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BPU Board Elects New Officers 2022
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BPU Board Elects New Officers

(KANSAS CITY, Ks.) — Members of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) elected new officers to the Board. The officer team includes: Mary Gonzales, President; Rose Mulvany Henry, Vice President; Tom Groneman, Secretary.

Ms. Gonzales has served on the BPU Board for over 20 years, having been first elected in 2001. Mary 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, KS 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.

Other elected officers are, Rose Mulvany Henry, Vice President and Tom Groneman, Secretary. Mulvany Henry has served on the Board since 2019. Groneman has served on the Board since 2013. Both Mulvany Henry and Groneman will work closely with Gonzales as part of the officer team.

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 53,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.




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