The Clay Electric Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization set up to represent the members of Clay Electric and the funds collected through Operation Round Up® for charitable purposes. The mission of the Foundation is to distribute money collected from Clay Electric members through Operation Round Up to worthwhile, charitable and educational purposes that will improve lives and respond to immediate needs within the counties where the cooperative provides electric service.
The Foundation board is governed by nine volunteers - one cooperative member from each of the nine trustee districts. Each Foundation board member will be appointed by Clay Electric Cooperative's Board of Trustees and will serve staggered 3-year terms. The Foundation board reviews grant applications and makes decisions regarding approval and funding levels within the guidelines of the Foundation bylaws.
Kathy Barrow, Keystone Heights
Kathy Barrow is the Vice President of the Foundation Board. She is a retired educator from the Clay County Public Schools and has been a member of the co-op for 53 years. Kathy spent many summers on lake property in Keystone Heights growing up, and chose to raise her family there after attending Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. She earned an MS degree in counseling at the University of North Florida, and worked for many years in elementary education in Clay County.
Since retiring in 2006, Kathy has volunteered at Lake Area Ministries, a local food bank that feeds 15,000+ people annually. Kathy and her husband, Henry, have been married for 48 years, and they are charter members of the Keystone United Methodist Church. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Susan McCool, Palatka
Susan McCool is the former Putnam County Supervisor of Elections. She has been a Clay Electric member for 36 years.
Growing up, Susan attended kindergarten through 12th grade within the Putnam County school district. She went on to study business at St. Johns River Junior College.
Susan is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Palatka. Since retiring, all her time is now focused on her family: her husband, Jim; three grown children; six grandchildren; and her 92-year-old mother. She considers it a blessing from God to be able to spend so much time with all of them, and to be able to attend their sporting events. Susan and her family love to travel the U.S., and they have also become great NASCAR fans.
Reggie Brown, Rochelle
Reggie Brown is the secretary of the Foundation Board. He is the manager of the Florida Tomato Committee. He has been a co-op member for five years, but his family has been on Clay Electric for many decades.
Reggie was raised on a family vegetable farm in Alachua County. Brown’s Farm has operated as a farm retail market for more than 50 years at the same location in Orange Heights. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Florida just before being drafted into the United States Marine Corps. After two years of military service, Reggie returned to UF to complete a master’s degree in agriculture. He has served as the manager of the Florida Tomato Committee/Executive Vice President of the Florida Tomato Exchange since 1999. Reggie is the president of the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Reggie is married to Lanita Hogan Brown.
Richard Feagle, Archer
Richard Feagle is the Foundation Board’s treasurer. He is self-employed in the automotive repair business and is also a cattle rancher. He has been a member for 31 years.
The owner of Archer Automotive and Tire, Richard is also a cattle rancher. Previously, he worked at Florida Pest Control, maintaining its fleet for almost 22 years.
Richard is a member of Archer Baptist Church and serves on the Alachua County Farm Bureau Board and the Santa Fe Automotive Technology Board. He is the vice president of the Alachua County Cattleman’s Association. Richard and his wife of 31 years, Cecile, have two sons and two grandchildren.
Elzie S. Sanders, Starke
Elzie Sanders is a retired circuit judge. He has been a member for 54 years. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Starke.
Elzie has been married to his wife, Sandra, for 53 years.
Bill Garrison, Middleburg
Bill Garrison is the president of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation, and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from St. Johns River State College. He has been a co-op member for 31 years.
He spent 10 years as a project manager and real estate sales agent, and 22 years as a building material salesman. Bill has served on many county government committees, including the Clay County Housing Finance Authority Board of Directors since 2007.
For more than 15 years, Bill coached youth sports at the Middleburg Athletic Association and the YMCA. He is a member of the Clay Builders Council, the Rotary Club of Orange Park, and the First Coast Technical College Board of Directors. Bill has been married to Kim since 1980.
Stephen Bailey, Lake City
Stephen Bailey is the president of the Foundation Board. He is the executive director of the CARC - Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities, a private non-profit corporation serving individuals with disabilities.
Stephen served two terms as a Columbia County commissioner. He was an owner and operator of an agriculture feed business. He has been a member of the co-op for 16 years.
He is married to Erin and the couple has three children.
Carol Boyer Knight, Williston
Carol Boyer Knight is retired from Allstate Insurance Company. She has been a member of Clay Electric for more than 30 years.
Carol worked for Allstate Insurance Company’s claims department for 28 years, eventually becoming a bad faith expert and traveling the country to represent Allstate in settlement negotiations. After retiring in 2006, she opened her own consulting business to evaluate the bad faith exposure of insurance companies and testify at trials.
Carol has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida. Since moving to Williston in 2002, Carol has taken advantage of various community service opportunities. She has served as chairwoman of the annual Friends of the Williston Library fundraiser, and as the director of women’s missions and ministries at the First Baptist Church. Carol has also worked with the local police department and high school administration to raise awareness of teen auto accidents and deaths. She and her husband, Ted, have two children and four grandchildren.
Dennis Chesser, Salt Springs
Dennis is a life-long resident of Salt Springs. He will retire from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in August 2017 after 30 years of employment. In his last 12 years with the Sheriff’s Office, he has served as the District Commander of the Northeast District, which is headquartered in Salt Springs. As a District Commander, his primary duty was to establish community contacts in both the public and private sectors.
He is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Salt Springs, where he serves in numerous leadership roles. He and his wife, Kristy, have two grown children and two grandsons, and are expecting their first granddaughter in September 2017. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.