• Althea McMickell
    Althea McMickell (9)
    Althea McMickell, The Wire contributor, is an advertising specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. With five years of communications experience, she helps coordinate marketing and advertising campaigns, as well as various education programs. She loves biking, travelling and spending time with her husband.
  • Andrew Roger
    Andrew Roger (35)
    Andrew Roger is a contributor to The Wire and digital media coordinator at Omaha Public Power District. With 10 years of video production and photography experience, Andrew helps shape the image of OPPD and its employees through The Wire. Andrew and his wife keep busy with their toddler and a baby on the way. When he’s not playing on the floor with his family, Andrew works on remodeling his Midtown home, goes to local music and art shows, watches movies at Film Streams, home brews, works on video projects with his friends, and dreams about running the Dundee Theatre.
  • Brook Aken
    Brook Aken (1)
    As an economic development coordinator, Brook works with business and community leaders throughout OPPD’s territory on projects involving community and business development. Brook volunteers for Partnership 4 Kids and the United Way of the Midlands. Brook enjoys traveling, skiing, and spending time with her family, friends and two Puli puppies.
  • Cris Averett
    Cris Averett (19)
    Cris Averett is the Nuclear Site Communicator at OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station, the nuclear power plant 20 miles north of Omaha. Responsible for internal and external communications at the site, Cris also works with nearby communities to help build a better understanding of nuclear energy. Whenever feasible, Cris enjoys spending time with his wife and offspring, listening to music, tinkering with toys, playing a splendid game of cribbage and serving as a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • Jason Kuiper
    Jason Kuiper (151)
    Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He worked most recently as a contributor to Omaha Magazine, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an avid fiction reader, especially short stories and crime fiction. In his free time he enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and three children.
  • Jeff Hanson
    Jeff Hanson (2)
    Jeff Hanson was a manager at OPPD until his retirement in April, 2016. He started working in television news immediately after graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. That part of his career took him to four TV stations in three states, including two stations in Nebraska. He took what he learned there to become a public information officer for the Nebraska State Patrol and has worked in public relations and corporate communications ever since, the last 16 years at OPPD. He and his wife Cathy have one son and a small, white dog which controls far too much of their lives.
  • Jeni Hoffman
    Jeni Hoffman (2)
    Jeni Hoffman, a contributor to The Wire, is a jack-of-all-trades. A student at the University of Phoenix, Jeni is pursuing a communications degree, with a technology focus. She acquired the gift of gab as a cosmetologist, which she put to good use in other fields. She landed in the OPPD call center in 2008, graduating to Corporate Marketing & Communications. With 25 years’ worth of customer service skills, she morphed into a communications assistant, which is a good fit. When Jeni is not studying, she is spending time with her children, reveling with her grandchildren and bowling (she once rolled a perfect 300), among other activities.
  • Jodi Baker
    Jodi Baker (55)
    Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. Jodi earned her degree in broadcasting from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She's worked for news stations from her hometown of Omaha to sunny San Diego. She’s married with two bright and energetic children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier. She and her husband enjoy catching up on some grown-up DVR time once the kiddos are asleep.
  • Joe Comstock
    Joe Comstock (35)
    Joe Comstock, after 16 years of working as a designer, art director, illustrator and sculptor in Los Angeles, moved back to Omaha and is currently the creative coordinator for OPPD’s Corporate Marketing & Communications. Skilled in all things creative, he can make the mundane - magical, the trite - tantalizing and the difficult – digestible. Along with being a lover of alliteration, he has a keen interest in golf, paintball, hunting and not doing yard work. His California wife moved back with him and loves everything but the winters. His two children are both stand-up comedians.
  • Laura King-Homan
    Laura King-Homan (136)
    Laura King-Homan is editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, most of that time spent at the Omaha World-Herald. Her experience allows her to tell the stories of OPPD and its employees through both infographics and her writing. Laura and her husband have a teenage daughter and preschool-age son. When she’s not parenting two ends of the childhood spectrum, she’s juggling her DVR space and obsessively consuming TV and pop culture. She hopes that all of her pop culture knowledge will be useful someday, but she’s content just acing trivia quizzes for now.
  • Mark Trumble
    Mark Trumble (1)
    Mark Trumble is the manager of Energy Marketing at the Omaha Public Power District. Mark volunteers as a Goal Buddy at Partnership 4 Kids and has been the OPPD corporate liaison with P4K the past 2 years. Mark is an amateur photographer and videographer who is utilizing his involvement with P4K to take photos and videos to help promote their events.
  • Mike Jones
    Mike Jones (10)
    We are proud to have stories by the late Mike Jones on The Wire, as Mike helped shape this website. Mike, was senior media specialist for OPPD from 1998 to December 2016. He spent much of his time responding to inquiries from the media. Before coming to OPPD, he worked at KETV, doing a little bit of everything from reporting to anchoring the news to even covering sports. Mike started early in the news business, getting his first job in radio when he was 14 years old. Mike and his wife Phyllis have three children.
  • Paula Lukowski
    Paula Lukowski (46)
    Paula Lukowski, The Wire managing editor, has more than 34 years of experience in corporate communications. A proud journalism graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she joined OPPD in 1989. In recent years, Paula has focused on improving timeliness and transparency by streamlining internal and external communications for all audiences via low-cost and no-cost technologies. Paula and her husband, Mark, have two children, Rachel and John.
  • Terry Zank
    Terry Zank (13)
    Terry Zank is a contributor to The Wire and senior publications coordinator at OPPD. He and his wife, Melissa, have three sons, ages 10 to 21, and a shichon puppy. Terry coaches his youngest son’s YMCA soccer team, and plays in the OPPD racquetball league. In his spare time, Terry wishes he had some spare time.