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) 388-1454
Aren Gunderson was elected to the board in June 2011 and currently serves as Treasurer. 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 live in a home they built in the Goldstream Valley, where they enjoy mushing and skijoring with their five dogs. Aren also enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, hunting, ultimate frisbee and playing banjo.
District 1 seat will be up for election in 2017.
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 grown daughters. He has worked at ABR, Inc. - Environmental Research & Services for the last 25 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 rate design, energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. He enjoys the design and building of small wind and solar projects to provide LED lighting off the grid. Hobbies include skiing, hiking, hunting, fishing, table tennis and flying.
District 2 seat will be up for election in 2017.
Rick Schikora, Director for District 3
Phone: (907) 488-1724
Rick Schikora is once again serving as Chairman of the Board. 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. 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 6,000 hours. Rick was appointed to the Board in 1986 to fill a vacancy. Prior to 2016, he served thirteen years as Chairman of the Board and ten years as Treasurer.
District 3 seat will be up for election in 2017.
Gary Newman, Director for District 4
Phone: (907) 488-2001
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
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 snow machining.
District 5 seat will be up for election in 2019.
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 nad the Alaska house Restaurant 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, Delta Chamber of Commerce and Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 35. 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 2019.
Bill Nordmark, Director for District 7
Phone: (907) 683-2411
Bill Nordmark was appointed to the Board in 1995 to fill a vacancy. Bill lives in Healy and owned and operated Motel Nord Haven for many years. 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. Bill served as Chairman of the Board for ten years.
District 7 seat will be up for election in 2018.