Jurgens Part of Leadership Nebraska Class
(HOLDREGE, Neb.) – Rochelle Jurgens, controller and finance manager at The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, was one of 28 Nebraska leaders who were recognized with certificates and commemorative awards for completing Class XIII of Leadership Nebraska.
The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce presented the graduating class in a ceremony on March 3 in Lincoln. Graduates are current and emerging leaders from communities throughout Nebraska. The program enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. Leadership Nebraska is dedicated to the development of informed leaders who understand issues, define problems, develop solutions and achieve positions of higher responsibility in Nebraska.
At CNPPID, Jurgens supervises all accounting functions and manages the District’s finances. She is also co-owner, with husband Gary, of Holdrege Soft Water. In the community, Jurgens has been active in the Trinity Evangelical Free Church, is a member of the Phelps County Development Corporation’s watchdog committee, and is a past president of the Holdrege Ambassadors and the Holdrege Day Camp board of directors.
“Strong leaders are critical to building thriving communities and a resilient, growing economy,” said Bryan Sloan, NE Chamber president. “Today, we face more complex challenges than ever, but the opportunities before us are even greater. We are anxious to see how the members of Class XIII make their mark on our future.”
The program included six, two-day sessions held in various locations across Nebraska. Topic areas included: economic development; healthcare; agriculture; education and government and policy.
Leadership Nebraska Class XIII members who graduated include:
Mara Anderson, Alliance Recreation Center
Matthew Reed, Great Plains Communications
Heidi Elliot, Nebraska Public Power District
Rochelle Jurgens, Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District
Brenda Jensen, City of Kearney
Kelly Kreger, Path for Growth
Lisa Tschauner, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Macala Carter, Great Western Bank
Ben Martens, U.S. Bank
Nate McHargue, State Farm
Bridgett Petzoldt, Black Hills Energy
Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen, City of Neligh Economic Development
Dr. Tracy Kruse, Northeast Community College
Andrea Libengood, Daycos, Inc.
Chance Schilling, First National Bank of Omaha
Brook Aken, Omaha Public Power District
Britton Gabel, Omaha Public Power District
Elizabeth Hallgren, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business
Julie Klug, Aksarben Foundation
Megan Murray, Metropolitan Utilities District
Jennifer Olds, Peter Kiewit Foundation
Sarah Sjolie, The Wellbeing Partners
Carole Swanson, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska
Jessica Colo, OCI Insurance & Financial Services
Douglas Mader, Western Nebraska Community College
Abby Schademann, Wayne Area Economic Development
Kevin Black, Pinnacle Bank
Edward Tjaden, City of York Police Department