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core values  common ground  equal justice These are Nebraska Appleseed’s guiding principles, and have been since our non-profit, non-partisan law project started “sowing the seeds of justice” in 1996. Nebraska Appleseed focuses on advancing policies and practices that promote self-sufficiency for Nebraska’s working poor families, promote the integration and participation of immigrant populations in communities across Nebraska, provide safe and adequate child welfare services to children who need protection, increase low-income people’s access to the legal system and support democracy by removing barriers to low-income people’s participation in the electoral and public policy decision-making processes.

A m e s sag e f ro m R e b e c c a G ou l d Executive Dir ector


hree years ago our staff moved into a new office, which included space an architecture firm had used for many years. When we moved in, many of the firm’s drafting tables still filled the large room we turned into a conference room. It was their drafting room where big ideas took the form of concrete plans to help create beauty and function for their clients and their community. When we moved in, we decided to continue to call that space “the drafting room.” Now, three years later, “the drafting room” and the idea it conjures is a nice metaphor for our work. If you’re going to tackle some of the toughest issues facing our state, you need to have big ideas, big dreams of what the form and function of the public structures in our state could be. You need to bring to the table people who hold a variety of perspectives to help shape that vision. Most importantly, you need to be able to transform that big vision into concrete plans and next steps that allow your partners and colleagues interested in building strong communities to bring their hearts, minds, and hands to the effort. In 2009, we saw many of our big dreams and goals become a reality – expanded health care access for low-income children, major progress toward federal health care reform that ultimately passed in early 2010, renewed attention to unsafe working conditions in the meatpacking industry, rights of Native American children in foster care protected to maintain cultural connections with their Tribes, and the rights defended of hundreds of low-income parents wrongfully denied Medicaid. There is so much our small staff of thirteen and our strong base of community allies and supporters have to celebrate from 2009.

But there is still more hard work ahead. The continued recession, eroding child welfare system, growing pressure on our state budget, and increasing intensity around immigration policy have enhanced the need for the unique expertise and skill of Nebraska Appleseed’s staff. In 2009 we spent many hours gathered around the drafting room tables, dreaming big about a Nebraska that comes out on the other side of these challenges stronger and better and putting concrete plans into action that will provide a solid foundation for the work ahead in 2010 and beyond. I hope you will join us in this work as we seek to build a Nebraska of which we are all proud and which embodies not only the concepts of form and function, but of beauty and justice.


Rebecca L. Gould Executive Director

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N e b ra s k a A p pl e s e e d s ows t h e s e e d s o f j u s t i c e t h roug h targ e t e d l i t igat i o n ,

Build a Nebraska where all people have a real chance to achieve the American Dream. Ensure all

Nebraskans have access to quality, affordable health care. Promote strong, vibrant, engaged and integrated communities. Champion a child welfare system that provides safety, stability, and a strong future for Nebraska’s children. Energize all Nebraskans’ civic participation.

Appleseed works for equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. Poverty and inequality go hand in hand. Poverty, discrimination, lack of health insurance, and a failing child welfare system haunt the lives of thousands of Nebraskans. These challenges keep so many Nebraska families and children from reaching their full potential. These challenges shatter dreams. But these challenges cannot deter the spirit of Appleseed’s mission: core values, common ground, and equal justice. With this spirit, Appleseed not only protects and advances the rights of all Nebraskans, but also inspires leadership and action in the people and communities it serves. Appleseed’s work empowers everyday, hardworking Nebraskans to become champions for their families and communities.

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pu b l i c p o l i c y a dvo c ac y, c o m m u n i t y e du c at i o n , an d c o m m u n i t y o rgan i z i ng .




meatpacking workers’ unsafe working conditions received new attention when Nebraska Appleseed released a major new study highlighting the perspective of workers across the state

low-income families were helped by expanding access to post-secondary education under the Employment First Welfare Program

uninsured Nebraska children gained access to health care after Nebraska Appleseed helped expand eligibility for the Kids Connection program to 200% of the poverty line



low-income Nebraska parents received Medicaid benefits after Nebraska Appleseed won a class action lawsuit in the Lancaster County District Court and Nebraska Supreme Court restoring benefits that had been wrongfully denied

Native American children in Nebraska’s foster care system can maintain connections with their tribes thanks to an amicus brief to the Nebraska Supreme Court in partnership with eight tribes, Legal Aid of Nebraska, and the National Indian Child Welfare Association


