Board of Directors

Humanities Nebraska is served by dedicated volunteers on two boards: the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities. Board members are selected statewide from nominees who show a strong interest in the humanities and the cultural life of Nebraska, with special emphasis on community leaders from the state’s diverse geographic, occupational and ethnic constituencies. Humanities Nebraska seeks a balance between scholarly involvement in the humanities and other professional, business or community endeavors.

Council and Foundation members agree to attend three board meetings a year, serve on several subcommittees, assist in private fundraising, make a financial contribution to HN, promote public awareness of HN and its objectives, and attend and evaluate programs funded by Humanities Nebraska.

Among the programs that HN supports are the Chautauqua, Speakers Bureau, Capitol Forum on America’s Future, Prime Time Family Reading Time, Nebraska Conversations, Museum on Main Street exhibitions, and the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.

The boards meet three times a year, typically in January, April, and September.

For more information, contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508; call (402) 474-2131 ext. 102; fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail

Nebraska Humanities Council

  • Connie Adams, Broken Bow

  • Don Arp, Jr.

  • Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Omaha

  • David Buntain, Blair

  • Laura Capp, Ashland

  • Connie Duncan, Lincoln

  • Steve Elliott, Wayne

  • Mark Ellis, Kearney

  • Hal France, Omaha

  • Carol Gendler, Omaha

  • Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Omaha

  • Mike Linder, Omaha

  • Mary Lopez, Omaha

  • Andrea Miller, Bayard

  • David Nesheim, Chadron

  • Amy Sandeen, Hastings

  • John Schleicher, Omaha, Vice Chair

  • Paulette Stefka, North Platte

  • Katherine Walter, Lincoln, Chair

Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities

  • Nick Baxter, Omaha, Treasurer

  • David Buntain, Blair, Past-President

  • Kay Fowles, Grand Island

  • Hal France, Omaha

  • Carol Gendler, Omaha

  • Shannon R. Harner, Lincoln

  • Jessica L. Janssen, Fremont

  • Beverly Kracher, Omaha

  • Catherine Lang, Omaha, President

  • Ellen Lierk, Alliance

  • Mary Lopez, Omaha

  • Cynthia Milligan, Lincoln, Vice President

  • Matt Schaefer, Lincoln

  • Liana Steele, Grand Island

  • Glenn Van Velson, North Platte

  • Katherine Walter, Lincoln

  • Kent Warneke, Norfolk

  • Beth Whited, Omaha

  • Peter W. Zandbergen, Omaha

  • Chris Zygielbaum, Lincoln



NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chairman Jon Peede was in Omaha re