President & CEO
Jason Bohrer’s background as an attorney, a communications director for the Idaho Republican Party and as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) provide a diverse skill set in his role as president and chief executive officer of the Lignite Energy Council. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University and earned his law degree from George Mason University. Prior to joining the Lignite Energy Council in 2013, Bohrer worked nine years in Washington, D.C.
Executive Vice President –
Research & Development
& Technical Advisor to the NDIC
Mike Holmes, prior to joining the Lignite Council, served as the director of Energy Systems Development at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks, where he oversaw fossil energy research areas. His principal areas of interest and expertise include CO2 capture; fuel processing; gasification systems for coproduction of hydrogen, fuels, and chemicals with electricity; process development and economics for advanced energy systems; and emission control technologies.
Vice President –
Government Relations & External Affairs
Jonathan Fortner, prior to joining the Lignite Council, worked in a variety of roles as a legislative staffer for the Minnesota House of Representatives and as a lobbyist for the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm in Minneapolis, MN. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota where he received master’s degrees in business administration and public administration. He is a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and his background includes working on many local, legislative and statewide campaigns in Minnesota politics.
Vice President –
Marketing & Communications
Kay LaCoe is a graduate of the University of Mary with a bachelor’s of science degree in business communications. Kay’s background includes writing, website development, graphic design, integrated marketing and social media management. Prior to joining the Lignite Council in 2008, Kay spent the early part of her career at Basin Electric and Agency MABU working in the communications, marketing, and project management fields. Kay is married to Shane and together they have a teenage son, three Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs and two horses.
Administration & IT
Dave Allard, a native of Beulah, ND has been employed with the Lignite Energy Council since 1999. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota where he received bachelor’s degrees in aerospace science and computer science.
Education & Membership
Retha Mattern was previously the Director of Admissions & Outreach, the Business & Outreach Coordinator for the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, and Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor. She also worked as a reporter and assistant news director for KFYR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Bismarck. Mattern also served for three years as a non-voting member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Mattern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Management from Minot State University.
Office, Finance & Benefit Manager
Rachelle Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in production management with a minor in economics from Utah State University. She also received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rachelle’s background includes purchasing, human resources duties, real estate, taxes, bookkeeping, auditing, and a cost analysis. Rachelle has five children with her husband Mathias.
Research & Development
Angie had 10 years of energy industry experience prior to joining the Lignite Energy Council in August of 2019. Angie attended Central New Mexico College and lived in New Mexico for over 20 years before moving back home to North Dakota in 2009.
Graphic Communications Specialist
Shari Meissner has more than 25 years of graphic design, marketing and communications experience. She joined the Lignite Energy Council in February of 2018. Shari is a native of Glen Ullin, ND, attended NDSU, and obtained her degree in Graphic Design from Minnesota State Community and Technical College.