Dear Members,

It’s my honor to have been chosen by your board of directors as the next general manager of Hood River Electric Cooperative. My first day was June 11. I had the good fortune to spend the first few weeks with retiring manager John Gerstenberger, which has helped ensure a smooth transition.

I have spent 20 years in the utility industry here in the Pacific Northwest, working in community relations, regional issues, economic development, strategic planning, outage and emergency management, budgeting and rate setting. I take great pride in being a part of a team that provides safe, reliable and affordable service. The HREC team is a great example of that. Our employees are some of the most knowledgeable, efficient and effective that I’ve met, and they are dedicated to serving you well. I’m grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received from them.

My husband and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to live in the Hood River Valley. I spent my summers and holidays here in my youth visiting my grandparents, Dayrl and Dorothy Swyers. My parents are now retired in the area. Moving here feels a bit like coming home.

During the next few months, I’ll be learning more about our electric operations and internet services and getting to know the communities we serve. I’d love to meet you and learn what you like about your co-op. If you’d like to reach out by phone or email, our office number is (541) 354-1233, and my email is

I look forward to serving you.

Libby Calnon
General Manager