Board of Directors

Golden Valley Electric Association members are elected by district to serve on GVEA's board of directors. GVEA's service area is divided into seven geographical districts. Directors are elected for three-year terms, with no more than three directors elected in any one year. For more information about director elections, visit the GVEA election page.

Board Internal Committees

Board External Committees

Aren Gunderson, Director for District 1

Phone: (907) 479-0399D1 Gunderson 2014Web

Contact Aren Gunderson

Aren Gunderson was elected to the board in June 2011. Aren came to Fairbanks from Minnesota in 2004 to pursue a graduate degree in wildlife biology at UAF. Since completion of his Master's degree in 2007, Aren has worked at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He's currently the Mammal Collection Manager. Aren and his wife, Jen, have a young daughter and son. They recently built a home in the Goldstream Valley, where they enjoy mushing and skijoring with their five dogs. Aren also enjoys hunting, cross country skiing, hiking, ultimate Frisbee and playing banjo.

District 1 seat will be up for election in 2017.


Tom DeLong, Director for District 2

D2 DeLong 2014WebPhone: (907) 479-5045

Contact Tom DeLong

Tom DeLong currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the board and was first elected in 2005. He and his wife, Ann, have two daughters in college in the Lower 48. He has worked at ABR, Inc. Environmental Research & Services as the Office/Contracts Manager for the last 21 years. Tom has also owned and operated Tolovana Hot Springs, a remote natural hot springs since 1987.  Tom is very interested in the study of utility rates, conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Hobbies include skiing, table tennis, fishing, hunting and flying.

District 2 seat will be up for election in 2017.


Rick Schikora, Director for District 3

D3 Schikora2 2014WebPhone: (907) 488-1724

Contact Rick Schikora

Rick Schikora serves as the board Treasurer. He is a certified public accountant and partner at the accounting firm of Warwick and Schikora, CPAs. Rick has lived in Alaska all his life and with his wife, Cheryl, has raised two daughters. He is a former board member of the Alaska Outdoor Council and a past chair for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, where he remains active on the Natural Resources Committee. Rick joined the Denali State Bank board of directors in January 2010. Rick promotes hunting, fishing and outdoor activities and is a private pilot with more than 5,800 hours. Rick has served on GVEA's board since 1986, and served thirteen years as Chairman of the Board.

District 3 seat will be up for election in 2017.

Gary Newman, Director for District 4

D4 Newman_3-2015_WEBPhone: (907)  488-2001

Contact Gary Newman

Gary Newman was elected in June 2015 and has lived in Fairbanks since 1972. He and his wife, a life-long Alaskan, have two grown sons. Gary has had several professions: telecommunications and PBX systems installer; energy auditor; and weatherization, housing and facilities manager for Tanana Chiefs Conference; and computer and network systems administrator at UAF. He has been an active member of GVEA for decades. Gary previously served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Platting Board and Planning Commission and currently serves on a number of local non-profit boards. Playing Celtic-style music is a hobby of Gary's. He also assists his wife with the development of Koponen Homestead, a residential and recreational community on Chena Ridge. Gary hopes his efforts on the GVEA board will encourage more member-owner engagement. 

District 4 seat will be up for election in 2018. 

Chris Bunch, Director for District 5

Chris BunchPhone: (907) 488-5557

Contact Chris Bunch

Chris Bunch was elected to the board in July 2013. He has lived in Alaska for 25 years and is a pipefitter foreman for TCI Construction, Inc. Chris is a member and executive board member for the Local Union 375 Plumbers and Pipefitters. He and his wife, Megan, have two young sons. Chris is involved in youth hockey and enjoys hunting and snow machining.

District 5 seat will be up for election in 2016.



John Sloan, Director for District 6

JohnSloan webPhone: (907) 322-4391

Contact John Sloan 

John Sloan was elected in June 2007 and is the board Secretary. He retired from the Delta/Greely School District in 2002 after teaching for 21 years. John owns and operates the Buffalo Center Drive-In in Delta Junction. John has been active in the Delta community since 1981, when he and wife Linda arrived. They raised four children in Delta, which offered the opportunity to be involved in various youth and community activities. John has served on the Delta Greely Hockey Assoc. board of directors, coached hockey, little league and girls' softball. He has also been a member of the Delta Junction City Council, LEPC, Delta Lion's Club and Delta Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, John traveled to Sri Lanka with a small group from Fairbanks to aid in the Tsunami Relief effort and has since returned two more times. John enjoys reading, kayaking, biking and snowboarding.

District 6 seat will be up for election in 2016. 

Bill Nordmark, Director for District 7

Nordmark 2010 WEBPhone: (907) 683-2411

Contact Bill Nordmark

Bill Nordmark was appointed to the Board in 1995 to fill a vacancy. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Bill lives in Healy and owns and operates Motel Nord Haven. He represents Golden Valley's members who reside along the Parks Highway from MP 330 near Skinny's Halfway Inn to MP 210 at Cantwell. As a 16-year old looking for a job, Bill came to the Denali Park area. After serving his country in the US Air Force and attending college, he returned to Healy in 1966 with his wife, Patsy, to raise their three daughters. Bill was one of the original founders of the Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chief and an EMT for 19 years.

District 7 seat will be up for election in 2018.

GVEA at a Glance


District Descriptions

District 1

Includes the Railroad Industrial Area of Well Street and Phillips Field Road south of the Johansen Expressway to the Chena River, Graehl Subdivision to Hamilton Avenue and north of Adak Avenue. Headng north out of Fairbanks, the general area west of the Steese Highway, including Fox, Chatanika, Haystack, Elliot Highway, Farmers Loop, Goldstream, Murphy Dome and Sheep Creek Roads, the University of Alaska and College Road north of Noyes Slough.

District 2

Includes the general area south of College Road, south of Noyes Slough and north of the Chena River, Danby Street, Aurora Subdivision, Geist Road, University West, Chena Ridge, Goldhill Road, Ester and the Parks Highway.

District 3

Includes the area south of the Chena Small Tracks and east of Chena Pump to Rosie Creek. West side of Fairbanks south of the Chena River, west of Wien Street and 10th Avenue, south of Smythe Street and 9th Avenue and west of Turner Street. The Van Horn Industrial Area and Richardson Highway up to the west side of Woll, Nordale and Keeney Roads.

District 4

Includes downtown Fairbanks, north of Wein Street and 10th Avenue to the Chena River. The subdivisions of Island Homes, Hamilton Acres, Shannon Park and Birchwood Homes. All areas east of the Steese Hightay, heading north out of Fairbanks, including Chena Hot Springs Road. Also, the Secluded Acres Subdivision east of Ft. Wainwright and north of the Chena River.

District 5

Includes the area of North Pole, the Richardson Highway, east side of Woll Road, Nordale and Keeney Roads, Moose Creek, Eielson and south to the Salcha River.

District 6

Includes Delta Junction, Fort Greely and all areas south of the Salcha River, including Harding and Birch Lakes.

District 7

Includes the areas of Nenana, Clear, Anderson, Healy, McKinley Village and Cantwell.

District Maps