Columbus, Neb. – Mary Harding of Plattsmouth was elected as Chair of Nebraska Public Power District’s Board of Directors for 2021 following that body’s annual election of officers Wednesday in Columbus.
Also elected were Jerry Chlopek of Columbus as first vice chair, Melissa Freelend of Kearney as second vice chair, and Ed Schrock of Elm Creek as secretary. NPPD Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Traci Bender was elected treasurer.
“I look forward to working with our Board, management team, and customers during 2021 as we look to the future, serving Nebraskans with low-cost, reliable and sustainable electric power,” Harding stated.
Harding was recently elected in November to her fourth term on the Board and was initially elected in November 2003. Previously she served as Vice-Chair in 2020 and as Secretary on eight other occasions. A graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Bilingual Education she also completed graduate work at the University of Colorado in Boulder in sociolinguistics,
Harding is the former Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Executive Director of the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters. She and her husband, Richard Erickson, have four grown children and operate a property rental business in the Lincoln area.
Harding represents Subdivision 1 which consist of Cass, Saunders, Lancaster and Seward counties.
The Board of Directors also re-appointed Donna Starzec assistant treasurer, and Christine Pillen deputy assistant treasurer. Jan Modelski was re-appointed as assistant secretary, and Sandra Keefover as deputy assistant secretary. All are from Columbus.