Donna J. Andersen-Van Ness – District 7

Position: Asst. Secretary

(Board Member since 2009; re-election year is 2020)

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1600
Limon, CO 80828-1600

Phone: 719-481-1900



Andersen-Van Ness received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from University of Virginia. Married to a (deceased) West Point graduate, she pursued her teaching career, for ten years. She taught in various locations throughout the United States, working mostly with middle school language arts. She became a licensed Realtor in Virginia in 1985. She was Managing Broker for two different real estate offices and Relocation Director of a five-office real estate company in Virginia. She currently holds her Broker’s license with The Platinum Group, Realtors, of Colorado Springs. Also an author, Andersen-Van Ness has seven published novels.

She has two grown children, three step-children and ten grandchildren. She has lived in the Tri-Lakes area for 28 years. She and her husband Dave Van Ness live in Woodmoor.

Membership/Community Service:

Member and past-president of PEO (philanthropic educational organization). Member of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Organizer of community “Bargain Fair”, Hunters Creek, Virginia. Volunteer, Woodmoor Clean-up Day. Volunteer, Tri-Lakes Community Health Fair. Past member, Tri-Lakes Women’s Club. Small group leader for “Growing Through Grief” outreach classes at First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs.

Board Experience:

Served as President of the chapter of PEO. Served as Secretary of Hunters Creek Homeowners’ Association Board of Directors. Past Director on the Board of Tri-Lakes Cares in Monument. Donna currently serves as Assistant Secretary for the Mountain View Electric Association Board and represents MVEA on the Board of the statewide coop, Colorado Rural Electric Association.

As a coop board director, Donna has earned her CCD (Credentialed Coop Director), the Board Leadership designation and the top education designation of Director Gold.

Statement of Position:

“I believe that energy, its source of production and its distribution to consumers, is at the very center of the current political and economic issues of this planet. The rural cooperatives of this country have a rich history of endeavoring to meet the needs of members in responsible and reliable yet affordable ways.

Mountain View Electric Association is facing the amazing challenge of moving into the future as an environmentally conscious energy provider while being ever mindful of the importance of keeping energy costs low. As we face the issues and legislation concerning energy, it is my goal to be instrumental in bringing knowledge to our members of the complexities of the issues we face, while exercising my education and influence to keep this co-op moving toward a balance of affordability and environmental responsibility.”