Associated Electric Board of Directors

Associated Electric Cooperative’s board of directors meets monthly with the executive team to review, discuss and approve issues. The board determines the strategic direction for Associated, tests the cooperative's business strategy, approves key investment decisions and sets the wholesale power supply rate to ensure Associated meets its financial responsibilities and stays focused on its member-driven mission.

Emery O. Geisendorfer, President

Emery O. Geisendorfer


Geisendorfer joined Associated Electric’s board of directors in spring 2004 following his election as president of Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative. He has served on Northeast’s board since 1996, including holding the office of vice president, and on the board of his local cooperative, Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative, since 1994, holding the office of president since 2001.

Geisendorfer co-owns and operates a cattle farm and is actively involved in his industry, serving with the Missouri Beef Industry Council and the Missouri Farm Bureau, and in his community through church and civic organizations.

Vice president, John B. Killgore

John B. Killgore

Vice president

A lifetime farmer in northwest Missouri, Killgore has served on the board of his distribution cooperative, United Electric Cooperative, since 1986. He has represented United on the board of NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc. since 2001. NW Electric elected him to serve on the board of Associated Electric in June 2009, and he currently serves as vice president.

Killgore and his family run Killgore Farms Inc., a 1,000-acre operation in Stewartsville, Mo., that includes row crops, cattle and hogs. He is active in his community and church and has served on the local school board, booster club and currently serves on the Clinton County R-3 Educational Foundation.

Treasurer, T.E. "Jake" Fisher

T.E. "Jake" Fisher


Fisher joined Associated Electric’s board in June 2010, when he also was elected to serve as treasurer. He brings decades of experience with his local cooperative, Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative in Hayti, Mo., and has served since 1996 on the board of M&A Electric Power Cooperative, which he represents on Associated Electric’s board.

Fisher is the retired superintendent of the University of Missouri agricultural research center in southeast Missouri, which was renamed the T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta Research Center in September 2011 to honor Fisher’s 50 years of achievement with the center.

John E. Hibdon, Director

John E. Hibdon


Hibdon joined Associated Electric Cooperative’s board Nov. 8, 2016, bringing nearly 20 years of cooperative service, accounting and business experience.

Elected in 1997 to the board of his local cooperative, Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative in Collinsville, Okla., Hibdon was appointed to KAMO Power’s board of trustees in 2009 and currently serves as its secretary-treasurer.

Hibdon graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in business administration and a major in accounting.  He opened his insurance agency in 1981, and in 1985 became a certified public accountant and added income tax and bookkeeping services.

Douglas H. Aeilts, AECI director

Douglas H. Aeilts


General manager, Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative

Aeilts joined Associated Electric's board in 2004 after becoming general manager of Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative in Palmyra, Mo. Previously, he worked for Adams Electric Cooperative in Camp Point, Ill. He joined that cooperative in 1981 as an energy counselor, eventually becoming general manager in 1994 and serving 10 years in that position.

Aeilts holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois and is a licensed professional engineer.


J. Chris Cariker, AECI director

J. Chris Cariker


Executive vice president and CEO, KAMO Power

Cariker started his cooperative career with Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative Inc., a distribution cooperative in Stigler, Okla., where he served 14 years as Cookson's general manager. He became KAMO Power's executive vice president in 1996, when he also joined Associated Electric's board of directors.

KAMO is the largest generation and transmission cooperative in the three-tiered system in which Associated Electric operates, serving 17 distribution cooperatives in southwest Missouri and northeast Oklahoma.

AECI director, Thomas W. Howard

Thomas W. Howard


CEO and general manager, Callaway Electric Cooperative

Howard, CEO and general manager of Callaway Electric Cooperative, is a director on the board of Central Electric Power Cooperative, which elected him to represent the G&T on Associated Electric Cooperative’s board in June 2009.

Howard began his cooperative career in March 1984 with Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, where he worked before taking the job of member services director in June 1985 at Callaway Electric Cooperative. In May 1996, he was named the cooperative’s general manager. Howard also serves on the board of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization and agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


David L. McDowell, AECI director

David L. McDowell


CEO and general manager, NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc.

McDowell was named CEO of NW Electric Power Cooperative in fall 2014 and joined Associated's board of directors in November 2014.

He has 21 years of diverse utility management and business operations experience. McDowell joined NW Electric Power Cooperative in 1998 and served as its director of operations. Since, he has worked closely with NW's distribution cooperative owners, other G&Ts, Associated, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives. He holds degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, a master's degree in business administration and is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri.

John T. Richards, AECI director

John T. Richards


General manager, Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative

Richards joined Associated Electric's board of directors in February 2016, bringing more than 40 years of experience in the three-tiered system of member cooperatives.


Richards, who was named Sho-Me's general manager in January 2016, served as Sho-Me's chief financial officer 36 years, joining the G&T in 1975 as an accountant after working in accounting for another member G&T, KAMO Power.


Richards studied at Missouri Southern State College and the University of Tulsa to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration, then earned his Master of Business Administration from Drury University. He is a past president of the G&T Accounting & Finance Association and was a member of the Missouri Electric Cooperative Employee’s Credit Union Board of Directors for more than 25 years.

Dan A. Singletary, AECI director

Dan A. Singletary


CEO and general manager, Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative Inc.

Singletary has been the CEO and general manager of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative Inc. since 1994, when he also joined the board of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative. He was elected to Associated Electric’s board in October 2008.

Singletary also serves on the boards of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the Missouri Electric Cooperatives Insurance Plan. He is actively involved in his community as a member of various civic organizations, including the board of the West Plains Economic Development Corp., the advisory committee of the Ozarks Medical Center and as president of the Ozarks Development Corp. Marketing and Development Committee.

Singletary earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer science from the School of the Ozarks (now the College of the Ozarks), where he also played varsity baseball on scholarship.

Daryl R. Sorrell, AECI director

Daryl R. Sorrell


General manager, M&A Electric Power Cooperative

Sorrell joined Associated Electric’s board of directors in January 2012 after being named general manager of M&A Electric Power Cooperative. Sorrell, who was born and raised in Doniphan, was the cooperative’s manager of finance before being named general manager.

He is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) where he received a degree in accounting. A certified public accountant, he has more than 20 years’ experience in various finance and managerial positions. He joined M&A Electric as general accountant in 2006.

Christopher M. Turner, AECI director

Christopher M. Turner


CEO and general manager, Central Electric Power Cooperative

Turner joined Central Electric Power Cooperative in July 2015, bringing 32 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including various leadership positions in transmission and distribution construction, energy trading, bulk power operations, resource planning and compliance with national reliability standards. Just prior to joining Central Electric, Turner was CEO of the Southwestern Power Administration.


He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel, a master's degree in business administration from Georgia State and is a licensed professional engineer.


Diverse skills, experience and dedication comprise our executive team.