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Board of Directors

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. Our seven directors, each representing a different district, serve four-year terms and elections are held annually for different districts. 

All San Miguel Power Association board meetings are open to the public. Typically the meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. However, alternate days are sometimes chosen. Meeting locations may vary. If you have questions regarding an upcoming meeting, please call 970-626-5549.

 

Meet Your Board Members
 

District

Board Member

 

1

Doylene Garvey

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2

Robert Justis

3

Dave Alexander

4

Jack Sibold

5

Rube Felicelli

6

Debbie Cokes

7

Terry Rhoades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Board

District #1 - Doylene Garvey, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Contact:

P.O. Box 555
Nucla, CO 81424
970-864-2243
doylene@smpa.com

Territory:

Parts of Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray and Dolores Counties including Basin, Bedrock, Naturita, Nucla, Paradox, Redvale, Slick Rock and Uravan.

Date elected:

June 2012 / Re-Elected June 2016

Offices held:

None At Present

Occupations:
  • Lasting Impressions, Sales Representative, 1993 - present
  • Garvey Brothers Land & Cattle LLC, Executive Secretary, 1998 - present
  • Garvey Brother Outfitters, Partner, 1985 - 2012
  • 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 community for 46 years. I am married with three grown children and two grandchildren.  I am very community committed, have served on the Chamber Board, School Board, School Accountability Board, and am currently chairman of the West End Accountability. I am also currently a member of the Spruce and Columbine Garden club and a mentor with One to One.

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District #2 - Robert Justis, Director, Vice President

Contact:

PO Box 53
Telluride, CO 81435 
(970) 728-6238
bob@smpa.com

Territory:

Parts of San Miguel and Ouray Counties including most of the town of Telluride.

Date elected:

Appointed May 2013 / Elected 4 Year Term June 2015

Offices held:

Vice President

Education: 

BA in economics, Dartmouth; MBA in finance, Wharton Graduate School

Occupations:
  • Retired economic developer
  • 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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District #3 - Dave Alexander, Secretary/Treasurer, CREA and Western United Rep.

Contact:

P.O. Box 45
Norwood, CO 81423
970-596-8895
davea@smpa.com

Territory:

Parts of Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores and San Juan Counties including Dunton, Norwood, Placerville, Rico and Sawpit.

Date elected:

June 2010 / Re-Elected June 2014

Offices held:

None At Present

Education: 

Norwood High School, Automotive School in Denver

Occupations:
  • Self-employed Rancher

 

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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District #4 - Jack Sibold

Contact:

50 Ridgview Lane 
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 626-2319
jack@smpa.com

Territory:

Parts of Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties including Colona and a portions of Log Hill Village and Telluride. 

Date elected:

June 2012 / Re-Elected June 2016

Offices held:

None at present

Education:

Graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science, Ceramic Engineering

Occupations:
  • Retired Engineer
  • TDA Research, Wheatridge, Colorado 1996-2005
  • Coors Ceramics Company, Golden, Colorado 1970-1995

 

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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District #5 - Rube Felicelli, President

Contact:

PO Box 3223
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 708-1406 
rube@smpa.com

Territory:

Part of San Miguel County including Mountain Village and Ophir

Date elected:

June 2009/ Re-Elected June 2013/ Re-Elected June 2017

Offices held:
  • Mountain Village Town Council 1999-2007, Mayor 2007
  • Chairman of Mountain Village Open Space and Recreation Advisory Board
Education:

BA Political Science, Wheeling Jesuit University; graduate work at West Virginia University

Occupations:
  • Realtor and Retail Sales Associate
  • 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
  • Telluride Jazz Festival volunteer
  • Announcer for Mountain Village Sunset Concert Series

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District #6 - Debbie Cokes

Contact:

25 Juniper Lane
Ridgway,  CO  81432
970-626-3099
debbie@smpa.com

Territory:

Part of Ouray County including Ridgway and much of Log Hill Village.

Date elected:

June 2014

Offices held:

Board of Directors for Tri-County Water Conservancy District

Education:

B.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Occupations:

Owned successful engineering company in Denver for 19 years.

Why did you choose to run to the SMPA Board of Directors? 
Local businesses, tourism, recreation, farms and ranches, and regional water providers all rely on power provided by SMPA to operate, grow and thrive.  I want to represent community members on a fair and impartial basis for the interests of all members

Community Involvement or Volunteer Work:

  • Ouray Trail Group Steeing Committe
  • Uncompahgre Watershed Patnership: OTG trail worker and map sales
  • Ridgway RiverFest
  • Second Chance Human Society
  • Town of Ridgway Parks & Open Space Task Force
  • 2011 Ouray County Economic Development Committee participant

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District #7 - Terry Rhoades

Contact:

P.O. Box 24
Silverton, CO 81433 
970-387-5308

terryr@smpa.com

Territory:

Parts of Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel Counties including Ouray and Silverton.

Date elected:

June 2013/ Re-Elected June 2017

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

Occupations:

Foreman 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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