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Class 27 Graduation & Partner Recognition Dinner May 9, 2013

During State Leadership Day, Class 27 members sit on the bench in the Nebraska Supreme Court room. The class also had the opportunity to meet Chief Justice Michael Heavican.

Class 27 worked on the playground at the YWCA. The class built a Pergola for shade, painted tires that will be used as planters; put together child-sized picnic tables, created an outdoor chalk board and colorful hopscotch steps. In addition they created a place to make music on a fence using recycled pots and pans painted in bright colors that can be hit with a stick for sound.

Governor Dave Heinemann addresses LT Class 27 and YLT Class 16 in the Warner Chamber at the State Capitol. Top right 1. Bruce Bombeck from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center gives the class a tour of the training center. 2. Enjoying team work during Strategic Leadership Day. 3. Class members take a moment to pose by the chalk board while working on the project at the YWCA. 4. & 5. During Local and Global Business Leadership members tour Case IH and Hornady Manufacturing. 6. Class 27 working hard on a budget simulation at City Hall. This insert has been prepared to provide an opportunity for Hall County residents to experience the wealth of information and opportunities provided to the participants in the Leadership Tomorrow program. Leadership Tomorrow is an educational program offered by Hall County Leadership Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit Corporation formed in 1987. The Board of Directors and Executive Director invite you to learn about Hall County with Leadership Tomorrow. This publication is made possible due to the generosity and support of the Kaufmann-Cummings Foundation

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Hall County Leadership Tomorrow, I would like to congratulate the graduates of Class 27. This program has enabled each of you to expand your leadership skills while providing access to a vast array of perspectives, resources and mentors. I hope each of you will continue to be focused on community involvement and making our community a better place in the future. Leadership Tomorrow has a strong history of incredible past executive directors, graduates and board members. I feel fortunate and honored to be a part of a well-established organization. At its inception the goal of Leadership Tomorrow was to create a leadership training program to help identify and develop those that possessed leadership possibilities & motivate them to become leaders in Hall County. Each year the participants hear from numerous community leaders, tour businesses and attend skill building sessions that help them use their experiences to move into leadership positions within our community and in their professional careers. The first class graduated in 1988 and since the beginning many graduates have commented on how they took steps to move into leadership positions. They attribute those moves to what they learned about their community and themselves through the experiences during their year as a Leadership Tomorrow class member. It takes many people to have the continued success that Leadership Tomorrow has experienced and I am grateful for everyone that has played a part in that success. I appreciate the continued support of Leadership Tomorrow and Youth Leadership Tomorrow from the community. In addition I want to say thank you to our Board President, Mike Schuster for his dedication and leadership and to the Leadership Tomorrow Board of Directors for caring so much about the program and their community. We are grateful for the continued support from the Kaufmann-Cummings Foundation, for providing this insert. For several years it has been published and used as a yearbook and as a resource for organizations seeking volunteers. It will be exciting to see what path the members of Class 27 will take using their knowledge and experience from this year! Hall County continues to shine and I am so happy that Hall County Leadership Unlimited can take part in the positive growth! Congratulations to the graduates of Class 27.

I’m proud to announce the happenings of Leadership Tomorrow. This past year we welcomed our new Executive Director Brenda Branstiter. The board of directors and Brenda have worked hard this past year on strengthening the Leadership Tomorrow program and special events. We had record participation in both the Duck Pluck and the LT Golf Classic. The youth program is also enjoying another successful year. I would like to give a special thank you to Rotary for their continued support of Youth Leadership Tomorrow by including us in the Taste of Grand Island. We are excited to announce a new partner for the Duck Pluck. We have been blessed for many years to work with Tom Dinsdale Automotive for this event. We are excited for another of our community’s great supporters, Roy’s Grand, to come on board as our title sponsor for the Duck Pluck. It is a testament to the quality of program Leadership Tomorrow provides for the community to have such strong supporters as these businesses. This program simply is not possible without the support of this great community. Thank you to everyone who has helped with their time, talent and financial contributions. We would not be able to continue to cultivate leaders in Hall County with Leadership Tomorrow without the generous support from the businesses and individuals that have helped maintain this high caliber program for 28 years. The difference made in our community is by giving more citizens and youth the opportunity to experience community leadership firsthand while increasing community awareness and helping develop our future leaders. A special thank you to board members and Brenda for your commitment and hard work for the Leadership Tomorrow program. Mike Schuster, Board Chair

Brenda Branstiter, Executive Director

2013 Leadership Tomorrow Board of Directors The mission of Leadership Tomorrow is to identify and educate proven and potential leaders who are committed to developing and utilizing positive leadership skills to improve our community.

