Notice of 2024 Annual Meeting

Every year, SMECO conducts its members’ meeting for the purpose of electing directors and voting on bylaw changes. As a member, you have the right to vote.

Voting

In accordance with SMECO’s bylaws, there will be no on-site voting at the annual meeting.

  • Please complete the enclosed ballot or vote online.
  • Vote for candidates in all counties.
  • Return your ballot using the enclosed postage-paid envelope.
  • Online and mail-in ballots must be received by August 14.
  • Voting results will be announced at the meeting.
ballot box

Thirty prize winners will be selected at random from among the submitted ballots between July 25 and August 7. If you are one of the lucky winners, SMECO will credit $50 to your electric bill. Submit your ballot early so you will have more chances to win.

Any member who has questions or comments is encouraged to contact SMECO at any time. Just send an email from our website or call 1-888-440-3311.

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About SMECO’s Annual Meeting

An electric cooperative is shaped by the communities it serves.

SMECO has 15 directors, and every year five directors are elected to three-year terms. SMECO members—that’s you—elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors.

The annual meeting ballot also includes proposed amendments to SMECO’s bylaws. Bylaws govern the way an electric cooperative does business.

SMECO directors are part of the community.

SMECO’s Board of Directors meets every month to oversee the operations of
the cooperative.

Directors are SMECO members like you, and they come from all walks of life.

Directors attend training sessions provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which serves about 900 electric cooperatives nationwide. Through NRECA, electric cooperatives across the country have built a strong network of like-minded organizations that put their members first.

Election of Directors

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 4.03 of the bylaws, the Nominating Committee has nominated the following candidates, unless otherwise noted, for election to the Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Along with biographical information, each candidate’s response to the following is included:

“Please explain why you want to serve on the SMECO Board and what knowledge, expertise, or skills you would bring to the Board.”

Calvert/Anne Arundel counties (One seat open)

Susan Hance-Wells

Susan Hance-Wells, Prince Frederick
  • SMECO Board member since 2021; Chairman, Capital Projects Committee; SMECO member since 1978; lifelong resident of Calvert County
  • Current Chairman, Calvert County Board of Appeals
  • Past Chair, Calvert County Farm Bureau
  • Past Chair, Calvert County Agricultural Land Preservation Board
  • Past member, Calvert County Planning Commission
  • Past member, Colonial Farm Credit Board
  • Past member, Southern States Coop Corporate Board in Richmond
  • Past 4H Calvert County Livestock Club Leader
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, University of Delaware

I have served at your pleasure on the SMECO board for 4 years and have recently been appointed the Chair of the Capital Projects committee. Completing many hours of NRECA training courses has made me better prepared to represent you. Serving on the budget committee for Southern States Coop and managing our 2 farm businesses has given me skills to make sound business decisions. I believe in the cooperative principles and that members come first.

Ronald Nahas

Ronald Nahas, Huntingtown
  • Leadership Edge—Consultant/trainer for Effective Motivational Management Programs and Executive Development
  • Broker and owner, Resource Networking, LLC; licensed Real Estate Broker in Maryland for over 27 years
  • Disaster Reservist and Logistics Management Section Chief (19 years), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where I supervised the logistics sections for many national disasters
  • Chief Election Judge (more than 20 years), Calvert County Board of Elections
  • Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrews Federal Credit Union, a fast, progressive financial institution with over 20 offices in the U.S. and Germany and a staff of over 300 people
  • Life member, past President, and past treasurer, Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (36 years); member, Calvert County Fireman’s Hall of Fame
  • Charter member and past Grand Knight, Jesus the Divine Word Council #14775; charter member and Faithful Navigator, Fourth Degree Lord Baltimore Assembly of the Knights of Columbus
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Adelphi University, New York; Maryland Real Estate Broker License
  • SMECO member for over 35 years

I believe that SMECO is a vital part of the Southern Maryland “Community” and would like to help it continue its strong leadership, growth, and structure.

Terry W. Schroepfer

Terry W. Schroepfer, Solomons
  • Civil engineer, private practice; licensed civil engineer in Maryland and California
  • Owner and President, W3i Engineering
  • Member, Board of Directors, Quad Engineering, a private firm; former Executive Vice President, Quad Engineering, 18 years
  • Past President, Rotary Club; past Chair, Government Review Council, Bakersfield, California
  • Life member, American Society of Civil Engineers and Water Environment Federation; member, American Chestnut Land Trust; member, Solomons Civic Association; member, Southern Maryland Sailing Association
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkel cience, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

The SMECO service area will see change in electric service as we transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles. This will require upgrades in electric infrastructure and rate changes. I bring a combination of technical expertise and an understanding of the issues and challenges that will occur as the Board guides the SMECO staff. I have prior experience in FERC applications and feasibility studies for small hydro. As a civil engineering consultant for over 45 years, I have experience in coordinating power service for major industrial and municipal projects such as wastewater facilities, food plants, and federal and local detention facilities. My career focuses on infrastructure design and managing large projects. I understand people, power production, distribution, and the challenge of matching power and usage patterns with fair rates. As a homeowner, I have solar PV. I can balance the ratepayer needs with SMECO needs.

