BECi Directors Elected at Annual Meeting
The results of the Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), director elections were announced Saturday during the BECi Annual Membership Meeting at co-op headquarters in DeRidder.
Incumbent Director Teddy Welch was elected to represent District Five, receiving 315 votes, defeating candidate Charles “Danny” White, who received 310 votes. Welch, a resident of Sugartown, has served on the BECi Board in District Five since 1989. Welch is a retired teacher and principal from the Beauregard Parish School system and holds a master’s degree +30 hours in education and a certification in vocational agriculture. Welch is a member of the Sugartown Baptist Church and the Beauregard Parish Cattlemen’s Association. Welch is also a member and past president of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury and a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director.
District Six Director Trent Buxton was re-elected without opposition. Buxton, a resident of DeQuincy, is the Environmental, Health and Safety Director at Juniper GTL and is also the co-owner of Toddler Junction Early Learning Center in DeQuincy. Buxton, an alumnus of DeRidder High School, is active in the Bible Baptist Church of DeQuincy and DeQuincy Dixie Youth Athletics.
District Eight Director Diana Beglis Backhaus was re-elected without opposition. Backhaus, an alumna of Sulphur High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in education from McNeese State University. Backhaus is an accountant, realtor, retired math teacher and has been a Registered Tax Preparer for over 28 years. Backhaus is also a member of the Henning United Methodist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director. The three directors officially began serving three-years term at Saturday’s annual meeting.
BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 43,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana. For more information on BECi’s Board of Directors and the BECi Bylaws, visit www.beci.org. -30-