Bradley Lubben, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Policy Specialist | Director of the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center | Department of Agricultural Economics | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


 

Bio

Brad Lubben has more than 24 years of experience in teaching, research and extension, focusing on agricultural policy and agricultural economics and working in Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska. Brad grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Burr, southeast of Lincoln.

Credentials

Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doctorate degree, Kansas State University

Expertise

Agricultural Economics
Farm policy
Agricultural policy development and education

Grants

Lubben. B.D. 2015-2019. “North Central Risk Management Education Center.” USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $3,248,008.

Walters, C., S. Banerjee, and B. Lubben. 2016-2017. “Northern Plains Regional Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Partnership.” USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $443,561.

Mattos, F., B. Lubben, J. Parsons, and C. Walters. 2016-2018. “The Ag Econ Scholars Mentoring Program.” USDA Economic Research Service. $30,000.

Publications

Protopop, I., M. Boehlje, M. Stockton, and B. Lubben. 2016. “The Effect of the Timing of Farm Transfer Initiation on Terminal Wealth in the Business: Simulation Model.” 2016 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (July 31-August 2).

Lubben, B. and J. Pease. 2014. “Conservation and the Agricultural Act of 2014.” Choices. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 29(2)(2nd Quarter).

Vogt, R., C. Burkhart-Kriesel, R. Cantrell, B. Lubben, and L. McElravy. 2016. “Perceptions of Well Being in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska: 2016 Nebraska Rural Poll Results.” Nebraska Rural Poll Research Report. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (16-2)(August).

Peter Longo, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Natural & Social Sciences | University of Nebraska at Kearney

 


 

Bio

Dr. Longo has been at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Political Science, since 1988. Previously he was at Benedictine College (Kansas) (1986-88). Longo has published, with Anthony Schutz and the late Robert D. Miewald, the Nebraska State Constitution: A Reference Guide, 2nd edition (University of Nebraska Press) and co-edited (David Yaskowitz) Water in the Great Plains: Issues and Policies (Texas Tech University Press). Longo serves as the editor of Great Plains Research, a journal from the Center for Great Plains Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

Credentials

Bachelor’s degree, history, Creighton University
Doctorate, political science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests

How cooperative models can promote the community good

Grants

Daugherty Water for Food Institute University of Nebraska, Healthy Nebraska and Beyond: Building Health from the Bottom-up along Waterways, ($27,465 with Alan Kolok, Patrick McNamara, Eleanor Rogan—Longo ) 2015
Nebraska University Foundation, Empowering Nebraska Youth to empower Nebraska Communities, ($82,500, with John Anderson), 2007 – 2009
Campus Kitchen of Washington, D.C. A grant to help students deliver meals to citizens in need. ($10,000), 2006 – 2009.

Most Recent Publications

Longo, P.J., Cummings R.G. (2013). Dam Water Policy: The Need for Global Governance. Journal of International Energy Policy, 2, 31-38.

Edwards, R., Longo P., (2013) Introduction Rural Communities and School Consolidation. Great Plains Research, 91-97.

Blauwkamp, J.M., Longo, P.J., and Anderson, J. (2011). School consolidation in Nebraska: Economic efficiency vs. rural community life. Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy, 6, 1, 1-20.

Longo, P.J., & Blauwkamp, J.M. (2011). Workplace religious accommodation for Muslims and the promise of state constitutionalism. Great Plains Research, 21, 3 (Spring), 3-15.

Longo, P. “Water Quality.” (2011). Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government, eds. Paul Quirk and William Cunion., New York, NY: Facts-on-File

Miewald, R., Longo, P., Schutz A. (2010). 433pp., The Nebraska State Constitution: A Reference Guide, 2nd edition 433pp., University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln NE

Professional Awards

University of Nebraska Foundation Noddle Award for Service, 2012
Leslie Hewes Award Best Social Science Article, Great Plains Research Journal 2012 (with Joan Blauwkamp)

Catherine Lang, J.D.

Community Innovation Fellow | State Director | Nebraska Business Development Center | University of Nebraska at Omaha

 


 

Bio

Catherine Lang leads the statewide outreach for the Nebraska Business Development at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and works to build new collaborative efforts across the University of Nebraska system to support the Center’s mission.

From 2014 to 2016, Lang was the Vice President of Accelerate Nebraska, a statewide organization connecting improved educational outcomes to local business needs for better careers and stronger communities.

