Leadership

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 Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 9am-3pm at NAPE/AFSCME Headquarters (1230 O Street, Suite 120).

NAPE/AFSCME Local 61 Board of Directors

Officers (Terms Expire Summer 2025)

President – Melissa Haynes (DHHS, Fremont)

Vice President – Brian Koch (Labor, Beatrice)

Secretary – Ashlie Thompson (DHHS, Lincoln)

Treasurer – Jay Jensen (Transportation, Omaha)

Sergeant-at-Arms – Brandon Brown (Revenue, Lincoln)

Area Representatives (Terms Expire Summer 2025)

Northern Area – Carlos Ndirangu (Veterans’ Affairs, Norfolk)

Southern Area – Lindsey Eads (Veterans’ Affairs, Kearney)

Eastern Area – Gail Mann (DHHS, Beatrice)

Western Area – Kris Rossman (DHHS, Scottsbluff)

Lincoln Area – Rene Botts (DHHS, Lincoln)

Lincoln Area – Jessica Davis (DHHS, Lincoln)

Omaha Area – Brianne Bushlow (DHHS, Fremont)

Agency Representatives (Terms Expire Summer 2025)

DHHS – Toni Bonsera (Lincoln)

DHHS – Avery Hulse (Lincoln)

Transportation – Tim Miller (Ravenna)

State Agency – Daniel Buchanan (Corrections, Lincoln)

State Agency – Jody Riskowski (Corrections, Lincoln)

State Agency – Anissa Rasmussen (Economic Development, Lincoln)

Department of Education – Katherine Knutzen (Vocational Rehabilitation, Columbus)

State Colleges – Kelly Overshiner (Chadron)

Richardson County – Bryan Dettmann (Falls City)

Supervisory – Mary Schwanke (DHHS, Fremont)

At-Large Representatives (Terms Expire Summer 2025)

Rachel Kreifels (DHHS, Lincoln)

Mari Waid (DHHS, Scottsbluff)

Brandon Ziska (State Colleges, Wayne)

Retiree Chapter 161 Representative

Mike Zgud (DHHS Retired)