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.
Aren Gunderson, Director for District 1
Phone: (907) 479-0399
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 as the Genomic Resources Coordinator. Aren and his wife Jen have a daughter. They recently built a home in the Goldstream Valley where they enjoy mushing and skijoring with their 5 dogs. Aren also enjoys hunting, cross country skiing, hiking, ultimate frisbee and playing banjo.
District 1 seat will be up for election in 2014.
Tom DeLong, Director for District 2
Phone: (907) 479-5045
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, and hunting and flying.
District 2 seat will be up for election in 2014.
Rick Schikora, Director for District 3
Phone: (907) 488-1724
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 2014.
Frank Eagle, Director for District 4
Phone: (907) 451-8575
Frank Eagle was elected in June 2012. He has lived in Fairbanks for 35 years and is a local restaurateur. Currently Frank and his wife, Kathy, own Lavelle’s Bistro and the Double Eagle restaurant at the Fairbanks Golf Course. He serves as secretary/treasurer of the board for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks. He was a member of the Fairbanks Public Safety Commission for eight years and has previously served on the Chena Riverfront Commission and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission. Frank is passionate about Fairbanks, especially the development of a vibrant downtown, and enjoys golf, food and the possibility of lower utility bills.
District 4 seat will be up for election in 2015.
Chris Bunch, Director for District 5
Phone: (907) 488-5557
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 snowmachining.
District 5 seat will be up for election in 2016.
John Sloan, Director for District 6
Phone: (907) 322-4391
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 girl's 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 then returned later that year to visit friends he made there. John enjoys reading, kayaking, biking and snowboarding.
District 6 seat will be up for election in 2016.
Bill Nordmark, Director for District 7
Phone: (907) 683-2411
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 Nenana to Cantwell. A 16-year old looking for a job first brought Bill 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 2015.