Powder River Energy has ten Directors, two from each of the five Wyoming counties we serve – Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston.
Powder River Energy Corporation is a co-op – which means it is owned by all the members. The board is elected by the members and the board makes big decisions. Members need to communicate their opinions, concerns, and questions to them as we all work together to build our communities for the future.
Email the board president if you have any questions or suggestions
President | Weston County
Walt Christensen is a lifelong resident of Weston County. He was born, raised, and educated in Newcastle, Wyoming.
He is a member of Christensen Ranch, Inc., where he is in partnership with his brother and son in the cattle business. Walt's hobbies include riding motorcycles and playing golf.
Walt and his wife, Launa, have three grown children: Ryan (Nicole), Ty (Diane) and Melissa; and four grandchildren.
His current term expires in 2020. "I would like to keep our electric prices affordable, and at competitive rates," he said.
Vice-President | Crook County
Philip Habeck was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, but has lived most of his life in Crook County.
He is a graduate of Moorcroft High School and the University of Wyoming.
Philip and his wife, Jeanne, own and operate a ranch north of Moorcroft where they use electricity in homes, barns, a shop and numerous stock wells.
His current term expires in 2020.
Secretary/Treasurer | Campbell County
Gerry Geis is a rancher raising cattle and sheep in a family partnership. Geis is also a business owner near Gillette. He and his wife Gwen have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
He has been a member of PRECorp since 1998, and his family has been PRECorp members since the 1950s.
He was elected to the PRECorp Board of Directors in 2013 and his current term expires in 2019. Geis' goals on the board are to "...be a member of a proactive board that strives to stay ahead of a constantly changing electrical system...," and to "...represent all of the members of PRECorp, not just the people in my area and county."
Reuben Ritthaler is a lifelong resident of Weston County. He attended the University of Wyoming and was a graduate of the University of Wyoming Leadership Development Program.
Reuben and his wife Shelly have a daughter, Min Dee. They own a cattle ranch west of Upton and have been members of PRECorp since 1975. His current term expires in 2019.
PAUL BAKER II
Paul Baker II was born in Gillette and has lived in Moorcroft all of his life. He has a BS Degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming.
He ranches south of Moorcroft and his family has been members of the electric cooperative since its incorporation. Paul and his wife Kelli have three children: Jace, Jami and Ryan.
Powder River Energy serves their residence, ranch house, and nine stock wells.
Paul represents Powder River Energy on the Members 1st Power Cooperative and Basin Electric Board of Directors. His current term expires in 2021.
Mike Lohse, Kaycee, is a lifelong Johnson County rancher and has been a PRECorp member since 1991. He is a Kaycee High School graduate who later studied at junior colleges in Powell and Casper.
The cooperative provides power to his home, barns and two livestock water wells. One of the wells also produces water for a pipeline.
He and wife Connie run a cow/calf yearling operation. They have two grown sons. His current term expires in 2021.
Alison Gee is a practicing attorney at Lubnau Law in Gillette. She and her husband, Shaun, have three children.
Alison was born and raised in Campbell County and feels fortunate to raise her family in her hometown. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2002, having competed on the UW Rodeo Team. Alison is an attorney, with experience representing landowners and business owners throughout northeastern Wyoming.
Alison has been a member of PRECorp since 2012.
Alison was elected to the PRECorp Board of Directors in 2017 and her term expires in 2020.
Jim Baumgartner, Ucross, has been a member of Powder River Energy since 1985 and is a graduate of Arvada-Clearmont High School.
PRECorp serves Jim’s residence and shop where Jim is a self-employed excavation contractor.
Jim spends personal time with family, church, friends, and a variety of outdoor activities in all seasons.
He was elected to the PRECorp Board in August 2015. His current term expires in 2021.
Lifelong area resident Mike Helvey, Sheridan, has lived in northern Wyoming and southern Montana and has ranching interests in both states.
He has college degrees in Business from Sheridan College and Montana State University – Billings. He is the president of the Interstate Ditch Company and is a rancher and an airplane pilot.
His term expires in 2020. Mike's goal while on the Board is to "...strive to provide dependable, safe, economical power to our members and to protect members' private information."
The Powder River Energy Board of Directors appointed Buffalo area rancher James “Jim” Purdy in 2018 to replace Pam Kinchen who resigned. His term expires in 2019.
Purdy was born and raised in Johnson County and has been involved with the family ranch southwest of Buffalo and other businesses for 50 years. He currently serves as a member of several corporations and partnerships associated with the ranching operation along with several commercial and industrial real estate operations.
He is a member of the Johnson County Airport Board, serving as Vice Chairman, and a member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and serves as Director Emeritus of the American Quarter Horse Association.
He also supports local youth organizations and volunteers his aircraft and pilot services to military service men and women.