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Value.  The regard that something is held to deserve.  As a school board member, you are of great value.  To your students. To your peers. To your board. To your community. To us at NASB.  If you have any questions you may contact us any time via email, or by calling 800-422-4572 or 402-423-4951.


 
JS2018 400.jpgJohn Spatz  |  
Executive Director


John Spatz was named Executive Director of NASB in January 2012, taking over for the retiring John Bonaiuto.  In 2003, John joined NASB as legal counsel. His work centered on providing legal information to the many members of the association. Since his employment with NASB he has established the Negotiation Information and Technology Network (NITN) to assist school boards in their negotiations process; he has written a book entitled "Guide Book to Nebraska's Public Meetings Laws;" he has expanded the number of legal workshops available to members; and developed a number of publications intended to assist board members fulfill their roles.  John was born in Schuyler, and lived the first six years of his life in Clarkson. His family moved to Ord in 1980 where his dad took the job as principal at Ord High School and his mother began teaching at Burwell High School. John's mother, Laura, is a speech and drama teacher and desperately tried to get her stubborn son to participate in speech and/or drama but her attempts were in vain as never took the opportunity to join either speech or drama.  John graduated from Ord High School in 1992 and began his college career at Dana College in Blair. After two years at Dana, John transferred to UNL where he received his bachelor's degree in accounting. Throughout his years before NASB John had the opportunity to participate in a number of jobs in a variety of places, including farms, warehouses, offices and cities.  John continued his education, and graduated from the University of Nebraska's College of Law in 2000. After law school he worked for Senator Jim Jensen in the Nebraska Unicameral. During his employment with the legislature John participated in a variety of committees including: Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects Rule Making Committee; Juvenile Diversion, Detention & Probation Task Force; Every Child Wanted, Nurtured and Supported Initiative; Nebraska Cancer Control Grant Committee; Infant Mortality Blue Ribbon Panel; Women's Health Advisory Council; United Way Public Policy Committee; Newborn Screening and Genetics Advisory Committee; Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Project Advisory Committee; Family First Marriage Matters Panel; Nebraska Bio-Terrorism Advisory Committee; Nebraska Partners in Prevention for Addictions; Nebraska Mental Health Housing Coalition; NEBHANDS - Nebraskans Expanding Behavioral Health Access through Networking; and many others.  John is married to Julianne Spatz, who is a lawyer at the firm Kinsey Rowe Becker & Kistler, LLP, located in downtown Lincoln. John and Julianne have three children, Evan, Colton, and Roslyn.

Quick Six:

Why do you do what you do?
  • I grew up in an education family and working with the association fits my personality and passion. 

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mark King 

School Mascot?
  • Chanticleer – maybe the only school in the nation with that one 

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Bunzas 

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • Abe Lincoln – Ribeyes 

Favorite Movie?
  • Little Giants


 
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Colby Coash  |  
Associate Executive Director and Director of Government Relations

Colby joined NASB as the Associate Executive Director and Director of Government Relations in June of 2018.  Colby will work to assure NASB has a strong voice of advocacy for public schools within the halls of the Capitol. This position allows him to connect elected officials together for the benefit of Nebraska’s children. Colby spent eight years in the Nebraska Unicameral serving southwest Lincoln, where he became known as a Senator who brought people together.  His emphasis in his legislative service was in supporting Nebraska’s most vulnerable populations. Colby was born and raised in Bassett, Nebraska where he learned the value of hard work. Colby has made Lincoln his home since attending undergraduate and graduate school at UNL. Colby has worked in the field of leadership development and is an adjunct professor. Colby enjoys working on his old cars and can be found acting in regional movies. He and his wife Rhonda live in Lincoln with their son Cole.  

Quick Six:

Why do you do what you do?
  • I have a strong voice for advocacy and working with other elected officials is a great way to use that voice

Favorite Teacher?
  • My first one.  Mrs. Stec, my kindergarten teacher  

School Mascot?
  • Rock County Tigers (now the North Central Knights) 

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Taco Day! 