Health Care Access Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation Child Welfare System Accountability Low Income Economic Opportunity For fourteen years, Nebraska Appleseed has advanced opportunity and broke down barriers in order to build positive and enduring change. Appleseed works in the courtroom, at the Legislature, and in the community to build systems that support the full potential of the low-income parent choosing education as means out of poverty, the immigrant in search of welcoming communities, the child in need of a stable and loving home, and the mother struggling with a health condition without access to health care – without access to hope. Appleseed responds to these calls for help and change at a critical time in our state and nation. So often, change is slow – with the status quo being the province of the powerful. Appleseed realizes that opportunity and justice cannot flourish – that progress stands still – without courageous, skillful leaders who seize the moment to change things for the better. Appleseed is strongly positioned to be this agent of change in Nebraska. Through its groundbreaking work, Nebraska Appleseed sows and tends the seeds that grow to nourish our shared dream of opportunity and justice for all. Nebraska Appleseed 


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Health Care Access

Ensuring affordable, quality health care access for all Nebraskans Appleseed defends and strengthens Nebraska’s Medicaid program, advocates for vibrant state and federal children’s health programs, and advances comprehensive health reform legislation through its public policy expertise and by leading coalitions of advocates and providers. In 2009, our state stood at the center of the health reform debate and Appleseed was well-positioned to lead the charge for reform. Working with our state reform partners and leading the Nebraska Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) coalition, we called attention to the hundreds of thousands of uninsured or underinsured Nebraska families, the small businesses that struggle to provide their employees coverage, and the increasing number of Nebraskans who can barely afford premiums skyrocketing faster than their wages.

Opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care go hand-in-hand.


n early 2009, we celebrated advances in children’s health care coverage. Appleseed successfully lobbied to expand eligibility for Nebraska’s children’s health program, Kids Connection, to include 5,400 newly-eligible children. Throughout the year, Appleseed facilitated more than a dozen health reform forums and advocacy trainings across Nebraska in Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, Columbus, Norfolk, Beatrice, Lincoln, and Omaha. Our health care staff provided community leaders crucial information on reform’s substance and legislative process. Our staff and volunteers collected powerful health care stories canvassing more than 100 small businesses, talking with Nebraskans at the State Fair, and hosting community meetings with farmers and faith leaders. Appleseed helped send many individuals to Washington, DC to share their stories with Congress.

Congress passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), strengthening low-income children’s access to health care.

Appleseed sent Nebraskans like Melissa Florell of Kearney, Julio Navas of Omaha, and Angel Romero-Keister of Lyons to Washington to share their health care stories.

Appleseed and its partners rallied more than 700 people at the state capitol in August for comprehensive health reform. Later that November, Appleseed cosponsored a candle light vigil and march bringing together 250 Nebraskans urging the Senate to begin debate on health care reform. Appleseed cosponsored a rally of 700 in August and brought together 250 people urging Congress to act on comprehensive health reform.

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Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation

PROMOTING strong, vibrant, engaged and integrated communities Appleseed promotes Nebraskans’ participation in all aspects of community life and strong integrated communities. Through a variety of community and policy strategies, Appleseed advocates for common sense and humane federal immigration reform, effective state and local integration policies, worker safety in meatpacking, immigrant leadership and civic participation, access to mainstream financial services, and the promotion of racial justice.

Gloria Sarmiento, Appleseed’s community educator/ organizer, facilitates leadership development with more than 70 key immigrant leaders and encourages civic participation in more than 18 communities across Nebraska.

Community members in Fremont and Crete hosted community dances and potlucks sharing food and traditions from around the world.

Nebraska Appleseed’s report “The Speed Kills You”: The Voice of Nebraska’s Meatpacking Workers exposed serious health and safety concerns from the perspectives of 455 workers across Nebraska.

The “Nebraska Is Home” welcoming initiatives in Crete, Grand Island, Schuyler, and Fremont helped neighbors get to know neighbors and create more inclusive, integrated communities through education, positive messaging, and community building activities.


ith a wide range of community partners, Appleseed hosted and cosponsored numerous public events and Congressional visits for common sense and humane immigration reform, collected more than 15,000 postcards with personal messages for Nebraska’s Congressional delegation, and shared new immigrants’ and longtime Nebraskans’ stories to put a human face on our immigration system.

Appleseed is a statewide leader for workable immigration solutions at the federal level that uphold our values and move us forward together.

