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Ben Williams

Western Area Nominee

Richard Casady

Western Area Nominee

Western Area Nominees

Ben Williams is a candidate for the Macon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. He has lived in Ethel all his life where he has spent his days working on the family farm. Ben received his Bachelor of Science in general agriculture from Truman State University. He has served on the Macon County R-IV School Board, was the President of the Ethel Christian Church Board and the President of the Ethel Volunteer Fire Department.  He currently serves on the Macon County Diversified Industries Board, the Industrial Development Board, both the MFA Oil and MFA Inc. Board of Cooperatives and is the President of the Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board. In his spare time, Ben enjoys hunting, fishing, and reading.

“I am interested in serving on the Board of Directors because I have been a member of multiple cooperatives my entire life and appreciate the structure of a member-owned business. I will strive to advocate for continued affordable and dependable energy, a positive community outlook, and maintain the cooperative standard of excellence.”


Richard Casady is a candidate for the Macon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. Richard has spent most of his life in the Bucklin area.  He worked for Hurtt fabricating in Marceline for 30 years and then as a pastor of the United Methodist Church for many years. Richard now enjoys driving for Oats Transportation part time and filling in as a substitute teacher and bus driver for Bucklin and New Cambria Schools. He has served on the Bucklin R-2 School Board for 9 years as well as the Missouri School Board Association Board of Directors. He is currently serving on the Linn County Ambulance Board and the American Legion Honor Guard. Richard and his wife, Nancy, have two children: Caleb (Kelsey) Casady and Paige (Danan) Knott and two grandchildren: Cora Casady and Ryker Knott. In his spare time, Richard enjoys beekeeping and spending time with his family and friends.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a very important issue that the MEC board will need to focus on and I would like to see how we can help our community navigate the economic impacts. I love the idea of the 7 cooperative principles as the foundation of MEC relationships and service to our members.”


Mary C. Almond

Northwestern Area Nominee

Charles F. Lile

Northwestern Area Nominee

Northwestern Area Nominees

Mary C. Almond is a candidate for the Macon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. Mary has lived in the New Boston area her entire life and received her master’s degree from Truman State University. Mary retired from Bucklin School after working as a teacher for 35 years. She takes pride in being a farm wife, mom, and enjoys working as a substitute bus driver. Mary is a Bucklin FFA Alumni member, Bucklin American Legion Auxiliary member, a member of the Linn Co. Retired Teachers Association, MO Retired Teacher Association,and MO State Teacher’s Association. She is a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Marceline and enjoys attending New Boston Christian Church with her husband, Randy. Mary and Randy have four children: Kari Lodder, Kristin Allen, Kevin Almond, and Kelsey Almond along with six grandchildren. In her free time, Mary enjoys camping, working with students, and spending time on her family farm raising cattle with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

“As a Cooperative Director, I would work hard to ensure the economic health of this important member-owned electric cooperative by listening to cooperative accomplishments as well as issues and concerns of both members and employees. I would like to see the member-owned cooperative grow and prosper in rural America and still retain the ability to recognize the rural community it serves.


Charles F. Lile has served on the Macon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for three years. Charles was born and raised in the Ethel area. He has been retired for nine years now and worked for BNSF railroad for 38 years. Charles has served as the President of the New Boston 4-H Club, Vice-President and chairman of the local 2621, as well as a member of the Maintenance of Way Employees. He currently serves on the Helton Cemetery Board, Board of Trustees at New Boston Christian Church and is the Co-President of the Tanglefoot Squares Club. At his church, he also serves as the Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, Elder, and Treasurer. Charles and his wife, Linda, have seven children: Cheryl, Sheila, Lindy, Tina, Charles II, Rachel and Sara. They also have 16 grandchildren. In his spare time, Charles enjoys square dancing, hunting, fishing, raising cattle and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

“I am interested in serving on the Macon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors because I want to be able to devote my time to the active decision-making process of the cooperative. As a local chairman of the union, it was my responsibility to keep informed of all the rules that affected union members. My experience in that position would be beneficial on the MEC Board."



Jay Collins

Eastern Area Nominee

Eastern Area Nominee

Jay Collins has served on the Macon Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for five years and is your current Board President. He was raised on a farm South of Clarence and has resided and farmed in the Lentner area since returning to Shelby County after obtaining a degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri. Jay currently serves as chairman of the Shelby County Restitution Board. He has been a member of the South Shelby School Board, Shelby County Farm Bureau and a state chairman on the Farm Bureau Pork Committee. He also served on the MFA Oil Board and the Shelby County Extension Council. Jay and his wife, Michele, have two children: Cole and Carly. Jay enjoys family activities, farming with his son and attending his daughter’s sporting events. 

“My goal as a Director for Macon Electric Cooperative's Board is to serve the members' best interest and do what's best for the cooperative as a whole.”