As stated in the quote by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This seems to be the case with District 6 Director, Neasa Kalme. In 2022, during the 85th Annual Meeting of the cooperative, Neasa was elected as Steuben County REMC’s first woman to serve on our board of directors.
In recognition of this milestone for the cooperative, we would like to recognize Neasa for her commitment to this organization and the membership she represents. Along with serving as the representative for District 6 (Scott and York Townships), she is a full-time agriculture teacher for the MSD of Steuben County. She is passionate about many local and national organizations, including Steuben County Farm Bureau.
In a recent interview conducted with Neesa, she shared the following thoughts:
My parents always said, “Variety is the spice of life.” This phrase has stuck with me throughout my life. Being the first woman on the Steuben County REMC Board provides a little of that variety. The guidance from fellow directors has been so welcoming and appreciated as I learn and serve our membership in this leadership role. I believe our community is open to ideas and direction by both men and women alike. As women, sometimes we have to be a little more determined to make things happen, but that has never held me back! Leadership is stepping up where there are opportunities to do so, and I feel my contribution to the board will be instrumental.
Kevin Keiser, Steuben County REMC’s CEO, said, “Neasa’s involvement with the board brings a unique perspective and differing point of view. She also adds a welcomed level of diversity that more closely represents our membership.”
Check out Steuben County REMC’s Facebook page for more information about Neasa, and get to know many of the other great women in our organization.