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Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970


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

Daniel “Thane” Jensen, Bennet


County Attorney Standards Advisory Council

Melodie Bellamy, Kearney


Nebraska Crime Commission

Jeffrey Bliemeister, Lincoln


Dairy Industry Development Board

Michael Henn, Norfolk


Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board

John L. Kuehn, D.V.M., Heartwell


Enhanced 911 Advisory Board

Shelly Holzerland, Fremont

Brian Thompson, Waverly

Steven Reeves, North Platte


EPSCoR/IDeA Committee

Dr. Charles Bicak, Kearney

Dr. Julianne Soukup, Omaha


Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission

Amber Schuppan, Doniphan

Kristin Yates, J.D., Ph.D., Lincoln


Governor’s Council to Keep Nebraska Beautiful

Stephen D. Mossman, Lincoln


Nebraska State Historical Society

Robert D. Bartee, Omaha


Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

Kirby L. Williams, Omaha


Nebraska Investment Finance Authority

Galen Frenzen, Fullerton

Warren Arganbright, Valentine


Judicial Nominating Commission – County and District Court– 2nd District

Bradley D. Kuiper, Gretna

Nora Sandine, Papillion


Judicial Nominating Commission – County Court – 4th District

Jill Stenberg, Bennington

Gerald Moritz, Omaha


Judicial Nominating Commission – County and District – 11th District

Mark R. Christensen, Imperial


Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Patrick H. Connell, Omaha

Judge Vernon Daniels, Omaha

Gregory Gonzalez, Omaha

Elaine Menzel, Lincoln

Justin Myer, Omaha


State of Landscape Architects

Jennifer Seacrest, ASLA, Lincoln


Nebraska State Poet

Matt Mason, Omaha


Police Standards Advisory Council

Lieutenant Colonel Buck Duis, Lincoln

Greg London, Papillion

Matthew McCarthy, Stanton

Dan Osmond, Broken Bow


Nebraska Potato Development Committee

Timothy May, Imperial

Matthew Ward, North Platte


State Board of Public Accountancy

Marcy J. Luth, CPA,  Grand Island


Riparian Vegetation Management Task Force

T.J.Walker,  Lincoln

David Zorn, Gothenburg


Suggestion Award Board

Diane L. Laffin, Lincoln


Nebraska Worker Training Board

Gregory Eden, Lincoln

Jacquie Slagle, Kearney


Wyuka Cemetery Board of Trustees

Faye M. Osborn, Lincoln



The following appointees are unpaid and are subject to Legislative confirmation:


Boiler Safety Code Advisory Board

Steven Bley, Nehawka

Scott Hollman, Lincoln

Thomas Phipps, Omaha


Board of Educational Lands and Funds

Dwayne B. Probyn, Papillion


State Emergency Response Commission

Richard Grauerholz, Ashland

Tim Hofbauer, Columbus

Trent D. Kleinow, North Platte


State Fair Board

Dawn Caldwell, Edgar

Christopher P. Kircher, Omaha


Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Robert Allen, Eustis

John M. Hoggatt, Kearney


Nebraska Liquor Control Commission

Harry Hoch, Omaha


Nebraska Power Review Board

Frank Reida, Omaha


Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission

Greg Adams, York

Patricia M. Kircher, Omaha

Paul Turman, 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