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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:


Board of Appraisers for Educational Lands and Funds

Bonnie M. Downing, Dunning


Nebraska Aquaculture Board

Richard Lackaff, Bassett


Commission for the Protection of Children

Corrie Kielty, Lincoln

Mary Jo Pankoke, Lincoln

Michelle L. Padilla, Fremont

B. Gail Steen, Lincoln

Ivy C. Svoboda, Papillion

Mark Unvert, Sterling

Katherine S. Washburn, Sioux City, IA


Nebraska Children’s Commission

Jarren Lee Breeling, Papillion

A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon, Omaha

Rachel Folds, Walton

Misty Frazier, Bloomfield

Ronald Giesselmann, Fremont

Sara J. Hoyle, Lincoln

Terri J. Knutson, Omaha

Melissa K. Nance, Omaha

Susan J. Thomas, Fairbury


Collection Agency Licensing Board

Micheal J. Morledge, Grand Island

Jason A. Thompson, Bennington


Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities

Dorothy Ackland, York

Stacy Bliss, Fremont

Jennifer Miller, Bellevue

Lorie D. Regier, Madrid

Kizzie S. Vaughn, Omaha

Christina R. Zeleski, Hastings


Early Childhood Education Endowment Board of Trustees

Tanya Rochelle Santos, Omaha

Nora Robinson, Kimball


Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council

Allison Freeny, Ed.S, MBA, Omaha


Nebraska EPSCoR/IDeA Committee

Dr. Charles Bicak, Kearney

Dr. Janet E. Seger, Omaha


Nebraska Hemp Commission

Tara Smydra, Norfolk

Josh Watchorn, Sidney

Annette M. Wiles , Plattsmouth


Homeland Security Policy Group

Ervin L. Portis, Lincoln


Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness

Lee Ann Heflebower, Lincoln

Kathryn Mesner, Central City

Roger D. Nadrchal, Norfolk

Mindy Paces, Omaha

Amy Thelander, Grant

Brent Williams, Lincoln


Nebraska Invasive Species Council

Dennis Schroeder, Lincoln


Judicial Nominating Commission – District Court – 4th Judicial District

Bruce Ferrell, Elkhorn

James Maguire, Omaha


Judicial Nominating Commission – County/District – 9th Judicial District

Stephen P. Hansen, Grand Island

Dr. Peter Longo, Kearney

Raymond J. O’Connor, Grand Island

Daniel Schleusener, Kearney


Judicial Nominating Commission – District Court – 10th District

Richard S. Christy, Hastings

Lori Hartman, Hastings

Connie Consbruck, Hastings


Judicial Nominating Commission – County/District – 11th Judicial District

Allen Dunworth, Culbertson

Donald Kurre, North Platte

Karen Waite, North Platte

Katherine Wilmot, Beaver City


Judicial Resources Commission

Maria E. Whitmore, Shelby


Board of Landscape Architects

Jonathan J. Hauck, Lincoln


Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Candice L. Batton, Ph.D., Waverly

James Clang, Broken Bow

Weysan Dun, Omaha

Joseph R. Hewgley, North Platte

Thomas McBride, Lincoln


Nebraska Potato Development Committee

Adam Naslund, Cody

Henry Nira, Gering

Troy Sorensen, Alliance

Laurie Widdowson, Kearney


Nebraska Real Estate Commission

Ann K. Post, Lincoln


State Records Board

Walter Weir,  Lincoln


Rural Broadband Task Force

Andrew Buker, Omaha

Ronald Cone, Kearney

Zachary Hunnicutt, Giltner

Gwen A, Kautz, Overton

J. Thomas Shoemaker, Cambridge

Daniel Spray, Norfolk

Andrew Whitney, Seward


Commission on Uniform State Laws

Donald Swanson, Omaha


Advisory Council to the Office of Violence Prevention

Tyler Cooper, Lincoln

Jason M. Dean, Lincoln

Bruce Ferrell, Wahoo


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


Douglas County Election Commissioner

Brian Kruse, Omaha


Sarpy County Election Commissioner

Emily A. Ethington, Papillion


The following appointees are unpaid and subject to Legislative confirmation:


Nebraska Brand Committee

Terry L. Cone, Burwell


Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board

Claire K. Bazata, Cozad


Climate Assessment Response Committee

Ervin L. Portis, Lincoln


Crime Victim’s Reparations Committee

Gerald Randall (Rand) Hansen, Omaha


Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Peggy A. Williams, Lincoln


Nebraska Ethanol Board

Scott B. McPheeters, Gothenburg

Taylor D. Nelson, South Sioux City


Foster Care Advisory Committee

Richard L. Wiener, Ph.D., Omaha


State Personnel Board

Jerry Lee Jensen, Lincoln


Thank you to the many Nebraskans that give generously of 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