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • Shakespeare… Chicken Wings 

Favorite Movie?
  • I watch Indiana Jones movies whenever they are on


 
 
Shari Becker.JPGShari Becker  |  Director of Education Leadership Search Service

Shari started with the Association Search Service in 2007 serving in the role of Consultant. She was promoted to the Director of Education Leadership Search Service in April of 2013. Shari is responsible for advertising for and recruiting quality educators as well as working with boards and stakeholders to identify the needs of the district and the attributes a successful candidate will possess. In addition to her primary role with the Search Service, Shari oversees the Board Member Awards of Achievement Program at NASB and works in the Board Leadership area supporting board members in their role. Prior to joining the Search Service, Shari was employed as Chief Operating Officer in charge of staff, at a financial company. She has a degree in Administrative Resource Management as well as her teaching certificate. Her previous work experience and educational background provide valuable experience in her role as Director.  Shari lives outside of Waverly with her husband Lynn and their boys Nate and Toby. They enjoy spending time at the lake during the warmer months and wishing it was warmer the rest of the months.

Quick Six:

Why do you do what you do?
  • I enjoy providing assistance to educators and those who support public education. This position is a good blend of many interests of mine. 

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mrs. Ellermeier – business teacher

School Mascot?
  • Trojans 

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Sloppy Joe with a tator triangle

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • I would like to have dinner with Jesus and Megan Boldt. I'd bring the breadsticks.

Favorite Movie?
  • Goonies


 
Matt Belka.jpgMatt Belka  |  Director of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy

Matt brings knowledge, creativity, and experience to the role of Director of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy for NASB. Responsible for marketing the various programs and services to promote the defined mission of NASB, Matt serves as the liaison to foster effective communications promoting these programs and services to our members. From creative, to branding, editorial, to design, and then managing the distribution, he makes sure all members are up to speed on all the Association is and does.  Matt received his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, after growing up first in Denver, Colorado, then moving to Lincoln where he attended Jr. and Sr. High. Matt enjoys just about anything outdoors particularly biking, boating, and fishing, as well as coaching and watching his kids various sports and activities. He and his wife Nichol live in Lincoln, and have a daughter, Sophie, and a son, Chase.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • Education and educators have been a huge part of my life. My wife was a special education teacher for 6 years, and now does in-home daycare and preschool for teachers kids. My mother-in-law was a teacher within LPS for 20+ years, and many of my closest friends are public school teachers or administrators throughout the state.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Craig Jones, 3rd & 4th Grade

School Mascot?
  • Spartan

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Thanksgiving Dinner

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • Eric Church, barrel-aged distilled corn.

Favorite Movie?
  • Star Wars ... all of them, or anything that makes me laugh


 
Boldt small no bkgd.jpgMegan Boldt  |  Director of ALICAP/Insurance
 
Megan has been with NASB since January of 2005. When first hired to assist with the ALICAP insurance program, Megan’s duties included monthly mailings to member districts, seasonal insurance projects such a Renewal and quarterly claim reports, maintenance of the ALICAP website, and distribution of all ALICAP safety materials and documents.  In February of 2009, Megan attained the role of ALICAP Administrator, which was a position that included management of the ALICAP loss control program, serving as the ALICAP board of trustees’ secretary, and acting as the primary contact and manager for all of ALICAP’s membership.  Then, in April of 2013, Megan’s position grew even more. Megan’s current role is two-part, Director of ALICAP and Director of Insurance Programs. Megan not only oversees and manages the ALICAP insurance program, but Megan also oversees the NASB Unemployment Insurance Program, along with maintaining all of the NASB’s insurance policies.  Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University in June of 2003, and is a 1999 high school graduate of Sterling High School, in Sterling, Nebraska.  In Megan’s free time she enjoys running, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends. Megan and her husband Brandon reside in Lincoln, and have two daughters.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I believe in public schools ... and helping them in any way we can feels good!

