Leadership Nebraska Honors 28 Graduates

Leadership Nebraska Honors 28 Graduates
Courtesy of Leadership Nebraska.

WAYNE – With the next Leadership Nebraska class going through their application process, Class XIII members were recognized in early March as recent graduates.

According to a release from Leadership Nebraska, 28 leaders were recognized with certificates and commemorative awards for completing the 13th year of Leadership Nebraska at a commencement ceremony held on Thursday, March 3.

Area graduates are Abby Schademann or Wayne, Wayne Area Economic Development; Dr. Tracy Kruse of Norfolk, Northeast Community College; Andrea Libengood or Norfolk, Daycos, Inc. and Kevin Black of Wisner, Pinnacle Bank.

Graduates are current and emerging leaders from communities throughout Nebraska. The program enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state. Leadership Nebraska is dedicated to the development of informed leaders who understand issues, define problems, develop solutions and achieve positions of higher responsibility in Nebraska.

Bryan Slone, NE Chamber president said, “strong leaders are critical to building thriving communities and a resilient, growing economy. Today, we face more complex challenges than ever, but the opportunities before us are even greater. We are anxious to see how the members of Class XIII make their mark on our future.”

The program includes six, two-day sessions held in various locations across Nebraska. Topic areas include: economic development; healthcare; agriculture; education as well as government and policy.

Again, applications for the next class may be submitted until April 15. For more information on the NE Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Nebraska, contact Roberta Pinkerton at 402-480-6918 or visit www.leadershipnebraska.com

Leadership Nebraska Class XIII members who graduated joins a group of over 300 alumni.



Mara Anderson, Alliance Recreation Center


Matthew Reed, Great Plains Communications


Heidi Elliot, Nebraska Public Power District


Rochelle Jurgens, Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District


Brenda Jensen, City of Kearney

Kelly Kreger, Path for Growth

Lisa Tschauner, University of Nebraska at Kearney


Macala Carter, Great Western Bank

Ben Martens, U.S. Bank

Nate McHargue, State Farm

Bridgett Petzoldt, Black Hills Energy


Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen, City of Neligh Economic Development


Dr. Tracy Kruse, Northeast Community College

Andrea Libengood, Daycos, Inc.


Chance Schilling, First National Bank of Omaha


Brook Aken, Omaha Public Power District

Britton Gabel, Omaha Public Power District

Elizabeth Hallgren, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business

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


Jessica Colo, OCI Insurance & Financial Services


Douglas Mader, Western Nebraska Community College


Abby Schademann, Wayne Area Economic Development


Kevin Black, Pinnacle Bank


Edward Tjaden, City of York Police Department