Allen Chlopek
Allen Chlopek
Lending Partner Manager
Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP)

I grew up in Fullerton, Nebraska, population roughly 1,400, and spent most of my life there. After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, I had the opportunity to come back home and take a job that allowed me to be heavily involved in the county. The support and opportunities I received in my hometown are what made me reevaluate my future plans. I was allowed and encouraged to be in leadership positions, and I had the opportunity to be the change I wanted to see in my hometown.

Those hometown values are ones I share with the Center. I believe wholeheartedly in its mission and am excited to be a part of that work. Often, many people in rural America can feel like they are alone in their struggles with their businesses or buying a home—I want to ensure they get the help they need. Most importantly, I want to make connections and help rural people as well as their communities accomplish their goals.

In my free time, I enjoy working on my motorcycle, a '75 Honda CB750, and my house, a former Carnegie Library built in 1914. I serve on the Fullerton City Council and am an active member of the Fullerton Area Economic Development Committee, as well as the Fullerton Area Chamber of Commerce. I'm a fierce advocate for rural life and mental health care, and I'm passionate about history and local politics.