Member-owners of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative are represented by members of the Board of Directors from nine separate districts. Board members are elected by member-owners in each district and are tasked with advocating for their constituency and deciding the strategic initiatives undertaken by the cooperative.
Board of Directors
Valery J. Robbins
Valery J. Robbins is a resident of Potter County’s Sweden Township. She and her husband, Chris, operate a fourth-generation family crop farm in Allegany and Ulysses townships, producing Pennsylvania-certified seed potatoes and seed oats, along with chip and table potatoes and green snap beans. They have one grown son.
Valery was elected as vice-chairman of the board in July 2020.
Prior to joining the family farm, Robbins spent a significant amount of time employed in the telecommunication industry, serving in a management capacity in customer care with Adelphia and also as a business analyst with Level 3 Communications. She is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, a past member of Women in Cable & Telecommunications and a past director of the Coudersport Alliance Daycare and Learning Center.
Nick Reitter is a retired professor from Alfred State College, where he taught electrical engineering technology. He also has work experience as an electrician and was project engineer for Steam Power Control Systems. My background provides me the opportunity to help Tri-County stay on the leading edge of new technology, he said. This can provide the members the best possible service in the most economical manner.
Reitters community involvement has included serving on the Genesee Library board of directors, church treasurer, member of the Genesee Grange, assistant Scoutmaster, member of the Masonic Lodge #556, chairman of the board for Wonder Works, head of the Potter County 4-H Expansion and Review Committee, and teacher with the Potter County Educational Council. A Tri-County member for 27 years, Nick and his wife, Marjorie Ann, reside in Genesee and have seven grown children.
District 3 includes Harrison, Bingham, Genesee, Oswayo, Sharon, Westfield, Brookfield, and Ceres townships.
James R. Davis
James R. Davis of Farmington Township represents District 4 on the Tri-County board of directors.
Davis also serves on the boards of directors of Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Tri-County's wholesale power supplier, and National Cooperative Services Corporation, a national cooperative banking operation.
A managing partner of James Daniel Associates, an educational consulting firm, Davis is retired from the Northern Tioga School District, where he was assistant superintendent. During his career as a professional educator, Davis serves as a mathematics teacher, coach, counselor, principal and college professor. He serves as Farmington Township auditor and is a member of the River Valley Country Club board of directors.
Davis and his wife, Elaine, reside in Farmington Township. They have three grown sons.
District 4 includes Chatham, Deerfield, Elkland, Farmington, Middlebury, Nelson, Osceola, Shippen, Clymer, and Gaines townships
Matthew S. Whiting
Matthew S. Whiting, P.E., of Lawrence Township was elected to represent District 5 on the Tri-County board of directors during the cooperative’s 2014 Annual Meeting. Mr. Whiting served as chairman of the board from 2016 to July 2020.
Matt is a licensed professional engineer in PA and NY and retired in 2015 from Corning Incorporated after a 32 year career which included senior leadership roles in research and development, software, electrical and systems engineering, and project management.
A native of Wellsboro, Whiting graduated from Williamson High School and holds bachelor’s degrees from Mansfield University and Alfred University, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University. Matt recently completed the CCD (Credentialed Cooperative Director) certificate program in 2016 and is working towards the BLC (Board Leadership Certificate).
Whiting is a deacon and treasurer of the East Lawrence Baptist Church. He has been a member of Tri-County since 2000.
Matt and his wife, Linda, have three children, April Parker, Sarah Whiting and Jason Whiting.
District 5 includes the Wells Township in Bradford County, and Jackson, Lawrence, Richmond, Rutland and Tioga Townships in Tioga County
Alfred G. Calkins
Alfred G. Calkins of East Troy is seeking re-election as District 6 director.
Calkins is a dairy farmer and serves on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association. He has been involved with the Troy Trojans Booster Club, served as a director with the Bradford County Holstein Club and is a life member of the Troy Rod and Gun Club
Calkins serves as vice president of the Tri-County board of directors and is the president of the C&T Enterprises board of directors. He is also a member of the Wellsboro Electric Co. board of directors.
Calkins and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 42 years and have two sons and four grandchildren.
“I look forward to continue serving our members by keeping up with the constant change of technology and new ideas to come but also keeping our rates affordable,” he stated.
District 6 includes Armenia, Columbia, Granville, Troy, Springfield, West Burlington, Sullivan, and Ward townships.
Alston A. Teeter
Alston A. Teeter, represents District 7 on the cooperative's board of directors.
He currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the Tri-County board and had served as Tri-County's chairman of the board from 1989 to 1993. He is also a past chairman of the board of directors for Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Tri-County's wholesale power supplier. Teeter also serves on the boards of directors of C&T Enterprises and Citizens' Electric Co.
Active in his church, Teeter is a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and a director of the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority. He and his wife, Jenny, own and operate a heifer replacement farm near Milan in Bradford County. They have three grown children.
District 7 includes members residing in Athens, Ridgebury, Smithfield, South Creek and Ulster townships.
Gerald A. Kriner
Lowell W. Geiser
Lowell W. Geiser of Galeton was appointed to the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative board of directors on Aug. 28, 2007. He represents District 9, which serves members in Abbott, Stewardson, and West Branch townships in Potter County; Elk Township in Tioga County; East Keating and Leidy townships in Potter County. Mr. Geiser was elected as secretary/treasurer of the board in July 2020.
A lifelong resident of Potter County, Geiser, is a partner in Forest View Evergreen Tree Farms, a family business started by his grandfather in 1928.
A graduate of Galeton Area High School, Geiser was a volunteer with the Germania Fire Co. for 18 years and served as the company's president for several years. He served as an Abbot Township supervisor for six years, and worked in the maintenance department at St. Marys Carbon Co. for eight years. He has been a member of Tri-County since 1985. He is a deacon with the First Baptist Church of Galeton.
Jerome Sasala has resided in the area since 1969, when he was hired as a music teacher by the Cameron County School District. He moved to Potter County after purchasing a farm near Austin in 1982.
Sasala has worked in education as an elementary and secondary teacher, assistant principal, elementary and secondary principal and, for the past several years, served as the superintendent of the Austin Area School District. In addition, he has worked as a carpenter, home builder, plumber and residential electrician.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a Master of Arts from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Administration from St. Bonaventure University.
He and his wife, Judy, reside on their working beef farm and are the parents of two grown children.