2016 Director Election Results Announced
Three directors-elect to be seated following 2016 Annual Meeting on August 20
Meet Your New Directors
District 1 - John Lord, Leslie
John Lord, now retired, sold furniture to schools and universities for over 10 years. Previously, he worked at AT&T as an account service administrator and project manager for General Motors and the State of Michigan. His family includes his wife, Ellen, three children, 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren (and two more on the way).
A member of the co-op since 1989, John’s involvement with Tri-County Electric started in 1948 when his parents, Dr. George and Caryle Lord, bought the Speedway Fruit Farm on M-50 between Charlotte and Eaton Rapids.
He and his brothers attended the one-room Perkey School through 8th grade. John graduated from Charlotte High School in 1965, then earned a BS in Psychology from MSU in 1969.
John’s community activities include membership in Mason First United Methodist Church and serving as a sixth-grade grandparent-mentor at Mason Middle School since 2000.
John has been a member of the Dimondale Lions Club for nearly 30 years, and is currently serving his third term as president. In 2007 he was honored by the club after 17 years of coordinating their blood drives. As a donor to the American Red Cross himself, he has given over 300 pints of blood and platelets.
“My involvement in industry with large customers; volunteering with Girl Scouts and the Lions, and at the middle school; as well as attending district meetings and serving as district chairman for several years, have all prepared me for the duties and responsibilities of the board. I've had a lot of experience in business and non-profits and can promise I'll do the very best job I know how.”
District 5 - Corinna Batora, Elsie
Corinna A. Batora is a policy and training analyst for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She and her husband, Tom, have been married 23 years and they have a 14 year-old-son.
A member of HomeWorks since 1998, Corinna says the Batora family has been members of the cooperative since power came to the Bannister area. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Michigan State, and is a 2012 graduate of the Michigan Department of Human Services Leadership Academy.
Corinna has been active in both the community and local schools for many years, including as a Family Farm and Home volunteer, a former board member for the Paine Gillam Scott Museum, on the St. Johns Downtown Management Board, and the school parent teacher organization.
While owning and operating The Classic Bed and Breakfast in St. Johns for eight years, she also served on the board of the Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. She was also a board member for the Michigan Family Support Council.
“This is my fourth year as the Secretary for District 5. In my current role as secretary I have participated in both board and district meetings; and encouraged Tri-County to implement texting and other electronic communications for our members. I am committed to the continued success of our cooperative, and will diligently work with the board and our great staff to meet our future challenges!”
District 7 - Shirley Sprague, Barryton
Shirley Sprague has owned and operated the Perennial Patch nursery in Barryton for the past 31 years. She has been Sheridan Township treasurer for 14 years. Her family includes her husband, Eldon, and their four sons.
A member of HomeWorks since 1979, she is a graduate of Chippewa Hills High School, and has participated in educational courses for various township board positions, including board of review, election boards, and treasurer.
Shirley has served Sheridan Township since 1994, on the board of review and election boards, before becoming treasurer. In addition to serving the community through her township work, her community activities include years of volunteer work for the Chippewa Hills School District. Duties at the school ranged from tutoring to managing Reading Is Fundamental and other programs. She has been a community program volunteer, done fundraising work, and income tax preparation for the AARP program.
“My life experiences have prepared me to be an effective public official. I feel a responsibility to those I serve to be informed, dependable and accountable. Throughout my career, I have worked diligently to see projects through and provide meaningful solutions.”