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HN adds eight new board members

Humanities Nebraska recently elected eight new members to its Council and Foundation boards of directors at its January 18 board meeting. The Nebraska Humanities Council board elected three new members, while the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities elected five.

New members elected to the Council are:

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado of Omaha has been a Political Science professor at UNO since 2000 and was previously at the University of Georgia. He is co-director of UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and Director of UNO’s Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence Program. He recently completed a term as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association.

John Schleicher of Omaha is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and head of UNMC’s special collections at the McGoogan Library of Medicine. As an historian, his special interests are medical history and Nebraska history.

Jeanene Wehrbein of Plattsmouth is a family farmer, former executive director of the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and former editor and writer for The Plattsmouth Journal. She also serves on the board of the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center.

New members elected to the Foundation are:

Nick Baxter of Omaha is senior vice president, risk management at First National Bank, which he joined in 1990. He was born in England and attended Malver College; Hull University; the College of Law, Chester; and the School of Law at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to moving to the United States in 1987, he was an attorney in Birmingham, England.

Ellen Lierk of Alliance and her husband Chas have been the owners of Thiele Pharmacy and Gifts in Alliance since 1974. She is involved throughout the Alliance community, including projects at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. Ellen is also on the board of the Box Butte Development Corp.

Cheryl Lockwood of Hastings is a community volunteer and arts & humanities advocate.
She has served on the boards of the Friends of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Hastings Arts Council and the Hastings Community Foundation. She has an M.A. in English.

Cynthia Milligan of Lincoln was dean of the College of Business Administration at UNL from 1998-2009. She has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Nebraska College of Law. She was the director of banking and finance for the State of Nebraska from 1987-1991 and is on the national boards of Wells Fargo and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Beth Whited of Omaha is vice president and general manager of chemicals at Union Pacific, which she joined in 1987. She also serves as a member of the Brimmer College of Business and Information Sciences Advisory Board at Tuskegee University and the Omaha Public Library Foundation Board.

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