Board & Bylaws

For over 80 years, Connexus Energy has been owned and governed by members like you. The Connexus Energy Board of Directors is elected by the members to provide oversight of the electric cooperative. The board is governed by the cooperative’s bylaws, which are adopted by the membership. They establish rates, set the cooperative’s goals and strategic direction, provide financial oversight, and act as the policy-making body of Connexus Energy.

The cooperative’s director elections take place in conjunction with our annual meeting of the membership which will be held on April 22 in 2021. Members who are interested in receiving information on next year’s director election please contact Tamara Gregory at tamara.gregory@connexusenergy.com (763.323.2835) or Kim Vredenburg at kim.vredenburg@connexusenergy.com (763.323.2721). Below are a few details to help you with this process:

  • Members eligible to be director candidates in 2021 must live in their primary residence located in director district 1, 3, or 4 and must meet the director candidate qualifications in the cooperative’s bylaws. Contact Tamara or Kim to find out if you are located in one of these districts which will have a director seat up for election next year.
  • Review the candidate information summary regarding our board of directors and the cooperative.
  • Members interested in applying to be a candidate in 2021 are welcome to set an appointment time for January 20 to meet with CEO Greg Ridderbusch and Manager of Executive Services Tamara Gregory to answer any additional questions you have regarding the election, serving on the board, or the cooperative. (Schedule these appointments through kim.vredenburg@connexusenergy.com)
  • Director candidate applications are due by January 29 by 5:00 p.m.
  • A selection committee of independent Connexus Energy members will interview members who have applied to be candidates on a date to be set for mid-February.
  • The selection committee will make their nominations following the interview date and members who have applied with be notified about the following processes for the election.

To contact a director regarding board-related matters, email info.boardofdirectors@connexusenergy.com.

Your Board at work for you, our members

During the past year, your board has been reviewing, discussing, and taking action on many topics to continue to keep our cooperative strong and planning for our future. Below are some of those items. (For further details, the meeting minutes are also available in your member portal.)

  • Program rates, guidelines, and business practices
  • Wholesale power costs
  • Cooperative’s solar and battery storage current production and plans for future
  • Audit of 2019 financial statements, selecting 2020 auditor, approving 2021 financial plan
  • Cash Back allocation to members (capital credits)
  • The Connexus Energy Foundation
  • Governance self-assessment process
  • Reports on a wide range of cooperative items:
    • J.D. Power Electric Residential Customer Satisfaction Study
    • Safety, power reliability, and service quality
    • Identity theft protection program
    • Cyber security testing results
    • Insurance summaries on property, liability, vehicle, cyber
    • Employee benefit programs


Current Board of Directors

District 1

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Michael Cady, Director

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Mark Ethen, Vice Chair

District 2

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Donald Holl, Director

District_2_Peter_Wojciechowski_Board_Chair

Peter Wojciechowski, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

District 3

District_3_Fran_Bator_Secrectary/Treasurer

Fran Bator, Chair

District_3_Shelly_Peterson_Director

Shelly Peterson, Director

District 4

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Kenneth Fiereck, Director

District_4_Gordon_Westerlind_Assistant_Secretary/Treasurer

Gordon Westerlind, Secretary/Treasurer


Director District Map

The Connexus Energy service territory is divided into four director districts, with two director seats in each district. The district bylaws are designed as stipulated in the cooperative’s bylaws (Article III, Section 2(a), page 5).

Director District Map


Board Meetings

NOTICE: Due to COVID19, at this time, Board meetings will be open to directors, essential management, and legal counsel only.

The 2021 regular and special meetings of the Connexus Energy Board of Directors will be held on the following days, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Connexus Energy, unless otherwise noted, as of January 4, 2021:

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 26
  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 22
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 7 (Executive Session-Proprietary)
  • December 16

Meeting dates are subject to change by the Board of Directors, based on scheduling circumstances.

We ask that members interested in attending a Board meeting contact the office of the President/CEO at 763.323.2721 at least one week prior to the meeting, for potential scheduling changes and seating coordination. (Board Policy 1-16)
Board meeting information is available by logging in to your Connexus Energy account, and viewing your User Profile.

Members who wish to present an agenda item regarding cooperative business shall complete and submit a request form at least two weeks prior to the meeting for consideration of the Board Executive Committee. Email the completed request form to info.boardofdirectors@connexusenergy.com. If approved, members will be notified of their agenda time prior to the meeting date. Any written or demonstrative materials for the meeting must be submitted two days prior to the meeting.


Bylaws

The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Connexus Energy provide the framework for governance and conducting business, with information on membership, board of directors elections, Cash Back, and more.

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws