Cooperative Principle #2 is Democratic Member Control: Cooperatives are controlled by their members who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote.
Don Hawk – (Incumbent) Age 69. Hawk has served on the The Energy Cooperative Board since 2006 and is currently Vice Chair. Through extensive training, he has received the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certificates from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For the past 50 years Hawk has been a self-employed farmer who owns and operates Skyline Turkey Farm, Inc. He is a past member of the Knox County Farm Bureau Board; he is the past Chair of the Knox County Agricultural Museum, Secretary of the Knox County Sheep Improvement Committee and also Vice President of the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board. He has served as a Township Trustee, Soil and Water Supervisor, and has been a member of the Ohio Turkey Marketing Board. Hawk is a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, where he is Chair of St. Luke’s Parish Council. He is married to Janet and they have four children; Daniel, Delbert, Joseph, and Shannon. Click here to view Don Hawk’s candidacy video.
John Klauder – (Incumbent) Age 63. Klauder has served on The Energy Cooperative Board since 2005 and is currently Secretary/Treasurer, as well as Chair of the NGO Cooperative and NGO Transmission Boards. Through extensive training, Klauder received the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certificates from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Klauder was born and raised in Licking County. He received a finance degree from Miami University in Ohio and continued with a Masters in International Management from American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Upon graduation he worked for three years in international banking. He later pursued a Masters in Landscape Design and started his own business – John Klauder Associates Landscape and Design Services, Ltd. He is the Past President of the Licking County United Way Board and has been a board member for the Licking Land Trust, Granville Chamber of Commerce, and the Granville Rotary. He is married to Anne and has two children. Click here to view John Klauder’s candidacy video.
Joanne Little – (Incumbent) Age 69. Little has served on The Energy Cooperative Board since 2012. She has earned her Credential Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certificates from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She is a graduate of Utica High School, Columbus Business University, and Central Ohio Technical College. Little was the Treasurer/CFO of Johnstown-Monroe, Newark City, and Olentangy Local Schools. She also worked at Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) and the Licking County Education Service Center. After retirement, she served as Interim Treasurer and Financial Consultant at many central Ohio school districts. She served as President of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, her State professional organization. Little is married to Harry, has three children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Click here to view Joanne Little’s candidacy video.
Jim Young – Age 65. Young currently is the owner and vintner of Sand Hollow Winery and Speakeasy. He has been an Energy Cooperative member for 18 years and lifelong resident of Licking County. His working experience began with his father’s construction company John Young Excavating. Young Environmental Services (YES) a waste hauling and landfill company, Our Town Community Newspaper and 50 Plus magazine have all been part of Young’s extensive work history. Educated in the Newark public school system and The Ohio State University, he believes in lifelong learning and civic involvement. Young has served on many community boards such as Mauger Charitable Trust, Licking County Historical Jail Restoration Board, Licking County Foundation, United Way, and Newark Rotary. Young’s family includes his father and mother, John and Peggy Young (both deceased), his brother Craig Young, sister Tracy Ellington, daughter Ashley Winters, adorable granddaughter Aubrey, and wife Cindy Steen. Click here to view Jim Young’s candidacy video.