Inside and Outside Directors Elected to Executive Board

 
            RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Northwest’s 27-member board of directors elected five inside directors and one outside director to each serve four-year terms on the public power agency’s 11-member executive board. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization. All terms begin in June.
Among its members, the board of directors elected the following utility commissioners to serve as inside directors:
·         Terry Brewer, Grant County Public Utility District 2
·         Arie Callaghan, Grays Harbor County PUD 1
·         Linda Gott, Mason County PUD 3
·         Jack Janda, Mason County PUD 1
·         Will Purser, Clallam County PUD
Selected from outside its membership, the Board of Directors re-elected William “Skip” Orser, a former chief operating officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority and a 30-year nuclear industry veteran, to serve as one of three outside directors.
“Today’s executive board represents a great combination of public power, industry expertise and Washington state leadership,” said Sid Morrison, executive board chair. “Together we’ve brought excellence in governance to this joint action agency, and we’ll continue to hold each other to the highest standards of public power and the nuclear industry. This includes maintaining an intrusive focus on providing regional energy customers with clean, cost-effective and reliable electricity.”  
Terry Brewer
Brewer was elected to the Grant County Public Utility District’s Board of Commissioners in 2006 and re-elected in 2012. Brewer was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in January 2011. In January 2013 he was elected board vice president; and in January 2015 and 2017 he was elected board president.
He has 30 years of electric utility experience with Northern Indiana Public Service Company; and relocated to Grant County, Washington in 1997 to become executive director at the Grant County Economic Development Council. He retired from there in 2012.
Brewer is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration. He and his wife Shirley reside near Soap Lake, Washington.
 Arie Callaghan
Callaghan was elected to the Grays Harbor Board of Commissioners Public Utility District 1 in 2012. Callaghan was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in March 2014. In January 2015 he was elected as the board assistant secretary; in January 2017 as secretary; and in October 2017 as vice president.
He has 25 years of experience with the Mason trucking company of Aberdeen, where his duties include supervising the Fleet of six Lowboy trucks and driving one. He is a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor and proud to be a third generation Harborite.
He has donated time to the Polson Museum, youth sports and his daughter's school activities. Commissioner Callaghan enjoys collecting and restoring vintage dirt bikes, off roading, watching Nascar, manicuring the yard and spending quality time with family.
Callaghan is married to Tina and resides near Elma, Wash.
Linda Gott
Gott has served as a Mason County Commissioner since 1999. She also serves on the American Public Power Association's Legislative and Resolutions Committee and is past president of Public Utility Risk Management Services. In addition, she currently serves on the NoaNet Board of Directors and served six years on the Northwest Public Power Association Board of Trustees. She previously served for six years as the PUD’s representative to the Economic Development Council of Mason County and continues to actively promote the benefits of public power and its involvement in and build-out of rural telecommunication systems using fiber optic technology.
Jack Janda
Janda was elected to the Mason County Public Utility District 1 Board of Commissioners in 2001 and re-elected to serve another six-year term beginning January 2013. He was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in January 2003, and was elected by the board of directors to serve on the executive board in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term ending in June, 2006.
In April 2006, he was elected to his first full four-year term on the executive board. In April 2010, he was re-elected to serve another term on the executive board. Additionally, he is vice chair of the executive board and has served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of Columbia Generating Station Participants Review Board.
While serving on the Mason PUD 1 Commission, he represented the utility on the Washington Public Utility District Association and has served on the WPUDA board as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president. Janda also served as first chair of the WPUDA Energy Committee in 2008.
Prior to his election, Janda was employed with the Forest Service and retired after 32 years of government service. He retired from the Hoodsport Fire Department after serving 33 years as a volunteer fireman / EMT; and served as its chief for 10 years. He has also served as a past board member of the Mason County Tourism Council and a past member of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group. He attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., and the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Hoodsport, Wash.
Will Purser
Purser has served as Clallam County Public Utility District 1 commissioner since
April 2001. He was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in April 2008 and elected to the executive board in June 2010.
He has spent nearly 30 years in the energy (oil and gas) industry. An engineer with graduate studies in nuclear engineering, Commissioner Purser holds (retired) professional engineering licenses in numerous states. His career includes responsibility for capital-intensive and technical projects in the U.S. and internationally, such as deep-water offshore facilities, liquefied natural gas terminals and large Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act power generation facilities.
He has negotiated power sales agreements with major investor-owned utilities and intervened in electrical rate cases before various state public utility commissions.
A Vietnam-era veteran, he is active in public power and community service organizations.
William “Skip” Orser
Orser was first appointed by the board of directors to the executive board in April 2010.
He was the interim CEO for Tennessee Valley Authority from 2006-2007 before
continuing as an advisor. Orser worked at Progress Energy Company from 1993-2005, until his
retirement as president, energy supply group. From 1987-1993, he held various positions at
Detroit Edison Company, including executive vice president and chief nuclear officer. He also
worked at nuclear power plants owned and operated by Portland General Electric Co. and
Southern California Edison Co.
Qualified as engineer officer, Orser served on three nuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1975. A licensed professional engineer in California, Orser earned a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and a master’s in computer science management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
The board of directors has 27 member representatives; one representative for each of the 22 public utility districts and five municipal utilities that comprise Energy Northwest. The board of directors has sole authority to authorize and terminate Energy Northwest projects.
The executive board members includes five elected from the board of directors, three appointed by the board of directors from outside of Energy Northwest, and the remaining three appointed by the governor of Washington.
About Energy Northwest                                                                                                                          
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects, and the third-largest provider of electricity in Washington – the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power facility. These projects provide carbon-free electricity at the cost of generation – enough reliable, affordable and environmentally respon­sible energy to power more than a million homes each year. As a joint action agency of Washington state, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million customers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. In 2016, the Association of Washington Business named Energy Northwest Employer of the Year.

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