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mr. Weddle, my accounting and business teacher at Sterling Public Schools (now Principal at West Point Public Schools)

School Mascot?
  • J-E-T-S ... JETS, JETS, JETS!

Favorite School Lunch?
  • All of Sterlings lunches ROCKED!!! I really didn't have any meals there I didn't like. We were lucky kids! However, I would get extra pumped for Runza's.

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • Jesus, pizza.

Favorite Movie?
  • A League of Their Own


 
IMG_2341 400.jpgMakenzie Brookhouser  |  Events & ALICAP Manager

Makenzie serves as the ALICAP and Events Manager at NASB.  As Events Manager, Makenzie plans and coordinates workshops and events for the members of NASB. She contributes in servicing the ALICAP membership by maintaining data and corresponding with members regarding the collection of underwriting information.  Makenzie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  She majored in Accounting with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She plans to pursue further education in the future.  Her hobbies include camping, cooking and exercising. 

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I enjoy meeting new people and learning about them.  I have previous association work experience and I find that I love working in a setting where I get to serve the members.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Señora Hemmett

School Mascot?
  • Silver Hawks

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Mucho Nacho (who doesn’t love nachos for lunch?)

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • My crazy family.  I would serve cheesy “potatoes” that I secretly make with cauliflower to make it healthier.

Favorite Movie?
  • Dirty Dancing, for sure!


 
Craig Caples sm.jpgCraig Caples  |  Director of Technology
 
Craig started full-time with NASB in September of 2005. His duties include developing and maintaining NASB's websites and applications; managing the servers and network; managing the IT staff, and providing technical support to staff and members. Since starting at the Association, Craig has developed several custom applications to automate many of the day-to-day functions along with developing applications that benefit our members. Craig manages the server network which includes several servers, firewalls, routers, and switches using technologies such as Hyper-V, Dynamics CRM, Exchange, SharePoint, Backup Exec, SQL Server, and various custom built applications.  Craig graduated from Auburn High School in 1999. During his junior year in high school he joined the United States Army Reserves as an Automated Logistical Specialist. He attended military school at Fort Lee, VA and graduated as the Honor Graduate for his class. Craig then attended Peru State College until moving to Lincoln in 2001. He graduated from Southeast Community College in December of 2005 with a degree in Microcomputer Technology. Craig then earned his second degree, Bachelors of Science, from the University of Bellevue in 2008. Craig continued his education and ended up completing his Masters in Management of Information Systems in 2010.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • Second semester of my junior year in high school I took my first programming class and immediately realized that is what I wanted to do for a career.  I ended up joining the computer programming team that year and winning some awards.  After working in the IT field, I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.  I really enjoy programming and working with other technologies

Favorite Teacher?
  • My high school wrestling coach and history teacher, Mr. Oliver.

School Mascot?
  • Bulldogs

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Pizza

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • My grandparents. I'd serve up some ribs, brisket, pulled pork, bbq beans, garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and some cornbread

Favorite Movie?
  • The Rocky movies (I like them all)


 
Sharon.JPGSharon Endorf  |  Director of Member Engagement

Sharon began her position as the Event Manager in April 2012. She is responsible for the array of planning and implementation involved with the annual State Education Conference and additional conferences and workshops hosted by the Association throughout the year. Sharon has been working as a Field Consultant for Superintendent Searches at NASB since 2006.  Sharon is a native of Clatonia, graduating from Wilber-Clatonia in 1992. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Ray College of Design, Chicago in 1995. Sharon and her husband Dan reside in North Bend and have three children, Ella, Austin and Asher. In her free time, she enjoys interior decorating, entertaining, swimming and keeping up with her busy family.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I get a great sense of enjoyment and fulfillment from planning events for our members that support what they do for Nebraska schools.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mrs. Leifeld, High School music teacher

