RFI Fellows

 

Meet The Fellows

 

A pilot program of Rural Futures Institute Community Innovation and Faculty Fellows ran February 2017 – June 2018 to determine projects for action and growth potential in the rural Great Plains.

 

Summary

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. RFI employed this fundamental principle to pilot 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 assembled to problem-solve around critical challenges and opportunities in rural economic development, health care, business transition, technology and more.

Through their work, RFI Fellows connected 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 enhanced RFI’s scholarship and connected young professionals to rural people, places and issues. They also fostered student experiences in concert with communities, strengthening the community-by-community presence of RFI throughout Nebraska, the Great Plains and the world.

Due to a significant budget reduction pf the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska effective July 2018, the RFI Fellows program has not pursuing a second class at this time. If you would like to offer support to this program, please contact us

 

Faculty Fellows

RFI Faculty Fellows were professors and researchers who 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 were community leaders, alumni and professionals from both the private and non-profit sectors working to advance rural people and places. This group represented 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.

 

 

Pilot Class of RFI Fellows

Todd Bartee, Ph.D.

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

University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

Dr. Bartee grew up in Columbus, Neb. Throughout his education and career he has focused on the process of planning, implementing and evaluating initiatives to meet the goals of individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Catalyzing change, leadership development, advocacy and partnership building are cornerstones of what he believes are important to build sustainable solutions. Much of his work has focused on facilitating this process and putting these cornerstones into practice primarily in rural school communities. Dr. Bartee has also had the good fortune of working with worksites, health care, government and non-government organizations. Todd’s research on rural community well being has been nationally recognized and funded over nearly 2 decades of applied scholarly work at UNK and other High Plains universities.

barteet2@unk.edu

Publications

  • Heelan, K.A., Bartee, R. T., Nihiser, A., Sherry, B. (2015). Decreasing Childhood Obesity – The Kearney Nebraska Story. Childhood Obesity;11(5):600-607.
  • Holt, E.E., Bartee, R.T., Heelan, K.A., & (2013). Evaluation of a Policy to Integrate Physical Activity into the School Day. Journal of Physical Activity and Health;10(4):480-7.
  • Winnail, S.D., Bartee, R.T., & Kaste, S. (2005). Existence of the School Health Coordinator in a Frontier State. Journal of School Health, 75, 329-333.
  • Self-monitoring As A Predictor For Weight Loss In A Family-based Pediatric Obesity Treatment Program: Article in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 49:986 · May 2017 DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000519693.53674.7f
  • Healthier School Environment Leads to Decreases in Childhood Obesity – The Kearney Nebraska Story Child Obes. 2015 October ; 11(5): 600–607. doi:10.1089/chi.2015.0005

Awards

  • Recipient, University of Alabama, College of Human Environmental Sciences’ Jack Davis Professional Achievement Alumni Award, October 16, 2009.

Expertise

  • Health Promotion

Grants

  • Forming Team Grant: Integrating evidence-based nutrition, physical activity, and weight management interventions in primary care to increase reach, effectiveness, and maintenance of lifestyle interventions. Food for Health Collaboration Initiative, University of Nebraska; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2015-2017 CoPI: Heelan, K.A., & Bartee, R.T. Expansion of the Building Healthy Families Project Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Planning Grant: Integrating evidence-based nutrition, physical activity, and weight management interventions in primary care to increase reach, effectiveness, and maintenance of lifestyle interventions. Food for Health Collaboration Initiative, University of Nebraska; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Rural Futures Institute Grant: 2017 Research & Engagement for projects addressing challenges and opportunities facing rural populations in areas of family health, wellness and health science education.

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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  
Faculty Fellow | College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)

University of Nebraska at Omaha

 


 

Dr. Blair, Professor of Public Administration and Director of Urban Studies, has been at the University of Nebraska Omaha since 1989. Previously he worked in city management, economic development and community development in Nebraska. He directs the local management program at UNO and works regularly with city managers. Prof. Blair has assisted many communities and public organizations on projects related to community and economic development. He was recognized by ICMA in 2014 for his contributions to the field of professional local government management. Prof. Blair has contributed to Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Works Management and Policy Journal, State and Local Government Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Great Plains Research, The Journal of the Community Development, Public Administration Review, and Public Administration Quarterly. Bob is another Fellow who is now teaching and researching based on lessons learned as city manager in NE communities. His research and outreach efforts have been a great resource for public administrators throughout rural NE and the midwest.

