BUECI Board of Directors

Position Board Member Term
price-pres President Price E. Brower, CCD, BLC, DGC 4/17-4/20
roy-vp Vice President Roy Nageak, Sr, CCD 4/18-4/21
Treasurer Don A. Nungasak, CCD 4/19-4/22
Secretary Herman Ahsoak, CCD 4/19-4/22
Director Josiah Patkotak, CCD 4/17-4/20
Director Karl Derek Ahgeak 4/18-4/21
frederick Director Frederick Brower, CCD 4/17-4/20
Director Lewis F. Brower, CCD 4/18-4/21
Director Tina Wolgemuth 4/19-4/22

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.

Seven Cooperative Principles

Cooperatives around the world operate according to a core set of principles. These principles, along with the cooperative purpose of improving quality of life for their members, make cooperatives different from other utilities.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
  4. 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.
  5. Education, Training, and Information — Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so 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.
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives — Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
  7. Concern for Community — While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

Tariffs & Rate Schedules

Tariffs, rules, and regulations govern the provisions of services we provide. Changes are proposed, then heard by the membership at a public meeting, and considered for approval and adoption by the Board.

Bylaws & Articles of Incorporation

Click the file name to download the corporate documents.

Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

The corporate documents are also available to members upon request in the Billing Department of the Central Office at 1295 Agvik Street, Barrow, Alaska.