Platte River operates under the direction of a general manager who serves at the pleasure of the board of directors. The general manager is the principal executive officer with full responsibility for planning, operations and the administrative affairs of Platte River. Platte River’s senior management has substantial experience in the utility industry.
Jason E. Frisbie became general manager / chief executive officer in August 2016. Jason has been employed by Platte River Power Authority since 1982. He served as bulk material operator, site maintenance supervisor, bulk material supervisor, air quality/water supervisor, plant maintenance manager, in 1999 became division manager, power production and in 2011 became the chief operating officer. He holds a B.S. in industrial technology, Colorado State University, and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Jason serves on the Trapper Mine Board of Directors, the Trapper Compensation Committee, is a member of the Yampa Coordinating Committee as well as the Yampa Fuel Buyers Committee.
Chief operating officer
Andy Butcher became chief operating officer of Platte River Power Authority in 2017. Prior to that, he served as the director of power markets and generation dispatch. Andy has more than 20 years of experience in the utility industry including electric generation dispatch, power purchasing and sales, control room management, systems optimization and energy conservation.
Andy previously worked for Black Hills Power as a director of generation dispatch and power marketing
and was employed as the manager of system operations for American Municipal Power in Columbus, Ohio.
Andy attended college in Columbus, Ohio where he also was involved in the Army Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship Program. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from DeVry University, he entered active duty in the United States Army as a signal officer.
Alyssa Clemsen Roberts
Chief strategy officer
Alyssa Clemsen Roberts joined Platte River in 2017 as the chief strategy officer and is responsible for strategic direction, human resources and safety, energy efficiency, as well as directing all internal and external communications. Alyssa has devoted her career to the utility industry, focusing her work on strategic planning, communications, member services, finance, and government and public affairs. She is a nationally recognized expert on rural broadband issues and has shared expertise as a keynote speaker at many utility and broadband industry conferences.
Alyssa was raised in Iowa. After serving for four years in the United States Navy, she gained valuable experience within the Department of Agriculture in the Rural Utilities Service. She graduated summa cum laude from Park University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.
Deputy GM/chief financial officer
David D. Smalley (Dave), CPA, joined Platte River in 1993 and has served as staff accountant, investment and financial analysis officer, and financial planning and treasury manager. In 2006 Dave was named chief financial officer and in 2013 chief financial and risk officer. Currently, Dave oversees all financial services, internal auditing and information technology. Prior to joining Platte River, Dave worked for a CPA firm auditing federal and non-profit agencies. He holds a B.S. in accounting from San Diego State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Sarah D. Leonard
Sarah Leonard joined Platte River in 2019 following many years of practice in the Pacific Northwest. Sarah has a law degree from Stanford Law School and has worked primarily with the utility industry for most of her 25-year legal career. Sarah has experience with transmission development, complex litigation, and utility compliance and regulations.
Sarah oversees Platte River’s legal, environmental compliance, and reliability compliance departments and has dual reporting responsibilities to Platte River’s Board of Directors and CEO.