John Nelssen became a member of Mohave Electric Cooperative in 1991. He has served as Board Director for District 1 since1996. At the June 2017 District 1 meeting, members in attendance recommended Nelssen to continue representing them for a three-year term. He previously served as Board Vice President.
Nelssen attained the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues, through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has taken advanced course studies to receive the Board Leadership Certificate. Nelssen was awarded the NRECA Gold Director Certificate in 2018. He regularly updates skills through course training and workshops in the electrical utility field.
Former owner of Left Field Meat Company in Wikieup, Nelssen was an electrical test engineer with utilities in Arizona and California and an owner/engineer of an electrical high voltage testing company.
In April 2011, Nelssen received the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Recognition Award, a program that recognizes cooperative directors and employees who have gone above and beyond to help co-op members in need.
Nelssen served four years in the U.S. Navy as an electrician’s mate and is a Vietnam Veteran. He is a member of Masonic Lodge No. 29 in Phoenix and has been active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth programs.