From left, George N. Goin, Wade C. House and C. Michael Sandridge. (Photo BY: Steven Johnson)

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

Wade C. House, a director at Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, based in Manassas, has been elected as chairman of the VMD Association Board of Directors for 2022-23.

The new vice chairman is C. Michael Sandridge, a director at BARC Electric Cooperative, based in Millboro, Va.

George Goin, a director at Arrington-based Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, is the new secretary/treasurer.

The leaders were elected by board members on 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 to guide the direction of the association, which includes 15 electric cooperatives in three states from the Cumberland Gap to Delaware that serve nearly 900,000 meters and 1.84 million people in parts of six states.

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

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

Outgoing VMDAEC Board Chairman Russell G. “Rusty” Brown hands the gavel to Wade C,. House. (Photo By: Steven Johnson)

He is a past recipient of the Fireman of the Year Award from the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company. In 2006, the city of Manassas awarded him the Volunteer of the Year Award and recognized him for his 30 years of leadership and service. House’s professional firefighting work continued in 2011, when he was appointed deputy fire and rescue chief for the city of Manassas.

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

Sandridge is vice president of the BARC Board of Directors. He retired as chief correctional officer at the Rockbridge Regional Jail after 27 years of service. He currently owns and operates Weeping Willow Farms, raising feeder steers. Sandridge also serves as president of the board at Rockbridge Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

He is a member and past president of Brownsburg Ruritan Club and is an elder at 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 at CVEC since 1993, serving as a past chairman and treasurer, and a member since 1972. He also is chairman of the board of Firefly Fiber Broadband, CVEC’s wholly owned, high-speed internet subsidiary.

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

Goin’s activities include the Fluvanna Farm Bureau Board, USDA Farm Service Agency, Fluvanna County Fair Board, Ruritan Club, American Legion, and the Fluvanna Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Council.