GRDA’s Townsend, Goodpaster-Carter promoted to AGM

The Grand River Dam Authority is announcing the promotion of two employees to senior management positions. GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan made the announcement during the monthly board meeting on Wednesday, May 9.

Allison Goodpaster-Carter

Sullivan announced that Dr. Darrell Townsend, who has served as GRDA Ecosystems Management Director since 2004, has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of Ecosystems/Lake Management. Also, Allison Goodpaster-Carter, who has served as GRDA Human Resources Director since 2008, has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of Human Resources.

“These are employees who oversee very important aspects of GRDA’s daily operations,” said Sullivan. “Their skill and expertise are important to GRDA’s continued successes and goals and we felt like these promotions were very appropriate and very deserved.”

Darrell Townsend, Ph.D

Dr. Townsend holds a Ph.D in Rangeland and Wildlife Ecology, as well as bachelors and masters degrees in Ecology from Oklahoma State University. His research in these areas has appeared in several peer-reviewed scientific publications.

During his tenure at GRDA, he has worked to establish GRDA Ecosystems Department, allowing GRDA to fulfill its mission as a conservation and reclamation district for the waters of the Grand River System.

Goodpaster-Carter joined GRDA in 2006. She holds a Master’s of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Human Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University. She oversees GRDA’s human resources functions, including employee benefits and safety, as well as training programs and other workforce management issues.

Sullivan announced that the promotions are effective immediately.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.

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