February 2017 – Nominating Committee Selects Board Candidates –

Posted: April 25, 2017

Per AVEC’s bylaws, nomination of candidates for board seats is the responsibility of a seven member nominating committee appointed by the AVEC Board of Directors. The committee was appointed in November 2016, and has met numerous times via teleconference to complete its assignment. Two board seats currently held by Robert Beans from Mt. Village and Charlie Curtis from Kiana are being vacated in 2017.

Members of the nominating committee must be elected village delegates. Serving this year are:

  • Walter Bauchman, Minto
  • George Beans, St. Mary’s
  • Janice Demoski, Nulato
  • Clarence Dull, Toksook Bay
  • Darla Jemewouk, Elim
  • Clyde Ramoth, Selawik
  • Denis Shelden, Alakanuk

The nominating committee, under the chairmanship of Walter Bauchman, has submitted the following candidates for your consideration:

Robert L. Beans, Mt. Village: Robert has served on the AVEC board continuously since 1987 and has rarely missed a meeting. He is committed to making rural energy affordable, adequate and sustainable. He says, “AVEC has come a long way and there is still much to do, given the current political climate. As long as I am able and enjoy working for the members, I would like to continue learning and working for rural Alaska.”

David T. Hicks, Bethel: David is the retail operations manager for Swanson’s and has been a Bethel resident for more than 19 years. He says, “I would like the opportunity to give back to my community by representing them while serving as an AVEC board member and assisting in controlling the cost of energy in the YK Delta. I would employ the skills and knowledge I have amassed during a career managing businesses that has spanned decades.”

Robert J. Hoffman, Bethel: A life-long Bethel resident who served 23 years in the Alaska National Guard, Robert has served on the boards of directors of Calista Corp., Orutsarmiut Native Council and Bethel Native Corp. He says, “I would like to serve on the AVEC Board of Directors to help with leadership of this company. It is my firm belief that having strong leadership will help assist and strengthen the mission of the AVEC company and its endeavors.”

Angela Kamkoff, Emmonak: Angela has been an AVEC member since 1994. She works seasonally for Kwigpak Fisheries and has served on the Emmonak City Council since 2010. She would like to help the board work as one to better serve the communities of the great state of Alaska. She is proud of never having consumed drugs or alcohol. She says, “It would be a great challenge for me to learn and help the board and communities. If elected, I will abide by the rules.”

Ballots will be mailed in late February so you can cast your vote to fill the two board positions that become vacant in April 2017. We will send more complete information about the candidates with that ballot, and hope you will vote in this important member election of directors.