Mike Schuster

Tim Hiemer

Angela Simdorn

Jay Gnuse

Paul Hoos






Steve Beck

Chris Eberhardt

Lee Faaborg

Brad Kissler

Sonya Koperski

Lindsey Marshall

Max Norvell

Toni Palmer

Jodi Rauert

Jack Sheard

Jen Stelk

Jill Widdowson

Jerry Milner

Butch Moural

Eddy Rosales Youth Alumni

Ashley Bykerk Youth Alumni

LEADERSHIP TOMORROW CLASS 27 Hall County Leadership Unlimited, Inc. identifies and educates proven and potential leaders who are committed to developing and utilizing positive leadership skills to improve our community.

JORDAN ALLEN Old-Mill Counseling, LLC Jordan Allen is Mental Health Therapist at Old Mill Counseling, LLC in Grand Island. She is a Grand Island native who earned her Bachelor’s degree from Doane College and Masters from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jordan resides in Grand Island with her husband Mark Allen. Jordan is the current Board Chair of the Grand Island Crisis Center, Inc. and a member of the American Counseling Association. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. “Leadership Tomorrow has allowed me to become a more informed member of the community on multiple levels such as business, industry, service and government. This program highlights how and where individuals can become more active and impact the city of Grand Island.”

MATTHEW BENNETT Cannon Moss Brygger Architects Matthew is a Registered Architect. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Cincinnati, and has over 10 years of experience in the fields of architecture, sustainable design, and historic preservation. Matthew serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity and Grand Island Kiwanis, and is active with the Western Nebraska Chapter and Central States Region of the American Institute of Architects. He is also an Accredited Professional in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Matthew plans to continue to remain active in the community, and hopes to become more involved in issues focusing on community development and sustainability. “Leadership Tomorrow has given me the opportunity to meet many leaders and future leaders of Grand Island, and introduced me to the wide array of leadership opportunities throughout Hall County.”

LISA AVILAO’CONNOR Doane College Lisa Ávila O’Connor is the Services Coordinator for Doane College - School of Graduate and Professional Studies in Grand Island. In this position, she advises undergraduate and graduate students, works with adjunct faculty members, and assists with recruitment and marketing. She graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic and University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is currently working on a Master’s in Management through Doane. Lisa has served on the committee for the Youth Leadership Diversity Conference in 2012 and will also this fall. For fun, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and outdoor activities. Future areas in which Lisa wants to be involved with are community development, and youth and family education. “Leadership Tomorrow has reintroduced me to Grand Island’s agencies, leaders and opportunities. I look forward to working to meet the challenges of our growing community.”

ADAM BIERHAUS Contryman Associates, P.C. Adam Bierhaus is an audit accountant at Contryman Associates, P.C., where he has worked since 2006. He specializes in financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations for various entities. Adam has a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from UNL and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Adam and his wife Sara have a daughter, Adalyn (18mo), and are expecting another in June. Adam enjoys league sports, anything outdoors, and spending time with his “little” through Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also an active member of Young Professionals and is interested in other opportunities to serve the community. “Not originally from Grand Island, Leadership Tomorrow appealed to me as a way to get involved and meet people. Not only have I met great people, but LT has provided me countless opportunities to grow within my profession and community. I attribute many of my new Grand Island “roots” to Leadership Tomorrow.”

CARLOS BARCENAS Dept. of Health & Human Services Carlos Bárcenas is a Community Health Educator for the Office of Health Disparities & Health Equity for DHHS; previously he served as the executive director of the Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island. Carlos joined the Multicultural Coalition in 2010 where he served the community with the goals of empowering cultural understanding, enriching lives and empowering communities and transitioned to his new position April 2013. Carlos is married to Angela and has two daughters Taylor (12), Ashlyn (7) and expecting a baby boy in July. He serves as a board member in his church Vida Nueva and leads worship, board member with Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, The Grand Island Independent Advisory Committee, Hall County Housing Authority, SFMC Patient Family and Advisory Council, Hispanic Leaders in Grand Island and involved with various minority groups. “LT has given me the opportunity to strengthen and develop my leadership skills. It has also allowed me to meet great caring individuals that are changing lives and improving our communities.”

TODD CRAWFORD Congressman Adrian Smith Todd Crawford has worked for U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith since 2007 and is currently Director of Constituent Services, managing federal casework concerns and the day-to-day operations of the Congressman’s Grand Island office. He enjoys assisting residents of the ever-growing Third District with their concerns regarding the federal government. Todd graduated from Centennial High School and earned a BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1996 with a major in History and minor in Political Science. He currently serves as a Board Member of the GI Noon Rotary Club and worked on the Hall County Hero Flight Committee. Todd is also a member of the Central Nebraska Military Support Community and the Nebraska Republican Party State Central Committee. “Leadership Tomorrow has been a great experience. I have enjoyed developing friendships with future and current leaders in Grand Island and Hall County. Leadership is not defined by a title, but what you do with your opportunities to benefit your community and nation.”

