Chris Birky; his wife, Melissa; and their five children reside in Pleasant Township. They have been Kankakee Valley REMC members for 28 years.
Birky owns and operates Birky Family Farms Country Gourmet catering and concessions, is the founder of South County Love Your Neighbor not-for-profit, and also owns a small manufacturing company that provides products to pork and poultry producers.
In addition, he and his brother farm and operate a small farrow-to-finish hog operation in Morgan and Pleasant townships. His family also raise Boer goats and sheep.
Birky enjoys coaching different sports and assisting his children with their 4-H projects.
Birky was elected to the KV REMC board of directors in 2004. Through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Birky has earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate, Board Leadership certificate and Director Gold credentials.