Timothy P. Twigg

Timothy P. Twigg, Prince Frederick
  • Quality engineer supporting the Missile Defense Agency in Dahlgren, Virginia
  • Secretary, and past President and Vice President, Leonardtown Lions Club Charitable Trust
  • Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University; Master of Science, Engineering Sciences Management, Florida Tech; Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Florida Tech; JD (Attorney), University of Baltimore; graduate, U.S. Navy Test Pilot School

I believe my past career as a flight test engineer and graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School coupled with my current position as a quality engineer provide me the technical skill set, with an emphasis on safety, to make decisions regarding the transmission of power and the associated hazards. My background as an attorney provides me the background to understand and evaluate legal issues as they relate to regulatory, property, and personnel issues. My positions as several of the offices in the Leonardtown Lions Club and Charitable Trust provide the background to understand the operations of a governance form of management. As a landlord, I understand the issues associated with operating in a highly regulated industry to include collecting obligations and the legal means to fairly enforce those obligations. I look forward to supporting the community and keeping SMECO a top tier electric cooperative.

Charles County (Two seats open)

Kenneth W. Cross

Kenneth W. Cross, La Plata
  • SMECO Board member since 2021; member, Committee on Strategy and Innovation; member, Policy, Audit, and Budget Committee, memb Public Relations Committee; SMECO member since 1989

  • Completed NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Program, September 2022; completed NRECA Board Leadership Program, July 2023

  • U.S. Navy—USNR Vietnam Veteran (USS Providence Flagship U.S. Seventh Fleet, 1963–1964, Vietnam)

  • President and Co-Founder, Cross and Wood and Associates, Inc., 1994–2016; District Manager, Peoples Life Insurance Co.,1986–1993

  • U.S. Census Bureau Enumerator 2020

  • Member, American Legion Post 82, La Plata; member, The Jude House Board, 2010–present; member, Charles County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee

  • Past President, Center For Children Board; past President, Alternatives for Youth and Family Board
  • The American College of Life Underwriters, Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU, September, 1975

I have served on many community boards and I provide my real-life knowledge and experience in unity with the other members of the SMECO Board to provide sound governance in our shared mission to put members first by delivering safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity. As a Board member, I am also a SMECO member, and I celebrate and support the proactive work done by the cooperative’s management team and employees.

Edward Holland

Edward Holland, Waldorf, nomination by petition
  • State Legislative/Veteran Director, NARFE MD (tax relief agenda); D.C. State Legislative/Veterans Committee Chair, FOP
  • Director, publicity, 2024 Juneteenth, Calvert County NAACP; Chair, Military-Veteran-Public Safety Subcommittee, Charles County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Commissioner, Charles County Board of Fire and Rescue (eight years); past Chair, Parish Council, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Charles County (five years); past Chair, VFW District 1 Awards, St. Mary’s County (three years); past Faithful Navigator, St. Thomas Manor Assembly #382, KofC; past 2nd Vice Commander, 1st MD Regt, KSJI
  • Export Enforcement Manager, BIS—Oversaw day-to-day activities of a field office covering nine states. Served as a deputy director of Homeland Security’s E2C2; former Marine Corps Platoon Sergeant—Iraq
  • Member, Leg Committee, Rural MD Council; member, League of Women Voters of Calvert County; member, American Legion #274, Calvert County; founder and senior Vice Commander VFW Post #7461, Prince George’s County
  • Law Enforcement Supervisor Leadership Program, FLETC, Georgia; College of Southern Maryland
  • SMECO Nominating Committee Member since 2013; SMECO member since 1993

I appreciate the over 50 years of service of Kenneth Dyson. I will work with the Board, the CEO, and ratepayers to ensure that SMECO is able to keep its commitment to members. With mandates from Annapolis that we go from 50% renewal energy to a higher goal, I want to ensure that our members stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

St. Mary’s County (Two seats open)

Walter Rayner Blair III

Walter Rayner Blair III, Lexington Park
  • SMECO Board member since 1999; current Chairman, SMECO Board; member, Capital Projects Committee; member, Committee on Strategy and Innovation
  • Self employed
  • President, Southern Maryland Boat Club
  • Past Director, Cedar Lane Senior Living Community, 2013–2018
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland

I have been a board member since 1999. I am committed to our community and to the SMECO mission. I feel I bring value to the board through my experience and knowledge of business.

William R. Cullins III

William R. Cullins III, Clements
  • SMECO Board member since 2010; Chairman, Personnel and Benefits Committee; member, Capital Projects Committee; member, Committee on Strategy and Innovation; SMECO member since 1983
  • President and co-owner, Cullins Trucking, Inc.; Vice President and co-owner, Wicomico Grain Elevator; co-owner and operator, Mount Chance Farm (state designated Century Farm)
  • Past member and Chairman, St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board;member and past President, 7th District Optimist Club; past member, 7th District Volunteer Fire Department; member, St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau; member, St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce; volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International: Dominican Republic, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Thailand
  • St. Mary’s Ryken High School; Charles County Community College

As a Board member, local business owner, and life-long resident of Southern Maryland, I am driven by and dedicated to the community we serve—and to the future of Southern Maryland. With several generations of family roots in this community, I have a shared interest in keeping the lights on, protecting our existing infrastructure, and keeping an eye toward the future-forward changes that are ahead of us.

 

Our customers are the owners of the co-op, and in addition to servicing issues, we take very seriously our responsibility to research and implement the best technologies and practices that will prove beneficial and cost-effective to our stakeholders. A co-op doesn’t just turn the lights on, we care. Much like a big family, we are here to listen and speak to the needs of our neighbors.

As your neighbor, I bring my experience as a business owner—with daily work crossing into all four counties, my perspectives shaped by civic roles and service projects both local and international, and a genuine dedication to serving and supporting the people of Southern Maryland.