NEDC Board Member Spotlight Q and A with Bernie Stephenson

What is your hometown? Nevada/ Iowa Falls

Occupation and company you work for? Dentist, Owner of Stephenson Dental

What is a fun fact about your business or something you’re doing at your business that you’re excited about? After doing a building expansion, our associate dentist Dr. Jordan Wehner will be entering into the business as a partner in January 2022.

What is your role with the NEDC, and how long have you been involved? This is my second stint on the NEDC board, my first was from 2009-2019, and I served for three years on the executive board

Why do you continue to be involved in local economic development? Why is this an important issue for you? I truly care about Nevada growing the right way as a community. I want to see Nevada thrive in the years to come, and if I can help that process along, it is worth my time effort for that cause.

What other involvements do you have in the local community/county? I am the current president of the Nevada Community School Foundation Board, and I currently serve on the board at Indian Creek Country Club.

What are your favorite pastimes/hobbies? I enjoy golfing, Hawkeye Football, and attending local sports contests.

Who are the members of your family? My wife of 29 years is Lori. She is a teacher and coach in the Nevada School system. We have two kids, Patrick, 26, is in Denver, Colo., working for Lightdeck Industries, and Abby, 22, is in Marshalltown and teaching and volleyball coaching for BCLUW.

If you had only one hour a week to watch TV, what would you watch? It would be a sports broadcast.

What did 2020 teach you? That nothing is ever as bad as it seems.