Executives


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Employed with Basin Electric since 2021; leadership experience in finance and energy; B.S. Economics with dual concentration in finance and strategic management, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

Todd Telesz

Chief executive officer and general manager
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2022; finance, risk management, strategic planning, and leadership experience in the utility industry since 2000; background in securities trading, investment banking, and investment management; B.A. Economics and Business, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington.

Todd Brickhouse

Senior vice president and chief financial officer
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Employed with Basin Electric since 1978; B.A. English, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; J.D. University of North Dakota School of Law; admitted to practice before state and federal courts of North Dakota, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mark Foss

Senior vice president and general counsel
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2022; more than 25 years of experience in human resources, international labor relations, mergers and acquisitions, operations with profit and loss responsibility, and organizational development and design; Masters in Public Health, University of Illinois Springfield; B.S. Labor Relations, Sangamon State University, Springfield.

Miles McGrew

Senior vice president and chief human relations officer
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Employed with Basin Electric and electric cooperatives since 1992; M.B.A., Masters of Management, and B.S. Mass Communications, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota.

Chris Baumgartner

Senior vice president of Member and External Relations
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Employed with Basin Electric since 1983; M.B.A., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; B.S. Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo; senior member and past chairman of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; registered Professional Engineer.

Tom Christensen

Senior vice president of Transmission, Engineering, and Construction
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2009; served at Laramie River Station as plant manager; A.A.S. power and process plant technology, Bismarck (North Dakota) State College.

Troy Tweeten

Senior vice president of Operations; Chief operating officer, Dakota Coal Company and Montana Limestone Company
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2008; B.S. Accounting and Business Administration, University of Mary; Certified Public Accountant; Chartered Global Management accountant; member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Susan Sorensen

Vice president and treasurer
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2016; B.S. Accounting, Dickinson (North Dakota) State University; Certified Public Accountant; member of the North Dakota Society of CPAs.

Katrina Wald

Vice president and controller
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Employed with Basin Electric and Dakota Gas since 1985; serves as plant manager of Great Plains Synfuels Plant; B.S., Chemical Engineering, Montana State University - Bozeman.

Dale Johnson

Vice president and plant manager, Dakota Gasification Company
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2007; M.B.A., North Dakota State University, Fargo; B.S. Business Management, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; ND Army National Guard, 1987-1995; Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service, 1992.

Jon Klein

Vice president of Procurement
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Employed with Basin Electric since 1994; B.S. Electrical and Electronics Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota; Registered Professional Engineer; Member Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; North Dakota and Missouri Army National Guard, 10 years.

Pius Fischer

Vice president of Transmission
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Employed with Basin Electric since 1989; Masters in Systems Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota; registered Professional Engineer.

Gavin McCollam

Vice president of Engineering and Construction
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2007; Masters in IT Management, Information Systems, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota; B.A. English and B.A. Art, Dickinson (North Dakota) State University; Project Management certifications.

Brian Matthews

Vice president and chief information officer
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Employed with Basin Electric since 1998; M.B.A., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; B.S. Business Administration, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota; Voting member, Southwest Power Pool Market Working Group and Improved Resource Availability Task Force; Chair, Southwest Power Pool Western Market Working Group.

Valerie Weigel

Vice president of Asset Management and Commodity Strategy
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2003; B.S. Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo; Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Becky Kern

Vice president of Resource Planning and Rates
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2017; B.S. Agriculture, Kansas State University.

Tyler Hamman

Vice president of Government Relations