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List of Current Directors by Seat

RRC is governed by a 15-member board – 13 members are appointed to represent specific stakeholder classes, and two members are non-voting, ex-officio directors representing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Office of the Attorney General’s Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy Section. Voting directors are appointed by named entities or groups of entities that reflect the seat’s stakeholder class, with the exception of the Seat M Independent Member, who is elected by the other directors. Directors must be drawn from and able to represent the stakeholder class for which they have been appointed. Please visit this link for additional information about the RRC Board and stakeholder balance.

Director bios are listed below.

Navigate to each Primary Director’s bio by clicking on their name.

SeatPrimaryAlternateStakeholder AffiliationTerm Expiration
Allan Rudeck Trish BakerProvider – Integrated – Cooperative2024
Daniel Heckman Chris Forrest Provider – Integrated – Cooperative2025
David Thomas Keriann Baker Provider – Integrated – Cooperative2026
Ed JenkinJulie EsteyProvider – Integrated – Cooperative2026
Brian Hickey Jason BicklingProvider – Distribution – Municipal2024
Lou Florence Shayne Coiley Provider – Distribution2025
Bryan Carey Bill Price Provider – State of Alaska2024
Sam Dennis Andrew McDonnellProvider Independent Power Producer2024
Joel GrovesDoug JohnsonProvider Independent Power Producer2025
Alyssa Sappenfield Ben Boettger Consumer – Residential-Small Commercial2024
Sunil KumarKurt GibsonConsumer – Large Commercial-Industrial2026
Chris RoseGreg Stiegel Consumer – Environmental Advocacy2025
Bill FalseyAlex BakerIndependent 2026
Claire Knudsen-LattaJohn EspindolaRegulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)No expiration
Jeff WallerJames Layne State Agency for Regulatory Affairs and
Public Advocacy (RAPA)
No expiration

RRC Primary Director Bios

Seat A Primary: Allan Rudeck ✉️

Mr. Rudeck is Director for Seat A, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified integrated/cooperative. He is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer (MN) serving as Chief Strategic Officer for Chugach Electric Association, where he provides leadership for the Association’s Government & Business Affairs, Key Accounts & Sustainability, Fuel & Power Supply, Strategic Planning and Business Development.

Seat A Alternate: Trish Baker, Manager of Government and Business Affairs and CEA

Seat B Primary: Daniel Heckman ✉️

Mr. Heckman is Director for Seat B, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified integrated/cooperative. He is Regulatory Manager at Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA), where he is responsible for providing regulatory and compliance oversight with accounting principles, federal and state laws, and industry standards. He is an experienced liaison with state and federal agencies and represents GVEA’s interests in legislation and state regulatory matters.

Seat B Alternate: Christopher Forrest, Acting Director of Power Supply at GVEA.

Seat C Primary: David B. Thomas ✉️

Mr. Thomas is Director for Seat C, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified integrated/cooperative. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer (Alaska) serving as Director of Strategic Services for Homer Electric Association (HEA), with responsibility for strategic planning and implementation of new, utility-scale, renewable energy generation projects.

Seat C Alternate: Keriann Baker, Director of Member Relations at HEA.

Seat D Primary: Ed Jenkin ✉️

Mr. Jenkin is Director for Seat D, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified integrated/cooperative. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Alaska with over 30 years of utility engineering and operations experience, including over ten years in an executive capacity. A past Chief Operations Officer for Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), he is presently the Chief Energy Transformation Officer. At MEA, he is part of a team overseeing a transition to greater reliance on clean energy generation. Mr. Jenkin has presented at multiple conferences and workshops. Mr. Jenkin has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Master’s degree in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Seat D Alternate: Julie Estey, Chief Strategy Officer at MEA

Seat E Primary: Brian Hickey ✉️

Brian Hickey is Director for Seat E, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified distribution/municipal.