rblair@unomaha.edu

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • State and local government
  • Urban and rural development
  • Program implementation

Expertise

  • Public Administration
  • Community Development
  • City Management
  • Economic Development

Leadership Roles

  • Local Government Management Education committee for the Network of Schools of
  • Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • Vice chair of the Advisory Board on Graduate Education for the International City
  • Management Association (ICMA)

Publications

  • City Management in the United States and Norway: A Comparative Analysis of Professional Orientations. Christian Janousek, co-author. International Journal of Public Administration, 37 (8) 484-493, 2014.
  • Demographic Foundation of Rural Education in the Great Plains: The Impact of Urbanization. David Drozd and Jerry Deichert, co-authors. Great Plains Research. 23 (3) Fall 2013.
  • State Rural Development Policy: The Role of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Jerry Deichert and David Drozd, co-authors. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 20 (1) Spring 2008.
  • Theory-Practice Exchange in Local Government Management: Perspectives of Practitioners and Scholars. Christian Janousek, co-author. American Review of Public Administration.
  • The Emergence of Local Government Policy Leadership: A Roaring Torch or a Flickering Flame? Anthony Starke, co-author. State and Local Government Review 49 (4), 2017.

Awards

  • Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, 2015. UNO Alumni Association.
  • Honorary Member, International City/County Management Association, 2014, for distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government, ICMA’s the highest award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 2004.

Grants

  • Rural Futures Institute
  • Faculty Research International
  • Omaha Public Power District

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Nebraska Extension Specialist

Community Vitality Panhandle Research and Extension Center
 


Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel has been employed in community development since 1986. She has worked as an Extension Educator in North Dakota and Nebraska, a University Learning Center Coordinator and is currently a University of Nebraska Extension Community Vitality Specialist in Scottsbluff, Neb. Dr. Burkhart-Kriesel has been active in a variety of organizations and has held leadership roles in the South Platte Natural Resources District, statewide Workforce Investment Board, Nebraska Wheat Growers Association and National Association of Wheat Growers. Cheryl’s research and Extension outreach work on new resident recruitment is nationally recognized throughout the Marketing Hometown America program. She also applies her best practice profitability research expertise through joint ownership of a seed distribution business in the NE panhandle community of Gurley.

cburkhartkriesel1@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Community and Human Resources, Ph.D.

Publications

Research Interests

  • New resident recruitment, Marketing Hometown America
  • Strengthening small business profitability, especially in the area of customer service,
  • Community Vitality
  • Providing community data to support local decisions, Rural Poll

Grants

  • Rural Futures Institute, $57,073, December, 2013 Bridging the Skills Gap: Workforce Development in the Great Plains.
  • USDA National Research Initiative – Rural Development, $498,000, October 2008 – July 2012.Marketing Rural Communities to Attract and Retain Workers.
  • USDA National Research Initiative – Rural Development, $220,000 June, 2006 – June, 2008. Relocation to the Buffalo Commons: Using a marketing approach to understand residential decisions among migrants to the Nebraska Panhandle.

Awards

  • Nebraska Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Extension, 2016
  • National Rural Sociological Society Excellence in Extension and Outreach Award, 2015
  • National Community Development Society Innovation Award for Marketing Hometown America, 2014.

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

University of Nebraska

 


 

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. Randy is a rare resource as one of the few, if not only, rural sociologists in NE. When small towns and their stakeholders need demographic statistics, he digs into the rural poll data and other sources to deliver customized information.

rcantrell1@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Community Sociology
  • Survey Research
  • Secondary Data Sources and Reporting

Publications

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

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Professor, Program Director | Institute for Resilient Regions

University of Southern Queensland | Australia

 


 

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. Globally respected and well published in the field of rural community development with a particular interest in applied research in rural tourism capacity building, Jim is our first and only International Fellow, but hopefully not for long.

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.

Jim.Cavaye@usq.edu.au

Expertise

  • Rural Community Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Economic Development

Credentials

  • Doctorate, University of Wisconsin

Publications

Grants

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

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Tiffany Crouse

November 17, 2017
Hastings Downtown Center Association
RFI Community Innovation Fellow    
RFI Community Innovation Fellow

 

 

 

RFI Community Innovation Fellow Tiffany Crouse is driven to help her community and state and believes everyone deserves an honest and fair opportunity to succeed. Tiffany is the director for the Hastings Downtown Center Association, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings, co-owner of Catalyst2 and a freelance consultant. Tiffany was elected to the ACLU of Nebraska board in 2015.

