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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the management, administration and regulation of GCEA's business affairs. The Board consists of seven local resident directors elected from the members by the members. GCEA's service territory is divided into six districts with one director elected from each of the districts. The seventh director is an at-large representative. Directors are elected by the entire membership and each serves alternating three year terms.

Board members can be contacted via email by clicking on their linked names in blue, sending written correspondence to GCEA at PO Box 180, Gunnison, CO 81230 or by calling Executive Assistant Sherry Booth at 970-641-3520.

The Board hires a Chief Executive Officer to oversee company operations and the current staff of 41 employees.

 


Board President Greg WigginsGreg Wiggins - District No. 1  

Greg was elected to the GCEA Board in 2011. He most recently served as the association President and has previously served as Vice President. Greg serves on GCEA’s Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and the Scholarship Committee. Greg has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Directors certification.

After graduating from the University of Montana with a BA in Business, Greg moved to Crested Butte to teach skiing. He started a property management business a few years later and has been a small business owner since 1983. He has been involved in Skyland Metropolitan and East River Sanitation Districts since 1988 and is currently chairman of both. He is also the president of two local homeowner association boards. Greg and his wife Kathy live in the Crested Butte area and have twin boys who graduated from Crested Butte Community School in the spring of 2014.  

 

 

 District 2: Chris MorganChris Morgan - District No. 2

Chris has served on the GCEA Board since 1998. Having held a variety of offices, Chris is currently the Vice President. He serves as chair on GCEA’s Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, its Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee, and the Technology Committee. Chris also serves on the Financial Goals Committee and the Technology Committee. Chris is a delegate of the Paradigm Services, LLC as well as Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Chris has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Directors courses, the Board Leadership Training courses, and is an NRECA Director Gold Program recipient.

Growing up in Georgia, Chris attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in environmental science and geology. He then moved to Mt. Crested Butte in 1990. Chris has further served his community as Mt Crested Butte planning commissioner, council member and most recently Mayor. Chris is proud to be a founding board member of the Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE) here in the Gunnison valley. Chris and his wife Sara make their home in Mt. Crested Butte. 

 

 

 District 3: Bart LaemmelBart Laemmel - District No. 3

Bart was elected to the GCEA Board in 2010. He is currently our President and previously served as GCEA's Vice President and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. As president, Bart serves as an ex-officio member to all Board committees. Additionally, Bart serves as our delegate for NRECA/CFC. Bart has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Directors courses as well.

Bart moved to the valley in 1988, graduated from Western State College, and has been a local small business owner. He has been involved in the energy field for the past several years as a home energy auditor, renovator and building science educator. Bart is currently operating the forensic carpentry consulting firm of B2 Building Science. Bart has a daughter and makes his home in Crested Butte South.

 

 

District 4: Michelle Lehmann Michelle Lehmann - District No. 4

Michelle Lehmann was first appointed to the GCEA Board July 26, 2016 to serve the remainder of the District 4 term and was elected to the Board June 27, 2017. Michelle currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer. Michelle serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, the Financial Goals Committee, and the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee. She is also our alternate representative for Colorado Rural Electric Association and Western United Electric Supply Co. Michelle has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Directors certification.

A fourth generation rancher from the Powderhorn Valley, Michelle earned degrees in Human Resource Management and Accounting from Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) in Grand Junction. Michelle is active in the Gunnison 4-H program and she and her family of four continue their ranching tradition, managing approximately 10,000 acres of private land in Gunnison and Saguache counties.

 

 

District 5: Tom CarlTom Carl - District No. 5 

Tom Carl, known also as TC or Tommy, retired from GCEA as a lineman after 37 years. He was elected to the GCEA Board June 27, 2017. Tom serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, the Financial Goals Committee, the Scholarship Committee, and the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee. He is also our representative for Colorado Rural Electric Association and Western United Electric Supply Co. Tom has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Directors certification.

He started his career as an apprentice lineman on April 3, 1978. Many of the longtime residents of the Lake City area considered Tom to be the go-to guy when the lights go out. Tom helped with teaching at Mesa Hotline School. It is a two-week program for persons wishing to pursue the electrical line worker profession.

Tom was born in Durango but lived in Lake City ever since grade school. He is a widower and has two sons: Ron, who lives in Rifle, and Duane, who lives in Glenwood Springs with his son, Coulter.

Tom resides in Lake City where he continues long-serving civic activities in the community including Reserve Deputy for the Hinsdale Sheriff’s Office, Chair of the Lake City Snowmobilers Club, and a volunteer with the Hinsdale County Search and Rescue.

 

District No. 6Polly Oberosler - District No. 6

Polly was elected to the GCEA Board June 26, 2018. She serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, the Technology Committee, and the Scholarship Committee.

Polly was born in Gunnison and raised in Almont on her family resort established around 1910. She served the community as a member of the Gunnison Valley Health Board of Trustees and  as the Sponsorship Chair on the Cattlemen’s Days Committee. Polly has also served in a cooperative community manner on the Mountain Roots Board, Gunnison County Trails Commission, and Sage Grouse Strategic Committee.

After attending Western and UNC, Polly worked as a ski lift mechanic at CBMR and then a ski and bike mechanic at Crested Butte Sports for 20 years. After 30 years in Mt. Crested Butte, she and Dave moved to Doyleville. Polly worked and volunteered for the US Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger. She also writes for the Crested Butte Magazine and has a column, “Grazing the Tomichi” in The Crested Butte News. 

 

District 7: Mark Daily Mark Daily - District No. 7

Mark Daily was elected to the GCEA Board in 2015. He serves as GCEA's Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and chairs the Financial Goals Committee. Mark serves on the Technology Committee, the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee, and the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee. Mark is a director on the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Board and an alternate representative for Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Mark has also completed requirements for Credentialed Cooperative Director Certification.

Mark’s previous experience serving ours and the Fort Collins community include his roles as City Planner, City of Gunnison from 1979 to 1989; Energy Use Advisor, Manager of Member  Services, Gunnison County Electric Association, 1990 to 2008; Member Services Representative, Poudre Valley REA, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2009 to August 2014; and Legislative Policy  Committee member, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, 2010 to the present. Mark and his wife Lynn Cudlip make their home in the Ohio Creek area.

 

 

 

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