Next Board Meeting:
Tuesday, January 25, at 11:00 a.m.
Great Bend, Kansas
Wheatland Electric members may contact any of the board of directors by calling the main office at 1-800-762-0436 or 620-872-5885.
William (Woody) Barnes - President
District 7 - Harper
Woody was elected to the Wheatland Electric Board of Trustees in 2008. District 7 was acquired through the Aquilla purchase in 2007, and includes South Central Kansas- parts of Sumner, Harper, and Kingman counties. He also serves as an alternate on the Sunflower Board of Directors.
Woody was born and raised in Sedan, Kansas. Woody has been a resident of his district since 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1988 in Construction Science and Management. Woody spent the first 10 years of his career as a project Supervisor/Estimator/Project Manager for several large construction firms. He moved into Residential Construction in 1998; in 2005 he started his own business building and remodeling homes and small businesses in South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma.
As a Wheatland Trustee, Woody has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director, attained Board Leadership Certification and has maintained the Director Gold Level achievement. Woody has accumulated 36 continuing education credits that typically involve 6 hours of classwork per credit.
Woody and his wife of 23 years, Lori, have two sons. Woody grew up in an area of the state that is prime cattle grazing country and has a great love for all things related to the cowboy way of life. He enjoys everything K-State and has held season football tickets since he went to the university in 1984.
Katie Eisenhour - Vice President
District 1 - Scott City
Katie Eisenhour was elected to the Wheatland Electric board of trustees in 2014. Katie moved to Scott City in 1971 and has lived there ever since. In 1979, the Wheatland Electric board of trustees selected Katie for the Youth Tour program. She attended Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She returned the following year to serve as a camp counselor.
Her background in cooperatives began in mid-1980’s with her 16 years at Scott Cooperative Assn. Katie has also traded commodities, taught as substitute teacher, grain bookkeeper, Sales Manager, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. Since 2009, Katie has served as the Executive Director for Scott County Development Committee.
As a Wheatland Trustee, Katie has earned distinction as a Credentialed Cooperative Director, attained her Board Leadership Pin and will complete Director Gold status in 2019. Her community development background and prior knowledge of cooperatives have proven helpful around the board table. Katie also serves as an alternate on the board of the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Recently widowed from husband Brett of 37 years. Her two sons, Blake and Brice, are each married giving her seven delightful grandchildren total. Katie enjoys brisk walks, singing in performance groups or for church, camping and fishing. But, time spent with grandchildren and family, playing cards and enjoying dinners cooked together tops everything!
Stacey Addison-Howland - Secretary
District 4 - Syracuse
Elected in 2016, Stacey Addison-Howland represents District 4. A mostly rural district based in Syracuse, District 4 services a large agricultural base, family farms, cow/calf operations and several dairies and feedlots.
Stacey earned her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and is a NRECA Certified Cooperative Director. She has taught high school business classes and worked as a loan review officer and part of the internal audit team for 13 years at the First National Bank of Hutchinson. In 2005, Stacey moved to Syracuse to take over as the owner and agent of the Midwest Regional Agency featuring Farmers Union Insurance.
Stacey brings with her a wealth of experience from sitting on numerous community boards and internal bank committees. Most recently she was on the Tamarisk Golf Course board and the Hamilton Co. K-State Community Development PDC and Executive board. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce board.
Stacey and her husband Mike have two daughters. In their free time they enjoy attending concerts, golfing, camping, and trail/mountain biking.
Mark Arnold - Treasurer
District 7 - Harper
District 7 was acquired from the Aquilla purchase of 2007, and includes South Central Kansas- parts of Sumner, Harper, and Kingman counties. In 2016, Mark was elected to the Wheatland board of trustees.
Mark grew up in north central Oklahoma and has been living in his district since 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and started working in banking shortly after. Mark has previous Electric Cooperative trustee experience through Kay Electric Cooperative in Blackwell, OK. Currently, Mark serves as the CEO/CLO for the Stock Exchange Bank of Caldwell.
In addition to his banking career, Mark has spent time serving on the Member-Braman (Ok) school board, Kay County Cattleman’s Assn Director 1997-2000 (President 2000), and since 2007 Mark has served as the Mayor of Caldwell. Mark also sits on the board of the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Mark’s wife Leslie works at the Caldwell Health Clinic, and they have two daughters. For fun Mark likes to hunt and fish, travel, attend sporting events, and playing golf.