Tiffany’s passion for community, diversity, and rural Nebraska has led her to serve in many roles in Hastings and through NE. Her role as the Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association fits with leadership on their YPN group. She also served a the Ravenna Nebraska Economic Development Director. Tiffany resides in Hastings, Neb., with her husband Brian Crouse, LIPC, and their two co-creations, Aisling, 6, and Charles, 5.

tiffanydeancrouse@gmail.com

Expertise

  • Masters in Management

Leadership Roles

  • Connecting Young Nebraskans steering team
  • ACLU of Nebraska board, 2015
  • HPAC board
  • MPAT board

Publications

Memberships

  • YMCA volunteer
  • United Way of South Central Nebraska Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Grants

  • United Way of South Central Nebraska
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • State of Nebraska Juvenile Justice

Awards

  • Pinnacle Award from Doane College
  • United Way Service Award

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology | Associate Professor, Economics

University of Nebraska at Kearney

 


 

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. Bree’s economic impact work on rural labor and school consolidation is regularly cited and continues to be used in decision-making by rural practitioners, businesses, and school administrators in Nebraska.

doritybl@unk.edu

Credentials

  • Doctorate in economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Applied economics
  • Policy at the local and regional levels

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.

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
  • Crane Study articles
  • Tourists who visit central Nebraska for sandhill crane migration spend millions by Rick Ruggles, World-Herald staff writer. Jul 17, 2017.

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Marty Fattig

November 21, 2017
Nemaha County Hospital
Community Innovation Fellow | CEO | Nemaha County Hospital Auburn, Nebraska  
Community Innovation Fellow | CEO | Nemaha County Hospital

Auburn, Nebraska

 


 

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.

mfattig@nchnet.org

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

 

Grants

  • Helmsley grant for digital mammography equipment

 

Publications

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

 

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
  • NeHII HIT Visionary Award
  • HIT Fellow

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Melissa Garcia

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

Broken Bow, Nebraska

 


 

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.

melissa.garcia@blackhillscorp.com

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

 

Expertise

  • Marketing
  • Speech Communications
  • Economic Development

 

Publications

TEDxLincoln 2015: Rooted, but Not Standing Still

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

 

Grants

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

 

Awards

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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  
Community Innovation Fellow | Assistant Director

Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska

 


 

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. Rachel’s role with DWFI Fellows and partners provides great perspective for the RFI. Her work with the rural NRD’s is a nationally recognized model for managing a very important resource, fresh water.

rherpel@nebraska.edu

Credentials

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

Publications

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

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Executive Associate Dean | College of Allied Health Professions

University of Nebraska Medical Center

 


 

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. Greg Karst also wears a few hats as PT professor and admin for the Allied Health Sciences program at UNK and UNMC. This puts him on the road quite a bit and gives him a great understanding of rural health care professional needs.
gmkarst@unmc.edu

Credentials

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

 

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

Expertise

  • Physiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Academic Administration

 

Awards

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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  
Community Innovation Fellow | State Director | Nebraska Business Development Center

University of Nebraska at Omaha

 


 

Catherine Lang leads the statewide outreach for the Nebraska Business Development Center 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.

cdlang@unomaha.edu

Research Interests

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

 

Publications

Credentials

  • Juris Doctor

 

Grants

  • SBA Small Business Development Center Grant
  • DLA Procurement Technical Assistance Grant
  • Federal and State Technology Partnership Program
  • Currently leading statewide US EDA University Center grant application to promote Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Natural & Social Sciences

University of Nebraska at Kearney

 


 

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), exposing him to great faculty research across the midwest and making him a great resource for our new Fellows Team.

longop@unk.edu

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.

 

Leadership Roles

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
  • Nebraska’s 150th birthday is today: Through good times and bad, state has persevered By David Hendee

 

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)

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Policy Specialist | Director of the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center

Department of Agricultural Economics | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


 

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. Brad has extensive experience in teaching, research, and outreach through extension with specific expertise in rural ag-policy and in the UNL ag-econ department.

blubben2@unl.edu

Credentials

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

 

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.

 

Awards

  • Nebraska Association of Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and
    Human Sciences 2010 Communicator of the Year, 2011.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Senior Faculty
    Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015.

