Senior Human Resources Specialist Chase Ropelato has a passion for people, and it’s evident in all he does.
Chase graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Management and Human Resources. Before coming to Idaho Power, Chase worked for a small company that was under new ownership. “They wanted me to come in and make sure everything was on the up and up,” he said. “I reviewed everything based on what I knew, but then my wife and I wanted to move to Boise. Idaho Power had a job open, so I applied for it, and here I am!”
Chase’s favorite thing about his job is working with people. “In my particular role on the Benefits team, I meet with people when they’re at a low point in their life, like when they’re hurt or something happened to somebody they love,” he said. “It feels good to be the person who gets to say ‘Hey, we’re here to help.’”
Chase has been with Idaho Power for just over five years. He says the importance of work-life balance, employee benefits, and his close-knit team are just a few of the perks. “My team is amazing. We help each other and work really well together. It’s probably the best team I’ve ever been a part of.”
Chase feels that Idaho Power’s supportive environment trickles down all the way from CEO Darrel Anderson. “Darrel is one of the most visible CEOs I’ve ever seen. He has a true passion for not just seeing that the company does well, but that the people do well, too,” he said. “He hosts employee meetings across our service area, as well as retiree meetings. So even when you’ve entered retirement, he still puts time in with you. I think that trickles down to the vice presidents, most of whom we see walking the floors and offices every day.”
The work-life balance and supportive leadership of Idaho Power has led Chase to become an active member of the community. He represents the company on the Idaho Immunization Assessment Board, and he’s also very active on the board of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC).
“My boss suggested I join a nonprofit board for additional experience, and my work at the Idaho AEYC has been super rewarding,” Chase said. “The State of Idaho doesn’t offer any financial support for preschool or daycare, so part of our mission is to make sure there’s childcare for all children whether or not their parents or guardians can afford it. They also work with the Idaho Stars program to train daycare and preschool providers in child development, education, health and safety.”
Changes in technology, particularly with batteries and energy storage keep Chase excited about the future of Idaho Power. “It’s interesting to see how a regulated utility will adjust to a changing market,” he said. “I’m excited to see where we go!”