Janet Jackson, director of marketing and member services for Sanford-based cooperative Central Electric and Lisa Crawley, communications specialist for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives based in Raleigh, recently joined the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Council of North Carolina, a cooperative organization aimed at bringing the state’s co-ops together to connect, educate and promote the success of all cooperatives. Richard Campbell, chief communications officer for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, was also voted onto the board.
The board elections were held at the Cooperative Council’s annual business meeting, which took place in Raleigh on March 27 and 28 and focused on “Planting Seeds, Reaping Harvest” through a range of cooperative programs.
Annual meeting attendees also received a legislative update and participated in a General Assembly breakfast aimed at educating state legislators about the mission and importance of cooperative businesses. Other highlights included remarks by guest speaker Doug O’Brien, president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, the primary U.S. voice for people who use cooperatives to build a better world, and a closing address by Tom Laing, VP of Research and Member Insights for TSE Services, a cooperatively owned market research organization founded by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.
The Cooperative Council’s board of directors is comprised of leaders representing various cooperatives and organizations from its membership. The board meets quarterly to help the council’s executive director, Emily Nail, maintain operations and make business decisions.