The nine-member Coastal Electric Cooperative board of directors has named Bryan County resident Laura McGee to fill the position of secretary treasurer for the corporation, a spot vacated by Barbara Davis, who recently resigned to move from the area.
The appointment was made during the board’s November meeting at the Co-op’s office in Richmond Hill.
McGee was elected to the board in 2011 and is a 37-year resident of the Richmond Hill area. She previously earned her credentialed cooperative director certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The CCD curriculum consists of five courses designed to provide knowledge and skills required of cooperative directors: duties and liabilities, the electric business, board operations and process, strategic planning and financial decisions.
McGee is also a director of Georgia Energy Cooperative, the member-owned, not-for-profit power supply cooperative headquartered in Tucker. GEC procures energy resources, manages power supply contracts, and plans for the future energy needs for Coastal Electric and 14 other Georgia electric cooperatives.
A native of Stillwater, Okla., McGee grew up in Athens, Ga. In 1974, at the age of 20, she graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a BBA in accounting. She went on to acquire certified public sccountant licensure in Georgia and North Carolina.
She and her late husband moved to Richmond Hill in 1979. Three years later she opened the accounting firm McGee Collins, PC. She has since retired and sold her business.
She is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill. In the past she has volunteered as an advocate for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA oversees and protects a child’s rights in and out of the courtroom. She has served as treasurer junior warden and senior warden at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, where she was one of the founding members. When Richmond Hill’s Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1984 she was the board’s treasurer. She has also volunteered with Junior Achievement, the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, the American Heart Association, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, among others.