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From the January 14, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 14, 2013

Bruce Jorgenson was sworn in for his fourth term in office as commissioner of Mason County Public Utility District’s third district in Shelton, Wash. He will serve a six-year term as a member of the board. 

The Public Power Council, headquartered in Portland, Ore. and representing consumer-owned electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest, elected new board members to serve a 2013-2014 term:
  • Bob Geddes, Lewis County Public Utility District, Chehalis, Wash.
  • Brian Skeahan, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Longview, Wash.
  • Chad Bartram, Benton Public Utility District, Kennewick, Wash.
  • Dan Peterson, Pend Oreille County Public Utility District, Newport, Wash.
  • Ed Brost, Franklin Public Utility District, Pasco, Wash.
  • Fred Mitchell, Clallam County Public Utility District, Port Angeles, Wash.
  • Jim Smith, Klickitat County Public Utility District, Goldendale, Wash.
  • Joe Noland, City of Cheney, Wash.
  • John Gerstenberger, Hood River Electric Cooperative, Odell, Ore.
  • Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light, Wash.
  • Ken Sugden, Flathead Electric Cooperative, Kalispell, Mont.
  • Les Teel, Columbia Rural Electric Association, Dayton, Wash.
  • Matt Michel, Canby Utility Board, Ore.
  • Pat McGary, Clark Public Utilities, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Ray Sieler, Tillamook People’s Utility District, Ore.
  • Rick Crinklaw, Lane Electric Cooperative, Eugene, Ore.
  • Roger Gray, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Ore.
  • Steve Boorman, City of Bonners Ferry, Idaho
  • Steve Klein, Snohomish County Public Utility District, Everett, Wash.
  • Ted Coates, Tacoma Public Utilities, Wash.
  • Tom Hutchinson, Clearwater Power, Lewiston, Idaho.
Michael McWherter, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors, took an oath of office for a term that expires in May 2016. He is one of four newly-confirmed appointments to the nine-member board. 

The district board of Emerald People’s Utility District in Eugene, Ore., swore in its newly elected directors: Ron Davis; Penny Jordan, president; and Katherine Schacht, treasurer. Kevin Parrish, who was appointed, was also sworn in and elected vice president.

The Western Area Power Administration promoted Lynn Jeka to manager of its Colorado River Storage Project Management Center (CRSP MC) headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was most recently Western’s financial manager and worked with its Transmission Infrastructure Program.

APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services Michael Hyland has been elected to join the board of directors of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).
APPA Engineering Services Specialist Laura Cornwell has taken on a new role as staff liaison to APPA’s Energy Services Committee. She also serves as liaison to APPA’s Safety Committee.
APPA promoted the following staff, effective Jan. 1:
  • Lawrente Boyd to office services supervisor;
  • Mary Ellington to administration program assistant;
  • Alex Hoffman to energy and environmental services manager;
  • LeAnne Nienhuis to education and customer programs manager; and
  • Seth Voyles to director, government relations.


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