Melton Earns Director Gold Credentials

LENOIR, NC (November 13, 2019) — Kelly Melton of Caldwell County recently earned the Director Gold credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as part of her service on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

Photo L to R: Kelly Melton, Blue Ridge board member; Jeff Joines, Blue Ridge Board President.

In order to earn the credential, electric cooperative directors must complete a variety of courses on topics ranging from finance to technology and then commit to a continuing education requirement throughout their service on the co-op board.

Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly for increased knowledge of ongoing changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative business principles. Blue Ridge Energy has a commitment to work through NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benefit of their electric cooperative consumer-owners.

NRECA represents more than 900 private, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to nearly 40 million people in 47 states.  Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 member-owners in Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, Caldwell and parts of Alexander, Avery and Wilkes counties.  Learn more at