Board of Directors

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As a member-owner of SMPA, you have a voice in the direction of the co-op. Each member is represented by a democratically elected representative who is sits on SMPA's Board of Directors. Your director is given the task of representing your needs and interests. Directors serve four-year terms and elections are held annually for different districts. The SMPA Board of Directors is made up of seven elected officials.

All San Miguel Power Association board meetings are open to the public. Typically the meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. However, alternate days are sometimes chosen. Meeting locations may vary. If you have questions regarding an upcoming meeting, contact Toni Bertorello, Executive Secretary at 970-626-5549 ext. 210.

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Meet Your Board Members

Quick Tip! You can find out who your director representative is by looking at the top your electric bill.

District Board Member
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1 Doylene Garvey
2 Robert Justis
3 Dave Alexander
4 Jack Sibold
5 Rube Felicelli
6 Marcus Wilson
7 Terry Rhoades



Doylene Garvey, Director
P.O. Box 555
Nucla, CO 81424

Territory: Nucla, Naturita, Uravan, Paradox, Redvale, Basin and Slick Rock
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: June 2012
Offices Held: None as of the present.
Occupation/Places of Employment:

Garvey Brother Outfitters, Partner, 1985 - 2012
Lasting Impressions, Sales Representative, 1993 - present.
Garvey Brothers Land & Cattle LLC, Executive Secretary, 1998 - present
The Apothecary Shoppe, Accounts Receivable, 1993 - 2010
Citizens State Bank, Teller, 1983 - 1988, part-time 2011 - present
Self Employed, Contract Services Collection of Bad Debts, 1996 - present
Why did you choose to run to the SMPA Board of Directors?: I am committed to making the West End of Montrose County a better place to live. Live by the motto; be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work: I have lived in the area for the last 44 years. Married to Stan Garvey, have three children and one grandchild. I have been actively involved in this area for 30 years. Member of the Nucla Naturita Chamber of Commerce 27 years, also have served as President, Vice President, and Secretary. West End School Board Member for a four year term served on several accountability committees, also chairman of District Accountability. Board member for West End Charter Schools for 6 years. West End Advisory Committee Chairman since 1997, this committee received funds for the Umetco clean-up. Member of the Spruce and Columbine Garden Club in Nucla. Mentor for One to One.

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Robert Justis
PO Box 53
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-6238

Territory: Town of Telluride from Townsend Avenue, east of S. Tomboy and N. Davis St
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: Appointed May 2103
Offices Held: None as of the present
Education: BA in economics, Dartmouth; MBA in finance, Wharton Graduate School
Occupation: Retired economic developer
Places of Employment: director of economic development for Central Vermont Public Service in Rutland, 1994-2006; president/ceo of non-profit Northern Community Investment Corporation in NH and VT, 1990-94; director of the Washington DC office of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, 1986-90; various economic development roles for the State of Vermont, including appointment as state director by Governor Richard Snelling, in Montpelier, 1969-1985; enlisted U.S. Army, 1968-69.
Why did you choose to run for the SMPA Board of Directors: I wanted to apply my experience as economic development director for an electric utility toward the benefit of SMPA's members. Demands made by the public, expressed in legislation expanding Colorado's renewable energy portfolio standard applicable to electricity co-ops, require that we access more alternative energy sources quickly and cost effectively.
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work: set-up crew member for Telluride MountainFilm Festival; trustee of a special needs trust for a disabled friend; alumni team interviewer of applicants for admission to my college. In the past: trustee of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital; board member of Vermont State Chamber of Commerce; member of Vermont's Adult Education/Literacy Boards; board member of Vermont Council on Rural Development; president of the board of Northeastern Economic Developers Association (13 states); board member of Partners for Rural America; board member of National Congress for Community Economic Development.