District 2 - Leoti
Josh Young is a lifelong resident of western Kansas. After graduating from Greeley County High School in 1996, he attended Fort Hays State University before moving back to to Tribune where he worked in his family's feed yard/ farming operation. He then moved to Garden City to pursue his career in banking and is currently a senior vice president with Security State Bank. Along with his passion for agricultural finance, he and his wife, Courtney, a native of Garden City, own and operate JCY Inc., a storage unit facility in Leoti.
Young has served as a member of the Wichita County Hospital Board, Wichita County Park and Recreation Board, Wichita County Economic Development and is currently serving his first term a a member of the Wichita County USD 467 Board of Education. He has served as a volunteer coach for Wichita County Rec. football and basketball for eight years and is a member of the Christ Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The Youngs have three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, coaching, spending time with friends and family, while also attending his children's sporting events.
District 3 - Tribune
Mike Thon was elected in 2017 and represents District 3 in Wheatland’s service territory. A mostly rural and agricultural based district, District 3 includes all of Greeley County, and the cities of Tribune and Horace, Colorado.
A life-long resident of Tribune, Mike has been the owner and president of Ron’s Oil Co Inc. since 1991. Mike has served on several community boards including the Greeley County Board of Education for 12 years, and 16 years on the Board of Supervisors for the Greeley County Commission.
Mike has two children, and enjoys attending sporting events in his spare time, his son Drew is currently the Athletic Director at Garden City High School. Some of his other favorite activities include traveling and woodworking.
District 5 - Finney County
Wes has been representing district 5 as a trustee for Wheatland Electric since 1995. He is also currently serving as the President of the Sunflower Board of Directors. He grew up on a farm near Friend, Kansas (located in-between Garden City and Scott City). For the past 40 years Wes has owned and operated a farm and cattle feedyard.
After graduating from Scott Community High School, Wes attended the University of Kansas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Personnel Administration. Wes currently serves as a community bank director and has earned accreditation as Certified Cooperative Director from the NRECA.
Wes and his wife Debbie have three daughters and one grandchild. They enjoy spending as much time as possible with family. In his spare time, Wes likes to travel, read, fish, and following KU sports.
District 5 - Finney County
In 2016, John Kleysteuber was elected as a Wheatland Trustee. Growing up in Garden City, John attended Garden City High School, Garden City Community College, and received his bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University.
After college, John moved back to Garden City where he joined his family’s irrigated farming and cattle operation.
John and his wife Marisa enjoy watching their boys Cooper and Colin participate in activities. When the family wants to escape for some weekend fun, they like to go water skiing, snowboarding, or taking the UTV to the mountains.
District 6 - Great Bend
John Sullivan was appointed to the board in 2021 to fill a vacated seat by an outgoing trustee. He represents District 6 in Wheatland's service territory, which encompasses the City of Great Bend and was acquired by our cooperative through the Aquila acquisition in 2007.
John, a native of Logan, KS, is the chief financial officer of the Great Bend Cooperative Association and has lived in Great Bend for 24 years. Prior to that he was a certified public accountant for Lindburg Vogel, where he audited local grain cooperatives. A graduate of Western Illinois University, where he also played college football, John received his bachelor's in business finance. He also holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Wichita State University.
John has served as an ambassador for the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, is currently a member of the Great Bend Optimist Club and past president, has served as treasurer for a local Boy Scouts troop for 12 years, and has also served as a PTA president for a local Great Bend school.
He is married to his wife, Annie, of 33 years, and together they have two children: Erin and Blake. In his spare time John enjoys spending time with his family hiking in the mountains and biking around Barton County enjoying the countryside.
District 6 - Great Bend
Bob Hiss was elected in 2008, shortly after the Aquilla acquisition that brought Great Bend (District 6) into our Coop family. Bob is a life long resident of Great Bend where he grew up and operated a dairy farm. He attended Kansas State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. In 2003, after nearly 20 years in financial investment and management, Bob went into private practice opening the Hiss-Sherman Wealth Management Group.
Bob and his wife Patty raised their three sons in Great Bend and now enjoy spending time with their three grandsons. In the past, he has been involved as a Scout Master for BSOA, a USD #428 Foundation Board—board member, and has served in a multitude of positions for the First Christian Church.
In his free time Bob enjoys hunting and fishing, attending football games, and is an instrumented rated private pilot.