed them with grandkids.
“I am a CPA and have owned my own insurance and accounting business in Barnsdall since 1981,” he says. “I enjoy volunteering as a youth wrestling coach, and in my spare time like to fish and play golf.”
John has attained certified cooperative director status from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association which he earned after completing the required number of continuing education classes offered to board trustees, and has also earned his ‘Board Leadership’ certification. He also serves as the VVEC representative to the board of directors for KAMO Power, VVEC’s wholesale power supplier.
“I was honored when the members in District 4 elected me to the board in 1997 and I strive to represent them well as I help make decisions that affect their lives.”
Jimmy Lambert - District 5
Jimmy Lambert was appointed to represent the members of District 5 in May 2008, filling the vacancy created by the death of trustee Ken Easterling. He has been a member of VVEC since 1995.
A graduate of Owasso High School, Lambert and his brother own Lambert's Auto Salvage in Collinsville. He is also a former Collinsville fire fighter, and operated Affordable Auto Parts in Vera.
He lives in Tiawah with his three sons.
Dennis Lenox -
Dennis and Sherry Lenox have been members of VVEC for more than 30 years. They live in the Skiatook Lake area and have a son and a daughter. They are also proud grandparents.
“I love living in rural America,” says Lenox, who is the retired vice-president of American Bank of Oklahoma in Skiatook. “Having been in the banking business, I've met a lot of people. When they have questions about the co-op, as a trustee, I'm usually able to answer those questions. If not, I can call someone at VVEC who can give me the answer so I can call the member back."
"Sherry and I enjoy riding motorcycles, NASCAR, spending time with our friends and family, and meeting people.”
Chuck Huerter -
Chuck holds an associate degree in electronics; a bachelor degree in personnel administration and has 20 years experience with Phillips Petroleum. He owned a small business in the health care industry for 15 years before retiring.
He has represented district 7 since 1985, watching the district grow to more than 2,600 members. Chuck holds certified director status from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which he earned after completing the required number of continuing education classes offered to board trustees, and has also earned his ‘Board Leadership’ certification.
He is an avid bicycling enthusiast, and has ridden in Oklahoma FreeWheel, a cross state bicycle tour.
He is an active member of the Bartlesville community. Chuck has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Ken Howard -
Ken is a production supervisor with American Airlines, where he has worked since 1998. Prior to beginning his career with American Airlines, he owned and operated a local aviation business.
His is a life-long resident of Collinsville where he has lived on VVEC lines, and a graduate of Collinsville High School.
Ken continues his trustee education by attending classes designed for cooperative trustees and has received his certificate in the Credentialed Cooperative Director program sponsored by NRECA.
He has represented the more than 3,200 members in district 8 since his election to the board of trustees in 1992.
He and his wife Dana have three children and are also grandparents. They are active members of the Collinsville First Baptist Church.
Buddy McCarty -
Buddy was appointed to the board in 1995 to fill the unexpired term of a trustee who was moving, and now represents one of the fastest growing areas in VVEC’s service territory. District 9 has more than 3,400 members.
He is an agent for State Farm Insurance, recently celebrating 32 years with the company.
He and his wife Diana have lived in Owasso for more than 25 years. They both attended Northeastern State University, and Diana is now a real estate agent. Buddy is an involved and active member of the community.
He and Diana have two daughters and two granddaughters and one grandson.
He encourages the members in his district to contact him if they have questions about their cooperative. He can be reached at 272-5364.