Board members, from left to right, Mike Bartelt, Carlos Tejeda, and John Nelssen pose with a safety award given to MEC in recognition for excellence in safety in 2018.
Mohave Electric was one of Arizona co-ops that were recognized with safety awards during the GCSECA summer conference. The safety award is given to cooperatives that had no lost time incidents for that calendar year.
Carlos Tejeda has been a resident of Bullhead City since 1989, Carlos Tejeda has been District 2 Director since 1996. He is the current treasurer and has served in that capacity since 2001.
Tejeda has attained a Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues and has taken advanced course studies to attain the Board Leader Certificate. Tejeda was awarded the NRECA Gold Director Certificate in January 2016. He regularly updates skills through course training and workshops in the electrical utility field. Tejeda also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association.
Tejeda received the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Recognition Award in April 2011, a program that recognizes cooperative directors and employees who have gone above and beyond to help co-op members in need.
An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, UCLA and USC, Tejeda holds an Associate of Arts Degree and is a graduate of the American Institute of Banking. He has also completed course work in humanities, personnel administration, economics, commercial law and accounting. Tejeda retired after a 43-year career in international banking.
A former board member of the International Bankers Association, he served as Treasurer on the board of directors of the Kiwanis Bullhead City Morning Club.
Homeless does not mean forgotten.
Mohave Electric Cooperative is providing financial support for an eight-bed veterans’ wing of the Bullhead City Emergency Shelter facility on North Oatman Road.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a member of the Rural Veterans Caucus, visited the building on Monday. Gosar has a long-standing interest in veterans affairs, such as getting them the benefits and care they deserve and earned.
“Mohave Electric supports veterans in many ways throughout our service territory,” said Tyler Carlson, CEO of MEC. “Our board of directors recognizes our community has a critical need to assist homeless veterans with temporary shelter and nutrition and other assistance to help them get back on their feet.”
In 2018, the MEC board established a goal to partner with local charities and organizations, including BHHS Legacy Foundation and Catholic Charities Community Services to provide a facility for veterans who are temporarily without adequate shelter.
Construction began in January 2019 with an expected completion date in 2020.
The MEC board of directors voted to authorize Carlson the ability to grant up to $30,000 annually of Assigned Capital Credits to the veterans wing of the shelter for the purpose of delivering financial assistance for the facility to support homeless veterans located in the MEC service communities of Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Golden Shores, Kingman, Wikieup, Hackberry, and Peach Springs.
MEC also plans to invest in solar resources for the facility.
“This is done to help reduce the annual operating costs for the entire facility,” Carlson said.
The solar energy equipment is provided by MEC’s Solar Initiative for the Community and funded by a billing surcharge for renewable energy programs approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
“I want to thank all the partners involved in this effort,” Carlson said. “A community need was identified and is now being addressed. It’s important to give our veterans an opportunity to succeed following their service to this country.
“I’m proud that Mohave Electric is playing a role in this endeavor.”
Photo from L-R (Arizona's Legislative District 5 Representative Regina Cobb, MEC CEO Tyler Carlson, MEC Board Members Toni Barbaro, Deborah Johnson, John Nelssen, Rich Tempelman, Michael Bartelt, Arizona's Legislative District 5 Representative Leo Biasiucci.) Front L-R (MEC Board Member Carlos Tejeda, Washington Youth Tour winner Monica Houltram)
Mohave Electric Board Of Directors attend the GCSECA 2019 Annual Meeting and Legislative Conference
Every year representatives from Arizona's not-for-profit electric cooperatives from across the state attend the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GCSECA) Legislative Rally at the Arizona State Capitol. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the legislator to Arizona's electric cooperatives and discuss important policy issues.
Board Directors (rear from left to right), Mike Bartelt, John Nelssen and Carlos Tejada present board members Deborah Johnson (front left) and Toni Barbaro with their accredited Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificates. The certificate is a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues attained through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
MEC Board Directors proudly display plaques awarded to them for the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Award. Pictured left to right - John Nelssen, Director District 1 and Vice President; Carlos Tejeda, Director District 2 and Treasurer and Michael Bartelt, District 3 Director.
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.
Mohave Electric Board President and Directors recently met with Arizona Senator Ron Gould to discuss issues of concern to electric cooperative members. Senator Gould indicated his support of legislative change to help Arizona rural electric cooperatives gain an allocation of low cost federal hydropower from Hoover Dam , and tougher legislation on crimes involving copper theft.
Pictured from the left are: Jim Ennes, MEC Board Director District 2; Senator Ron Gould; Lyn Opalka, MEC Board President and Director District 1; and Carlos Tejeda,MEC Board Director District 2.