Audra Johnson has pushed in her chair for the last time at Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative. Audra retired from WVEC on December 15 after a 19-year career there. She began working for WVEC on December 1, 2003, as a customer service representative and then took on the duties of an accounting clerk.
“I have really enjoyed working with customers and trying to help them with their questions or concerns,” Audra recalled. “One of the great things about working for a coop is not only your fellow employees, but the network of coops and coop organizations that work together to serve their membership.” She said it is like being part of a larger family. She also reminisced about memorable storms that hit our area over the years and commented, “The electricians and line department are superstars when it comes to getting consumers back on!”.
Audra and her husband, Darwin, own a family farming operation in the rural LaBolt area. They raised their three daughters — Rachel, Paige, and Jenna — there, and Audra said she now plans to enjoy some extra family time. She also hopes to sneak a little traveling into her free time.
Dave Page, general manager of WVEC, said “Whether Audra was greeting customers or her fellow employees, she had a ready smile and a willing ear. She always engaged members and employees with genuine respect and kindness. She’s a great example of how to treat others. Thank you, Audra, for your dedication to the WVEC members for the past 19 years. We wish you the very best in your next chapter of life.”