Appleseed and its partners, including faith leaders, small business owners, and community advocates, continue to oppose costly, divisive and unconstitutional policies like Fremont’s city ordinance and Arizona style proposals. In the fall of 2009, Appleseed followed up on its 2006 meatpacking workers health and safety report “Dignity on the Line” to release a major new study. “The Speed Kills You”: The Voice of Nebraska’s Meatpacking Workers surveyed 455 workers in 5 communities and drew national attention highlighting workers’ concerns with unrelenting work speed, startlingly high injury rates, supervisory abuse, and denials of requests to use the restroom. The Lincoln Journal Star praised Appleseed’s work: “Credit Nebraska Appleseed for perseverance in its effort to improve working conditions in the state’s meatpacking plants. Appleseed ... has been pushing for improvements for more than a decade. ... More Nebraskans should join Appleseed in the effort to improve safety and protect worker rights.” (Lincoln Journal Star staff ed, 13 Oct 2009) Nebraska Appleseed 


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Child Welfare System Accountability

Championing a child welfare system that provides safety, stability, and a strong future for Nebraska’s children Appleseed proudly defends the interests of children and families caught in Nebraska’s foster care system that struggles to stay afloat amid the state’s crumbling privatization structure. Appleseed holds the foster care system accountable to enforce constitutional, federal, and state statutory requirements to provide adequate child welfare services in Nebraska. Our goal is to create not just a better system, but a model where children and families are well-served by a system with principles.

We worked with our allies to remove gaps in children’s behavioral health services provisions.

Appleseed advocated for first-step policies to address the issues exposed by Nebraska’s safe haven law.


ppleseed serves as a watchdog over the state’s efforts to reform the child welfare system through contracts with private providers. Amid the current crisis, in which funding issues led two of the five lead foster care agencies to terminate their contracts, Appleseed advocates for solutions that safeguard local communitybased agencies and protects foster children’s safety and well-being. In 2009, Appleseed’s Foster Care Reform Legal Resource Center expanded to nearly 240 attorneys across Nebraska. We provide a new, comprehensive source of Nebraska-specific juvenile law resources for attorneys, including our Policy Briefs series and Juvenile Document Bank with sample legal documents for attorneys. Appleseed drafted and submitted an amicus brief to the Nebraska Supreme Court on behalf of 11 tribes and organizations to secure Native American children’s right to have their tribe’s advocacy in juvenile court proceedings.

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Appleseed recruited pro bono counsel and participated in an experienced legal team in an appeal before the Nebraska Supreme Court which revered a termination of parental rights and articulated strong language regarding children’s best interest when a parent is deported.

Low Income Economic Opportunity

Breaking down barriers to opportunity and building pathways out of poverty Daily we hear how the recession impacts low-income Nebraskans trying to work their way out of poverty and become self-sufficient. A tough economy and the hard realities of low-wage work, child care problems, insufficient access to health care, and food insecurity are all real challenges in our state. Opportunities for child care and work supports, job training and education leading to living wage work are essential for families to succeed. Our mission is to see that Nebraska has a system of laws, policies, and practices that ensure all families can meet their basic needs, find opportunity, and full participate in our democracy.

Appleseed’s September report “Ending Childhood Hunger in Nebraska: Strategies for Improving & Maximizing Child Nutrition Programs” recommended state and federal action to expand free breakfast and lunch eligibility to fight childhood hunger and health disparities.

Appleseed sought to restore Medicaid benefits to hundreds of low-income parents the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services unlawfully dropped from the program.


ppleseed operates an intake and information line that provides low-income Nebraskans with advice, referrals, and information about public benefits. Our staff helped more than 675 Nebraskans who called for help in 2009.

Appleseed defended 400 low-income parents’ rights in the class action lawsuit Davio v. HHS. The Lancaster County District Court ruled that the Department of Health & Human Services wrongfully denied Medicaid as a sanction under Employment First. The ruling protects low-income parents with chronic health conditions maintain consistent health care and work their way out of poverty.

Appleseed’s intake and information line provided more than 675 people with advice, referrals, and information about public benefits.

