District 5: Cussewago, Hayfield, Venango, Cambridge, and Woodcock townships and Woodcock and Saegertown Boroughs in Crawford County.
Northwestern REC holds nominating meetings in the early spring time. In August 2020, the following Cooperative member was re-elected to serve as District 5 Director. Terms last for three years. Elections take place online and electronically before the Annual Meeting.
Kathy Cooper-Winters, Board Chair
Mrs. Cooper-Winters, was first elected to Northwestern REC's board in 1988. She previously served as the board treasurer for eleven years and has met the requirements for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Director Certification.
Mrs. Cooper-Winters is the board representative to the Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AEC). She has been the AEC board treasurer and vice-chairman. Mrs. Cooper-Winters is also a director for the National Cooperative Services Corporation (NCSC). She has been a co-op member since 1985.
Mrs. Cooper-Winters was employed by Northwestern REC in communications for eight years before working as a farm consultant with Agway, Inc. In 1984, she set up her own accounting and tax business with her father, the late Jesse G. Cooper, retired Penn State University professor, AGVIZE, Inc. Cooper Associates offered accounting and tax services for 105 area client/farmers. She retired from there in 2008.
Mrs. Cooper-Winters is a member of the Saegertown United Methodist Church and served as the Finance Committee chair. Mrs. Cooper-Winters is married to William R. Winters, Sr. and has one son and five step-children, two grandsons and nine step-grandchildren.