Gardner, Trinidad East & Vicinity
Edward "Ray" Garcia
21168 HWY 69
Gardner, CO 81040
Ray Garcia was first elected to the San Isabel Electric Association, Inc. Board of Directors in 1983 and is currently Board Chairman. He was born and raised in the Gardner community, where he still resides. After graduating from Walsenburg High School, Mr. Garcia attended Colorado University, School of Engineering in Boulder. He then joined the United States Air Force, serving four years.
Mr. Garcia is a farmer and rancher in the Gardner area and is a master plumber, pipe fitter and welder.
Mr. Garcia is a County Commissioner of Huerfano County representing District 1 and is a retired water commissioner that served the upper Huerfano River. Garcia is past president of the Huerfano County RE-1 School District Board, past president of the Sacred Heart Parish Council and is currently the president of the Gardner Chuck Wagon Supper Association.
During his term on the San Isabel Board, Garcia completed his director certification and board leadership certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Garcia represents all Colorado electric co-ops on the NRECA Board and served as chairman of the Administrative Committee. He has served on the San Isabel member relations and finance committees and has held the offices of treasurer, secretary, and vice president. Garcia has served as San Isabel’s representative on the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) Board of Directors and served in each CREA executive committee officer position, including president. He continues to serve on the Colorado Electric Education Institute Board and is former president of the organization. Additionally, Garcia formerly served on the Tri-State Generation & Transmission Board of Directors as San Isabel’s representative and is the former chair of Tri-State’s External Affairs Committee.