Debra Cole has over 35 years in the utility business. In 1978, Ms. Cole began her utility career with Texas Electric Service Company in the Fort Worth office, as a Customer Service Clerk. After 2 years, she was transferred into the Credit Department, as a lead representative. After relocating to Itasca in 1983 Ms. Cole left her position with TESCO after a year of commuting in hopes of obtaining employment with HILCO. Ms. Cole began work for HILCO, then Hill County Electric Cooperative, in 1984.
Ms. Cole previously...more
Vice-President of Operations
Thomas Cheek began his utility career, with the Cooperative, in 1997 as an Engineering Technician. While at HILCO Electric, Thomas has held the positions of Economic Development Manager, in 2003, the Assistant Director of Engineering, in 2007 and the Director of Operations/Engineering, in 2010. In 2014, he was promoted to his current position as the Assistant General Manager of Operations where he oversees HILCO’s lineman and engineering staff along with overhead, underground and right-of-way contractors.
Vice-President of Administration
Paula is a graduate of Itasca High School and of Hill College in Hillsboro. She finished college at Tarleton State University, where she graduated Summa cum Laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. She earned her Certified Public Accountant license in February 2006 and was designated as a Chartered Global Management Accountant in 2012.
Paula served as the City Clerk for the City of Itasca for five years. She left that position to become a Deputy District Clerk for the...more
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lea Sanders has worked in the electric utility industry since 2000 and with HILCO Electric Cooperative for over 15 years. She has served in a variety of capacities with HILCO and is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Lea graduated Texas A&M University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and in 1997, she received her Master of Business Administration in Management from the University of North Texas. In 2001, Lea obtained her Professional Human Resources designation...more
Director of IS and IT
Matt Fehnel serves as the Director of Information Services and Technology for HILCO Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Since joining HILCO in 2001, Matt Fehnel has been instrumental in updating information technology systems and implementing new communications programs at the cooperative. Matt graduated from Baylor University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He worked for two national corporations and brought 13-years’ experience in the IT industry to his position at HILCO.
An Itasca native, Matt is active...more
Director of Marketing
Kendra Markwardt began her career with HILCO in 2007, in the I.T. Department. In 2014 Kendra was promoted to Director of Marketing.
Kendra has been involved with and taken the lead on programs relating to the Pre-Pay Meter program, Outage Management Program, Paperless work order program, Online billing and other new technology programs offered by HILCO.
Kendra and her husband, Eric, live in Itasca and have two children. She enjoys spending time with family, photography and being outdoors. She is...more
Director of Human Resources
Brandi Shore began her career with HILCO in 2006, in the accounting department as a Payroll Clerk. In 2011, Brandi assumed the human resources responsibilities for the Cooperative and its subsidiary. In 2015, she was promoted to Director of Administrative Marketing. In 2018, she was promoted to Director of Human Resources. Along with the human resources responsibilities, she oversees the Operation Roundup® program and Electronic Recycling program.
Brandi graduated with an Associate Degree from Jackson Community...more