In October, Appleseed hosted the first annual “Building Nebraska’s Future Workforce Forum.” This event brought together more than 100 business, education, and human services leaders to discuss ways to build opportunity for Nebraska’s low-income families, such as increasing access to child care, Adult Basic Education, and other opportunities and supports. Nebraska Appleseed 


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Nebraska Appleseed’s 2009 Donors $10,000+ Anonymous $5,000 to $9,999 Terrence Ferguson Herb Friedman Matthew & Donna Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Wallace & Barbara Weitz $1,000 to $4,999 Clark Bellin Barbara Braden Beatty Brasch Steve Fowler Carol Gendler Rebecca Gould John & Jan Gradwohl Jeff & Judy Greenwald Deryl F. & Ramona Hamann Susan Jacobs Forrest Krutter Lozier Foundation Thomas Schleich William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation James Seacrest Coyner & Donna Smith Patty Zieg Arthur Zygielbaum $500 to $999 Steven Achelpohl Andre Barry Christine L. Cary Sharon Doll First Lutheran Church Philip J. Lee Michael Mueller Sharee & Murray Newman G. William Orr Norm Pflanz Mary Pipher Kathleen Prochaska-Cue Rod Rehm John Smolsky Darin Taylor Thomas Tonniges Ed & Sue Tricker Donald Witt Jay & Susan Wolf Megan S. Wright

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$250 to $499 Dennis & Barbara Anderson* Helen & Robert Bartee Daniel Cobos Andrea Collins & Milo Mumgaard Heidi Dent Beth Furlong Margaret Gilmore John & Nancy Haessler Jay & Sarah Helvey Ward Hoppe Vard Johnson Edward Levin Jeanelle Lust Raneta Mack Lawson Stephen Nelsen Keith & Ann Nelson* Patrick Nilsen Richard O’Brien Kristin & Michael Ostrom* DiAnna & Herb Schimek Jay & Barbara Schmidt Victory & Ardyce Schoonover* Terry Sibbernsen Rick & Connie Spellman James R. Steadman Gerard Sullivan Raymond & Lola Thiel* Nancy & Jim Thompson Bruce Vosburg $100 to $249 Anonymous (8) Joseph & Joyce Badami Pamela Baker Bartle & Geier Wallace Becker Bob & Joanne Berkshire Bob & Stacie Bleicher Bradford & Coenen Andrew Bradley Diane K. Carlson Rosalind Carr Fritz Cassman Chief Industries, Inc. Karen Colleran Clare Collins Crawford Law Offices Mark Curley Thomas Davies Cynthia Davis Robert C. & Nancy H. Dawson

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Barbara DiBernard Jayne S. Draper Peter B. Edelman Richard Evnen Marsha Fangmeyer Richard Fellman David P. Forsythe Alan Frank Nancy Gerrard Susan Gillen Rebecca Gonzales Yale Gotsdiner Grafton & Associates, P.C. Derrick Grayson Greg Greder Galen & Marilyn Hadley Robert Haller Harre Orthodontics Chuck Hassebrook Conley & Elsie Hinrichs Jane Renner Hood Fritz Hudson Berwyn James Charles F. Kaiser Cynthia Kildare James W. King Michelle Knapp* Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries Laurel S. Marsh Marjorie & George Manglitz McCord & Burns Law Firm, LLP Shaunna Meyer David L. Morgan Anthony Orlandi Amanada Owen-Doerr Douglas Pauley Magda Peck Richard J. Pedersen John & Julie Petr Karl Pflanz John Pollack Andy Pollock Presbyterian Women Anne Radford Wallce A. Richardson Kim Robak & William Mueller Debra Romberger Dan & Marjorie Schlitt James Schneider Robert Schafer Simon Charitable Foundation Kathryn Speicher

*Denotes donation to Nebraska Is Home

Stephen Speicher Sara Stephenson Elizabeth Sterns Jay Stoddard Jerrold L. Strasheim Barbara Straus Sally K. Svoboda Art & Carol Thompson Alan Tomkins Laurel Van Ham Ronald & Roselyn Volkmer Norm Wallman Edward G. & M. Colleen Warin Terry & Mary Werner Up to $99 Lauren Adams Milo Alexander Lynne & Paul Anderson Anonymous (14) Eric Aspengren Richard Bagby Anne Ballard Sandra Barrera* Robert & Barbara Bartle Lucinda Beckmann Mary Ann & Mel Beckman Amy Birky Carol Bloch Aaron Bronfman Jody J. Brott Richard Lee Brown James A. Cada Shannon Cameron Pam & Jim Cassel James A. Celer Justin Cooper David Corbin Linda Crump Robert Culver Richard & Lois Dam Ann W. Davis Marcie A. Dean Brian Depew Eric Drumheller Keith Dubas Edstrom, Bromm, Lindahl & Freeman-Caddy David C. Feingold Clover Frederic January Frost Dave Gilsdorf Mike & Chris Gloor James Goddard

