Board Room

The leadership team at Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. and Buckeye Power, Inc. have decades of rich experience working in the power-generation and utilities industry. The team at Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. and Buckeye Power, Inc. work on behalf of of Ohio's 24 distribution-cooperatives that power homes and businesses across the state. Together we are Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. 

Patrick O'Loughlin

Patrick O'Loughlin

Patrick O'Loughlin

President & CEO

Since 2002, O’Loughlin has served OEC and Buckeye Power through several roles, including vice president of engineering and power supply, and since 2015, as president and CEO. Pat also worked for Dayton Power & Light for 19 years in various management positions.

William Roberts

William Roberts

William Roberts

Vice President, Finance/CFO

Since 2009, Roberts has worked as the vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Buckeye Power, Inc., and OEC. Prior to joining the OEC team, Bill was employed for more than 17 years in various financial positions at a publicly held company.

Douglas Miller

Douglas Miller

Douglas Miller

Vice President, Statewide Services

Miller has been part of the utility industry for 30 years. On behalf of Ohio’s electric cooperatives, Doug oversees safety training and loss prevention, lineman development training, legislative and government affairs, marketing, economic development, communications, and director and employee training.

Thomas Alban

Thomas Alban

Thomas Alban

Vice President, Power Generation

Alban has served Buckeye Power since 2004 by managing the operations and assets of its power generation resources as well as its generation reliability environmental compliance. Before joining Buckeye Power, Alban worked for AEP for 17 years in various fossil generation roles.

Craig Grooms

Craig Grooms

Craig Grooms

Vice President, Engineering & Operations

Grooms has been with Buckeye Power, Inc., since 2004 serving in multiple roles, including as vice president of engineering and operations, and director of resource scheduling. Prior to joining Buckeye Power, Craig worked for NRG Energy and Dayton Power & Light in a variety of positions.

Kurt Helfrich

Kurt Helfrich

Kurt Helfrich

General Counsel

Helfrich has served as the general counsel of Buckeye Power, Inc. and OEC since 2018. Kurt served as a partner and associate at Thompson Hine, LLP, for 20 years, acting as outside general counsel for both Buckeye and OEC.

Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. and Buckeye Power, Inc. are democratic organizations governed by members of each organization. Per our bylaws and adhering to cooperative principles, local electric cooperative boards elect one director to represent their cooperative on each board. For more information on each of Ohio's electric cooperatives, visit our cooperative page

Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. Board of Directors

Buckeye Power, Inc. Board of Trustees

Chairman - Paul Berridge, Buckeye 
Vice Chairman - Dr. John Saxton, Paulding Putnam 
Secretary-Treasurer - Mitch Headley, North Western
Adams REC* - Donald McCarty 
Butler REC - Thomas McQuiston 
Carroll EC* - Robert McCort
Consolidated Co-op - Larry Roof
Darke REC - Matt Webster
Firelands EC - Kevin Reidy
Frontier Power - Bill Daugherty
Guernsey-Muskingum EC - Ed Bay
Hancock-Wood EC - Ed Crawford 
Holmes-Wayne EC - Barry Jolliff
Licking (Energy Co-op) - Jack Schmidt
Logan County EC - Warren Taylor
Lorain-Medina REC - James R. McConnell 
Mid-Ohio Energy - Gene McCluer
Midwest Electric - Roger Rank
North Central EC - Nick W. Wagner
Pioneer EC - Ted Black 
South Central Power - Harold E. Cooper
Tricounty REC - Kenneth Brubaker
Union REC - Steve Patton
Washington EC - Betty Martin

Chairman - Steven K. Nelson, Frontier 
Vice Chairman - John Metcalf, Mid-Ohio Energy
Secretary - Rick Lemonds, South Central
Treasurer - Todd Ware, Licking
Adams REC* - William (Bill) Swango
Buckeye REC - C. Tonda Meadows
Butler REC - Tom Wolfenbarger
Carroll EC* - Larry Fenbers
Consolidated Co-op - Phil Caskey
Darke REC - Ted A. Holsapple
Firelands EC - Daniel McNaull
Guernsey-Muskingum EC - Brian Hill
Hancock-Wood EC - Bill Barnhart
Holmes-Wayne EC - Glenn Miller
Logan County EC - Joe Waltz
Lorain-Medina REC - Gary Rowland
Midwest Electric - Gary Knapke
Midwest Energy - Dan Bodette
North Central EC - Ed VanHoose
North Western EC - Darin Thorp
Paulding Putnam EC - George Carter
Pioneer EC - Ronald P. Salyer
Tricounty REC - Brett Perkins
Union REC - Anthony Smith
Washington EC - Jeff Triplett

*As listed above, "EC" represents "Electric Cooperative" and "REC" represents "Rural Electric Cooperative"