IGU Board of Directors

IGU Board of Directors 2017-01-05T12:10:11+00:00

Meetings of the Interior Gas Utility Board of Directors are held the first Tuesday of every month and a work session is held every third Tuesday of the month at the IGU Offices, 100 Cushman Street, Suite 512. All meetings are open to the public.

The FNSB Assembly created and approved IGU as a public corporation, wholly-owned subsidiary of the FNSB.  The IGU Board of Directors is authorized to manage and operate the utility in accordance with prevailing industry practices and general standards common to utilities providing the same service.

Four seats are elected positions voted by residents of the FNSB, held the first Tuesday in October. The first election was held on October 7, 2014. Three board members are appointed by the Mayors of the City of North Pole, the City of Fairbanks, and the FNSB. Board terms are for three years.

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Current Board of Directors

Mike Meeks
Mike MeeksChairman, At-Large Seat B, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2018
Mr. Meeks retired from Federal Service after 36 years as an Army Officer and an Army Civilian. During that time period he was the Director of Public Works for Fort Wainwright for eighteen years. Over three decades he has led and managed a wide variety of military and civilian organizations. As the Director of Public Works he was responsible for all the utilities, which included a coal fired power plant. He was first appointed to the Gas Board by the City of Fairbanks, then in 2015 he ran for election and won his seat. Mr. Meeks is currently the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Fairbanks.
Jack Wilbur
Jack Wilbur Vice-Chair, Seat C, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2017
Mr. Wilbur is a fourth generation Fairbanks resident who is currently Chief Financial Officer for Design Alaska; he was Design Alaska’s President from 1995 through 2013. Mr. Wilbur is currently Board Chair for Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (past Board Chair), and a member of the Alaska Chamber Board of Directors.
Frank Abegg
Frank AbeggCity of Fairbanks Appointed Seat, Term Expires Dec 31, 2019
Mr. Abegg has over 40 years of experience in electric power and energy-related
industries. As a past Vice President of Power Production for Golden Valley Electric Association and Plant Superintendent at the Fairbanks Municipal Utilities System Power Plant, his expertise includes planning, design, permitting, construction, commissioning, and operation of power generation facilities and district heating systems throughout Alaska. Mr. Abegg currently spends his retirement actively volunteering with non-profit organizations to improve the Fairbanks community, primarily in reducing future cost of living, optimizing resources and improving facilities for our senior citizens.
William (Bill) Butler
William (Bill) ButlerCity of North Pole Appointed Seat, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2019
Mr. Butler is currently the Director of City Services for the City of North Pole where he oversees the water and sewer, public works, and building departments. Prior to working for the City, Butler was the Associate Director for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Before relocating to Alaska in 2003 to work for UAF, Butler was the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Jefferson County, New York. He also worked for the East Tennessee State University College of Medicine as the Associate Director of the North East Tennessee Area Health Educations Center and he worked for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Butler grew up in southeast Pennsylvania, earned his BS, MA and PhD degrees from Penn State. He also served overseas with the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa.
Steve Haagenson
Steve HaagensonFNSB Appointed Seat, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2019
Mr. Haagenson has extensive utility experience, being a previous President and CEO of Golden Valley Electric Association, and also holding previous positions at GVEA as an electrical engineer, an interim Manager of Operations, the Manager of Engineering Services, and the Vice President for Transmission and Distribution. Mr. Haagenson has also served as Statewide Energy Coordinator and Executive Director for the Alaska Energy Authority, and is a present member of the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.
Aaron Lojewski
Aaron LojewskiAt-Large Seat D, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2017
Mr. Lojewski is a small business owner who works in the real estate industry. Prior to this he worked for Northern Alaska Tour Company as a tour guide. He has a MS Resource and Applied Economics and a BBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Pamela Throop
Pamela ThroopAt-Large Seat A, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2018
Pamela Throop, At-Large Seat A, Term Expires Dec. 31, 2018

The Original Board of Directors

Original IGU Board Members from L to R: Bob Shefchik (2012-2015), Steve Haagenson, Oran Paul (2012-2014), Vice-Chairman Mike Meeks, Jim Laiti (2012-2014), Bill Butler, Frank Abegg

Original IGU Board Members from L to R: Bob Shefchik (2012-2015), Steve Haagenson, Oran Paul (2012-2014), Vice-Chairman Mike Meeks, Jim Laiti (2012-2014), Bill Butler, Frank Abegg.