New board members to serve Humanities Nebraska

March 25th, 2015

At a joint business meeting on January 21, the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities each elected five new members to their boards of directors. Additionally, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed three new members to serve on the Council board.

New members elected to the Council Board:

Mark Ellis of Kearney is a professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he has taught for over 15 years after earning his Ph.D. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a native of California.   

Hal France of Omaha is a longtime conductor with symphonies and orchestras. He also works to promote the education within the fine arts, serving in recent years as Special Projects Director at Why Arts and as the first Executive Director at KANEKO.

Barbara Hewins-Maroney of Omaha is an associate professor in Urban Studies in the School of Public Administration and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches courses in public administration, social problems, and life span development.

Sara Mata of Lincoln is the Assistant Director of OASIS (Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A Kansas native, she holds a Ph.D. in Social Functions from Oklahoma State University.

Andrea Miller of Bayard practices law with the Simmons Olsen Law Firm. A native of Gordon, Nebraska, she is very active in her community, including serving as a Southern Panhandle Representative for the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.

Gubernatorial appointees to the Council Board:

Don Arp, Jr. of Lincoln is an anthropologist working in the Innovation Hub at Nelnet. His work as a volunteer civilian consultant and historian of U.S. military operations was recognized with the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service.

Michael Linder of Omaha is an attorney at the Koley Jessen P.C. Law Firm.  Prior to being at Koley Jessen, Linder was the Director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Equality for nearly 15 years.

Paulette Stefka of North Platte recently retired as an early childhood and school based speech language pathologist. She has served on the boards of Great Plains Health Auxiliary, Creativity Unlimited Arts Council, and other foundations.

New members elected to the Foundation Board:

Shannon Harner of Lincoln is general manager and chief legal officer for HomeServices of Nebraska. She is an honorary board member and past chair of the Nebraska Community Foundation board and is active on the board of TEDx@Lincoln, as well as being involved in a variety of other local organizations.

Jessica Janssen of Fremont is a senior advisor of private banking with First National Bank of Fremont. Jessica serves on the boards of the Metro Community College Foundation, Fremont Area Rotary Club, and Fremont Area Chamber Foundation.

Liana Steele of Grand Island, a practicing attorney, is involved with many organizations. She is past board president of the Stuhr Museum Foundation and current board member of the Grand Island YWCA, among other roles.

Kent Warneke of Norfolk has been the editor of the Norfolk Daily News since 1987. He was awarded the 2015 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Philanthropy Council of Northeast Nebraska.

Peter Zandbergen of Omaha is executive vice president at Union Bank & Trust Co. He has served on many civic and community boards, and currently is chair of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and KANEKO, among others.

Humanities Nebraska consists of the Nebraska Humanities Council, which  conducts programs and awards grants, and the Nebraska Foundation for the  Humanities, which works with the Council to secure private funding for its programs and to advocate for public funding at the state and federal levels. Humanities Nebraska is a non-profit, state-based affiliate of the National  Endowment for the Humanities.

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