Publications

 

Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Farm policy
  • Agricultural policy development and education

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Donald Macke

December 12, 2017
LOCUS Impact Investing
Community Innovation Fellow Senior Vice President of LOCUS Impact Investing  
Community Innovation Fellow

Senior Vice President of LOCUS Impact Investing

 


 

Don has more than 40 years of community economic development field experience working throughout North America and the Caribbean. Throughout the years Don’s work has varied between public service ranging from Unicameral staff to serving in the Nelson Administration, to both for-profit and non-profit consulting. Don’s four decades of rural community economic development field experience throughout the continent are widely recognized in programs like e2 University & National Conference.

don@e2mail.org

Credentials

  • Master’s degree, regional economics

Research Interests

  • Community Engagement
  • Entrepreneur Focused Development
  • Community Philanthropy Development
  • Impact Investing

Awards

  • Award for Overall Excellence in Economic Development, Arthur D. Little and the International Economic Development Council
  • Group Honor Award for Excellence, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    The Ron Shaffer Award for Collaborative Leadership

Expertise

  • Community philanthropy
  • Entrepreneur focus development
  • Community engagement

Grants

  • Power Grant, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • We typically do not receive grants. Payment for services.

Publications

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Greg Ptacek

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

Wayne, NE

 


 

Greg Ptacek is the President of Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company. Ptacek’s passion for rural Nebraska led to a very successful career in rural economic development. He served as Director of Economic Development for the City of Neligh for five years, during which Neligh welcomed 27 new businesses (a 17 percent increase in total businesses); transitioned 14 businesses to new ownership (nine percent retention); and Antelope County welcomed more than $600 million in capital investment. Ptacek now promotes community development through founding Nebraska’s first benefit corporation brewery. Ptacek is a graduate of Wayne State College and is six hours short of his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Greg has a beautiful wife, Kelly, and three children under the age of three: Alexis, Crispin and Liesel.

Greg@Johnniebyrd.beer

Awards

  • Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Nebraska Graduate
  • Norfolk Area Person of the Year Finalist – 2015

 

Publications

Participant in RFI

  • RFI Competitive Award, Marketing Hometown America
  • RFI Student Serviceship

 

Expertise

  • Bachelor of Science, history & political science

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Community Health Program Manager | College of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center | Center for Reducing Health Disparities

 


 

Athena Ramos serves as principal investigator for a number of community-based health research and education initiatives at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and leads a Latino outreach and engagement team. She continuously strives to bring a sense of hope and vitality to the work that she does. Athena completed a Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies at Clemson University. She serves on numerous boards including South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Fontenelle Forest and the Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska Advisory Council.

aramos@unmc.edu

Credentials

  • Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University
  • Master’s degree in business administration
  • Master’s degree in urban studies focused on community development
  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Research Interests

  • Occupational safety, health and wellness among immigrant and migrant farmworkers
  • Immigrant integration
  • Community development
  • Health disparities
  • Healthy public spaces, recreation areas and parks
  • Community engagement

Expertise

  • Community Engagement
  • Community Development
  • Latinos
  • Public Health

Grants

  • NIOSH, U54 OH010162-06 (immigrant farmworker health and safety)
  • NE DHHS-Region VI Behavioral Health Administration, MOTAC (tobacco prevention and control)
  • University of Nebraska, Rural Futures Institute Teaching & Engagement grant (immigrant integration in rural communities)

Publications

  • Ramos, A.K. (2016). Welcoming immigrants: An opportunity to strengthen rural communities. Journal of Extension, 54(3). http://www.joe.org/joe/2016june/comm1.php.
  • Ramos, A.K., Carlo, G., Grant, K.M., Trinidad, N., & Correa, A. (2016). Stress, depression, and occupational injury among migrant farmworkers in Nebraska. Safety, 2(4), 23. DOI:10.3390/safety2040023
  • Ramos, A.K., Fuentes, A., and Trinidad, N. (2016). Perception of occupational risks, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, and prevention opportunities among Latino immigrant hog CAFO workers in Missouri. Safety, 2(4), 25. DOI:10.3390/safety2040025

Awards

  • UNMC Gold “U” (2014)
  • Midlands Business Journal: 40 Under 40 Award (2009)
  • Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) (2006)

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Reshell Ray

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Community Innovation Fellow | Associate Director | Student Involvement University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
Community Innovation Fellow | Associate Director | Student Involvement

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


In her current role, Reshell bridges the gap between the academic and co-curricular experiences for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. Prior to this role, Reshell served as a consulting associate with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development where she worked with grassroots community organizations in the areas of strategic planning, capacity building, leadership and racial reconciliation. Most recently, she collaborated with the Center for Civic Engagement, Engler Entrepreneurial program and Nebraska Human Resources Institute to develop what is now RFI Student Serviceship.

