GCEC Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of five (5) elected Members, who are elected to serve three year terms. At the Annual Meeting of the Members, one year, one Director is elected to a three year term. During the next two years, two Directors are elected to serve three year terms. The following individuals serve as the current GCEC Board of Directors:

Charles Rice

Charles Rice is the Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative President. He lives in the Gunter area and represents District 3. Charles and his wife, Margo, have lived in the Gunter/Van Alstyne area for over 25 years. They have one son, Millard, who is married to Cynthia, and they have one daughter. Charles was raised in Collin County near Plano. After earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1958, he returned to continue a lifelong occupation of farming and raising livestock.

Charles has always been an active member of the community. He has participated in a variety of community organizations, serving as a Board member on many. Some of these organizations are the Van Alstyne Area Chamber of Commerce, a rural water system, and the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Board; as well as, many others. Currently, he is a Board member of the Texas Star Bank.

Ray Houston

Ray Houston is a Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative Director. He lives in the Bells area and represents District 1. He is a life long resident of Grayson County, having lived in Bells, Howe and Sherman. Ray currently resides near Bells at Heritage Hills Farms. His family was recently awarded a Family Land Heritage Certificate by the Texas Department of Agriculture for continuous operation of a farming operation for 150 years.

Ray brings a lot of sound business knowledge to the Cooperative. In a 24 year banking career, he has worked at several local banks. In addition to his banking background, Ray worked as an organizer and partner of Southwest Auction in Howe for ten years. His last ten years of work experience was as the City Administrator of the City of Howe, from where he retired in 2000.

Ray has been married to Shirley for over forty years. They have three daughters, Cynthia Schneider, Donna Crook and Jania Schneider; as well as seven grandchildren, all living near Howe. In addition to work and operations at Heritage Hill Farms, Ray is also active in a variety of other activities. He is an active member of the Antioch Baptist Church, a Board member of the Choctaw Water Shed District, and a twenty year member of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Posse. Ray served one term as the Mayor of Howe and two terms as President of the Howe Chamber of Commerce. Recently Ray became involved with Heart Menders, a group of volunteers who assist heart patients and their families at TMC in Denison.

Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson is the Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative Secretary/Treasurer. He lives in the Celina area and represents District 4. Steve has lived in the Celina area all of his life. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Steve served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. Following his Air Force service, he returned to Celina to raise a family. He and his wife, Jackie, have two sons and a daughter. Their oldest, Chad, married Shelley in 2001. They have two children. Steve and Jackie attend Rhea’s Mill Baptist Church, where Steve is a Deacon.

When not busy on the family farm, Steve enjoys a variety of activities. He is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He supports the award winning Celina Bobcats. He enjoys backpacking in the Rocky Mountains, and Steve still holds and active pilot’s license that allows him to relax in the open skies.
His proudest moments have come from being a father. Two of his children have graduated from Texas A&M University, where his oldest son, Chad, followed in dad’s footsteps as a member of the famous Corps of Cadets. Daughter, Leigh Ann, has earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Kyle helps on the family farm.

Paul Kirkland

Paul Kirkland is a Grayson Collin Electric Cooperative Director. He lives in the Lucas area and represents District 5. Paul and his wife, Tammie, have three children: Amber, Lauren and Will.

Paul grew up in Van Alstyne, where he graduated from High School in 1979 before attending East Texas State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Currently, he is the General Manager of Kirkland Sales, Inc., a converter of foam and plastics for various industries. He is currently a licensed helicopter pilot and irrigation installer. He enjoys spending time with his family, working with his bird dogs, hunting and flying.

Jim Copeland

Jim Copeland lives west of Pottsboro with his wife of 23 years, Shellee and their four children. Their oldest son, Clay, attends Sam Houston State University. Their son Cody, and their twins Emma and Cole attend Pottsboro ISD. Jim graduated from East Texas State University in 1993 with an Agri-Business Degree. He worked 5 years for El Dorado Chemical Company managing fertilizer distribution plants, which gave him the unique opportunity of traveling all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. In 1998, Jim and Shellee purchased A-1 Little John Inc., which they have successfully owned and operated for the past 16 years. Jim is an active leader in the community and has served on many local community boards. He currently serves as President of the Texoma Livestock Show Association, and is Vice President of the Pottsboro ISD school board. The Copelands enjoy spending time with their children, family and close friends. Jim’s hobbies include raising show animals, ranching, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

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