Board Elections and Duties
A democracy is built upon the concepts of citizen government and local control. These are exemplified by locally-elected board members serving the Papio-Missouri River NRD. Each board member is elected from a sub-district to serve a four-year term. Sub-district boundaries are determined by population, with each election sub-district approximately equal. The Board sets policy for the NRDs programs and projects while giving direction to a staff of resource experts that carry out the day- to-day activities.
The Board welcomes public input and meets the second Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at the NRD Headquarters, 8901 S. 154th Street, Omaha, NE.
Subdistrict – 1
Ted Japp, Blair
Ted Japp, DC, is a retired Doctor of Chiropractic medicine and received his Doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences Univ. Ted Lives in Blair and his interests include hunting, fishing, softball, reading, health and fitness, travel and biblical studies. He is also an advocate for developmentally disabled individuals. Ted served on numerous committees and held memberships within his profession. He is a past president of a Lions club. Ted and his wife Lori have three children. Director Japp joined the NRD Board in 2017.
Subdistrict – 2
Fred Conley, Omaha
Fred Conley is the Enterprise Zone Coordinator with the Greater Omaha Workforce Development. He holds a BS degree from UNO, a JD from Creighton University, and has taken graduate courses in counseling. Active in the community, Fred serves on the Boards of the Omaha Small Business Network Board and the Butler-Gast YMCA. Fred joined the NRD board in 1999, after serving two years on the District’s first elected Board in 1975. He and his wife, Teresa, have three children.
Subdistrict – 3
Larry Bradley, Omaha
A former board member, Larry Bradley rejoined the NRD Board in January, 2017. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (President of the Father Flanagan Div.) and a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Larry enjoys hiking, fishing and hunting. He holds numerous degrees from UNO and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln. Director Bradley is married to Dr. Sylvia Rael and they have a daughter and son.
Subdistrict – 4
Tim McCormick, Omaha
Subdistrict – 5
Richard Tesar, Waterloo
Secretary & NARD Director
This is Mr. Tesar’s seventh term in office. Rich is the retired owner of Rich Tesar Outdoors, a professional outfitting service. His involvement with the outdoors also includes his role as President of the Sokol Camp Association, where he manages a recreational area located on the Platte River in western Douglas County. In 2007 and again in 2013 Rich was appointed by Governor Heineman to represent the Second Congressional District on Nebraska’s Riparian Vegetation Task Force where he served as chair of the Survey and Monitoring Committee. Rich enjoys hunting, fishing, photography, and training Labrador Retrievers. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons and are enjoying their first grandchild. Rich served on the NRD board from 1984-1992, and joined the board again in 2001.
Subdistrict – 6
Jim Thompson, Omaha
Jim Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He worked in the Federal Government in contracting and material management for the VA Medical Center in Omaha and held various sales positions since his retirement. Jim is active with the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Leavenworth Neighborhood Association, the Destination Midtown effort and has served on numerous citizen advisory committees on environmental issues for the City of Omaha and surrounding area. Jim also served as a member of the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission. He and his wife Cindy have a son and two daughters. Jim was elected to the Board in 2002 after previously serving from 1997-98.
Subdistrict – 7
Danny Begley, Omaha
Danny Begley joined the board in 2019. He is a Claims Representative for the Omaha Public Power District. Danny is Vice President of International Brother of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1483, and Treasurer of the Omaha Federation of Labor. Danny is an avid sports fan who enjoys traveling and being involved with the activities of his four children.
Subdistrict – 8
Tim Fowler, Omaha
Assistant Treasurer & Alternate NARD Director
Tim Fowler is a Sr. Defense Research Analyst for Riverside Research at USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB. He is also a Retired Naval Commander serving 25 years. In his spare time, Tim is active in various military and professional groups including the St. Thomas More’s Men’s™ Club, Jr. Vice Commander of Disabled American Veteran’s Post #2 in Omaha, South Omaha Neighborhood Association, and the Robin Hill Pool Association. Tim holds a BA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and he and his wife Teresa have five children. He joined the NRD board in January of 2003.
Subdistrict – 9
Mark Gruenewald, Omaha
Mark Gruenewald joined the NRD Board of Directors in January, 2017. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and holds a degree in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Computer Chemistry. Director Gruenewald was born and raised in David City, Nebraska.
Subdistrict – 10
Kevyn Sopinski, Papillion
Kevyn Sopinski is a Senior Partner at Self-Pathfinder Wealth Advisors. He holds a BSBA of Economics and Finance from Creighton University and an MBA from Bellevue University. Kevyn is a member of the Papillion Lions Club, Papillion Downtown Business Association, and Chairman of the CHI Midlands Charitable Council. He is also a Coach for the Papillion Rec Organization. Kevyn Joined the board in 2019. He and his wife, Martha, have two children.
Subdistrict – 11
John B. Wiese, Papillion
John B. Wiese, a resident of Papillion, was elected to the NRD Board of Directors in 2016. He is the owner and CEO of W-S Industrial Services in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mr. Wiese enjoys motor cycles and horses. He is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Director Wiese raised two children.