AMY BENNETT Heartland CASA Amy Bennett, Executive Director of Heartland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a nonprofit organization that supports community volunteers in advocating for abused and neglect children through the juvenile court system. Amy serves as a board member for the Nebraska CASA Association, co-chair of the Hall County Child Well Being Collaborative Steering Committee, and a member of the District 9 Through the Eyes of the Child Team. She also serves as a volunteer for Grand Island Teammates and the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Council. She moved to Grand Island in April, 2011 with her husband, architect Matthew, and they are expecting their first child in August. She feels that her involvement in Leadership Tomorrow has helped her connect to other people and services in the community that will strengthen her ability to be an advocate. “I have enjoyed Leadership Tomorrow the most for the connections I have been able to make. I have also been able to bring a new awareness of Heartland CASA to the community through my participation.”

MARNI DANHAUER Central Community College Marni Danhauer is the Grants Manager at Central Community College and has worked at the college for twelve years. Prior to returning to the Grand Island area in 1998, Ms. Danhauer worked in Omaha, Denver, and Kansas City. She began her career as an accountant in the telemarketing industry in Omaha and has worked in the nursing home management and grain handling industries. Ms. Danhauer has a BA in accounting from Midland University (1990) and an MBA from Bellevue University (2008). Marni recently married her husband Jim Danhauer in April 2013. They make their home in rural Marquette with her two daughters. The family enjoys many outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, gardening and their horses. Marni has been involved with youth activities, her church and a local hike and bike trail committee in Central City. “Leadership Tomorrow has given me a much broader knowledge of the community and helped me to establish networks that will benefit me both professionally and personally. It has been a very valuable experience.”


Greg Fisher is the engineering manager for MFS/York/Stormor, a division of Global Industries. He joined the company in August of 2011. Greg received a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the UNL in 1998, and a Master’s in Business Administration from UNK in 2007. He is a native of Rushville, NE. Greg and his wife have four children, Mitch, Danny, Trevor and Sydney. They moved to Grand Island in August of 2011. Greg enjoys following his children’s sports and music activities. He enjoys following the financial markets and studying market behavior using technical analysis. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has encouraged his children to learn how to start and run their own business as part of the EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) program offered through the UNL Extension. “Being fairly new to Grand Island, the Leadership Tomorrow program has helped me get acquainted with the community quickly. The program has given me the opportunity to meet many community leaders and learn about important aspects of the community.”

MEGAN KNUTH Home Federal Bank Megan Knuth is the Internet and Data Specialist at Home Federal Bank, where she has worked since 2002. Megan and her husband, Kevin, live just outside of Grand Island with their two children. Megan thoroughly enjoys spending time with her children, is an avid animal lover and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, including helping with the family farm. She and her husband are 4-H volunteers and children are members of the Trailblazers 4-H Club. “Leadership Tomorrow has broadened my knowledge of the Hall County Community. It is wonderful to see how the community has worked together and grow to what it is today. It has been a great opportunity to meet those leaders, past and future. I look forward to continuing on enhancing my skills so I may help and serve those around me.”

RACHEL HERNANDEZ Chief Industries, Inc. Rachel Hernandez is a Cost Accountant for Chief Industries, Fabrication Division. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals; Grand Island Little Theatre Executive Board; Heartland United Way Board of Directors; and Resurrection Catholic Church. She has volunteered for TeamMates, United Way, Nebraska State Fair, and Junior Achievement. Rachel received her BS in Business Finance from UNK in 2008, and will receive a degree in Accounting this May. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running, crafting, volunteering, and most of all, spending time with friends and family. “Through my involvement in Leadership Tomorrow, I have had the privilege of learning from some of the community’s most influential leaders. Through this process, I have been most impressed by the local businesses, organizations, and leaders that have united their efforts in order to make Hall County a great place to live, work, volunteer, and raise a family.“

MICHELLE LUBKEN Central Community College Michelle Lubken is the Admissions Director at Central Community College in Grand Island with a passion to help others identify their strengths and passion for a career and academic path. In Michelle’s spare time, she teaches health classes for Doane College. She serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Island board, teaches Zumba and hosts softball fundamental clinics. For fun, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandan; daughter, Kennedy; and son, Logan, plus running, camping/fishing and traveling. “Leadership Tomorrow has strengthened my belief that diverse experiences broaden one’s perspective to ideas and solutions. I look forward to participating in the growth of Grand Island.”

VIKKI HICKOK Principal Financial Group Vikki Hickok has worked for Principal Financial Group for ten years, and is an Assistant Manager over a Quality and Training Team in their Participant Contact Center. Vikki grew up in Atkinson and attended West Holt High School. She later earned a BS in Criminal Justice and Psychology from UNL. She and her husband Donn moved to Hall County in 1999. They reside in Cairo with their children Emily, Jacob, Paige, and Madison. She enjoys spending time with her family camping and attending college concerts or high school/elementary athletic events. Vikki has been involved with the Cairo Ball association, Cairo’s community celebration and Christmas in the Village. She helps out at her church and at Centura School, where her children attend. “Leadership Tomorrow has really opened my eyes to the real need of volunteers to keep a community running. It has also shown me that as leaders, we really need to be willing to step up and take on some responsibility, and set a good example for others as volunteers in the community.”

