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Executive Management

Chief Executive Officer Patrick Mooney has been employed by the cooperative since 2010 and has managed the company since 2011. Prior to joining IREA Mr. Mooney practiced law in Michigan, New York and Colorado. He began representing IREA in litigation, labor relations, and employment matters in 1988. He represented the Association as General Counsel beginning in 1998. Since then he has been engaged actively as a member of the IREA management team.

Mr. Mooney graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 with a degree in Economics and from the University of Denver College of Law in 1980.

Chief Financial Officer Dede Jones leads the finance functions within the Association, including cash and debt management, financial accounting and reporting, financial planning and analysis, risk management, procurement and internal audit. Jones has spent most of her career in the energy industry, previously serving in management positions with investor-owned utilities and a four-service municipal utility before joining the cooperative in August 2016. Ms. Jones has also consulted on utility acquisitions, worked in public accounting and directed the development and implementation of internal audit activities.

Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed certified public accountant and certified internal auditor.

Chief Operating Officer Pam Feuerstein, P.E., is responsible for engineering, distribution and transmission operations, power supply, and safety for the Association. She also serves as the company’s North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Compliance Offer and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Senior Manager. Ms. Feuerstein joined IREA in 2010 as the System Planning Manager and later served as IREA’s Engineering Manager. Prior to working at IREA, she worked for an engineering consulting firm in various roles for over 15 years.

Ms. Feuerstein is a registered Professional Engineer and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University.

Community Relations Officer Mandi Lesher leads the call center, billing and payments, and public relations functions within IREA. She has over 16 years of experience in the utility industry and has worked for IREA since October 2006. She began her career at IREA implementing special projects and served as the Project Director for IREA’s two-year-plus enterprise-wide implementation that went live in April 2012. She also helped lead the development of IREA’s billing and payment strategy focused on the delivery of multi-channel payment options to IREA customers.

Ms. Lesher earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from Regis University.

Corporate Services Officer Ian Fleming leads that department’s mission of rendering a comprehensive and integrated human resource, information technology, fleet, facilities and administration function, and to enhance service delivery and the welfare of all IREA employees. He has 26 years of IT experience, 19 working with three distribution cooperatives located in the Southwest U.S.

Mr. Fleming holds several technical and professional certifications, a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Cybersecurity from Excelsior College.

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel¬†Craig N. Johnson advises the Board and senior management regarding disputes, transactions, corporate governance, regulatory matters, real estate, risk management and other matters arising in connection with IREA’s business. Before joining IREA he was in private practice for 25 years representing utilities and financial institutions in complex litigation matters and was in-house counsel for a large, municipally owned electric generation and transmission utility.

Mr. Johnson received a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University and is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law.

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