Board of Trustees

A Cooperative is democracy in action. The member-owners run the cooperative through their elected representatives on the Board of Trustees. Beartooth Electric includes seven districts, each with a representative on the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the cooperative. State and federal law, the articles of incorporation, the bylaws and policies of the cooperative govern the actions of the board.

Beartooth Electric District Map

Beartooth Electric District Map

Board of Trustees

District 1 — Joliet, MT to Clark, WY

Daniel DuttonDaniel Dutton, Board President

Contact: (406) 425-0897

Term End 2023

NRECA Region IX Representative

It’s been my privilege to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of Beartooth Electric Cooperative for the past nine years from District 1 and I’d like to continue in that role. The team of the Board of Trustees has listened to and responded to the concerns of the members and has brought the coop through troubled and difficult times. The coop has emerged from the past six years financially strong, set for stability and independence. Rates have dropped 25% in the past two years, a seven year financial strategic plan is in place, a new general manager is hired and will lead the development of the corresponding capital and operational strategic plans, a 7-10 year low cost, fixed rate contract is in place—the final 2-5 years based on Montana generated hydro. Opportunities are being developed for a rate system which will allow member control of individual costs. Member sponsored community solar is a possibility. Hard, smart work is still required but the future is bright for developments to directly benefit members. I want to help lead that.

Map coverage area

All members south of Hwy 212, from Rockvale to Joliet, south along the Joliet Fromberg Back Road to the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River drainage. All of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River drainage including all of Edgar, Fromberg, Bridger, Belfry and Clark WY areas.

District 2 — Boyd, Columbus, Joliet, Roberts

Roxie MeltonRoxie Melton

Contact: (406) 425-0135

Term End 2022

Chair, Policy Committee

I have served on the Board in the District 2 Trustee position since September 2010 serving in the capacity of Board President (2011-2016) and Chair, Policy Committee (2016-current).

The past nine years have been interesting and challenging times. I appreciate the trust you, the membership, have given me to guide and direct the Co-op. I look forward to working another term to continue my efforts and ensuring the adherence to the Co-op Principles and a successful direction for the future.

District map

All members N of Roberts and Cherry Springs Rd, to Roberts Bridger Back road, then Northest following the Elbow Creek drainage, to the Joliet/Fromberg Back road and back to Joliet. Along the N side of Hwy 212, east to Rockvale, then N to the Yellowstone River, following the Yellowstone River West back to Hwy 78 (S of Columbus), along Hwy 78 to Joe Hill Creek Road, then following the Joe Hill Creek Road South to Cooney Dam area and further south following the east side of Cooney Dam Road back to the Willow Creek Road then east cross country to Shorey Road, South to Hwy 212, SW to the Town of Roberts.

District 3 — Red Lodge, Roberts

Jim Neu

Contact: (310) 567-9418 

Term End: Appointment until next Election (2021)

district 3 map

All members NE of Hwy 212 from the intersection of Lake Fork Rd and Hwy 212 N along Hwy 212 to the intersection of Wright Road and Hwy 212 (S. of Roberts). Encompassing all of the town of Roberts and surrounding areas, then east on Cherry Springs Rd to Elbow Creek Road, then South along all of the East Bench including the upper Elbow Creek and Clear Creek drainages.

District 4 — Luther, Red Lodge, Roberts

Richard NolanRichard Nolan

Contact: (406) 425-2269

Term End 2021

Chair, Communications Committee

Personal: Married 30 years to Gretchen Nolan. Retired 2010. Luther resident.

Hiker, back packer, bicyclist, skier, pilot.

Background: Emergency response logistics specialist. 40 years’ experience in management and management consulting. 24 years, retired Navy logistics officer.

District 4 map

From the intersection of Highway 212 and Wright Road (S. of the Town of Roberts), all of the west side of Highway 212 to the Lake Fork Rd intersection with Highway 212, then North to Sheep Mountain (W. of the Town of Luther) including the Volney Creek drainages, N. to Cooney Dam then south to the Dysktra Divide Rd and south along the Roberts/ Cooney Dam Road south back to the intersection of Wright Rd and Hwy 212.

District 5 — Absarokee, Columbus, Fishtail, Roscoe

Arleen BoydArleen Boyd, Board Secretary/Treasurer

Contact: (406) 328-6645

Term End 2022

Chair, Bylaw Committee and Co-Chair, Finance and Risk Management Committees

I believe in the co-op principles, member involvement, and running this electricity business responsibly. I chair the risk management committee; serve on the finance, communications, and policy committees; and hold the secretary/treasurer office. Earned leadership certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

I strongly support full co-op transparency, member involvement, research and analysis before making decisions.

Retired from a career in technology solutions for architectural engineering, GIS, and energy. Live with husband Frank in Fishtail.

District 5 map

From the Intersection of Joe Hill Road and Hwy 78, south to Cooney Dam then west, including all of the Whitebird Creek, Beaver Creek and Butcher Creek drainages, including the upper Red Lodge Creek area. Then west along the Beartooth mountain range including both the East and West Rosebud Creek drainages back to the Dean Divide, then north to Absarokee. Then following Hwy 78, from the town of Absarokee, back to the intersection of Hwy 78 and Joe Hill Creek Road.

District 6 — Absarokee, Columbus, Nye

Bill PascoeBill Pascoe, Board Vice-President

contact: (406) 506-2075

Term End 2021

Co-Chair, Risk Management Committee

My wife Janet and I have been Beartooth members since 2007. I became a member of the Risk Management Committee in early 2014 and have served on the Board in the District 6 Trustee position since May 2016.

I have worked in the electricity industry for 40 years – 25 years with Montana Power and the last 15 years as an independent consultant specializing in wholesale power and transmission issues. In recent years, I have helped Beartooth and other electric cooperatives secure favorable new wholesale power supply contracts.

District 6 map

From the intersection of Hwy 78 and Joe Hill Creek road north to the Stillwater River and encompassing the entire Stillwater drainage area back west including Jack Stone Creek Road and Stockade Road then south to encompass all of the Nye area back to the Dean Divide. Then northeast back to Absarokee and all consumers north of Hwy 78 back to the intersection of Hwy 78 and Joe Hill Creek Road.

District 7 — Big Timber, Columbus, Greycliff, Molt, Rapelje, Reed Point

Ralph LewisRalph Lewis

contact: (406) 321-1768

Term End 2023

I have been a Beartooth member-owner since 1988. In January 2019, I was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy as the District 7 Trustee.

I bring over 15 years of experience in cooperative management. I am a 30 year resident of Reed Point, and am the father of four. Daughter Elisha and sons Rory and Ryan of Reed Point, and son Ross of Dickinson, North Dakota.

District 7 map

All areas north of the Yellowstone River including all of the Rapelje, Reedpoint and Columbus areas. To also include the Countryman Creek, Huntley Butte Creek, Hump Creek and West Bridger Creek drainages that exist south of the Yellowstone River.