The NAPE/AFSCME Local 61 Board of Directors is comprised of 5 officers elected by the delegates to the biennial Delegate Assembly each odd numbered year and 20 representatives elected by the membership each odd numbered year. Both officers and representatives serve a two year term. 7 representatives are elected based on geographic boundaries, 10 representatives are elected based on their agency, and 3 representatives are elected at-large. The Board meets quarterly in Lincoln. All Board meetings are open to NAPE members to observe. The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be held on Friday, August 13, 2021 from 3-6pm at the Courtyard Marriott Haymarket (808 R Street, Lincoln).

NAPE/AFSCME Local 61 Board of Directors

Officers (Terms Expire 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 (Terms Expire Spring 2023)

Northern Area – Brian Bierschenk (DHHS, Norfolk)

Southern Area – Robin Smith (DHHS, Kearney)

Eastern Area – Deanna Ewing (DHHS, Falls City)

Western Area – Kelly Cole (DHHS, Broken Bow)

Lincoln Area – Anissa Rasmussen (Economic Development, Lincoln)

Lincoln Area – Lisa Steiner (DHHS, Lincoln)

Omaha Area – John Heeren (NDOT, Omaha)

Agency Representatives (Terms Expire Spring 2023)

DHHS – Melissa Haynes (Fremont)

DHHS – Ashlie Thompson (Lincoln)

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 (Terms Expire Spring 2023)

Lindsey Eads (Veterans’ Affairs, Kearney)

Scott Loos (Military, Lincoln)

Tom Schmitz (State Colleges, Wayne)

Retiree Chapter 161 Representative

Mike Zgud (DHHS Retired)