DAYLA MAMOTSACK Hotwoods Dayla Mamot-Sack recently accepted a position with Hotwoods in Grand Island as a Sales Associate. Prior to Hotwoods, Dayla worked at Eakes Office Plus as the Assistant Store Manager. She spent 13 years in the wireless industry in Sales and Sales Management. Dayla graduated from Grand Island Northwest and received her BS in Business Administration from Bellevue University in 1996. Dayla has served on the Resurrection Catholic Church Parish Council for the past six years. She has been a Chamber Ambassador and participates on the Harvest of Harmony pageant committee. She is a certified Zumba and group fitness instructor at LOA. She enjoys running, snow skiing and spending time with her husband, Jon, and their sons Linden (11), Zenon (7), and Grayson (5). “Leadership Tomorrow has given me the opportunity to witness first hand all of the amazing things that are happening in our community. I am impressed by the variety of organizations that are working toward a common goal of making our community a better place to be each and every day. This experience has allowed me to expand my leadership skills, and I am looking forward to using those skills to make a difference in our community.”

BECKY HOOS Principal Financial Group Becky Hoos is an Assistant Manager at The Principal Financial Group, Grand Island Employee Benefit Center. She has been with The Principal Financial Group for 24 years, most of that time in Group Plan Administration of Group Insured Benefits. Her responsibilities include retention and support to our customer base, solid customer service, and providing leadership and engagement to retain high-performing employees. Past involvement includes United Way Community Investment, city wide clean up, parent/teacher organizations and other school activities, along with independent volunteer opportunities. Becky is fortunate to work for an employer who is such an advocate for volunteerism. “Leadership Tomorrow is an outstanding opportunity to meet peer leaders in our community. LT has provided me with new networking opportunities, new friendships, and an opportunity to help continue to build our community.”

MORGANNE MANIVONG Associated Staffing, Inc. Morganne Manivong is the branch manager for Associated Staffing, Inc. She previously worked as the general manager for Grand Island’s Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott. Morganne graduated from UNK with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Management and Accounting. She enjoys spending time with her husband Phou and their son Kalen(1), watching high school soccer, college baseball, reading and being involved in the community. Morganne is currently a member of Young Professionals Group, CNHRMA, United Way Income Council, and is a Chamber Connector. She was also named one of Grand Island’s Top 35 under 35 in 2012. Morganne’s past and current involvements are with Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Grand Theatre, and Hope Harbor. “Leadership Tomorrow has given me the opportunity to grow and learn from great leaders in our community. I have enjoyed building relationships with each class member and a variety of businesses in Grand Island.”

LEADERSHIP TOMORROW CLASS 27 TERESA MATRISCIANO Essential Personnel, Inc. Teresa Matrisciano is married to Tim Matrisciano, and they have a daughter, Danielle, who is in 3rd grade. Since 2007, she has been a Senior Employment Consultant with Essential Personnel. Teresa stays very active in the community as a current Trustee with the St. Francis Foundation, a volunteer for the Red Cross, and a PTO Board member for St Libory School. She has been involved with the Chamber Connectors since 2008, is a past Young Professionals member and Membership chair, and a past member of Toastmasters. “Leadership Tomorrow has helped me to grow not only my leadership skills, but has improved my confidence. I have enjoyed learning even more about Grand Island businesses, professionals and governmental processes. Leadership Tomorrow has been a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it to any professional.”

PAM POHLENZ Saint Francis Medical Center Pamela Pohlenz has worked as a respiratory therapist for the last ten years and is currently the respiratory clinical educator at St. Francis Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Lean Six Sigma program, teaches multiple programs for the hospital, and also participates on many hospital committees. She is a member of the St. Ann’s Altar Society and enjoys playing in a weekly volleyball league. An important aspect of her life is her family: her husband Christian and their two daughters, Lauren and Kendall. “Leadership tomorrow has helped me meet some wonderful new people in our community; while giving me some excellent leadership skills, and in the future, the drive to participate on a board or committee.”

GREG MORROW Grand Island Public Schools Greg Morrow and his wife Tracy are the parents of three children, Jacob age 17, Blaine age 16, and Carter age 11. Morrow has been employed with the Grand Island Public School District for 15 years and is currently an Assistant Principal at Grand Island Senior High School. He has been active in supporting local youth sports and enjoys music, the outdoors, and spending time with his family. “The Leadership Tomorrow program has provided me with valuable insights about leadership, as well as a wonderful understanding of the amazing agencies, businesses and organizations within the Grand Island community.”

