NASB Staff

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DID YOU KNOW:  The NASB staff has attended or had children attend school in over 20 Nebraska public school districts: Auburn, Blair, Centennial, Clarkson, Crete, Elkhorn, Freeman (Adams), Lexington, Lincoln, Mullen, Norris, North Bend Central, O'Neill, Ord, Raymond Central, Rock County, Sandy Creek, Scribner-Snyder, Seward, Sterling, Waverly, Westside, Wilber-Clatonia & York

The average tenure of the NASB staff is just under 12 years! 

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John Spatz | Executive Director
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JS2020 whiteJohn 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

Makenzie Barry | Events Manager & Accounting Associate
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MakenzieMakenzie serves as the Events Manager and Accounting Associate. As Events Manager, Makenzie plans and coordinates workshops and events for the members of NASB. Her roles in accounting include processing accounts payable, credit cards, and assisting the Business Manager with other accounting tasks. 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. Makenzie and her husband, Austin, have 3 dogs and enjoy spending time at the pool, exercising, and cooking.

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?)
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Toast (Lincoln), with the cast of The Office
  • Favorite Movie?  Dirty Dancing, for sure!

Shari Becker | Director of Education Leadership Search Service
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ShariShari started with the Association Search Service in 2007 serving in the role of Consultant. She was promoted to the Director of the Education Leadership Search Service in April of 2013. Shari is responsible for working with boards and stakeholders to identify the needs of the district and the attributes a successful superintendent candidate will possess. She also recruits and advertises for quality educators for vacancies. In addition to her primary role with the Search Service, Shari became a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach in 2018 and assists board members and administration in identifying their Strengths and assessing how to bring out the best in leadership teams. Shari also oversees the Board Member Awards of Achievement Program at NASB.  Prior to joining the Search Service, Shari was employed as Chief Operating Officer in charge of staff, at a financial company. She has degrees in Administrative Resource Management and 7-12 Business Education. Her previous work experience and educational background provide valuable experience in her role as Director. Shari lives outside of Waverly with her husband Lynn. They have two boys; Nathan goes to UNO and Toby is at Waverly High School. The Becker family enjoys spending time at the lake during the warm months and wishing it was warmer the rest of the months.

QUICK SIX:

  • Why do you do what you do?  I enjoy assisting 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
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  DeNo’s in Snyder, NE with Blake Shelton – seems like his kind of place
  • Favorite Movie?  The Sound of Music

Matt Belka | Director of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy
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Matt Belka 1Matt 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, as well as 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 has since done in-home daycare and preschool for teachers kids. 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
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Steel Grill (Gering), Steak Nachos after a day on Lake Minatate, Chris Farley.
  • Favorite Movies?  Up, Tin Cup, Wedding Singer

Megan Boldt | Associate Executive Director, Director of ALICAP
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MBoldt2020 whiteMegan 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 three 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.
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Lead Belly's (Lincoln), with Oprah.
  • Favorite Movie?  A League of Their Own

Craig Caples | Director of Technology
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Craig CaplesCraig 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)

Colby Coash | Associate Executive Director and Director of Government Relations
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Colby CoashColby 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!
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Range Café (Bassett - my hometown) with John Wayne who’s likeness is all over the place.
  • Favorite Movie?  I watch Indiana Jones movies whenever they are on

Katie Coble | Board Leadership/ALICAP Administrative Assistant
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Katie Coble white sqKatie serves as the Board Leadership/ALICAP Administrative Assistant, providing support and assistance to the board leadership department, as well as the director of ALICAP/insurance. Katie was raised on a family-owned cattle ranch northwest of Mullen where she graduated in 2016. She then went on to Doane University and studied Health & Society. Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors.

QUICK SIX:

  • Why do you do what you do?  Working for the association grants me the opportunity to pursue a career that incorporates the ability to support education with my passion for helping others.
  • Favorite Teacher?  Too many favorites to pick from… Mrs. Hardin (science), Mrs. Brost (FCS), Mrs. Marks (2nd grade), the list goes on!
  • School Mascot?  Broncos
  • Favorite School Lunch?  Last day of school when they would grill hamburgers!
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Red's Cafe (in Mullen) with Dolly Parton
  • Favorite Movie?  It's a toss-up between Dirty Dancing and 8 Seconds!

Sharon Endorf | Director of Member Engagement
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SharonSharon 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

Marcia Herring | Director of Board Leadership
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MH2020 whiteMarcia 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

Sallie Horky | Chief Operating Officer
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SH 2021 white sqSallie Horky is the Chief Operating Officer for the Association and has been an employee with NASB since 1991. She is responsible for aligning and developing key organizational functions including external partnerships for endorsed programs, Board of Directors operations, and human resources and facilities management. She also oversees accounts receivables for the Association. Sallie is a member of the Lincoln Human Resource Management Association, Society for Human Resource Management and Nebraska Society for Association Executives. She received an Associate’s degree from Southeast Community College-Lincoln in June of 1991 and serves on the Educators Health Alliance Board of Directors, Lease Purchase Program Board of Directors, and Nebraska Public Leadership Foundation Board of Directors. Sallie was born and raised in Crete, Nebraska, graduated from Crete Public High School, and currently lives in Lincoln. She has two boys Kyle and Mason and enjoys traveling, sports, volunteering, cake decorating 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
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Jams (Omaha), Samuel L. Jackson, because he makes me laugh.
  • Favorite Movie?  Julie and Julia

Rachel Horstman | Business Manager
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RH white 2020Rachel 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 its several adjoined companies, where she serves as the Association’s Business Manager. Her primary responsibilities include financial reporting, audit preparation, cash flows management, 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. She and her family enjoy life in the country and look forward to the many activities they are able to share outdoors.