N e b ra sk a A ppl e s e e d ’ s wor k i s not p oss i b l e w i t h ou t t h e g e n e rou s con t r i bu t ions of i t s Partn e r s an d V i s ionar i e s w h o h e l p A ppl e s e e d wor k for equ al j u s t ic e an d f u ll opp ort u n i t y for all . Jim Gordon Donna Gould Edmund T. Hamann Dave Hamilton Richard S. Hay Rita Hemmer* Norma Heinicke Linda Hillegas Sheri Hink Robert Hitchcock Bob & Margy Hoffmann Pam Hopkins Dave Hughes Lynsey Jaeger-Kime Pam James Sitaram Jaswal Chelsea Jensen Shane Jensen Ralph & Ruth Johnson Jonathan Jones Belva Junker Chuck Karpf Philip Kaye S. Marilyn Ketteler Brad Koplinski John & Jean Krejci

Ruth & Lowen Kruse Damon Laaker Mary Ann Lamanna Pippa & Craig Lawson June Levine Peter & Deborah Levitov Lincoln Financial Foundation Pat & Rich Lombardi Lincoln Friends Meeting David & Donna Lovewell W. Wesley Lubberstedt Judi Martin Mele Mason John McCaslin Marcee Metzger Glenda D. Moore Helen A. Moore Donald Muhr Elizabeth Neeley Andrea & Don Nelson Marta Nieves Curtis Olson Carlton & Judy Paine Russell Palmer David Pantos Diane Paul

Susan Paulsen Amy Peck Charles & Nancy Peek Person Law Office K. Jo Peterson Jerry Petr R. K. Pipher Gerald & Lois Poppe Robert N. Portnoy Vicki L. Pratt Don & Barbara Reeves Deirdre Routt & Kevin Graham Sara Ryan Catherine Saeger* Susan Samson Susan Scott Richard & Karel Seckman Thomas S. Shores Martin Shukert Sonam Singh Cory Smathers Mary Sommermeyer Robert C. Sorensen Patty Cavanagh Spragh Georgia Stevens

gran t s u p p o r t Building Strong Families Fund, Lincoln, NE Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Washington, DC Community Catalyst, Boston, MA Cooper Foundation, Lincoln, NE Food Research & Action Center, Washington, DC Four Freedoms Fund, New York, NY Fulfilling the Dream Fund, New York, NY Health Care for America Now!, Washington, DC Lancaster County Human Services Administration, Lincoln, NE Main Street Alliance, Seattle, WA National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC Nebraska Legal Aid & Services Fund, Lincoln, NE Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, DC U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC Woods Charitable Fund, Lincoln, NE Working Poor Families Project, Chevy Chase, MD

George Svoboda Nicholas Swiercek Susan Swindells Joseph S. Swoboda Jared Teichmeier Pat Tetreault Gretchen Thornburg Michele Tilley Taryn J. Tolliver Stacey Trout Virgil Tworek-Hofstetter Daniel Vasgird & Susan Schenk Jay & Maureen Vetter* Mike Wagner & Rachelle Winkle-Wagner John & Laura Weymouth Wayne Whitmarsh Eric Wickizer Vern & Ann Williams George Witt Kate Wolfe Gordon Woodward Larry K. Zink

Nebraska Appleseed is a proud member of the Community Services Fund. Many of our donors contribute to Nebraska Appleseed through this workplace giving program. Learn more at

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2 0 0 9 f i s c al s u m m ar y income

Individuals Foundations Other total:

(16%) (77%) (7%)

$153,556 (includes $50,000 endowment fund donation) $724,600 $63,495 $941,651

tota l e x pe nses

Management & General Fundraising Program Services total:

(11%) (7%) (82%)

$82,228 $53,489 $639,169 $774,886

program expenses

Low Income Economic Opportunity Immigrant Integration & Civic Participation Health Care Access Child Welfare System Accountability total:

(28%) (35%) (19%) (18%)

$180,821 $222,047 $122,465 $113,836 $639,139

t o t al e x p e n s e s

11% Management & General 7% Fundraising 82% Program Services

— Management & General — Fundraising

Program Services

p r o gra m e x p e n s e s

19% Health Care Access 35% Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation 18% Child Welfare System Accountability 28% Low Income Economic Opportunity Nebraska Appleseed 