LUCILLE RHOADS General Collection Lucille Rhoads has been employed with General Collection Co. for 15 years, the past three as their paralegal. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Science in Criminal Justice degree from UNK. Lucille is married to Dean, has a son Joe Weber, an Engineering student at UNL, and a daughter Andrea who is a 6th grader at Westridge. She would like to become involved in CASA, the United Way or Habitat for Humanity. Lucille enjoys reading, target shooting, home and yard projects and spending time with her family and three dogs. “Leadership Tomorrow has taught me about Grand Island and all the community has to offer those in need and also to new residents. It has shown me what a great place we live in!”

KRISTOPHER OMPS Catholic Health Intiatives Kristopher Omps is the Information Technology Services, Site Manager for Catholic Health Initiatives at Saint Francis Medical Center. He has been in this role since December 2009 when he moved to Grand Island from Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Tonya, and his two children, Tyler (20) and Mercedes (17). Kristopher has over 15 years of experience in IT leadership in various industries, including call centers, hospitality and hotel, and hospitals. Kristopher is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a graduate of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Boot Camp. He enjoys reading, writing, painting, sewing and being with family. “By participating in Leadership Tomorrow, I have been shown what a wonderful, caring, committed community I have chosen to be a part of. It has helped me grow areas of my leadership skills and explore new areas I hadn’t before.”

CHRIS SCHWEITZER Nova-Tech, Inc. Chris Schweitzer is the Operations Manager at Nova-Tech Inc. where he has been employed for over 5 years. In this role, he is in charge of the day to day operations of the plant and aids in new product and process development. Chris is a graduate of Chadron State College and holds a degree in Biology with options in Environmental and Laboratory Sciences. Chris resides in Central City with his wife Summer and his three children McKenzie (9), Ace (4), and Blake (4 Months). Chris is the Assistant wrestling coach for Nebraska Christian High School, and still competes in different wrestling tournaments in the Midwest. “Leadership Tomorrow has given me the opportunities to learn about the community, to meet local Grand Island leaders, and tools to develop my own leadership skills.”

KYLE OVERTURF Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, CPAS Kyle Overturf is a Senior Accountant at Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway, and Luth, PC. He is a graduate of Sutton High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Kyle specializes in business and individual tax, as well as small business, HUD, and governmental audits. He is currently working toward completing his CPA license. He is married to Leah, a floral designer at Snow’s Floral. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, hunting, watching sports, and spending time with his family and friends. “Leadership Tomorrow has provided me with opportunities to explore my leadership abilities. I look forward to building strong business relationships with other community leaders who also want to see the community grow and thrive.”

MICHELLE SETLIK Central Community College Michelle Setlik is a graduate of Wood River Rural High. She has an AAS from Central Community College and a BS from Bellevue University, both in Business Administration. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree and is in her 5th year at Central Community College as the Grants Compliance Officer. Michelle and her husband Jeff enjoy watching their children Kristen (14) and Colby (11) in volleyball and swimming. She was a CASA Advocate and Board Member. She is a 3rd and 6th grade religious education teacher; YMCA Quicksilver Advisory Committee Member; and volunteers for Quicksilver and GISH Swim Teams as a timing operator. She enjoys photography, quilting, cooking, and genealogy - all discovered in her 10 years in Hall County 4-H. “Leadership Tomorrow has allowed me to explore our community and grow my own leadership skills while learning from my classmates and all of the extraordinary community leaders who have taken time to share their experiences and insights with our class.”


Brittany Skeen is the Bullet and Ammo Packaging Production Supervisor at Hornady Manufacturing where she has worked for 5 years. She graduated from St. Paul High School in 2005. Brittany is married to Steve Skeen who works at Middleton Electric. They have lived in Grand Island for 8 years. Brittany is involved in Young Professionals and has been a member of the National Rifle Association for 2 years. She is currently on the board of directors for the American Red Cross. Brittany enjoys volunteering, shooting, playing volleyball, golfing, and spending time with her family, especially her nephew. “Leadership Tomorrow has taught me so much about community involvement. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve my community and make a difference. Leadership Tomorrow has given me the tools and resources to be a successful leader. I am excited to get more involved with local organizations, specifically ones that deal with helping the youth.”

BONNIE WESTFALL Heartland United Way

Bonnie Westfall is the Development Director for the Heartland United Way. She lives in GI with her husband, Matt, who is an independent financial advisor through National Planning Corp. They have one child, Ian, who is a 6th grader. Bonnie is a Committee Member for Boy Scouts Overland Trails Council Troop 119. Served as a Volunteer Tutor for the Literacy Council, and was past Campaign Co-Chair for Community Health Charities. She was the Principal Financial Group Loaned Executive for the Heartland United Way Campaign and a member of the Principal Financial Group Diversity Employee Resource Group. Bonnie holds her Series 6 & 7 General Securities Licenses. Class 27 gave me the opportunity to connect with outstanding local leaders while working alongside the leaders of tomorrow. I was able to learn about Grand Island’s world-class corporations and businesses. They may or may not touch lives all over the world, but they are grounded, invested and take pride in making our community a better place to live. I look forward to following their lead in helping to make a difference by continuing to serve in our community.

