Meet your director candidates

Posted on Mar 10 2022 in Clark County REMC

Steve Dieterlen | DISTRICT 2 (Incumbent)

Steve Dieterlen is a senior operations support specialist with the United States Postal Service.

He is a graduate of New Washington High School, and earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University. He has completed extensive technical and managerial training at the U.S. Postal Service. Dieterlen has participated in numerous NRECA training courses focused on issues and practices important to the electric industry and, more specifically, to cooperatives. In 2019, he completed the NRECA Director Gold Program. He has completed training in Lean Six Sigma and holds a Green Belt certification. He is also a USPS certified instructor. 

Dieterlen is an elder of Otisco Community Church and a member of the Charlestown Lion’s Club. 

Dieterlen and his wife, Lisa, have been members of REMC since 1987 and have three adult children and four grandchildren.

What motivates you to serve as a director for Clark County REMC?

I am motivated by the opportunity to continue to serve an organization that has had such a positive impact in our community. I am also proud of Clark County REMC’s heritage of providing innovative programs designed to help individual members while benefiting all members. This heritage continues to define our cooperative. 

I am honored to serve on a board that values and represents the seven cooperative principles. I serve with the intention of keeping our cooperative strong and vibrant, a valuable and relevant resource for our community – working for us now, and working for generations to come.

What qualities do you possess that distinguish you as the best director candidate for Clark County REMC?

There are necessary qualities for good board members: honesty, integrity, humility, and a commitment to put the interests of the members above their own. I and the entire board possess these qualities and strive each day to keep each member’s needs at the forefront of every decision. I serve as Clark County REMC’s representative on the Hoosier Energy board where I advocate on your behalf for reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy services. 

I am dedicated to the electric industry and the challenges that lie ahead. I have served on the Clark County REMC board for 15 years, seven as board president. On the Hoosier Energy board I serve as employee relations committee chair. 

I have been passionate over the last 15 years to educate myself on emerging challenges and opportunities in order to better serve our members. Examples include: distributed generation, battery storage, increased renewable energy capacity, and electric vehicles, to name a few.

It is a very technical and analytical background, along with a fiduciary commitment to our members, that shapes my understanding of these issues. It is this perspective that I bring to both boards. I believe that a problem is best solved when it is completely understood, and it is only 

through a diversity of perspectives that a problem is completely understood.

Amberley Kendall |DISTRICT 1 

Amberley Kendall is an expedited closing specialist at Farm Credit Mid-America. 

She earned a BSBA in business management from the University of Louisville (2002). 

She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Zoah Christian Church. Kendall is a past board member for Scott County United Way, Scott County Family YMCA, and The Scott County Partnership. 

Kendall and her husband, Jason, have been members of REMC since 2002 and have two children, Avery (18), and Brandt (14). 

What motivates you to serve as a director for Clark County REMC?

I’ve been raised to believe that we should use our gifts and talents to give back to the communities and organizations that are important to us. This is evidenced by my past experience serving on local boards, being actively involved in my church, and engaged in our schools. 

I’ve been a member of Clark County REMC for 20 years and feel that being a director would allow me to use my skills in management and finance, past board experience, and passion for serving others on a larger scale. I’m also employed by a co-op (Farm Credit Mid-America) and believe in the value these types of organizations bring to their members and the community at-large. 

I believe that my education and experience would positively contribute to the REMC’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability. I look forward to serving as an ambassador and advocate for the co-op. 

What qualities do you possess that distinguish you as the best director candidate for Clark County REMC?

I hold a degree in business management from the University of Louisville, and have worked in the field of finance for 23 years. The vast majority of those years have been spent working for community banks as a branch manager and business development officer. I also have experience working as fiscal director for a local not-for-profit agency. As a result, I have a strong understanding of budgets, fiscal policy, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, and reporting. 

In addition to my career, I have many years of board experience serving on local boards for organizations including the Scott County United Way, Scott County YMCA, and the Scott County Partnership. I’ve always said that while I have a mind for business, I have a heart for community organizations. 

Serving as a director for Clark County REMC would allow me to use my formal education, past board experience, and fondness for community organizations to serve our members well. 

Mark McNeely | DISTRICT 1 

Mark McNeely is a retired journeyman lineman from Scottsburg Electric.  

He is a graduate from Scottsburg High School, and also earned a machine shop certification from Prosser Vocational School. He completed the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Certificate as well as the Apprenticeship Line Maintainer.  

He is a member of Kimberlin Creek Baptist Church in Scottsburg, the Scottsburg Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #156, the Scott County Conservation Club, and the Scott County Moose Lodge #2324. 

McNeely has been a member of REMC since 1979 and has two adult children. 

What motivates you to serve as a director for Clark County REMC?

Before retiring as a lineman, I had the opportunity to travel to Monument Valley in Arizona to work on the Light Up Navajo Project, which is establishing power for the first time to the Navajo on the reservation. I saw first-hand how power can improve the comfort, livelihood and security for people. I am motivated to serve as a director because I want to ensure the people of District #1 continue to be provided safe, reliable and cost effective power. 

What qualities do you possess that distinguish you as the best director candidate for Clark County REMC?

I believe I am a good candidate for director representing District #1 because I have knowledge and experience in the industry. I retired from Scottsburg Electric in 2019 as a journeyman lineman. My experience as a lineman includes knowledge of the equipment and operations, which would provide value for anyone serving on the Clark County REMC board of directors.