Board of Directors
The PUD board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the utility office, 2345 River Road. The public is always welcome, and customers are urged to comment and get involved in decision-making that affects them and the utility. Special meetings also are occasionally held; each meeting is announced in advance.
We value all input, comments and suggestions from our customers. Please give us a call at 541-296-2226 or fill out our contact request form.
Board Agendas and Minutes
Board agendas are made public in advance of each meeting, and minutes are posted as soon as possible after approval by the Board of Directors. Older agendas and meeting documents are archived and available to the public upon request by calling 541-296-2226.
Meet Your Directors
Northern Wasco County PUD’s Board of Directors is elected by you, the customer-owners of the utility. Each board director serves a four-year term and represents a specific geographic area.
Howard Gonser, District 4
Howard was initially elected to the Northern Wasco County PUD Board in 1987. Prior to retirement as an educator, Howard worked at School District No. 12 in The Dalles as a teacher and coach; at School District No. 9 in The Dalles as a drug counselor, teacher and coach; taught part time at the local Columbia Gorge Community College; and served as a consultant to many of the area’s school districts.
Since being elected to the PUD Board of Directors, Howard has been very active in energy-related professional groups, serving twice as the Oregon People’s Utility Districts Association (OPUDA) President.
Connie Karp, District 5
Connie was appointed to the Northern Wasco County PUD Board of Directors in December 2016, to fill the unexpired term of Director Kenneth Leibham. Connie has lived in The Dalles since 1983. Before retiring, Connie worked 17 years for Columbia River Bank. Connie has volunteered in many different areas of the community over the years.
She currently volunteers with the Money Management Program (AAA) and is a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that promotes education among women.
Dan Williams, District 2
Dan has represented Subdivision 2 since 2011. A 1960 graduate of The Dalles High School, Dan has lived in The Dalles since 1954. He has a long history of helping to make The Dalles a better place to live, serving on boards of various civic and non-profit organizations, including Fort Dalles Rodeo Association, The Dalles Child Care Center, the Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation (20 years), the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (10 years), and The Dalles Civic Auditorium (10 years). He also was a member of The Dalles City Budget Committee for 13 years, and a Jaycee in the 60’s. Upon graduation from Portland State College in 1964, Dan began working in a local CPA firm.
He took a break from public accounting in 1968, and worked as the controller/assistant manager for The Dalles Cherry Growers and later as manager of a local retail business. He dove back into public accounting in 1976, becoming a partner of a firm in 1977, then purchased the firm in 1979.
In 1997, Arlene Way became his partner and they operated as Williams & Way until 2004 and retired in 2005. In his spare time, he enjoys working in his small cherry orchard, hunting, fishing, going to car shows with his 1949 Studebaker, off road rock crawling with his 1951 Willys Jeep, and always learning more about the electric utility business.
Roger Howe, District 1
Roger has been an elected Representative of Subdivision 1 since January 2017. He is a lifelong resident of The Dalles and is a 1966 graduate from The Dalles High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University in 1972. Roger is a Vietnam veteran having served with the 101st Airborne Division. He worked as a partner and general insurance agent with Kargl, Elwood and Geiger, Inc. for forty-two years.
Roger has been an active member of the Wasco County Search and Rescue for twelve years and was an Emergency Medical Technician.
He has recently completed technical training to earn the designation of Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD). This certificate is a set of five courses that focus on basic governance knowledge and the essential skills required of Directors.
Roger is also active in energy-related professional groups, having served as the 2019 President of The Oregon People’s Utility Districts Association (OPUDA) and is currently President of Northern Wasco County PUD Board of Directors for the 2020 term.
Wayne Jacobson, District 3
Wayne Jacobson moved to Oregon from Wisconsin in 1976. He worked for a Portland-based company in the Portland area and around the state for almost seven years. After moving to The Dalles in 1983, he spent the next 22 years in private practice, not only testing hearing and fitting hearing aids but trained to manufacture his own brand and do same-day in-office repairs. After selling his practice in 2005, he traveled around the U.S. for eight years as a Practice Development Consultant for the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world.
In the 1970’s, he began presenting continuing education seminars for the hearing aid industry speaking all over the United States and abroad. In 2012, he published a book for hearing aid professionals that has been through two printings.
Since being in The Dalles, Wayne has been active in the Lions Club and Toastmasters. He was also Chairman of the task force when Wasco County was granted $5,000,000 from the federal government to build the Discovery Center and was instrumental in getting it placed in The Dalles.
Wayne is past President of the Oregon Hearing Society and was a Board Member there for 18 years. He was also elected to the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences for over 12 years, serving two terms as its Chairman.
Now in retirement, Wayne feels he has the interest, time and experience to serve the Northern Wasco County PUD customers in District 3.