Lyn R. Opalka
A resident of Mohave Valley since 1966, Lyn R. Opalka is currently District 1 Director. She has served on the board since 1982 and has held various board offices. She was board president from 1989 to 1990 and again from 1991 to 2017.
Opalka has completed a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association program of courses to become a Certified Cooperative Director. She regularly updates skills in rural electric board leadership through workshops, seminars and courses and has attained the Board Leadership Certificate, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues.
Now retired, Opalka previously held various management and administrative positions in the land development, agricultural and health care industries.
Opalka represents Mohave Electric on the Board of Directors of Southwest Transco and the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. She has served in various positions as officers and committee members of local, state and national cooperative entities; and held a post in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. Opalka’s community service took place with the American Cancer Society, Heart Association, Mohave Community College Foundation, Living Right Hospice and Mohave Valley School Board.
MEC Board of Directors Toni Barbaro and Deborah Johnson (far left and right) join Board President Lyn Opalka in presenting fellow director Michael Bartelt with the Arizona ACRE Membership Recognition for 2017. Bartelt has been recognized for 10 years of continuous support to the Arizona Action Committee for Rural Electrification.
MEC donation gives Search and Rescue volunteers added power
Mohave Electric Cooperative Board of Directors (L-R) Deborah Johnson (Dist. 2), Toni Barbaro (Dist. 3) and MEC Board President Lyn Opalka are pictured with Ways and Means Officer Casey Bevando and Captain Sean Borland from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Bullhead City Unit, as Borland holds a box of 40 donated power banks. The idea for the donation originated with a pair of MEC employees who are also SAR volunteers. The two recognized a need in the field, where charged batteries for flashlights and radio equipment are SAR essentials; the concept could also extend to cell phones (see inset). The donated power banks from MEC will give each member of the all-volunteer Bullhead City Unit approximately 90 minutes of additional charge on their mobile devices.
Gold Director Certificate Presented
Board Director Joe Anderson joins Board President, Lyn Opalka, as she presents the Gold Director Certificate to fellow Director, Carlos Tejeda.
US Senator John McCain Visits Bullhead City
US Senator John McCain spent last Friday in Bullhead City where he met with Mohave Electric Cooperative Board members and employees before addressing a crowd at a Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Senator McCain spoke with MEC employees and board members about the need for additional transparency and oversight of the Western Area Power Administration, including talking about an amendment he worked on with Senator Flake that would require WAPA to provide more information on their budgeting process to customers.
In addition, McCain discussed the impacts of power plant closures on rural areas, in particular the impact of the closure of the Mohave Generating Station had on the area. He vowed to continue fighting EPA overreach and in particular the Clean Power Plan and the rules on Waters of the United States that would put federal jurisdiction over every dry sand-wash in the area.
Opalka presents District 1 Director John Nelssen Director Certificate
Mohave Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Lyn Opalka, presents the accredited NRECA Board Leadership Certificate to John Nelssen.
Remembering Our Fallen
Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim, along with City Manager Toby Cotter and Mohave Electric Cooperative Board President Lyn Opalka, respectfully view the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit on its recent appearance in Bullhead City. The travelling photo display honors the sacrifice made by over 120 Arizonans killed in the War on Terror while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. One of the fallen is Navy Hospitalman Dustin Burnett, of Fort Mohave.
The exhibit was hosted by the City of Bullhead City and was sponsored locally by a donation from Mohave Electric Cooperative. The Co-op’s sponsorship made it possible for the public to view the display free of charge.
“Remembering Our Fallen” was created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions in Omaha, Nebraska in association with Bellevue University.
Mohave Electric Cooperative Board President Lyn Opalka and Vice President John Nelssen announced Board approval of a new substation, proposed by MEC management, which will serve MEC members in the Golden Shores area. “The new substation is a significant step toward improving service for approximately 1600 Cooperative members in the southern portion of MEC’s territory,” said Opalka.
Preparations for the substation construction have begun and substantial progress is expected within one year. The substation will also lay the foundation for electric system infrastructure to help serve future growth in Golden Shores and Topock.
“The new substation in Golden Shores is about providing better service for our members. That’s a commitment MEC’s Board of Directors and Management take seriously,” said Nelssen.
Lyn Opalka and John Nelssen are elected to MEC’s Board of Directors by District 1 members in Golden Shores, Topock, Mohave Valley, Fort Mohave, Wikieup, Hackberry, Truxton, and Peach Springs.
Lyn Opalka (second from right), Board President of MEC, Tom Longtin, Manager of Operations and Engineering for MEC, and Tyler Carlson, CEO, visit MEC’s Silver Creek Substation in Bullhead City and discuss plans for the Co-op’s planned future substation in Golden Shores. When complete, the new substation will distribute power using a transformer and circuit switching equipment similar to those components shown at MEC’s Silver Creek Substation.
Opalka Presents Accredited Journeyman Lineman Certificate
Mohave Electric Cooperative Board President, Lyn Opalka, presents lineman Joey Rosas, the accredited Journeyman Lineman Certificate issued by the Office of Apprenticeship, Arizona Commerce Authority, and signed by Governor, Jan Brewer. The four year program for the coveted certificate requires 8,000 hours of on the job training, three years of workbook training and successful passing of 24 tests. Rosas began working with MEC in July of 2005.
Board Directors John Nelssen and Carlos Tejada join MEC Board President Lyn Opalka, in presenting board member Michael Bartelt with his accredited Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate. The certificate is a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues attained through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Opalka Accepts Award
Lyn R. Opalka, Mohave Board President of Mohave Electric Cooperative accepts the coveted Injury and Illness Incidence Rate Award for 2010 from Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association Director of Loss Control, Jim Lewis, at the GCSECA summer meeting July 26th in Flagstaff, Arizona.