New management team elected for electricity cooperatives

The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives has a new leadership team.

Wade C. House, director of the Manassas-based Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, was elected chairman of the VMD association’s board of directors for 2022-23. The new vice president is C. Michael Sandridge, director of BARC Electric Cooperative, based in Millboro, Va. George Goin, administrator of the Arrington-based Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, is the new secretary/treasurer.

The officers were elected by board members July 25 at the association’s 78th annual meeting, held at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. They will be responsible for helping guide the direction of the association, which includes 15 electric cooperatives from Cumberland Gap to Delaware, serving nearly 900,000 meters and 1.84 million people in parts of six states.

House is chairman of the board of directors of NOVEC, one of the largest retail cooperatives in the country. A native of Nokesville, Virginia, he joined the NOVEC board of directors in 1993 and has served as secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president.

From 1972 to 2007, House worked for APAC Atlantic Inc., a large road construction and materials manufacturing company. He retired as president of the Virginia Division. He has an outstanding service record as a volunteer and professional firefighter in multiple departments.

House and his wife, Nancy, live in Nokesville. They have two adult daughters.

Sandridge is Vice Chairman of BARC’s Board of Directors. He retired as Chief Corrections Officer at Rockbridge Regional Jail after 27 years of service. He currently owns and operates Weeping Willow Farms, raising feeder steers. Sandridge is also Chairman of the Board of Rockbridge Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

He is a member and past president of the Brownsburg Ruritan Club and an elder of the New Providence Presbyterian Church. He enjoys fishing, bowling, coaching youth baseball, spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren.

Goin has been a director of CVEC since 1993, a former president and treasurer, and a member since 1972. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Firefly Fiber Broadband, the broadband Internet subsidiary wholly owned by CVEC.

He and his wife, Claudia, live outside of Scottsville on Modesto Farms and Greenhouses. They have two sons and a granddaughter. He is a Vietnam-era veteran, serving in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1972. He retired from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the US Postal Service, and has operated Modesto Farms since 1974.