Leadership Nebraska Announces New Class, Wayne Native Included

Leadership Nebraska Announces New Class, Wayne Native Included
Courtesy of NE Chamber.

LINCOLN – A pair of northeast Nebraskans have been selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska.

According to a release from the Nebraska Chamber, members for the 14th Leadership Nebraska class were announced on Monday by the NE Chamber Foundation.

Among the 30-member class, Brittany Webber of Wayne with State Nebraska Bank and Trust was listed.

Webber is a Customer Relations Representative at State Nebraska Bank & Trust in Wayne. Her responsibilities include opening new accounts, troubleshooting online and mobile banking issues, monthly bank statement proof work and publishing, and social media and website management. She is also the initial point of contact for new or existing customers for the bank. State Nebraska Bank & Trust is the only locally owned bank in Wayne and has been run by the same family for five generations.

Brittany graduated from Norfolk Senior High School, attended Wayne State College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Marketing. She is a graduate of Leadership Wayne Class XIII, is a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and holds a Nebraska Cosmetology License.

Webber is also a mentor for the Wayne Teammates program, a member of the Wayne Area Economic Development’s Chicken Show Committee, which plans the community’s annual summer festival, a member of the Wayne Area Economic Development’s special events committee and a volunteer for State Nebraska Bank & Trust “Blue Devil Branch”, a program that encourages elementary-aged students to start saving early.

She volunteers with the “Spring Sprints” track meet hosted by Wayne Community Schools for special education students and volunteers as a Meals on Wheels delivery person while also being a participant in the “Taste of Victory” tailgate fundraiser for Wayne Community Schools.

Married to Steve, Brittany moved back to Wayne in 2018 after a few years in Sioux City, Iowa.

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 across the state and possess varied backgrounds and diverse talents. All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Nebraska and its future.

The nine-month program covers a broad range of key Nebraska issues, including economic development, workforce and education, agriculture and environment, health care, education, government and policy development.

NE Chamber President Bryan Slone said, “if we’re going to compete and win in the race for new families, talent, innovation and community development over the next five to 10 years, we need strong, informed and connected leaders to help us go the distance. We’re pleased to welcome such a high-caliber group, from across the state, into the program.”

Along with the communities of Wayne and Norfolk’s Candace Schmidt from Norfolk Public Schools, Aurora, Blair, Crete, Columbus, Falls City, Gering, Grand Island, Imperial, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha and Papillion will be represented.

After graduation, participants join a network of 320 alumni committed to lifelong learning and community engagement.

Leadership Nebraska is the NE Chamber Foundation’s cornerstone program. The NE Chamber Foundation is focused on meeting the needs of current business, community and state leaders, as well as equipping Nebraska’s next generation of leaders with the experiences, information and research they need to turn big ideas into bold moves.


Following are the Nebraskans selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska’s Class XIV, along with the class member’s employer:


Brett Mitchell, Fontel, Inc.



Jordan Rishel, Washington County Chamber of Commerce



Dr. Jennifer Bossard, Doane University



Dawson Brunswick, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce



Lucas Froeschl, Falls City Economic Development Growth Enterprise



Jennifer Sibal, Gering Public Schools



Lisa Albers, Anesthesia Group of Grand Island

Lori Schuppan, Chief Industries, Inc.

Lynne Werner, First National Bank (FNBO)



Eric Exum, Pinnacle Bank



Michael Christen, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Trevor Lee, Economic Development Council of Buffalo County

John Lowe, State of Nebraska



Matthew Kasik, Region V Services

Brandon Malleck, Black Hills Energy

John McNally, Nebraska Public Power District

Holley Salmi, NE Chamber

Abbi Swatsworth, OutNebraska



Candace Schmidt, Norfolk Public Schools



Jacob Rissler, Mid-Plains Community College



Sydnie Carraher, The Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative

Brenda Christensen, SHARE Omaha

Veronica Doga, UNO-Nebraska Business Development Center

Ryan Gerdts, Omaha Public Power District

Cynthia Gubbels, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Patrick Hoefener, Medica

Kara O’Connor, Edward Jones

Patricia Thraen, Peter Kiewit Foundation



Mark Stursma, City of Papillion



Brittany Webber, State Nebraska Bank & Trust