OAEC Announces New Advocacy Coordinator Position
The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) is pleased to announce that Amber Himle has been selected as Advocacy Coordinator for the statewide association that represents 30 electric cooperatives. This position is effective March 20, 2023.
Himle, a native of Seminole, Okla. comes to OAEC from Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative (CVEC) where she has been serving for nearly seven years.
Himle started at CVEC in member services; she later worked in the billing department and moved to the Member Relations & Public Relations department in 2020 as Marketing Coordinator. In July 2021, Himle was promoted to Manager of Public Relations & Key Accounts.
During her tenure at CVEC, Himle was instrumental in revamping CVEC’s Annual Meeting, enhancing this premiere event for the co-op’s membership. Her leadership was crucial in the co-op’s coordination of youth tour programs and community outreach. She also played a role in the initial research and implementation of CVEC’s fiber subsidiary, CVEC Fiber.
“I’m eager to bring my distribution co-op experience to the statewide association and serve electric cooperatives throughout the state,” Himle said. “I have seen the impact youth programs have on kids; it’s special to watch these events shape and mold future leaders.”
In the Advocacy Coordinator position, Himle will be responsible for developing and coordinating statewide grassroots recruitment and programs, including developing programs to inform and empower electric cooperative employees, members, community leaders and the general public. Additionally, Himle will help coordinate local, regional, statewide and nationally-recognized youth programs sponsored by electric co-ops, specifically Youth Tour, Energy Camp and Special Olympics.
On the side, Himle enjoys spending time with kids, tailgating and attending OU games, going to the lake, boating and reading. She currently serves on the Prague Chamber Board, the Shawnee Homebuilder Association Board, Kiwanis, and is a graduate of Leadership Shawnee.
Himle and her family have been members of Canadian Valley for nearly 10 years. She and her husband, Jason, live in Shawnee. They have three daughters, Taylor (18), Mayce (15), Britten (15) and one son, Tripp (13).
Anna Politano, OAEC Director of PR & Communications