P.O. Box 8517
Omaha, NE 68108

402.817.8176

Board & Staff

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

President
Rex Barker
Music Educator | Omaha

Secretary
Suzanne Wise
Nebraska Arts Council

Treasurer
Jarod Ockander
David City Public Schools | David City

Vice President of Arts Education
Becky Stahr
York High School | York

Vice President of Legislation and President-Elect
Jamie Ulmer
Community Players | Beatrice

Vice President of Marketing
Chris Hochstetler
Stuhr Museum | Grand Island

Advisor
Rich Vierk
Vierk & Associates LLC | Lincoln

At-Large Members

Steve Barth
Crane River Theater | Kearney

Anne Bauer
Music Educator | Kearney

Samuel Bertino
Film Streams | Omaha

Francene Blythe-Lewis
Vision Maker Media | Lincoln

Matthew Boring
Lied Center for Performing Arts | Lincoln

Brent Comstock
BCom Solutions | Auburn/Lincoln

Gary Davis
Music Educator | Kearney

Debbie DeFrain
Nebraska Department of Education | Lincoln

Jerome Dubas
Visual Art Educator | Hastings

Megan Elliott
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts | Lincoln

Jason Fischer
Surreal Media Lab | Omaha

Shari Hofschire
Arts Educator | Omaha

Darrel Huenergardt
Huenergardt Law Office | Lincoln

Patsy Koch-Johns
Theatre Educator | Lincoln

Danielle Laurion
Omaha South High School/UNO

Daniel Martinez
Musician | Lincoln

Ruth Meints
Omaha Conservatory of Music

Vijay Olander
Dancer and Choreographer | Lincoln

Betsye Paragas
Arts Administrator | Omaha

Marty Skomal
Arts Administrator | Omaha

Anne Sorensen-Wang
Midland University | Fremont

Steve Tamayo
Bluebird Cultural Initiative | Omaha

Bart Vargas
Visual Artist | Omaha

Barbara Zach
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra

Executive Director

Petra Wahlqvist

petra@nebraskansforthearts.org

402.595.2125

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