Reshell not only has the academic credentials for community planning, but the respect of the student community on the UNL East Campus. Her interpersonal communication leadership style makes diversity awareness easy on campus where many of NE’s rural youth have little experience. Reshell served as the coordinator of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cultural Center. For more than 10 years she developed educational programs for students of color. In this capacity she developed the curriculum for the Critical Moments program.

As the Management Analyst/City Planner for Pacific, Mo., she worked with the Planning Commission and the Economic Development Commission. She was also responsible for the Risk Management program, interpreted city ordinances governing land use development and managed the Community Development Block Grant Program and served as the liaison between City, Chamber of Commerce and School District.

Reshell has a heart for people, especially those who are considered to be at risk. She works to help individuals develop their full potential building on their God-given strength and talents.

rray1@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree, psychology and sociology, Southwest Missouri State
  • Master’s degree, community and regional planning with an emphasis in social planning and community development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Expertise

  • Community and Regional Planning
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Grants

  • Rural Futures Institute

Awards

  • UNL Board of Regents Service Award
  • James Griesen Exemplary Service to Students Award
  • NACA Outstanding Programmer Award

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Professor of Kinesology | Creator and co-director of the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative

Peru State College

 


 

A strong advocate and forerunner in the practice of service-learning and public scholarship, Dr. Ryan has been the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship from Nebraska Campus Compact, the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award from Peru State College, a Year Nine Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, the 2013 Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award from Heartland Campus Compact, and the 2012 Professional Health Educator Award from the Nebraska Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Ryan is also a proud member of the Kimmel Foundation Board of Directors and active in Nebraska City Rotary.

kryan@peru.edu

Research Interests

  • Rural pediatric obesity prevention and intervention
  • Rural community mobilization
  • Implementing high-impact practices into higher education through mentoring

Publications

Grants

  • AmeriCorps Planning Grant ServeNebraska. The Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative
  • Rural Futures Institute Teaching & Engagement Grant. Principles of Community Engagement in Public Health: Service Learning, Community-based Participatory Research, Leadership, and Civic Engagement
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska Wellness Grants. The Children’s Health, Activity, & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative

Awards

  • Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship, Nebraska Campus Compact
  • Excellence in Teaching, Peru State College
  • Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award, Nebraska Campus Compact

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor | College of Law

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


 

Jessica graduated first in her class from the University of Wisconsin Law School and then served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship and spent two years at a national non-profit law firm devoted to advocacy around systemic legal issues affecting farmers and rural communities. She then spent five years at an international law firm in Denver, working in nearly every phase of dispute resolution in many different courts. She is a law professor with passion for rural issues as noted by recent placement on the Center for Great Plains Fellows Board of Directors.

jshoemaker@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Property law
  • Land use law
  • Federal Indian law
  • Energy law
  • Agricultural law

Credentials

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Wisconsin

Awards

  • Governor and Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies

Grants

  • Maximizing the Impact of Games as Effective Participative Tools: The Rufopoly Resource Kit, Economic Social Resource Council (United Kingdom), Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Grant No. ES/M006522/1 (2014 – 2016)

Publications

  • Invited Essay: Pipelines, Protest, and Property. JA Shoemaker. Great Plains Research 27 (2), 69-81. (2017).
  • Complexity’s Shadow: American Indian Property, Sovereignty, and the Future, 114 MICH. L. REV. — (2017).
  • Emulsified Property, 43 PEPP. L. REV. 945 (2016).
  • No Sticks in My Bundle: Rethinking the Indian Land Tenure Problem, 63 U. KAN. L. REV. 383 (2015).

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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  
Community Innovation Fellow | Lawyer, Business Owner | Stowell & Geweke, P.C., L.L.O.

