Board of Directors
Lakeview is governed by a Board of five directors. Directors must either be individually a member of Lakeview; a director, officer or appointed representative of a corporate member of Lakeview; or the managing partner or appointed representative of a partnership that is a member of Lakeview.
Directors are elected by the members at the annual meeting and hold office for three years, unless automatically reappointed to a succeeding three year term if he or she is running unopposed. Directors elect from their rank a President, Vice‑President, Secretary and Treasurer for one-year terms.
The Board meets at least once a month. The Board hires the General Manager, fixes salaries, sets rates and charges, controls the property and business of the corporation, and provides for the proper disposition of surplus funds, if any. The Board may delegate any of its management and operation authority. Any sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the property of Lakeview would require a vote of at least 90% of the members attending a meeting set for such purpose with at least 51% of the total members of Lakeview in attendance at such meeting.
Upcoming Tentative Board Meeting Dates
- April 17, 2017
- May 22, 2017
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.
Linda McDermott, Vice-President
Mrs. McDermott has served on the Board since December 2003. She recently retired from her position as a Claims Manager with Allstate Insurance Company’s Property and Casualty Group in January 2012 after 28 years of service. Mrs. McDermott currently chairs the Lakeview Scholarship Awards committee, and is President for both Lakeview’s subsidiaries: Lakeview Wind Energy and Lakeview Green Energy. Keeping the lights on and serving the best interests of the Lakeview community by ensuring rates remain cost based, and comparatively low, are Mrs. McDermott’s primary objectives. In addition to her professional work on the Board, Mrs. McDermott has served as a volunteer instructor for Worldwide Junior Achievement for whom she teaches the course curriculum, “Economics for Success” to middle school students.
Alan Hart, Director
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.
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.
Avery Johnson, Treasurer
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.
Senior Administrative Staff
Bob Truesdell, Chief Financial Officer
Bob Truesdell has been with Lakeview for over seven years and has over thirty years’ experience in finance as Controller and CFO. He has diverse experience in manufacturing, distribution, hospitality. Bob graduated from Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in accounting and is responsible for Finance, Customer Service and IT. Bob lives in Lakewood and collects and restores antique clocks as a hobby.
Mark Hadman, Operations Superintendent
Mr. Hadman began work for Lakeview as Groundman in 1978 and later moved to the positions of Apprentice Lineman and Journeyman Lineman. He went back to school in the evening to become a Journeyman Meter Technician and was promoted to Operations Superintendent in 2000. Mr. Hadman is responsible for all Operations and Maintenance employee
John DeVore, General Manager
John DeVore began work for Lakeview Light & Power in August of 2016. Prior to working at LL&P, he had worked at Weyerhaeuser Company’s corporate headquarters for 14 years in various finance managerial roles. He is also actively involved in the ministries of his church, serving as an elder and teacher. He is excited to be part of the LL&P team working with a highly skilled staff and engaged board. Mr. DeVore has volunteered as a leader with many local organizations such as the March of Dimes – South Sound Division, Care Net of Puget Sound, Feed My Starving Children, and Emergency Food Network. He has also coached student athletes through Bethel Recreation Association, Summit Parkland Youth Association, and Graham Eagles Youth Football. Since LL&P is a company that provides one of life’s daily necessities, he feels it is important to reinvest in the community. He looks forward to sustaining LL&P’s commitment to safely providing great customer service and reliable cost-based power to the community.