Notice of YVEA 2022 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election Process

The Annual Meeting of the Members of Yampa Valley Electric Association is held annually for the purpose of electing directors, passing upon reports covering the previous fiscal year, and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. The 2022 Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 28, 2022, located at our Craig Headquarters - 3715 US HWY 40, Craig, CO 81625.

Director Districts up for election are:

District 4, Elk Springs: Dean Brosious

District 5, Hayden: Patrick Delaney

District 7, Steamboat Springs: Sonja Macys

Ballots will be mailed on May 27, 2022. To be valid and counted, each ballot must be signed by the consumer-member whose name is on the label and the ballot must be received at the location of the third-party ballot counter by Thursday, June 23, 2022. If the meeting is held virtually, the director election will be completed by mail-in ballot process only.

As District 4 and District 5 are uncontested, members will only see District 7 on their ballots. All members will vote on District 7.

 

2022 Board of Director Candidates

Steven Booker - District 4

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Steven Booker - District 4

Steven Booker is a 51-year-old Yampa Valley native, having moved to Craig at Two years old. He was raised in Craig with one younger brother on his family’s small ranch. His historic family (the Durhams) homesteaded in the Axial Basin area of Moffat County, south of Craig, in the late 1800s. Steven is now married with five children. Two are grown and three still at home.

Steven graduated from Moffat County High School in 1989. While in high school he was also a lifeguard for the county run Shadow Mountain swimming pool and worked at the Dairy Queen. After graduating, he went on to live in the Denver area, San Diego, and Southern Colorado. Steven moved back to Craig in 2004 and has lived there, in the same home, since.

Steven is currently a Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy, working in the jail, and has been in that post since 2006. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Steven has been in several leadership and training positions, and put himself through the Colorado Police Officer’s Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) academy in 2007.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Steven was employed largely in the restaurant, travel, and hospitality industries. With this extensive history of customer service and sales, Steven was able to promote to management positions in both of the hotels for whom he worked, including the Craig Holiday Inn.

Steven has also been involved in several charitable organizations including The Knights of Columbus, BPOE (Elks Lodge) and the Lion’s Club.

Patrick Delaney - District 5

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Patrick Delaney - District 5

I am interested in continuing to serve District #5 as a Board Member with Yampa Valley Electric Association. Board leadership in the Co-op requires knowledge about governance and policy, as well as electrical generation and distribution. I have achieved certification as a Credentialed Cooperative Director and have embarked on earning a Board Leadership Certificate. This knowledge assists in keeping your power safe, clean and affordable. The manner in which electricity is produced and distributed is rapidly changing and YVEA works hard to ensure that our system is up to date and able to accommodate change.

I have over 30 years of leadership in resort property management and hospitality. I excel at strategic thinking, innovative problem solving, making sound decisions and building relationships.

Hayden has been my home for 28 years and I’m a fifth generation Coloradan. Together with my wife, Tammie Bowes Delaney, we own Wild Goose Coffee and the Hayden Granary. We advocate for local business, community involvement, and historic preservation. I strive to always make decisions that are in the best interest of the collective membership and am committed to our region.

Our Colorado and Wyoming region faces unprecedented changes, especially in the manner in which electricity is generated. I will continue to work to keep our power clean and local whenever possible.

Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve you and your family. I appreciate your support and look forward to ensuring that Yampa Valley Electric Association contributes to our communities in meaningful ways.

Dan LeBlanc – District 7

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Dan LeBlanc – District 7

The energy industry is in rapid transition. An effective Board Member will be able to navigate this transition to benefit YVEA’s member-owners. Having worked for 20+ years in the energy industry, I am confident that I can provide that leadership on day one of my term.

As a small business owner in the Yampa Valley, I work directly with customers to ensure that their homes and businesses are energy efficient today, and into the future. Prior to opening my own business, I worked as a building energy consultant, contributing to the development of 5 million square feet of energy efficient buildings throughout Colorado.

As your representative on the YVEA Board, I will help YVEA...

