Rod Martinez has been a Grand Valley Power Director for the last eighteen years. Rod is presently President of the Grand Valley Board of Directors, Vice-President of the Colorado Electrical Education Institute and Colorado Rural Electric Association Director. He has received his Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate and is a Director Gold Certificate member. Rod has been a resident of Grand Junction and a Grand Valley Power consumer for the last 32 years.
Rod is a native of Colorado Springs. Rod and his wife, Susan, have two grown sons and three granddaughters. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in marketing and business administration. Rod worked for Sears Roebuck and Company for 28 years. Rod is currently the President of the Ouray County Arts Association Board. Rod is past President of the Grand Valley Audubon Society. Rod has represented Grand Valley Power at numerous statewide, regional and national meetings. Rod has also been a spokesman for GVP and its members to our state and national Legislators and Senators, advocating reliable and affordable electrical power.
Rod is the author of five hiking pack guides for Colorado Mountain Club Press. These hiking pack guides will take you through the many beautiful areas of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.
Nina Anderson has been a Grand Valley Rural Power cooperative member since 2007 but she is no stranger to rural electric associations. Her dad was a 25-year employee with YVEA (Yampa Valley Electric Association) who would troubleshoot calls in the middle of the night and would retire as a line engineer - he modeled the passion and the responsibilities of being a cooperative member.
Nina is the owner of the Express Employment franchise with offices in Grand Junction and Montrose. She has been serving in the grand valley for over 12 years from her time on the board with Western Colorado Human Resources Association, Mesa County Women’s Network, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, and currently as the Chair of the Mesa County Workforce Development Board. She is also active on the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce legislative committee.
As a western Colorado native, Nina is very interested in maintaining our collaborative heritage and protecting our ability to access affordable energy. While collecting signatures she heard from neighborhood members an appreciation for GVRP’s financial help in times of need and their issues regarding legislative mandates that may increase their utility expenses. She believes that an important way to positively impact these concerns is to be involved. Please consider voting for experience and passion with a vote for Nina Anderson.
Sylvia was born and raised on a ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she attended a one room school during the summer. She remembers the excitement when the lights came on in her home. Having always lived in a co-op territory in Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Colorado, she believes strongly in the cooperative principles.
In 1972 Sylvia and husband, Gene, moved to Collbran where they put down roots and raised three daughters and worked a cattle ranch. In 1991, Sylvia finished out her husband’s directorship at Grand Valley Power after his untimely death and has served as a director for the past 27 years. Community is very important to Sylvia. She serves as Plateau Valley Association president, Plateau Valley Cattlewomen, Plateau Valley Historical and Preservation committee, a 4-H leader and FFA supporter, and a member of Collbran Congregation Church. Sylvia has owned and operated a tour business, gift shop and serves as fill in cook for her daughters Twisted Sisters Bakery and Cafe.
One of Sylvia's greatest joys is watching her 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren grow into productive young adults. GVP and community are very important to Sylvia. In addition, technology is moving very fast but maintaining service and value to all customers remains her utmost goal. Serving as director for Grand Valley Power has been a great experience.
Carolyn was appointed to the GVP Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves as Vice-President. She has lived in the Grand Valley since 1975 when she began her 35-year career in District 51. After teaching elementary school at Fruitvale and Wingate, she retired in 2010. She works facilitating international teacher exchanges with Australia. She married her husband Geary in Grand Junction and was the bookkeeper for his plumbing business from 1982 until 2015. Now retired, they enjoy travel, golf, and volunteering. They have a 27-year-old daughter, Stephanie.
Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Los Angeles, a Master of Arts from Northern Arizona University, and post-graduate work in school administration from Western State College. She has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice-President of a state education organization, gaining experience in long-range strategic planning, budget development, hiring and evaluation of executive staff, and political lobbying.
“I have worked diligently to understand the challenges facing Grand Valley Power and the electric industry today. I am committed to the guiding principles that have served our consumer members well for over 70 years. Thank you for your consideration and your vote.”
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