Our Team

NPPD’s full-time economic development team is dedicated to the promotion of sustained economic growth in Nebraska. We partner with NPPD’s retail division and wholesale customers concentrating on positioning communities and regions for economic growth, assisting with the expansion and retention of existing industry, and/or attracting new business.

Rick Nelsen

Rick Nelsen, CEcD

Economic Development Manager
Phone: (402) 563-5534
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Cellular: (308) 627-6746
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: rjnelse@nppd.com

Jeanne Bartels

Jeanne Bartels

Economic Development Process Coordinator
Phone: (402) 563-5540
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: jmbarte@nppd.com

Mike Claborn

Mike Claborn

Marketer
Phone: (402) 563-5699
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: mlclabo@nppd.com

Keith Ellis

Keith Ellis

Economic Development Consultant
1327 H Street, Suite 1
Lincoln, NE 68508-3751
Phone: (402) 465-3517
Toll Free: (800) 447-0091
Cellular: (402) 450-7476
Fax: (402) 465-3520
Email: kdellis@nppd.com

Mary Kwapnioski

Mary Kwapnioski

Economic Development Support Specialist
Phone: (402) 563-5541
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: mlkwapn@nppd.com

Ken Lemke

Ken Lemke, Ph.D.

Economist
Phone: (402) 563-5535
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Cellular: (402) 276-5174
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: kmlemke@nppd.com

Mary Plettner

Mary Plettner, CEcD

Senior Economic Development Consultant
1200 S Chestnut Street
Norfolk, NE  68701
Phone: (402) 644-3104
Toll Free: (800) 550-3104
Cellular: (402) 750-1907
Fax: (402) 644-3111
Email: mmplett@nppd.com

Tami Swanson

Tami Swanson

Economic Development Process Coordinator
Phone: (402) 563-5042
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: tsswans@nppd.com

Rita Trofholz

Rita Trofholz

Economic Development Research Support Specialist
Phone: (402) 563-5530
Toll Free: (800) 282-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: rktrofh@nppd.com

Brian Vasa

Brian Vasa

Economic Development Consultant
Box 329
202 South Spruce Street
Ogallala, NE 69153-0329
Phone: (308) 284-2746
Toll Free: (800) 580-5022
Cellular: (308) 289-0382
Fax: (308) 284-4037
Email: bkvasa@nppd.com