  • continue to provide low-cost, reliable electricity
  • build on successful programs, increasing rebates and expanding broadband throughout the region
  • be a leader in 21st century energy, working to implement beneficial electrification initiatives

I am qualified to serve because I have…

  • more than two decades of experience in the energy efficiency field
  • hands-on, local knowledge of the challenges faced by YVEA member-owners
  • broad experience working with utility energy efficiency programs, including Xcel Energy and Energy Smart Colorado

I also serve as a soccer and ski coach and volunteer at the Steamboat Montessori School.  On the weekends, I can often be found with my wife Jessica and our two young boys Marc and Tim, down by the Yampa or exploring the National Forest.

Thanks for your support in this important election.

Ed MacArthur – District 7

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Ed MacArthur – District 7

As a Colorado native, I grew up in Denver then graduated from CSU with a degree in Business Administration & Accounting. In 1979, I moved to Steamboat Springs, married June in 1982. We have two sons: Charlie, his wife Becca, and three children live in Steamboat. Daniel, his wife Heather, and two children live in Minturn.

June and I started Native Excavating in 1981 and it's continued for 41 years. Charlie currently is the president of the company and manages all aspects of Native while I'm the board chairman.

Over the years we have started other businesses: High Mountain Snowmobile Tours in 1990 was a great winter employment opportunity for Native employees; Frontier Structures, a concrete construction company, currently merged in with Native Excavating. In 2012, we opened Alpine Aggregates, a gravel mine south of Steamboat. In addition, a group of locals including myself, opened Yampa Valley Bank in 2000 and I became chairman in 2017.

I have been involved in developing several projects around Steamboat Springs such as, Spring Creek Ridge, Copper Ridge Business Park, and Sunlight. We have participated in the construction of Marabou, The Sanctuary, Elkins Meadow, Heritage Park, Bear Run, and Wildhorse to name a few.

I have served or am currently serving on several non-profit boards: Yampatika, SS Chamber, Discovery Learning Center, SSWSC Foundation, SS Planning Commission, and the Yampa Valley Housing authority.

I hope my past experiences will bring additional expertise to the YVEA board and continue the long tradition of quality local participation.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association Inc. is a member-owned rural electric cooperative. The Association Bylaws state, “The Annual Meeting of the members shall be held annually, at such time and place designated from time to time by the Board of Directors for the purpose of electing Directors, passing upon reports covering the previous fiscal year and transaction such other business as may come before the meeting.”

You have a voice in the way your electric cooperative is run by voting for the individuals who serve on YVEA’s Board of Directors. It’s YVEA’s Board who determine our Association’s policies and direction. The Board consists of nine members, and each member serves a three-year term. Election of the director district is handled by mail ballot together with voting in person by those attending the Annual Meeting. 

The area served by the Association is divided into nine districts. No member shall be eligible to become or remain a director who is not a bon-a-fide resident in the director district for which they are elected or appointed. Legal descriptions of each district can be found in Article XVI, Director Districts, in the Bylaws of the Association, or at www.yvea.com.

A nomination for director may be made only by written petition signed by at least fifteen members of the Association. The nominating petition and director qualification affidavit may be found at www.yvea.com or picked up at the YVEA offices in Steamboat Springs or Craig. This year's nomination packet for 2022 has been posted and can be found in the link above.

YVEA Board of Director Candidates – Prohibition Against Endorsement and Opposition

Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. (YVEA) has received information regarding the unauthorized use of the YVEA logo as part of a campaign communication sent to the membership. No candidate has been authorized to represent or imply in any campaign communication that a candidate is endorsed or opposed by the Cooperative. The unauthorized use of the YVEA logo by a candidate should not be seen as YVEA’s endorsement of or opposition to any candidate. YVEA has not and will not send any communication to the membership endorsing or opposing any individual candidate running for the Board of Directors. YVEA does not financially support any candidate or campaign, the costs associated with a campaign resides solely on the candidate that is running for election.