PAUL SULLIVAN Equitable Bank

Paul Sullivan is current Vice President of Agricultural Lending for Equitable Bank in Grand Island. He has worked in banking since 2005. Paul received a bachelor of science in Mechanized Systems Management in May of 1996. He is married to Mandy, and they have 2 children; an eight year old son named Carson, and a 18 month old daughter named Drew. Paul has been a member of the Doniphan Community his entire life and is a member of St. Ann’s Church in Doniphan. “Leadership Tomorrow has given me an insight into how important community based organizations are to Grand Island and the surrounding communities, and how important it is people get involved.”

LANCE ZOBEL Hornady Manufacturing Company

Lance Zobel is the Shipping Director at Hornady Manufacturing in Grand Island. Additionally, Lance also directs the company’s government sales efforts as the Government Sales Director; selling Hornady products to law enforcement and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. He has been with Hornady Manufacturing for four years. Lance is currently serving in his 19th year with the Nebraska Army National Guard. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star for his actions while serving in Iraq. Lance earned a MBA degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in May of 2003. He is married to Misty and has a daughter Hannah (8) and a baby daughter Reagan. “Leadership Tomorrow has been a real eye-opener to all the opportunites that Grand Island has to offer. As a relatively new resident to the Grand Island area, Leadership Tomorrow has been a great opportunity to surround myself with current and future leaders that will continue to push for growth in our community.”


RICK WASHBURN Platte Valley State Bank

Rick Washburn is Vice President of Commercial and Agricultural Lending at Platte Valley State Bank where he has been for the last year. Rick was raised on a farm near Fairfield, Nebraska and is a 1995 graduate of Sandy Creek High School. He then attended Hastings College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics in 1999. Rick has been in banking since 1999 with the majority of his career in Hastings, NE and two years in Phoenix, Arizona. Rick enjoys spending time with his two children Carson (5) and Tynli (2) as well as other family and friends. His hobbies include golfing, hunting, traveling, attending concerts and sporting events. “Leadership Tomorrow has been a very rewarding experience for me especially being new to Grand Island. I’ve gained valuable knowledge of the diverse business community, charity organizations, and volunteer programs and I look forward to being a part of Grand Island’s future development.”

Equitable Bank

Cory Weidner-Goehring is the Retail Branch Manager for Equitable Bank. Cory attended Grand Island Senior High, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Bellevue University where she studied Business Management. For the last 13 years, she has lived in Minnesota where she worked in several areas of banking. Cory has a strong technology background and enjoys helping businesses increase efficiencies by adopting the use of online resources. A Grand Island native, Cory is happy to be back “home” and looks forward to becoming more involved in the community where she grew up. Since moving back, she has enjoyed teaching Junior Achievement, volunteering for the Heartland United Way and helping to promote the Nebraska State Fair. “Leadership Tomorrow has provided me an opportunity to get to know my community and gives me a chance to make a difference. I look forward to immersing myself in volunteering and serving on local boards.”

Congratulations to Leadership Tomorrow Class 28

Mission Hall County Leadership Unlimited, Inc. identifies and educates proven and potential leaders who are committed to developing and utilizing positive leadership skills to improve our community. Staci Aguilar Amy Brezenski Michael Calvert Brent Christensen Andrew Dozler Jeremy Eschliman Isaiah Graham Barrett Hahn Brandon Hotovy Timothy Hruza Wade Jarvi Karmin Maul Courteney Meyer Todd Morgan Eric Nielsen Brandon Nielsen Angela Reynolds Christy Rookstool Robert Smith Stanley Steele Kyle Sterner Sheree Stockwell Neil Wardyn Janine Williams Ashley Wissing

Equitable Bank Goodwill Industries Central Community College Goodwill Industries of Greater NE Case New Holland Central District Health Department Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, P.C. Case New Holland Leininger Smith Law Firm Contryman Associates, P.C. Centris Federal Credit Union Stuhr Museum Grand Island Fire Department Case New Holland Case New Holland Central Community College Platte Valley State Bank & Trust Global Industries, Inc. Grand Island Police Department Central Community College Grand Island Public School Chief Industries, Inc. Associated Staffing St. Francis Medical Center


