- Ray Beck - Chairman
County Commissioner – Moffat County
Ray Beck retired from Yampa Valley Electric Association on March 30, 2009 after 37 years of employment.
Ray was elected to the Craig City Council in 2007 and served two consecutive 4 year terms; and one 2 year term as the Mayor of Craig Colorado. Ray was elected as a Moffat County Commissioner in November of 2016 and took the oath of office on January 10, 2017.
Ray has served on various boards and commissions over the last 10 years including the Craig Moffat Airport Advisory Board and the Yampa Valley Airport Commission. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Aeronautical Board in 2014 and again in 2017. Ray has served in various leadership roles including the current Chairman to the CAB, an advisory board to the CDOT Division of Aeronautics. Ray is a past member of the Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation Board and is an alumni from the class of 1970. He sits on the Executive Board for CLUB 20 as the Membership Chair and has held this position for the last 7 years. He also is the Liaison for the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners to Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado representing issues that are important to Craig and Northwest Colorado. Just recently, the AGNC members elected him as their Chair for 2017/2018.
As a County Commissioner Ray shares responsibility for day to day operations, is Liaison to several boards and commissions; aids in adopting county policy along with approving a balanced budget. As a local elected official, Ray has had the opportunity to advocate on issues at the state and national levels about issues important to western Colorado on several occasions over the past 10 years.
- Andy Key, Vice-Chair
Town Trustee – Town of Rangely
Since receiving his B.B.A in 2009, Andy started as a gas plant operator, and now works for a small oil and gas service company running down-hole service tools. The majority of this work takes place in the local Chevron field also known as the Rangely Weber Sand Unit.
Andy serves on the Finance Committee, Community Development Committee, and the RDA/RDC Committee.
- Mike Samson - Immediate Past Chair
County Commissioner – Garfield County
Mike is a Commissioner for Garfield County, where he is serving his third term. A Garfield County native, Mike graduated from Rifle High School in 1972. He went on to graduate from Brigham Young University in 1979, and later earned a Masters Degree from Western State College in 1988. Mike served the Garfield School District for 30 years — 25 as a teacher, and 5 as an administrator. He served on the Rifle City Council, where he held the position of Mayor Pro-Tem from 1979 – 1983, and was first elected tot he Garfield Board of County Commissioners in 2008. Mike is married to his wife of 35 years, Janet, with whom he has raised 7 children
- Cari Hermacinski -Treasurer
County Commissioner – Routt County
Cari Hermacinski is a fifth-generation Northwest Colorado native, a telecommunications consultant and mother of two daughters. Cari graduated from Moffat County High School in 1988 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.
Cari was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver in 1997. Following law school and her admission to the Colorado Bar, Cari moved to Philadelphia to work in the telecommunications industry.
While living in Philadelphia, her appreciation for this country’s history and founding documents deepened. After two years in Philadelphia, Cari returned to Colorado to launch her own small business – Telecomm. Acquisition Group, Inc.
In 2007, Cari was elected to serve on the City of Steamboat Springs City Council. Cari initially served as President Pro Tem. She was reelected in 2009 and served as the City Council president. Term limited, she finished her second term in the fall of 2013. Cari also served on the City of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission from 2003 – 2007.
Cari lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband Mark Hermacinski, a general surgeon, and their two daughters, Eva and Josie. In her free time Cari loves to hike.
- Bonnie Petersen - Executive Director
Before joining AGNC in January 2015, Bonnie served as Executive Director of Club 20, a position she held since 2011. Prior to that, Bonnie served six years on Club 20’s Board of Directors, and has been a member of that organization since 1988. Bonnie has also chaired the boards of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, and served as treasurer of the Home and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado.
Bonnie’s professional experience also includes serving as public policy director for Qwest Communications, where she worked to secure access to high-speed communications for Western Slope communities, as well as experience as a financial adviser and owner of a home construction business.
This Western Slope native earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction.
- Tiffany Pehl - Program Administrator
Tiffany has a strong customer service background providing consulting and billing assistance for small business customers in the telecommunications field. Tiffany also spent time as a Medicare consultant assisting those eligible for the program in determining the best supplemental plans.
Tiffany, in her role at AGNC, oversees the various programs of the organization including: Administration of the Northwest Enterprise Zone, Mini Grants, and is currently leading the effort to develop the region-wide CEDS. She also coordinates monthly board meetings and special meetings with dignitaries, oversees and processes all bookkeeping and payroll related tasks for the organization as well as supports the needs of the Executive Director and Board members.
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Mesa University.
- Routt County
- Rio Blanco County
- Garfield County
- Mesa County
- Moffat County
- Delta County
- Montrose County
Jon Waschbusch – Government Affairs Director
- Grand Junction
John Ponikvar, Mayor
Davis Farrar, Interim City Manager
- New Castle
Roger Granat, Mayor
- Battlement Mesa
- Oak Creek
Mary Alice Page-Allen
- City of Glenwood Springs
Michael Gamba, Mayor
- Town of Hayden
- Government Relations -- Orf and Orf
Government Relations Team:
The family team of Orf and Orf handle government relations for the Association, including bill tracking, maintaining contact with legislators, and keeping the association and its members up to date with what is happening at the state and federal governments.
Dianna has represented clients at the State Capitol since 1980, representing clients in natural resources and energy, local government, and health care. Dianna is a daily presence at the Capitol and directs the firm’s lobbying activities. She has been associated with Orf & Orf, P.C. since she and Ted established the firm in 1986. Prior to moving to Colorado, she worked with trade associations in Washington, D.C.
Ted provides legislative and regulatory analysis as well as lobbying support. He covers regulatory meetings and hearings, and coordinates with allied organizations. Prior to coming to Denver, Ted worked for the Wyoming Legislative Service Office and the U.S. Senate Energy Committee.
Richard is a daily presence at the Capitol as well as assisting with regulatory meetings and organizational outreach activities. Also trained in web design and graphic communication, he also helps convey our message to legislators visually as well as on a personal level. Richard has worked as a government relations representative with the firm since 2010.