Cherries

Co-op Governance

Cooperatives are member-owned and member-governed. You elect our Board of Directors and they manage the business affairs of our cooperative.

Director Duties & Responsibilities

The board of directors is the governing body of the co-op and is responsible for establishing policies, providing strategic direction, hiring and evaluating the general manager, providing for a plan of succession, and overseeing all major corporate decisions. It has a fiduciary responsibility to represent the members of the co-op as provided for in state law and our bylaws. To accomplish this, the board must structure itself so that it has the knowledge and skills to carry out its duties in a manner that is efficient and cost-effective.

Meet Your Board of Directors

Tom Van Pelt

Tom Van Pelt

Dave Schweitzer

David Schweitzer

Director at Large
Senior Vice President
(231) 883-5860
dschweitzer@cherrylandelectric.coop

Gabe Schneider

Gabe Schneider

Grand Traverse/Kalkaska
Secretary
(517) 449-6453
gschneider@cherrylandelectric.coop

Melinda Lautner

Melinda Lautner

Terry Lautner

Terry Lautner

John Olson

John Olson

Jon Zickert

Jon Zickert

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

Board Elections

Every spring, you have the opportunity to vote in our board of directors election; perhaps you’re considering running in it! Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more about our elections.

The voting period for the board election begins May 1 and runs through our Annual Meeting in June. During the Annual Meeting, the Election and Credentials Committee performs the final vote tally and the winners are announced.

You can vote in one of three ways: online, by mail, or in-person. In-person voting occurs only at the co-op’s Annual Meeting. Voting instructions are sent to members in May.

The nominating period is the first day of March through 4pm on the last business day of March. All nominees must meet the director qualifications set forth by the Cherryland bylaws. Cherryland’s membership elects directors to serve three-year terms. Download a petition packet to learn more.

You can take a look at last year’s board election results here.

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View the board president's annual message, co-op financial report, director information and compensation, candidate profiles, and more.
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