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The Board of Directors

Chugach Board of Directors

As a cooperative, Chugach is guided by a board of directors elected by and from its membership. The seven-member board sets policy and provides direction to Chugach's Chief Executive Officer. Directors are elected to staggered four-year terms in conjunction with the annual meeting each spring.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, public participation in Chugach board meetings is available via telephone or StarLeaf video option.

To participate in a meeting, please fill out the Member Participation in Board Meetings Request Form.

For more information call Connie Owens (907) 762-4747 or email at connie_owens@chugachelectric.com

 

2021 Year in Review

2021 Treasurer Report

 

Rachel Morse, Chair
term expires May 2022
rachelm@chugachboard.com
(907) 444-8764

Rachel Morse has 20 years of executive work experience in Alaska nonprofit organizations. A Chugach member for more than two decades, she was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2018, elected to a four-year term in May 2018, and currently serves as Chair. She has previously served as Vice Chair and Treasurer. Currently the Senior Vice President at the United Way of Anchorage, Morse is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director and has earned her Certificate in Board Leadership. She holds a masters degrees in business administration and Forestry & Natural Resources. Her term expires in May 2022.

Bettina Chastain, Vice Chair
term expires May 2023
bettinac@chugachboard.com
(907) 885-1130

Bettina Chastain is an executive, business owner, and engineer who has spent her career providing technical and management consulting services to the oil and gas and energy sectors in Alaska, nationally and internationally.  Ms. Chastain has been a very active member of the community serving on several non-profit boards for many years.  She was elected to the board in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.  She is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board, a Chair of the Operations Committee, and is a member of the Governance Committee.  In her first term on the board, she also served as the Board Secretary, the Chair of the Operations Committee, and the Vice Chair.  She is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director and has earned both her Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Credential.  Her term expires in May 2023.

Harold Hollis, Treasurer
term expires May 2023
haroldh@chugachboard.com
(907) 230-3550

Harold Hollis is the former Vice President, Construction & Engineering for NANA Development Corporation in Anchorage, and a current Board Director of the Alaska Power Association. He was previously a principal owner and Senior Vice President at Coffman Engineers, Inc., and has also worked as Vice President of WHPacific, Inc. He is a professional engineer and Alaska resident for more than 35 years. He has a background in leadership, management, strategic growth, business development, engineering, construction, and operations. He was appointed to the Board on July 25, 2018, and elected in 2019. He is serving as the Treasurer of the Board, Chair for the Audit & Finance Committee and is a member of the Operations Committee. He is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director and has earned his Board Leadership Certification. His term expires in May 2023.

Jim Henderson, Secretary
term expires May 2022
jimh@chugachboard.com
(907) 783-2349

Jim Henderson is a principal with New American Financial Group in the financial services industry. Jim specializes in asset-based finance products, reorganization, refinancing of distressed companies and assets, and accounting and disposition of capital assets. His primary emphasis is transportation, industrial machinery, and aviation operations, assets, and industry development. He has over 35 years of experience in consulting and analysis and finance of capital assets. Mr. Henderson was elected to the Board in 2011, 2014 and re-elected in 2018 to a four-year term.  He is serving as the Secretary of the Board and a member of the Audit & Finance and Governance Committees.  He is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director and has earned his Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Credential.  His term expires in May 2022.

Sam Cason, Director
term expires May 2024
samc@chugachboard.com
(907) 980-1274

Sam Cason is a self-employed attorney with over 20 years of experience in Chugach governance.  He first served on the Bylaws Committee in the 90’s and then was elected to the Board in 2003.  After a term as a Director, he became an Assistant Attorney General where he served as a Public Advocate before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for ten years.  He was again elected to the Board in 2020. As a lifelong Alaskan, he has a long history of community involvement, including serving on the Anchorage Jr. Nordic Board, President of the Anchorage Inn of Court, and coaching Jr. Nordic.  He is serving as the Chair of the Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. He is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director.  His term expires in May 2024.

Erin Whitney, Ph.D., Director
term expires May 2025
erinw@chugachboard.com
(303) 902-6450

Erin Whitney is a faculty member and has served as the director of the Solar Technologies Program as well as the Data Collection & Analysis Program at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska.  Her research focuses on the characterization and integration of solar photovoltaics and other sustainable energy technologies in Arctic environments.  Before returning home to Alaska and starting a career in academia, Whitney spent almost a decade as a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.  Dr. Whitney is an active member of the community, serving as a non-profit board member, organizing the Nordic Ski Association's annual Ski 4 Kids program, and managing youth hockey teams.  She was elected to the board in May 2021, serves as the Vice Chair of the Governance Committee, and is a member of the Operations Committee.  She is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director.  Her term expires in May 2025.

Mark Wiggin, Director
term expires May 2024
markw@chugachboard.com
907-244-5041

Mark Wiggin is an engineer and manager with decades of experience in oil and gas exploration and field developments in Alaska.  Currently, he has a consulting practice with a focus on energy, infrastructure, and geospatial sectors.  His career has included work with most of the major oil operators in Alaska including ARCO Alaska, BP, ENI, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips.  Throughout his tenure, Mark has managed and led large facility design and construction projects from funding approval through commissioning and operations.  In addition to his work in the oil industry, Mark served on the Municipal Light & Power [ML&P] Advisory Commission and subsequently served as chair of the ML&P Board of Directors.  Mark’s public service also includes serving as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources during the Walker Administration.  He is serving as the Vice Chair of the Operations Committee and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.  His term expires in May 2024.