Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is proud of its grassroots Ambassador program and the Ambassadors’ accomplishments. Ambassadors are VEA members who want to be well informed and educated on the day to day operations of VEA, as well as its future.

These members want to make a difference in their community and support VEA by participating on committees, attending meetings and joining VEA staff at functions. They provide feedback on VEA initiatives, programs and activities. They talk to their neighbors and share information.



The overall purpose is to utilize the vast knowledge and experience of the entire membership through an exchange of ideas in collaboration with this group. The Ambassador program has been overwhelmingly embraced. It numbers over 600 members and is continually growing with representation from each of VEA’s six districts.



The Ambassadors have become the face of VEA. They are easily identified by their signature blue shirts. Their voices are heard and they realize that they are making a difference in the community.



The Ambassadors understand VEA’s core values and guiding principles. A tremendous amount of trust and mutual respect has been built through the years between the Ambassadors and VEA. Ambassadors are a conduit to the community and respected by their peers. In continuing with the values and principles of the Cooperative, the Ambassador’s structure includes committees to best utilize their talents and interest.

Finance Committee

To work with VEA staff and other appropriate entities in order to understand the financial conditions of the Cooperative, its financial projections, and to make appropriate recommendations.

Legislative Committee

To gather relevant information on utility issues or legislation that impacts the Cooperative. When requested, meet with elected officials to convey VEA interests.

Membership Committee

To recruit new members for the Ambassador Program as well as engage, grow, and retain all members. In addition to attending Ambassador functions, the Membership Committee attends community events and is available to answer questions about the Ambassador Program.

Conservation and Renewable Energy Committee
To investigate and propose new ideas for energy conservation, renewable energy programs, and new technologies for consideration by VEA staff/owner-members.

Community Relations Committee

To support VEA’s 7th Cooperative Principle, “Concern for Community” by participating in community service and youth related projects in the communities we serve.



“Ambassadors” are Valley Electric Association member-owners that want to take a more active role in their cooperative and want to be well informed and educated on the day-to-day operations of VEA, as well as its future. They support what a cooperative is and The Seven Cooperative Principles Valley Electric operates under.

As such, it is expected that each Ambassador’s conduct should at all times reflect favorably on the Ambassador Program and Valley Electric.

Any Ambassador whose conduct reflects badly on the Ambassador Program can be removed for cause.





Ambassador Executive Committee

Frank Bonesteel, Chairman

Frank has served as a VEA Ambassador since 2015. Background in state government and the military. Once these projects are started, Frank takes a hands-on approach to hustle these projects along and drive them over the finish line. The hard work is worth it when Frank sees the diligent effort from him and the other Ambassadors making a positive difference for VEA’s members.

Allan Parker, Vice Chairman

The longest serving Ambassador, Allan has been participating in the program for over eight years. Like with any commitment, you have to love what you do in order to continue doing it for that long. Allan enjoys being an Ambassador, and his education and career experience make him a perfect fit for the program. He received his college degree in Accounting and Finance, and throughout his career he held leadership positions in sales and business development at large companies. He also teaches college-level business classes part-time. He finds it gratifying when his knowledgeable recommendations are approved by the cooperative and these changes make a positive difference in the success of VEA.

Suzanne Schneider, Secretary

Serving as an Ambassador for six years, Suzanne is proud to be a representative of her community within VEA, and an Ambassador of VEA within her community. To Suzanne, the perks that Ambassadorship provides are in giving back to her fellow Nevadans. She likes the ability to help residents and keep other member-owners apprised of what’s going on in their coop. She doesn’t want members to miss out on important developments at VEA, so she uses her access as an Ambassador to spread the news to her neighbors. Suzanne hails from the small Northern California town of Kelseyville.

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