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