Fredericksburg, Va. — Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has named Karen Mills as Director–Facilities Management.

In this role, Mills will oversee the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operations of the Cooperative’s facilities and grounds. In addition, she will develop and maintain the Cooperative’s facilities management policies and procedures.

“Mills has more than 15 years of experience leading facilities services teams and executing real estate strategy,” said Tosh Bowe, REC’s Managing Director–Administrative Services/Controller. “Her extensive knowledge and experience will ensure efficient operations and effective resource utilization at the Cooperative.”

Prior to joining REC, Mills served as Senior Manager of Facilities Services for Washington Gas.

Before working in utilities, Mills supported several growing technology companies, including, where she led commercial space acquisition, lease negotiation, design development, and construction management.

Mills graduated from George Mason University’s School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She has also earned the assessment-based credential Facility Management Professional.

A Virginia native, Mills lives in the Fredericksburg area with her husband, Chris, and their black lab, Brady. In her free time, Mills volunteers at Lab Rescue LRCP, where she transports dogs rescued from overcrowded shelters to the DC-metro area for veterinary care and, ultimately, adoption.