Executive Team

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative’s executive team consists of professionals with a vast amount of experience in all facets of the utility industry.

Kari Hollandsworth

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Hollandsworth joined Golden Spread in 2009 as an Energy Analyst. She has gained broad experience serving in multiple roles, including Resource Planning Administrator, Electric Trading Manager and Director of Finance, Forecasting and Risk. Most recently, she has been Vice President of Commercial and Asset Operations with responsibility for market operations and power supply activities, ensuring that initiatives and operations are aligned with the strategic direction provided by the Golden Spread Board of Directors. Ms. Hollandsworth was Golden Spread’s 14th employee and has been with the organization through a period of rapid growth, which involved expansion of the cooperative’s generation fleet and the development of the organization’s current strategic initiatives. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to build on the successful foundation and strategic direction Golden Spread has established in the last few years,” Ms. Hollandsworth said. “The electric power industry is rapidly evolving, and we have an outstanding team that is well prepared to lead the organization through the transition ahead. I’m proud to be part of this strong Member Cooperative organization known for its reputation for excellence and integrity.” Prior to joining Golden Spread, Ms. Hollandsworth worked at Xcel Energy for 11 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business management from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Ms. Hollandsworth succeeds Mark Schwirtz, who served as Golden Spread’s President and CEO for more than a decade, and Scott Gross, who served as interim CEO from March 10, 2020-September 1, 2020.

Bill Harrelson

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Mr. Harrelson joined Golden Spread in the Spring of 2012 as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Harrelson was selected Chief Legal Officer in July, 2016 and Chief Compliance Officer in August, 2019. Bill is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law with over 35 years of legal experience. After serving as General Counsel to the Missouri Public Service Commission, Bill handled major regulatory proceedings before the Texas Public Utility Commission for an investor-owned electric utility. Bill went on to represent former telecommunication giant, MCI, as Senior Counsel for Regulatory Affairs in the Western Region, leading MCI’s strategic regulatory initiatives and litigation before the California PUC and other commissions in the West, as well as negotiating and arbitrating complex interconnection agreements with AT&T and Verizon. In private practice, Bill handled regulatory, court and appellate proceedings for several corporate clients, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law, with Honors.

Peg Rupert

Chief Strategy and Information Officer

Ms. Margaret (Peg) Rupert PMP, serves as the Chief Strategy and Information Officer at Golden Spread Electric Cooperative of Amarillo, Texas, and has over 23 years of utility industry experience. Peg is a leader in IT and business strategy, business process improvement, change enablement, and project and program management. Peg started her career with a “big 5” consulting organization where she worked for 10 years delivering multi-million dollar transformational programs for Fortune 500 companies, including many of the country’s largest utilities. In 2004 she joined the team at one of the nation’s largest electric and gas companies as a technology executive. Throughout her career she has held a series of increasingly responsible positions and a variety of roles such as application programming, methodology development, strategic planning, program management for merger and acquisition integration, and as a technology application executive responsible for development and operations of 400 systems and team of over 200 members. Since joining Golden Spread as the CIO in 2013, she has centered on creating the technology competency necessary to support a growing company, with a focus on building a business results-based technology strategy. Leading her team through a time of significant changed, Peg’s current challenges include guiding the cooperative through its first formal strategic planning evolution, integrating Golden Spread’s strategic planning processes, developing a NERC CIP-compliant cyber security program, and rolling out a cooperative-wide ERP solution.

John Eichelmann

VP, Member Services and Power Delivery

Mr. Eichelmann joined Golden Spread as Director, Member Rates and Technical Services in April, 2013. Mr. Eichelmann’s primary focus is identifying and serving Member needs including rate, regulatory and technical services that Golden Spread provides to its Members. Prior to becoming an employee, Mr. Eichelmann served Southwestern Public Service Company/Xcel Energy for nearly 21 years. He began his career in the rate department where he was responsible for performing cost of service models, testifying in rate cases, and responding to rule makings. This experience led him into origination being responsible for making wholesale sales in the southwest United States. Ultimately, Mr. Eichelmann moved into Wholesale Account Management responsible for SPS’s long term wholesale contracts. Mr. Eichelmann holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. The Master of Arts degree included an emphasis on public utility regulation and pricing. He currently serves on the Board of the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO).

Michelle Blackmore

VP, Human Resources

Ms. Blackmore joined Golden Spread in December 2012 and has 16 years of experience leading HR and Organizational Development initiatives. In her role at Golden Spread, Ms. Blackmore is helping to accelerate Golden Spread’s transformation through leadership and building and sustaining a high performance culture. Ms. Blackmore has had extensive experience leading organizational transformations both at the function and organizational level. Prior to her current role, she was HR Manager for Tait Communications where she led the HR function for the North American operations. Previously, Ms. Blackmore served as HR Business Partner and Account Manager for ADP TotalSource, and Organizational Development Team Leader for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Ms. Blackmore began her HR career as Employee Services Manager for 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma. Ms. Blackmore earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University, a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and earned a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Matt Lowe

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lowe joined Golden Spread in January of 2015 and brings 15 years of finance, accounting, and management experience. During his time at Golden Spread, he served as a Senior Supervisory Accountant and the Controller at Golden Spread before becoming the Chief Financial Officer. As the Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lowe is responsible for upholding strong financial management, risk management, and accountability while providing accurate, timely, and reliable financial information. Before coming to Golden Spread, he served many years as a Controller, Budget Analyst, Accountant, and Internal Auditor for private companies and governmental entities. Mr. Lowe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Accounting from West Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Matt Moore

VP, Commercial and Asset Operations

Mr. Moore serves as Vice President of Commercial and Asset Operations with responsibility for market operations and power supply activities, ensuring that initiatives and operations are aligned with the strategic direction provided by the Golden Spread Board of Directors. Mr. Moore joined Golden Spread in 2009 as Manager, Market Operations. Most recently, he has been Director, Market Operations with responsibility for optimization functions of the cooperative’s commercial operations portfolio in the Southwest Power Pool and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. In addition, his responsibilities included long-term load forecasting and resource planning, market modeling as it relates to Golden Spread’s margins and cost to serve native load as well as market and commercial invoicing activity. Also, he has been heavily engaged in market design policy strategies related to each market. Mr. Moore has been with the organization during generation and commercial power market expansion in two markets. Mr. Moore has worked across the organization and has been heavily involved in the development of risk management policies, compliance guides, member service products, strategy initiatives and numerous regulatory filings. Prior to joining Golden Spread, Mr. Moore worked for an investor owned utility and a merchant generation company and has over 23 years in the energy industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University.