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Board Announces New Manager

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017

Menard Electric Cooperative Hires New General Manager

PETERSBURG—The Board of Directors of Menard Electric Cooperative in Petersburg announces that, after a nationwide search, it has selected Alisha D. Anker of Springfield, Ill. as General Manager. She will fill the vacancy of Eric Hobbie, former General Manager.  Lynn Frasco has been serving as Interim General Manager since the first of the year when Hobbie transitioned to Prairie Power, Inc. as CEO.

Menard Electric Board President Jay Frye says, “The Board’s decision is the culmination of a comprehensive search and interview process to find the best leader to benefit members, our talented staff and the overall interests of the cooperative. Alisha Anker has a strong background in the electric power industry and proven project management and leadership skills. We welcome her to Menard Electric.”

Anker will begin her service on or before April 1st. She comes from Prairie Power Inc. (PPI), an electric generation and transmission cooperative in Springfield, where she began in 2009 and currently serves as Vice President of Regulatory and Market Affairs. She is highly engaged in energy market roles, regulatory matters, hedging the Prairie Power energy and capacity portfolio, and is currently overseeing a new generation capacity construction project.

Anker now serves on the Management Committee of the Prairie State Generating Company, the SERC Board, and the ACES Board of Directors. 

She began her career in the electric utility industry in 1990 at City, Water, Light and Power after her studies in Electric/Computer Engineering at University of Illinois. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Management in 2014 and is currently working on her MBA.

Anker currently lives in Springfield and will be relocating to the Menard Electric service territory. “I am delighted to become a part of the Menard Electric family,” she says. “I am excited about transitioning from Prairie Power, Inc. to Menard Electric Cooperative and look forward to working with the co-op’s Board of Directors and talented staff to move the cooperative forward.”

Menard Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of more than 740 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Menard Electric is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 10,700 meters over 2,590 miles of line in parts of Cass, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon and Tazewell counties. For more information visit

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