School Mascot?
  • Wolverines

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Pizza

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • My Dad, Roast Beef

Favorite Movie?
  • Major League


 
Jen Goetz sm.JPGJen Goetz  |  Accounting/Data Specialist

Joining NASB in August of 2011, Jen holds the position of Accounting/Data Specialist. Jen is a 2001 graduate from Kenesaw Public School. In October of 2004, Jen earned her Associates degree in Business with an Accounting Focus from Southeast Community College and then in March of 2006 she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Bellevue University.  Jen is responsible for providing support to the Business Manager and Director of Technology.  In her spare time, Jen enjoys running, camping, and spending time with her family. Jen and her husband, Andrew, currently reside in Waverly with their two children.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • Love numbers and the challanges

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mrs. Archer, 5th Grade

School Mascot?
  • Blue Devils

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Homemade Pizza

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • My deceased Grandma and Grandpa, they passed away when I was 1. Just a good ole fashioned home cooked meal including mashed potatoes and gravy!

Favorite Movie?
  • Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken


 
Marcia Herring sm.jpgMarcia Herring  |  Director of Board Leadership

Marcia began her service to public education as a school board member at District 145, Waverly, serving three terms. During her tenure as a local board member, she was elected by her peers to serve on the NASB Board of Directors — also completing three terms as Director.  Through her service to the Association, Marcia began her work as a superintendent search consultant in 1997. She was appointed as Director of Superintendent Search Services for the Association in 2004, which expanded her role and opportunities to work with board members and superintendents. Her experience equipped her well to provide training and support to school boards and enabled her the opportunity to assume the Director of Board Leadership position in April 2013. Marcia is honored to be a member of the NASB staff, providing services to our members in their governance role of increasing student achievement.  Marcia and her husband Mike have two grown children Marcus and Meredith. She enjoys cooking, reading, gardening with her husband, and spending time with her favorite son and favorite daughter! 

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I genuinely enjoy my supportive role and the opportunity to help others be successful

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mrs. Naylor, 4th Grade

School Mascot?
  • Eagles

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Chili and Cinnamon Rolls

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • My Grandmother Mary and I would serve her Filet au Poivre, chive/garlic mashed potatoes, an amazing romaine salad, dinner rolls made by her recipe, and attempt to replica her cherry pie for dessert!

Favorite Movie?
  • Simon Birch


 
RH v2 400.jpgRachel Horstman  |  Business Manager

Rachel joined NASB in November 2003, as the Accounting Administrator for the organization. Since then, her role with the Association has evolved with the growth of NASB and it’s seven other companies, where she is now the Business Manager. Her primary responsibilities include financial reporting, audit preparation, cash flows, investments, and oversight of the financial operations of these companies.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Doane College in 2009, with focused studies in business and accounting.  Rachel and her husband, Mark, live on an acreage outside of Sterling, close to where they both grew up.  They are blessed with 3 energetic boys, Brody, Kade, and Mathis, who love the outdoors as much as they do.  She and her family look forward to many summer activities, including fishing, gardening, camping, and swimming.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I've always loved Math and being able to test your answer to a problem by plugging the answer back in. There really is no grey area, which I can completely appreciate.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mr. Wusk, High School History Teacher/Girls Basketball Coach

School Mascot?
  • Jets!

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Hot Ham and Mozzarella Cheese Sandwich on a homemade bum (usually served with creamed rice and cinnamon)

Dinner with anyone, who would it be?  
  • My Grandpa Harms, the funniest man I've ever known. 

Favorite Movie?
  • Shawshank Redemption


 
 
Jim Luebbe.jpgJim Luebbe  |  Director of Policy Services

Jim currently serves as Director of Policy Services. He has worked as a school board policy consultant for the Association since 2000, updating and customizing the Policy Manuals for scores of districts across the entire state. He is a former member of the NASB Board of Directors, was a board member at Centennial Public Schools in Utica for 11 years and currently sits on the Board of the Centennial Schools Foundation.  Jim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Southeast Community College at Milford, and has taken graduate coursework at UNL and the University of Iowa. He has been a member of the American Association of State Policy Services for 10 years.

