Our Board of Directors

Jerry Chlopek

Jerry Chlopek, Secretary

Jerry worked for Cornhusker Public Power District for more than 40 years, retiring in 2009 as the utility’s Operations Manager. A graduate of Genoa High School, Jerry served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army Reserve.

Counties Served: Subdivision 9
Term: 2015-2020 | Years Served: 11 (2009)
Phone: 402-564-6442 | Email: jlchlop@nppd.com
3075 39th Avenue | Columbus, NE 68601

Fred Christensen

Fred Christensen

A native Nebraskan, Fred is the fourth generation to farm the family land in Burt County. He was a member of the Burt County Public Power District Board for 15 years.

Counties Served: Subdivision 11
Term: 2019-2024 | Years Served: 7 (2013)
Phone: 402-685-6269 | Email: flchris@nppd.com
1740 County Road P | Lyons, NE 68038

Barry DeKay

Barry DeKay, Chair

A native of Knox County, Barry has been ranching for 33 years with his brother and they are the fourth generation to work the family land. Barry served on the Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation Board of Directors from 1999 until he was term limited in 2014.

Counties Served: Subdivision 2
Term: 2015-2020 | Years Served: 5 (2015)
Phone: 402-394-5988 | Email: bddekay@nppd.com
51228 896th Road | Niobrara, NE 68760

Melissa Freelend

Melissa Freelend

A fifth generation Nebraskan and Grand Island native, Melissa attended Grand Island Senior High and Central Community College. She worked in early childhood education. Since 2007, Melissa has held a career in media and broadcasting.

Counties Served: Subdivision 3
Term: 2017-2022 | Years Served: 3 (2017)
Phone: 308-380-7864 | Email: msfreel@nppd.com
3113 9th Avenue | Kearney, NE 68845

Mary Harding

Mary Harding, Second Vice Chair

A seventh generation Nebraskan, Mary graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Bilingual Education and completed graduate work at the University of Colorado in Boulder in sociolinguistics. Mary and her husband operate a residential rental property business in Lincoln.

Counties Served: Subdivision 1
Term: 2015-2020 | Years Served: 17 (2003)
Phone: 402-560-0630 | Email: mary4nppd@gmail.com
1107 Happy Hollow Court | Plattsmouth, NE 68048

Bill Hoyt

Bill Hoyt

Bill attended McCook High School, McCook Community College and Fort Hays State University. He is self-employed as a rancher, and was employed in law enforcement for 25 years.

Counties Served: Subdivision 4
Term: 2017-2022 | Years Served: 3 (2017)
Phone: 308-340-7576 | Email: wchoyt@nppd.com
71224 Road 384 | McCook, NE 69001

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson, First Vice Chair

Bill spent time in Vietnam as a US Marine. He retired in 2013, after serving as Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of Stanton County Public Power District for 27 years.

Counties Served: Subdivision 10
Term: 2017-2022 | Years Served: 3 (2017)
Phone: 402-649-0524 | Email: wdjohns@nppd.com
57325 838 1/2 Road | Pilger, NE 68768

Charlie Kennedy

Charlie Kennedy

Charlie is a native of Ava, Missouri, but has lived in Nebraska since 1995, relocating from Omaha to Scottsbluff in 2008. Retiring from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska in 2017, Charlie now works for WellCare.

Counties Served: Subdivision 5
Term: 2019-2024 | Years Served: 1 (2019)
Phone: 308-635-3126 | Email: cckenne@nppd.com
1616 2nd Avenue | Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Ken Kunze

Ken Kunze

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Ken is retired after 40 years of owning a real estate company in York.

Counties Served: Subdivision 7
Term: 2015-2020 | Years Served: 11 (2009)
Phone: 402-366-7377 | Email: krkunze@nppd.com
416 E 8th Street | York, NE 68467

Ed Shrock

Ed Schrock

Ed served as a Nebraska State Senator for 14 years, during which time he chaired the Natural Resources Committee for 8 years. A graduate of Holdrege High School and Nebraska Wesleyan University, he actively farms with his two sons on the family farm in Phelps County.

Counties Served: Subdivision 6
Term: 2019-2024 | Years Served: 13 (2007)
Phone: 308-995-4665 | Email: ejschro@nppd.com
74274 K Road | Elm Creek, NE 68836

Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

An attorney in Beatrice since 1971, Gary graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School.

Counties Served: Subdivision 8
Term: 2017-2022 | Years Served: 27 (1993)
Phone: 402-806-0266 | Email: ggthomp@nppd.com
545 Adams Street | Clatonia, NE 68328