Our Leadership

Grant PUD’s general manager/chief executive officer reports directly to the board of commissioners. His role is to carry out commission policies and, along with the rest of the leadership team, provide support to Grant PUD’s employees as they conduct their day-to-day activities

Rich Wallen

General Manager / CEO

Rich joined Grant PUD in June 2017. His professional background includes 30 years of energy industry experience within nuclear, coal, gas and hydro. He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and received a master’s degree in business management from Clayton State University.

Rich is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served onboard the USS Enterprise as a nuclear power plant operator. He holds a project management professional certification.

Dave Churchman

Chief Customer Officer

Dave joined Grant PUD in January 2017. His professional experience includes nearly 30 years in utility operations, including 19 years at IDACORP, Inc. and seven years in power-management and top leadership posts at the Eugene Water & Electric Board in Oregon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business production management from the University of Idaho and a master's degree in business administration from Boise State University.

Bonnie Overfield

Chief Financial Officer

Bonnie Overfield joined Grant PUD in July of 2004, and has since held a number of senior financial positions, including senior manager of Treasury. Bonnie has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in Business – Finance from City University of Seattle.

She is involved in industry associations serving in leadership positions with the Large Public Power Council, Washington Public Treasurer’s Association, and Women in Public Finance.

Jeff Grizzel

Chief Operations Officer

Jeff joined Grant PUD in 2010 as Natural Resources director. Strong management and team-building skills brought about a career pivot in 2018, when he was promoted to managing director of Power Delivery, overseeing Grant PUD’s electric system. In his current role, he oversees both Power Delivery and Power Production.

Jeff holds a master's degree in Forest Hydrology from the Oregon State University and a bachelor's in Natural Resources Management from Virginia Tech.

Mitch Delabarre

Chief Legal Officer

Mitch joined Grant PUD in 2009. He has more than 28 years of legal experience, including 22 years working with municipal organizations in Grant County. He holds a bachelor's of science degree from San Diego State University and obtained his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

Kevin Nordt

Chief Resource Officer

Kevin joined Grant PUD in 2004 following more than 20 years in a variety of engineering, power-trading and operations positions in the Pacific Northwest for Portland General Electric and Energy Northwest.

At Grant PUD, he has held senior-level positions that include power management, chief finance officer and general manager, a role he resigned from in December 2021 for health reasons.

Kevin now heads a team exploring additional energy sources to ensure Grant County a supply of carbon-free electricity into the future.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Physics from St. John's University, a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and additional graduate work in computational finance at Oregon Graduate Institute.

Julie Pyper

Chief Administrative Officer 

Julie Pyper began her career at Grant PUD in September 2009, bringing with her more than two decades of experience from positions at Okanogan County and Chelan County PUD.

She has held several positions here at Grant. In her current position, Julie oversees the teams who manage capital projects and provide support services in change management, project management, project analysis, safety, industrial training and employee enrichment.

Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Washington State University and has certifications in asset and change management through the Asset Management Institute and Prosci, Inc. She is a Project Management Professional.