2021 Director Candidate Bios
Christopher D. Bott
Christopher (Chris) Duer Bott was appointed to the A&N Electric Cooperative Board on March 27, effective date April 1, 2008, as a Class 1 director serving District 1.
Currently, he holds the position of vice chairman of the board. He has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and is working on his Board Leadership Certificate.
Bott, a graduate of the University of Virginia, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. He is a co-owner of H&H Pharmacy on Chincoteague Island, Va., and in Oak Hall. Bott serves on the board of directors for the Chincoteague Island Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation. He actively works with the Chincoteague Island Boy Scout Troop 323. He currently serves on the Chincoteague Town Council as its vice mayor and serves on the A-NPDC Economic Development Committee. Bott resides on Chincoteague Island with his wife, Christy, and their three sons.
E. Garrison Drummond
E. Garrison Drummond, the current Class 1 director residing and serving in District 2, was first appointed on April 25, 2002, to fill the unexpired term of Frank W. Blake.
He currently serves on the Finance and Products & Services committees and serves as a director on the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association’s
Education Scholarship Foundation Board and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Board. He has attended state, regional and national meetings and has completed NRECA’s Electric Cooperative Directors’ Institute and has attained the Director Gold credential, which recognizes ongoing commitment to advancing his knowledge and performing his fiduciary duty to the best of his ability.
Drummond was born and raised in Eastville, Va., and is a graduate of Northampton High School. After graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, he was employed as a band director in the Northampton County School system.
Drummond, now retired, owned Drummond Insurance Agency Inc., representing State Farm Insurance in Nelsonia. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Pilot and a former pilot at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
He is a member of Central Lodge No. 300 A.F. & A.M., Jewel Royal Arch Chapter & Malta Commandary, Eastern Shore Shrine Club, Grace United Methodist Church, Eastern Shore Christian Businessman’s Association, past president of SeaBay-Metompkin Ruritan Club, past president of Parksley Lions Club, former member of the Accomack County Airport Commission, former member of the Accomack County Planning Commission, former member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, former board member of Broadwater Academy, and member of the Society for the Preservation of the Metompkin District Cemeteries.
Drummond and his wife, Dana, reside near Parksley.
W.E. "Ted" Shockley III
W.E. “Ted” Shockley III, who lives near Belle Haven, was selected last year as the District 3 director by the A&N Electric Cooperative Board, filling the seat held by the late R. Wayne Browning Sr. He is running for election to the District 3 seat in the Aug. 26, 2021, election.
Shockley’s priorities for ANEC are to provide members with the least-expensive rates and the best service possible, for the cooperative to be responsive to and transparent with its members, and to ensure ANEC offers a superior working environment for its employees. He serves on the cooperative board’s Benefits and Compensation Committee.
Shockley is the owner and founder of Eastern Shore First, a monthly newsmagazine in its fifth year of featuring the people, places, attributes and history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Shockley previously served as executive editor of The Daily Times newspaper of Salisbury, Md., and of the Delmarva Media Group. Prior to that, he was editor of the Eastern Shore News and Chincoteague Beacon.
He has won more than 30 state awards for writing and page design. Nine times he has been the top editor of papers in Virginia and Maryland that won state Newspaper of the Year awards.
A 1991 Northampton High School graduate, Shockley attended Eastern Shore Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Salisbury University in 1995.
Shockley is a member of the Eastern Shore Community College Advisory Board and is a former chairman of the Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees.
He also is a former president and treasurer of the Occohannock Elementary School PTA, is a former Cubmaster at Pack 314 in Exmore, and has been a youth soccer and baseball coach in Northampton and Accomack counties.
Shockley has been married to the former Amy Ashby for 26 years. They have two children: McKay, a rising junior at Old Dominion University, and Jimmy, a rising freshman at Old
He is the older son of Bill and Joyce Shockley of Cheriton.
Ralph W. Dodd
Ralph W. Dodd has served as a District 4 Director since April 2012 and has completed the credentialed education program. He is currently taking classes toward his Board Leadership Certificate and serves on the Finance and Bylaws/Policy committees.
Born in Nassawadox to Ray and Elise Dodd, Ralph and his brother, Vaughan, were raised in Cape Charles. He attended Cape Charles High School through the ninth grade and graduated from Broadwater Academy. He continued his education at Hampden-Sydney College receiving a BA in managerial economics. Ralph has lived in or near Eastville for 40 years.
He is married to Elizabeth “Lit” Willis and has been actively farming for 40 years. Ralph has been licensed in Real Estate for more than 35 years. His first 14 years, he was affiliated with a Virginia Beach commercial office and opened his own office on the Eastern Shore in 2001. Their daughter, Elizabeth, lives near Eastville and is the President of Eastern Shore Custom Carts. She and Will Russell were married in 2017.
Ralph served as the President of the Northampton County Farm Bureau for 10 years and continues to be an active Board member. He is currently active in the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Cape Charles Rotary. He and his family are members of Christ Episcopal Church.
He has volunteered as a Girls Varsity and JV Basketball coach at Broadwater Academy for 18 years. Ralph enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time on the water.
Penney P. Holland
Penney P. Holland, a resident of Franktown, Va., was selected as the District 4 Director by the A&N Electric Cooperative Board to fill the unexpired term of the late James G. Collins Jr. in October 2017 and was elected to the A&N Board in 2018. Holland currently works with Chesapeake Properties in Cape Charles. Prior to working with Chesapeake Properties, Holland worked with Virginia Tech since 2014 both at the Agricultural Research Center and the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Northampton County.
Holland has lived on the Eastern Shore for her entire life, except for her college years at Mary Baldwin University and Christopher Newport University. Penney grew up in Cape Charles, Virginia and attended Cape Charles School and Broadwater Academy.
Holland has been married for 28 years to Jeff Holland and they have two sons: Logan, who is 26 and employed at Duncan Farms in New Church, Va., and Ben, who is 25 and employed with Virginia Farm Bureau in Eastville.
Holland is passionate about the Eastern Shore community and is blessed to be able to live, work and enjoy the Shore.
She is currently the District 4 representative on the A&N Board of Directors. Holland prioritizes her service to the Eastern Shore in this board capacity. She believes strongly that A&N should not only continue to focus on high quality customer service to its commercial and residential customers, but also invest in its infrastructure and its employees to assure that A&N is well poised for its long term responsibility to deliver on its mission to enhance life on the Shore through member-driven services.