Director Candidates

Posted on Mar 26 2019 in Southern Indiana Power

District 1


Jeff Vogel is the incumbent director for district 1. He and his wife, Karen, live in  northwest of Rockport in Ohio Township. They have a daughter, Lauren; a son-in-law, Adam; a son, Eric; a daughter-in-law, Valerie; and six grandchildren: Hadleigh, Isabelle, Morgan, Allison, Lance and Olivia. Vogel is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in farm and business management. He, along with his son and brother-in-law, farms 3,500 acres in Spencer County. They also operate a retail seed business and a beef cow herd. Vogel is currently serving on the board of Lincolnland Economic Development Corporation. He and his family are members of Peace Lutheran Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he serves on the board of trustees. Vogel has completed the NRECA director certification program and is a Credentialed Cooperative Director. He currently serves as the chairman of the board.

District 2


Philip Meyer is the incumbent director for district 2. He and his wife, Lesley, along with their two small children, Molly and Matthew, live near Midway in Spencer County. 

Meyer has a B.S. degree from Murray State University and is employed at Boardwalk Pipelines as integrity management supervisor. He also works on the family farm. He and his family are members of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Chrisney where he serves on various committees. He is also president of the Midway Cemetery board. Meyer has completed the NRECA director certification program and is a Credentialed Cooperative Director. 

District 7


Raymond James Jr. is a candidate for director for district 7. He and his wife, Melissa (Etienne), reside in central Perry County. They are the parents of a daughter, Grace, and sons, Garrett and Gabe. They also serve as foster parents. James is a 1987 graduate of Perry Central Jr./Sr. High School and has called Perry County home his entire life. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and an administrative license for education from Indiana State University. He has worked as an educator in the community for 27 years, serving as the elementary principal at Perry Central for 14 years. He currently serves as the athletic director of Perry Central High School and Junior High. 


David Lynch is running for the director for district 7. He and his wife, Michelle, live in rural St. Croix. They have five children: Mallory, Dylan, Shayne, Lily, and Rilynn. He is a graduate of Vincennes University with a degree in land surveying and is registered as a professional land surveyor in Indiana. Lynch is self-employed at Lynch Surveying and Engineering and is the elected Perry County Surveyor.

He and his family are active members of Deer Creek Baptist Church in Tell City, where he serves as deacon.

Larry Meyer is running for a seat on the board of directors for district 7. He and his wife, Kathy, live in rural Ferdinand. They have two children, Karri and Heath. Meyer is a graduate of Forest Park High School and Nashville Auto Diesel College. He has been a mechanic all his life and retired from Foertsch Construction after 26 years. Meyer is a member of the Ferdinand Legion where he is on the Winter Sunday morning Bar-B-Q crew. He also served on the board of directors for the Huntingburg Conservation Club for 14 years, two of them as vice president. Meyer and his wife are members of St. Ferdinand Church.


Andrea (Andi) Schaeffer is running for director for district 7. Schaeffer and her husband, Josh, live near Bristow in Perry County. They own and operate a small family farm. Together, they raise crops and cattle and have recently constructed poultry grow-out units. She is very active in the community and is a member of the Wellness Council of Indiana and various other organizations. Schaeffer is employed by German American Bank as a human resources generalist as well as wellbeing coordinator for the company’s wellness program. During her eight-year career in the banking industry, Schaeffer has worked for three financial institutions filling a wide range of positions in Perry, Spencer and Dubois counties. Her time in banking has given her strong financial knowledge and strong community ties. 

Voting procedure

Each member of Southern Indiana Power will be mailed a registration card for the annual meeting. Members should present their registration card in person at one of the designated registration tables in order to register for the meeting and receive a ballot for the director election. Southern Indiana Power has an obligation to make a reasonable effort to confirm co-op membership prior to distributing ballots. Therefore, members who do not bring their registration card will be required to provide a photo ID prior to receiving a ballot.