The Board of Directors is responsible for the oversight of GCEA's business affairs and for setting the association's strategic direction. The Board consists of seven local resident directors elected from the members by the members. GCEA's service territory is divided into six districts with one director elected from each of the districts. The seventh director is an at-large representative. Directors are elected by the entire membership and each serves alternating three year terms.
Board members can be contacted via contact submission form found below, sending written correspondence to GCEA at PO Box 180, Gunnison, CO 81230 or by calling Executive Assistant Sherry Shelton Booth at 970-641-3520.
The Board hires a Chief Executive Officer to oversee company operations and the current staff of 40 employees.
Greg was elected to the GCEA Board in 2011. He currently serves as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and previously served as President and Vice President. Greg chairs both the Scholarship and CEO Goals Committees. He also serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and the Financial Goals Committee.
Greg has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
After graduating from the University of Montana with a BA in Business, Greg moved to Crested Butte to teach skiing. He started a property management business a few years later and has been a small business owner since 1983. He has been involved in Skyland Metropolitan and East River Sanitation Districts since 1988 and is currently chairman of both. He is also the president of two local homeowner association boards.
Greg is involved with the town of Crested Butte and their Climate Action Plan, has promoted community solar in Crested Butte, pushed for more use of Green Power, has been involved in many discussion on how to bring larger solar to Gunnison valley, and is an advocate to get Taylor Hydro installed and operating. This can all be done keeping fair and stable electric rates. There is still much to do.
Greg and his wife Kathy live in the Crested Butte area and have twin boys who graduated from Crested Butte Community School in the spring of 2014.
Morgan Weinberg was elected by the current Board on August 21, 2019 to serve the previously vacant seat for district 2. His term is effective through June 2022. Morgan and his brother own Romp Skis. Morgan and his wife Heather Kelley live in the Mt. Crested Butte; he has a 12-year old son. Originally from New Hampshire, Morgan first came to the valley in 1996. Following a stint in Vancouver, Morgan returned to the area in 2005. Morgan previously served on the Buckhorn Ranch HOA board and was instrumental in guiding the organization through a challenging time of litigation. He currently serves on the Technology Committee and the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee.
Morgan expects to complete his Credentialed Cooperative Director certification in the summer of 2020.
Bart was elected to the GCEA Board in 2010. He is currently our President and previously served as GCEA's Vice President and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. As president, Bart serves as an exofficio member to all Board committees and chairs the Technology Committee. Additionally, Bart serves as our delegate for NRECA/CFC.
Bart has earned both the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certifications.
Bart moved to the valley in 1988, graduated from Western State College, and has been a local small business owner. He has been involved in the energy field for the past several years as a home energy auditor, renovator and building science educator. Bart is currently operating the forensic carpentry consulting firm of B2 Building Science. Bart has a daughter and makes his home in Crested Butte South.
Michelle Lehmann was first appointed to the GCEA Board July 26, 2016 to serve the remainder of the district 4 term and was elected to the Board June 27, 2017. Michelle currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer. Michelle chairs both the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and the Financial Goals Committee. She also serves on the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee. She is also our alternate representative for Colorado Rural Electric Association and Western United Electric Supply Co.
Michelle has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Directors certification.
A fourth generation rancher from the Powderhorn Valley, Michelle earned degrees in Human Resource Management and Accounting from Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) in Grand Junction. Michelle has been active in the Gunnison 4-H program, Gunnison Valley Cattlewomen, and the statewide group Colorado Cattlewomen. She and her husband Tim continue their ranching tradition, managing approximately 10,000 acres of private land in Gunnison and Saguache counties.
Tom was elected to the GCEA board in 2017 after retiring from GCEA. Tom serves as our Vice President and on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, the Financial Goals Committee, the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee, the Scholarship Committee and the CEO Goals Committee. He also serves as a director on the Colorado Rural Electric Association and Western United Electric Supply Co. boards.
Tom has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification.
For thirty-seven years, Tom was the go-to guy when the lights went out in Lake City. As a skilled lineman, Tom helped with teaching at Mesa Hotline School, a two-week program for persons wishing to pursue the electrical line worker profession.
Tom was born in Durango but has lived in Lake City ever since grade school. He is a widower and has two sons: Ron, who lives in Rifle, and Duane, who lives in Glenwood Springs with his son, Coulter.
Tom resides in Lake City where he continues long-serving civic activities in the community including Reserve Deputy for the Hinsdale Sheriff’s Office, Chair of the Lake City Snowmobilers Club, and a volunteer with the Hinsdale County Search and Rescue.
Polly was elected to the GCEA Board June 26, 2018. She serves on the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, the Technology Committee, the Board Policy, Rules and Regulations, and Bylaws Committee, and the Scholarship Committee. Polly is the alternate representative for GCEA at Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Polly has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification.
Polly was born in Gunnison and raised in Almont on her family resort established around 1910. She served the community as a member of the Gunnison Valley Health Board of Trustees and as the Sponsorship Chair on the Cattlemen’s Days Committee. Polly has also served in a cooperative community manner on the Mountain Roots Board, Gunnison County Trails Commission, and Sage Grouse Strategic Committee.
After attending Western and UNC, Polly worked as a ski lift mechanic at CBMR and then a ski and bike mechanic at Crested Butte Sports for 20 years. After 30 years in Mt. Crested Butte, she and Dave moved to Doyleville. Polly worked and volunteered for the US Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger. She also writes for the Crested Butte Magazine and has a column, “Grazing the Tomichi” in The Crested Butte News.
President - Bart Laemmel
Vice President - Tom Carl
Secretary/Treasurer - Michelle Lehmann
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer - Greg Wiggins
Elected Directors & Delegates
Tri-State Director - Mark Daily
CREA Director - Tom Carl
WUE Director - Tom Carl
NRECA Delegate - Bart Laemmel