Board of Directors
The Sunflower Board of Directors is comprised of two individuals elected by each Member System to serve on the Board. This Board represents a team of professionals from across the service area who possess the leadership skills required for the successful operation of a generation and transmission cooperative.
Wes Campbell, Chairman of the Board
Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Wes has been a member of Wheatland Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors since 1997 and has served as the co-op’s board president since 2011. Beginning in 2015, Wes has been an alternate member of the Board. Wes holds a Bachelor Degree in Personal Administration from the University of Kansas.
Kenny Wehkamp, Vice Chairman of the Board
Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Inc.
Kenny’s cooperative career began at The Victory Electric Cooperative Association in 1997 as a member of the co-op’s Board of directors. Kenny joined the Sunflower Board in 2017.
Paul Seib, Jr., Board Member
Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Paul Seib joined the Sunflower Board in 1979. Paul began his co-op career in 1975 after he was asked by the Lane-Scott manager to represent Ness County. He served as Sunflower’s vice chairman from 1983-1986 and as its president from 1986-1991. Paul previously served as director for the Western Fuels Association and Western Power Producers.
Richard McLeon, Board Member
General Manager, Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Richard McLeon has been part of the electric cooperative community for over 25 years, and has extensive experience in the operations, financial, and general management of distribution, transmission, and generation cooperative utilities. He comes to Dighton from Henderson, Texas where he served as General Manager/CEO of Rusk County Electric Cooperative. Richard holds a Master of Business Administration from Sul Ross State University and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.
Chuck Look, Board Member
Manager, Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Chuck look began his career with Norton-Decatur Electric Cooperative on June 1, 1978, as an apprentice lineman on the maintenance crew in Stockton. In 1980, he was promoted to journeyman lineman and in 1981, he became the lead lineman in the Stockton area. He advanced to area foreman in 1987 and relocated to the Oberlin area. In 1989, he moved back to Stockton as the area foreman. In 1993, he was promoted to staff assistant and moved to Norton. In 2005, he became the assistant manager. In January 2019, he was named CEO of Prairie Land Electric.
Jerry Gallagher, Board Member
Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Jerry Gallagher has been a member of Prairie Land Electric Cooperative since 2007, has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008, and in October 2013 he earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership Certificates from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Jerry is retired from being the Administrator for the Sisters of St. Joseph, a position he held from 1970 to July 2008. He is a life-long resident of Concordia, Kansas and is also involved in farming. Jerry is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has previously served on the Cloud County Health Foundation Board, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Board and Building Committee, and was an administrator for Mount Joseph Board for ten years.
Stephen J. Epperson, Board Member
President and CEO, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Stephen Epperson joined the Sunflower Board in 2011 after he was selected as Pioneer’s general manager. Stephen has more than 17 years of electric cooperative experience, including serving as president and CEO of McDonough Power Cooperative located in Macomb, Illinois from 2006 to 2011. Stephen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ozark Christian College in 1991 and later earned his master’s degree in business administration from Bradley University. Stephen is also a graduate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Management Internship Program.
Martie Floyd, Board Member
Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Martie joined the Sunflower Board in 2019 . Martie Floyd has served as a director for Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. for 20 years, and currently serves as the President of their Board. He lives in Stanton County, Kansas where he operates a farm and ranch, and banking enterprise. Martie serves as a county commissioner for Stanton County.
Shane Laws, Board Member
Manager, Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Inc.
Shane Laws joined the Sunflower Board in October of 2013, after he was selected as Victory’s general manager. Shane has more than 17 years of electric cooperative experience, including serving as director of retail programs with CoServ Electric in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area. Shane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas-Arlington and a master’s degree in business from Texas Woman’s University. He has also completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Management Internship Program.
Frank Joy, Board Member
Western Cooperative Electric Association, Inc.
Frank Joy joined the Sunflower board in 2009. Frank is an active member of the farming community in Ellis county.
Tom Ruth, Board Member
Manager, Western Cooperative Electric Association, Inc.
Tom Ruth’s cooperative career began in 1977 at Grundy Electric Cooperative in Trenton, Missouri. Tom is graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla and a professional engineer, registered in Colorado. Tom has over 40 years experience in the areas of field operations, business operations, construction, safety, communications, and engineering. Prior to Sunflower, Tom served as vice president of distribution services for South Central Indiana REMC. Tom joined the Sunflower board in April of 2018.
Bruce Mueller, Board Member
Manager, Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bruce Mueller joined the Sunflower Board in February of 2012 after he was selected as Wheatland’s general manager. Bruce began his cooperative career at San Bernard Electric Coop, Inc., in Bellville, Texas. Bruce worked 18 years at Central Power and Light Company and its parent company Central and Southwest, Inc., now American Electric Power. Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Texas State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston-Victoria.