New Officers Lead Colorado’s Electric Co-ops

During its January 27 meeting, the board of directors for CREA, the statewide trade association for electric co-ops, elected new officers for 2022.

Stepping up to lead the board as president is Ginny Buczek, who serves on the United Power Board of Directors. Buczek lives in Firestone and is deeply rooted and involved in her community. Serving on Firestone’s planning and park commissions as well as the city’s board of trustees, Buczek’s experience is well-rounded and comprehensive, as evidenced by her continued success on CREA’s board.

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association director Joe Redetzke will serve as vice president. Having served on SDCEA’s board since 2016, Redetzke brings valuable co-op board experience and perspective to the statewide association. Active in his community of Buena Vista, Redetzke advocates for reliable and affordable electricity.

Rod Martinez, a board member for Grand Valley Power, was elected as CREA’s board secretary. Martinez is a professional photographer and outdoor guidebook author who calls Grand Junction home.

Stephen Valdez, who serves on the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors in Monte Vista, was elected as treasurer of the association’s board. Valdez brings various board and community service experience to both SLVREC and CREA boards.

Stepping down as president of the board, Jeff Hauck of Mountain Parks Electric served CREA in this position for a unique two years. Serving during the height of the pandemic, he led online meetings and virtual conferences. As past president, Hauck will remain on the executive committee of the CREA board.

CREA is the statewide trade association representing Colorado’s 22 electric cooperatives and one generation and transmission association. Colorado’s electric cooperatives are leaders for a sustainable future working to maintain reliability and affordability; advancing innovative solutions; and enhancing community resilience.