Ms. Bender graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and received a master's degree in Business Administration-Finance & Accounting from Regis University in 2006. She has also completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Reactor Technology Course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Bender joined NPPD in September 1990 as Technical Accounting Supervisor. She has also held the positions of District Manager, Rate Supervisor, Finance & Accounting Manager, Assistant Treasurer, and Corporate Planning & Risk Manager. She was appointed a Vice President in March 2006.