Ord, Nebraska

 


 

Bob’s passion is around personal, family, workplace and community leadership engagement and development. He is also committed to facilitating entrepreneurship business startups through entity formation, mentoring and sometimes with financial support, as well as free or reduced rate legal assistance. Youth engagement, leadership and activity sponsorship is also very important to him. Bob’s leadership as one of the founding Directors of the Valley County Economic Development and Foundation Boards has paved the way for Ord to become a national success story. His legal expertise drafting one of the state’s first LB 840 Economic Development Sales tax plans has been modeled after across the state.

rstowell@ordlawfirm.com

Credentials

  • Juris doctorate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Expertise

  • Estate planning
  • Trust administration
  • Real estate
  • Community development

Grants

  • Community development block grants
  • New Neighborhoods grant for $750,000
  • Peter Kiewit grant and local endowment grants

Publications

  • SynoVation Valley leadership curriculum (copyrighted)
  • Annual reports for foundation fund

Awards

  • Distinguished Service Cross (RVN)
  • AV rated lawyer for 36 years
  • Small Business Administration advocate of the year

Leadership Positions

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Fellow
  • Nebraska Rural Development Commission
  • United Methodist Foundation
  • Nebraska Community Foundation

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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
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor, Economics | Director of the Bureau of Business Research College of Business Administration

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


 

Eric’s research on the Midwest and national economy examines competitive factors affecting state and local economic growth, the role of agriculture in the economy, and the economics of infrastructure. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a former president of the Association for University Business and Economic Research. He directs the widely known Bureau of Business Research (BBR), teaches graduate-level courses and conducts rural economic research. His monthly BBR podcasts and research blogs are keenly watched by rural development practitioners and investors throughout Nebraska.

ethompson2@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Doctorate, Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Publications

Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Rural Community Development
  • State Economic Development

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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  
Community Innovation Fellow | Co-Director | Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Lincoln, Nebraska

 


 

Milan Wall is a founder and co-director of The Heartland Center for Leadership Development, an independent nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Heartland Center is known internationally for its practical resources for rural community survival. A native of North Platte, Neb., Mr. Wall has been a journalist, higher education administrator and independent consultant. He owned a strategic planning consulting firm before he helped to found the Heartland Center in 1985. He is the author of more than a dozen publications on leadership and community development and is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Active in community affairs, Mr. Wall is a former member of the Lincoln Board of Education and currently serves on the Board of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. Milan is an internationally respected rural community development practitioner in the design and implementation of hundreds of programs across dozens of rural communities in the United States.

mwall@heartlandcenter.info

Expertise

  • Degrees in English and Education
  • Expertise in Community and Leadership Development
  • Experience in Community Engagement/Facilitation
  • Expertise in Research and Evaluation

Publications

Awards

  • CDS Innovative Program Award
  • CDS Community Development Achievement Award
  • UNL College of Education Alumni Excellence Award
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation 75th Anniversary Award
  • Ford Foundation Program Award
  • Blandin Foundation Community Development Curriculum

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Kim Wilson

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

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 


Professor Kim Wilson has been a member of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Architecture faculty since 2009. Wilson also has appointments in Nebraska Extension and as the Director of the Landscape Architecture Program. She previously was at Purdue University in the College of Agriculture where she taught community planning and design, and urban design studies, as well as landscape representation using technology. Kim’s applied hands-on teaching and research in the work of community design has helped several NE rural communities envision a better future. Her leadership with University outreach and planning is paving the way for more faculty to be involved in applied research.

Wilson has earned 15 teaching awards, conducted more than 65 community-based service-learning projects and received more than $1.6 million in internal and external funding to support engagement through her teaching and research initiatives.

Prior to joining academia, Wilson practiced for more than 25 years for nationally and internationally recognized firms including Sasaki Associates, JJR-Smith Group and Pollack Design Associates where her work received five national design awards. Her current area of emphasis focuses on institutionalizing engagement at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

kwilson4@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree, landscape architecture, Penn State University
  • Master’s degree, landscape architecture, University of Michigan

 

Expertise

  • Landscape Architecture

 

Grants

  • CEEM Project: a new Community Engagement Educational Model, Rural Futures Institute Teaching and Engagement Grant – Funded 2016-18AY, $13,000
  • Rural Community Prosperity Research Project , Rural Futures Institute Research and Engagement Proposal 2016 – Funded 2016-2018, $100,000

 

Leadership Roles

  • ASLA Great Plains Chapter, Executive Committee
  • Juror for 2017 National Olmsted Scholars

Publications

  • Wilson, K. and Curtis, S. October 2010. Service-Learning at Purdue University: A Five-Year Assessment: Faculty and Student Grant Programs. Purdue University Press.
  • Wilson, K. L. and Jurich, J. 2008. A longitudinal exploration of reciprocity: the role of commitment in sustaining a successful service-learning course in Ecuador. CELA Proceedings, Tempe, AZ.
  • Landscape Architecture Students Help National Park Service Prepare for Solar Eclipse

