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Terrie D’Antonio of Sandy Valley and Michelle Caird of Pahrump were selected to fill the unexpired terms of the two open Board positions on the Valley Electric Association Board of Directors.
Terrie recently retired after 13 years as President and CEO of HELP of Southern Nevada, which serves low income, seniors and homeless. Caird previously served 18 years as a board member of Inland Power and Light Company in eastern Washington. She was the first female president in the Cooperative’s 73-year history.
VEA Board President Dave Hall cited the vast experience both candidates have in serving non-profits as significant factors in naming them to the Board. The Board voted unanimously to appoint both Terrie and Michelle. Terrie will serve District 5 (Sandy Valley and Mountain Springs), and Michelle will serve District 1 (South Pahrump).
The vacant Board positions opened up in early May when Board President Ken Derschan of Sandy Valley and Pete Gazsy of South Pahrump resigned. VEA bylaws require that Board vacancies be filled by appointment by the remaining Board members.
“Without a doubt, these women have in-depth knowledge of non-profit boards and how they are organized and operate,” said Dave.
Both Terrie and Michelle said they were looking forward to the challenge.
“I love problem solving,” said Michelle, “and I believe my experience will help me serve in a way that will be beneficial to the members.” During her nearly two decades of service on the Inland Board, she was involved in hiring two CEOs for the Cooperative. She also completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She is a certified mediator.
“It takes a full team – the members, the Board and staff,” said Terrie.
She has lived in Southern Nevada since 1976, including the last 10 in District 5 with her husband, Tom. Over the past 40 years, Terrie also has held several senior management positions, including Las Vegas Water District, City of Las Vegas and Housing and Urban Development.
“I look forward to working with members of District 5 and staff. I am available and happy to listen to issues and concerns,” said Terrie. “I am known as a fair and honest individual. I am not one to rubber stamp anything without first analyzing the subject.”
Michelle said she and her husband, Bill, have owned a house in Pahrump since 2010. They moved to Nevada from Washington State permanently in 2016. “The people are interesting because there are so many that have come to live here from around the country. The bringing together of the cultures and viewpoints from different parts of our country gives Pahrump a great deal of depth and makes for lively conversations.”
Michelle worked from 1987-2014 in various positions for Spokane County in Washington, most recently as the executive assistant for the CEO and Senior Director of the Spokane County Medical Society. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.
The two appointees were chosen from a pool of more than two dozen applicants. The Board interviewed eight candidates before making the decision.
Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce, she chairs the Pahrump Valley Transportation Committee and she is a member of the Pahrump Valley Arts Council.
During her 13 years at Help of Southern Nevada, Terrie helped grow the organization from $3.8 million in annual revenues to $22.5 million and from 23 employees to 125. She oversaw the administration of $6 million in state funds for an annual weatherization program, which assisted seniors and low-income residents in reducing their energy bills.
Terrie and Michelle will join Hall of Amargosa Valley (District 2), Dave Dawson of North Pahrump (District 6), Kathleen Keyes of Fish Lake Valley (District 4) and Rick Johnson of Beatty (District 3) on the six-member Board of Directors.
Elected Board members serve three-year terms. Board appointees serve until the next regularly scheduled election. The election for the District 5 seat will be in March 2020, and the election for the District 1 position will be in 2021.
Both Michelle and Terrie were expected to be seated at VEA’s June 26 Board meeting.