Board of Directors

Mike Collins, President

District 3

Mike and his wife are residents of the Simnasho area on the Warm Springs Reservation. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration and currently employed with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as the Director of Managed Care. He is actively involved with many youth activities within the Warms Springs community. Mike was elected to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2006.


Ron Holmes, Vice President

District 2

Ron and his wife reside on the family ranch in Kent, Oregon. In addition to farming their own wheat and barley, Ron does custom cutting for several farmers throughout Sherman County. Ron is the past chairman of the Mid-Columbia Producers Board of Directors. He serves on the budget committees of South Sherman Fire District and the Sherman County School District. Ron was elected to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2008.


Mathew Clausen, Secretary

District 1

Mathew lives east of Dufur near Boyd and is the 5th generation to operate his family’s wheat farm which spans from Boyd to Center Ridge and includes both Clausen and Adkisson land. Mathew attended Dufur grade school and the Dalles High School. He went to Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. From there he worked as an engineer at Freightliner in Portland for 9 years before returning to farm in 2007. Mathew has an interest in energy and technology, and an appreciation of the rural electric system from talking with his grandparents who remember when the first electric lines were ran. Mathew was elected to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2014.


Jerry Duling, Treasurer

District 3

Jerry lives near Maupin, OR and runs his family farm with his wife Tonya. He is a graduate of Oregon State University and earned a degree in Agriculture and Crop Science. Jerry served on the South Wasco County School board for 11 years and is currently serving on the Juniper Flat RFPD board. Jerry was elected to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2016.


Robert Durham

District 1

Bob and his wife have been residents of Wasco County for 30 years and have a hay and cattle farm west of Dufur. In addition to his own farming, Bob does custom hay hauling for many growers in the Dufur area. He is active in the 4-H program and the livestock sales at the Wasco County Fair. Bob was elected to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 1994.


Bob Hammel

District 1

Bob is a fourth generation farmer, residing with his wife on the family ranch located on Tygh Ridge, southeast of Dufur. He is a graduate of Dufur High School and earned his Bachelors of Science in Animal Science at Oregon State University. Bob is the past President of the Wasco County Wheat League and has served on various other boards. Bob was appointed to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2005.


Gary Carlson

District 2

Gary and his wife live on the family farm in Kent Oregon. Gary was raised in Sherman County, leaving for college to earn a degree in Ag Economics from Oregon State University. Eventually moving back to operate the family farm, Carlson Brothers Ranch, with his brother. Gary is a member and past president of the Sherman County Cattleman’s Association, Oregon Wheat League, and Farm Bureau. He served on the South Sherman Elementary School Board and the Sherman Union High School Board acting as chairman. Gary was elected to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2015.


Jim McNamee

District 2

Jim is a fourth generation rancher, raised in the Antelope area where him and his wife Maria reside on the family ranch. He is a graduate of Lane Community College and is a member of the Oregon Wheat League and the Oregon Cattleman’s Association. Jim was appointed to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2006.


DeOra Patton

District 3

DeOra, along with her husband are life-long residents of Maupin. Following graduation from Wasco County Union High she graduated from Northwestern College of Business as an Assistant Accounting and Legal Assistant. DeOra has served as the City Recorder for Maupin for over 20 years. DeOra was appointed to the Wasco Electric Board of Directors in 2005.