A Total Program

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) is one of several integral components that play a role in the success and operation of the electric cooperative program. The essential parts of this program in Illinois are the 250,000-plus families and businesses who own and control their local distribution cooperatives. Through the AIEC, these cooperatives provide a system by which they can increase their effectiveness and efficiency in providing essential services common to all.



The Administrative Department provides overall management and direction for the AIEC and is responsible for planning, finances, budgeting and management communications with member cooperatives. The department offers key staff support for the association’s board of directors and is the staff liaison for numerous cooperative organizations, including the Illinois Cooperative Council, Mid America Cooperative Council, Rural Electric Statewide Managers Association (RESMA) and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The administrative department also provides leadership to the IEC Managers’ and Accountants’ Associations and the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI).

Please feel free to contact the Administrative Department at (217) 529-5561.

Craig Sondgeroth


Dan Gerard

Chief Technology Officer

Jennifer Sours

Chief Financial Officer

Shannon Casson


Christina Harper

Executive Assistant

Training and Safety

The Safety and Training Division coordinates the AIEC’s safety program by providing specialized schools, safety meetings, apprentice training, etc. In addition, it provides professional development and training programs for cooperative directors, management staff and employees.

Jim Miles, CLCP

Vice President of Training, Safety & Loss Control

Thad France

Manager of Lineworker and Apprentice Development

Ambyr Crawford

Training and Safety Coordinator

Leroy Barlow

Safety Instructor

Matt Clark

Safety Instructor

Terry Monroe

Safety Instructor

Energized Graphics

Energized Graphics is a digital, print and video marketing department of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives that caters primarily to the rural electric cooperative industry. We can design or redesign your identity across digital and print to better communicate your branding message.

Besides creating the picture-perfect layout, we can develop content, edit artwork and coordinate print production. To help execute print production projects, we have teamed up with the highest quality printers to provide competitive pricing to produce quality products.

Chris Reynolds

Manager of Creative Services

Kayla Adkins

Kayla Adkins

Creative Services Coordinator

Jen Danzinger

Web Developer and Graphic Designer

Meghan Jenkins

Graphic Designer

Member Services

Brooke Gross

Member Services Manager

Legal and Government Relations

Nick Reitz

Vice President of Government Relations

Brenda Carter

Vice President of Regulatory Compliance

Baylee Flowers

 Legal and Government Relations Coordinator

Illinois Country Living Magazine

Communication has always been a key principle of cooperative businesses. Consumer-members own the cooperative business, and they need to understand the issues, problems and opportunities faced by their co-op. Today, as the nation faces future energy supply issues and looks towards renewable and alternative power sources, it’s more important than ever that co-op member-owners stay informed of how these changes to the energy landscape may affect their cooperative. To assist co-ops, the AIEC Communications Department provides graphics, editorial, photography, printing, newsletter, news release, outage communication, marketing, public relations, video, and Internet communications services. The department is also responsible for the Touchstone Energy brand program in Illinois and Illinois Country Living magazine, the largest circulation monthly publication in downstate Illinois.

Colten Bradford

Editor, Illinois Country Living

Lisa Cherry

Assistant Editor, Illinois Country Living

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