Nebraska Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska Announces New Class


Janell Anderson Ehrke, Represents Orleans as Nebraska Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska Class XII

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the members of its new Leadership Nebraska Class. This year’s class is the twelfth 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 different regions of 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. Class XII begins with an orientation in June and will conclude in February 2020 with a commencement in Lincoln. Sessions will be conducted throughout various locations of the state. Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber, said:

“Nebraska faces complex challenges in this new economy. To maintain and enhance our state’s competitiveness, we need well­ informed, connected leaders who are ready to serve their fellow Nebraskans.”

Listed below are the 30 Nebraskans selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska’s Class XII, along with the class member’s employer and city.

AURORA: Wade Regier, Pinnacle Bank

BEATRICE: David Verkler, Exmark Manufacturing

BLAIR: Justin Suhr, Great Plains Communications

GRETNA: Angie Lauritsen, Lauritsen Ventures/City of Gretna

KEARNEY: Dustin Favinger, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Justin Gould, Black Hills Energy
Derek Rusher, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
Melissa Scott-Pandorf, KBR Wyle-Houston
Marsha Wilkerson, BD Construction, Inc

LINCOLN: Misty Ahmic, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Benjamin Baumfalk, First Five Nebraska
Edward Boone, State Senator Tom Briese’s office
Jennifer Heaton, Nebraska Bankers Association
Peggy Reisher, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska

NORTH PLATTE: Jarid Childears, First National Bank

OMAHA: Norine Howard-Domenge, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Travis Flodine, Mutual of Omaha Bank
Curtis Johnson, DLR Group-Architecture Engineering Planning Interiors
Deborah Neary, MENTOR Nebraska
Heather Siebken, Omaha Public Power District
Paul Ternes, Peter Kiewit Foundation,
Steve Wobken, Ash Grove Cement Company

ORD: Rebecca Ries, Valley County Health System Foundation

ORLEANS: Janell Anderson Ehrke, GROW Nebraska Foundation

SCOTTSBLUFF: Jordan Colwell, Regional West Physicians Clinic

ST. PAUL: Caitlin Jerabek, Beyond Blueprints

STROMSBURG: Barbara Fowler, Polk County Rural Public Power District

WEST POINT: Emma Stokely, Franciscan Care Services

YORK: Patrick Hanrahan, Nebraska Public Power District Mark Way, York State Bank

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