RFI Fellows

 

Meet Our Fellows

 

It is understood that innovation is most likely to occur where disciplines intersect and when a diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders is working hard on an issue or opportunity. The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska has employed this fundamental principle to create a distinctive fellows program dedicated to research, teaching and application in rural.

In total, 15 faculty researchers from the University of Nebraska (NU) and partner institutions as well as 11 community practitioners from across Nebraska have assembled to problem-solve around critical challenges and opportunities in rural economic development, health care, business transition, technology and more. In coming years, students and recent graduates working on rural issues and opportunities within the NU system, at other land-grant universities and in colleges and universities around the world will be included. Goals for the RFI Fellows program include enhancing RFI’s scholarship and connecting young professionals to rural people, places and issues.

 

“Rural is a complex, interwoven universe of factors that cannot be neatly split apart for observation and lone actions. RFI Fellows understand this and are already working collaboratively across the university and with partners to create knowledge resources and application models. Through RFI Fellows we can create even broader, stronger networks for these fellows and rural communities.”

–Chuck Schroeder, RFI Executive Director

 

Through their work, RFI Fellows connect with partners from across the NU system, scholars from other academic institutions and experts in the public and private sectors to strengthen their capacity for research and application. They foster student experiences in concert with communities, strengthening the community-by-community presence of RFI throughout Nebraska, the Great Plains and the world.

Faculty Fellows

RFI Faculty Fellows are professors and researchers who have contributed significantly to rural communities and people through research, teaching and outreach and intend to continue to strengthen the statewide, national and international knowledge resource of rural.

Community Innovation Fellows

RFI Community Innovation Fellows are community leaders, alumni and professionals from both the private and non-profit sectors working to advance rural people and places. This group represents rural places that have creatively partnered with RFI to inform outreach and programming efforts while connecting research and resources directly to communities and leaders. They are innovators in their industries and the communities they represent.


If you would like more information about RFI Fellows, please contact Shawn Kaskie.

 


 

Inaugural Class of RFI Fellows

Jeff Yost

December 13, 2017
Nebraska Community Foundation
Community Innovation Fellow | President and CEO | Nebraska Community Foundation  
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Amanda Witte

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Project Manager | Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools | University of Nebraska–Lincoln  
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Kim Wilson

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Professor | College of Architecture | University of Nebraska–Lincoln  
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Milan Wall

December 13, 2017
Heartland Center for Leadership Development
Community Innovation Fellow | Co-Director | Heartland Center for Leadership Development | Lincoln, Nebraska  
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Eric Thompson, Ph.D.

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor, Economics | Director of the Bureau of Business Research | College of Business Administration | University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
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Robert Stowell, J.D.

December 13, 2017
Stowell & Geweke, P.C., L.L.O.
Community Innovation Fellow | Lawyer, Business Owner | Stowell & Geweke, P.C., L.L.O. | Ord, Nebraska  
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Jessica Shoemaker, J.D.

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor | College of Law | University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
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Kyle Ryan, Ph.D.

December 13, 2017
Peru State College
Faculty Fellow | Professor of Kinesology | Creator and co-director of the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative | Peru State College  
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Reshell Ray

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Community Innovation Fellow | Associate Director | Student Involvement | University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
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Athena Ramos, Ph.D.

December 12, 2017
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Faculty Fellow | Community Health Program Manager | College of Public Health | University of Nebraska Medical Center | Center for Reducing Health Disparities  
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Greg Ptacek

December 12, 2017
Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company
Community Innovation Fellow | President | Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company | Wayne, NE  
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Donald Macke

December 12, 2017
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Community Innovation Fellow | Center for Rural Entrepreneurship  
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Bradley Lubben, Ph.D.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Policy Specialist | Director of the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center | Department of Agricultural Economics | University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
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Peter Longo, Ph.D.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Faculty Fellow | Natural & Social Sciences | University of Nebraska at Kearney    
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Catherine Lang, J.D.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Community Innovation Fellow | State Director | Nebraska Business Development Center | University of Nebraska at Omaha  
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Gregory M. Karst, Ph.D., P.T.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Faculty Fellow | Executive Associate Dean | College of Allied Health Professions | University of Nebraska Medical Center  
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Rachael Herpel

November 21, 2017
Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska
Community Innovation Fellow | Assistant Director | Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska | Lincoln, Nebraska    
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Melissa Garcia

November 21, 2017
Black Hills Energy
Community Innovation Fellow | Community Affairs Manager | Black Hills Energy | Broken Bow, Nebraska  
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Marty Fattig

November 21, 2017
Nemaha County Hospital
Community Innovation Fellow | CEO | Nemaha County Hospital | Auburn, Nebraska    
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Bree Dority, Ph.D.

November 21, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Faculty Fellow | Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology | Associate Professor, Economics | University of Nebraska at Kearney  
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Jim Cavaye, Ph.D.

November 21, 2017
University of Southern Queensland
Faculty Fellow | Professor, Program Director | Institute for Resilient Regions | University of Southern Queensland | Australia
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Randy Cantrell, Ph.D.

November 21, 2017
University of Nebraska
Faculty Fellow | Professor | Development Specialist | Rural Futures Institute, Nebraska Extension | University of Nebraska  
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Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Ph.D.

November 17, 2017
Community Vitality Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Faculty Fellow | Nebraska Extension Specialist | Community Vitality Panhandle Research and Extension Center    
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Robert Blair, Ph.D.

November 17, 2017
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Faculty Fellow | College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) | University of Nebraska at Omaha  
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Tiffany Crouse

November 17, 2017
Hastings Downtown Center Association
Community Innovation Fellow | Hastings Downtown Center Association | Hastings, Nebraska  
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Todd Bartee, Ph.D.

November 17, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Faculty Fellow | Professor | Kinesiology & Sports Sciences | University of Nebraska at Kearney  
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