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Our board represents a cross-section of our state and has a passion for the arts and their broad impact on communities, schools, and individuals.

Board List

Patsy Koch Johns
Theatre Educator - Lincoln

Rex Barker
Music Educator - Omaha

Suzanne Wise
Nebraska Arts Council

Jarod Ockander
David City Public Schools – David City

Vice President of Arts Education
Cindy Cronn
Art Educator - Omaha

Vice President of Legislation
Jamie Ulmer
Beatrice Community Players - Beatrice

Vice President of Marketing
Chris Hochstetler
KANEKO - Omaha

Vice President of Membership
Barbara Zach
Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra - Lincoln

Rich Vierk
Vierk & Associates LLC - Lincoln

At-Large Members

Cheryl Aubery
The Costume Shoppe - Hastings

Anne Bauer
Music Educator - Kearney

Steve Barth
Crane River Theater - Kearney

Debbie DeFrain
Nebraska Department of Education - Lincoln

Morrie Enders
Lincoln Community Playhouse - Lincoln

Barbara Gehringer
Gallery 92 West/Fremont Area Arts Association - Fremont

Thomas Barden Gosinski
Flowers - Cozad

Ann Gradwohl
Sheldon Museum of Art - Lincoln

Shari Hofschire
UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education - Omaha

Vijay Olander
Chase Dance/Dance Dynamics - Lincoln

Betsye Paragas
Opera Omaha - Omaha

Rana Scarlett-Johnson
Omaha Area Youth Orchestra - Omaha

Becky Stahr
York High School - York

Doug Zbylut, Executive Director

  • Art-Related Businesses


  • Creative Jobs


  • Creative Industry Earnings


  • Cultural Nonprofit Revenues


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