Board of Directors

Thomas F. McDonald, President

Thomas F. McDonald, President

Mr. Tom McDonald has resided in the Lakeview Light & Power service area since 1977. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director by the Northwest Public Power Association. He served four years in the U.S. Army and 24 years in the Washington Army National Guard.

He has over 40 years experience in the electrical industry retiring as one of the Managers of Madsen Electrical to be an instructor for the Southwest Washington Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Committee, from which he also recently retired.

Mr. McDonald was elected to the Board in March of 2003, and believes that the present Board of Directors, as well as our General Manager, are an extremely talented group of individuals, with one focused ideal in mind:

To serve the Lakeview community, to the best of their ability, in maintaining your utility rates as one of the lowest in the Greater Puget Sound area.

Avery Johnson, Vice-President

Avery Johnson, Director

Avery Johnson is the Senior Vice President, Director of Operations for Columbia State Bank headquartered in Tacoma Washington. He has been with the bank since January 1995 and held a number of leadership positions.

Mr. Johnson gives back to the communities where he lives and works. Some highlights of his community involvement over the years include being on the Allocations Committee for United Way, the Advisory Committee for Clover Park Technical College and serving as an Executive Board Member, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for Annie Wright School.

He has also coached youth soccer for the last 15 years. Avery is a 25-year resident of Lakewood and is excited about joining Lakeview Light & Power as the newest board member.

He will chair the Audit Committee in addition to a number of board duties.

Laura Speight, Secretary

Laura Speight, Secretary

It has been my great honor to serve on our Board of Directors this past year. I have observed, first hand, the dedication and commitment each board member and every one of Lakeview’s staff puts forth every day to make Lakeview Light & Power (LL&P) the best it can be for its members.

While the Board, including myself, was faced with many challenges this year, every decision was fully supported by thorough consideration of past events and decisions, our current position, and every reasonable predication of what the future will likely bring.

On every action and decision I heavily weighted “what is best for our members?”, this being my driving force in each discussion and decision. I have gained experience in understanding how power works, what challenges are faced in getting that power to our members at a cost that is fair and as low as possible, and developing relationships within LL&P as well as our neighboring power utilities and organizations.

My husband and I moved to the LL&P service area in 2010. I’m employed by the United States Treasury Department and just celebrated 15 years of public service. I’ve worked 16 years in the retail industry for a small business.

My volunteer work has included volunteer tax preparation, the Humane Society, and Tomodachi Dojo. I have invested many hours this past year in shadowing staff to gain a better understanding of how the day to day operations are handled, attending meetings with and on behalf of LL&P, as well as researching and reading about issues and power topics in order to better serve our membership.

My goals as your Board member are to maintain low rates while continuing LL&P’s reputation for excellent customer service and reliable power.

Alan Hart, Treasurer

Dr. Alan Hart grew up in Pierce County, and after education and a career, retired and moved to Lakewood in 2001.

During his career Dr. Hart worked in a variety of areas including occupational safety and health, toxicology, environment, product safety and quality.  He also managed a design safety and review group for Union Carbide Corporation.

His engineering group conducted design safety and reliability studies on operations worldwide.  He is currently an adjunct chemistry instructor at Tacoma Community College and volunteer with the Lakewood Police Department.

He is a member of the Lakewood Public Safety Advisory Committee, a member of the Lakewood Emergency Response and Preparedness Group, and a member of CERT.  In 2011 Dr. Hart received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for his activities.

Dr.Hart believes that long term planning and careful implementation of quality engineering design are in the best interests of customers and owners of an organization.

Robert Estrada, Director

Robert (Bob) Estrada is a retired military Air Force officer who has resided in the Lakeview Light and Power service area for 29 years. He previously served as Lakeview’s Board Secretary for 12 years and after 2 years of retirement, was elected again in 2018. Bob brings to Lakeview over 25 years of work experience while serving in the military, state government, nonprofits, retail, and asset management organizations. He has supervised staff, planned and implemented special projects, improved work procedures, and assessed condition, maintenance and accountability of equipment and facilities.

Community is important to Bob and he volunteers with the following organizations: Vice Chair, Planning Commission, City of Lakewood; President, Friends of the Lakewood Library; Finance Council and Lector, St. Frances Cabrini; and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA), Pierce County Juvenile Court. He also volunteers for Lutheran Community Services and at a local food bank. He and his wife are foster parents for newborns.

He is very happy to have returned to the fold and will endeavor to help Lakeview in providing the best, efficient, and low-cost service to its members.