Leadership Tomorrow wishes to thank the organizations, businesses and individuals who make Leadership Tomorrow & Youth Leadership Tomorrow possible. ABC Seamless Siding Active Family Chiropractic & Acupunture PC Advance Services, Inc. Claire Aguilar All Faiths Funeral Home Allen Capital Group Mark & Jordan Allen Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, PC Amigo’s & King’s Classic Apfel Funeral Home Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill Arby’s of Grand Island Will Armstrong Associated Staffing Inc. Aurora Cooperative B.I.G. Premier Limosines Terry & Tracy Babcock Balz Sports Bar Carlos Barcenas Barista’s Coffee House Fredda Bartenbach Brad Bell Bellevue University Matt & Amy Bennett Adam Bierhaus Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Island Bosselman Energy Tim & Brenda Branstiter Buffalo Wild Wings Roger Bullington Dr. Stephen D. Cain, DDS Michael Calvart Cannon Moss Brygger Architects Cardinal Construction, LLC Jesse & Abby Carman Case IH Central Community College Central Nebraska Elite Crete Central Nebraska Humane Society Central Nebraska Regional Airport Centura Hills Golf Course Chief Industries, Inc. City of Gand Island Kevin & Lori Coen Mike & Karen Colan College Park Complete Music Conestoga Mall, LLC Contryman Associates, P.C. Copycat Printing/Copycat Signs Kevin Cunningham Jodi Davies Nathan & Melissa DeLaet Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc Doane College Doniphan Insurance Agency Steve & Charlene Dowding

Dreisbach’s Steak House, Inc. Annette Dubas Eakes Office Plus Chris Eberhardt Lee Elliott Equitable Bank James Eriksen Essential Personnel Lee Faaborg Family Eye Care Center Family Dental Care Five Points Bank Fonner Park Steve & Cathy Fosselman Friendship House Fuji Japanese Steak House Brian Gallagher Galvan Construction, Inc. Edwin & Andrea Garcia General Collection, Inc. GI Family Radio Dale & Peggy Gilbert Jeff & Mindy Gilbertson GIX Logistics Inc. Global Industries, Inc. Mike Gloor Ken Gnadt Jay Gnuse Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Grand Island Community Foundation Grand Island Dermatology P.C. Grand Island Area Economic Development Grand Island Fire Department Grand Island Independent Grand Island Noon Rotary Club Grand Island Physical Therapy Grand Island Police Department Grand Island Public Schools Grandma Max’s Grand Island Surgery Center Green Line Equipment Greg Sanchez Insurance Agency H & H Distributing Kurt Haecker Hall County Sheriff ’s Office Hamilton Telecommunicatins Patricia Hancock Heartland CASA Heartland Events Center Heartland United Way, Inc. Mike Henke Mike & Sheila Hollister Home Federal Bank Hooker Bros. Sand & Gravel Inc. Hooker Brothers Construction Company Paul Hoos Hope Harbor

Hornady Manufacturing Company Jason & Ellen Hornady Hotwoods Pro-Tatch Inc. Chad & Kara Hudnall Hy-Vee Indianhead Golf Club Internal Medical Associates of Grand Island Island Curbing Island View Dental Jackrabbit Run Golf Shop James Arthur Vineyards Jimmy Johns Johnson Brothers Nancy Jones Kaufmann-Cummings Foundation Bradley Keasling Kelly Supply Company / KDSI Aaron & Michele Kelly Kermit’s Super Wash Brad Kissler Brian Kort Cheryl Kosmicki Lacy Construction Company Pam Lancaster Jeff Leep & Kari Hooker-Leep Trent & Kathy Lierman LOA Fitness for Women Michelle Lubken Adam Marshall Lindsay Marshall Mark and Carla Maurer Kurt & Shirley McCallum Miletta Vista Winery McDermott & Miller, P.C., CPAs Mark & Kimberly McGowan Shay & Jacey McGowan Scott & Leslie Meyer MFS/York/Stormor, Inc. Mary Mickey Midtown Holiday Inn Milner Law Office, P.C. Vaughn & Lanae Minton Mark Moravec Jim & Tammy Morris Mr. G’s Car Care Center Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island Kirby & Denise Myers Dan and Korrina Naranjo Nebraska Department of Economic Development Nebraska Department of Labor Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center Nebraska Mushroom Nebraska State Fair Nebraska State Patrol Nebraskaland Distributors Amy Jo Nelson

Northwest High School Northwestern Energy Mac’s Creek Vineyard Max & Laura Norvell Nova Tech, Inc. NRG Media NTV News O’Hara Plumbing Company, Inc. Olive Garden Olsson Associates Kristopher Omps Todd & Dawyn Otto Toni Palmer Panera Bread Pathway Bank Tim Peterson Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Platte Valley State Bank Pam Pohlenz Prairie Winds Assisted Living Community Precision Electric LLC Pam Price Jim & Dee Price Principal Financial Group Pro Team Design Dan Purdy R & R Therapeutic Message Clinic Randy’s Sprinkler Systems Ryan & Karen Rathke Ron & Jodi Rauert Rejuvenation Salon Kim Rerucha Angela Reynolds Lucille Rhoads Riddle’s Jewelry Bruce Rieker Riverside Golf Club Riverside Lodge Retirement Community Rodeway Inn Ross Realty Roy’s Grand Dodge Chrysler Jeep Mazda Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria Sam’s Club Scarborough Construction, Inc. Mike & Michelle Schuster Schweitzer Feed & Grain, Inc. Alan & Peg Schweitzer Les Seiler Shady Bend Restaurant Shamberg, Wolf, McDermott & Depue Shelter Insurance - Paul Hoos Shonsey & Associates Silo Angela Simdorn Skagway Stores Sluggers Bar & Grill Elizabeth Smith

