Seven members comprise the Northfork Electric Cooperative Inc. Board of Trustees. Each trustee represents a specific district. Additionally, certain members also occupy specific board office positions.
DISTRICT 1 TRUSTEE
Bandy Silk joined the Northfork Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees in 2018. Mr. Silk graduated from Sayre High School in the year 2000. He then attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and obtained an associate’s degree in business. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University, earning a degree in agriculture with a specialization in leadership and service. After graduating from OSU in 2004, Mr. Silk returned to Beckham County and began farming in the Delhi community, where he grows peanuts and cotton. He also maintains a cattle operation. In addition to serving the Northfork Board of Trustees, Mr. Silk is an active member of the Delhi Volunteer Fire Department, serving as fire chief. He also serves as president of the Sayre School Board and is a member of the Sayre Education Foundation. Mr. Silk and his wife, Amy, have four daughters: Jodi, Bella, Beth and Bleu.
DISTRICT 2 TRUSTEE
Larry Smith joined the Northfork Electric Cooperative Board in June of 1997. After graduating from high school in 1972, Larry became an entrepreneur. Today, he lives southwest of Cheyenne where he farms and manages his ranch. In addition to his services for Northfork Electric, Larry is a member of the Cheyenne Education Foundation. Members can appreciate how Larry represents NFEC and himself outside of the cooperative. An avid team roper, he displays good sportsmanship and the willingness to help others succeed. Larry and his wife, Radonna, have two sons, Shawn and Jarred, and a daughter, Leisha. The couple enjoys spoiling and spending time with their single grandchild.
DISTRICT 3 TRUSTEE
Jimmy Taylor joined NFEC’s board of trustees in 1986. Jimmy currently serves as the board’s president. A high school graduate of the class of 1973, Jimmy continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. The Taylor family lives north of Elk City, where Jimmy owns and operates his cattle ranch. He is an active member of the Beckham County Excise Board, the Farm Bureau, the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association, the American Angus Association and the Masonic Lodge. One of Jimmy’s biggest hobbies is finding and collecting sports and Western memorabilia with his wife, Tracy. The couple has three children: Joel, Jillian and Jason. Jimmy provides strong leadership for the board and shows great concern about the opinions of every Northfork member. “I consider it a privilege to serve the membership of Northfork Electric Cooperative. Please contact me anytime if you have questions or comments concerning the cooperative,” he said.
DISTRICT 4 TRUSTEE
A board member since 1984, Ransom Snowden currently serves as the board’s secretary-treasurer. Ransom graduated from high school in 1963 and chose to make Erick his home with his wife, Retta. A farmer and rancher, Ransom also is a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Erick. He is a man of many interests who enjoys traveling, golfing, sudoku, cryptoquote and crossword puzzles. Ransom and Retta have four grown children, Leah, Stacey, Chad and Tyler, and 10 grandchildren to keep track of. Ransom is a well-respected board member who understands the responsibility that he has been given. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve on a good, progressive board of an organization with exceptional employees,” he said.
DISTRICT 5 TRUSTEE
Brent Meador joined the Northfork Electric Cooperative Board in 2016. After graduating from high school in 1996, Brent furthered his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He later returned to the Elk City-Merritt communities and established Meador Angus Farms. Currently, Brent serves as the Executive Vice President of First National Bank in Elk City. In addition to his Northfork Electric board duties, Brent is an active member of Kiwanis Club, the Beckham County Excise Board, the American Angus Association and the Elk City Education Foundation, where he currently serves as president. Brent loves spending time with his wife, Kassie, and their children, Jill and Austin. When he’s not following his kids to their activities and events, Brent enjoys raising registered Angus cattle. The District 5 trustee takes his role seriously in serving the membership. “I am very honored to serve the membership of Northfork Electric. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or comments concerning the cooperative,” Meador said.
DISTRICT 6 TRUSTEE
A well-known board member in the community, Chris Mackey was elected to serve Northfork Electric Cooperative in 1988. Chris is a graduate of Sayre High School and a lifelong resident of the community where he has a cattle operation and does independent consulting. A devoted member of the board, Chris also has memberships in the National Rifle Association, SCI, NEBA and the Great Plains RC&D Association. Chris enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren and making time for the outdoors. He looks forward to most every hunting season and loves to spend the day fishing local ponds and lakes. With all of his Northfork Electric Cooperative board member duties and other responsibilities, Chris still manages to find the time to help others when asked. Along with his wife, Peggy, the couple has six children: Clay, Artie Lee, Austun, Travis, Trent and Todd.
DISTRICT 7 TRUSTEE
Charles Hickey was elected to the NFEC board in 1983. He serves as the board’s vice president. After Charles graduated from high school in 1965, he attended Panhandle State University where he received his bachelor’s degree. Now a resident of Reydon, Charles works as a cattle broker in the area. Along with his Northfork Electric board duties, Charles serves as Northfork’s representative on the Western Farmers Electric Cooperative board of trustees. He is also the chairman of the Bidding and Procurement Committee of the same organization. Charles is a member of the NRA and serves as a deacon at Trinity Fellowship in Sayre. When he is not fulfilling his board duties, Charles will often be found spending time with his beautiful wife, Debbie, and their family. The couple has four sons, Brandon, Justin, Carson, and Travis, and one daughter, Shona. Five grandchildren complete the Hickey family. Members who get the chance to meet Charles personally will be encouraged by his strong faith and optimism. “Electricity is such an important asset to western Oklahoma. We are so blessed to have these services. The next best thing to having Christ in your heart is to have electricity in your homes,” he says.