Governor appoints Afton’s Lewandowski to GRDA Board

Mike Lewandowski, newest member of GRDA’s Board of Directors.

Vinita – Afton’s Mike Lewandowski, who owned and operated a McDonald’s restaurant for over three decades, is the newest member of the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors.

On Friday, August 10, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced Lewandowski’s appointment to the GRDA Board. He replaces Ed Townsend (Grove). Townsend, the founder, owner and chief executive officer of Bank of Grand Lake, served on the board five years. His term expires August 31.

“Mike Lewandowski is a successful businessman who has always been engaged in his community,” said Governor Fallin in a press release announcing the appointment. “He will make an excellent and engaged board member at the GRDA.”

Lewandowski started working for the McDonald’s Corporation in 1980 as a supervisor for a licensee. In 1986, he and his wife, Julie, became owner-operators of a McDonald’s. They owned and operated a restaurant for 31 years, selling the family business in July 2017.

“Mike Lewandowski will be a great addition to the board,” said incoming GRDA Chairman Tom Kimball. “His many years of business success in the GRDA service area and his background in fish and wildlife issues will be important assets for the organization. I look forward to serving with him.”

Lewandowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management from Southwest Missouri State University. During his tenure with McDonalds he served on a number of boards dealing with a variety of topics, along with working with church, bank and city organizations.

“We are happy to have Mike Lewandowski join our Board of Directors,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “Mr. Lewandowski brings many years of successful business experience and a love of Grand Lake to GRDA. We look forward to his participation, insight and input with our other members of the board.”

GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board.

Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio positions, filled by the general manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) and executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees. Board members serve staggered, five-year terms, with one position opening each year, to ensure continuity.