As a cooperative, United Power is governed by a member-elected board of directors. The board, which meets monthly, is responsible for helping to set guidelines for our operation, oversee the costs and spending at the cooperative, and to help plan our future direction.
Tim Erickson is retired, after working as a family farmer and rancher for more than 40 years. Tim and his family have been active participants in the Ft. Lupton community for the last 38 years. He has experience with crop farming, as well as cattle and dairy production. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Northern Colorado. He has served on United Power’s board twice – from 1991 through 2000, and began his most recent term in 2009. He is a Certified Credentialed Director and Board Leadership recipient by NRECA, and has previously served as Secretary/Treasurer for the United Power board.
Erickson previously served on the board of directors for the Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council and on the board of the Weld County Women’s Place. He was a political adjutant with the Future Farmers of America. Erickson is a lifetime member of the Weld County 4-H and “friend” with National Jewish Hospital and Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado.
Elizabeth “Beth” Martin is a real estate broker and since 1977, co-owner (not to mention “chief bottle washer”) of the Pepper Pod Restaurant in Hudson. She earned her BA from CU Boulder, GRI and ePRO designations from the National Association of Realtors and is currently completing her Masters of Real Estate studies. Martin has also completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Directors Certification, Board Leadership and Director Gold programs.
She’s a former Mayor Pro-Tem of Hudson, and served as the Finance and Administration Officer for the Town of Hudson. Martin is a Past President of the Brighton Kiwanis Club, and has served as a director for the organization since 2008. She served on the Board of Director as Secretary for Kidz Quiltz, and as a founding director for the Hudson Harvest Festival. Martin volunteers or has volunteered at the Adams County Animal Shelter, Brighton Housing Justice, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Salvation Army. She’s a member of NAR, the Denver Regional Board of Realtors, and the Colorado Association of Realtors.
James Vigesaa is the CEO and owner of BVB General Contractors, a commercial construction company located in Brighton. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Vigesaa served on the Broomfield Land Use Commission from 1997-2001, as well as Chairman of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation from 2010-2014, where he has also contributed two years as treasurer and four years as a board member.
Keith Alquist was appointed by the Board in November 2017. Keith has been a Brighton resident for more than 25 years and brings a rich background in cooperative business and an intimate knowledge of the United Power community to this position.
Alquist served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for the American Pride Co-op for more than 20 years, retiring after the co-op merged with Agfinity in 2012. In this position he served cooperative members throughout Brighton, Ft. Lupton, Hudson and Mead. He is a long-term member of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) which also serves electrical cooperatives. Also an active community member, Alquist is a member of the Brighton Rotary club, which spearheads a Read-to-Me project at South Elementary, a dictionary project for third graders, and the distribution of U.S. Constitution booklets to fifth graders.
Susan Petrocco was appointed to the board in Sept. 2015 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Bill Berens. Petrocco previously served on United Power’s board for 18 years beginning in 1995. She has represented United Power as president from 2004-2008 and again from 2011-2013, as a director on the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) board, and as a voting delegate to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
She attended Metropolitan State College of Denver studying Aviation Management, and worked as Director of Administration for Frontier Horizon Airlines. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Adams County District Attorney’s office, and as bookkeeper and payroll administrator for Petrocco Farms. Petrocco has served as District Chair for the Metro Denver Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a co-founder and board member for Brighton Sister Cities and director for both the City of Brighton Parks and Recreation Department and Adams County Planning Commission.
Dave Rose was re-elected to his 2nd term as a Director (South District) to the United Power Board of Directors in April 2017. Dave is a former school principal in two Brighton schools. He currently serves on the following boards: Brighton Urban Renewable Authority (past chair), Almost Home Board of Directors (secretary), Adams County Front Range Advisory Board (past chair) and Kiwanis Club of Brighton (board member).
Dave works part time as a psychotherapist for the Griffith Center for Children Truancy Program. He enjoys leisure time with his wife Wilma, his son, daughter-in-law and their two sons in Greeley, and daughters and son-in-law in Denver. He also stays active playing golf and attending political and community events in the United Power territory.
