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Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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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

Jason J. Bryant, Lincoln


Nebraska Brand Committee

Christopher J. Gentry, Hyannis

John B. Widdowson, Kearney


Nebraska Children’s Commission

Breanna Anderson, Columbus

Beth M. Baxter, Kearney

James R. Blue, Lincoln

A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon, Omaha

Vernon Joseph Davis, Lincoln

Kathy L. Dinkel, Omaha

Misty D. Frazier, Bloomfield

Ronald Giesselmann, Fremont

Richard E. Hasty, Ph.D., Plattsmouth

Jessica L. Hilderbrand, Milford

Terri J. Knutson, Omaha

Felicia A. Nelsen, Lincoln

Lana Temple-Plotz, Fremont

Susan J. Thomas, Fairbury

Melanie S. Williams-Smotherman, Omaha


Geographic Information Systems Council

Lash Chaffin, Lincoln

Tim A. Cielocha, Columbus

Jeffrey T. McReynolds, Lincoln

Lesli M. Rawlings, Wayne


Greater Nebraska Chief Elected Officials Board

Mark (Tony) Kaufman, Gering

Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission

Rodney L. Bates, Lincoln

Sara B. Crook, Peru


Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness

Jeff Chambers, Adams

Ryan Durant, Elkhorn

Paul C. Hamelink, Hastings

Thomas G. Judds, Ashland

Judy L. Peterson, North Platte


Jail Standards Board

Kim H. Elder, Paxton


State Committee on Mental Health Services

Jennifer Alquicira, Omaha

Angela Cartmill, Cozad

Suzanne Day, Omaha

Susan Jensen, Omaha

Wendy Kaiser, Papillion

Jodi Richards, Kearney

Danielle M. Smith, Lincoln

Martin Wells, Lincoln


Professional Practices Commission

Timothy J. Heckenlively, Falls City


Nebraska Real Estate Commission

Lisa R. Ritter, Omaha


Suggestion Award Board

Jane L. Hardy, Tecumseh


Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse Services

Ashley Berg, MSW, Omaha

Heather L. Bird, LICSW, LADC, MPA, Bennington

Kenneth Beau Boryca, LMHP/LADC, Omaha

Victor Gehrig, Gordon

Faithe Kroll, Holdrege

Diana M. Meadors, Valley

Kelli Means, LIMHP,LADC, LPC, Norfolk


Commission on Uniform State Laws

John P. Lenich, Lincoln

James E. O’Connor, Omaha

Steven L. Willborn, Lincoln


Women’s Health Initiative Advisory Committee

Kathryn Fiandt, Omaha

Stacey A. Ghoddusi, Bellevue

Sylvia Gregory-Witherspoon, Lincoln

Kayleigh Lewandowski, Omaha


The following appointees are subject to Legislative confirmation:


Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Timothy Daniels, Omaha

Charles Garman, Omaha


Crime Victim’s Reparation Committee

Anne C. Boatright, Omaha


Environmental Quality Council

Seth B. Harder, Plainview


Nebraska Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board

Stephan Budke, North Platte

Joseph Kosiski, Omaha

Curt G. Prohaska, Crete

Dennis R. Schworer, Bellevue


Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

John Arley Rundel, Trenton


Nebraska Power Review Board

Elizabeth A. Hilyard, Gering


State Emergency Response Commission

Polly Ann Jordening, Grand Island

Kimberly K. Plouzek, Dorchester


State Racing Commission

Janell L. Beveridge, Paxton


Technical Advisory Committee on Statewide Assessment

Chad W. Buckendahl, Ph.D., Las Vegas, Nevada

Cindy L. Gray, Omaha


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