LINCOLN – The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry has announced the members of its new Leadership Nebraska class. This year’s class is the thirteenth in the program’s history.
Leadership Nebraska was founded in 2006 to identify current and emerging leaders throughout the state, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Nebraska.
Participants have been selected from all across the state and possess varied backgrounds and diverse talents. All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Nebraska and its future.
The program consists of six sessions covering a broad range of key Nebraska issues including economic development, health care, education, agriculture, government and policy development. Due to restrictions associated with Covid-19, the start date for Class XIII has been delayed, with orientation beginning in September and sessions concluding in April, 2021.
Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber, said: “Nebraska faces complex challenges in this new economy. Now, more than ever, we need well-informed, connected leaders who are ready to serve their fellow Nebraskans.”
Listed below are the Nebraskans selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska’s Class XIII, along with the class member’s employer.
Mara Anderson, Alliance Recreation Center
Jordan Rishel, Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Matthew Reed, Great Plains Communication
Heidi Elliot, Nebraska Public Power District
Jessica Colo, OCI Insurance & Financial Services
Renae Jimenez, City of Gering
Lori Schuppan, Chief Industries, Inc.
Rochelle Jurgens, Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District
Brenda Jensen, City of Kearney
Kelly Kreger, On Point Construction Management
Lisa Tschauner, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Macala Carter, Great Western Bank
Ben Martens, U.S. Bank
Nate HcHargue, State Farm
Bridgett Petzoldt, Black Hills Energy
Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen, City of Neligh Economic Development
Dr. Tracy Kruse, Northeast Community College
Chance Schilling, First National Bank of Omaha
Brook Aken, Omaha Public Power District
Britton Gabel, Omaha Public Power District
Julie Klug, Aksarben Foundation
Megan Murray, Metropolitan Utilities District
Jennifer Olds, Peter Kiewit Foundation
Sarah Sjolie, The Wellbeing Partners
Carole Swanson, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska
David Chochon, Great Plains State Bank
Kevin Black, Pinnacle Bank
Edward Tjaden, City of York Police Department