Ginny Buczek has lived in Firestone for 23 years and currently works part-time in Design Review. Her work experience includes hardware store manager, head buyer and merchandiser for a chain of home centers and as a key accounts manager for Chevron. She attended Red Rocks Community College studying accounting, business management and economics. Buczek completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Directors Certification & Board Leadership programs. She received the Colorado Municipal League’s Elected Officials Advanced Training Certification.
Buczek served on the Weld County Council representing District 2, from 2005-2012, she served as President in 2008 and Vice-President in 2007 and 2012. She served on the Technical Committee for the Southwest Weld Study, served as chair and co-chair for the Firestone Planning Commission and as Commissioner for the Firestone Park Commission. Buczek served on the Firestone Board of Trustees as a director for the Tri-area ambulance service and on the Tri-area Planning Commission. She was a United Power Round-Up Foundation Director from 2003-2008, and served on the United Power Consumer Resource Committee in 1998, 2001 and 2003. Buczek has also served on United Power’s Election Credentials Committee. She has been active in many civic groups including 4-H, Girl Scouts, Relay for Life, Neighborhood Watch and at Frederick High School. She is a member of the Colorado West Point Parents Club and the Carbon Valley Veterans Memorial Committee.
Brian McCormick is self employed. He previously worked as a Programmer Analyst for the City of Thornton, an IT Specialist for the City of Greeley and as Wastewater and Stormwater Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Boulder. He recently completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. McCormick served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, holding a number of leadership roles with the 25th Infantry Division. He later served as a First Lieutenant and Captain in the Colorado Army National Guard.
McCormick has been a United Power member since 2001 and has served as a United Power board member since 2009. He is currently our representative to the Western United Electric Supply board. He also earned certification as a Credentialed Director through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. McCormick is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Solar Energy Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. He and his family live in Frederick.
Ursula J. Morgan is a wife and mother of two. She has worked as a real estate appraiser, in e-commerce and in senior healthcare/hospice. She has been a member of United Power since 1995. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and has completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s Board Leadership Program and the Credentialed Cooperative Director Training Program. Morgan had also completed the Elected Officials’ Training and Advanced Training programs through the Colorado Municipal League. She is a volunteer for The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Morgan served on the Board of Trustees for the Town of Mead, including serving as Mayor Pro Tem. She also served as one of the Town of Mead’s Planning and Zoning Commissioners. She served on the Board of Directors for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) as a Policy Setting Committee Member with the Colorado Municipal League (CML), and on the Transportation and Air Quality Planning Councils for the Upper Front Range and North Front Range of Colorado. She is a past president of the Weld County Positive Partnerships. Morgan has also served as a committee member for the Colorado Women in Government.
Richard Newman is a past President and CEO of Thoro Products Company, a past Building Manager for Bluhill Park Partners and a partner in the Gilpin Aerial Tram Enterprise. He earned his BA Cum Laude from Regis University in Economics and Government.
Newman serves or has served on the boards of several Gilpin County organizations, including the Historic Preservation Commission, Family Preservation Commission and the Health and Human Services Citizens Advisory Board. He served on United Power’s Round Up Foundation board for 10 years, serving as their Vice-President. He has been instrumental in establishing community driven improvements and has held a variety of positions within the community including seats on Gilpin County’s Planning Commission, Library Board, Little Kingdom Forests and The Peak to Peak Healthy Communities Forum.
Tamra Waltemath is an attorney with her own practice in Westminster, Colo. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Denver University Law School. Tamra has served on the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association for over 11 years. During her time on the CCCIA board she has served as President, Vice President and fundraising Chair.
Tamra is an active member of her church and chairs the church’s Trust that grants money to local and national charities. While her daughter was in school she also served as a member of the Parent Teachers Student Association. Tamra is a widow and mother, and lives in the Coal Creek Canyon.