Valley Electric Association, Inc., CEO Dick Peck will leave the Cooperative when his contract expires on Oct. 31, VEA Board Vice President Kathleen Keyes announced.
“It has been my pleasure to serve the members, employees and the Board of Directors of Valley for the past six months,” said Peck. “A successful cooperative requires an involved membership, and VEA is on a path to becoming an outstanding Co-op again. We are going to continue moving in that direction for the next seven weeks while I’m here. I’ve enjoyed my time here, and I am looking forward to rejoining my family in Alaska.”
Keyes said Peck has been instrumental in refocusing VEA toward the membership during the past six months, including the creation of four new committees that link members with the Board and staff. “Dick came in at a difficult time, and he has done an outstanding job,” said Keyes. “We would not be where we are today without his experience and leadership, and he is not done yet. I look forward to working with Dick through the end of October, and I join the rest of the Board in wishing Dick the very best going forward.”
Meantime, the process of naming a permanent CEO is well underway and the Board hopes to have a new CEO selected by Thanksgiving, said Keyes.
The Board has asked one of its members, Terrie D’Antonio of Sandy Valley (District 5), to serve as interim CEO during the brief period between the time Peck leaves and a permanent CEO is in place. D’Antonio, who served for many years as CEO of HELP of Southern Nevada, said she would not accept compensation for her time as Interim CEO.
(Keyes made the announcements because President Dave Hall of Amargosa Valley [District 2] was unavailable due to an illness in his family.)
Also in a special meeting the same day, the Board named new officers and committee chairs following the August resignation of Rick Johnson of Beatty (District 3), who served as Assistant Secretary. The Board named Kathy Keyes of Fish Lake Valley (District 4) as Vice President, Michelle Caird of South Pahrump (District 1) as Secretary and Terrie D’Antonio of Sandy Valley (District 5) as Treasurer. Caird and D’Antonio will serve as Co-Chairs of the Member Liaison and Finance committees; Caird and Keyes will Co-Chair the Policy Committee. D’Antonio and Dave Dawson (District 6) will remain as Co-Chair of the Charitable Foundation Committee.
Dawson and Keyes will serve as Co-Chairs of the Solar Generation Subcommittee.
Peck was appointed Interim CEO by the VEA Board in late February after former CEO Angela Evans was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement.
Before coming to Nevada, Peck spent 47 years in the public power industry, including 24 years as a CEO of rural utilities in the West. He also worked for four years as a consultant in the utility industry in South America and Southeast Asia.
Peck was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He earned an AA&S in Electrical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Business from University of Central Washington in June 1969. He fell in love with Alaska while commercial salmon fishing in southwest Alaska. He returned to Alaska in May 2004 as Director of Unalaska Public Utilities.
He was a Board Member and President of the Unalaska-Iliuliuk Family Health Services Clinic, a member of the Unalaska Scouting Committee, served two terms as an Unalaska City Council Member and Member of the Unalaska Fish & Game Advisory Board.
Peck is a past President of the Kenai Rotary and is an advisory board member of the Kenai Peninsula College.
Peck and his wife, Vicki, have been married for 54 years, and they have three children and five grandchildren. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran.