As an electric cooperative, Tipmont is guided by a board of directors elected by our membership to represent their best interests when making important decisions. The board’s decisions impact issues such as service rates, rights-of-way and work plans. This important position requires individuals who understand their community’s needs and serve the cooperative members’ best interest. Each director is elected to a three-year term.
District 2 Candidates
It has been my pleasure to represent District 2 on the Tipmont REMC Board of Directors. In my first term I had the opportunity to earn my CCD (Credentialed Cooperative Director) and the BLC (Board Leadership Certificate). Both have been invaluable in the boardroom.
My husband and I have been Tipmont members for over 50 years. We raised four children that all graduated from Harrison High School and Purdue University. They also provided us with six outstanding grandchildren and last year we were blessed with the addition of a great granddaughter. I am currently retired and manage our small family farm. Before retirement I served 19 years as the financial manager for the City of West Lafayette’s utilities. Following that position, I served 9 years at Huntington Bank as a customer service representative.
I have had the honor to serve on a number of boards; the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association Board where I was elected the State President, the Tippecanoe County Extension Board, the Riley Children’s Hospital Cheer Guild Board, and my church board. I also worked a number of years at the election voting polls.
I look forward to continuing to represent all the members of Tipmont REMC. We have make some significant decisions in the last three years and I would use the knowledge I gained to better represent you.
Lee Morrison is a member of the greater Lafayette community and has been so for over 14 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Ball State University and a master's degree in Education from Purdue University.
Lee is on the senior leadership team that manages all aspects of residential life at Purdue University for a 13,000-person population. Prior to his employment at Purdue he worked at Ivy Tech Community College in the Office of Admissions.
He currently serves on the steering committee for Men Who Give, a quarterly group that funds local non-profits, and works the elections as a site supervisor. Past leadership involvements include the Board of Directors for Leadership Lafayette, IHSAA sports official, and deacon for Faith Church.
Lee married the love of his life Emily Pohlman Morrison and they enjoy watching HGTV for ideas and improving their home together.
District 5 Candidates
LARRY CARLSON(running unopposed)
I am a resident of Davis Township, Fountain County, and graduated from Purdue University in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology. After college I returned to the family farm where my wife Zoetta, a retired registered nurse, and I reside today. We are the parents of Jason and Amy, and have three grandchildren. Besides farming, I am a licensed real estate broker, former member of The Fountain Trust Bank advisory board and served four terms as the Davis Township trustee. I enjoy my grandchildren, Corvettes, fishing in Canada and representing you.
In 1973, I was elected to the Tipmont board and during my time on the board I have served six years as secretary-treasurer, twenty-four years as chairman and two years as vice-chairman. In 1985 I became a National Rural Electric Cooperatives Certified Director after successfully completing several courses. I received the Gold Director certificate and pin in 2016. From 1993-2008 I served as a director to the boards of North Central Data Cooperative in Bismarck, North Dakota and its successor the National Information Services Cooperative of St. Louis, Missouri, Tipmont’s software provider. I also served on the Financial Planning committee of Wabash Valley Power Association. I was chosen by the Tipmont board in 2008 to be a director on the Indiana Electric Cooperatives board, our statewide organization, where I currently serve on the seven-member executive committee.
My goals as a director have always been to represent the members in ways that will improve their lives by providing efficient, reliable and requested services at reasonable costs.
District 7 Candidates
ROBERT BAKER(running unopposed)
I have been a member of the Tipmont board since 2003 and a past director representing Tipmont on the Wabash Valley Power board for eight years. I am originally from Illinois. I have my bachelor, master, and education specialist degrees from Eastern Illinois University. I also hold a doctorate in school administration.
Even though I was raised in Illinois, I moved to Indiana 46 years ago to begin my career in public education. I first taught in Vermillion County for five years prior to accepting a teaching position in Fountain County. While with the Southeast Fountain schools, I taught fourth grade followed by working as assistant principal, principal and finally district superintendent. Leaving Southeast Fountain, I finished my career in Vermilion County, IL as the chief administrator for a special education cooperative and a vocational cooperative.
My hobbies include a passion for horses and hunting. Since retirement, I have made many trips with my horse Buddy to various locations in the Rocky Mountains. I have ridden in every state from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. As for hunting, I prefer white-tailed deer in Indiana and elk in the western states of New Mexico and Colorado.
I am very thankful that the membership has allowed me to represent them on the Tipmont board for these past 15 years. It is a fascinating and challenging position. I strongly believe that in the future our members will see some dramatic changes in how we supply electric power. This is an exciting time to be involved with a provider of electric energy and I strongly believe Tipmont is in a position to respond to these changes in a positive way for our members.