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 40 employees.
Greg Wiggins - District No. 1
Greg was elected to the GCEA Board in 2011. He is currently the association’s President and previously served as Vice President and the chair on GCEA’s Budget, Finance and Audit Committee. As president, Greg serves as an ex-officio member to all Board committees. 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.
Chris Morgan - District No. 2
Chris has served on the GCEA Board since 1998. He serves as chair on both GCEA’s Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and its Board Policy-Rules, Regulations/Bylaws Committee. He also serves on the Financial Goals Committee and the Technology Committee. Chris is a director on the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Board and 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.
Bart Laemmel - District No. 3
Bart was elected to the GCEA Board in 2010. He is currently our Vice President and previously served as GCEA's Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. Bart serves as chair of the Scholarship Committee. He also serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, and the Technology Committee. Additionally, Bart serves on the Board of Directors for Western United Electric Supply Corporation and 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.
Michelle Lehmann was appointed to the GCEA Board July 26, 2016. She will serve the remainder of the District 4 term through June 2017. Michelle accepted committee assignments for the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, the Board Policy-Rules, Regulations/Bylaws Committee, and the Scholarship Committee.
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.
Tom Carl - District No. 5
Tom Carl, known also as TC or Tommy, retired from GCEA after more than 37 years of hard work and dedication to the cooperative. He was elected to the GCEA Board June 27, 2017.
He started his career as an apprentice lineman on April 3, 1978. Many of the longtime residents of the Lake City area considered TC to be the go-to guy when the lights go out. TC helped with teaching at Mesa Hotline School. It is a two-week program for typically younger persons wishing to pursue the electrical line worker profession.
TC 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.
TC 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.
John Vader - District No. 6
John was elected to the GCEA Board in 1997. Most recently the association President, John currently serves as GCEA's Secretary/Treasurer. John serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and on the Board Policy-Rules, Regulations/Bylaws Committee. He is also a director on the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) Board. John has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Directors courses, the Board Leadership Training courses, and is an NRECA Director Gold Program recipient.
As a fourth generation Vader in the Gunnison Valley, John graduated from Gunnison High School and went to mechanic school in Phoenix, Arizona before working at Chapman Equipment Company in Gunnison for seven years. John then joined the Vader Ranch partnership with his parents, Joe and Levon Vader, where he worked until the ranch was sold in 1995. He has been the groundskeeper for the Gunnison Cemetery since 1992. He has had previous experience with governing boards as a director of the Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association. John and his wife Terry raised their children here and make their home east of Gunnison.
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 Technology Committee. Mark also serves on the Scholarship Committee, the Board Policy-Rules, Regulations/Bylaws Committee, the Financial Goals Committee and the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee. Mark is also an alternate director for t the Western United Electric Supply Corporation. 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.