Leadership Nebraska Class XIII Announced

LINCOLN – Earlier this month the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry revealed the members of its new Leadership Nebraska class.

According to a release from the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, this year’s class is the 13th in program history and features 29 individuals from 17 different communities.

Northeast Nebraska representatives are Dr. Tracy Kruse from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, David Chochon with Great Plains State Bank in O’Neill and Kevin Black with Pinnacle Bank in Wisner.

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 all across 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. Due to restrictions associated with Covid-19, the start date for Class XIII has been delayed with orientation beginning in September and sessions concluding in April of 2021.

As Nebraska faces complex challenges in this new economy, chamber officials state well-informed, connected leaders who are ready to serve their fellow Nebraskans are needed.

Also, effective June 1, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be relocating. Their new address will be 3 Landmark Centre, Suite 302, 1128 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508. The office will still be reached at P.O. Box 95128, Lincoln, NE 68509.


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


Mara Anderson, Alliance Recreation Center



Jordan Rishel, Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Reed, Great Plains Communication



Heidi Elliot, Nebraska Public Power District



Jessica Colo, OCI Insurance & Financial Services



Renae Jimenez, City of Gering



Lori Schuppan, Chief Industries, Inc.



Rochelle Jurgens, Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District



Brenda Jensen, City of Kearney

Kelly Kreger, On Point Construction Management

Lisa Tschauner, University of Nebraska at Kearney



Macala Carter, Great Western Bank

Ben Martens, U.S. Bank

Nate HcHargue, State Farm

Bridgett Petzoldt, Black Hills Energy



Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen, City of Neligh Economic Development



Dr. Tracy Kruse, Northeast Community College



Chance Schilling, First National Bank of Omaha



Brook Aken, Omaha Public Power District

Britton Gabel, Omaha Public Power District

Julie Klug, Aksarben Foundation

Megan Murray, Metropolitan Utilities District

Jennifer Olds, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Sarah Sjolie, The Wellbeing Partners

Carole Swanson, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska



David Chochon, Great Plains State Bank



Douglas Mader, Western Nebraska Community College



Kevin Black, Pinnacle Bank



Edward Tjaden, City of York Police Department