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I enjoy the scope of all that is involved in school policy.  School policy is related to school law the same as engineering is related to pure science.  At some point it takes in nearly the entire width and depth of human activity and can’t be neatly summarized by a book of statutes.

Favorite Teacher?
  • My High School math teacher Larry Paxson who tied the study of math to the history of all great ideas and the inner workings of the mechanics of nature.

School Mascot?
  • Beaver Crossing Beavers

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Orange pop and an ice cream bar at Ed Noler’s Pool Hall

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • Alcibiades, a 400 B.C. Greek golden boy who was an Olympic champion, orator, general, diplomat and ladies’ man.  We’d order up pheasant, wild boar, Spartan black broth, and wine.

Favorite Movie?
  • Brazil


 
Melissa Lusk 150.jpgMelissa Lusk  |  Board Leadership Development Associate

Melissa serves as the Board Leadership Development Associate, providing support services and coordination for Board Leadership events and initiatives. She also seeks to develop, grow, and strengthen various facets of public education as they relate to community engagement and strategic planning.  Melissa began her involvement in public education through teaching English to local refugees and immigrants while completing her Master of Science in Leadership Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which ultimately led her to eagerly join NASB. She has a passion for working with diverse communities and considers it an honor to be part of the evolving work at NASB. In her free time, Melissa thoroughly enjoys volunteering, community involvement, baking, traveling, mentoring, and spending time with her husband, Patrick.

Quick Six: 

Why do you do what you do?
  • I love engaging with individuals of all different backgrounds and cultures, especially to learn about their passions, dreams, and goals. I consider it a privilege to provide whatever support to help their ambitions become a reality.  

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mrs. Carol Fleming, Excellence in Youth Teacher 4th-6th grade

School Mascot?
  • Warrior

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Mac and Cheese or pizza

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?
  • Nelson Mandela because of his intriguing variety of experiences, care for social and racial justice, and our shared love for Indian food (hence what we would serve). 

Favorite Movie?
  • Any Pixar movie would definitely be up there as a favorite!


 
Kori Stanosheck 150x200.jpgKori Stanosheck  |  Board Leadership Engagement Associate

Kori joined NASB as the Board Leadership Engagement Associate in July of 2018. Kori has worked in the field of board leadership strategy and education for the past decade as a strategic advisor working with non-profit organizations across the nation. In her role at NASB, Kori will work to ensure that NASB is the preeminent voice in Nebraska for school board leadership, strategic engagement, and governance excellence. Kori’s work will also be in the advancement of the strategic initiatives in improving childhood health and wellness through the Nebraska Whole Child Project. Kori moved to Nebraska from Georgia in 1999 and received her undergraduate degree from UNL and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNO. She and her husband, Seif, live in Lincoln. 

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I believe in the transformative power of education and the importance of local board governance oversight to ensure its successful future.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mr. Fraser, 1st Grade - he taught me to love to read.

School Mascot?
  • Vikings

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Chicken Sandwich

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • Brene Brown, author - I would serve fried green tomatoes

Favorite Movie?
  • Steel Magnolias


 
Lisa Steinkuhler.jpgLisa Steinkuhler  |  Executive Administrative Assistant

Lisa currently serves as an Administrative Assistant for NASB.  She manages all of the accounts receivables, event registrations, database management, and assists with the Education Leadership Search Services Program.  Lisa is originally from Adams, Nebraska, and currently lives in Sterling with her husband Ray and their 3 dogs, who keep them extremely busy!  The couple also have two grown children, Kyle and Haley, who both live in Lincoln.   Lisa attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Education, and has many years of experience working with both private and public schools, and has had the opportunity to visit with schools in many parts of the country.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places and last, but not least – shopping!

