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Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced recent appointments he has made to fill Nebraska’s boards and commissions.


The following appointees are unpaid and are not subject to Legislative confirmation:


Abstractors Board of Examiners

Andrew D. Romatzke, Kearney


Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council

Gwendolyn Easter, Omaha

Krynn Larsen, Columbus

Karla K. Lester, M.D., FAAP, Lincoln

Suzanne Schneider, Lincoln

Brittni K. Waters, Kearney


Nebraska Educational, Health, Cultural, and Social Services Finance Authority

Maryanne Stevens, Omaha


Enhanced Wireless 911 Board

Isaac Brown, McCook

Carolyn Petersen, Valentine


Geographic Information Systems Council

Bailey D. Gibson, Grand Island

Donald L. Linquist, Jr., Page

Matthew R. Tinkham, Fort Calhoun


Healthy Soils Task Force

Nathan P. Pflueger, Osceola


Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy

Melissa Ruff, Lincoln


Advisory Board on Public Water Supply

Marvin H. Schultes, Hastings


State College System Board of Trustees

Tyler Garrett Harms, Falls City

Amanda Catherine Jaixen, Platte Center

Konery Klueber, Rapid City, SD


The following appointees are unpaid and subject to Legislative confirmation:


Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Mark M. Bulger, Omaha

Brent Heyen, Lincoln

Kimberly Scherbarth, Kearney


Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board

Jillian Chance, Lincoln


Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Candice Arteaga, Greenwood

Robert J. Feit, Lincoln

Jonathan Scherling, Omaha


State Emergency Response Commission

Rod Buethe, Gretna


Nebraska State Fair Board

Beth Smith, Lincoln


Nebraska Investment Council

John M. Dinkel, Norfolk


Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling

Cameron J. Arch, Omaha

Claudia Louise Barthold, M.D., Omaha

Mark R. Canada, Hastings

Kelly J. Lambert, Trumbull


Public Employees Retirement Board

Kelli M. Ackerman, Lincoln

Michael D. Jahnke, North Platte

Allen Simpson, Lincoln


The following appointee is paid and subject to Legislative confirmation:


Tax Equalization and Review Commission

James D. Kuhn, Grand Island


Thank you to the many Nebraskans that generously give their time and talent to make a difference in our state.  These appointments will provide crucial insight and expertise to their respective boards, committees, and commissions.  To learn about openings and apply to serve on a board or commission, go to