  • Energy Modeling in Architectural Design TL Hemsath, KA Bandhosseini – 2017
  • Conserving the Dust Bowl: The New Deal’s Prairie States Forestry Project ST Karle, D Karle – 2017

 

Awards

  • Elected to Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University
  • Brian Douglas Hiltunen Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement, Indiana Campus Compact

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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  
Faculty Fellow | Project Manager | Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 


 

Dr. Witte is the project manager for Learning Frontiers: PreK to Grade 3, a study investigating factors that promote early learning as well as the principal investigator on a pilot project for family-school partnership intervention training for rural educators. She is a key team member at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and has contributed to publications and presentations to promote understanding of the benefits of family-school partnerships. Dr. Witte delivers workshops on family-school partnerships to educators and service providers across North America and has led teams conducting large-scale educational research in communities across three states. She has collaborated with approximately 65 school districts to create mutually beneficial research partnerships.

awitte2@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Education Psychology
  • Rural Education
  • Family-school partnerships
  • Education Research

Credentials

  • Doctorate, education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Rural education
  • Rural family-school partnerships
  • Rural educator skills development

Publications

  • Holmes, S., Witte, A. L., & Sheridan, S. M. (in press). Conjoint behavioral consultation in rural schools. In K. Michael & J. P. Jameson (Eds.), Handbook on rural school mental health. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Kunz, G. M., Holmes, S., & Witte, A. (2017). Family–school partnerships in rural communities: Benefits, exemplars, and future research. In G. C. Nugent, G. M. Kunz, S. M. Sheridan, T. A. Glover, & L. L. Knoche (Eds.), Rural education research: State of the science and emerging directions (pp. 269–289). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Witte, A. L., Holmes, S. R., Coutts, M. J., Dent, A. L., Kunz, G. M., & Wu, C. (2017). A randomized trial examining the effects of conjoint behavioral consultation in rural schools: Student outcomes and the mediating role of the teacher–parent relationship. Journal of School Psychology, 61, 33–53.
  • ‘Prodigies of the Prairie’ offers tips on raising talented kids, by Leslie Reed
  • Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings: A Guide for Researchers

Grants

  • Principal Investigator. “Collaborative capacity building in rural Nebraska schools via technology: Teachers and parents as partners.” Rural Futures Institute. Grant Total: $49,986
  • Project Manager. “Early Learning Contexts in Rural and Urban Nebraska.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Principal Investigator: Susan M. Sheridan. Grant Total: $4,499,878 for five years.
  • Project Manager. “A Randomized Trial of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC) in Rural Educational Settings: Efficacy for Elementary Students with Disruptive Behavior.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences. Principal Investigator: Susan M. Sheridan. Grant Total: $2,999,994 for four years.

Awards

  • Recipient of $400 travel grant from the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Graduate Studies graduate student poster competition: The Impact of Parent–Teacher Relationships on Student Behavior During Intervention and One Year Later (Witte & Sheridan, 2014)
  • Recipient of the first place prize in the 2013 Rural Futures Conference graduate student poster competition: The Impact of Teacher Motivation for Intervention on Rural Student Behavioral Outcomes (Witte, Holmes, Coutts, & Sheridan, 2013)
  • Recipient of the 2012 Best Article of the Year Award from the National Association of School Psychologists/School Psychology Review: “A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation and the Mediating Role of the Parent-Teacher Relationship” (Sheridan, Bovaird, Glover, Garbacz, Witte, & Kwon, 2012)

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Jeff Yost

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

Nebraska Community Foundation

 


 

Jeff Yost is the President and CEO of the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), which is heralded as a national model for empowering community leadership to build and sustain their hometowns. Yost joined NCF in 1998 and became President and CEO in 2003. In the past ten years, NCF and its affiliated funds have grown 17% annually, with total assets now exceeding $125 million. More importantly, NCF is achieving mission fulfillment with its statewide asset-based grassroots model of 225 affiliated fund being led by 1,500 volunteer community leaders. NCF has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Quarterly. Yost is asked to speak frequently and has worked and taught throughout North America and internationally in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

jeffyost@nebcommfound.org

Expertise

  • Community Foundations
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Community Economic Development

Publications

Grants

  • Sherwood Foundation
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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