800-338-6425 or 254-687-2331
Debra Cole has over 30 years in the utility business. In 1978, Ms. Cole began her utility career with Texas Electric Service Company in the Fort Worth office, as a Customer Service Clerk. After 2 years, she was transferred into the Credit Department, as a lead representative. After relocating to Itasca in 1983 to enable her husband to return to the ranch and allow her children to attend a smaller school district. Ms. Cole left her position with TESCO after a year of commuting in hopes of obtaining employment with HILCO. Ms. Cole began work for HILCO, then Hill County Electric Cooperative, in 1984.
Ms. Cole previously served as Assistant General Manager, Office Manager, Coordinator of Operation Department, Collection Supervisor, Customer Service Clerk and Cashier.
Ms. Cole served many years as president of the FFA Community Support Committee, president of the girls District Softball League, president of the Ex-Student Association and served as Youth Director at Christ Lutheran Church for 10 years. She is married to Gary Cole, where, together, they have raised a daughter Melony and son Cory. Ms. Cole has her Associate in Applied Science in Management, Certificate of Technology in Management and Certificate of Basic Management Skills, from Hill College. She also has a Bachelors Degree from West Texas A & M University.
Assistant General Manager of Operations
Cheek began his utility career, with the Cooperative, in 1997 as an
While at HILCO Electric, Thomas has held the positions of Economic
Development Manager, in 2003, the Assistant Director of Engineering, in
2007 and the Director of Operations/Engineering, in 2010.
In 2014, he was promoted to his current position as the Assistant
General Manager of Operations where he oversees HILCO’s lineman and
engineering staff along with overhead, underground and right-of-way
Thomas has completed the
requirements and received a Management Certification along with his
Associate Degree, from Hill
He has also obtained several certifications from
NRECA and TEC. Thomas is
active in his community, has served as a commissioner on the Planning
and Zoning Board in Hillsboro and has served as an advisory committee
member for TSTC workforce education programs.
Thomas Cheek began his utility career, with the Cooperative, in 1997 as an Engineering Technician. While at HILCO Electric, Thomas has held the positions of Economic Development Manager, in 2003, the Assistant Director of Engineering, in 2007 and the Director of Operations/Engineering, in 2010. In 2014, he was promoted to his current position as the Assistant General Manager of Operations where he oversees HILCO’s lineman and engineering staff along with overhead, underground and right-of-way contractors.
Thomas has completed the requirements and received a Management Certification along with his Associate Degree, from Hill College. He has also obtained several certifications from NRECA and TEC. Thomas is active in his community, has served as a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Board in Hillsboro and has served as an advisory committee member for TSTC workforce education programs.Thomas and his wife, Amie, live in Hillsboro, have three children and are members of the First Baptist Church. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, hunting and boating.
Assistant General Manager of Administration
Paula is a life-long
resident of Hill County.
She is a graduate of Itasca High School and
of Hill College in Hillsboro.
She finished college at Tarleton State
University, where she graduated Summa cum Laude in 2000 with a Bachelor
of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
During her time at Tarleton State
University, she was recognized by the Accounting Education Foundation of
the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants as the outstanding
accounting student at Tarleton for the year 2000.
She earned her Certified Public Accountant
license in February 2006 and was designated as a Chartered Global
Management Accountant in 2012.
Paula served as the City Clerk for the City of
Itasca for five years.
She left that position to become a Deputy
District Clerk for the Hill County District Clerk’s Office.
She remained in that position for three
She then took an Accounting Clerk position
with HILCO Electric Cooperative in 1996.
While working for HILCO Electric
Cooperative, Paula was promoted to Accounting Coordinator, Finance and
Accounting Manager, Director of Finance and Accounting, and to her
current position of Assistant General Manager of Administration.
She oversees the Office Services,
Accounting, Billing, and Safety & Loss Control Departments which are
responsible for the administrative functions for HILCO Electric
Cooperative, HILCO United Services, Inc., and two rural water companies
managed by HILCO Electric Cooperative.
Director of IS and IT
Matt Fehnel serves as the Director of Information Services and Technology for HILCO Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Since joining HILCO in 2001, Matt Fehnel has been instrumental in updating information technology systems and implementing new communications programs at the cooperative. Matt graduated from Baylor University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He worked for two national corporations and brought 13-years’ experience in the IT industry to his position at HILCO.
An Itasca native, Matt is active in the community. He is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem of Itasca, has served multiple terms as Mayor of Itasca, and is a two-time past-President and Treasurer of the Itasca Chamber of Commerce as well as past-President of the Itasca Ex-Students’ Association. He has participated in many community projects, including the Chamber Barbecue Cook-Offs, Relay For Life, Habitat for Humanity and Community clothing and food drives. Matt enjoys gardening and other outdoor activities in his spare time.Matt Lives in Itasca with his wife Michelle and their two Daughters, Ashley Spain and Megan Spain. They are also hosting a high-school exchange student from Spain, Victor Munoz-Alund.
Director of Marketing
Kendra Markwardt began her career with HILCO in 2007, in the I.T. Department. In 2014 Kendra was promoted to Director of Marketing.
Kendra has been involved with and
taken the lead on programs relating to the Pre-Pay Meter program, Outage
Management Program, Paperless work order program, Online billing and
other new technology programs offered by HILCO.
Kendra and her husband, Eric, live in
Itasca and have two children. She enjoys spending time with
family, photography and being outdoors. She is also currently
serving as a member on the Itasca School Board.
“What a wonderful company HILCO is to work for. I can’t wait to interact with our members through our Member’s Picnic, Coop Magazine and other media aspects.”
HILCO Main Office
115 East Main Street
P.O. Box 127
Itasca, Texas 76055
(254) 687-2331 or (800) 338-6425
Fax (254) 687-2428
HILCO Whitney Office
4581 FM 933
P.O. Box 2480
Whitney, Texas 76692
(254) 694-5237 or (888) 850-6551
Fax (254) 694-4062
HILCO Midlothian Office
300A Silken Crossing
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Fax (972) 723-2911
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