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Dave Alexander, Secretary/Treasurer
P.O. Box 45
Norwood, CO 81423

Territory: Norwood, Placerville, Dunton, Rico and the many outlying rural areas.
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: June 2010
Offices Held: None as of the present.
Education: Norwood High School, Automotive School in Denver
Occupation: Self-employed Rancher
Places of Employment: My ranch
Why did you choose to run for the SMPA Board of Directors?: A very large portion of SMPA members were not being represented. My family was a member in the very beginning of SMPA and will continue to be one well into the future. I feel I need to help make good, common sense decisions now, so my family won't have to pay for rushed concepts in the future.
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work:
Norwood School Board, 13 years
- Farmer's Water Development, 6 years

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Jack Sibold, Asst. Secretary/Treasurer
50 Ridgview Lane
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 626-2319

Territory: Sawpit, Telluride west of S. Tomboy and N. Davis Street, Lower Log Hill
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: June 2012
Offices Held: Current Asst. Secretary/Treasurer
Education: Graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science, Ceramic Engineering.
Occupation: Retired Engineer
Places of Employment: TDA Research, Wheatridge, Colorado 1996-2005: Proposed wrote and led teams that carried out research grants and contracts in materials engineering for US Government  agencies, DOE, DOD, EPA, NASA. Coors Ceramics Company, Golden, Colorado 1970-1995: As Engineer, Manager & Director of Research & Development managed 50 scientists, engineers and technicians. Developed a new, very tough ceramic material that allowed Coors into new markets. Improved products and processes that increased sales in energy, mining, medical, electronics, automotive and computer markets.
Why did you choose to run to the SMPA Board of Directors?: My objective is to use my management, technical and interpersonal skills to help community organizations such as San Miguel Power Association provide the highest service to its members.
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work: Current board member and 2nd vice president of the Tri-County Water Conservancy Board of Directors. President and volunteer member of the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation. Volunteer member on the Ridgway School Accountability Committee for 2 years. Served on Board of Directors for for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as Advisory Boards for universities and national laboratories.

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Rube Felicelli, President
PO Box 3223
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 708-1406

Territory: Mountain Village, Lake Fork, Trout Lake, Ophir and Ski Ranches
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: 2009
Offices Held: TNCC representative
Education: BA Political Science, Wheeling Jesuit University; graduate work at West Virginia University
Occupation: Realtor and Retail Sales Associate
Places of Employment: Telluride Real Estate Corp. and Telluride Sports
Why did you choose to run to the SMPA Board of Directors: To represent our members and move towards renewable energy programs.
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work:
- Board President for Telluride Council for Arts & Humanities
- Board member for San Miguel Bicycle Alliance
- Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
- Mountainfilm and Telluride Film Festival volunteer

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Marcus Wilson, Western United/CREA Rep.
P.O. Box 217
Ridgway,  CO  81432

Territory: Ridgway and Colona
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: 1999
Offices Held: past board Vice President and Tri-State representative
Education: BA Political Science, Colorado State University
Occupation: Self Employed Commercial Printer & Book Publisher
Places of Employment: Country Graphics & Wayfinder Press
Why did you choose to run to the SMPA Board of Directors: To continue my community involvement after serving 10 years on Ridgway Town Council
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work:
- Town Councilor 1987-1999 Mayor Pro Tem.

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Terry Rhoades


Terry Rhoades
P.O. Box 24
Silverton, CO 81433

Territory: Ouray & Silverton
Date First Elected to SMPA Board of Directors: June 2013
Offices Held: San Juan County Commissioner 20 years; Housing Solutions for Southwest Board of Directors 20 years; Safety Officer for Silverton Volunteer Fire Dept. 22 years
Education: Graduated from Silverton Public High School in 1973
Occupation: Forman for Maisel Excavation, Heavy Equipment Operator
Why did you choose to run to the SMPA Board of Directors: To do my best. To make sure everyone in SMPA co-op has the best price on electricity. And to make sure all linemen and other employees are in the safest environment possible.
Community Involvement or Volunteer Work: Silverton Volunteer Fire Dept., Hardrockers Holiday Committee since 1978

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