Kearney’s Ronald Larsen to lead NPPD Board in 2012

January 12, 2012

Ronald Larsen, Chairman

Columbus, Neb. – The Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors Thursday elected Ronald Larsen of Kearney as its chairman for 2012. Also elected were Gary Thompson of Beatrice as first vice-chairman, Edward Schrock of Elm Creek as second vice-chairman, and re-elected Mary Harding of Lincoln as secretary.

Larsen began his first term on the NPPD Board of Directors in 2005 representing Buffalo and Kearney counties that comprise Subdivision 3. He served as the Board’s first vice-chairman in 2010 and 2011, and second vice-chairman in 2009.

A native of Kearney and a local businessman, Larsen is a graduate of Kearney High School and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (Kearney State College). A former mayor of Kearney who served four years, he also served on the City Council for 16 years, the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, the UNK Advisory Council, and was a founding member of the Kearney Softball Association.

He has also served on the boards of Good Samaritan Hospital, Buffalo County Economic Development Council, the Great Platte River Archway, the Kearney YMCA, and Sentinel Health of Kearney.

The Board of Directors also elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Traci Bender as treasurer, and re-appointed Donna Starzec as assistant treasurer, and Christine Pillen as deputy assistant treasurer. Jan Modelski was re-appointed as assistant secretary and Sandra Keefover as deputy assistant secretary. All are from Columbus.

Note: Photos of the Board members are downloadable for the media on NPPD’s website at

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