Bio Coming Soon

Seat E Alternate: Jason Bickling, Senior Advisor at ORPC

Seat F Primary: Lou Florence ✉️

Mr. Florence is Director for Seat F, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified distribution. He is President and CEO of Doyon Utilities, LLC. Mr. Florence previously worked as Vice President of Operations for Reliability Management Group, where he provided assessments and implementation of O&M strategies and optimization of asset management plans for clients such as power generation, petroleum refining, natural gas storage and distribution, and electrical distribution companies.

Seat F Alternate: Shayne Coiley, Senior Vice President at Doyon Utilities.

Seat G Primary: Bryan Carey ✉️

Mr. Carey is Director for Seat G, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified state. He is Director of Owned Assets at the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), where he has worked for over 20 years. During that time, Mr. Carey was the project manager for AEA’s Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project and Bradley Lake transmission assets, and project engineer for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. Mr. Carey is an Alaska licensed Professional Civil Engineer.

Seat G Alternate: Bill Price, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at AEA.

Seat H Primary: Sam Dennis ✉️

Sam Dennis is the Seat H representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified independent power producer. He is a co-founder and COO of Renewable IPP, LLC a company with a mission of developing, constructing and operating utility scale solar projects in Alaska. Previously he worked for BP/ARCO for 32 years as a geophysicist, plant engineer and project manager. 

Seat H Alternate: Andrew McDonnell, Co-Founder and Vice President of Alaska Renewables LLC

Seat I Primary: Joel Groves ✉️

Mr. Groves is Director for Seat I, representing the provider stakeholder class, subclassified independent power producer. He is Vice President and Senior Civil Engineer for Polarconsult Alaska, Inc. (Polarconsult) and is a member and project manager for Fishhook Renewable Energy. Mr. Groves is an Alaska-licensed Professional Civil engineer.

Seat I Alternate: Doug Johnson, Deputy City Manager for the City of Seward

Seat J Primary: Alyssa Sappenfield  ✉️

Alyssa Sappenfield is Director for Seat J, representing the consumer stakeholder class, subclassified residential/small commercial.

Bio Coming Soon

Seat J Alternate: Ben Boettger, Energy Outreach Specialist, AKPIRG.

Seat K Primary: Sunil Kumar ✉️

Sunil Kumar is Director for Seat K, representing the Large Commercial – Industrial class.  He is with Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc/ Kinross Gold and involved with the corporation’s global energy portfolio covering conventional and renewable generation, transmission, end-use technologies, power purchase agreements, and energy efficiency. He previously  worked for an energy utility and in consulting engineering. Sunil is also a licensed Professional Engineer.

Seat K Alternate: Kurt Gibson, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Hilcorp Alaska.

Seat L Primary: Chris Rose ✉️

Mr. Rose is Director for Seat L, representing the consumer stakeholder class, subclassified environmental advocacy. He has been the Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) since he founded the organization in 2004.

Seat L Alternate: Greg Stiegel, Operations Director at REAP.

Seat M Primary: Bill Falsey ✉️

Mr. Falsey is Director for Seat M, the independent RRC Board Seat. He is an attorney, in private practice, with the law firm of Huth Reynolds LLP.  He previously worked in the Municipality of Anchorage where he served as Municipal Attorney (2015-2017) and later as Municipal Manager (2017-2020).  Additionally, he has served in the United States Department of the Interior as the Bureau of Land Management’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Falsey has experience serving as a board member, or in a leadership role, in numerous civic organizations.

Seat M Alternate: Alex Baker, Deputy Political Director at AFL-CIO.

Seat N Primary: Claire Knudsen-Latta ✉️

Ms. Knudsen-Latta is Director for Seat N, the ex-officio seat representing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. She is currently an analyst for the Commission working on issues and filings for the electric and telecom sectors.

Seat N Alternate: Commissioner John Espindola.

Seat O Primary: Jeff Waller ✉️

Chief Assistant Attorney General Jeff Waller is Director for Seat O, a nonvoting, ex officio seat dedicated to the Alaska Attorney General’s Office Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy Section (RAPA). His work at RAPA includes advocating for the public interest in utility and pipeline matters that come before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Seat O Alternate: James Layne, Public Advocate Utility Analyst in the Alaska Attorney General’s Office.

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