Board of Directors
|President||Price E. Brower, CCD, BLC, DGC||4/17 – 4/20|
|Vice President||Roy Nageak, Sr, CCD||4/18 – 4/21|
|Secretary/Treasurer||Josiah Patkotak, CCD||4/17 – 4/20|
|Director||Karl Derek Ahgeak||4/18 – 4/21|
|Director||Frederick Brower, CCD||4/17 – 4/20|
|Director||Lewis F. Brower, CCD||4/18 – 4/21|
|Director||Avaiyak Burnell||3/17 – 4/19|
|Director||Richard Ungarook Sr, CCD, BLC||4/16 – 4/19|
|Director||Tina Wolgemuth||4/16 – 4/19|
About The Board
The BUECI board of directors is made up of nine members, elected on staggered, three-year terms. Elections for board of director positions are held at the member’s annual meeting, generally in April each year.
Some of the responsibilities of the board include:
- setting strategy and policy for the organization
- approving tariff rates
- establishing utility rules and regulations (such as line extension policies)
- accepting financial and operational reports, budgets, and forecasts
- approving donation, scholarship, and sponsorship requests
- hiring the general manager
Board members receive training to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate and the Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) in order to stay current on the issues affecting the future of the cooperative. This training is provided through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The purpose of all NRECA director level education is to prepare directors to make informed business decisions in the boardroom. Board members also represent BUECI at annual state, regional, and national power association meetings.
Regular board meetings are generally held the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the central office at 1295 Agvik Street, Barrow, Alaska.
Bylaws & Articles of Incorporation
Click the file name to download the corporate documents.
The corporate documents are also available to members upon request in the Billing Department of the Central Office at 1295 Agvik Street, Barrow, Alaska.
- Members’ Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes:
- Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
- Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
- Developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible;
- Benefitting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative;
- And supporting other activities approved by the membership.
- Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
- Education, Training and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so that they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
- Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.