All of our team members pledge to uphold the public trust by providing:
Affordable, reliable water and electric service;
The most responsive customer service;
And active community support.
Our tradition of community responsibility has deep roots: Clark Public Utilities was formed by a vote of the people in 1938, and remains customer-owned. To keep resources accessible for our community, we focus on efficiency in everything we do. And we’re proud to make sure the critical resources of electricity and water are reliable for all the people we serve.
Board of Commissioners
Clark Public Utilities is governed by an elected board of three commissioners. The commission sets utility policy, approves annual budgets, establishes rates, approves major purchases and investments, and selects a general manager to oversee the utility operations and staff. Commissioner District Map
Commissioner Barnes was first elected in 1992 by District 2 in the East County area. She was re-elected in 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016 and 2022. Her current term expires in 2028.
Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in English and journalism. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including her neighborhood association and local school district.
Barnes is a past president of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association and currently serves as our representative to the Northwest Public Power Association.
First elected in 2012, Commissioner Malinowski represents District 1 in the North County area. He is currently serving his second term, which expires in 2024.
Malinowski holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. He spent 31 years working at Pacific Gas & Electric in roles including manager of transmission planning and manager of power control. He served for eight years as the power utilities technology instructor for Clark College.
Currently, Malinowski participates in the Washington Public Utility Districts Association and is the utility’s delegate to Energy Northwest.
Jane Van Dyke
Commissioner Van Dyke was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2020. Her current term expires in 2026. Van Dyke and represents District 3, which includes much of the City of Vancouver west of Interstate 205. She previously served as a Clark Public Utilities commissioner from 1984-2002.
Van Dyke holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a law degree from the Lewis and Clark School of Law. She has also attended the Evans School of Public Affairs Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. With 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, she has worked with the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers and Bar Association, Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.
Van Dyke now represents the utility on the boards of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Columbia Springs. She also serves as the American Public Power Association representative.
Lena Wittler is a 20-year veteran of the utility industry, having served in a variety of finance, human resources, and communications roles, most recently as the Director of Communications and Employee Resources, overseeing all communications, public affairs, utility-wide research and analytics, human resources and loss control. She was named CEO and General Manager in June of 2019.
She holds a B.A. from Willamette University and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland and prior to her work with the utility she worked in education and judicial support.
Department Directors and Senior Leadership
- Assistant to the CEO/Clerk to the Board, Margaret Anderson
- Communications Director, Erica Erland
- Customer Service Director, Lisa Fix
- Employee Resources Director, Nichole Reitzensten
- Energy Resources Director, Dan Bedbury
- Engineering Director, Cal Morris
- Finance Director and Utility Treasurer, Melissa Ankeny
- General Counsel, John Eldridge
- Information Services Director, Jeff Groff
- Operations and Interim Water Director, Gene Morris
Key Accounts and Service Managers
- Construction Service Manager, Dana Allen
- Customer Service Manager, Robert Hill
- Energy Services Manager, Debbie DePetris
- Key Accounts Senior Manager, Zeecha Van Hoose
- Key Accounts Manager, Bill Hibbs
- Key Accounts Manager, Lori Froelich
- Key Accounts Manager, Mike Wallace
- Transmission and Distribution Manager, Brian Roden