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Leadership

Serving you. Serving the Community.

Your neighbors. Your BPU Board of Directors.

With your interests at heart and the goals of the community in mind, six Wyandotte County residents are elected to be your BPU Board of Directors. These board members proudly serve the county by establishing:

  • Policies and Practices
  • Customer Service Standards
  • Short- and Long-Term Planning Goals

The Board of Directors consists of three individuals elected at-large and three elected by district. Each serves a four-year term, with elections occurring every two years for three of the board positions. In addition, the Board is responsible for hiring a General Manager who administers day-to-day utility operations and serves as the BPU’s chief executive officer.

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Click image to see biography of each board member.

Front row (L to R) Rose Mulvany Henry , Robert L. Milan, Sr., Jeff Bryant and Mary L. Gonzales. Back row (L to R) Tom Groneman and David Haley.
Contact Your Board Member

Mary L. Gonzales
President

Member-at-Large
Position #1

 

Elected 2001-2005

Re-elected 2005-2009

Re-elected 2009-2013

Re-elected 2013-2017

Re-elected 2018-2021

Re-elected 2021-2024


Ms. Gonzales retired from teaching school in 2006 after a 33-year career. For many of those years she was an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Piper Middle School.


Besides her BPU Board and other community activities, she is a member of the American Public Power Association and the American Water Works Association.


A graduate of Leadership 2000, she serves on the board for the Rosedale Development Association and also on the advisory board for the Civic Leadership Academy for Olathe, Kansas schools. Mary was also District 5 Coordinator in the successful effort to consolidate the Wyandotte County/city governments, and served on the advisory board of the Wyandotte County Library. In addition, she is past President of Delta Kappa Gamma International Educational Society and is a former board member for both El Centro and City Vision Ministries.


Ms. Gonzales has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University.


Mary is married to John Mendez and has three sons and two step daughters.

To learn more about how your BPU Board of Directors are serving you, we invite you to join our Board meetings, which are normally on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, at 6:00 p.m. Please call (913) 573-9024 to confirm meeting dates and times. See the “NEWS” page for virtual meeting access. You can also contact your BPU Board of Directors via email.

 
Your BPU Executive Team

Lori C. Austin
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer

David E. Mehlhaff
Chief Communications Officer

Jerry Sullivan
Chief Information Officer

Jeremy Ash
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Johnetta M. Hinson Executive Director Customer Service

Maurice Moss
Executive Director Corporate Compliance

Dong T. Quach Executive Director Electric Production

Jerin Purtee
Executive Director Electric Supply

Steve Green
Executive Director Water Operations

Darrin McNew
Acting Executive Director Electric Operations

Lori C. Austin
Chief Financial Officer/Chief
Administrative Officer

David E. Mehlhaff
Chief Communications Officer

Jerry Sullivan
Chief Information
Officer

Jeremy Ash
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Johnetta M. Hinson
Executive Director Customer Service

Maurice Moss
Executive Director Corporate Compliance

Dong T. Quach
Executive Director Electric Production

Jerin Purtee
Executive Director Electric Supply  

Steve Green
Executive Director Water Operations

Darrin McNew
Acting Executive Director Electric Operations

Your BPU Management Staff
  • Ingrid Setzler
    Director Environmental Services
  • Sperlynn Byers
    Acting Director of Information Technology
  • Brian D. Laverack
    Director Network Operations
  • Randy J. Otting
    Director Accounting
  • Tung K. Nguyen
    Director Electric Production Engineering
  • Marshall Robinett
    Acting Director Water Distribution
  • Patrick J. Morrill
    Director Electrical Engineering
  • Chris J. Stewart
    Director Civil Engineering
  • Patrice E. Townsend
    Director Utility Services
  • Dennis Dumovich
    Director of Human Resources
  • Jody Franchett
    Director Administrative Services
  • Becky Aldinger
    Director of Purchasing & Supply Chain
  • Glen Brendel
    Director Electric Production – Operations & Maintenance
  • Steve Nirschl
    Director Water Processing
  • Andrew Ferris
    Director Electric Supply Planning
  • Mike Fergus
    Director of Electric Distribution & Services
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