Lang also served the State of Nebraska for almost 33 years. She was the Director of Nebraska Department of Economic Development (December 2011 to June 2014) and the Commissioner of Labor (September 2008 to June 2014). She was the Nebraska Property Tax Administrator from 1996 to 2007, and the Deputy Tax Commissioner from 2007 to 2008.

As an involved state and community leader, she is a member of several local and state philanthropic and community organizations.

Credentials

Juris Doctor

Research Interests

Rural business and community vitality
Small business support and sustainability after startup
Business transition and succession

Grants Received

SBA Small Business Development Center Grant
DLA Procurement Technical Assistance Grant
Federal and State Technology Partnership Program

Gregory M. Karst, Ph.D., P.T.

Faculty Fellow | Executive Associate Dean | College of Allied Health Professions | University of Nebraska Medical Center

 


 

Bio

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy he practiced in Tucson, Ariz., before completing his master’s degree. During his doctoral study his research focus was neural control of human movement. He was on faculty at UW-Madison prior to coming to UNMC in 1992, and served as associate director of PT Education before taking his current position.

A first generation college attendee from rural central Kansas, Dr. Karst is committed to reducing geographic and socioeconomic barriers to becoming a heath care professional by making health professions education more accessible to all Nebraskans. He was involved in all aspects of the planning, design and construction of the Health Science Education Complex on the UNK campus, thus expanding UNMC health professions programs from Omaha to Kearney.

Credentials

Master’s degree, physiology, University of Arizona
Doctorate degree, physiology, University of Arizona

Expertise

Physiology
Physical Therapy
Academic Administration

Grants

“Opening Windows and Doors to Health Care Careers in Rural Nebraska Communities” USDA Rural Community Development Grant; $250,000; PI – GM Karst; eligible but not funded due to limited USDA funds; 2016
“Promoting IOM Core Competencies through Interprofessional, Digital Case Scenarios.” Kelly Foundation; $28,000; KP Meyer (PI), GM Karst (I); 2008-9
“A novel method of quantifying balance impairment in persons with MS” National MS Society; $25,000; AE Tyler (PI), GM Karst (Co-I); 2000-1

Awards

Inaugural Member, UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators, April 2015
Fellow, Educational Leadership Institute, American Physical Therapy Association, 2014-15
Golden Synapse Award, Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2005

Rachael Herpel

Community Innovation Fellow | Assistant Director | Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska | Lincoln, Nebraska

 


 

Bio

Herpel provides leadership in the development and execution of research, education and engagement programs as well as events for the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, established in 2010, and the Rural Futures Institute, both at the University of Nebraska. Through this joint appointment she is able to share best practices and lessons learned to the benefit of both institutes. During her graduate studies, Rachael specialized in environmental planning and water quality issues.

Credentials

Bachelor’s degree, political science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master’s degree, community and regional planning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Expertise

Community and Regional Planning – Environmental Planning Emphasis
Political Science

Grants

$50 million gift to establish the Water for Food Global Institute, disbursed in 5-year increments. Currently WFI is in year 2 of the second 5-year increment.
Water for Food Institute directors secured more than 40 grants, contracts and gifts totaling more than $3.5 million in fiscal year 2016

Publications

Water for Food Institute support resulted in more than 35 publications about various subjects related to water and food production in fiscal year 2016

rherpel@nebraska.edu

Melissa Garcia

Community Innovation Fellow | Community Affairs Manager | Black Hills Energy | Broken Bow, Nebraska

 


 

Bio

Throughout the past fifteen years Melissa has played various roles in community development across western and central Nebraska. Her deep belief in using collective impact to intentionally seek a better future has given her the privilege of taking part in more than $300 million in development in her hometown of Broken Bow during the past five years. Her greatest professional accomplishments come in rural program development. She has had the pleasure of speaking at various conferences and events from National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship conferences to the stage of TEDx Lincoln. Melissa has been married to her husband Chad for 13 years. They and their two daughters live in Broken Bow where their children are the sixth generation of Melissa’s family to do so.