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I was a secretary/bookkeeper at Sterling Public School several years ago and really enjoyed assisting the administrators, staff and students every day.  This position gives me a broader picture of what it takes for public schools to run smoothly.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mr. Murach, 6th grade teacher at Adams Public School.  He always challenged us to think “outside of the box” and was a good influence at that age.

School Mascot?
  • Growing up – I was an “Adams Hornet” – but now I am a “Sterling Jet”!

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Cinnamon rolls

Dinner with someone famous, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • All of the Beatles – fish and chips!

Favorite Movie?
  • Tie between “Steel Magnolias” and “Terms of Endearment” (in which I was an “extra” in one of the background scenes)!


 
Sallie Svatora.JPGSallie Svatora  |  Director of Operations

Sallie is the Director of Operations for the Association and has been an employee since 1991. She assists in a wide variety of duties in the office which include serving as the liaison to the Board of Directors and facility and human resources manager. She also oversees accounts receivables for the Association. She is a member of the Lincoln Human Resource Management Association, Society for Human Resource Management and Nebraska Society for Association Executives. Sallie received an Associate’s degree from Southeast Community College-Lincoln in June of 1991.  Sallie lives in Waverly with her husband Leroy who is an architect in Lincoln. She has two boys Kyle and Mason. Kyle is attending college and Mason attends high school. They enjoy traveling, sports, camping, fishing and the performing arts.
 
Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • I enjoy the challenge, appreciate my co-workers and fully support public education and what we do for our members and the children.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Mr. Bernie Ludvik

School Mascot?
  • Cardinals

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Mac and cheese

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • My Grandma Horky, and I would serve duck, because she loved duck, and I miss seeing her.

Favorite Movie?
  • Julie and Julia


 
VWW.JPGVicki Walter-Winters  |  Legal Administrative Assistant
 
Vicki joined the NASB staff in March of 2001, after earning her Associates degree in Microcomputer Technology from Southeast Community College in October of 2000.  Vicki currently serves as the Legal Administrative Assistant and provides support to the Associate Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Director of Marketing, Communications and Advocacy, and the Director of Policy Services.  Vicki assists with corporate secretarial duties and all aspects of operation for the Nebraska Council of School Attorneys (NCOSA), including marketing various legal publications, workshops, and updating their webpage.  Vicki also assists with corporate secretarial duties for NASB’s Medicaid Consortium, and both the NJUMP and CJUMP natural gas programs. Her other duties include support of the Legislative program and the Legal Services page on the NASB website, and contract management for various NASB programs.  Vicki has a daughter Michela, son-in-law Tony, and three wonderful grandkids Ambree, Brogan, and Cali.  Vicki loves spending quality time with her family and friends and she especially enjoys attending the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln. 

Quick Six:
 
Why do you do what you do?
  • My mother was the secretary to the elementary principal in Ceresco for 37 years.  Over the years, I saw that it takes many people, in many capacities, to assist in the betterment of public education for Nebraska children. I feel good knowing that I play a part in supporting public education in Nebraska.

Favorite Teacher?
  • Ceresco Elementary 1st grade teacher Mrs. Hazel Burklund.  She taught me many things that year, but the most important was a lifelong lesson: “Be Nice To Everyone and Do Not Judge People Because They Are Different”.  I met my lifelong best friend that year, a little girl who could not speak English when she moved to our town.  She talked, dressed, and acted different from the other kids in the class and they all teased her. I still try to live this lesson every day.

School Mascot?
  • Mustangs (Raymond Central) Go Big Blue!

Favorite School Lunch?
  • Chili and Cinnamon Rolls

Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  
  • I never met my grandpa Gayle Walter, he passed before I was born.  From the stories I’ve heard, he was quite a prankster and pretty much a rebel which is the complete opposite of his wife, grandma Margaret, who was very prim and proper. I would prepare his favorite steak dinner.  I was told he would say, “Knock the horns off and run it across the grill” at the local cafe in my hometown.

Favorite Movie?
  • All-time Favorite “Pretty Woman” with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, second best “Enough” with Jennifer Lopez
 
 
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