Nebraska Association
of Public Employees

Members Elected to Board of Directors, Runoff Election Scheduled

In March, all NAPE members had the chance to vote to elect fellow members to the NAPE Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term. The results are in, and the Election Committee is pleased to announce that the NAPE members below have been elected to the Board of Directors. No candidate received a majority of votes for Western Area Representative or the third At-Large Representative. A runoff election for those two seats will be conducted along with the Delegate Assembly Election in May.

2021-2023 Board of Directors

Officers (Term Expires August 15, 2021)

Chairperson – Deb Strudl (DHHS, Lincoln)

Vice Chairperson – Toni Bonsera (DHHS, Lincoln)

Secretary – Diane Laffin (History Nebraska, Lincoln)

Treasurer – Jay Jensen (NDOT, Omaha)

Sergeant-At-Arms – Jeff Gillett (DAS, Lincoln)

Area Representatives (7)

Northern Area – Brian Bierschenck (DHHS, Norfolk)

Southern Area – Robin Smith (DHHS, Kearney)

Eastern Area – Deanna Ewing (DHHS, Falls City)

Western Area – TBA: Run Off Election Candidates: Kelly Cole (DHHS, Broken Bow) and Jessica Collins (DHHS, Alliance)

Lincoln Area President – Anissa Rasmussen (Economic Development, Lincoln)

Lincoln Area Vice President – Lisa Steiner (DHHS, Lincoln)

Omaha Area President – John Heeren (NDOT, Omaha)

Agency Representatives (10)

DHHS – Melissa Haynes (Fremont)

DHHS – Denise Carpenter (Beatrice)

NDOT – Dave Hedrick (Norfolk)

State Agency – Brian Koch (Corrections, Lincoln)

State Agency – Rebecca Schademann (Economic Development, Lincoln)

State Agency – Elbert Traylor (Environment & Energy, Lincoln)

Department of Education – Deb Romanek (Lincoln)

State Colleges – Brandon Ziska (Wayne)

Richardson County – Bryan Dettmann (Falls City)

Supervisory – Ryan McKay (NDOT, Lincoln)

At-Large Representatives (3)

Lindsey Eads (Veterans’ Affairs, Kearney)

Scott Loos (Military, Lincoln)

TBA – Run off candidates: Tom Schmitz (Wayne State College) or Ralph Quick (Electrical Board, Nebraska City)

New Board members will be seated on June 5 in Lincoln. The five officer positions will continue to serve through August 15, 2021, when the delegates to the Biennial NAPE Delegate Assembly will elect officers for the 2021-2023 term. All NAPE members are welcome to observe Board of Directors meetings. 

Nebraska Association of
Public Employees