Being from Columbus originally, I knew I wanted to stay in Nebraska. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Business degree and a double major in Accounting and Finance. I stayed in Lincoln for about three years after graduation, working for the State of Nebraska as an Insurance Auditor.
During this time I met my fiancée, Kendra, through a mutual friend. With her living in Pierce and working in Norfolk it was hard to continue our long distance relationship. That’s when the mutual friend who introduced us to each other found a job opening I could apply for as an Internal Auditor with NPPD at the Columbus General Office.
Soon after moving back to Columbus, Kendra also located to Columbus after getting a job with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Being from Columbus, I already knew a lot about NPPD, and I also knew a lot of people at the General Office (from family friends to friends’ parents to old coaches) and I knew how important they are to the community. The job seemed like a good fit for where I want to be in my career as well as coming back home and settling down.
As an Internal Auditor, I get to see all of the aspects of the company that help keep the lights on throughout the state. I review various controls, programs and processes to assess compliance. I provide an independent review to help ensure NPPD is up to date with current laws and regulations as well as helping update various processes and procedures. I also help the District mitigate risk by strengthening internal controls.
Most days are spent at a computer reviewing files, procedures and crunching numbers. Other days, I get to go out in the field and visit with our great teammates throughout the state to gain an understanding of their area and how we can work together to help improve the District.
In my short time here, I’ve been involved in various reviews across the state. Some I’ve been involved in include fuel purchases, contracts, customer service, environmental, vendors and assisting our external auditors with their annual review.
I have the most fun when I’m in the field. It’s fascinating to me what all goes into generating power as well as the transmission and distribution of electricity. I’ve also had some great experiences in my two short years with the District.
It’s fascinating to me what all goes into generating power as well as the transmission and distribution of electricity.
Some of the experiences include getting a chance to go into the field and see the stages of the Hoskins-Neligh project as well as the new Antelope substation. Also, to learn more about the District’s distribution and substation activities, the Internal Audit Services group got a chance to do a ride-along with some teammates who work out of the Norfolk Operations Center.
I got a chance to go up in a bucket truck – which was a neat experience – as well as see maintenance being performed on a substation. I also got to witness a residential “disconnect” and see the proper protocol for disconnecting service. After my visit to Norfolk, I gained a great appreciation for all the work our crews do in the field, rain or shine, to help maintain service throughout the state.
I couldn’t successfully complete any reviews or projects without the assistance of the personnel located throughout the state. NPPD has many intelligent and talented employees helping ensure the District is poised for success now and in the future. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent working for the District and look forward to what the future will bring in this ever-changing industry.