Low-Income Nominations Requested

The Northeast Kansas Community Action Program (NEK-CAP, Inc.) is requesting nominations for one low-income representative to be elected to serve on the agency’s tripartite Multi-County Board of Directors as a representative of the Northern Region, which consists of Brown, Doniphan, Jewell, Marshall, Nemaha, Republic, and Smith counties. The representative will be elected for a three-year term beginning in January 2016.

Multi-County Board members also represent the private and public sectors. The governance purposes of the Multi-County Board are to provide strategic direction, policy and fiscal oversight of organizational operations and service delivery.

A nominee must be at least 18 years of age; reside in the Northern Region; meet the low-income guideline of 125% of poverty or below; or represent an organization with a primary interest in serving low-income populations and be nominated by a low-income individual. Persons below the federal poverty guidelines (under 125%) can nominate themselves or can be nominated by another low-income person.

Nominations will be accepted through September 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Nominations may be filed at the NEK-CAP, Inc. Administration Office located at 1260 220th Street, Hiawatha, 785-742-2222 or mailed to the address above. For additional information regarding the nomination process, please contact Heather Williams at the Administrative Office at 785-742-2222 (extension 157) or toll free at 888-904-8159 (extension 157).

After nominations close, the Nominations Committee will meet to officially review the nominations for the Northern Region and place on the ballot the names of those qualified to run. The date, time and polling place for the election will be announced in the near future. Only individuals falling below the current low-income guidelines will be eligible to vote.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.