Sonic Drive In Sparky’s Wing & Dippin Sauce St. Francis Medical Center Staab Management Company State Farm Insurance Company - Sean Gellatly Jen Stelk Brian & Dawn Stock Nicki Stoltenberg Randy & Marsha Stratman Strut Boutique Stuhr Museum Joe Stump Subway Ron & Sheryl Telecky Texas Roadhouse Dan & Lisa Thayer The Central NE Child Advocacy Center The Chicken Coop The Chocolate Bar The Grand Island Independent The Pinnacle Agency The Thompson Company Third City Sertoma Tom Dinsdale Automotive Thomas & Tami Towne Larry & Betsy Uhing Uncle Ed’s Steakhouse US Bank Vlcek Gardens Wal-Mart North Wal-Mart South Renae Waltemath Christopher Waters Wave Pizza Company Wayne Cyclery Webb & Company Architects, Inc. Carolyn Weidner Wells Fargo Financial Advisors - Mike Schuster Wells Fargo Bank Thomas & Lynne Werner Bonnie Westfall Westside Bowling Lanes, Inc. Jill Widdowson Wiese Farms Lisa Willman Willman’s Bottle Market John & Joyce Willoughby Gloria Wolbach Jennifer Worthington YMCA of Grand Island Scott Zana Zanadu Inc. We apologize if there are any errors or omissions. Please contact us at 382-9210 to update our records.

2013 Leadership LT-2 Alumni Association Will Armstrong Tom Babel Jennifer Barker Brad Bell Fred Benzel Brenda Branstiter Tim Branstiter Roger Bullington Abby Carman Karen Colan Al Corey Camryn Coslor Kevin Cunningham Jodi Davies Melissa DeLaet Nate DeLaet

Joe Dobrovolny Chris Eberhardt Dean Elliott Lee Faaborg Amber Gerdes Jay Gnuse Jenna Grenier Melissa Griffith Kurt Haecker Patricia Hancock Travis Hasselmann Jackie Havel Mike Henke Tim Hiemer Marlene Hinrichs Sheila Hollister

Kari Hooker-Leep Paul Hoos Ellen Hornady George Howard Jerry Huismann Chad Hudnall Jerry Huismann Jay Kaspar Venus King Bradley Kissler Brian Kort Alison Larson Marcy Luth Kraig Mangus Lindsey Marshall Mary Mickey

Vaughn Minton Mark Moravec Tammy Morris Butch Moural Amy Jo Nelson Max Norvell Toni Palmer Dan Purdy Jodi Rauert Ron Rauert Darcy Ray Kim Rerucha Lisa Rerucha Brook Sautter Tony Schulz Mike Schuster

Angela Simdorn Elizabeth Smith John Stade Beth Stecker Jen Stelk Mark Stelk Nicki Stoltenberg Bev Stutzman Gloria Thesenvitz Matt Thury Christopher Waters Marvin Webb Jill Widdowson Jennifer Worthington Scott Zana

The mission of Youth Leadership Tomorrow is to provide community education and leadership development training to high school students through experiential learning activities that connect youth to their community and inspire them to be problem solvers, decision makers, and future leaders in our community. Applications for Youth Leadership Tomorrow Class 17 will be available in October of 2013 for Hall County high school juniors.

Youth Leadership Tomorrow Class 16

Jaden Coen-Grand Island Senior High, Sydney Dowding-Grand Island Senior High, Jacob Garcia-Grand Island Senior High, Hannah Gilbertson-Grand Island Senior High, Ashley Gowlovech-Northwest High School, Clancey Hinkle-Grand Island Senior High, Chelsey Kelly-Grand Island Central Catholic, Courtney LiermanNorthwest High School, Alexa McCallum-Grand Island Senior High, Evan McGowan-Grand Island Senior High, Michael McGowan-Grand Island Central Catholic, Maria Meyer-Northwest High School, Libby Norvell-Grand Island Senior High, Abbie Otto-Grand Island Senior High, Josie Scarborough-Grand Island Senior High, Tristan Stock-Doniphan/Trumbull High School, Ian Stratman-Grand Island Senior High, Lindsey Telecky-Grand Island Senior High, Emily Thayer-Grand Island Senior High, Trisha Towne-Grand Island Senior High, Lane Uhing-Grand Island Senior High, Leigh Uhing-Grand Island Senior High, Jane Werner-Grand Island Senior High, Evan Wiese-Northwest High School, Taylor Willoughby-Wood River High School

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