The agency consists of five members to be appointed by the Governor of North Carolina. All
appointments made by the Governor shall be made for terms of four years.
For a list of past and present Commissioners, click here.
Donnie Spivey - Chairman
Began his career at Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in 1985 as a Staff Assistant and was promoted to District Manager in 1993.
In 1999, Donnie was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President of Pee Dee EMC. Mr. Spivey is immediate past President of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation.
Member of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives and GreenCo Solutions, Inc and also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Sandhills Utility Services, Inc., which owns, maintains and operates the electric distribution system on Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina.
Mr. Spivey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Wingate University.
Mr. Spivey and his wife, Geneca, have three children.
Appointed to the REA Board by Governor McCrory and his term will expire on June 30, 2021.
Larry Wilson - Vice Chairman
Serves as Ambassador in Marketing to financial institutions for SAS in Cary, NC
Currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Council of North Carolina
Serves on the Board of Directors for First Flight Venture Center from 2013 to present
Served as President/CEO of the Coastal Federal Credit Union from 1974 to 2012 Served on the Board of Directors for CUNA Mutual Insurance Group from 1986 – 2014
Served on the Board of Directors for CU Direct Lending Company from 2006 to 2012
Mr. Wilson has previously served on Boards for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; North Carolina Credit Union League; National Association of Federal Credit Unions; EDS Credit Union services Advisory Board; Credit Union National Association; First Carolina Corporate Credit Union; LICU – Alliance Corporate Federal Credit Union; Federal Reserve Board of Governors – Thrift Institutions Advisory Committee; Fannie Mae National Housing Advisory Board; Triangle American Red Cross and the Triangle Chapter American Heart Association
Mr. Wilson has received awards such as the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue; the Credit Union Person of the Year Award from NCCUL; Mark of Excellence Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from NCCUL; the Professional of the Year Award, Credit Union of the Year Award and the Quarter Century Honor Roll Award from the NAFCU; the Executive of the Year Credit Union Executives Society award and was Inducted into the Credit Union Executives Society Hall of Fame.
Mr. Wilson has a BS degree in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina State University and has attended various Executive Institutes at the University of Colorado, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Wilson was appointed to the REA Board by Governor Pat McCrory and his term will expire in June, 2019.
Carolyn Bradley currently serves as a Director for the Roanoke Electric Cooperative (EC) Board.
As a member of the Roanoke EC Board, she assisted in the establishment of Roanoke Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), a non-profit subsidiary and also assisted in the establishment of several community outreach programs that enhance the quality of life in the Roanoke EC serving area.
Mrs. Bradley has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Elizabeth City State University. She is a credential certified Director; a Board Leadership Certified Director and a Gold Certified Director of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Mrs. Bradley is active in the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church and serves on the Steward Board, has served as Sunday School Superintendent and on the Missionary Society.
Mrs. Bradley is married and has three children and one grandchild. Her hobbies include watching sports, solving crossword puzzles and gardening.
Mrs. Bradley was appointed to the REA Board by Governor Roy Cooper and her term will expire in June, 2021.
Steven C. Hunt
Steven C. Hunt is the Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education for Robeson Community College, located in Lumberton, NC.
Prior to joining RCC on October 1, 2018 he accumulated twenty six years of experience in various leadership roles with increased levels of responsibility with international, national and local corporations such as Lumbee River EMC, Scotland Health, Tredegar, Campbell Soup, Unilever, and WestPoint Stevens. During these roles, Hunt gained extensive analytical reasoning using metrics as the foundational block for creating performance based teams.
Prior to his corporate career, Hunt served as a Captain in the United States Air Force.
Hunt earned his B.S. in chemistry in 1988 from UNC-Pembroke.
Hunt and his lovely wife, Nichole, have four children and four grandchildren. Hunt enjoys farming, motorcycle riding, and is active in his church as an associate minister.
Hunt was appointed to the NCREA Board by Governor Roy Cooper and his term will expire in June 2021.
Mr. Cramer is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks in Wilkesboro, NC. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Assistant General Manager for Wilkes Communications. He began his career as a consultant with John Staurulakis, Inc. where he spent eight years working with numerous small independent rural telephone companies on financial and regulatory matters from 1996 – 2005.
Mr. Cramer has initiated a complete change management strategy for overall corporate growth and has overseen the launch of new product lines for Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks. He has overseen multiple strategic acquisitions and extensive growth initiatives in the State through the establishment of multiple Public Private Partnerships to bring broadband to underserved and unserved residents. Most recently he has initiated a merger between the Wilkes TMC and TriCounty TMC cooperative memberships.
Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet was the first TMC network in North Carolina, and one of the first in the county, to be completely overbuilt with Fiber Optic Service and offering Gigabit broadband Internet speeds to every customer. Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks has been nationally recognized for this achievement as being designated Gigabit Certified and a Smart Rural Trial Blazer by NTCA.
Mr. Cramer serves on the North Carolina 911 Board, serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Corporation (CVTMA); the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS); Wilkes Economic Development Corporation; The Better Business Bureau of Northwestern North Carolina and is the past Chairman of the Wilkes Regional Medical Center Board. He has also served on multiple committees with the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA).
Mr. Cramer has served as a Director of the United Way of Wilkes County; served on campaigns for the March of Dimes and served on the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Board and the Circles of Care of Wilkes County Board among other volunteer initiatives involving youth and youth leadership.
Mr. Cramer has a BSBA in Finance from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Telecom and Technology Management and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Cramer received the Excellence in Management Innovation Award in 2017 from NTCA and RiverStreet Networks most recently received the Excellence in Business Award in 2017 from the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Cramer was appointed to the REA Board by Governor Cooper and his term will expire on June 30, 2019.