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b o ar d o f d i r e c t o r s

Herbert J. Friedman, President

Raneta Mack

Friedman Law Offices, Lincoln

Creighton University School of Law, Omaha

Patricia A. Zieg, President-Elect Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, Omaha

Matthew J. Johnson, Treasurer Omaha

Beatty Brasch, Secretary Center for People in Need, Lincoln

Steve Achelpohl Achelpohl Law Office, Omaha

Andre R. Barry

Michael Mullin Kutak Rock LLP, Omaha

Milo Mumgaard Mayor’s Office, Lincoln

Allen L. Overcash Woods & Aitken, Lincoln

Tom Pansing Pansing, Hogan, Ernst & Bachman, Omaha

Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, Lincoln

DiAnna Schimek

Clark Bellin

Thomas Schleich

Mundy & Associates, Lincoln

Commercial Investment Properties, Lincoln

Terrence J. Ferguson


Fraser, Stryker, Vaughn, Olson, Boyer & Bloch, Omaha

James C. Seacrest

Jan Gradwohl

John Smolsky

Retired Judge & Adjunct Professor of Law, Lincoln

Fuhrman, Smolsky & Furey P.C., Omaha

Taylor Keen Native American Center, Creighton University, Omaha

Forrest N. Krutter

Retired Publisher, Lincoln

Donald R. Witt Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, Lincoln

Megan Sebastian Wright

Berkshire Hathaway Group, Omaha

Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, Lincoln

Max D. Larsen

Art Zygielbaum

Max D. Larsen & Associates LLC, Omaha


We thank these members for their service after leaving the Board in 2010:

As of August 2010

Susan Jacobs, Lincoln, NE Mary Pipher, Lincoln, NE Bruce Vosburg, Omaha, NE Nebraska Appleseed 


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a d v i s o r y b o ar d Lynne Anderson Rod Bates Penny Berger Chris Beutler John Brasch Paul Bryant Daniel Cobos Tom Davies Daniel Fix Beth Furlong Joan Garvey Doug German Jack Gould Chuck Hassebrook Patrick Jones Olga Kanne Mary Ann Lamanna Bob Lange Jose Miguel Lemus Rich Lombardi Amy Longo Gilbert Lundstrom Rita Melgares J. Patrick Murray Dave Pantos Magda Peck Steve Sands Mike Seacrest Lori Seibel Dan Semrad

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Sonya G. Smith Jamie Snyder Georgia Stevens Janet Steward Jim Thompson Alan Tomkins Vicky Weisz Don Wesely Catherine Wilson Elaine Wolf 2 0 0 9 I N TE R N S & VO L U N TEE R S Hiba Ahmad Rebecca Beals Meera Bhardwaj Karalynn Brown Whitney Buchmann Katelyn Cherney Lizeth Cuandon Cassie Fleming Tania Garcia-Rangel Alexandra Hartmann Kevin Healy Kyla Marie Hoskins Mary Jacobson Audrey Johnson Todd Jungbluth Lauren Lineweber Justin Lowndes

Claudia Magdaleno Daniel Mallatt Jordan Milliken Natalie Nelson Melissa Orton Hudson Overcash Steve Schaffer Sarah Schroeder Kyle Shanahan Ryana Swift Ayisha Sydnor Grant Tietjen Jarryd Wihalm Amy Winkenwerder 2 0 0 9 la w c l e r k s Stephanie Beran DeWald Warren Ford Noah Greenwald Mary Ann Harvey Abby Litrell George Lyford Robbie McEwen Greg McLawsen Justin Swanson Yasmeen Wells Vanessa Wishart Omaid Zabih

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Rebecca L. Gould, JD Executive Director

Program Staff

Administrative Staff

Child Welfare System Accountability

Andrea Collins



Cynthia Davis Office Manager

Health Care Access


Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation

Darcy Tromanhauser PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Norm Pflanz, JD Staff Attorney

Gloria Sarmiento Community educator/Organizer

Rebecca Gonzales, JD Program Associate

Low Income Economic Opportunity

Kate Bolz, MSW Research & Policy Coordinator

James Goddard, JD Staff Attorney

Nicholas Swiercek Development Director


As of August 2010

Nebraska Appleseed 2009 Annual Report  

Learn how Nebraska Appleseed builds a stronger Nebraska. Our 2009 Annual Report chronicles Appleseed’s latest successes and highlights the g...