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Utility Advisory Board

About GRU » Our Leaders » Utility Advisory Board

The city’s Utility Advisory Board serves as an advisor to the Gainesville City Commission on policy and governance decisions regarding utility services. Formed in 2016, the seven-member board meets at least once a month.  

UAB Contacts 
Phone: 352-393-1011
Fax: 352-334-2277
Mail: P.O. Box 147117, Station A140, Gainesville, Fl. 32614

Darin Cook (chair)
Term: Four years
Background: Cook is the co-founder and co-CEO of Infinite Energy, a multi-state energy supplier established in Florida in 1994. Now one of the largest privately held companies in the state, Infinite Energy has about 350 employees and has been recognized several times as one of the best companies to work for in Florida.  Cook worked as a natural gas buyer for GRU between 1991 and 1994.
Email: CookD1@gru.com

Annie Orlando (co-chair)
Term: Two years
Background: Orlando is a long-time community activist and business owner. She is the Co-Owner/ CFO of Atlas Screen Printing. She was a founding member and former President of the East Gainesville Development Task Force. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville.
Email: OrlandoA1@gru.com

Mary Alford  Term: Four years 
Background: Alford, a Gainesville native, began her professional engineering career as an intern in GRU's Water/Wastewater Department, and then later worked for Progress Energy in the areas of environmental compliance, safety, power plant operations and management, power plant construction and project and outage management.  For the past eight years, Alford has been a principal in The Sustainable Design Group, a Gainesville architecture and engineering firm.
Email:  AlfordM1@gru.com

Sandra Campbell
Term:Two years
Background: Campbell is financial director at UF’s department of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology. She has worked in the department for more than 20 years. 
Email: CampbellS1@gru.com

Dave Denslow Term: Four years
Background: Denslow, professor emeritus in economics at UF, was vice-chair of the Chamber Energy Study Group and member of the Site-Selection Committee for a Tampa Electric power plant in the ‘90s. Denslow has also provided economic guidance to three Florida governors.
Email: DenslowDA@gru.com

Michael Selvester
Term: Four years
Background: A UF law school graduate, Selvester is corporate counsel for Infinite Energy since 2015 and worked as a GRU legal services intern in 2014.
Email: SelvesterM1@gru.com

Robert Walpole
Term: Two years 
Background: Walpole is a professional engineer trained in the design and operation of utilities and previously served as member and chair of the Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee. Walpole also has served on the city’s Development Review Board and Blue Ribbon Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chamber’s Public Policy Vice Chair and a member of the Alachua County Business & Economic Growth Task Force.
Email: WalpoleR1@gru.com