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)
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  TNT Smokin’ BBQ in St. Mary, NE. It’s some of the best BBQ you can get and happens to lie within just minutes of our home. Our entire family can find something they love off of the menu. I’d love to enjoy a meal and conversation with Robert Redford or Paul Newman.
  • Favorite Movie?  Shawshank Redemption

Jim Luebbe | Director of Policy Services
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Jim LuebbeJim 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
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Johnny's Cafe in the old Omaha stockyards. My dinner guest would be Nebraska's World Welterweight Boxing Champion Terence Crawford so we could talk about all the great boxers and boxing writers of history.
  • Favorite Movie?  Brazil

Melissa Lusk | Board Leadership Associate
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Melissa LuskMelissa serves as a Board Leadership 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!

Tori Pierce  |  Board Leadership Associate
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Tori Headshot White SqAs a NASB Board Leadership Associate, Tori, initiated a comprehensive study of data to support the growth, advancement, and development of our current programs and services provided by the Board Leadership department. Her passion for leadership, education, and data-driven decision-making supports both the mission of the Association and the essential resources provided to the membership. Tori started her work in public education in 2017 when she began teaching undergraduate leadership courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while obtaining her Master’s in Leadership Education and beginning her PhD. Tori resides in Overton with her husband and three dogs and she loves to cook, read, and connect with friends.

QUICK SIX:

  • Why do you do what you do?  Many educators have had a profound impact on my life, they inspired me to come an educator so I can have an impact on others.
  • Favorite Teacher?  Michaela Goracke
  • School Mascot?  Cougars
  • Favorite School Lunch?  Chili Crispitos
  • Dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what would you serve?  Brené Brown, we would cook something Texan together as it is a hobby we share.
  • Favorite Movie?  The Princess Bride

Anne Silknitter | Education Leadership Search Service Associate
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Anne Silknetter

Anne serves as the Education Leadership Search Service Associate. She comes from a very diverse background with a wide range of interests. Anne was raised on a dairy farm north of Blair. She went to college at Midland University, earning a  BA in Behavioral Sciences. Her Husband, Tim, owns a remodeling and cabinet company in Omaha.  Both of their children are attending Iowa State University.  Anne enjoys action movies, wine and beer tastings, playing with her dogs George and Walter, and riding with Tim on his motorcycle.

QUICK SIX:

  • Why do you do what you do?  I want to work for an organization I believe in and I am proud of.
  • Favorite Teacher?  Ms. Lange, my 1st grade teacher.  She was kind and supportive.
  • School Mascot?  Bears and Cyclones
  • Favorite School Lunch?  Pizzawiches
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Omaha with Hugh Jackman
  • Favorite Movie?  The Princess Bride

Lisa Steinkuhler | Executive Administrative Assistant
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LS2020 whiteLisa 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 and a grandson, Henry.  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 traveling to new places and spending time with her grandson.

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
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Tico's (Lincoln) with Michelle Obama
  • Favorite Movie?  Tie between “Steel Magnolias” and “Terms of Endearment” (in which I was an “extra” in one of the background scenes)!

Kari Stephens  |  Board Leadership Associate
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Kari Stephens white 500Kari serves as a Board Leadership Associate, providing support and development of our current programs and services. Her passion for education, equality, inclusion, and best practices for educators and students drives her motivation and enthusiasm to be a part of the NASB Board Leadership department. Born and raised in Colorado, Kari attended Union College in Lincoln and received a BS in Elementary Education. She has many years of experience working in both private and public schools teaching all grade levels, Kindergarten through Twelfth, in many parts of the country. Kari and her husband are back in Lincoln and have three boys, Dakota, Kye, and Kru. In her free time, she loves to read, scrapbook, dance, and listen to 80s music.

QUICK SIX:

  • Why do you do what you do?  Being a classroom teacher for 26 years, I am passionate about working with administrators and boards to add an educator’s perspective and lens to impact education in Nebraska.
  • Favorite Teacher?  Elementary – Mr. Hallam; High School - Miss Fritz, English and Yearbook; College – Dr. Simmons – Psychology and Education
  • School Mascot?  Mustangs
  • Favorite School Lunch?  Pizza
  • Favorite place to eat in Nebraska, and name someone famous sitting at your table?  Taco Inn (don’t judge) with Penny Kittle
  • Favorite Movie?  Footloose, but a close tie with Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman

Vicki Walter-Winters | Legal Administrative Assistant
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VWW2020 whiteVicki 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, 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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