KNPB Welcomes Officers and New Members to Board of Trustees

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KNPB Welcomes Officers and New Members to   Board of Trustees

RENO, Nev. January 30, 2017 KNPB Board of Trustees has new officers for 2017 along with some new board members.

“We’re always excited to bring fresh talent and energy to our board,” said KNPB President and CEO Kurt Mische. “On behalf of the staff and current board of KNPB, I’m proud to welcome these new officers and members and look forward to their contributions to our organization.”   

John Owens will serve as the newly elected Chair working closely with Jacey Prupas, Vice Chair; Mark Herron, Treasurer; Tom Taelour, Secretary, and Rod Sanford, Past Chair. 

John Owens is the director of gas business for NV Energy, where he has worked for 27 years. He first joined NV Energy as a student engineer in 1981, was named Vice President of the Gas Delivery Business in December 2013. He previously served as Director of Gas Delivery since June 2011.  Prior to working in the Gas Distribution business, John lead the Energy Efficiency & Customer owned Renewables department (March 2011 – June 2012), and Director of Resource Planning and Analysis (Oct. 2007 – March 2011). 

Jacey Prupas is a commercial and business litigation partner for Snell & Wilmer Law. She is on the Nevada Board of Examiners, a member of the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyer’s Association since 2005. Prupas has always been driven to make a difference in many ways including being the founder and contributor of the Prupas Medical Student Scholarship Endowment. 

Mark Herron is the President and CEO of The Davidson Group, a company committed to supporting gifted students in their education journey. Herron received his BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to his success at The Davidson Group, Herron was the Vice President and CFO of New Media Express LLC and worked 12 years at The Parsons Corporation. 

Tom Taelour worked as the CFO for the Regional Transportation Commission for more than three decades. Specializing in financial planning, financial reporting and analysis, financial operations and agency management, Taelour contributes a wealth of 

knowledge and experience to the board. Taelour graduated from Reno High School and attended Santa Clara University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and accounting. From there, Taelour’s career began as a staff accountant for Gordon Douglass in Reno. Shortly following, he became the CFO for the Regional Transpiration Commission where he worked for 31 years. 

Rod Sanford is Managing Director with The Private Client Group of U.S. Bank.  He leads a team of professionals who employ a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to wealth management through a wide array of capabilities designed to help clients achieve their financial goals. 

Dr. Karin Hilgersom of Truckee Meadows Community College and Bill McBride of Wells Fargo Bank will be joining the board for 2017 under the leadership of the new officers.  Prior to Hilgersom’s current position as president of Truckee Meadows Community College, she served as president of SUNY Sullivan, executive vice president for both Walla Walla Community College and Central Oregon Community College. 

Bill McBride is a senior investment strategist at Wells Fargo. Prior to his position at the private banking corporation, McBride worked at Markov Processes International as an EVP and the Head of Business Development and Marketing. He earned his MBS from Pennsylvania State University and has his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University. 

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