Leadership Roles

Creator of Leadership Custer County
Youth Leadership Custer County
Custer CAPABLE (Custer Alliance for Preparing Business Leadership and Education)
Former Connecting Young Nebraskans steering committee member

Memberships

Nebraska Enterprise Fund Board
University of Nebraska President Advisory Committee
Leadership Nebraska graduate
Sherwood Foundation Community Catalyst
Former Member of Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force, created a joint community college curriculum for entrepreneurship

Expertise

Marketing
Speech Communications
Economic Development

Grants

USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants
USDA Rural Energy for America Programs
Robert B. Daughtery Foundation

Awards

Central Nebraska Woman of the Year 2016

Marty Fattig

Community Innovation Fellow | CEO | Nemaha County Hospital | Auburn, Nebraska

 


 

Bio

Marty Fattig has been involved in healthcare for more than 35 years. He began his career as a bench medical technologist and expanded his technical skills to include radiology and electrocardiology. Later he entered the field of healthcare administration and has served in various capacities including Laboratory Manager, Director of Ancillary Services and hospital CEO. He has also served as a laboratory consultant and computer systems manager for a regional reference laboratory.

Leadership Roles

Past President of the Nebraska Rural Health Association
Chairman of the Nebraska Hospital Association Issue Strategy Group on Workforce Shortages
Past President of the Southeast Nebraska AHEC
Vice President of the Region 2 Trauma Advisory Board
Chairman of the Rural Health Advisory Commission
Executive board of the Mid-America Hospital Alliance

Credentials

Bachelor’s degree, medical technology
Master’s degree, healthcare administration

Research Interests

Improving rural economics
Rural education
Rural population health to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans

Grants

Helmsley grant for digital mammography equipment

Awards

J. G. Elliott Award for excellence in medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Meritorious Service Award from the Nebraska Hospital Association
President’s Award from the Nebraska Rural Health Association

mfattig@nchnet.org

Bree Dority, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology | Associate Professor, Economics | University of Nebraska at Kearney

 


 

Bio

Bree Dority has done extensive work on issues that directly affect the stakeholders of the University of Nebraska and the people of Nebraska. She has conducted economic impact, labor availability and community revitalization studies, and has presented and published research on school consolidation, tobacco free laws and ethanol, topics of particular relevance to rural Nebraska communities. Prior to joining UNK, Dr. Dority was an Associate at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. Her research has been published in Energy Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

Credentials

Doctorate in economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

Applied economics
Policy at the local and regional levels

Expertise

Economics

Publications

“Relationship between Ethanol and Gasoline: AIDS Approach,” with Frank Tenkorang, Deborah Bridges, and Eddery Lam, Energy Economics, (2015) 50, 63-69.

“Economic Issues in School Consolidation in Nebraska,” with Eric Thompson, Great Plains Research Journal, (2013) 23, 145-157.

“Local and Statewide Smoke-Free Laws in Nebraska: the Effects on Keno Establishments,” with Mary McGarvey, Eric Thompson, and Jyosthna Sainath, Contemporary Economic Policy, (2013) 31(3), 549-564

Grants

“America’s Best Communities: Kearney Revitalization Plan,” with Reed Miller, Brenda Jensen, Eric Hellriegel, Jennie Meister, and Shawn Kaskie, Buffalo County Community Partners, 2015.

Jim Cavaye, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Professor, Program Director | Institute for Resilient Regions | University of Southern Queensland | Australia

 


 

Bio

Dr. Cavaye is an accomplished practitioner, educator and researcher in community development with 35 years of experience working with rural and regional communities. He has assisted more than 130 local communities across Australia and internationally with community appraisals, community engagement processes, community planning and economic development strategies.

As Professor of Regional Community Development at the University of Southern Queensland, he leads a collaborative research program addressing key issues for regional communities. He was formerly a well-known consultant and a Principal Rural Development Officer with the Queensland Government. He is a board member of the Community Development Society and an international speaker and author.

Expertise

Rural Community Development
Community Engagement
Community Economic Development

Credentials

Doctorate, University of Wisconsin

Publications

Capable Communities – A Guide to Community Development
Learning Communities in Australia
Contrasting Community Resilience and Community Development

Grants

ACIAR Value Chains and Community Development in the Philippines
CCSG Interactions between Agriculture and Coal Seam Gas
Central West Queensland Digital Research Study

Randy Cantrell, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Professor | Development Specialist | Rural Futures Institute, Nebraska Extension | University of Nebraska

 


 

Bio

Dr. Cantrell joined the University of Nebraska in 1995 following a 17-year career with Cooperative Extension at the University of Minnesota in various outreach and administrative roles.

Expertise

Community Sociology
Survey Research
Secondary Data Sources and Reporting

Publications

Nebraska Rural Poll: Four Reports Annually since 2003.

Grants

USDA New Resident Research
USDA New Resident Research and Extension
USDA Local Food

Professional

Community Development Society: Friend of Community Development
NACDEP Excellence in Teamwork Award