Bruce Mueller - General Manager
Bruce W. Mueller is the CEO/General Manager, joining Wheatland Electric in 2012. Bruce is responsible for directing the overall operations of Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Before joining Wheatland, he worked in the electric utility industry at Central Power and Light (now American Electric Power) for 18 years and San Bernard Electric Cooperative for 10 years in executive management roles. He holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance from Texas State University, a Master's Degree of Business Administration in Management from the University of Houston-Victoria, and is a graduate of Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Bruce is on the board of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, is Chairman of the Kansas Touchstone Energy Executive Council, and is a board member of the National Cooperative Services Corporation (NCSC). Additionally, he is an alternate board member on the Kansas Electric Cooperatives Board. Bruce is also a Certified Energy Procurement Professional.
Jim McVay - Asst. General Manager/Counsel
Asst. Gen. Manager & Counsel
Jim McVay has been Wheatland Electric Cooperative’s General Counsel since January 2018 and was promoted to assistant general manager in January 2022. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctor, both from Washburn University. Jim served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. He has been an attorney in Great Bend, Kansas for 30 years. He has tried several hundred bench and jury trials.
Rick Klaus - Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Rick Klaus is the Director of Operations at Wheatland Electric, a position he has held since 2018. Rick started with Wheatland in 1982. He received his Associate Degree in Agribusiness from Garden City Community College. Rick is in charge of electrical operations for all seven districts within Wheatland’s service territory. He is also a member of the Kansas Line Supervisors Association.
Barbara Kirk - Director of Human Resources
Director of Human Resources
Barbara is the Director of Human Resources at Wheatland Electric Cooperative, a position she has held since 2017. She has been with Wheatland since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management in Human Resources from Colorado Christian University. Barbara directs all aspects of employment, recruiting, wages and benefits, regulation compliance, organizational development and training functions. She is active in the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Organization.
Traci Goddard - Director of Finance
Director of Finance
Our Director of Finance, Traci Goddard, and has been with Wheatland since 2015 when she was hired as the Manager of Accounting.
Born and raised in Dodge City, KS, Traci received her Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Saint Leo University (Florida). She is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Kansas.
As head of finance, Traci is responsible for day-to-day financial operations, as well as the administrative, regulatory, and reporting duties of the cooperative.
She is a graduate of the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program through NRECA, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and currently serves as president of the Kansas Rural Electric Cooperative Accountants Association.
She is married to her husband Mikey, of more than 12 years, and they have three children: Madison, Amity, and Bane. She enjoys camping with her family, traveling to new destinations, playing games with her kids, and refurbishing old furniture.
Jevin Kasselman - Director of Information Technology
Director of Information Technology
Jevin is the Director of Information Technology. Jevin has worked for Wheatland Electric since 1998 and has been in his current role since 2012. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the cooperative network and communications, voice and computer systems at Wheatland Electric.
Pam Brungardt - Director of Consumer Services
Director of Consumer Services
Pam Brungardt is the Director of Consumer Services at Wheatland Electric, a role she has held since 2017. Pam has been with Wheatland since 2006. She received her Associate Degree in Business and Certificate of Office Technology both from Garden City Community College. Pam directs all aspects of the Consumer Services Department to ensure positive member relationships and management of Wheatland’s rates, rules and regulations. Pam is a member of the Kansas Committee for Rural Electrification.
Luke West - Director of Corp. Services & Water
Director of Corporate Services & Water Division
Luke West is the Director of Corporate Services & Water at Wheatland Electric, a position he has held since 2017. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University. He was also a Journeyman Lineman for eight years and was first hired by Wheatland in 2005. Luke oversees all activities of the Water Division (water contracts, farm leases, etc.) and oversees all corporate policies/documents and facilities at Wheatland Electric. Luke is also a Certified Loss Control Professional through NRECA.
Alli Conine - Dir. of Member Services & Corporate Comm.
Dir. of Member Services & Corporate Comm.
Alli Conine is the Director of Member Services & Corporate Communications at Wheatland Electric Cooperative as of 2022 and served as manager prior to that since 2018. She has been with Wheatland since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. Alli is responsible for all internal and external communications at Wheatland. Alli also coordinates all community and school programs in addition to all membership meetings. Alli recently earned her Certified Key Accounts Executive (CKAE) credentials through NRECA.
Quinten Wheeler - Manager of Safety & Compliance
Manager of Safety & Compliance
Quinten Wheeler is the Manager of Safety and Compliance at Wheatland Electric, a position he's held since 2017. He has been with Wheatland since 2007. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Kansas State University. He is also a Journeyman Lineman. Quinten’s role is to ensure that Wheatland Electric Cooperative and it’s 140+ employees are safe and compliant. Quinten recently earned his CLCP (Certified Loss Control Professional) certification through NRECA.
Rhei Thurman - Executive Assistant
Rhei Thurman is the General Manager’s Executive Assistant, a role she's held since 2017. She has been with Wheatland since 2014. She graduated from Wichita County High School. Her responsibilities include planning the agenda for monthly board meetings, planning and coordinating travel accommodations, and coordinating meeting arrangements for the General Manager, Board of Trustees, and Executive Staff.